Alchemical symbolism has been important in depth and analytical psychology and was revived and popularized from near extinction by the Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung. Jung discovered a direct correlation between the symbolic images in the alchemical drawings and the internal or psychic processes of transformation. Alchemy is the art of transubstantiation and a symbolic process of coming into wholeness as a human being where opposites brought into contact and inner and outer, spirit and matter are reunited.

“The real mystery does not behave mysteriously or secretively; it speaks a secret language, it adumbrates itself by a variety of images which all indicate its true nature.”

- C.G. Jung, Psychology and Alchemy