Posts Tagged 'Red Book'

What’s in Your Red Book?

A blog post from Len Cruz at the Asheville Jung Center, following up on last year’s celebration of the publication of Carl Jung’s Red Book, his own illustrated journal of inner work. Len opens the floor for comments about your own Red Book—what is it, what’s in it, what do you get from it? Some participants are posting images or links to their own blogs. Can a blog be a Red Book of our time?

The Egg

I can’t remember at this point where I found this, but it’s worth pondering, on the heels of our year of the Red Book and ongoing discussion of Jung’s Egg. A short story by writer Andy Weir titled “The Egg.”

Jung-inspired Psychedelic Rock

The Baltimore band Arbouretum releases its new album, The Gathering, today. The album was largely inspired by Jung’s Red Book. You can read an article about the recording of the album here and visit the band’s blog here. Leader Dave Heumann’s lyrics “employ elaborate and allegorical imagery, borrowing themes from Jung and Bowles to explore the depths of the mind.”

Bert’s Red Book

No, not on Sesame Street, but in an exhibition at the Galveston Arts Center from January 22 through March 6, 2011. Houston-based artist Bert Long used Jung’s Red Book as a source, and used his own dreams and visions to create a series of paintings and drawings—his own Red Book. View images from Long’s Red Book series at his website.

What’s in Your Red Book?

This is a blog post from the Asheville Jung Center by Len Cruz, discussing how we are each making our own Red Book and inviting readers to post about their own experiences.

Lunar eclipse and “ancients living their symbols”

NWAFofJ member June Jefferson recently wrote this article and was reminded of it in our Dec 7 meeting when we read the phrase “the ancient people lived their symbols.” She’s generously shared the article below:

June B. Jefferson

“Solstice” Definition: from two root words which mean sun and standing; the time of year when the sun is farthest south of the equator; the first day of Winter; the shortest day of the year. In 2010, Solstice will be on Tuesday, December 21st.

Most of us have sensed the light of day lessening as we head toward Solstice. Many regions have been in great darkness for a long time. Our area is really fortunate to have at least 9 hours and 48 minutes of daylight plus 1 hour and 31 minutes of twilight this time of year.

In addition this year, there is a phenomenon or an “outward sign of the working of a law of nature.” There will be a total lunar eclipse of the full moon visible in the predawn Tuesday, beginning or entering penumbra around 12:30 am, through total eclipse around 2:00-3:00, and leaving penumbra by 5:00.

Most likely, it will be too cloudy for us to see, as it usually is here for eclipses and meteor showers. Regardless, know this: our shortest day of the year/longest night of the year is actually going to be filled with light, either from the sun or the moon, for most of its whole twenty-four hours, even if it’s behind clouds.

How can this knowledge NOT be hopeful figurative language for us? For instance: In the darkest time there really is light. Also: Whether we can see it or not, there are certainties we can depend upon and rarities which are possible. Or perhaps: The fundamental processes of day and night work together to both shade and reveal in their functions as “outward signs of the working of the law of nature.”

Society has created many sayings which use similar terms to encourage or inspire us. “There’s a silver lining behind every cloud. The darkest moment is just before dawn.”

Which leads me to say, again, I wish for us moments of peace and calm, periods of observation and communication with the natural world, and a knowledge that the day after the longest night begins a minute-by-minute journey to the longest day.

NWA Friends of Jung Donates Red Book

Virginia Krauft shows the Red Book to St Paul’s rector Lowell Grisham. Photo by Andy Shupe

The NWA Friends of Jung has recently donated copies of Carl Jung’s Red Book to the Fayetteville Public Library and to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church library. At an informal gathering at St. Paul’s on November 19, attended by Virginia Krauft, president of the Friends of Jung; 10 members of the Friends of Jung; Lowell Grisham, rector of St. Paul’s; Albert Gray, librarian at St. Paul’s; and Bettina Lehovec, religion page reporter for The Morning News, Dr. Krauft presented the book to the church library. The book will also be located in the Reference section of the Fayetteville Public Library.

Reporter Bettina Lehovec wrote a wonderful article on the Red Book and the NWAFJ donations in the Dec 4 edition of the NWA Times/Morning News in the Religion section.

from left: Lowell Grisham, Virginia Krauft, Mary Miller, and Sharon Donnelly


The NWA Friends of Jung meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month in the library at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The Sunday Dream Group meets the 1st and 3rd Sundays from 2–3:30 in the library at St. Paul’s.

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