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Mysterium Coniunctionis: An Inquiry into the Separation and Synthesis of Psychic Opposites in Alchemy (Collected Works of C. G. Jung) Hardcover – 31 Mar 1963

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  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (31 Mar. 1963)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415091152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415091152
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 4.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Jun. 2001
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This is one of the final works of Jung, and is absolutely monstrous in its size and depth. Unless your familiar with most of his later writings, particularly the ones relating to Alchemy, then I wouldnt even begin to consider reading this book. Those who have read a few of his works, and know his general theory... will still find this hard going, but extremely rewarding. This should be one of the last books you read by Jung, and by the end of that journey you will be grateful that you began it. Jung is not only for those specifying in psychology. The legacy of this man, to psychology/philosophy/spiritualism & life is awesome & almost unrivaled.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Abbott on 21 Feb. 2006
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Jung invented the Age of Aquarius (or coined the phrase) and is the spiritual father of the yards of bookshelves devoted to wicca, fairies, tarot, astrology etc (just as Freud is the spiritual father of yards of books on orgasms).
This book is not for the fainthearted and needs to be read on the basis that most of it is not likely to make sense to your conscious self. Read it and you may set off a timebomb in your psyche. Read the first chapter and then sleep on it. Did you dream? What did you feel after your dream? Then decide whether to continue.
This book is dynamite, the road to answer to the ultimate question. It is not for everyone by any means, but if the idea of living your life as though you are burning in your own fire appeals to you, then beg, borrow or steal a copy.
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Jung�s quintessential work on Alchemy. 11 Feb. 2001
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"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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The Consummate Jung 11 Oct. 2007
By Jung Enthusiast - Published on
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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's last big book, and his richest.... 1 Jun. 2000
By Craig Chalquist, PhD, author of TERRAPSYCHOLOGY and DEEP CALIFORNIA - Published on
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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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Transcendental 6 Jun. 2006
By Neal J. Pollock - Published on
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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...The mystics are channels through which a little knowledge of reality filters down into our human universe of ignorance and illusion: A totally unmystical world would be a world totally blind and insane...the few theocentric saints who exist at any given moment are able in some slight measure to qualify and mitigate the poisons which society generates within itself by its political and economic activities. In the gospel phrase, theocentric saints are the salt which preserves the world from decay.' (quoting Aldous Huxley in Grey Eminence 1943, pp. 98, *296.

p. 487 Fantasies always mean something when they are spontaneous.

p. 519 Never do human beings speculate more, or have more opinions, than about things which they do not understand.

p. 536 Nothing changes anything else without itself being changed." How profound can you get?
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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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? ... I regard this as out of the question, and yet I believe that these authors invariably said the best, most apposite, and clearest thing they could about the matter in hand." (Pg. 172)
"I would therefore cousel the critical reader to put aside his prejudices and for once try to experience on himself the effects of the process I have described, or else to suspend judgment and admit that he understands nothing." (Pg. 535)
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