Reflections on Archetypal Images
THE BOOK OF SYMBOLS is the most recommendable and affordable guide to symbolic images and should always be kept close-at- hand when analysing dreams. By an act of genius, The Archive of Research in Archetypal Symbolism (author) found a way around a task which Jung once called gigantic, highly difficult, ambitious, and one that would require an entire book per image. THE BOOK OF SYMBOLS includes more than 700 images, amplified with poetry, as “yet another reflection” on symbols. The project took 13 years to complete.
THE BOOK OF SYMBOLS is not a dream dictionary. A dream dictionary is a useless aid to responsible dream interpretation. “A superficial collection of interpretations” would be…completely worthless”, writes Jung, and with these words he summarizes his view regarding “dream dictionaries” (CG Jung Letters, 1975, p. 123). “A study of archetypal symbolism in myth”, says Barbara F. McManus, provides us with maps, not dictionaries” (The Jungian Approach to Symbolic Interpretation, https://docuri.com).
Frederik N. Huysamen