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Aurora Consurgens: A Document Attributed to Thomas Aquinas on the Problem of Opposites in Alchemy : A Companion Work to C.G. Jung's Mysterium Conjunctionis (Studies in Jungian Psychology) Paperback – June 1, 2000


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  • Series: Studies in Jungian Psychology
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Inner City Books (June 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0919123902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0919123908
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #834,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No one really knows who wrote the astonishing thirteenth-century treatise RISING DAWN (Aurora Consurgens), although the work is attributed to Thomas Aquinas, an attribution the Catholic Church has been at pains to deny. This translation starts with the text (it reads like a series of revelations and parables steeped in biblical quotations) followed by the depth-psychological commentary of von Franz. Of all the second-generation Jungians, perhaps only Edward Edinger matches her in clarity. In brilliance no one does.

Quite a few Jungians of my acquaintance haven't read this book even though it was intended as a supplement to Jung's MYSTERIUM CONIUNCTIONIS, the last of his longer works and his last word on the relationship between alchemy and the unconscious. Perhaps it's because the book is not an alchemical treatise; it is, as the commentator notes in an introduction, a rush of revelation by a man who resorted to both Christian and alchemical symbolism to come to grips with what must have been an overpowering confrontation with the numen--in this case Sophia, the Gnostic goddess of Wisdom and, in the Old Testament, the feminine counterpart to God.

As I read, however, I found myself continually distracted by the damnable Jungian habit of footnoting everything (a dozen per page) as well as by the commentator's inability to write one page without quoting Jung: a sad and unfortunate habit given her obvious wealth of knowledge and psychological depth. It's clear too that she did an enormous amount of theological and alchemical research and, I suspect, furnished Jung with a fair bulk of what showed up in his tomes on the art of alchemy.
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Arguably Marie-Louise von Franz (1915-1998), Ph.D. in classical philology (University of Zurich, 1943), is the most intellectually formidable follower of C. G. Jung, M.D. (1875-1961), the Swiss psychiatrist and psychological theorist. In 1933, when she was 18, she met Dr. Jung at a small picnic at his lakeside retreat. (By all accounts, Dr. Jung liked to cook and was a good cook.)

By her own account, she fell in love with him that day. In Jungian parlance, she had a transference. As a result, he became the father-figure of her adult life. She became his research assistant and understudy - and the keeper of the flame after his death. In my estimate, no other keeper of the flame has yet arisen who can match her intellectual prowess. In Jungian parlance, Dr. Jung embodied and carried the Wise Old Man archetype in her psyche. (I have not seen any suggestion that he had sexual intercourse with Dr. von Franz, as he is rumored to have had with certain other women - after he was married.)

As Dr. Jung's research assistant and understudy, Dr. von Franz played a role in his life that I would liken to the role that Telemachus plays in the episode in the Homeric epic the ODYSSEY that is known as the Slaughter of the Suitors. Dr. Jung and Dr. von Franz were in land-locked Switzerland. It was the two of them together against the rest of the Western world - the proverbial suitors. I know, I know, Telemachus is Odysseus's son.

If I had to liken Dr. von Franz to a female personage in the ODYSSEY, I would liken her to the goddess Athena. As the story goes, the goddess Athena sprung from the god Zeus - from his forehead. Athena had access to Zeus's thunderbolts. Athena was also known in the ancient world as Athena Nike - the goddess of victory.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo E. Eskenazi Boverman on October 9, 2005
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Fit for academical study, with interesant -though always arguable- Junguian commentaries by Marie-Louise von Franz, it is a great acquisition for those interested in Alchemy, in Psychology, or in History of Thought.
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3 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Fernando Romero Munoz on May 10, 2009
In JesusChrist we go to GOD TOP-DOWN !!!
With alchemy we go to GOD BOTTOM-UP !!!

S H A L O M !!!
Fernando Romero
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