Liber Novus, I

Contents of "Liber Primus"







The Way of What Is to Come





Refinding the "Soul"

Nov 1913




"Soul" & God

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On the Service of the "Soul"

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The Desert

Nov & Dec




Descent into Hell in the Future

Dec 1913




Splitting of the Spirit

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Murder of the Hero

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The Conception of the God

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Musterion : Encountre

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{N.B. Jung grievously misdesignateth the Guardian-Angel (Spirit-Guide / Guiding-Spirit) as "Soul" : although she may acquiesce to this misdesignation of her, such acquiescence is due merely to her excessive politeness, not to any fundamental accord on her part. (The source of this misdesignation is certain mediaeval European alchemists’ reluctance to confront and to challenge the Church’s erroneous doctrinaire misconceptions concerning the guardian-angel – misconceptions which may be corrected by reference to corresponding Magian/Zaratustrian lore.)}




The Way of What Is to Come



i(r) p. 229 quotations

p. 229a

"Who hath believed our report?" (Ys^a<yah 53:1)

p. 229b

"The desert and the solitary place shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice" (Ys^a<yah 35:1)

i(v) pp. 229-30 instructed by the two spirits

p. 229b

"I have learned that in addition to the spirit of this time there is still another spirit at work, namely that which rules the depths of everything ... . ... . ... the spirit of the depths from time immemorial and for all the future possesses a greater power than the spirit of this time, who changes with the generations. ... The spirit of the depths took my understanding and all my knowledge and placed them at the service of the inexplicable and the paradoxical. ...


But the supreme meaning is the path, the way and the bridge to what is to come. ... . ... those who worship ... must worship ... in the images of the supreme meaning.

p. 230a

... The supreme meaning is the beginning and the end. It is the bridge of going across and fulfillment. ... The supreme meaning is real and casts a shadow. ...


Like plants, so men also grow, some in the light,

["For he shall grow before him as a tender plant" (p. 229a).]


others in the shadows. There are many who need the shadows and not the light."

{e.g., the mushroom-people of Mukenai, found by Perseus}


"I hid myself behind the highest and coldest stars. But the spirit of the depths caught up with me, and ...

p. 230b

the spirit of the depths spoke to me and said : "... . ... to explain a matter is arbitrary ... even ... among the scholars."

But the spirit of this time ... laid before me huge volumes which contained all my knowledge. Their pages were made of ore, and a steel stylus had engraved inexorable words in them, and he pointed to these inexorable words and ... said : "What you speak, that is madness."

It is true ..., what I speak is the greatness ... of madness.

But the spirit of the depths ... said : " ... The greatness ... is the great mistress and the one essence ... . One laughs about it ... . ...


The sum of life decides in laughter and in worship ... . ... You coming men! You will recognize the supreme meaning by ... laughter and worship ... . ... Those who know this laugh and worship in the same breath.""

{Amerindian and Polynesian worship-services often entail clowning and laughter.}

p. 230b in "images" (metaphors), the optimism imparted by the "spirit of the depths" can be imparted to others

"I speak in images. With nothing else can I express the words from the depths.

The mercy which happened to me gave me belief, hope, and sufficient daring, ... to ... further the spirit of the depths, ... to utter his word."

ii(r) p. 231 the Interior Way; the Single Eye

p. 231b

"The way is within us, but not ... in laws. Within us is the way, the truth, and the life."

{"The Kingdom of God is within you." (Loukas 17:21)}

p. 231, fn. 28

"The Draft continues : "One should not turn people into sheep, but sheep into people. The spirit of the depths demands this".

{Sheep = commoners who are excessively submissive to a ruling-class.}

p. 231b

"The one eye of the Godhead is blind,

{contrast : "If thine eye be single, thou shalt be full of light."}


the one ear of the Godhead is deaf".

{in the Epikourean sense that deities do not readily heed human prayers?}



Refinding the "Soul"



p. 232a the prophet findeth the Right Way

" "... This life is ... the long sought-after way to the unfathomable, which we call the divine. ... I found the right way, it led me ... . ... .

... on ... twisted paths a good star has guided me ... . .... My soul, my journey should continue with you. I will wander with you and

ascend to my solitude."

