Carl Jung tells us that the unicorn is an image of spirit (CW 14, para. 3).
The concept of ‘spirit’ has deep roots in the human psyche. Spirit is a concept that speaks to the active pole of being. Wundt takes spirit as “the inner being, regardless of any connection with an outer being.” (ibid) Spirit is often associated with reason, intellect, imagination, creative power, and striving toward ideals. Spirit expresses”psychic capacities or functions or qualities, such as the capacity to think and reason in contradistinction to the more “soulful” sentiments” (ibid). In this sense, “spirit means the sum-total of all the phenomena of rational thought, or of the intellect, including the will, memory, imagination, creative power, and aspirations motivated by ideals.” (ibid)
- Mysterium Coniunctionis- Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Volume 14 By C. G. Jung
- The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious – Collected Works volume 9i (originally published 1934–1954) By C. G. Jung