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Examining the Archetype of Spirit

Examining the Archetype of Spirit

What we colloquially call the human “spirit,” is among the archetypes of the unconscious. Jung says the spirit archetype usually appears in dreams as a “wise old man,” who gives “decisive convictions, prohibitions, and wise counsels” (Jung 214). This motif also shows up “in dreams in the guise of magician, doctor, priest, teacher, professor, grandfather, or any other person possessing authority” (Jung 216). Sometimes, he appears simply as “an authoritative voice which passes final judgments” (Jung 215). He can appear…

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