Carl Jung: Eggs in Alchemy


Figure 98, in Psychology and Alchemy


C.G. Jung:  Eggs in Alchemy

“In alchemy the egg stands for the chaos apprehended by the artifex, the prima materia containing the captive world-soul. Out of the egg — symbolized by the round cooking vessel — will rise the eagle or phoenix, the liberated soul, which is ultimately identical with the Anthropos who was imprisoned in the embrace of Physis.”

Psychology and Alchemy, page 202

 More about Physis

More about Anthropos

(“The Gnostic doctrine of the Anthropos, the androgynous original man caught in the embrace of Physis and in need of redemption.”)


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One Response to Carl Jung: Eggs in Alchemy

  1. I thought it might be interesting to reflect, and I am sure we all know, that such archetypal symbolism remains just as active in the modern psyche as it did then. The modern mind just dresses things up in somewhat different “clothing”. I offer a dream of my own by way of example. So what happens when the egg is anointed, ingested, incubated, hatches? It cracks you wide open. What is liberated? What the liberator?

    D383: 27 September 1993. Swallowing the pill
    I have some sores, a cyst has appeared in my mouth. This is a worrying sign of decay and disease. I must go to the doctor and have them seen to or they will get worse and prevent me from speaking properly.

    At the doctors I must take two pills. One is a conventional tablet, that’s no problem. The second is more of a challenge. An “egg” must be swallowed. It is transparent and contains a golden amber fluid. I express doubts as to whether I can manage to swallow this. The nurse provides some oil as lubrication. When applied to the egg it becomes soft and pliable. In this condition the egg slips down my throat with little difficulty.

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