On Jung’s 70th birthday in 1950, he set up a cubical stone by a tree at the side of the lake, and inscribed three sides – one with a quote from the alchemical treatise “The Philosopher’s Stone”:
“hic lapis exilis extat, pretio quoque vilis, spernitur a stultis, amatur plus ab edoctis” (“this stone is poor, and cheap in price; it is disdained by fools, but it is loved all the more by the wise”); one with a figure of Telesphorus – a sacred homunculus featured in the Red Book and reminiscent of the manikin he first created as a child; and on one side a memorial of gratitude for his 70th birthday.
A copper cover was added later for protection.
The side of the stone facing the lake reads:
I am an orphan, alone; yet I am found everywhere.
I am a youth and an old man simultaneously.
I have known neither father now mother, because like a fish I have to be lifted up from the depths.
Or because I drop from the sky like a white stone.
In woods and mountains I roam, but I am hidden in the human’s innermost.
I am mortal for everyone, but remain untouched from the change of times.