The Thirteen - the Shadow and the Ego
Denied personality traits
The thirteen ultimately symbolizes, together with the ego, the shadow and thus everything that man does not know or like. These rejected or denied qualities and resources do not participate in the life in the light (of consciousness), but are repressed, locked away and afflicted with negativity.(so, for example, the hated weakness is often overplayed.). The ego is represented by "the old serpent" in the paradise of man full of good intentions (as negative anima; see The Fall ofMan account of the Bible and the mystery of the serpent).
The Ego and the Inner Child
Theego is the dark ruler in the shadows, which oppresses the human being through its urges. It inflates itself and never gets enough. But behind it is a small, frightened and abandoned child who only wants to be noticed and loved.
Wholeness through integration of the shadow
The Path Through the Underworld: Deathly Courage
The confrontation with one's own shadow requires courage, even the courage to die. It is the last phase of the hero 's journey and the hero's trial by fire. In it, the human being encounters his own death, namely everything that he has split off in his life and which therefore separates him from true life in fullness.
Overcoming in the Power of Love: Dying and Rising
But the one who can accept and love himself in his weakness overcomes death in the form of the ego, his identity of separation. Its power "dies" in the process and instead the Self, the identity of love, rises (see From Ego to Self).
A new wholeness and eternal life
In this way, the human being regains wholeness. He knows and has experienced himself that love is stronger than death, because he has seen his own shadows and still lives on and on. Thus he has also found his way back to gratitude, unity and security in the greater.