In Carl Jung’s visions appeared a winged man he addressed with Philemon.
Philemon became a sort of inner guru and appeared in Jungs drawings between 1914 and 1917 as a balding old man with a white beard with bull's horns and kingfisher's wings.


One morning, after drawing that figure, Jung made a walk in the neighborhood and found a dead kingfisher. Those birds were fairly rare in Switzerland and he had never found a dead specimen. Again he regarded this as one of the many synchronicities 'meaningful coincidences' that befell him at that time.


quote ‘about Jung’, The red book

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Ever since my early childhood, every cold, bright winter night I look in the sky and search for that special place. An area  packed with stars, seen as a vague spot. Seen from the corner of my eyes they sparkle as diamonds  on black velvet.

Pleiades is their official name (This star group is also adressed as the Seven sisters). The brightest star is called Alcyone, the kingfisher (or ijsvogel in Dutch).


One morning in May 2012 while bringing my children to school in Leidsche Rijn I saw a dead kingfisher on the road. Almost immediately I felt the connection with Jung's discovery of a dead kingfisher almost 100 years earlier.

I picked up the little bird and took it home to bury in my garden.