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  • Series: Collected Works of C.G. Jung (Book 14)
  • Paperback: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 2 edition (August 1, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0775905569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691018164
  • ASIN: 0691018162
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Truly original and far-ranging in its implications . . . Mysterium Coniunctionis is a splendid capstone to the life work of a master spirit."--Journal of Analytical Psychology

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Text: English, German (translation)

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What a fortuitous event for Dr. Jung!
Thomas J. Farrell
This work is essential to anyone on the path of transformation and who looks to Jung as a guide on that path.
"bpjammin"
Jung's writing is dense and worth the trouble.
Rob Weston

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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful By "bpjammin" on February 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
"The light that gradually dawns on him consists in his understanding that his fantasy is a real psychic process which is happening to him personally." (Jung p. 528-529) This sentence from the book sums-up its content.
In this work Jung demonstrates that Alchemy was a precursor to modern Western psychological insight. Jung draws a "process map" of the Alchemy in this volume, in which he laboriously (but not tediously) shows that the steps the alchemists took to bring about the transformation of matter. Jung suggests that this process is a metaphoric representation of a process some humans travel to reach a level of consciousness that includes and unites the unseen (transcendent) reality with the visible experience.
It can be read as an interesting intellectual insight into earlier Western thought, or it can be used by an individual as a guide through the process of psychological transformation. This work is essential to anyone on the path of transformation and who looks to Jung as a guide on that path. It is not for a casual reader of Jung.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jung Enthusiast on October 11, 2007
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This is no easy sledding, but for those familiar with Jung's model of the psyche, this is the congealed presentation of the phenomenon of the union of opposites within the Archetypal Self. I avoided this one due to its mystical and forbidding title, but it is the consummate work of Jung, taking ten of the last years of his life to write. Once groping through the dense forest of obscure alchemical references, the reader will be delighted to discover a clearing in the woods when Jung explains the application of alchemical references to the phenomenon of individuation.
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Jung rises to unscaled heights in this scholarly and alchemically informed book that in its ultimate reach points to the One World of Gerhard Dorn and an ultimate synthesis of soul, soma, and spirit with the pleromatic Ground of everything. Along with AION and ANSWER TO JOB this may be Jung's deepest book. Highly technical. (See also Edinger's THE MYSTERIUM LECTURES.)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Neal J. Pollock VINE VOICE on June 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is the 3rd & culminating text of Jung's CW trilogy on alchemy (see CW11 Psychology & Alchemy & CW12 Alchemical Studies before reading this one). Jung obviously devoted considerable time & effort into the study of alchemy--because he perceived an amazing parallel with his theories/model of the psyche & the process of individuation. I think it amazed him that the alchemists intuitively evoked such general principles of transcendental alchemy prior to the development of western science--indeed, they were simultaneously immersed in this development such that modern chemistry evolved from it. Oddly, some are now advocating the use of chemicals (drugs) in lieu of psychology--e.g. for schizophrenia. Maybe the tail is wagging the horse? Of course, this is a difficult text. The alchemical series may be the most difficult of Jung's already difficult texts. But, as Jung demonstrated himself, sometimes the way to learn is to just jump in feet first--absorb as you can. Eventually, the material will start to sink in--subconsciously if not consciously. Give it a whirl. This text also has some VERY interesting quotes:

p. 82 "There is something serious in every joke.

p. 125 If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool.

p. 200 It seems as if Christianity had been from the outset the religion of chronic squabbles, and even now it does everything in its power never to let the squabbles rest. Remarkably enough, it never stops preaching the gospel of neighborly love.

p. 376 The creative mystic was ever a cross for the Church, but it is to him that we own what is best in humanity...'where there is no vision, the people perish...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 50 REVIEWER on August 26, 2010
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(Jung's earlier volumes on the subject of alchemy are Psychology and Alchemy (Collected Works of C.G. Jung) and Alchemical Studies (Collected Works of C.G. Jung Vol.13).)

He writes in the Foreword, "in my book 'Psychology and Alchemy' ... my primary aim was to demonstrate that the world of alchemical symbols definitely does not belong to the rubbish heap of the past, but stands in a very real and living relationship to our most recent discoveries concerning the psychology of the unconscious. Not only does this modern psychological discipline give us the key to the secrets of alchemy, but, conversely, alchemy provides the psychology of the unconscious with a meaningful historical basis."

Here are some representative quotations from the book:

"And as the psyche is to a large extent dependent on (the brain), presumably it will---at least in principle---everywhere produce the same forms. In order to see this, however, one has to abandon the widespread prejudice that the psyche is identical with consciousness." (Pg. xix)
"The interesting thing is not this futile stalking-horse but the projections it aroused. There is revealed in them an extraordinary propensity to come out with the wildest fantasies and speculations---a psychic condition which is met with today, in a correspondingly erudite milieu, only as an isolated pathological phenomenon." (Pg. 57-58)
"Did the alchemists really have such thoughts and conceal them in their ornate metaphors? ...
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Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist, an influential thinker and the founder of analytical psychology (also known as Jungian psychology). Jung's radical approach to psychology has been influential in the field of depth psychology and in counter-cultural movements across the globe. Jung is considered as the first modern psychologist to state that the human psyche is "by nature religious" and to explore it in depth. His many major works include "Analytic Psychology: Its Theory and Practice," "Man and His Symbols," "Memories, Dreams, Reflections," "The Collected Works of Carl G. Jung," and "The Red Book."
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