Liber Novus, II.14-21



Divine Folly



[a dream by C. G. Jung, Jan 1914]

(98) p. 292a in a library

"I am standing in a high hall. Before me I see a green curtain between two columns. The curtain parts easily. I see ... a small window with bluish glass above. I set foot on the stair leading up ... . ... The door is open, I enter : I’m in the reading room of a large library."

(99) p. 293a the significance (according to C. G. Jung) of the writings by Nietzsche

"Nietzsche, for example, has written a more than veritable book of prayer ... . [fn. 161 : "I.e., Thus Spoke Zarathustra."] ... Nietzsche interiorizes man exceptionally well."



2nd Night



[continuation of same dream by C. G. Jung as II, cap. XIV]

(100-2) pp. 293-5 via a kitchen, to being committed into a madhouse


p. 293b

"On leaving the library, I ... go to the door; it ... leads to a large kitchen ... . ... A fat woman is standing at the stove -- apparently


p. 294a

the cook – wearing a checkered apron. ...



I hear an odd swishing and whirring – suddenly a roaring sound fills the room like a horde of large birds – with a frenzied flapping of wings – I see many shadowlike human forms rush past and I hear a manifold babble of voices utter the words : "Let us pray in the temple!" ... A bearded man with tousled hair ... stops and turns


p. 294b

toward me : "We are wandering to Jerusalem to pray at the most holy sepulchre. ... But we are dead. ... I am Ezechiel, and I am an Anabaptist." [fn. 173 : "Anabaptism ... originated in Zu:rich in the 1520s, where they rebelled against Zwingli ... . They ... promoted adult baptisms (the first of these took place in Zollikon, which is near Ku:snacht, where Jung lived)."] ...

But soon strange people burst in – among them the librarian -- ... : "... Quick, the police!" ...


p. 295a

I was flanked by policemen left and right. ...



So, we are obviously heading for the madhouse. ... Divine madness – a higher form ... of the life streaming through us -- ... a madness that cannot be integrated into present-day society – but how? What if the form of society were integrated into madness?"



3rd Night



[a dream by C. G. Jung, Jan 1914]

(108, 110) p. 298-9 in the madhouse, becoming reconciled with madness


p. 298a

"My soul spoke to me in a whisper, urgently ... : "... Do you not want to recognize your madness and welcome it in a friendly manner? ... Let the light of your madness shine., and it will suddenly dawn on you. ... Madness is a special form of the spirit and clings to all teachings and philosophies ... . ..." ...


p. 298b

I : "... I believe that I have gone crazy -- ... I’m really in a madhouse." ...

The person to whom I had been speaking before suddenly comes up to me and ... goes on speaking fiercely and urgently : "But I am Nietzsche ..., I am also ... the Savior, and appointed to save the world, but they won’t let me. ... I was supposed to marry the mother of God long ago. But the professor ... has her in his power. Every evening when the sun goes down he gets her with child. In the morning before sunrise she gives birth to it. Then all the devils come together and kill the child ... . ..." ...


p. 299a

The sun of martyrdom has arisen and ... the sun rises higher ... . ... A faint wide surf breaks on the sand ..., and returns incessantly, twelve times, the strokes of the world clock – the twelfth hour is complete. ... I see a tree arise from the sea. Its crown reaches to Heaven and its roots reach down into Hell. ... "Salvation," I whisper. A strange voice speaks : "There is no salvation here ... . ..." [p. 196 : "In Dante’s Commedia, the following lines are inscribed over the gates of Hell : "Abandon every hope, you who enter" (canto 3, line 9)."] ... There are no paved roads into the future."

(110) p. 299b lunacy from being seen by chaos

"The striving of men seems like lunacy to him who comes from the sea. But men consider him mad. [fn. 198 : "The Draft continues : "Once you have seen the chaos, look at your face : ... more than death ..., you saw beyond and your face bears the mark of one who has seen chaos ... . Many cross over, but they do not see the chaos; however the chaos sees them, stares at them, and imprints its features on them. ... Call such a one mad ..." (p. 404)."] ...

