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March Book Spotlight

Unveiling Sophia: 
Heart Wisdom in an 
Age of Technology
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Eternal feminine wisdom synchronizes the human heartbeat with the heartbeat of the universe. The Dalai Lama famously proclaimed that Western Women can save the world. But many modern women are painfully dissociated from Sophia, their inner spring of feminine wisdom and the primal source of their power and nurturance.
Western women from around the globe have deep archetypal roots that have lain dormant after millennia of patriarchal control. Sophia awaits collective rebirth and her portal for rebirth is through the heart.
Sophia, who the ancient Greeks regarded as the goddess of wisdom, represents a threshold through which we can access the deep reserves of archetypal wisdom veiled within our hearts.
“The eternal feminine hithers us on” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust II
To reveal this wisdom, we must open ourselves to methods beyond logos, the masculine principle of logic and structure that underlies the scientific approaches characteristic of our “enlightened” age.
Paradoxically, as we begin to lift Sophia’s veil, we encounter scientific profundity, proving that masculine and feminine are not fundamentally at odds. Sophia does not replace logos but instead offers a balancing perspective, a wisdom beyond sense perceptions.
Praise for Unveiling Sophia

“Taylor’s Sophia is truly a book to be read by medics and psychotherapists as well as anybody with a heart condition. It offers a competent, intelligent, sensitive passage through the quarrels of our time by addressing the complexities of the multiple forms of connection between body and soul that is responsible for heart coherence. Taylor draws upon a wealth of scholarship and clinical experience to capture the essence of what heals, and what kills the human heart. She captures the transcendent dimension that has never been explored with such thought-provoking arguments and elegant style.
After reading this book, the healer as well as the patient will understand why the actual emphasis on diet, medicine, exercise, is radically insufficient to grasp why some hearts heal and some don’t. As many many wisdom traditions have repeatedly taught, the heart has intelligence unknown to the brain; it is urgent that we learn from it.”

-Ginette Paris, Ph.D. author of Depth Psychology after Neuroscience 

Table of Contents
  • List of Figures
  • List of Plates
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Why I Wrote This Book
  • Why We Need Sophia Now
  • Heart Rate Coherence: The Bridge between Logos and Sophia
  • SECTION ONE: THE PHYSICAL HEART
  • SECTION TWO: DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY AND THE HEART
  • SECTION THREE: THE ARCHETYPAL HEART
  • SECTION FOUR: SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS AND THE HEART
  • APPENDIX A: CASE STUDIES

New Releases

 

Volume 8 of
The Collected Writings of Murray Stein
Psychology and Spirituality
While the Jungian approach to spirituality departs from specific religious beliefs and practices and does not privilege any in particular, it retains an attitude of respect for the variety of experiences of the numinous and for all God images. Spirituality is a central feature of the individuation process. The essays in this volume of The Collected Writings of Murray Stein are dedicated to reflecting on and expanding this core principle.

Murder On Family Grounds: 
A Mary Wandwalker Mystery
The third book in Susan Rowland’s 
Mary Wandwalker Mystery Series!
Releasing March 1 – Pre-order Today!

Mind of State: 
Conversations on the Psychological Conflicts 
Stirring U.S. Politics & Society
Drawn from the Mind of State podcast, this compilation of conversations helps fit together the broken pieces of our American psycho-political jigsaw puzzle.

Our Uncertain World: 
Challenges and Opportunities in a Dark Time
We live in times of uncertainty and anxiety. In these times, how can we best navigate our unknowns? Our Uncertain World answers that question through a Jungian prism.

Psychedelics and Individuation: 
Essays by Jungian Analysts
Are we entering into a brave new world of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy that will radically affect the way we understand the unconscious, or are we chasing a will-o-the wisp, an illusory promise of rapid success without the painstaking work required of careful psychoanalysis?

Coming Soon
Jung and the Epic of Transformation 
Volume 1, Wolfram von Eschenbach’s “Parzival” 
and the Grail as Transformation

Varieties of Nothingness

Sanctuary: The Inner Life of Home

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Psychology and Spirituality: Now Available!

Volume 8 of
The Collected Writings 
of Murray Stein
 


While the Jungian approach to spirituality departs from specific religious beliefs and practices and does not privilege any in particular, it retains an attitude of respect for the variety of experiences of the numinous and for all God images. Spirituality is a central feature of the individuation process.

The essays in this volume of The Collected Writings of Murray Stein are dedicated to reflecting on and expanding this core principle.

