Tag Archives: Carl Gustav Jung

Reading The Red Book (23)

Chapter X of Liber Secundus is called Incantations. God (Izdubar) is now enclosed in the maternal egg. Jung  sings “the incantations for his incubation.” If we are the children of Gods, perhaps Gods can also be our children, he says: … Continue reading

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Reading The Red Book (22)

We have reached chapter IX of Liber Secundus, entitled “Second Day.” God Izdubar (Gilgamesh) is resigned to dying; Jung, however, is determined not to let him perish. A thought occurs to him, as he watches Izdubar’s suffering: “And this speech … Continue reading

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Gilgamesh: He Who Saw the Deep

If you happen to have some time on your hands, I strongly recommend that you take a look at Ancient Masterpiece of World Literature (https://www.edx.org/course/ancient-masterpieces-of-world-literature), a  course which Harvard University is currently offering online free of charge. You can also … Continue reading

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Reading The Red Book (8)

“But how does the mind free itself of its accumulated violence, cultured violence, self-protective violence, the violence of aggression, the violence of competition, the violence of trying to be somebody, the violence of trying to discipline oneself according to a … Continue reading

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Reading The Red Book (4)

“Look into your depths, pray to your depths, waken the dead.” C.G. Jung, “The Red Book” The chapter entitled On the Service of the Soul contains a dire warning: soul work is not a light endeavor. Jung describes his fear … Continue reading

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Reading The Red Book (2)

Chapter 1 of The Red Book bears the title Refinding the Soul. “I have shaken the dust of all the lands from my feet, and I have come to you, I am with you,” says Jung, addressing his soul. He … Continue reading

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Dark Matter

“You’re sitting here with us, but you’re also out walking in a field at dawn. You are yourself the animal we hunt when you come with us on the hunt. You’re in your body like a plant is solid in … Continue reading

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Chaos, Harmony and the Birth of Alphabet

One of the most beautiful Greek myths, which fascinated Carl Gustav Jung because of its alchemical underpinnings, is the story of Cadmus and Harmony. It is beautifully retold in The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony by Roberto Calasso, who begins … Continue reading

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Struggle for Love in a Dream

Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (Poliphilo’s Strife of Love in a Dream or Poliphilo’s Struggle for Love in a Dream), more than just a book but rather a milestone in depth psychology, was published in Venice in 1499. It featured beautiful woodcut illustrations and … Continue reading

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Rose Red: Symbolism of Blood

1.“White and red combined are the colour of the mysterious rose, the whiteness of milk and the redness of blood, the white of light and the redness of fire.” Eliphas Levi, “The Book of Splendors” 2.“Blood is the first incarnation of … Continue reading

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