Tom Thumb: personification of the creative force

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.


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