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Philosophical Tree

Philosophical tree The esoteric symbol of the winged and wingless dragon/serpent throughout all cultures, of which Jung took the heroic step of trying to explain, is seen in terms of the conscious/unconscious mind. The dragon is often synonymous with the dual aspect of the serpent, which as the caduceus represents, is both conscious/unconscious. The dragon is the "mercurial serpent" and is also synonymous with the divine water and egg, and it’s symbolism goes back as far as Lilith, or Melusina, who lives in the philosophical tree. Later, Christ appears as the archetype of consciousness and Mercurius as the archetype of unconsciousness. www.sangraal.com/library/rtc3.htm
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