Tom Thumb: personification of the creative force

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Front cover of Tom Thumb, Cock Robin Series, McLoughlin Bro. New York, 1888. US public domain via wikimedia
According to Carl Jung, Tom Thumb is a personification of the creative force. Jung says:

“We know that Tom Thumbs, dactyls, and Cabiri… are personifications of creative forces… Thus the creative dwarfs toil away in secret; the phallus also working in darkness, begets a living being” (CW5, para. 180)

In the image above we see Tom Thumb. He is near a vessel, a mother symbol. Tom Thumb is fighting the spider, an image of the shadow aspect of the Self.

Reference:

  1. Carl Jung, Cw 5, Symbols of Transformation (in US Pubic Domain, first published 1912)
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