The Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead
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Gnosticism like mysticism pursues the inner way; its authority is not external but internal-a living personal experience-but without denying the outer world. Under the guise of Basilides, a second-century AD Gnostic sage, Jung wrote in 1916 the Seven Sermons to the Dead after he had received intense psychic experiences.The author has made his own translation of the sermons...more
Paperback, 267 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Quest Books
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I took away two things from this book.

1) Carl Jung is a total loon.
2) His ideas make a lot of sense.

Granted, I was a bit tipsy for about 1/3 of the book, but the ethics it illustrates were pretty compelling.

This book contains both the Seven Sermons to the Dead in their entirety and Hoeller's commentary on them.

The Sermons were a blast to read, but it really took Hoeller's exegesis to get at their core meaning, couched in mysticism as they are.

To boil things down, Jung says that typical western m...more
Jason Thompkins
To make a long story short: It was the Gnostic God ABRAXAS that set my 'Path' into motion although I have been into the Occult/Esoterra/Magick since I was a young boy. This lead me to Herman Hesse's "Demian" and ultimately to Carl Jung's "Seven Sermons to the Dead" which is a magickal incantation to ABRAXAS (which I used as an Invocationn at every Solstice ceremony). I ultimately found, by chance, a first edition of this book and learned of a man who went across the sea to meet with Jung and Hes...more
A very mystic work, I feel I cannot really give it judgment. Some of what he writes clashes with my own personal beliefs, but I feel overall that this work is extremely deep, extremely profound, and far beyond our own imagining. It was originally published only for a circle of friends, so this is an extremely private work. The overall theme is that of the Pleroma, Abraxas, and the soul. The principle of Individuation is also discussed, as well as admonition against the tendency to unite with God...more
I loved reading this book though the subject (Jung's Seven Sermons to the Dead) could be at times difficult or obscure.

I have a favourite passage, from the Seventh Sermon, to which I return time after time and which expresses man's relationship to God in the following "lyrically exquisite sentence":
"In immeasurable distance there glimmers a solitary star on the highest point of heaven. This is the only God of this lonely one. This is his world, his Pleroma, his divinity." ...
"This star is man'...more
Paul Johnston
It is hard to know what to say about this book - on the one hand, it is a fantastic introduction to the mystical/religious side of Jung; on the other, it is written from the perspective of a true believer and the beliefs being put forward are hard to take fully seriously. It's a world full of gods and demons and paradoxes, and while the claims being made generally seem to intended to be interpreted psychologically, it is also clear that they are not supposed to be just metaphorical. So the parad...more
Mary Overton
“… it may be at least possible for us to state certain basic axioms which could serve as the principal indicators of the message of this Gnosis….
“1. …a pneumatic (spiritual, or more than personal) element is an organic part of the human psyche….
“2. …this spiritual element carries on an active dialogue with the personal element of our selfhood through the use of symbols….
“3. …the symbols proceeding from the pneumatic component of the soul reveal a path of spiritual or psychological development wh...more
Rimas has no time to read bad book
goes together with Liber Novus, the one you come back to read again and again...
Alexandra Wagner
enhanced my perspective of Jung and of Gnosis
The Gnostic Jung analyzes one of the more cryptic texts of Jungs career, the Seven Sermons to the Dead. Fantastic overview of the way that Gnosticism influenced Jung’s psychoanalytical views, particularly on individuation. Fairly technical, Hoeller still maintains a beautifully poetic approach to a particularly dense subject
Very deep & will probably require more than 1 reading, but the main idea I take away after this initial reading is that call it what you will - yin/yang, male/female, dark/light, rational/intuition - the world is made of opposites and to ignore or suppress one in favor of the other leads to imbalance.
Enjoyable intro to Jung's gnosticism. (It was written before the publication of the Red Book and thus, unwittingly, serves as a partial introduction/guide IMHO:)

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