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The New Nonsense
10-10-2009, 01:26 PM
Carl Jung's infamous RED BOOK a.k.a. LIBER NOVUS is now available to the public for the first time. It has been called by some the "Holy Grail of Unconsciousness" and "the most influential unpublished (until now) work in the history of psychology". The 95 year old book had previously been repressed by Jung's heirs due to its esoteric nature. Apparently they were afraid it would tarnish his image, as the book deals with various mystical and occult concepts and themes. Not to mention those who had seen the book felt it was representative of a deranged mind or that Jung had experienced a psychotic break.

The RED BOOK contains with 212 illustrations by Jung, many of which are full-color. Some have compared it to William Blake's Illuminated Manuscripts. It includes various mystical diagrams and mandalas representing unconsciousness and cosmology.

The book is a spiritual journey of sorts, and unfolds in a series of dialogs between angels and demons revealing deep insight into the nature of reality and man's place in it. It also suggests how to work personal alchemy with one's unconsciousness and how to invoke and utilize god-forms and archetypes -- sort of psychological sorcery.

It really looks like an astonishing work. I'm anxiously awaiting its arrival.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Jgzb0tErL._SL500_AA240_.jpghttp://www.rmanyc.org/uploads/event/308/description-red_book.jpg


There's a lengthy article on this book in the New York Times, here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/20/magazine/20jung-t.html

The original work in on public display at the Rubin Museum, here:

http://www.rmanyc.org/nav/exhibitions/view/308

trieffiewiles
10-10-2009, 02:34 PM
I'd seen articles on this as well. Some eccentric on some other blog I was reading once listed Jung's Seven Sermons to the Dead alongside the King in Yellow in order of preference. Interested, I checked it out quickly, since there's more than one place you can read it online. Unsurprisingly, it was very interesting.

I am in complete agreement with the anticipation you show for this new 'old' book. Plus many of the illustrations look they were lifted from Egyptian tombs, forgotten Orthodox cathedrals, hell some the graffiti one would've found in parts of New Orleans before the flood. Beautiful indeed.

Evans
10-11-2009, 11:34 AM
Ahh the red book that is redder than red.

I must admit I know very little of Jung but would I be right in assuming that this book is so titled because of the Rubedo phase in the Magnum Opus? Another Cinnabar book...

paeng
10-11-2009, 11:45 AM
Thanks! Here's another website about the book:


Projects | Philemon Foundation (https://philemonfoundation.org/projects/red_book/)

Daisy
12-07-2009, 11:49 AM
An article about the Norton edition of Jung’s Liber Novus appeared this week in the New York Times Book Review:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/06/books/review/Harrison-t.html

The New Nonsense
12-07-2009, 04:36 PM
My copy just arrived last week. It's enormous, and heavy! It's really a stunning book; well worth picking up just for the fantastic full-color artwork alone (artwork by Jung). I have a feeling this could be one of those texts that one could study for a lifetime and still discover new secrets. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the more esoteric areas of psychology.

Interestingly, there is another book coming out in June titled, Jung the Mystic: Esoteric Dimensions of Carl Jung's Life and Teachings by Gary Lachman. It could be an interesting analysis of some of the ideas presented in Liber Novus.

Amazon.com: Jung the Mystic: The Esoteric Dimensions of Carl Jung's Life and Teachings (9781585427925): Gary Lachman: Books

paeng
12-08-2009, 11:56 AM
Thanks for sharing that! I also ordered a copy but it will arrive end of Dec. Meanwhile, I bought some of his volumes on alchemy and myth from the Bollingen series as well as Ficino's Three Books on Life.

Sam
12-09-2009, 10:31 AM
My copy just arrived last week. It's enormous, and heavy! It's really a stunning book; well worth picking up just for the fantastic full-color artwork alone (artwork by Jung). I have a feeling this could be one of those texts that one could study for a lifetime and still discover new secrets. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the more esoteric areas of psychology.

Interestingly, there is another book coming out in June titled, Jung the Mystic: Esoteric Dimensions of Carl Jung's Life and Teachings by Gary Lachman. It could be an interesting analysis of some of the ideas presented in Liber Novus.

Amazon.com: Jung the Mystic: The Esoteric Dimensions of Carl Jung's Life and Teachings (9781585427925): Gary Lachman: Books (http://www.amazon.com/Jung-Mystic-Esoteric-Dimensions-Teachings/dp/1585427926/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I23D4V7RQHL1XX&colid=8U92STYOMVXR)

Gary Lachman writes a lot about occult and mystic ideas, both in books and many articles in Fortean Times magazine. I enjoy his writing, and expect this book to be fascinating. Adding to my Wish List! (And yes, this is the same Gary Lachman from new-wave/pop band Blondie...)

The New Nonsense
12-09-2009, 01:01 PM
Gary Lachman writes a lot about occult and mystic ideas, both in books and many articles in Fortean Times magazine. I enjoy his writing, and expect this book to be fascinating. Adding to my Wish List! (And yes, this is the same Gary Lachman from new-wave/pop band Blondie...)

Agreed. I have a few of Lachman's books from Dedalus Press, The Garden of Hermetic Dreams and The Dedalus Book of the Occult. He certainly seems to know his stuff.

Oh, and regarding Liber Novus; I wasn't kidding when I said it was HUGE. I was just doing a size comparison between Liber Novus and the recent Lovecraft Art Book (Centipede Press). Those who have it know how big it is. The books are the exact same size (16 inches tall and about 2 1/2 inches think). That makes one of the two largest books I own. Sizes such as these are really wonderful when it comes to art books. The large scale format and high-detail creates a stunningly dramatic effect.

Daisy
12-14-2009, 10:00 AM
The Jung exhibition at the Rubin Museum was reviewed by Edward Rothstein in yesterday's New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/12/arts/design/12jung.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=design

paeng
12-15-2009, 09:41 AM
Thanks very much for mentioning titles from Dedalus Press. I'll certainly add them to my wish list. There's also Three Books of Occult Philosophy and probably Owen Davies' Grimoires.

I forgot to add that when I also wrote about the "Red Book" here

http://www.ligotti.net/showpost.php?p=29982&postcount=219

I forgot to mention that the other forum where the article was shared is, of all things, a doomer discussion board attached to the "Life After the Oil Crash" website, where one forum member is writing about collapse and esotericism here:

http://www.wedietorememberwhatwelivetoforget.com/

paeng
03-03-2010, 12:42 PM
"The Red Book: C.J. Jung"

http://greylodge.org/gpc/?p=1806