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Archetypes  are inherent in us not because tales and stories “Inspired” these images, but because they are inherent in out psych from the very beginning.

The images of Baba Yaga and Koschei the immortal are complex. Both character are ancient, rooted in old Slavic legends. 

The archetype of Baba Yaga is very close to the Archetype of the Great Mother; She is more than a witch, she is a great nature goddess, possessing the power of both life and death like nature herself. She is an image of the Divine Feminine, that which is capable of ruthless destruction and loving nurturing. 

It isn’t correct to categorize Baba Yaga as evil, any more than it would be to describe nature itself with this word. Nature is amoral, sometimes fantastically destructive and cruel, and other times just as life-giving and nurturing.

Koshchei's belonging to the "other" world can be traced in a line that brings him closer to the image of Baba Yaga.

The death of Koshchei is in the egg, where the needle is located instead of the natural germ - that which gives birth to life. Yolk, protein and shell - three constituents of everything, energy and matter from which anything is built. He is the an archetype of rebellion, collective image of an authoritarian father.

Baba Yaga’s and koschei's grotesqueness and power are illustrative of the problem of dealing with these dark, primordial psychic contents.

To grow fully into whom we were meant to be, we will have to confront these shadows and contents.


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“There is good reason for supposing that the archetypes are the unconscious images of the instincts themselves, in other words, that they are patterns of instinctual behaviour.” 
― C.G. JungThe Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious


The symbol of the old woman is one of the most widspread archetypal personifications in the world.

She is beyond time, she is “The one who knows”, she thrives in the deepest soul-psych. the ancient and vital.

Yaga stands between two worlds of “rationality” and mythos; She is the knuckle bone on which those wwo worlds turn.

Her bone leg and her bones house are a symbol of the other worlds, other realms and at the same time the inner deepesnt timless soul.

Her personality is controversial- both frightful, menacing, sharp teethed witch but also powerful, wise and helpful at times, for those she chooses to help.


The dwelling of Koshchei the Immortal is depicted in a fairy tale as a palace, a castle, a big house, a “pho-grater - golden windows”. Here are innumerable riches.

On his social position, in all fairy tales, represents the tsar, or prince, or the ruler of a certain kingdom, 

Koshchei’s nature is significant. Since this hero is a paternal image of authoritarianism and autocracy, and energy for this he must draw in the appropriate source, in the human psyche.  As is known power, which has a leader, is not only based on power and authority, but on unconscious interactions relationships.

The fact is that the power of Koshchi is in water. Water in dreams and mental visions is a symbol to

the unconscious.