Jung realized that the fantastic images of alchemy - fire-breathing dragons, hermaphrodites, lions giving birth to the sun - are not so far from our daily lives. He made sense of such seemingly incomprehensible symbols and showed how, in fact, such images represent a usually unseen level that has immense power over how we feel, think and imagine our existence.
Nathan Schwartz-Salant, a leading Jungian analyst with a special interest in alchemy, has brought together a key selection of Jung's writings on alchemy. His lucid introduction provides a clear account of the basics of alchemy and explains to the reader Jung's ideas on alchemical studies.
Jung on Alchemy provides an excellent introduction to one of Jung's most exciting, yet most challenging, fields of study.
Introduction 1. Alchemy in Jung's Life 2. The Prima Materia 3. The Attis Cybelle Myth 4. Alchemy and the Body 5. Jung, Alchemy and Freud 6. Alchemical and Modern Scientific Ways of Thinking 7. Selections
In the Jung On series, leading scholars and analysts bring together a key selection of Jung’s writings on a broad range of topics. Books in the series establish a clear framework and include the most significant passages from across Jung’s oeuvre, enabling the reader to get the most out of the contents.