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.
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.