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Carl Jung: When you are iving according to your instincts

Visions : Notes of the seminar given in 1930-1934 (2 Volume Set) (Bollingen)

Dr. Jung: Yes, and Tao was symbolized originally as a dragon, and the Greek word drakon means a serpent, it is not so specific as our word dragon, which is now a mythological concept.

The Greek meaning occurs in the famous verse: “The bull is the father of the serpent, and the serpent is the father of the bull.”

They are a complete circle, that is; the bull stands for the spring, the sun, the rising Yang principle, and the serpent in this case stands for the winter, darkness, humidity, the Yin principle.

So the path is a very powerful thing; as soon as you move upon it, it is as if it were really living.

On the inevitable path, it is no longer as if you were led by an animus or a guide, or guiding yourself, it is as if the path itself took command.

There is such a transformation here.

You see, when you are living according to your instincts, it is as if they were ruling you; the instincts have full competence, they can push or pull you wherever they like, and it is an utterly unconscious, immoral, and unethical condition.

Yes, if you are unconscious, but how is it when you are conscious? ~Carl Jung, Visions Seminar, Pages 1225-1226