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Jung and Symbolism

Can you explain to me the significance of the circle as a symbol in art according to Jung (both in ancient times and now.)

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The mandala is an ancient pattern that has a specific center, and concentric rings that emanate from that center.

Carl Jung, the eminent psychologist and remarkable mandala painter, rediscovered and introduced the mandala to the West. He felt that the most powerful religious form within the mandala was the circle. He found that the circle was one of the great primordial images of mankind, and in consideration of the circle we are analyzing the self.

source: http://www.mandalas.com/bio.php

Jung says that the circle symbolizes the processes of nature or of the cosmos as a whole.

source: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~matc/math5.geometry/unit9/unit9.html ...

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Can you explain to me the significance of the circle as a symbol in art according to Jung (both in ancient times and now.)

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