But for him who has seen the chaos, ... he knows that the bottom sways and knows what this swaying means. He has seen the order ... of the endless, he knows the unlawful laws. ... The chaos is terrible : ... nights full of horror."

p. 299, fn. 201 dream by C. G. Jung, Jan 1922

"In Black Book 7 ..., Jung’s soul ... says : "the giant cloud of eternal night ... . I see a yellow shining stroke on this cloud from the top left-hand corner in the irregular shape of a streak of lightning, and behind it an indeterminate reddish light in the cloud. ... I see a dead black serpent lying beneath the cloud and the lightning. ... Beneath the cloud I see a dead black serpent and the thunderbolt stuck in its head ... . ... . ... did you not behold a gloomy image this morning, of that man in the white robe and a black face, like a mummy? ... It is an image of your self" (p. 57)."

p. 301, fn. 211 deity Phanes

"In the Orphic theogony, Aither and Chaos are born from Chronos. Chronos makes an egg in Aither. The egg splits in two, and Phanes, the first of the gods, appears. Guthrie writes that "he[-she] is ... a figure of shining light, with golden wings on his[-her] shoulders, four eyes {four eyen indicating that 2 beings, one male and one female are united together}, and the heads of various animals. He[-she] is of both sexes, since he[-she] is to create {engendre} the race of gods unaided" (Orpheus and Greek Religion ... [London : Methuen, 1935], p. 80). ... Phanes appears in Black Book 6 in the autumn of 1916. ... 1916, Phanes is described as a golden bird (Black Book 6, p. 119). ... 1917, Jung addresses Phanes as the messenger of Abrasax (ibid., p. 167). ... Philemon describes him as follows : "Phanes ... is the shooting star that flashes and falls and lapses. / He is the stream of shooting stars that returns every year. ..." (Black Book 7, pp. 16-9)."



4th Night



[a dream by C. G. Jung, Jan 1914]

(114) p. 302a an exhortation by C. G. Jung’s spirit-guide

"My soul speaks to me in a bright voice : "The door should be lifted off its hinges to provide free passage between here and there,

between yes and no,

between above and below,

between left and right.

Airy passages should be built between all opposed things, light smooth streets

should lead from one pole to the other."

{According to Huai-nan-zi, cap. 4, Gun’s son Yu "is said to have had both the distance between the east and the west and that between the poles measured" (HChM, s.v. "Yu", p. 240).}

HChM = Lihui Yang & Deming An : Handbook of Chinese Mythology. Oxford U Pr, 2005.

(114, 116) pp. 302-3 false awakening {indicating that the commitment to a madhouse had been a dream within this dream]; followed by entry thence into a theatre


p. 302a

"I open my eyes : the fat cook is standing before me : "... You’ve slept for more than an hour."

I : "... Did I fall asleep in this kitchen? Is this really the realm of mothers?" [fn. 217 : "In the first act of the second part of Goethe’s Faust, Faust has to descend into the realm of the Mothers. ... To Eckermann, Goethe stated that the source for the name ... was

Plutarch’s discussion of the Mother Goddesses in Engyon. (See Cyrus Hamlin, ed., Faust ..., pp. 328-29.)"] {As in the case of C. G. Jung, the divine Mothers at Enguon were experienced in their devotees’ "dream" ("R-TD", p. 37).} {C. G. Jung had thus, by awakening within a dream, escaped the dream-madhouse. That Jung alluded thus to Enguon is sufficient indication of his sympathy for armed insurrection of the working-class against the capitalist-class.} ...

{"the Cretan cult of 'Meteres', the 'Holy Mothers' who were transplanted at an early time from Crete to Engyon in Sicily." (CGS, vol. 3, p. 195; quoted in MC&P-HE, p. 167)} {The slaves who had escaped from slavery in Sikelia (HAWP, cap. XI. p. 251) worshipped these Mother-goddesses at Enguion. (Engu[i]on’s modern name, /GanGi/ ("G"), is derived from /GuGes/.)} {That these Mothers were located "in the constellation of the Bear" (FT, p. xv) would indicate a derivation of the name /en-GUOn/ from the name of /GUEs/, one of the (H:Th 147sq) Hekaton-kheires (their hands being thus numbered so as to refer to the numerics of Zaratas’ divine Mothers – "CPS"); for the Hekaton-kheires were aequivalent to "the six-armed Earth-born of Bear Island" (GM 149.3).}


p. 302b

So that was the librarian’s cook. ... After this conversation I left the library and went outside into the anteroom where I approached the green curtains. I pushed them aside , and ... I saw ... I had entered a theater; those two over there are part of the play : Amfortas and Kundry ... . ... Klingsor is standing to the left ... . ... Parsifal enters – slowly, his head


p. 303a

covered with a black helmet ...; he is also wearing ... black trousers ... . ... Parsifal takes off his helmet".