Inside this Volume:

-The Dream of Wholeness

-On Modern Initiation into the Spiritual

-“New Wine Needs New Skins”

-Intimacy and the Mystery of Transcendence

-Spirituality in the Psychoanalytic Context

-The Search for Meaning

-Synchronizing Time and Eternity: A Matter of Practice

-Light in the Shadow of Death

-A Lecture for the End of Time

-On the Emergence of Meaning

-The Mystery of Creativity – A Journey in Pictures

-The Mystery of Transcendence – A Dream For Our Time

-The Marriage of Anima and Animus in the Mystery of -Individuation

-Foreword for Jesus as Witnessed by the Disciple He Loved, by Alan Asay

Other Volumes in the 
Collected Writings Collection
The Collected Writings of Murray Stein: Volume 1
 Individuation

 The Collected Writings of Murray Stein: Volume 2 
Myth and Psychology

The Collected Writings of Murray Stein: Volume 3
Transformations
 

The Collected Writings of Murray Stein: Volume 4 
The Practice of Jungian Psychoanalysis

The Collected Writings of Murray Stein: Volume 5 
Analytical Psychology And Christianity

The Collected Writings Of Murray Stein: Volume 6
Analytical Psychology And Religion

The Collected Writings Of Murray Stein: Volume 7
The Problem of Evil

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An Interview with Murray Stein 
Luis Moris (Blue Salamandra) met with Murray Stein in his home garden in Switzerland to speak about different subjects. These are Murray’s reflections on topics including his Collected Writings.


Murray Stein, Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the International School of Analytical Psychology Zurich (ISAP-ZURICH). He is a founding member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts (1977) and of the Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts (1980). He was president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP) from 2001 to 2004 and President of ISAP-ZURICH from 2008 to 2012.

He has lectured internationally and authored countless papers and well over 45 books, including Jung’s Treatment of Christianity, In Midlife, Jung’s Map of the Soul, Minding the Self, Outside Inside and All Around and Jung’s Red Book for Our Time Volume 1 through 5 (co-edited with Thomas Arzt). 
He is currently preparing his Collected Writings, seven volumes of which have been published to date. He lives in Switzerland and has a private practice in Zurich and from his home in Goldiwil.

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C.G. Jung as Artisan – Named a 2023 IAJS Book Award Winner!

C.G. Jung as Artisan –
Cross Connections with India: Considerations in
Times of Crisis
Named a 2023 IAJS
Book Award Winner

C.G. Jung as Artisan – Cross Connections with India: Considerations in Times of Crisis, by author Evangeline Rand, was recently named a 2023 International Association for Jungian Studies (IAJS) Book Award Winner in the Historical Category.

C.G. Jung as Artisan – Cross Connections with India: Considerations in Times of Crisis is a richly illustrated, carefully interwoven tapestry of cosmological cycles with depths of travelling, trade, and commercial significance through geographical history and politics, and the spread of philosophical, religious, and scientific ideas, personally engaged. The author’s life-long engagement with aspects of India started with her birth there in pre-Independence days. Jung’s short but extensive 1937–38 journey to India was on behalf of the Silver Jubilee of the Indian Science Congress Association in conjunction with the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Travel as alchemical and psychological exploration is epitomized in the difficult passage through the Isthmus of Suez and the later Suez Canal — ancient and contemporary mercurial transitional pivot between ‘East’ and ‘West’, with Alexandrian highlights. This was crucial to Jung’s transitioning opus, and the rebirth of the child of perpetual emergence, a potential harmony of unity and multiplicity, the core of the personality, the jewel in the lotus.

India’s fabulous cloth creations, coupled with thousands of years of flourishing skills of natural dyeing, have a complex place in ‘global’ trade. Loss of this pre-industrial natural alchemy leaves the world of ‘fashion’ and its fabrications as second only to the oil industry as global polluters. An archived business card indicted that Jung had visited “cloth merchants and manufacturers” in the South India city of Madurai when he and his travel companion had branched off on their own enquiries. Further tiny clues in Jung’s biography, freshly discovered, provide threads of fabric’s significance woven in the matrix of Jung’s life and depth psychology. They further thread us across time and space to a particular contemporary group of Indian and Canadian artisans, the “good ship Maiwa,” inspired by Gandhi’s Kadhi politics, living ancient skills engaging eco-ethics and economy — Sophia’s wisdom of the sensual, living a sustainable alchemy, an experiential knowing, a quick silver of the practice of healing and creating beauty.

