Gods Within/Gods Without: At the Intersection of Archetypal Polytheism and Naturalistic Animism
The morning sun rising in the east calls to the Bright Youth in me, and the Bright Youth responds. The full moon calls to the Muse, and the waning and dark moon to the Dark Maiden who is a part of me. The earth I touch with my fingers calls to the Mother, in both her guises, Nurturing and Devouring. The bright green shoots rising from the earth and the green leaves on the trees on my street in the spring, these call to the Stag King, while the red leaves fallen to the earth in the autumn call to the Dying God. The spring storm that rises up suddenly in the west calls to the Storm King. The night sky, the dark space between the stars, calls to Mother Night, my death come to make peace. The gods-without call and the gods-within respond.
Jung's Collected Works available for download March 1 (UPDATED)
[UPDATE 6/16/15: Jung's Collected Works can now be downloaded from Scribd.com.]
Jung's Collected Works are being made available for instant download as of March 1, 2014! Below are some convenient links for purchase/download of either the entire collection or individual volumes.
For Pagans interested reading just one volume of Jung's writings, I would recommend Volumes 9(i) (The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious) and 11 (Psychology and Religion) which explain the gods in terms of archetypes. If you're really into mythology, then I would also recommend Vol. 5 (Symbols of Transformation). If you are an esotericist, then I would recommend Vols. 13 & 14, which are about spiritual alchemy. And if you are more into the visionary, then definitely check out the Red Book (not part of the Collected Works), Jung's account of his visions and imaginings during his period of psychological breakdown following his split from Freud.
The prices are a bit steep. If you're just wanting an introduction to Jung's writings, selections can be found in numerous collections. Two of my favorites are Modern Man in Search of a Soul and Psychology and Western Religion. Also worth checking out is Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Jung's spiritual memoir.
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