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C.G. Jung: The Solar Myths and Opicinus de Canistris

Hardcover: 200 pages
Publisher: Daimon Verlag (February 4, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3856307567
ISBN-13: 978-3856307561

Daimon Verlag has recently published one of Jung’s Eranos lectures from the seminar on the solar myths that he held there. In the publisher’s information we can read that „C.G. Jung held an ‘extemporaneous’ seminar on “The Solar Myths and Opicinus de Canistris” at the 1943 Eranos Conference. In a complete version for the first time, this book presents all of the known material relating to the seminar, including notes taken by two of his students, Alwine von Keller and Rivkah Schärf Kluger, and the outline that Jung himself prepared. Opicinus de Canistris (1296–c. 1352) was a priest and cartographer from near Pavia, Italy. His typically medieval cartography is characterized by historical, theological, symbolic and astrological references along with a curious anthropomorphism, which depicted continents and oceans with human features. Jung recognized this as a projection of Opicinus’ inner world and interpreted the maps of the world as mandalas, where the integration of the shadow, the dark principle, was missing.”

According to editors' preface,  the publication is supplemented by Jung’s original notes, which were discovered at his house in Küsnacht/Zurich during sorting of some materials. It was the coincidence that the editors where at that time already working on the publication of Rivkah Schärf Kluger’s stenographic notes form the very seminar on the solar myths and and Opicinus de Canistris.

Note that this is a new material, never before made available. In the story of this seminar we get to know that Jung decided not to publish it in the 1943 Eranos Yearbook „due to his cautiousness not to alienate the Catholic Church over some of the issues he spoke about”. And that later on „the editors of the Collected Works (cw) after Jung’s death also decided against a publication.”

Now it is being published and made available with inclusion of the notes by two Jung’s students. It is generally recognized that there are many Jung’s unpublished works. Those are the subject of critical edition that are gradually being made available through different foundations and publishing houses. As editors of this volume say in their foreword: „This book is meant to contribute by adding another link to this important on-going work of critical editions.”.


The Solar Myths and Opicinus de Canistris

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