Physicist Wolfgang Pauli, deeply inspired by his travel to India, highlighted for Jung the significance of symbol laden primary number and its Euclidean geometry for what the “unknown woman” wants to say — ancient and contemporary, wholehearted and particular, scientific and religious, causal progress and acausal contexts — that Jung began to illuminate at the end of the Second World War. Here it is further embroidered through the tenfold geometric tetractys of the 2nd or 3rd century Axiom of Maria, — the prophetess, the Jewess, still a potential spirit guide towards non-denominational conversations. The overall direction of this book is to prepare ground for an expanded sense of Self through which to consider Depth Psychology in its grounded and dancing aesthetic contribution to global, practical, and political well-being, resonating in some of the earliest Indian art and design. Jung recognized that the future of psychology lies not so much in ‘therapy’ but in a unified knowledge of Nature’s ordering, and humankind’s place within it, a re- honouring of the Lord of the Dance who subdues ignorance.

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What Others Are Saying
about C.G. Jung as Artisan

“It is the extraordinary achievement of Jung as Artisan to take up where Jung left off in his alchemical, astrological, dreaming, wood carving, stone carving, painting, sketching, expansive writing, etc., intimations of wholeness and interdependence. Going deeply into Jung’s actual voyages beyond Europe, Rand makes them into a relinquishment of Eurocentrism. She connects esoteric Jung to pragmatic theorist Jung to artisan Jung, he who offers the twenty-first century a practice and a way. Through Jung as Artisan, we make our painful way to a new cosmovision.”

—Susan Rowland, PhD, Author & Professor, Depth Psychology & Archetypal Studies,
Pacifica Graduate Institute, California

“Dr. Rand’s experience as a depth psychologist, traveller, teacher, and artisan come together in this masterpiece of trans-disciplinary connections that allow for the emergence of a unique perspective which is both profound and timely. Weaving together personal experiences, academic research and highly cultivated insights, the author creates detailed links between depth psychology, modern quantum physics, artisan-based activities and pressing social issues. The importance of creating art with our hands is emphasized as being a key factor to assist through times of darkness and disintegration in order to allow for the emergence of new attitudes that can re-enchant ourselves and the world that we want to create and contribute to. Dr Rand’s voice is an urgent call to personal responsibility as we enter an age of individuality.”

—Duanita G. Eleniak, PhD, Art Therapist, Social Worker, Philosopher of Consciousness Studies

“Dr. Rand’s masterpiece, Considerations in Times of Crisis, lets me, the reader, experience the excitement and terror of living life in interconnected worlds. Following threads of her own life, Dr. Rand lovingly weaves a rich tapestry and lets us feel the uncomfortable tensions between and amongst its layers. Her insights, filtered through a canopy of cultural diversity, richly nourish the reader throughout.”

—Eberhard Riedel, PhD, Author of Collective Trauma: A Human Ecosystems Perspective

“In C.G. Jung as Artisan, Evangeline Rand takes the reader on a remarkable tour through the psychology of C.G. Jung, on a route that runs from the spice trade and Indian textile art to quantum mechanics. Her command of such wide-ranging material is impressive, and she presents it with grace and style. A pleasure to read as well as to learn from. Highly recommended.”

—George Hogenson, PhD, Jungian Analyst

Table of Contents

-STEPPING FORWARD

-SECTION I. GROUNDING PSYCHOPHYSICAL THEORY: DREAMING, PLAYING, AND MATHEMATICAL VESICA ROOTS

-SECTION II. SUEZ CANAL AND ISTHMUS: HINTS OF A GEOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL “VESICA” FOR TRANSITIONAL TRAVELLING IN TIME AND SPACE

-SECTION III. NEW BIRTH: HANDS-ON MAIWA ETHICS FOR DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY

-SECTION IV. WOMAN WARRIOR WISDOM: W.W.W

-EPILOGUE: A COW AT THE CAPITOL

-APPENDICES

-BIBLIOGRAPHY

-INDEX

-FIGURES

-ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Murder on Family Grounds

Mary Wandwalker is Back!
Murder On Family Grounds:
A Mary Wandwalker Mystery
The third book in Susan Rowland’s
Mary Wandwalker Mystery Series!
Releasing March 1 – 
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Who is killing off members of the Falconer family and why? Such is the challenge confronting highly skilled, extraordinarily intuitive Mary Wandwalker when she finds herself single, sixty and jobless. Long ago as an Oxford student with an unplanned pregnancy, Mary knew the Falconers as the family who refused to help when her fiancé, David Falconer died in a car crash. Now the baby boy she gave up for adoption is a policeman, George Jones, and he wants to meet her. Can Mary bring herself to confront her past? She must, for lost in her memory is a clue that could save her son’s life.

