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Carl Gustav Jung is arguably the greatest Gnostic sage of our time. Though covered with a veneer of "proper" psychological theory, his works contain an obvious wellspring of mystical insight; insight which the man himself experienced directly, often through the use of techniques which would be startlingly familiar to any practicing ceremonial magician. It would not be hyperbole to say that Jung is the archetypal example of a 20th century bodhisattva.
The following links are intended to give those unfamiliar with Jung insight into why we at the House of Abraxas have adopted his works as one of the cornerstones of our magical curriculum. They are in no way intended to summarize or even paraphrase the great body of clinical and scientific literature the man produced in his career as a psychiatrist. For those interested in further exploration, we recommend the 20 volume set of his Collected Works. You might as well just dive in...
The Gnostic Jung, by Bishop Stephan Hoeller of the Ecclesia Gnostica, is required reading for all initiates of the House of Abraxas. Not only does it give the texts of the Seven Sermons of the Dead, along with extensive analysis and commentary, but it also shows the depth of Jung's understanding of Living Gnosis. Considering Hoeller's book was published nearly 30 years before the publication of the Red Book, this is a frankly amazing feat.
In 2009, Jung's famous master work, the Red Book, was finally published in large format folio edition. This book charts the journey Jung took as he explored, through intensive techniques of active imagination, his relationship to the strange, prophetic figures that began appearing to him just months before the outbreak of the First World War.
As the only portion of the Red Book published during Jung's life, the Septem sermones ad mortuos has been the source of nearly all of our knowledge of Jung's Gnosticism up to this point. With the release of the Red Book, we also finally have access to the accompanying mandala, known as the Systema Munditotius. Here, the Philemon Foundation has prepared a nice, succinct article exploring the relationship between the Sermons and the mandala.
Carl Jung and the Kundalini
An analysis of Septem Sermones ad Mortuos as expressed through Christianity
For a slightly more gentle introduction to Jung and the principles of psychology as they apply to the spiritual life, Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces is a good place to start.