WELCOME TO ARAS — a world treasure with jewels from every culture since the beginning of time. ARAS has taken many steps from its tiny beginnings in Eranos, Switzerland seventy years ago to the world-reach of the Internet today. Long available to only a few researchers, the wondrous vision of how the collective unconscious expresses itself in all human societies is now available to many. To fathom ARAS's depth and richness, allow yourself to wander, to linger, and to ponder. Do not be afraid to get lost, as your meanderings may yield surprising delights of imagery and meaning.

The Archive

The ARAS archive contains about 17,000 photographic images, each cross-indexed, individually mounted, and accompanied by scholarly commentary. The commentary includes a description of the image with a cultural history that serves to place it in its unique historical and geographical setting. Often it also includes an archetypal commentary that brings the image into focus for its modern psychological and symbolic meaning, as well as a bibliography for related reading and a glossary of technical terms. Learn more.

The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Images

Our latest publication combines original and incisive essays about particular symbols with representative images from all parts of the world and all eras of history. The Book of Symbols combines original and incisive essays about particular symbols with representative images from all parts of the world and all eras of history. The highly readable texts and almost 800 beautiful full-color images come together in a unique way to convey hidden dimensions of meaning.
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