The White and the Black Magician: The Light and the Dark side of Spirit

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Jung often discussed the phenomenon of the human spirit, emphasizing its ambiguous nature; it may work for good as well as for evil. This article engages with the ambiguous nature of spirit through a discussion of the double-figure of the white and the black magician. The black magician represents the dark side of the work of the human spirit—our narcissism and power drive. In the process of individuation, we must confront this figure, if we are to use spirit in a way that enriches our lives and the world in which we live.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJung Journal
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)233-250
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Bibliographical note

Important note from the Publisher regarding the attached version of the article: “This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Jung Journal on 31 Aug 2020, available online:”


  • Earthsea
  • Le Guin
  • Jung
  • magic
  • magician
  • narcissism
  • power
  • spirit
  • splitting
  • wisdom

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