Man and His Symbols
Carl Gustav Jung
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Illustrated throughout with revealing images, this is the first and only work in which the world-famous Swiss psychologist explains to the layperson his enormously influential theory of symbolism as revealed in dreams.
the text of the 1 Ching, the three upper lines of this hexagram symbolize a mountain, and have the meaning of "keeping still"; they can also be interpreted as a gate. The three lower lines symbolize water, the abyss, and the moon. All these symbols have occurred in Henry's previous dreams. Among many other statements that seemed to apply to Henry was the following warning: "For youthful folly, it is the most hopeless thing to entangle itself in empty imaginings. The more obstinately it clings to
everything that happens to us may seem to play very little part in our daily lives. But in dream analysis, where the psychologist is dealing with expressions of the unconscious, they arc very relevant, for they are the almost invisible roots of our conscious thoughts. That is why commonplace objects or ideas can assume such powerful psychic significance in a dream that we may awake seriously disturbed, in spite of having dreamed of nothing worse than a locked room or a missed train. The images
Here we come to that aspect of initiation which acquaints. man with woman and woman with man in such a way as to correct some sort of original male-female opposition. Man's knowledge (Logos) then encounters women's relatedness (Eros) and their union is represented as that symbolic ritual of a sacred marriage which has been at the heart of initiation since its origins in the mysteryreligions of antiquity. But this is exceedingly difficult for modern people to grasp, and it frequently takes a
natural and kind and he is talking to me though I don't hear him. He seems to know all about where I have been. I am aware that I am very ugly and that there must be an odor of death around me. I wonder if he will be repelled. I look at him for a very long time. He does not turn away. I breathe more easily. Then I feel a cool breeze, or cool water, pour over my body. I wrap the white linen cloth across me now and prepare for a natural sleep. The man's healing hands are on my shoulders. I recall
is a symbol of the Self.) The lions, a royal couple, are in themselves a symbol of totality. In medieval symbolism, In dreams a mirror can symbolize the power of the unconscious to "mirror" the individual objectively-giving him a view of himself that he may never have had before. Only through the unconscious can such a view (which often shocks and upsets the conscious mind) be obtainedjust as in Greek myth the Gorgon Medusa, whose look turned men to stone, could be gazed upon only in a mirror.