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At the Roots of Jung's Alchemy: The RED BOOK's Alchemical Quaternion presented by Daniela Boccassini
At the Roots of Jung's Alchemy: The RED BOOK's Alchemical Quaternion presented by Daniela Boccassini

Fri, Jun 10

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At the Roots of Jung's Alchemy: The RED BOOK's Alchemical Quaternion presented by Daniela Boccassini

It is a well-known fact that Jung decided to devote himself to a systematic study of the European alchemical tradition at the beginning of the 1930s. … (via Zoom)

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Jun 10, 2022, 7:30 p.m. PDT

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It is a well-known fact that Jung decided to devote himself to a systematic study of the European alchemical tradition at the beginning of the 1930s. What readied him to do so remains, to this day, uncertain. Shedding light on Jung’s long-standing interest in rituals and processes of death and rebirth, which culminated in his 1932 Ravenna vision, this article traces Jung’s earliest understanding of alchemy back to the pages of The Red Book. A close reading of a sequence of four illuminations, which Jung painted in the fall of 1919, allows us to see how profound his understanding of alchemy as an experience of inner rebirth was already then, and how powerfully those early images kept reverberating through Jung’s later alchemical writings.

Daniela Boccassini is Professor of Italian Studies at The University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) and Co-director of the C.G. Jung Society of Vancouver. Her research interests focus on the quest for transformative understanding or gnosis — as different from argumentative logic. She has studied ancient transformative practices such as falconry and alchemy; Medieval and Renaissance authors such as Dante Alighieri and Montaigne, and modern depth-psychologist C.G. Jung, whose works all center on the journey of inner transformation. Among her recent publications: Transmutatio: la via ermetica alla felicità (2012), Oikosophia: from the Intelligence of the Heart to Ecophilosophy (2018) and various articles on Dante and Jung. View/ Download FLYER

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