Liber Novus, I.9-11



Musterion : Encountre



[A dream by C. G. Jung, Dec 1913.]

pp. 245-6 columned mansion within the crater

p. 245b

"An old man stood before me." [fn. 156 : "In Black Book 2 Jung noted : "with a gray beard and wearing an Oriental robe" (p. 231)."] A black serpent lay at his feet. Some distance away I saw a house with columns. A beautiful maiden steps out of the door. ... I see that she is blind. The old man ... I follow ... to the house at the foot of the sheer wall {cliff} of rock. The serpent creeps behind us Darkness reigns inside the house. We are in a high hall with glittering walls. A bright stone ... lies in the background. As I look into its reflection, ... I catch sight of Odysseus and his journey on the high seas. Suddenly a door opens ... onto a garden of bright sunlight. We step outside and the old man says to me, "Do you know where you are?"


I : "I am a stranger here and everything seems strange to me, anxious as in a dream. Who are you?"

E : "I am Elijah and this is my daughter Salome." [fn. 158 : "Salome was the daughter of Herodias and ... In Matthew 14 and Mark 6 ... danced before Herod on his birthday. ... See Bram Dijstra, Idols of Perversity ..., pp. 379-98."] ...

{This is a lucid-dream of the category wherein the dreamer telleth, concerning his awareness that this is a dream, to other beings in that dream. I myself used also to do simply thus for decades, until I realized that the dream-persons thus addressed wished at the same time to be told that they were recognized to be deities, so that they could confirm their divine nature by their agreeing : Jung’s addressee did this confirming partway, by mentioning his (the addressee’s) legendary, semi-mythic identity.}

p. 246a

E : "... You see that she is blind. She is my daughter, the daughter of a prophet." ...

{Goddess Ate is blind : she is daughter of Zeus.}


S : "... Elijah is my father, and he knows the deepest mysteries. The wall of his house are made of precious stones. His wells hold healing water and his eyes see the things of the future. ...""

p. 246, fn. 161

" "I reached ... a cosmic depth. It was ... a descent into empty space. First ... was ... a crater, or a ring-chain of mountains ... .

{A place in Karia called Surnos is "ringed with mountains" (GM 169.d).}

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It was ... of the land of the hereafter. ... The old man said he was Elijah ... . ... With them was a black serpent ... . ... Whenever you take journeys like this you find a young girl with an old man" (Analytical Psychology, pp. 63-64). Kundry and Klingsor from Wagner’s Parsifal (see below, p. 303[, fn. 221]), and

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Francesco Colonna’s Hypnerotomachia." {However, "Liane Lefaivre attributes the Hypnerotomachia to Leon Battista Alberti" ("SLLLBA").}

{"Poliphilo ... falls asleep once more. He then awakens in a second dream, dreamed inside the first." ("ILLLBA") So, this is dream of "false-awakening", which is another particular kind of lucid-dream.}

"SLLLBA" = "Synopsis of L. Lefaivre’s Leon Battista Alberti’s Hypnerotomachia Poliphili"

"ILLLBA" = "Introduction to L. Lefaivre’s Leon Battista Alberti’s Hypnerotomachia Poliphili"

v(v)-vi(r) p. 247 myths about hollow constructions


p. 247a

"Prometheus ... digs the channels" wherewithin "flows ... water from above to below."

{Actually, it was not Prometheus, but rather the descendants of Minuas, who dug "two large tunnels ... through which the river [Kephissos] emptied into the sea" (GM 121.d).}


p. 247b

"Odysseus ... went astray when he played his tricks at Troy."

{The mendacities about the wooden horse, although told by Sinon (GM 167.f-g), "were invented by Odysseus" (GM 167.h)."}

p. 248a a woman seeketh the beheading of a man

"A thinker should fear Salome, since she wants his head, especially if he is a holy man. A thinker cannot be a holy person, otherwise he loses his head."

