7.26.1875 – 6.6.61.
Carl Gustav Jung
In the words of Stephen Hoeller,
(((after reading “a strange book” concerning the old Gnostic heretics, written by Jung- although the author is identified in a line below the title (VII SERMONES AD MORTUOS) as “Basilides”, and the place of the writing is identified as “Alexandria, the city where East and West Meet”)))
“C.G. Jung was a healer of souls and a healer of the culture. A more efficient servant of humanity the world has seldom seen. This efficiency and wisdom was the result, not of heredity, environment, education, but of his having walked the road to the land of shadows where the secret knowledge of the soul dwells.
To walk this road, and to find one’s objective, means to go contrary to the world and to the notions of the reasonable and the probable. Jung Once wrote that our picture of the world only tallies with reality when the improbable has a place in it. It is improbable that order will prevail against chaos and that meeting will win out over meaninglessness. Still, the improbable happens; it is possible and not beyond our reach. In a very real sense the improbable is the true vocation, the authentic destiny of the human being. This is the vocation that can be said to make us human, for we are less than human in proportion as we disregard it or ignore it. The trees and flowers, the birds and beasts who follow their destiny are superior to the human who betrays his.”
Jung’s works are too many to list…
An excerpt from an entry
(from Black Book 5, which gives a preliminary sketch of cosmology of the Septem Sermones)
in his LIBER NOVUS: The “Red Book” of C.G. Jung, finally published in 2009:
The force of the God is frightful.
“You shall experience even more of it. You are in the second age. The first age has been overcome. This is the age of the rulership of the son, whom you call the Frog God. A third age will follow, the age of appointment and harmonious power.”
My soul, where did you go? Did you go to the animals?
I bind the Above with the Below. I bind God and animal. Something in me is part animal, something part God, and a third part human. Below you serpent, within you man, and above you God. Beyond the serpent comes the phallus, then the earth, then the moon, and finally the coldness and emptiness of outer space.
Above you comes the dove or the celestial soul, in which love and foresight are united, just as poison and shrewdness are united in the serpent. Shrewdness is the devil’s understanding which always detects smaller things and finds chinks where you suspect none.
If I am not conjoined through the uniting of the Below and the Above, I break down into three parts: the serpent, and in that or some other animal form I roam, living nature daimonically, arousing fear and longing.
The human soul, living forever within you. The celestial soul, as such dwelling with the Gods, far from you and unknown to you, appearing in the form of a bird…”
Jung’s epitaph reads,
–VOCATUS ATQUE NON VOCATUS DEUS ADERIT–
(CALLED OR UNCALLED THE GOD WIL BE PRESENT)
–PRIMUS HOMO DE TERRA TERRENUS, SECUNDUS HOMO DE CAELO CAELESTIS–
(THE FIRST MAN IS OF THE EARTH AND IS EARTHLY, THE SECOND MAN IS OF HEAVEN AND IS HEAVENLY)