C.G. Jung: “I had painted the first mandala in 1916…”



Carl Jung, on Drawing his First Mandala

It was only towards the end of the First World War that I gradually began to emerge from the darkness.

Two events contributed to this.

The first was that I broke with the woman who was determined to convince me that my fantasies had artistic value; the second and principal event was that I began to understand the mandala drawings.

This happened in 1918-1919.

I had painted the first mandala in 1916 after writing the Septem Sermones; naturally, I had not then understood it

Memories, Dreams, Reflections
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