{Likewise, heroines beheaded Orpheus; the heroine Yhudit (Judith) beheaded Holophernes; and women have custody of decapitated human heads amongst such headhunters as the Dayak of Borneo, and the Cocopa of Arizona.}






[Account of the serial continuation, in a 2nd night, of the praevious night’s (cap. IX) dream by C. G. Jung.]

[A dream by C. G. Jung, Dec 1913.]

pp. 248-9 colonnade & marble lion within the crater

p. 248b

"On the following night ... : I am standing in the rocky depth that seems to be like a crater. Before me I see the house with columns. I see Salome walking along the length of the wall ..., touching the wall like a blind person. The serpent follows her. The old man stands at the door and ... calls Salome back. ...

I stand before the play of fire in the shining crystal. I see in splendor ... a Buddha sitting rigidly in a circle of fire – a many-armed ... Goddess ... . ... A burning red lamp hangs from the ceiling. ... Elijah stands before me leaning on a marble lion in the middle of the room."

p. 249a

"E : "... your thoughts are just as much outside your self as trees and animals are outside your body." [fn. 188 : Jung wrote (in Analytical Psychology) that thoughts in the mind are like mice in a house (i.e., that they are both extrinsic, and enter from the outside). {cf. the "mice" raiding the crop of Manawyddan (in the Mabinogion) : they are inscrutable, for "reckoning nor measure was (not) possible upon those" (MM, fn. 49).}]

I : "... I can also consider my thoughts as being outside my self." ...

p. 249b

E : "You may call us symbols for the same reason that you can also call your fellow men symbols, if you wish. But we are just as real as your fellow men. You invalidate nothing and solve nothing by calling us symbols. ... We certainly are what you call real. Here we are, and you have to accept us.""


"As I step out into the hall, I see a powerful lion going before me.


Outside, it is a wide cold starry night."

{I have likewise viewed, in dreams, the starry dream-sky.}

MM= Mabinogi of Manawydan

{The heaven-ascended >eliyah is Sandalpo^n; Salome of the Gospel according to the Aiguptioi may be identical with Maria Magdalene, who asked quaestions of Iesous in the Khenoboskion book "Quaestions of Maria".}

p. 250a the Godhood in C. G. Jung

"the supreme meaning ... becomes in me becomes such that it has ... substance ... .

{C. G. Jung is thus internally consubstantial with the Godhead.}

Thus I stand ... before the miracle of the transformation and the becoming real of the God in me. ... I represent ... one therefore to whom in the name of God

the freedom of the binding and loosing has been given. The binding and loosing take place in me. ... it also takes place through me in the world, ... in the way of an unavoidable effect.

[fn. 193 : "Matthew 18.18. Christ : "Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and Whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.’""]

I lock the past with one key, and with the other I open the future."

p. 250b paralysis & the lion

"I am paralyzed and therefore ready to accept.

My forethinking rests on the lion, my power."

[fn. 197 : "Elijah is supported by the lions. The lion is of stone."]

vi(v) p. 251 eat not the bitter herb : crush the covering of shame

p. 251a

"Therefore Christ in the gospel of the Egyptians says to Salome : "Eat every herb, but do not eat the bitter."

{The "bitter" herb is that eaten for Passover. At Passover occurred the Exodos out from the 2 lands Mis.rayim (which apparently are the abodes of the dead and of the unborn.}


And when Salome wanted to know, Christ spoke to her : "If you crush the covering of shame, ...

{The "covering of shame" is the genital covering made (by >adam and by H.awwah) of fig-leaves : these leaves ought to be crushed instead of being worn as a garment.}


the two become one, ... the male with the female ... .""

{The two shall be "one" flesh when by copulating they engendre a child.}

p. 251, fn. 202

"Jung cites this logion, available to him from Clement in the Stromateis ... in Visions (1932, vol. 1, p. 524) ... and Mysterium Coniunctionis (1955-56, CW 14, @528)."

