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Journal of Symbols & Sandplay Therapy 2016;7(2): 87-106.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12964/jsst.160010
Candlelight: Symbol of Consciousness in Holy, Protective Space
Na Kyoung Lee
Mara Youth and Family Counseling Center
Correspondence :  Na Kyoung Lee ,Email: lnkya@hanmail.net
Received: October 30, 2016  Revised: November 30, 2016   Accepted: December 1, 2016
Abstract
This study examined the symbolism of candlelight that is frequently observed in sand pictures. Candlelight represents light in the darkness of life, bright future, vitality of sun, or uncertainty and evanescence of life that can easily vanish. Birth and death of human being is compared to creation and extinction of candlelight. Candlelight that is lit at deathbed breaks darkness of death and it symbolizes the light in afterlife. As for the existing method of candlelight, it reveals its nature by burning itself. Hence, candle, which completes its existence through an encounter with flame, is an important symbol that shows birth, death, resurrection, and holiness. This study examined the symbolism of ‘candlelight’ from an aspect of analytical psychology by dividing into ‘Temenos’ as a holy protective space, ‘Initiation’ to death that is encountered at the process toward regeneration, and ‘Consciousness’ that naturally begins a noble evolution by converting unconscious characteristics of Self to be conscious. The paper analyzed the symbolism of candlelight by examining the sand pictures of client.
KeyWords: candlelight, temenos, initiation, consciousness
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