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Journal of Symbols & Sandplay Therapy 2012;3(2): 45-65.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12964/jsst120013
The Sword: The Development of Consciousness
Mi-young Lee
Mara Child Counseling Center, Korea
Correspondence :  Mi-young Lee ,Email: junetime@naver.com
Received: September 28, 2012   Accepted: November 29, 2012
Abstract
This study examined the symbolism of swords that are often exhibited in sandtrays. Beginning with an overview of the history and symbolic meanings of swords, the study explored the psychological meanings of swords through three sandtrays in order to understand the symbolic meanings exhibited in sandplay therapy. It found that swords symbolize power and authority, justice and courage, and sacred power. Moreover, in the development of animus, swords represent conscious realization in the inner Self of women, or, in other words, the development of consciousness. In the three sandpictures used in this study, an analysis was performed on the symbolic meanings expressed in such animus development processes and the results are presented here.
KeyWords: Symbol, Animus, Sandplay Therapy, Masculinity, Self-control
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