“The union of opposites in the stone is possible only when the adept has become One him/herself.

The unity of the stone is the equivalent of individuation, by which [we are] made one; we would say that the stone is a projection of the unified self.

This formulation is psychologically correct. It does not, however, take sufficient account of the fact that the stone is a transcendent unity.

We must therefore emphasize that though the self can become a symbolic content of consciousness, it is, as a supraordinate totality, necessarily transcendent as well.”

-Carl Jung, “The Alchemical Interpretation of the Fish,” in Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self

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