Red Book porn

A little bit ago, I promised a preview of the copy of Jung’s Red Book I’d received. So, here’s a gallery of opening the box, and a family photo of Jung’s Red Book, Mao’s little red book, a presentation copy of The Book of the Law, and a rock from the Red Rocks in Sedona, AZ. It’s so nice when everyone comes together like that for the holidays!

And, here’s some Red Book bibliomancy, in the form of several passages found by somewhat random selection:

“The years, of which I have spoken to you, when I pursued the inner images, were the most important of my life”

“Given the unpublished copies in circulation, the Red Book would in all likelihood have eventually entered the public domain.”

“There can be few unpublished works that have already exerted such far-reaching effects upon the twentieth-century social and intellectual history as Jung’s Red Book, or Liber Novus (New Book).”

“The spirit of the depths too my understanding and all my knowledge and place them at the service of the inexplicable and the paradoxical.”

“One laughs about it, and laughter, too, is. Do you believe, man of this time, that laughter is lower than worship? Where is your measure, false measurer? The sum of life decides in laughter and in worship, not your judgement.”

“Everything odious and disgusting is your own particular Hell. How can it be otherwise? Every other Hell was a least worth seeing or full of fun. But that is never Hell. Your Hell is made up of all things that you always ejected from your sanctuary with a curse and a kick of the foot.””

“You thought that in the East you could drink from the source of light, and catch the horned giant, before whom you fall to your knees. His essence is blid excessive longing and tempestuous force.”

“Magic is a way of living. If one has done one’s best to steer the chariot, and one then notices that a greater other is actually steering it, then magical operation takes place.”

“At which the serpent curled up, gathered herself into knots and said: ‘Do not ask after the morrow, sufficient unto you is the day. You need not worry about the means. Let everything grow, let everything sprout; the son grows out of himself.'”

“In the Pleroma there is nothing and everything. It is fruitless to think about the Pleroma, for this would mean self-dissolution.

Creation is not the Pleroma, but in itself. The Pleroma is the beginning and the end of creation. It pervades creation, just as sunlight pervades the air. Although the Pleroma is altogether pervaisive, creation has no share in it, just as wholly a transparent body becomes neither light nor dark through the light pervading it.”

“This is a God you knew nothing about, because mankind forgot him. We call him by the name ABRAXAS. He is even more indefinite than God and the devil.

To distinguish him from God, we call God HELIOS or sun. Abraxas in effect. Nothing stands opposed to him but the ineffective; hence effective nature unfolds itself freely.”

“The simple is cruel, it does not unite with the manifold.”

Annotated picture of Jung's Red Book family.
Annotated picture of Jung's Red Book family.