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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 [Stephan Hoeller]..has made his own tra ...more
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Published January 1st 1982 by Quest Books
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Feb 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jason Thompkins
Dec 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jung-related
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'
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sharon Allen
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One day in the summer of 1916, described in his autobiography, Car Jung began to have paranormal experiences, among them dreams and disturbances and the repeated ringing of the doorbell when no-one was there: "The house was filled as if it was crammed full of spirits" he writes, "and the air was so thick it was scarcely possible to breathe." "For God's sake," he said to them, "What in the world is this?" And the spirits cried out in chorus: "We have come back from Jerusalem where we found not wh ...more
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
A curious Jung book.

It reminded me of The Manuscript Found In Saragossa.

Because it's all over the place, and because I wasn't exactly picking up what it was laying down on every page. I'm keeping this simple. More of a note to myself.

Pick it up again, when you're driving somewhere alone for the weekend. Listen to Bon Iver and Lou Reed a lot. Bring a good bottle of scotch.

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
Paul Johnston
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mark Parsons
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you are interested in Jung and/or Gnosticism, this is an absolute, MUST READ spiritual philosophical spiritual mind bomb. It is absolutely BRILLIANT, and poetic to boot. I am lucky to live in LA, where Hoeller lectures at the Gnostic Society almost every Friday.
Rimas has no time to read bad book
goes together with Liber Novus, the one you come back to read again and again...
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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:)

Alexandra Wagner
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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enhanced my perspective of Jung and of Gnosis
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