{Jaina /kaivalya/ ‘solitude’}

The spirit of the depths forced me to say this and at the same time to undergo it".

p. 232 the shaman (or spirit-medium) seeketh the guiding-spirit

p. 232a

"my soul cannot be the object of my judgement and knowledge; much more are my judgement and knowledge the

p. 232b

objects of my soul. Therefore the spirit of the depths forced me to speak to my soul, to call upon her as a living and self-existing being.


I had to become aware that I had lost my soul.

{The expression "gain the whole world, and lose his own soul" (Matthaios 16:26; Markos 8:36) is merely metaphoric of losing one’s afterlife salvation (i.e., forfeiting a favorable future incarnation). It is, however, possible to lose track of one’s guardian-angel.}


From this we learn how the spirit of the depths considers the soul : he sees her as a living and self-existing being, and with this he contradicts


the spirit of this time

{Jung’s "spirit of this time" = "Prince of This World" (Ioannes 12:31; 14:30; 16:11)}


for whom the soul is a thing ... which lets herself be judged and arranged, and whose circumference we can grasp. ...


He whose desire turns away from [fn. 40: "introversion"] outer things, reaches the place of the soul.

{"make the inner as the outer ..., and when you make male and female into a single one ..., then you will enter" (Thomas; cf. 2nd Clement – "Wh2B1"). This unification may be a version of Jung’s reaching "the place of the soul."}


If he does not find the soul, the horror of emptiness will overcome him, and fear will drive him with a whip of lashing time ... . ... He will run after things, and will seize hold of them, but he will not find his soul ... . Truly his soul lies in things ..., but the blind one seizes things ..., yet not his soul in things ... . ... How could he tell her apart from things ...?

{Finding one’s "soul" is here a metaphor for finding one divine "soul-mate", viz. one spirit-guide guardian-angel who is one’s divine spouse.}


He could find his soul in desire itself, but not in the objects of desire. If he possessed his desire, and his desire did not possess him, he would lay a hand on his soul ... . ...

{So, is this "soul" mythologically figured as goddess Rati, the wife of god Kama ‘Desire’?}


But hunger makes the soul into a beast that devours the unbearable and is poisoned by it."

{"Hunger" is here the aequivalent to the Bauddha /tr.s.n.a/ (‘thirst’) (scil., for material possessions).}

"Wh2Bi" = "When the Two Become One"



"Soul" & God



p. 233a emergence from the mine-shaft; dream-announcement

"I am weary, my soul,

{The "Weary One" is Oseiris.}

my wandering has lasted too long ... . ... And you, my soul, I found again ... . ... You climbed out of a dark shaft.

You climbed out of a dark shaft.

{This "shaft" may be the sipapu of the Hopi, the mundus of the Romans.}

You announced yourself to me in dreams. ... My dreams have represented you as a child and as a maiden. ...

{The Great Announcement is by S^imon the S^amaritan, and concerneth his spouse Helene of Turos.}

How strange it sounds to me to call you a child, you who still hold the all-without-end in your hand.

I went on the way of the day, and

{The "way of the day" may be the course of the barque of the Sun-deity, with whom voyageth Oseiris.}

you went invisibly with me, putting the pieces together meaningfully, and

{Isis assembleth the pieces of the body of Oseiris.}

letting me see the whole in each part. ...

{Thus, with a hologram, the whole is seen in each part.}

Where I sowed, you robbed me of the harvest, and

where I did not sow, you give me fruit a hundredfold."

{"I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown" (Matthaios 25:24).}

ii(v) p. 233 significance of dreams; heart-felt knowledge

p. 233b

"The spirit of the depths even taught me to consider my action and my decision as dependent on dreams. ...


The knowledge of the heart ... grows out of you like the green seed from the dark heart.

{allusion to the thorn-plant upon the Sacred Heart? or else to the variegated-striped tree growing out of the goddess’s heart on p. 44 of Codex Borgianus Mexicanus?}


Scholarliness belongs to the spirit of this time, but this spirit in no way grasps the dream,


since the soul is everywhere that scholarly knowledge is not."

{According to the "vibhu" doctrine, the atman is omnipraesent.}

p. 233, fn. 55

"In 1912, Jung argued that ... if one wanted to become ... knower of the human soul ..., one had to ... wander with human heart through the world, through ... madhouses and hospitals ..., in brothels ..., through ... the socialist meetings, ... the revivals and ecstasies of the sects, to experience love ... and passion in every form in one’s body ("New paths of psychology," CW 7, @409)."

p. 234a the "depths" & their spirit

"I lived into the depths, and the depths began to speak. The depths taught me the other truth. ... In the sense of the spirit of the depths, I am ... completely subjugated, completely obedient."

p. 234 the Godhead is alterity to whomsoever : the divine child

p. 234a

"If you are boys, your God is a woman.