{Crushed fig-leaves are sometimes used in perfumes and in fragrant candles.}






[Account of the serial continuation, in a 3rd night, of the 2 praevious nights’ (capp. IX & X) dreams by C. G. Jung.]

[A dream by C. G. Jung, Dec 1913.]

pp. 251-2 ridge & summit with Temple of the Sun & its watersprings

p. 251a

"On the third night, ... suddenly I saw that I stood before a steep ridge in a wasteland. ... I catch sight of the

p. 251b

prophet high above me. ... I wait below, gazing upward. I look : to the right it is dark night; to the left it is bright day. ... On the dark side lies a big black serpent, on the bright side a white serpent. ... But then I see : the black serpent pulls itself back again. The front part of its body has become white. Both serpents curl about themselves, one in light, the other in darkness. ...

On the peak we come to ... a round embankment ... . Inside lies a large courtyard, and there is a mighty boulder in the middle, like an altar. The prophet stands on this stone and says : "This is the temple of the sun. This place ... collects the light of the sun." Elijah climbs down from the stone, his form becomes smaller in descending, and finally becomes dwarflike ... . I ask : "Who are you?"


"I am Mime, and I will show you the wellsprings. The collected light becomes water and flows in many springs ... . ... Here are my wells, whoever drinks from them becomes wise." ...

[fn. 209 : "In Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung, the Nibelung dwarf Mime is the brother of Alberich ... . ... In Siegfried, Mime, who lives in a cave, ... has ... the invincible sword".]

{Norse /MI`MI-/ = Hellenic /MIMa-/ (‘mimicry’ – GM 35.4). "Mimas with a ladle" (GM 35.e) is an allusion to "ladles ... signed with a thumb print" as "substitutes for his hand" (ChK, p. 261).}

p. 252a

A serpent crawls over the stone. It is the serpent of the prophet. ...

{This is a "black serpent", similar to the one which (on p. 251b) is "to the right" : ‘RIGHT-handed’ is /MaYMIn/ (MHED, p. 181b), a word similar to Norse /MI`MI-/.} {The "trail of a snake" is /SURMe/, a word of which the name of the island /SURNos/ (vide p. 246, fn. 161) may be a variant.}


I feel weird all over : a little house stands there with a portico, minuscule, snuggling against the rock. The serpents become infinitesimally small. I feels too that I am shrinking. The walls enlarge into a huge mountain and I see that I am below on the foundation of the crater in the underworld, and I stand before the house of the prophet. He steps out of the door of his house. ...

E : "... Step over to the crystal and prepare yourself in its light."

A wreath of fire shines around the stone. I am seized with fear at what I see :


The coarse peasant’s boot? ...

{cf. the shoon manufactured by Manawyddan (in the Mabinogion).}


I see the green mountain ... ."

{The ‘Green Mountain’ in <oman?}

p. 252, fn. 212

" "... the prophet with his ‘daughter.’ ... she is a dancer, a very loose person ..." (CW 9, 1, @360). ... "... She is met with in the figures of Simon Magus and Helen, ... with Helen" (ibid., @372)." {This Helene was a prostitute at Turos.}

{When Pryderi’s wife Cigfa was left alone Manawyddan,

p. 246a

[In the dream of 2 nights’ priority to this,] Salome had said to Jung, "You will love me." But he thereupon denied the feasibility of this, replying to her, "I? Love you? Who gives you the right to such thoughts?"

she feared [that he would forcibly rape her] : but he denied his intent to do so.}

ChK = Birgit Staemmler : Chinkon Kishin : Mediated Spirit Possession in Japanese New Religions. Tu:bingen, 2009.

MHED = Dov Ben-Abba : The Meridian Hebrew/English Dictionary.

surme =

p. 252b transfigurations of Jung & of Elijah/Mime into fully manifested deities

"The serpent has wound itself around my whole body, and my countenance is that of a lion."

