Jung's quest for the "Aurora consurgens"

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    Abstract

    The paper focuses on the year 1929 when Jung published ‘A European commentary’ to Richard Wilhelm's German translation of the Taoist text The Secret of the Golden Flower. This shows that Jung had already started on the track of European alchemy by following up Conrad Waldkirch's preface in Artis Auriferae (1593); and it raises the question of whether this could be the possible missing link to Jung's subsequent research in Alchemy and Hermetic Philosophy in the years to come. It is argued that here was the beginning of Jung's quest for the Aurora consurgens, the publication of which concludes the Mysterium Conuinctionis more than twenty years later. It is further maintained that this choice of the Aurora is a profound expression of Jung's ambition to revitalize the past from within the individual, and helps explain Jung's deep concern with the welfare and future of modern society.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Analytical Psychology
    Volume59
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)8-30
    Number of pages26
    ISSN0021-8774
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014

    Keywords

    • alchemy
    • Aurora consurgens
    • analytical psychology
    • Jung

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