La serpiente como simbolo de lo femenino en "El libro rojo"

Romina Scheuschner


The Red Book begins with Jung’s main concerns regarding the loss of his soul, and the possibility of its recovery: „Meine Seele, wo bist Du?“

This fundamental question signals the beginning of an inner journey that would lead C. G. Jung to the rediscovery of the soul in the realms of ‘das Ganz Andere’, represented by the world of the feminine, and all its shades. 

As every mystery, the feminine can only be expressed (and preserved) through a symbolic language. The aim of this article is to study the symbolism of the feminine along Jung’s Red Book, particularly focusing on the symbol of the serpent. 

As a fundamental feminine soul-image of the Red Book, the serpent constitutes a key in order to understand Jung’s conception of the soul, which is far beyond of being a mere rational formula, nor a dogmatic concept of faith. Moreover, the serpent as a symbol of the soul refers to its intrinsic vitality and its power of transformation, to its danger but also to its ultimate capacity of healing.

We will describe and analyse the symbol of the serpent along the Red Book, establishing a dialog with the symbolism of the ancient spiritual traditions, and Jung’s theoretical work. 

We expect that our study of this symbol may help us deepen on the significance of the feminine for the possibility of recovering the soul in the contemporary world.


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