Pelican and Shart at the Edge Heart Attack Carl Jung


To the extent that I managed to translate emotions into images – that is to say, to find the images which are concealed in the emotions – I was inwardly calmed and reassured.


C.G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, and Recollections.



(30) Pelican and the Shark


Although I was somewhat calmer after making this drawing, I still felt that I was in a precarious position, way too close to the Edge, and that it was too early to tell whether my spirit would be rescued by the Pelican of Hope or devoured by the Shark of Doom.

The alchemists would see this drawing in a slightly different light; they would say that the image deals with the “Union of Opposites” and with the idea of finding the right balance. They struggled with how best to reconcile opposing natures and forces, such as Masculine and Feminine, Water and Fire, Heaven and Earth, Spirit and Instinct. For these alchemists, it was very important to recognize and maintain the right proportions; unwary alchemists were devoured by the equivalent of sharks.

A year later, as I look closely at the drawing, it seems to me that the pelican has a slight edge.


March 15, 2007