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Pauli, Wolfgang - Dreams of Rings, Circles, Eggs and Stars

Identifier

019746

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

Jung summarises all the different dreams Pauli had of these symbolic objects.  As numerous symbols are mentioned we have shown the symbol opposite the appropriate sentence

A description of the experience

From C G Jung – Psychology and Religion
The History and Psychology of a Natural symbol

 

 

Already at the very beginning of our dream series the circle appears. It takes the form, for instance, of a serpent,  which describes a circle round the dreamer.

Ouroboros

It appears in later dreams as a clock, a circle with a central point, a round target for shooting practice, a clock that is a perpetuum mobile, a ball, a globe, a round table, a basin, and so on.

 

Four seasons and the hours

Ring

Arrow

Clock

Ball

Round table

Basin

The square appears also, about the same time, in the form of a town square or garden with a fountain in the center.

Somewhat later the square appears connected with a circular movement: people who walk around in a square, a magic ceremony (the transformation of animals into human beings) which takes place in a square room, in the corners of which are four snakes, and people are again circulating round the four corners; the dreamer driving round a square in a taxi; a square prison cell, an empty square which is itself rotating, and so on.

 

Square

Cities

Garden

Fountain

Spiritual path

Snake

Serpent

Means of transport

Cage

In other dreams the circle is represented by rotation, four children, for instance carry a "dark ring" and walk in a circle.

The circle appears also combined with the quaternity, as a silver bowl with four nuts at the four cardinal points; or as a table with four chairs.

 

Ring

Circle

Children

Darkness and Light

Silver

Nuts

Cardinal directions

Bowl

The center seems to be particularly emphasized. It is symbolized by an egg in the middle of a ring; by a star consisting of a body of soldiers; by a rotating star in a circle, the cardinal points of which represent the four seasons; by the pole; or by a precious stone, and so on.

 

Egg

Ring

Pentagon

Stars

Knight

Four seasons and the hours

Treasure

Jewel

Diamond

 

The source of the experience

Pauli, Wolfgang

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Egg
Spiritual path

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Dreaming and lucid dreaming

Commonsteps

References