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Alchemical Active Imagination

Although alchemy is popularly regarded as the science that sought to transmute base physical matter, many of the medieval alchemists were more interested in developing a discipline that would lead to the psychological and spiritual transformation of the individual. C. G. Jung discovered in his study of alchemical texts a symbolic and imaginal language that expressed many of his own insights into psychological processes. In this book, Dr. von Franz examines a text by the sixteenth-century alchemist and physician Gerhard Dorn in order to show the relationship of alchemy to the concepts and techniques of analytical psychology. In particular, she shows that the alchemists practiced a kind of meditation similar to Jung's technique of active imagination, which enables one to dialogue with the unconscious archetypal elements in the psyche. The book opens therapeutic insights into the relations among spirit, soul, and body in the practice of active imagination.
Archetypal Dimensions of the Psyche

An eminent Jungian analyst examines archetypal symbols of humanity in fairy tales, dreams, and visions. Marie-Louise von Franz explores expressions of the universal symbol of the Anthropos, or Cosmic Mana universal archetype that embodies humanity's personal as well as collective identity. von Franz shows that the realization of our fullest human potential can only be found through accessing, understanding, and consciously applying inner archetypes.

In this book Jungian analyst Marie-Louise von Franz uses her vast knowledge of myths, fairy tales, dreams, and visions to show how the collective psyche itself has pointed to ways of resolving the modern predicament. She discusses Mercurius, the darkly paradoxical figure from medieval alchemy; the visions of the Swiss mystic Niklaus von Flue; the "unknown visitor" motif in fairy tales; the Cosmic Man as image of the goal of human development; and many archetypal dreams of contemporary people. All of these can be seen as expressions of a collective urge in the West to reintegrate nature and the body, matter and spiritand, ultimately, to help us find our way, individually and collectively, to a renewed unity of being and culture.
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Archetypal Patterns in Fairy Tales
(Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts, No. 76)
In-depth studies of six fairy tales - from Denmark, Spain, China, France and Africa, and one from the Grimm collection - with references to parallel themes in many others. Featuring the symbolic, non-linear approach she is famous for, it offers unique insights into cross-cultural motifs, as well as being an invaluable resource for understanding dream images and personal psychology.
C. G. Jung
His Myth in Our Time
There are few individuals in this century whose work has had such wide-ranging, long-lasting effects as that of C.G. Jung. His ideas have pro-foundly influenced such varied disciplines as art, anthropology, atomic physics, philosophy, theology and parapsychology, as well as the fields of psychology and psychotherapy.
Creation Myths

In this book, an eminent Jungian psychologist examines the recurring motifs that appear in creation myths from around the world and shows what they teach us about the mysteries of creativity, the cycles of renewal in human life, and the birth of consciousness in the individual psyche.
Individuation in Fairy Tales

Number and Time
Reflections Leading Toward a Unification of Depth Psychology and Physics
On Dreams & Death
A Jungian Interpretation
Drawing on contemporary case studies and diverse sources ranging from the Eygptians and the Aztecs to the alchemists, von Franz explores themes common to death dreams including: death weddings, the regeneration of plants, and passages through fire or water. She also compares death dreams to accounts of near-death experiences and finds that dreams are more subtle and richer in imagery than recollections of near-death episodes.
Psychological Meaning of Redemption Motif in Fairytales

A nonlinear approach to the significance of fairy tales for an understanding of the process of psychological development. Concise illustrations of complexes, projection, archetypes and active imagination. A modern classic. Index.
Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales
(A C.G. Jung Foundation Book)
Fairy tales contain profound lessons for those who would dive into their meaning. Von Franz draws on her vast knowledge of folklore and her experience as a pychoanalyst and a collaborator with Jung to illuminate on fairy tales and the dark side of life and human pyschology.
The Cat
A Tale of Feminine Redemption (Studies in Jungian Psychology, 83)
“The Cat” is a Romanian fairy tale of some complexity and great charm. It is the story of a princess who at the age of 17 is bewitched—turned into a cat. She must remain in that form until an emperor’s son will come and cut off her head. . . . Eventually a simple-minded emperor’s son, searching the earth for fine linen, finds her and accomplishes the task. How and why this happens is patiently dissected by Dr. von Franz with her characteristic erudition and earthy humor.

One by one she unravels the symbolic threads in this story, from enchantment to beating, the ringing of bells, golden apples, somersaults and witches, etc., and, throughout, the great themes of redemption and the union of opposites, always relating them to both individual and collective psychology.
The Feminine in Fairy Tales

The Golden Ass of Apuleius
The Liberation of the Feminine in Man
The Interpretation of Fairy Tales

Of the various types of mythological literature, fairy tales are the simplest and purest expressions of the collective unconscious and thus offer the clearest understanding of the basic patterns of the human psyche. Every people or nation has its own way of experiencing this psychic reality, and so a study of the world's fairy tales yields a wealth of insights into the archetypal experiences of humankind. Perhaps for foremost authority on the psychological interpretation of fairy tales is Marie-Louise von Franz. In this book - originally published as An Introduction to the Interpretation of Fairy Tales - she describes the steps involved in analyzing tales and illustrates them with a variety of European tales, from "Beauty and the Beast" to "The Robber Bridegroom." Dr. von Franz begins with a history of the study of fairy tales and the various theories of interpretation. By way of illustration she presents a detailed examination of a simple Grimm's tale, "The Three Feathers," followed by a comprehensive discussion of motifs related to Jung's concept of the shadow, the anima, and the animus. This revised edition has been corrected and updated by the author.
Time Rhythm and Repose


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