Khidr as symbol of the self

A depiction of Elijah and Khidr praying together from an illuminated manuscript version of Stories of the Prophets. 427 A. H. US Public Domain, Wikimedia
A depiction of Elijah and Khidr praying together from an illuminated manuscript version of Stories of the Prophets. 427 A. H. US Public Domain, Wikimedia

Khidr is the ‘green one.’ He is the angel to the mystics. Carl Jung says that “Khidr may well be a symbol of the self.” The self is a “psychic totality” that is not easy for the conscious mind to represent. Therefor, it is often represented through images and symbols which express ideals such as wholeness, totality, integration wisdom. Carl Jung describes why Khidr is an image of the Self:

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