C.G. Jung: “Just as the constellations were projected into the heavens, similar figures were projected into legends…”

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Carl Jung: Projection of the Collective Unconscious

The collective unconscious – so far as we can say anything about it at all – appears to consist of mythological motifs or primordial images, for which reason the myths of all nations are its real exponents.

In fact, the whole of mythology could be taken as a sort of projection of the collective unconscious.

We can see this most clearly if we look at the heavenly constellations, which original chaotic forms were organized through the projection of images.

This explains the influence of the stars as asserted by astrologers.

These influences are nothing but unconscious, introspective perceptions of the activity of the collective unconscious.

Just as the constellations were projected into the figures were projected into legends and fairy tales or upon historical persons.

C.G.Jung
Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious

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