Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche

The collective unconscious—so far as we can say anything about it at all—appears to consist of mythological motifs or primordial images, for which reason the myths of all nations are its real exponents.

In fact, the whole of mythology could be taken as a sort of projection of the collective unconscious.

We can see this most clearly if we look at the heavenly constellations, whose originally chaotic forms were organized through the projection of images.

This explains the influence of the stars as asserted by astrologers.

These influences are nothing but unconscious, introspective perceptions of the activity of the collective unconscious.

Just as the constellations were projected into the heavens, similar figures were projected into legends and fairy- tales or upon historical persons.

We can therefore study the collective unconscious in two ways, either in mythology or in the analysis of the individual.

As I cannot make the latter material available here, I must confine myself to mythology.

This is such a wide field that we can select from it only a few types.

Similarly, environmental conditions are endlessly varied, so here too only a few of the more typical can be discussed. ~Carl Jung, CW 8, Para 325