Mysterium Coniunctionis Vol. 14 The Collected Works Of C. G. Jung


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Routledge, Kegan & Paul, 1963. First Edition. 704 pages. 10 plates. An Inquiry into the Separation and Synthesis of Psychic Opposites in Alchemy. Part of jacket missing to the top of spine, otherwise a very good copy. 

'Mysterium Coniunctionis was Jung's last work of book length completed when he was 81, and gives a final account of his lengthy researches in alchemy. It was Jung's empirical discovery that certain key problems of modern man were prefigures in what the alchemists called their 'art' or 'process'. The volume includes ten plates, a Bibliography, an Index, and an Appendix of original Latin and Greek texts quoted in the work.'

‘As may be known, I showed in my book Psychology and Alchemy, first published in 1944, how certain archetypal motifs that are common in alchemy appear in the dreams of modern individuals who have no knowledge of alchemical literature. In that book the wealth of ideas and symbols that lie hidden in the neglected treatises of this much misunderstood ‘art’ was hinted at rather than described in the detail that it deserved; for my primary aim was to demonstrate that the world of alchemical symbols definitely does not belong to the rubbish heap of the past, but stands in a very real and living relationship to our most recent discoveries concerning the psychology of the unconscious. Not only does this modern psychological discipline give us the key to the secrets of alchemy, but, conversely, alchemy provides the psychology of the unconscious with a meaningful historical basis. This was not a popular subject so for this reason remained largely misunderstood. Alchemy was almost entirely unknown as a branch of natural philosophy and as a religious movement.. Investigation of alchemical symbolism, like preoccupation with mythology, does not lead one away from life any more than a study of comparative anatomy leads away from the anatomy of living humans.’

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