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C.G. Jung created this word while sculpting.
It means breath of life.
Several times in his life, starting at age 10, Jung carved human figures in wood or in stone.
At the age of 45, he had one of these figures reproduced in stone and placed in his garden (see the photo).

Only while I was doing this work did the unconscious supply me with a name.
It called the figure
Atmavictu, breath of life (...)
the creative impulse.

Only much later, by the end of his life, did the meaning of this repeated ritual become clear to him :

In fact, the whole thing was a Cabir (...)
endowed with a provision of vital strength,
in the form of a long dark stone.

The Cabirs were nature deities,
whose cult was close to that of the goddess Demeter.
They were related to the creative element and the birth of life.

Translated from : C.G. JUNG, Ma vie. Souvenirs, rêves et pensées. Folio (1992), p.43.

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