Back in 1979, Mary wrote to the Falconers and was rejected. Now forty years later, key phrases from her letter appear in the faked suicide note of Perdita Falconer. Neither Perdita nor her killer had access to Mary’s document. Too exact for coincidence, the link is the pseudonym of the drug dealer who supplied her fatal dose. He or she is known as “the Kestrel.”

When Mary was romanced by David Falconer in the 1970s, “the Kestrel” was codename for a Russian spy entertained at Falconer House. Could the resurrection of the nom de plume be connected to Viktor Solokov, the Russian oligarch renting the Falconer estate with his beautiful wife, Anna? For the Falconers have dark secrets, some centuries old.

When George Jones’s wife Caroline begs Mary to save her husband from treacherous Anna, and the murderous talons of the Kestrel, Mary must act.

The second book in Susan Rowland’s
Mary Wandwalker Mystery Series!
The Alchemy Fire Murder: 
A Mary Wandwalker Mystery
Former Archivist Mary Wandwalker hates bringing bad news. Nevertheless, she confirms to her alma mater that their prized medieval alchemy scroll, is, in fact, a seventeenth century copy. She learns that the original vanished to colonial Connecticut with alchemist, Robert Le More. Later the genuine scroll surfaces in Los Angeles. Given that the authentic artifact is needed for her Oxford college to survive, retrieving it is essential.
Mary agrees to get the real scroll back as part of a commission for her three-person Enquiry Agency. However, tragedy strikes in Los Angeles. Before Mary can legally obtain the scroll, a young man is murdered, and the treasure stolen.
Murder and theft are complicated by the disappearance in the UK of a witch mysteriously connected to the scroll. While Mary’s colleague, Caroline, risks her sanity to go undercover in a dodgy mental hospital, her lover, Anna resorts to desperate measures. These, and Anna’s silence over blackmail, threaten the survival of the Agency.
Mary teams up with the victim’s brother to track the killer, and the real alchemy scroll. Solving crimes on two continents will involve a rogue pharmaceutical corporation, Janet the witch, the Holywell Retreat Center near Oxford, plus the trafficked women they support, a graduate school in California, and a life-threatening mountain-consuming wildfire.
Can these inexperienced detectives triumph over corrupt professors and racist attempts to rewrite history? Can they remake their fragile family? Will the extraordinary story of Robert Le More prove a source of hope for today?

The first book in Susan Rowland’s Mary Wandwalker Mystery Series!
The Sacred Well Murders

A simple job turns deadly when Mary Wandwalker, novice detective, is hired to chaperone a young American, Rhiannon, to the Oxford University Summer School on the ancient Celts. Worried by a rhetoric of blood sacrifice, Mary and her operatives, Caroline, and Anna, attend a sacrifice at a sacred well. They discover that those who fail to individuate their gods become possessed by them.

For the so-called Reborn Celts, who run the summer school, have been infiltrated by white supremacists. Could their immersion in myth be less a symbol for psychic wholeness and more a clue of their intent to engage in terrorist violence? Who better to penetrate their secret rites than an apparently harmless woman of a certain age?

Mary agrees to spy on the Reborn Celts, then learns, to her horror, of Anna’s passionate affair with the chief suspect, Joe Griffith. With Griffith also the object of Rhiannon’s obsession, Mary realizes too late that that these 21st century Celts mean murder.

The Reborn Celts draw Mary and her friends into three rites to summon their gods: at an Oxford sacred well, by the Thames on the way to London, and in Celtic London, where bloodshed will restore one of the Thames’ “lost rivers.”

Before the fatal night of the summer solstice, Caroline and Anna race to London seeking Mary, who has been kidnapped. Will she end as the crone sacrifice? Or will the three women re-make their detecting family, so re-constituting a pattern of archetypal feminine compassion?

