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The dragon needs to be killed at the beginning of the Great Work. The dragon is your inner self, primitive, animalistic, that needs to be transformed to perfection. The figure on the right is black. Blackness is the first stage of the great Work: Nigredo. The figure has white clothing, symbolizing the second stage of whiteness: Albedo. The figure on the right is red and also crowned, symbolizing the last stage of redness or Rubedo. The color purple of his clothing is also connected to this last stage.