The Hermaphrodite vs The Politician
In my drawing the hermaphrodite is the fox, who represents adaptability and duality in that he incarnates a union of opposites as the combination of a dog and cat, and is able to mediate opposing messages such as those of the owl and the crow. He is dressed in black, red and gold, the same colors as in the Splendor Solis, and plays a banjo which has 4 strings much like the egg and the Four Elements. The music then plays out as the Fifth Element.
The fence and thistles have been replaced with irises which symbolizes the coming together of the inner and outer world. The goddess Iris was associated with the rainbow and carried messages from the heavens to the earth. In that same line of symbolism, the banjo playing fox also alludes to Orpheus, who descended to the underworld and returned.
The crow and owl are meant to provide a conscience to the fox, the crow being the fatherly conscience and the owl the motherly conscience necessary for mature love Eric Fromm talks about in the Art of Loving (the fox, with his red fur, can also represent the heart or balancing power of love). The donkey represents the body and the integration of the shadow. In this state of balance between the Higher Self, the mind and the body are reunited.
In the Red Book Jung describes his meeting with the Red One, which he calls at some point the devil, but also recognizes his sense of humor which balances Jung’s own serious attitude. That seems very much fitting for my fox, who is a bit of a joker (like Reynard the Fox) and with his red fur actually is a “red one”.
Note: the quotes in italic are from the book by J.L. Henderson and D.N. Sherwood, Transformation of the Psyche: The Symbolic Alchemy of the Splendor Solis