About the Author…
Susan Rowland (PhD) teaches at Pacifica Graduate Institute and is the author of ten books on Jung. For decades Susan has been working on a project to examine feminine heroism as a way to cultural renewal. 
Her first novel, The Sacred Well Murders, was published by Chiron in 2022. The book explores marginalized women becoming involved in epoch-defining events that entail literal and symbolic violence. 
Although third to be published, Murder on Family Grounds: A Mary Wandwalker Mystery, looks at how Mary, Caroline, and Anna first meet, their passionate involvement with George Jones, and how they come to be the Depth Enquiry Agency. Any resemblance to the triple goddess is entirely intentional. 
Susan lives in Oregon with poet, Joel Weishaus. Her website is: susanrowland-books.com

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February Book Spotlight!

The Labyrinth Of Love:
The Path to a Soulful Relationship
Paperback Original Price $21.95
On Sale for $15
A helpful and enlightening guidebook from an expert couples therapist that demystifies the challenges of love, then teaches us about six “love capacities” any couple can develop to set them on the path of a soulful, enduring relationship.

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Volume 8 of
The Collected Writings of Murray Stein
Psychology and Spirituality
While the Jungian approach to spirituality departs from specific religious beliefs and practices and does not privilege any in particular, it retains an attitude of respect for the variety of experiences of the numinous and for all God images. Spirituality is a central feature of the individuation process. The essays in this volume of The Collected Writings of Murray Stein are dedicated to reflecting on and expanding this core principle.

Murder On Family Grounds: 
A Mary Wandwalker Mystery
The third book in Susan Rowland’s 
Mary Wandwalker Mystery Series!
Releasing March 1 – Pre-order Today!

New Releases
Mind of State: 
Conversations on the Psychological Conflicts 
Stirring U.S. Politics & Society
Drawn from the Mind of State podcast, this compilation of conversations helps fit together the broken pieces of our American psycho-political jigsaw puzzle.

Our Uncertain World: 
Challenges and Opportunities in a Dark Time
We live in times of uncertainty and anxiety. In these times, how can we best navigate our unknowns? Our Uncertain World answers that question through a Jungian prism.

Psychedelics and Individuation: 
Essays by Jungian Analysts
Are we entering into a brave new world of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy that will radically affect the way we understand the unconscious, or are we chasing a will-o-the wisp, an illusory promise of rapid success without the painstaking work required of careful psychoanalysis?

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C.G. Jung:  His Myth in Our Time

C.G. Jung: 
His Myth in Our Time
___________________________
Volume 9 of the 
Collected Works of 
Marie-Louise von Franz 
 
Volume 9 of the Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz is now available. In C.G. Jung: His Myth in Our Time, von Franz offers an enlightening journey into the life and works of Carl Gustav Jung, a figure with whom she closely collaborated. 
Von Franz, an instrumental figure in the early stages of analytical psychology, paints a vivid portrait of Jung, highlighting his undeniable influence which spans an astonishing array of subjects, extending to psychology, anthropology, art, physics, and more. 
Delving into the intricacies of archetypes, dreams, and the exploration of the unconscious, this book showcases how Jung’s meticulous introspection into his own psyche not only pioneered a deeper understanding of the human mind but also laid a foundation that has continued to inspire others. 
For contemporary readers, scholars, and those intrigued by the depths of the unconscious, von Franz’s tribute to Jung provides a wealth of insights, underscoring the enduring impact and relevance of their combined legacies.
Available in both Paperback & Hardcover

 

Volume 8 
Introduction to the Interpretation of Fairytales & Animus and Anima in Fairytales 

Marie-Louise von Franz believed fairytales to be the purest and simplest expressions of the collective unconscious. Too often the interpreter regresses to a personalized approach, however, heroes and heroines are abstractions that embody collective archetypes. The innumerable variations within the same fairytale told in different cultures are like a musical theme crisscrossing humanity. In Volume 8, von Franz establishes that there is only one psychic fact to which the fairytale addresses itself, namely, the SELF.

Some fairytales emphasize the beginning phases of this experience by dwelling on the shadow, others draw attention to the anima and animus, while still others hint at the unobtainable treasure. This volume contains new and updated translations of The Interpretation of Fairytales along with Anima and Animus in Fairytales and combines them into a single volume, clarifying the Jungian approach to interpreting fairytales and offering a deep dive into anima and animus.

The anima and the animus deliver to consciousness the “life-affirming fruit.” Individuation requires engagement with these contra-sexual archetypes, but von Franz observes that “Anima and animus are not always happy to have this relationship—they lose part of their power when they are made conscious.” She further warns of the inflation resulting from possession by them and points out that the animus “loves to create an atmosphere of mist in which nobody can find orientation.” These are supra-personal elements of psychic life capable of breaking beyond the tendency of consciousness to become one-sided. This second section of Volume 8 provides an insightful explanation of a woman’s encounter with her animus and a man’s encounter with his anima.

