Black Books

At the beginning of 1916, Jung experienced a striking series of parapsychological events in his house. In 1923, he narrated the events to Cary de Angulo

(later Baynes). She recorded it as follows:

One night your boy began to rave in his sleep and throw himself about saying he couldn’t wake up.

Finally your wife had to call you to get him quiet & this you could only do by cold cloths on him-Finally he settled down and went on sleeping next morning he woke up remembering nothing, but seemed utterly exhausted, so you told him not to go to school, he didn’t ask why but seemed to take it for granted.

But quite unexpectedly he asked for paper and colored pencils and set to work to make the following picture-a man was angling for fishes with hook and line in the middle of the picture.

On the left was the Devil saying something to the man, and your son wrote down what he said. It was that he had come for the :fisherman because he was catching his fishes , but on the right was an angel who said, “No you can’t take this man, he is taking only bad fishes and none of the good ones.”

Then after your son had made that picture he was quite content.

The same night, two of your daughters thought that they had seen spooks in their rooms.

The next day you wrote out the “Sermons to the Dead,” and you knew after that nothing more would disturb your family, and nothing did. Of course I knew you were the :fisherman in your son’s picture, and you told me so, but the boy didn’t know it.  ~The Black Books, Vol. I, Page 48-49


Visual types should concentrate on the expectation that an inner image will be produced.

As a rule such a fantasy-image will actually appear- perhaps hypnagogically- and should be carefully noted down in writing.

Audio-verbal types usually hear inner words, perhaps mere fragments or apparently meaningless sentences to begin with .. . . Others at such times simply hear their “other” voices …. still rarer, but equally valuable, is automatic writing, direct or with the planchette.  ~The Black Books, Vol. I, Page 55