Here, I am working toward a psychology of soul, based in a psychology of image.
The interest of depth psychology is in the unconscious levels of the psyche.
Archetypes tend to be metaphors rather than things. We find ourselves less able to say
what an archetype is literally and more inclined to describe them in images.
Let us imagine archetypes as the deepest patterns of psychic functioning, roots of the
soul governing perspectives we have of ourselves and the world.
All ways of speaking of archetypes are translations from one metaphor or another. Even
expressions of science and logic are no less metaphorical than an image which presents
archetypes as root ideas, psychic organs, figures of myth, typical styles of existence, or
dominant fantasies governing consciousness... their bedazzlement of consciousness
becomes blind to its own stance.
An archetype is best comparable with a god.
"Wickedness or not," said the traveller with the twisted staff, "I have a
very general acquaintance here in New England."
Young Goodman Brown, Hawthorne