Painting Jung

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The Captive and the Treasure (panel seven)


The three basic features of the hero myth (panels 4-6) are the hero, the dragon fight, and the treasure. Panel 7 is the analysis of the dragon fight, the captive, and the treasure.

As mentioned earlier the male's consciousness is masculine and his unconscious feminine. The female's consciousness is feminine and her unconscious masculine.

"The cultural diversity of what is termed "heaven", that is to say, the numerous father-husband images known to humanity, has left a deposit in the unconscious experience of woman, just as is the case with the uniform mother-wife image in the unconscious experience of man." (13)

These concepts will be paramount in explaining the manner in which either the man or woman can embrace the captive within themselves and move toward a conversation with their "inner voice".


The hero myth is not about the personal daily life of an individual. Rather, it is about a transpersonal psychic event, namely the capture of the soul.The fight for this soul is also a dragon fight, but unlike the slaying of the mother and father, this female/male element is transpersonal representing a collective psychic memory in humanity.

The hero's ego setting free the captive coincides with the discovery of the psychic realm.

As a result of the male's emancipation of the captive, the alien, hostile, feminine universe of his unconscious explores the equally weird world of his consciousness. In the case of the female, the liberation of the captive invites an alien, hostile, masculine universe of unconsciousness to explore the equally weird world of feminine consciousness.

For both the male and female, adding a feminine / masculine intimacy of "my beloved" or "my soul" is a significant psychic accomplishment.