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

Carl Jung and Astrology

For those of you interested in astrology as well as Jungian thought, you might check out the blog Carl Jung’s Red Book by astrologist and counselor Elizabeth Spring. It’s not been recently updated but from here you can click through to another of her blogs, Private Papers of a Reluctant Astrologer. In the latest post on the Red Book blog, she talks about what the planets were doing at the time Jung was writing the Red Book.

NWA Friends of Jung visits DC, virtually

New member Donna Dover, recently of Washington DC, told a friend of hers about The Red Book and about the current exhibit of the book at the Library of Congress, and asked her friend to attend and report back. Mary Anne says:

“I visited the Library of Congress yesterday to see the exhibit on Carl Jung’s Red Book.  Passing through the library to the exhibition room was wonderful in itself—the place is so changed from the scruffy building in which I worked back in 1976.  The Jung exhibit is on the second floor, immediately behind the wonderful exhibition of Thomas Jefferson’s library.  The books have been liberated from the vaults and are now displayed in two-sided glass cases so that you can see and appreciate the spines, too.  They are in the same order as Jefferson arranged them:  separate sections for Science, Memory (history), Reason (philosophy), and Imagination (fine arts).

The Red Book exhibit starts with some very interesting exposition on Jung and his role in the development of psychiatry, his discovery of Freud and excitement at becoming Freud’s protege, and his falling out with Freud.  The exhibit includes the actual hand-written letters between Jung and Freud documenting their break-up.  Freud’s letter refers to Jung’s “illness,” suggesting that the mania that led Jung to begin the Red Book was already becoming manifest.

Your allegation that I treat my followers as patients is demonstrably untrue. . . . It is a convention among us analysts that none of us need feel ashamed of his own neurosis. But one [meaning Jung] who while behaving abnormally keeps shouting that he is normal gives ground for the suspicion that he lacks insight into his illness. Accordingly, I propose that we abandon our personal relations entirely.  S. Freud.

The Red Book itself is displayed in a case, opened to pages 54 and 55 with their gorgeous illustrations.

It was exciting to be able to see the varying texture of the colors and the gold leaf on the pages as Jung had painted it.  Enlarged images of several of the other pages are also displayed, and on a desk were three copies of the large reproductions of the book for visitors to leaf through and enjoy.  Very interesting!  The caligraphy is beautiful but my high school German was no match for most of it.  I was a little disappointed that there was no English translation for the text, and I am looking for that online now.

The exhibit also delves into Jung’s possible inspirations for the book, including William Blake, and Jung’s own influence on 20th century arts and culture, from Jackson Pollock, Martha Graham and Fellini to George Lucas.  It also traces some of his impact on modern psychology, for instance, the ideas on which the Myers-Briggs test is based.  There was a guest book at the exit, so I wrote “Thank you on behalf of the Northwestern Arkansas Friends of Jung.”  I took several copies of the exhibition booklet and will send them along.

Thank you again to alerting me to this! “

Thanks for Mary Anne for such a great report and for signing in on our behalf!

Join us in September!

The first meeting of the new year for the NWA Friends of Jung will be Tuesday, September 7 from 7-9:30 pm. Our theme for this year is Jung in the 21st Century and our first meeting will be an open invitation session for all to see and learn more about Jung’s Red Book. For more information about upcoming meetings during the year, check the 2010-2011 page on this site.


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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