It took me many months to wade through this book, so jam-packed it is with extraordinary ideas, images and information. I had to read a few paragraphs, then reread and stop to let it sink in. The problem is that you need something of a background in both Jung and the history of alchemy to make any headway. The introduction was excellent and did help but if you are looking for something light and easy to assimilate, this isn't it. I'm not sure that such a book could exist on this topic.
This is an interesting selection of Jung's writings on the subject of Alchemy. The author, a leading Jungian analyst with an interest in alchemy, introduces Jungian studies on the "prima materia", the alchemical mind, projection and imagination in alchemy, alchemy and individuation, alchemy and religion, the body and subtle body in alchemy, opposites and the "coniuctio", devoting a final chapter on alchemy and psychotherapy. If you are new to Jung psychology and are interested in alchemy, and if you do not want or do not need to read all of Jung's essays on the subject, this is your book.
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