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Carl Jung: Khidr as symbol of the self

Over the last couple of days we have been discussing images of the self. I would like to continue exploring this idea. Carl Jung says that Khidr may be an image of the self. Khidr is the ‘green one.’ He is the angel to the mystics. Here is more on Khidr from Carl Jung:

“Khidr may well be a symbol of the self. His qualities signalize him as such: he is said to have been born in a cave, ie., in darkness. He is the “Long-lived One,” who continually renews himself, like Elijah. Like Osiris, he is dismembered at the end of time, by Antichrist, but is able to restore himself to life. He is analogous to the Second Adam, with whom the reanimated fish is identified; he is a counsellor, a Paraclete, “Brother Khidr.” …Khidr symbolizes not only the higher wisdom but also a way of acting which is in accord with this wisdom and transcends reason.” (Carl Jung, CW 9I, 247)

A depiction of Elijah and Khidr praying together from an illuminated manuscript version of Stories of the Prophets. 427 A. H. (A. H. is the Islamic calendar) From the Illuminated Manuscript collection of Stories of the Prophets via wikimedia

A depiction of Elijah and Khidr praying together from an illuminated manuscript version of Stories of the Prophets. 427 A. H. (A. H. is the Islamic calendar) From the Illuminated Manuscript collection of Stories of the Prophets via wikimedia

Reference:

Carl Jung, Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious – CW 9i  (1934–1954) (1981 2nd ed. Collected Works Vol.9 Part 1)

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