[fn. 211 : "The animal face which I felt mine transformed into was the famous [Theos] Leontocephalus of the Mithraic mysteries. the figure which is represented with a snake coiled around the man ..., and the face of the man that of a lion . ... ([Analytical Psychology,] pp. 98-99)."] {This is Zr.van (‘Time’).}

"Then she cries, "I see light!" Truly, she sees, her eyes are open. ...

Salome looks in rapture at the light that streams from the prophet.

{I have likewise seen in a dream the glowing form of a deity amidst a general congress (in that dream) of world-religions.}

Elijah transforms into a huge flame of white light."

{"the angel of YHWH ascended in the flame of the altar" (S^apat.i^m 13:20).}

pp. 254-5 folly & great evil of warfare-promoting Christian hero-worship, vs. the wisdom and great good of the peace-promoting New Religion -- worshipping (instead of Christ) the Spirit of the Depths

p. 254a

"You wanted this war. {the Great War} ... But with your wanting you make the evil great. ... Therefore ... you want this greatest evil with your whole heart. You are Christians and run after heroes, and wait for redeemers who should take the agony on themselves for you, and totally spare you Golgotha. With that you pile up a mountain of Cavalry {i.e., extreme suffering} over all Europe."

{The "heroes" so wantonly adored and servilely obeyed by Christians include (of course) ploutokrats and their politician-stooges, who are eager to start wars in order to distract members of the working-class from thinking about how severely they are being exploited by the capitalist-class.}


"I saw ... the sign of the horrors of the peasant war".

[fn. 234 : "This may refer to the German peasants’ rebellion of 1525."]

p. 254b

"The spirit of the depths clutched the fate of man unto itself, just as it clutched mine. He leads mankind through ... to the mystery. In the mystery man becomes the two principles, the lion and the serpent."

{Are these 2 principles Zr.van Daregho-cvadata, and Zr.van Akarana, who are the 2 sorts of time known to Neo-Platonic metaphysics?}

p. 255, fn. 240

"A long passage appears here in the Corrected Draft, a paraphrase of which follows : ...

Do not seek the mystery of self-sacrifice. ... It is the spirit of the depths who leads people into the Mysterium, just as he led me. ... I wanted to rise up against the mysterious will to self-sacrifice. ...

{The "mystery of self-sacrifice" includeth the fact that exploitation of the working-class is based on acquiescence by that working-class; and the "mysterious will to self-sacrifice" includeth the willingness of the working-class to be killed on behalf of the capitalist-class.}

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Salome came to me from the right, the favorable side. ... But I still [require] ... for the thinker to differentiate himself from his thought and accept that what happens in his thought is also something outside of himself. It is outside him in the inner world. ... Mark that it is my bad pleasure which leads me to self-sacrifice. ...

{The "bad pleasure" which was endangering C. G. Jung was his contemplation of the joy that he would obtain in forthrightly denouncing capitalism. It would, however, have resulted in a merely futile "self-sacrifice" for him to have done so.}

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And I saw something further, namely that forethinking in me had the form of an old prophet, which showed that it was pre-Christian, and transformed itself into a principle that no longer appeared in a human form, but in the absolute form of a pure white light. ... But ... the sighted Salome, who knelt in rapture before the white flame, ... led me through everything that came after[wards]. ... (pp. 146-50)"

{Upon his choosing the more practicable (socially acceptable) alternative (instead of denouncing capitalism) of promoting prae-Christian ideologies, the deities in the dream demonstrated their concurrence in this choice of his by their disclosing plainly their divine natures.}

p. 255, fn. 241 "Gilles Quispel reports that Jung told the Dutch poet Roland Horst that he had written Psychological Types on the basis of thirty pages of The Red Book (cited in Stephan Hoeller, The Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead [Wheaton, IL : Quest, 1985], p. 6. It is likely that he had in mind these preceding three chapters [viz., IX to XI] of the "Mysterium.""


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.