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Red Book Ruminations

Van Gogh, Asylum Corridor“I look to the right it is dark night, to the left it is bright day.  The rock separates day and night.  On the dark side lies a big black serpent, on the bright side a white serpent.  They thrust their heads toward each other, eager for battle. Elijah stands on the heights above them. The serpents pounce on one another and a terrible wrestling ensues. The black serpent seems to be stronger; the white serpent draws back. Great billows of dust rise from the place of struggle. But then I see:  the black serpent pulls itself back again. The front part of its body has become white. Both serpents curl about themselves, one in light, the other in darkness.” —C. G. Jung, The Red Book, p. 251

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    As I reflect on this quote from Jung, it seems to me that the white serpent represents a mental function that tends to be conscious and the black serpent represents its opposite which tends to be unconscious, Si and Se for example. It’s as if there is a battle between the two as the unconscious function tries to enter consciousness. Even though the unconscious function was not able to stay in consciousness long, it was forever changed never being as unconscious as it initially was.

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