Black Books

Aug. 1919

Dream: I am in an anatomical museum, recently arranged by a great artist. A great hall.

On a massive table rest 4 enormous gloriously bound old books, presumably anatomical.

On the wall I see a prepared heart with a piece of tendon at the apex. Individual fingers in addition.

Lili wants to tear them down and play with them. I stop her.

Then I see in the middle of the room an old rotting ship’s cannon and read on a small board that it was discovered by 2 youths in a peculiar way (witching wand?).

They searched the foundations of old fortifications, but found the more interesting cannon. Then Emma entered, Franz [Jung’s son] behind her.

I see, she thinks that this is something more for Franz than for Lili [Jung’s youngest daughter].

Franz has my American hat on and my old uniform shirt that reaches to his knees. In addition a child’s gun with a bayonet.

He seems hollow- cheeked and bent like a medieval scholar, overwhelmed by the impression, mouth and eyes wide open, completely dumb and stupefied.

Vision in the same night.

To the right of the bed of my wife there is a great angel of the most severe form in a praying position.

To the left of him is a dark transparent dangerous mass. I see only the following forms in it.

Then I see the angel to the left of me. He indicates a bright spot (*) from which a deathly pale maiden with almost closed eyes, black hair, sharp southern features, around 28 years old

(the same as on p. 26) [Jung’s vision of the maiden 1917] steps forward. She remains around 2 meters from my bed and excites an uncomfortable sexual feeling in me. ~Carl Jung, The Black Books, Page 851

Sunday/Monday. In 1923, Jung gave a talk on “Psychological types” at the International Congress for Pedagogy in Montreux (CW 6). Sometime in 1923, Jung made a painting that featured Philemon and other figures (The Art of C.G. Jung, cat. 66, p. 145), with the following inscription on the verso:

“We fear and we hope: will you sacrifice the laurel of eternity to the bridal expectant earth? our feet stand in the void and are granted no beauty and fulfillment. will the promise be broken? will the eternal marry the temporal?” (ibid., p. 147). Jung gave the painting to Toni Wolff. Page 897, fn 227