Dragons as symbols of transformational power

Jung spoke of dragons as the first alchemical symbol, and dragons featured prominently in alchemy as in The Red Book  where the hero Siegfried killed the dragon. Jung said that: "Only one who has risked the fight with the dragon and is not overcome by it wins the hoard, the 'treasure hard to contain" (Jun, CW 14, par. 796). In his advise to nourish the soul, Jung warned "otherwise you will breed dragons and devils in your heart." Yet, Morgan painted and befriended dragons and I did as well in my application of Jung's art-based process. Synchronously encountering women's relationship in befriending dragons (for example, in the dream of a woman from the one Jung group I attended), I have come to see the heroine's journey as befriending not killing the dragon. 

Just as thee serpent winds up the tree of knowledge, the winged Serpent winds up the Tree of Life.
Mythic Examples



Personal Examples



Living Examples

Dragon and Serpent


 Often depicted with many eyes, dragons were associated with vision: "Vision, even for a dragon, is woefully unreliable. What you can see with great clarity may not be real; what you cannot see may be the ultimate reality." T. A. Barron


Slaying the dragon


Multi-faceted Vision

Multiple Persepctives

Serpent of Symbolism


"No, I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith." R. A. Salvatore
12 Red Book Images

Mythic Memory


Kundalini Serpent

Shakti Energy

Coiled Serpent

Primordial Imagery

Mythic Creation


"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakes." CG JUNG 

Heather is an artist who loves to explore art and education as a creative path to discovery and revelation. She is inspired by our collective human potential and how we can catalyze personal passion into powerful and sustainable collective change. She is a doctoral candidate at Pacifica Graduate Institute and the website Seeingthruart is a result of her study on Jung and his art-based methodology.

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