Volume 7
Aurora Consurgens

Aurora Consurgens, the rising sun, is a vision forged in the pseudo-Aristotelian tradition that became a cornerstone of medieval Church doctrine and the centerpiece of the Dominican and Franciscan traditions. While its authorship has been shrouded in mystery and controversy, Marie Louise von Franz furnishes ample evidence that this was a final work of Thomas Aquinas, a Doctor of the Church. His vision begins with an anima figure of the Sapentia Dei.

This medieval alchemical text is rich in symbolism and offers a glimpse into how unconscious contents can be understood through their interactions with the material world. Marie Louise von Franz places Aurora Consurgens squarely in the tradition of visionary spiritual writings similar to the visions of Hildegard von Bingen or John of Patmos. Aquinas’s visions and his final commentary on the Song of Songs appear to have been the result of a state of ecstasy into which he fell just before his death. Marie Louise von Franz excavates a psychological treasure from his work.

Volume 6
Niklaus Von Flüe And Saint Perpetua: A Psychological Interpretation of Their Visions

Saint Niklaus von Flüe, the patron saint of Switzerland, was held in the highest esteem by both CG Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz. Jung even declared him the Patron Saint of Psychotherapy, due to the Saint’s deep inward reflections and profound experiences. His visions reportedly began while still in his mother’s womb and continued until his death. One of his later visions was a terrifying image of the face of God. Von Franz saw Niklaus as the shadow brother of Christ and wrote of him as the alchemical Anthropos, a universal man. His visions were an evolution of Christian mysticism.

Saint Perpetua was a young Christian woman put to death in 203 AD in the Roman arena at the age of 22. Her profound visions occurred days before her death. Von Franz penetrates these images, suggesting they were revelations of a new, Christian God-image breaking through from the collective unconscious into the animus of young Perpetua.

Marie-Louise von Franz is at her very best as she unravels the mysteries held within the visions of these two saints.

Volume 3 
The Maiden’s Quest

Volume 3 turns to the Maiden’s Quest within fairytales.

The maiden/heroine navigates a complicated maze of inner and outer relationships as she builds a bridge to the unconscious. The heroine contends with the animus in many forms like a devouring and incestuous father, demonic groom, the beautiful prince, an androgenous mother, a cold dark tower, and through conflict with the evil stepmother.

Dangers and pitfalls await her as the conscious feminine strives to make connections with the unconscious masculine. The maiden is the undeveloped feminine and the promised fruit of her struggle with the animus is the coniunctio. Volume 3 is a masterwork of cross-cultural scholarship, penetrating psychological insight, and a strikingly illuminating treatise. With her usual perspicacity and thoroughness, von Franz gathers countless fairytale motifs revealing a myriad of facets to the maiden’s quest.

Volume 2 – 
The Hero’s Journey
Volume 2 – The Hero’s Journey is about the great adventure that leads to a cherished and difficult to obtain prize. In these fairytales, the Self is often symbolized as that treasured prize and the hero’s travails symbolize the process of individuation. In its many manifestations, the hero embodies the emerging personality. “In the conscious world, the hero is only one part of the personality—the despised part—and through his attachment to the Self in the unconscious is a symbol of the whole personality.”

Von Franz’s prodigious knowledge of fairytales from around the world demonstrates that the fairytale draws its root moisture from the collective realm. This volume continues where Volume 1 left off as von Franz describes the fairytale, “suspended between the divine and the secular worlds (…) creating a mysterious and pregnant tension that requires extreme power to withstand.” The resistance of the great mother against the hero and his humble origins, as well as the hero freeing the anima figure from the clutches of the unconscious are universal archetypal patterns. The spoils retrieved by the hero symbolize new levels of consciousness wrested from the unconscious.

Volume 1 – 
The Profane and Magical Worlds
Volume 1 – Fairytales, like myths, provide a cultural and societal backdrop that helps the human imagination narrate the meaning of life’s events. The remarkable similarities in fairytale motifs across different lands and cultures inspired many scholars to search for the original homeland of fairytales. While peregrinations of fairytale motifs occur, the common root of fairytales is more archetypal than geographic. A striking feature of fairytales is that a sense of space, time, and causality is absent. This situates them in a magical realm, a land of the soul, where the most interesting things happen in the center of places like Heaven, mountains, lakes, and wells.

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