Grimm’s ‘The Nixie of the Mill-Pond’ A Jungian Approach to the Interpretation of Fairy Tales

Presented to the Victoria Jung Society, 2001

Presented to the Vancouver Jung Society

Fairy Tale as a mirror for the basic patterns of the psyche.

Fairy tales are the purest and simplest expression of collective unconscious psychic processes. They represent the archetypes in their simplest, barest and most concise form. This lecture deals with their powerful imagery and examines why their interpretation is so crucial to the Jungian tradition. Who hasn’t been enthralled as a child by these tales? Are these stories for adults or children? How do they differ from myths, legends and sagas? The Grimm’s ‘Nixie of the Millpond’ will be interpreted as an example of two core issues: the anima problem in the male psyche and the transmission of unresolved unconscious material from parent to child.


Date: October 1, 2004

Presented to the C.G. Jung Society Victoria