the symbol of a son obviously also appears in the dreams of people who do not have a son and are not themselves a son since the symbol exceeds the ordinary understanding of it in waking consciousness.
it often shows the unconscious merging of two minds*13 (one of the parents with a son), which is why in waking consciousness and in the actual relationship, the mutual hiding of feelings is completely unnecessary by one or the other side.
symbolizes the emotional animus and can even rarely achieve levels of spiritual animus in which it is not completely clear whether this beautiful boy (often a prince) is actually the dreamer's son; such a case does, however, demonstrate to the dreamer that he already has a close relationship to the state of spiritual animus; the son is thus one of the symbols of unification (see Anima – Animus archetype).
gives a dreaming parent the chance to examine his or her true relationship with the son and thus to eliminate his negative traits during the course of the dream; this also works the other way with the son having the possibility to eliminate his negativity toward his parents.
conflicts of a son with the dream mother: conflict between the male and female aspects (see Anima – Animus archetype); also see Conflict.
the union of the mother and son: an extremely important dream and turning point; to grasp it one must understand the principle of the unification of antitheses on an instinctual and emotional plane (see Anima – Animus and Coniunctio archetypes); many alchemical tracts*86 speak of a similar union.
in its purest meaning it signifies the Divine Child "kora" since the anima – animus (female and male) antitheses have not yet entered it; the symbol of the Divine Child does not belong to either the male or female principle (see Puer Kora archetype).