Symbolic Meaning

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Thus, a word or an image is symbolic when it implies something more than its obvious and immediate meaning. It has a wider, “unconscious” aspect that is never precisely defined or fully explained. Nor can one hope to define or explain it. As the mind explores the symbol, it is led to ideas that lie beyond the grasp of reason. The wheel may lead our thoughts toward the concept of a “divine” sun, but at this point reason must admit its incompetence; man is unable to define a “divine” being. When, with all our intellectual limitations, we call something “divine,” we have merely given it a name, which may be based on a creed, but never on factual evidence.

 

– Carl Jung. Man and his Symbols.

 

Image: Splendor by L. J. McCloskey, taken from Jungian Genealogy, by Iona Miller

 

 

 

 

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