C.G. Jung Letters, Vol. 1: 1906-1950

To L. Oswald

Dear Colleague, 8 December 1928
Please do not consider it a presumption on your part to interrogate me.

On the contrary, I am glad you found my lecture interesting.

I have experienced nothing of the kind in Switzerland yet.

You are quite right in supposing that I reckon astrology among those movements which, like theosophy, etc., seek to assuage an irrational thirst for knowledge but actually lead it into a sidetrack.

Astrology is knocking at the gates of our universities: a Tibingen professor has switched over to astrology and a course on astrology was given at Cardiff University last year.

Astrology is not mere superstition but contains some psychological facts (like theosophy) which are of considerable importance.

Astrology has actually nothing to do with the Stars but is the 5000 year old psychology of antiquity and the Middle Ages.

Unfortunately I cannot explain or prove this to you a letter.

You are also quite right in your view that people who subscribe all out to any of these movements exclude authentic experience for the sake of believed hypotheses, not knowing that they are mere hypotheses but believing them to be knowledge.

But in all these dubious fields there is at least something that is worth knowing and that our present-day rationalism has cast aside rather too hastily.

This something is projected psychology.

Always gladly at your service,

Yours sincerely,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. 1, Page 56.