The Astrological World of Jung’s 'Liber Novus'
Daimons, Gods, and the Planetary Journey
C. G. Jung’s The Red Book: Liber Novus, published posthumously in 2009, explores Jung’s own journey from an inner state of alienation and depression to the restoration of his soul, as well as offering a prophetic narrative of the collective human psyche as it journeys from unconsciousness to a greater awareness of its own inner dichotomy of good and evil. Jung utilised astrological symbols throughout to help him comprehend the personal as well as universal meanings of his visions.
In The Astrological World of Jung’s Liber Novus, Liz Greene explores the planetary journey Jung portrayed in this remarkable work and investigates the ways in which he used astrological images and themes as an interpretive lens to help him understand the nature of his visions and the deeper psychological meaning behind them. Greene’s analysis includes a number of mythic and archetypal elements, including the stories of Salome, Siegfried and Elijah, and demonstrates that astrology, as Jung understood and worked with it, is unquestionably one of the most important foundation stones of analytical psychology, and an essential part of understanding his legacy.
This unique study will appeal to analytical psychologists and Jungian psychotherapists, students and academics of Jungian and post-Jungian theory, the history of psychology, archetypal thought, mythology and folklore, the history of New Age movements, esotericism and psychological astrology.
Table of Contents
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Introduction: Close Encounters of the Daimonic Kind
Chapter One - Martial Matters
Chapter Two - The ‘Central Spiritual Sun’
Chapter Three - The Anima, the Moon, and the Serpent
Chapter Four - Saturn in the Hermitage, Part One: The Solitaries
Chapter Five - Saturn in the Hermitage, Part Two: and the ‘Personal Daimon’
Chapter Six - the ‘One who Brought the Sun’
Chapter Seven - The ‘System of All Worlds’
Liz Greene is a Jungian analyst and professional astrologer who received her Diploma in Analytical Psychology from the Association of Jungian Analysts in London in 1980. She holds Doctorates in both Psychology and History, and worked for a number of years as a tutor in the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at the University of Wales, Lampeter. She is the author of a number of books, some scholarly and some interpretive, on the relationships between psychology and astrology, Tarot, Kabbalah, and myth, and of Jung’s Studies in Astrology (Routledge).
Liz Greene has written what will undoubtedly stand as the definitive work on Jung's engagement with astrology for a long time to come. It is an immense achievement. She also offers us profound insights into Jung's vision of the psychological underpinnings of the emergence of meaningful archetypal patterns in history. (Murray Stein, author of Jung's Map of the Soul)