Dreaming the Myth Forward: Jungian Neopaganism
Carl Jung's ideas have been influencing the development of Neopaganism from its inception in the 1960s and 1970s. But what if Jung's ideas have been misunderstood by many Pagans: literalized on the one hand and oversimplified on the other? What fresh insights can a Jungian Nepaganism contribute to Pagan discourse and practice today? And might Jungianism serve as a bridge between the earth-centered and deity-centered Pagan communities?
Jung's Collected Works available for download March 1
Jung's Collected Works are being made available for instant download as of March 1, 2014! Below are some convenient links for purchase/download of either the entire collection or individual volumes.
For Pagans interested reading just one volume of Jung's writings, I would recommend Volumes 9(i) (The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious) and 11 (Psychology and Religion) which explain the gods in terms of archetypes. If you're really into mythology, then I would also recommend Vol. 5 (Symbols of Transformation). If you are an esotericist, then I would recommend Vols. 13 & 14, which are about spiritual alchemy. And if you are more into the visionary, then definitely check out the Red Book (not part of the Collected Works), Jung's account of his visions and imaginings during his period of psychological breakdown following his split from Freud.
The prices are a bit steep. If you're just wanting an introduction to Jung's writings, selections can be found in numerous collections. Two of my favorites are Modern Man in Search of a Soul and Psychology and Western Religion. Also worth checking out is Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Jung's spiritual memoir.
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