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#241 - Carl Jung

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Jung explores archetypal imagery of the collective unconscious: “The oldest and most psychologically interesting card game is Tarot. There Rex and Regina play an undoubted role”

TLS in German, signed “C. G. Jung,” one page, 8.25 x 11.5, personal letterhead, December 19, 1938. In part (loosely translated): “From the darkness of your letter, I would like to pick up your guess regarding the Crusades. I am also of the opinion that very strange things have been handed down, which still play a significant role in the secret degrees of the Freemasons. As for the chess pieces, they come from India. Playing cards are authenticated first in the 13th century. The oldest and most psychologically interesting card game is Tarot. There Rex and Regina play an undoubted role. It would not be impossible, therefore, that in the Council of Worcester was from a card game the speech. About the Tarot there is a reviewable literature (e.g. A. E. Waite: 'The Key to the Tarot' London 1920) but in psychology we often have to eat dust for the sake of information. Shandy's psychological observation is the way in outspoken continuity of tradition. The alchemical writings, of which we have a lot of English editions in the 17th century, always contains the classification spiritus, anima et corpus. Occasionally, the term animus is put in place of spiritus. I hope that you will make on your wanderings still all kinds of discoveries.” In fine condition, with central vertical and horizontal folds.

Jung was fascinated by the idea of tarot cards and saw the imagery within the tarot as corresponding with the archetypes that comprised the collective unconscious, the concept he is best remembered for developing. This is most evident in his explorations into the psyche and active imagination, in which he relies upon Hermetic use of the tarot imagery as a handbook and revealer of perennial wisdom. He also utilized Hermetic Tarot to function as a textbook and mnemonic device for teaching and revealing the gnosis of alchemical symbolical language, as he mentions near the end of the letter. An interesting letter exploring some of Jung’s lesser-known ideas, offering a fine demonstration of the language and complexities of Jungian psychology. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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