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In the fantasies after Scrutinies, one sees a continued further differentiation of Jung’s cosmology.

New characters emerge, such as Phanes, Atmavictu, Ha, Ka, the black bird, a divine Arab youth, the spirit of gravity, and Wotan.

Characters who had appeared earlier return, such as Elijah, Salome, and Philemon.

However, in concert with the development of Jung’s “I,” they too have developed.

These entries depict the metamorphoses of the characters, and Jung’s deepening understanding of their interrelation in a complex shifting ( and not entirely consistent) genealogy.

For example, the figure of Atmavictu went through a number of incarnations, as an old man, a bear, an otter, a newt, a serpent, then simultaneously a man and an earth serpent.

He was Izdubar, and became Philemon. The black magician, Ha, was the father of Philemon.

Ka was the father of Salome, and also the brother of the Buddha.

Ka was Philemon’s shadow.

Philemon further identified himself with Elijah and Khidr and claimed that he would become Phanes.

In the form of Jung’s emerging psychological concepts, all of these figures would be viewed as aspects of the self.

As such, these sections can be seen as forming the experiential core of Jung’s understanding of the structure of the self that he explored decades later in chapter 14 of Aion: Contributions to the Symbolism of the Self (1951). ~The Black Books, Vol. I, Page 70