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Photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson

Photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson

I just read the long 10 page article in The New York Times about the book that Carl Jung wrote in a big red-leather book 100 years ago. The Red Book will be published by W.W. Norton & Co. on October 7, 2009.  Jung worked on this secret  book for 16 years. I’ve excerpted the beginning of this long and interesting article with a link to the article for a must read if one is interested in Jung. There may be I Ching devotees out there who have not heard of Carl Jung and his contribution to its publication in the United States but so far, I haven’t met one.

From The New York Times, September 16, 2009

The Holy Grail of the Unconscious

By Sara Corbett

This is a story about a nearly 100-year-old book, bound in red leather, which has spent the last quarter century secreted away in a bank vault in Switzerland. The book is big and heavy and its spine is etched with gold letters that say “Liber Novus,” which is Latin for “New Book.” Its pages are made from thick cream-colored parchment and filled with paintings of otherworldly creatures and handwritten dialogues with gods and devils. If you didn’t know the book’s vintage, you might confuse it for a lost medieval tome.

Jung, Red Book illustration

Illustration by Carl Jung in "The Red Book"

Some people feel that nobody should read the book, and some feel that everybody should read it. The truth is, nobody really knows. Most of what has been said about the book — what it is, what it means — is the product of guesswork, because from the time it was begun in 1914 in a smallish town in Switzerland, it seems that only about two dozen people have managed to read or even have much of a look at it.

Read full  article . . .


Jung Red Book Cover

The Red Book

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4 Comments on Carl Jung’s Secret Red Book to be Published

  1. AdeleNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Carla,

    Thanks for your comment. Will the Rubin Museum have the book before the publication date? I’m guessing many people are going to be interested in reading this long hidden book. As I said to Jaliya, I am so looking forward to those images that Jung created.

  2. Carla DawnNo Gravatar says:

    I read this article online & was fascinated (and then thrilled to see you had written about it here.) We are also very excited because “The Red Book” itself will be at the Rubin Museum here in NYC, a beautiful Museum dedicated to all things Spiritual, Eastern and Esoteric. And we are looking forward to seeing it in person.

  3. AdeleNo Gravatar says:

    Yes Jaliya – this must be some read! I think just seeing the images Jung created in this secret document will be so interesting.

  4. JaliyaNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t wait to read this … Jung’s essay on synchronicity is a wellspring that I turn to again and again … Thanks for a beautiful intro to the Red Book … 🙂
    .-= Jaliya´s last blog ..In the deeps (Hexagram 29) =-.

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