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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Dream Symbols 10: Marriage

A wedding in a dream is often felt to be the portent of such an event in real life, or we might say that it is often hoped to be the portent of such an event, but according to Jungian dream interpretation, weddings in dreams speak, in fact, of something quite different, that, as always, if you have been following these posts about dream symbolism, has to do with the dreamer's inner life much more than with an outer event.
Jung referred to the mysterium conjunctio as the separation and synthesis of psychic opposites in alchemy. Jung often used alchemical symbolism in his psychological work, and in this case, it may be easier to understand with the following quote:
The psychological rule says that when an inner situation is not made conscious, it happens outside as fate. That is to say, when the individual remains undivided and does not become conscious of his inner opposite, the world must perforce act out the conflict and be torn into opposing halves. Carl Gustav Jung
That means, among other things, that when you are not aware of what is inside of you (i.e., why you react as you do to external events), then you will continue running into persons and situations that continue to "cause" the same reactions in you over and over again. So you fight it out with the world, or in your relationships, until you become aware of the inner part of you that is actually responsible for the way you react. Only then will the individuals and events that you used to run into, stop being part of your life.
So once you are able to unite the two opposite halves of the self, an inner marriage takes place, and the individual becomes more whole. This, more than anything else, is what the dream wedding symbolizes. Something in the dreamer - on an inner level - has begun to unite.
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