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Shows the secret goal of alchemy to be the transformation of the personality, the search for wholeness. Invaluable for interpreting images in modern dreams and for an understanding of relationships.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Inner City Books (first published January 1981)
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Malcolm
Sep 30, 2010 Malcolm rated it really liked it
The late Marie-Louise von Franz (1915 -1998) was a Jungian analyst and colleague/student of Carl Jung. She is widely known for her penetrating treatises about seeker's journey motifs, alchemical texts and fairy tales as well as an accessible biography of Jung.

Here again, her insights are profound and broad in scope. The book, published in 1980, is composed of lectures she presented in Zurich in 1959. The lectures contain excerpts from European, Arabic and Greek alchemical texts along with her ex
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David
Mar 14, 2013 David rated it really liked it
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This is a fascinating book for those interested in both Jungian psychology and the alchemical traditions. Though the title describes the purpose of this work (a mere introduction to the symbolism of alchemy and how it possibly relates to psychology), my expectations were that it would be a thorough study of alchemy and its rich language of metaphors. I still enjoyed the book because I find this branch of psychology quite interesting, but it is probably best before choosing to read it - or invest ...more
Evie
Apr 26, 2007 Evie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Psychotherapists and anyone interested in psychotherapy
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The individuation process as the alchemical process. Jung rocks, and so does his student, Marie Louise von Franz, who breaks Jung down and makes his work digestible (Thank god! How would I ever have gotten through Jung's work without von Franz and Edinger to explain it all?!?!). Anyone in the field of psychology should read this book as it opens up the imagination.
Jesse Whyte
Nov 04, 2013 Jesse Whyte rated it really liked it
It's a great text, but I think it falls short in two ways. First, it reads like seminar notes (which is precisely what it is). There is little in the way of textual structure and the text often meanders between alchemical uses in psychotherapy and analysis of various alchemical works. It makes for an interesting read, but I find returning to the text to be slightly problematic. I wish that she had taken some time to rearrange the material properly.

Second, there is little in the way of an introdu
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David
May 09, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
Fascinating read on alchemy as a psychic language symbolizing the process of Individuation. Marie-Louise von Franz does a sublime job of deciphering ancient alchemical texts in a way that is easy for the reader to understand. Jung's star pupil writes in a way that is a masterful compliment to Jung's introverted style and insights, a coniunctio as it were, a union of the opposites. Ultimately finishing by describing the process of Individuation as seen from the human angle is an act of incarnatio ...more
Andreea
Dec 02, 2014 Andreea rated it it was amazing
Breathtsking, in the fashion of Jung.
Sandy
Jan 15, 2011 Sandy rated it it was amazing
Again, Dr. von Franz blows me away with amplifications and explanations of a difficult psychological process - individuation as understood through the lens of medieval alchemy. Her understanding of the Divine draws me into a closer relationship with this loving and amazing Being - in whatever way one understands Her/Him. If you like linear explanations, this is not the book for you; it is a truly circumambular read. This was my second time through and I learned much more than the first time. I t ...more
Ole Kristian
Feb 22, 2013 Ole Kristian rated it it was amazing
von Franz' intellect and personality brings light to yet another obscured subject of the past. Her ability to bring us through the most entangled symbolic imagery and thoughts of the acient world by pointing to the analytic associations of modern terapy is indeed a proof of her supreme insights. She is indeed one of those persons I regret is no longer with us.Now I guess I have to proceed with the much delayed volume 12 of Jung's collected works; "Psychology and Alchemy"
Nick Mather
A decent introduction to a Jungian interpretation of alchemical symbolism. It would be helpful to have at least a little understanding of Jungian terminology and concepts before delving into this book. However, this would likely be a great book to read before moving onto Jung's own alchemical writings.
Sara
Dec 25, 2007 Sara rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Students of depth psychology
An immersive work in the field of depth psychology. If your a beginner, I would pick up a primer first, this title presupposes the reader's previous education in Jungian thought. Great for the academic, no so much for the layperson.
Mike
Jun 08, 2014 Mike rated it it was amazing
It was a bit difficult to wade through the alchemical processes relating it toward human activity. But none-the-less it was a good read, Mike Young.
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Marie-Louise von Franz was a Swiss Jungian psychologist and scholar.
Von Franz worked with Carl Jung, whom she met in 1933 and knew until his death in 1961. Jung believed in the unity of the psychological and material worlds, i.e., they are one and the same, just different manifestations. He also believed that this concept of the unus mundus could be investigated through research on the archetypes
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