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					Archetypal Elements


   Jung believed that the direct experience of nature
   was the most powerful influence on the perception
   of ancient humans. Thus, the elements found in
   the natural world are some of the most important
   symbolic images.
TREE
n   The embodiment of life
n   The point of union
    between the three realms
    (heaven, earth, water)
n   Ancient people believed
    tree = abundant creative
    energy
n   The world axis around
    which the world is
    organized
n   Divinity
n   Creativity
TREE EXAMPLES…

            n   The trees in The Wizard
                of Oz
            n   The trees in The Lord of
                the Rings
            n   Others?
FOREST
n   A place of darkness, chaos
    and uncertainty
n   Contrast to order and
    openness of cultivated
    land
n   Symbol of mystery &
    transformation
n   To those who show no
    fear, a place of peace and
    refuge
n   A symbol of the
    unconscious
FOREST EXAMPLES…

            n   In most mythology- a
                home to sorcerers and
                enchanters
            n   Forests in fairy tales
            n   Others?
GARDEN

n   A place of perfection and
    peace, but in the center
    there is something evil
    which will bring about
    the fall of the garden
GARDEN EXAMPLES…

           n   Garden of Eden in
               Genesis
           n   The Secret Garden
           n   Others?
FLOWER


n   A symbol of paradise
n   Feminine beauty
n   Youth, vitality
n   Impermanence, fragility
FLOWER EXAMPLES…

            n   The flower in The Beauty
                and the Beast
            n   Roses on Valentine’s Day
            n   Others?
FIRE

n   A sign of humankind’s
    intelligence and
    civilization
n   A source of fear
n   Purification
n   Sacrifice
n   Alchemy
FIRE EXAMPLES…

            n   The Phoenix
            n   Prometheus
            n   Others?
WATER
n   Rebirth and destruction
n   Purification
n   Redemption
n   The passing of time
n   Boundary between
    countries or between life
    and death
n   In Hindu beliefs, rivers
    symbolize purification
    (the Ganges can wash
    away all shortcomings)
WATER EXAMPLES…

             n   Greek flood story
             n   Genesis flood story
             n   Country musician
                 Garth Brooks: “The
                 River”
             n   Others?
EARTH
n   Womb/tomb
n   Typically associated with
    matriarchal society
n   Valley = protective,
    feminine symbol;
    associated with fertility,
    cultivation, and water
n   Cave = feminine symbol:
    heart of world, the
    unconscious, entrance to
    the underworld,
    initiation, protection, or
    wisdom.
EARTH EXAMPLES…

            n   The term “Mother Earth”
            n   Others?
WILDERNESS

n   A place in the natural
    world where testing or
    trial occurs
WILDERNESS EXAMPLES…

            n   The Call of the Wild
            n   White Fang
            n   Into the Wild
            n   Vision quest in Native
                American traditions
            n   Others?
MOUNTAIN
n   A “high” place of worship
n   Meeting place of heaven
    and earth
n   Symbolized masculinity,
    eternity, ascent from
    animal to spiritual in
    nature
n   Typically associated with
    power
n   Typically associated with
    patriarchal societies
MOUNTAIN EXAMPLES…

            n   Ziggurats
            n   Acropolis
            n   The pyramids
            n   Others?
MOON

n   The light of night
n   Changes shapes
n   Follows cycles
n   Connections to romantic
    interludes
n   According to Jung, the
    moon was the first object
    man worshipped
n   Typically feminine
    symbol (28-day phase)
MOON EXAMPLES…

           n   “When the moon hits
               your eye like a big pizza
               pie, that’s amore…”
           n   It’s a Wonderful Life– the
               idea of lassoing the moon
           n   Others?
SUN

n   The light of day
n   Worshipped- but not
    until thousands of years
    after the moon
n   Causes good and harm
n   Associated with gods
    and high kings
n   Typically masculine
    symbol
SUN EXAMPLES…

            n   Louis the XIV (the sun
                king)
            n   Many cultures have a sun
                god- Indian, Mayan,
                Egyptian, etc.
            n   Others?

				
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