C.G. Jung Interprets a Dream of Fishing
[A young woman dreams]: “I came to the bank of broad, flowing river. I couldn’t see much at first, only water, earth and rock. I threw the pages with my notes into the water, with the feeling that I was giving something back to the river. Immediately afterwards I had a fishing rod in my hand. I sat down on a rock and started fishing… Suddenly a big fish bit. He had a golden belly and silver back…”
This dream has all the marks of a “big” dream, and it also has the quality of thought, which is characteristic of the intuitive type. Event though the dreamer had acquired some knowledge of psychology b this time, she had no knowledge whatever of the historical fish symbol.
The details of the dream may be commented on as follows: The bank of the river represents the threshold, so to speak, to the unconscious. Fishing is an intuitive attempt to “catch” unconscious contents (fishes).