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A visit paid to Jung by Alwine von Keller

In a letter of 4th July 1943 to Eva Cassirer, Alwine spoke of her analysis with Jung with the following words:

I Ching before the first consultation [with Jung] in 1940: ‘The receptive’ [K’un, hexagram 2].

Appropriate for the whole period of work undertaken here in Switzerland with Jung.

Not only because I have absorbed a great deal and . . . I have had to accept a great deal, since this is not so typical.

But Jung, beyond the analytical, constellates woman in every woman.

He is so absolutely a man, in the sense of the masculine male and of the masculinely creative, that this has a profound influence on the woman’s unconscious.

In many cases, this leads to a serious conflict in the soul of the patients.

In some, a reaction of the Animus occurs; in others, more frequently, a tie which may border on a dependency so strong that it consumes all.

But this prodigious stimulating and being fecund was for me benefit and gift. Manheimer (sic): rigorous, unshakably rigorous, intelligent, rather, wise, fair, in human and spiritual relations univocally [eindeutig] responsible.

No, my great friend he is not.

His gods may hesitate, withhold the answer, tempt him, and on occasion even lead him astray.

Each of them has the face of Janus.

All is reciprocally relative; the centre, often, is only reachable crossing and overcoming the opposites.


True, he may find his way using what has been passed down to him, but often he cannot, of course, go by this alone; he is then obliged to follow the path of experiment, even of risk; he may often be animated by ambiguous [zwei-deutigen] gods; he has been through hell and bears the signs.

Besides being that admirable wise man, that person who gives precious suggestions and weighs up things carefully, and that rooted farmer and citizen, is a man fatigued, overburdened, controversial, demonic; he bears a Faustian-Mephistophelian element.

He is a Swiss-German and has both things in himself: the German issues and the feet firmly planted on the ground of the Swiss.

Beyond all this, though, he is himself and, in a Goethean sense, a man and a cosmopolitan. ~ Alwine von Keller, Journal of Analytical Psychology, 2011, 56, 236