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The Black Sun: The Alchemy and Art of Darkness
The black sun, an ages-old image of the darkness in individual lives and in life itself, has not been treated hospitably in the modern world. Although modern psychology has seen darkness primarily as a negative force, it actually has an intrinsic importance to the human psyche. In this book, Jungian analyst Stanton Marlan reexamines the paradoxical image of the black sun a ...more
Hardcover, 266 pages
Published April 8th 2005 by Texas A&M University Press
(first published April 2005)
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I loved this book. It offers a perspective on the alchemy of dark emotions that is incredibly unique, and at the same time draws from different writers and cultures to drive the points home. I especially loved the fact that unlike many other books, the author doesn't push some idealized notion of finding some sort of "light" at the end of the tunnel; but rather lays out the process for the proper integration of the darkness into the personality of the person undergoing the process, and also talk ...more
It was OK. The central argument/analysis here-- that blackness/darkness/mortificatio is not just something we are supposed to Get Through/Work Through/Overcome, but an ever-present and indispensable part of life and growth and a kind of illumination itself-- this is good and important, very, yes. But I somewhat suspect that anyone with a desire to read this book has probably done some other reading on alchemy and psychology, right? And while it's neat how many different sources Marlan brings int ...more