The first of Erich Neumann's works to be translated into
English, this eloquent book draws on a full range of world
mythology to show that individual consciousness undergoes the same
archetypal stages of development as has human consciousness as a
whole. Neumann, one of Jung's most creative students and a renowned
practitioner of analytical psychology in his own right, shows how
the stages begin and end with the symbol of the Uroboros, or
tail-eating serpent. The intermediate stages are projected in the
universal myths of the World Creation, Great Mother, Separation of
the World Parents, Birth of the Hero, Slaying of the Dragon, Rescue
of the Captive, and Transformation and Deification of the Hero.
Throughout the sequence the Hero is the evolving ego
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