The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz is a 28 volume Magnum Opus from one of the leading minds in Jungian Psychology. Volume 6 heralds translations of material never before available in English. It explores the profound visions of two ground-breaking saints in the Catholic church, Saint Niklaus von Flüe and Saint Perpetua.
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.
Note: Volumes 4 and 5 are currently in production and we look forward to the releases when translations are complete.
Table of Contents
Book 1: The Visions of Niklaus von Flüe
Chapter 1. The Time of Niklaus von Flüe
Chapter 2. The Prenatal Faces and the Baptismal Vision
Chapter 3. The Vision of the Tower
Chapter 4. The Time of Depression and Temptation
Chapter 5. The Vision of the Lily That Was Eaten by a Horse
Chapter 6. The Liestal Vision
Chapter 7. Retreat to the Ranft
Chapter 8. The Vision of the Three Visitors
Chapter 9. The Vision of the Singing Berserker
Chapter 10. The Vision of the Fountain
Chapter 11. The Vision of the Heavenly Quaternio
Chapter 12. The Vision of the Terrifying Face of God
Book 2: The Passion of Perpetua – A Psychological Interpretation
of Her Visions
Original Editor’s Foreword
Chapter 13. Introduction
Chapter 14. The Text
Chapter 15. The Problem of the Orthodoxy of the Martyrs
Chapter 16. The Life of St. Perpetua
Chapter 17. The Visions of St. Perpetua
Chapter 18. Interpretation of the First Vision
Chapter 19. Interpretation of the Second and Third Visions
Chapter 20. Interpretation of the Fourth Vision
Appendix: Saturus’s Vision