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There is an undated typed insert at the beginning of Book 7 that appears to be remarks on a dream:

“Remarks:

/ The felling of the tree (Nebuchadnezzar) has to do with the felling of the spruce in the Attis myth.

/ The giant is also Izdubar, who is actually the rising sun, hence a demi-God. I even had the idea that he is Christ as “novus sol,” or
Mithras, who also is a rising sun.-

The sun personified by a man is the pope (vicar of Christ in the church) .

This is the big tree that develops.

That would mean: my work consists of the felling of a powerful and acknowledged, shining man, who is seen everywhere (i.e., papacy or church) – and what does the church say to that?

/ What does the woman who interferes with me signify?-

She seemed to me like the Vetula, the old.

One can see how the church interferes: it sets harder conditions, it wants to slay me, and then I must be brought into an impossible situation in order for it to have a legitimate reason to proceed against me.

And finally a secret assembly is convened.

But it is already too late, because at the moment, when I enter through the rear door, it has already become known to the entire world, and the Americans weigh in, and the world’s delegate appears in the consistory.”

On Izdubar, see January 8, 1914, Book 3, pp. 119ff.

Jung commented on the dream of Nebuchadnezzar on several occasions (“The Transcendent Function,” 1916, CW 8, § 163; “General Aspects of Dream Psychology,” 1928, CW 8, § 484; “On the Nature of Dreams,” 1945, CW 8, § 559). “Vetula” is Latin for “old woman.” ~The Black Books, Vol. VII, Page 147, fn 1