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.
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About the Author
C. G. Jung, was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology.
Jung proposed and developed the concepts of the collective unconscious, archetypes, and extraversion and introversion. His work has been influential not only in psychiatry but also in philosophy, anthropology, archeology, literature, and religious studies. He was a prolific writer, though many of his works were not published until after his death.
The central concept of analytical psychology is individuationthe psychological process of integrating the opposites, including the conscious with the unconscious, while still maintaining their relative autonomy. Jung considered individuation to be the central process of human development.
Jung created some of the best known psychological concepts, including the archetype, the collective unconscious, the complex, and synchronicity. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a popular psychometric instrument, and the concepts of socionics were developed from Jung’s theory of psychological types.
Table of Contents
Foreword Thomas Fischer 4
Foreword Fabio Merlini 7
Acknowledgements Riccardo Bernardini Gian Piero Quaglino Augusto Romano 10
Introduction. Cart Gustav Jung's Eranos Seminar on The Solar Myths and Opicinus de Canistris Riccardo Bernardini Gian Piero Quaglino Augusto Romano 13
Editors' Note Riccardo Bernardini Gian Piero Quaglino Augusto Romano 77
1 Opicinus de Canistris: Concluding Lecture by C.G. Jung, Eranos, Ascona, 1943 (Notes taken Rivkah Scharf Kluger 78
2 Notes on Jung's Seminar held on August 12 and 14, 1943 Alwine von Keller 100
3 Opicinus de Canistris. Concluding Seminar, Eranos, Ascona, 1943 (Speaking Notes Carl Gustav Jung 110
Appendix I Rivkah Schärf Kluger (1907-1987). A Life Fuelled with Intensity of Spirit and Rare Depth of Soul Nomi Kluger-Nash 116
Appendix II Alwine von Keller (1878-1965): A Biographical Memoir Riccardo Bernardini Gian Piero Quaglino Augusto Romano 124
Index of Names 154