May 05 2023 - Jun 23 2023


9:00 am - 11:00 am

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: May 05 2023 - Jun 23 2023
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm




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Jung’s Red Book & Black Books

In 2009, nearly fifty years after Jung’s death, his magnum opus was published in a stunning facsimile edition, a large red tome with dramatic paintings and visions inscribed in calligraphy. It is a modern illuminated manuscript whose story began shortly before the outbreak of WWI. It was not until 2021 that the six books of raw material that underlay the more polished red leather-bound volume were then also published. In total, these books capture Jung’s “confrontation with the unconscious” which began when he was thirty-eight years old. The extraordinary stories that they contain convey Jung’s personal experience with the living psyche and the genesis of his entire original psychology.

“The loving light was annihilated, and blood began to pour out. This was the great war. But the spirit of the depths wants this struggle to be understood as a conflict in every man’s own nature.”

— Carl Jung, “The Red Book,” p. 199

In this eight-part seminar, we’ll read through the first two parts of The Red Book and weave-in readings from The Black Books as we the foundations of Jung’s groundbreaking concepts, including individuation, the anima and animus, the shadow, the Self, the collective unconscious, the personal unconscious, and more. We’ll see his thinking around the feminine and the masculine and the necessity of inner balance emerge, evolve, and then regress. While The Red Book can be a challenging and dense read, it is a riveting doorway to the rest of Jung’s works and an opportunity to read later writings with a more informed eye. It’s a wonderful book to read with others, discuss, and hear read aloud.

“The knowledge of the heart is in no book and is not to be found in the mouth of any teacher, but grows out of you like the green seed from the dark earth.”

— Carl Jung, “The Red Book,” p. 133

Readings: You’ll want a copy of The Red Book reader’s edition to follow along with readings, though it’s not necessary to own the larger facsimile edition or The Black Books. And while we’ll explore some of Jung’s incredible paintings, the paintings themselves do not correlate clearly to the text (as is clarified with the text of The Black Books) and will not be the focus of our seminar. No matter your background in Jung’s work, this seminar will invite your curiosity and deepened understanding of his psychology.


“The years, of which I have spoken to you, when I pursued the inner images, were the most important time of my life. Everything else is to be derived from this. …My entire life consisted in elaborating what had burst forth from the unconscious and flooded me like an enigmatic stream and threatened to break me.” — C.G. Jung

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    Fridays, March 17 - May 5, 2023

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