Psychology and Alchemy

The plants at the foot of the figure are really rooted in the air.

Tree, tree nymph, and plants are all lifted up from the earth or, more probably, are on the point of coming down to it.

This is also suggested by the fish as emissary of the deep.

The situation is in my experience an unusual one and may be due to theosophical influences.

Filling the conscious mind with ideal conceptions is a characteristic feature of Western theosophy, but not the confrontation with the shadow and the world of darkness.

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.

The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular. ~Carl Jung, CW 13, Para 335