If you are women, your God is a boy.

If your are men, your God is a maiden.

The God is where you are not."

p. 234b

"The spirit of the depths taught me that my life is encompassed by the divine child. ...


This child is what I feel as an eternally springing youth in me."

{This is true in Taoist internal alchemy.}



On the Service of the "Soul"



p. 235a praise addressed to the guardian-angel

"I am a man and you stride like a God[dess]. ... . ... your meaning is a supreme meaning, and your steps are the steps of a God[dess]."

p. 235a acquiescnce to the will of the guardian-angel

"my soul ... you ... have the first right to my trust. ... I must learn to love you."

ii(v)-iii(r) p. 235 admiring & serving one’s guardian-angel


p. 235a

"I spoke to a loving soul and ... I drew nearer to her ... ."


p. 235b

"If you believe that you are the master of your soul, then become her servant."

p. 235b accepting the commandment from the spirit of the depths

"But on the seventh night, the spirit of the depths spoke to me : "Look into your depths, pray to your depths, waken the dead." ...

{Gnostic goddess Pistis-Sophia looked down upon the world-depth.}

I looked into myself, and ... I found within the memory of earlier dreams, all of which I wrote down".



The Desert



pp. 235-6 the self is a desert

p. 235b

"My soul leads me into the desert, into the desert of my own self. ... How eerie is this wasteland. ... Why is my self a desert? ..

p. 236a

I should also rise up above my thoughts to my own self. My journey goes there, ... it leads away from men and events into solitude. ... Through giving my soul all I could give, I came to the place of the soul and found that


this place was a hot desert, desolate and unfruitful. ...

{cf. C^>an/Zen dictum : "a vast emptiness, and no holiness at all" }


The soul has its own peculiar world. Only the self enters in there, or the man who has completely become his self, he who is [involved and/or concerned] neither in events, nor in men, nor in this thoughts. ...


Even if something could have thrived {thriven} there, the creative power of desire was still absent."

{It is beyond Kamaloka.}


"The ancients [viz., saints/hagioi] ... went into the solitude of the desert to teach us that the place of the soul is a lonely desert. There they found

p. 236b

the abundance of visions, the wondrous flowers of the soul."

pp. 236-7 experiences in the desert : awakening of the guardian-angel

p. 236b

"My faith is weak, my face is blind from all that shimmering blaze of the desert sun . ... I dare not think how unendingly long my way is, and above all, I see nothing in front of me. ... We tie ourselves up with intentions, not mindful of the fact that intention is the limitation, yes, the

p. 237a

exclusion of life. ...

My soul answered, "... Have you grasped me, defined me ... ? Have you measured the depths of my chasms, and explored all the ways down which I am going to ... ? ..." ...


This was my twenty-fifth night in the desert.

{The # 25 is an ofttimes-employed numeric in rN~in-ma literature.}


This is how long it took my soul to awaken from a shadowy being to her own life, until she could approach me as a free-standing being separate from me."

iii(r-v) p. 237a wisdom vs. the spirit of the time


"The spirit of this time considers itself extremely clever, like every such spirit of the time. But wisdom is simpleminded, not just simple. ... Only in the desert do we become aware of our terrible simplemindedness ... . ... The mockery falls on the mocker, and in the desert where no one hears and answers, he suffocates from his own scorn. ...


Simplemindedness knows no intention.

Cleverness conquers the world,


but simplemindedness, the soul.

[On conquering one’s own "soul" (guardian-spirit), cf., e.g., p 235b : "If you were her servant, make yourself her master, since she needs to be ruled."]


So we take on the vow of poverty of spirit in order to partake of the soul." [fn. 79 : " "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:3)."]


C. G. Jung (edited by Sonu Shamdasani; translated from the German by Mark Kyburz, John Peck, & Sonu Shamdasani) : The Red Book : Liber Novus. PHILEMON SER, Foundation of the Works of C. G. Jung, Zu:rich. W. W. Norton & Co. Mondadori Printing, Verona.