Three Subconscious Levels

In Three Levels of the Mind I used three signs, to symbolise the primordial, individual and universal mind.

In that context, all three together represent the conscious mind.

In my previous post, Subconscious or Psyche, three other signs represent the subconscious mind.

That part of all knowledge that is not consciously known, but largely influences all of our actions and thoughts.

On the page Unconscious Mind I collected some different views on that part of our ‘consciousness’.

In my previous post I also explored some different words to decide which one would be best to use in the context of this blog. For the moment I will choose ‘subconsious’  to see how that works.

Besides that, I am using my basic model to name the areas for each subconscious part.

Cancer (4) falls in the ‘primordial‘ part, but also in a part that can be called ‘personal inside‘.

The next sign, Scorpio (8), falls in the ‘individual‘ part, but besides that, in a part that can be called ‘collective inside‘.

And finally the last sign, pisces (12), falls in the ‘universal‘ part and also in the part ‘collective exterior‘.

4. Primordial Subconscious

Nurturing, support, emotional bonding, belonging, roots, source. Ground of your being. The unconscious, feelings, emotion, first emotional attachments to the world. Mothering, emotional and physical nurturing.

Experiences and imprinting during infancy and childhood. Family, ancestors, heritage, relationships to the past. Belonging, feeling at home, caring.

Feeling supported, that needs are provided for. Insecurities and fears if your needs haven’t been fulfilled.

8. Individual Subconscious

Transformation, change, ego-death, rebirth, transcendence. Intense emotional involvement with the process of personal growth. Movement from individual certainties to the mysteries of life. Spirit breaking through the limitations of  the individual ego.

Intense, passionate, brooding, magnetic, unyielding, driven by emotions. Stands up for self, usually covertly, manipulates power. Understands deeper layers of the psyche beyond the ego, unable to communicate this well leading to misunderstandings.

Intrigued by the dark side of life. The underground, people whose job involves going beneath surface appearances. Breaking free of illusory limitations. Self-mastery.

12. Universal Subconsious

Surrender to the universe, to higher goals, ego sacrifice. Compassion and empathy, selfless work. Seeing the unity of all things. The end of cycles, forming seeds for the next cycle of growth.

Mysticism, fails to make normal distinctions. Laziness, victim, martyr, servant. Tends to escapism. Fantasy, drugs, alcohol, religion. Very receptive, sensitive, even psychic. Co-dependency, care-taking.

Psyche, Shadow and Collective unconscious

Somehow I think the first two (4 and 8) are what Freud and Jung would call the ‘psyche’, the second (8) what Jung would call the ‘shadow’ and the last (12) what Jung would call the ‘collective unconscious’.



  1. Very Interesting. Since I was young and came across Jung’s ideas of a collective unconscious I have been fascinated with our different levels of mind and how they contribute to our being.

  2. I was also fascinated by his ideas, the very moment I read about them. Especially the differentiation he makes between the personal and collective unconscious is so very interesting.

    And his thoughts about the individuation process were really groundbreaking I think. Still much to investigate.

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  5. hello!

    I really love your intuitive grasp of the various levels of subconsciousness. I feel that deep in my being, you are exactly correct. I have not been able to find much information on the various “levels” of the subconscious mind, but I feel that your connections between the levels you described and the astrological signs are intriguing. Please direct me to other resources that talk about the subconscious mind according to levels either scientifically or metaphysically. I would appreciate it! Namaste friend.

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