[fn. 221 : "In Parsifal, Wagner presented his reworking of the Grail legend. ... Klingsor ... has enticed the keepers of the Grail into his magic garden, where there are flower maidens and the enchantress, Kundry. Amfortas, Titurel’ son, ... is enchanted by Kundry ... . ... Parsifal enters ... . ... Gurnemanz takes him to Klingsor’s castle. Klingsor orders Kundry to seduce Parsifal. ... Kundry is ... a beautiful woman, and she kisses him. From this, he realizes that Kundry seduced Amfortas ... . ... Klingsor’s castle and garden disappear. After wandering, Parsifal finds Gurnemanz ... . Parsifal is covered with black armor ... . Parsifal removes his helmet ... . ... They go into the castle [of Amfortas] and ask Amfortas to uncover the Grail. ... Amfortas is transfigured". {/KUNDRY/ =[Vajrayana] goddess /CUNDRI/, alias dicta /Cundi/.}]

"R-TD" = "Round-Table Discussion". In :- Ga`bor Klaniczay & E`va Po`cs (editrices) : Witchcraft Mythologies and Persecutions. DEMONS, SPIRITS, WITCHES, 3. Central U Pr, Budapest, 2008. pp. 35-49.

CGS = Farnell : Cults of the Greek States.

MC&P-HE = Donald A. Mackenzie : Myths of Crete and Pre-Hellenic Europe. Gresham Publ, London, 1917.

HAWP = C. Osborne (Cyrenus Osborne) Ward : A History of the Ancient Working People : from the earliest known period to the adoption of Christianity by Constantine.

"G" = "Gangi"

FT = Faust : a Tragedy, translated by Jonathan Birch. London : Chapman and Hall, 1843.

H:Th = Hesiodos : Theogonia.

"CPS" = Ploutarkhos : "Concerning the Procreation of the Soul".

p. 303, fn. 222 a dream by C. G. Jung, April 1917

"Black Book 6 ... . Here is a paraphrase ... : The serpent says that Atmaviktu was her companion for thousands of years. He was first an old man, and then

he died and became a bear.

{"Gun ... metamorphosed into a yellow bear after his death" (Qu Yuan : Tian-wen, quoted in HChM, p. 10; s.v. "Gun", p. 128).}

Then he died and became an otter.

{"Otter ... those two seek ... . Big Turtle sat under the mud" (M&LGP).} {With Creating-Power’s 2nd song Otter, and 4th song Turtle, sought the world-making mud, which was implemented with the wing-feathers of an eagle (Sioux myth – "NACS:SCS").}

{According to a myth from central Si-c^uan, Gun’s magical mud "overloaded the turtle’s shell" (HChM, s.v. "Gun", p. 130). This occurred at Yu-s^an ‘Feather Mountain’ (s.v. "Gun", p. 127).}

Then he died and became a newt.

{Lakota constellation "Agleshka, or Salamander" is involved with a cottonwood "adorned with flags" for the Sundance ("LE").}

{"And if Gun raised his tail, it looked like a flag." (according to the Lu:-s^i C^un-qiu -- HChM, s.v. "Gun", p. 129)}

Then he died again and came into the serpent. ... Jung’s soul says that Atmaviktu is a kobold."

M&LGP = Katharine Berry Judson : Myths and Legends of the Great Plains. Chicago : McClurg & Co, 1913.


"LE" = Steven Mizrach : "Lakota Ethnoastronomy".



The 3 Prophecies



[a dream by C. G. Jung, Jan 1914]

(124) p. 305b findings by C. G. Jung’s spirit-guide

"S : "I find painted stones, carved bones with magical signs, talismanic sayings on hanks of leather and small plates of gold ... – all ... by dark prehistory. ... I find the treasures of all past cultures, magnificent images of Gods, ... sheets of parchment with the characters of bygone languages, books full of lost wisdom, hymns and chants of ancient priests, stories told down the ages through thousands of generations."



The Gift of Magic



[a dream by C. G. Jung, Jan 1914]

(126) p. 307a magical black serpent-rod

"I : "... A black rod, formed like a serpent – with two pearls as eyes --

a gold bangle around its neck. Is it not ... a magical rod?"

[(119) p. 304, fn. 226 : "The ... dragon ... must not hand over the gold of the sun".]

[p. 308, fn. 241 : "Black Book 4 ... (p. 60). The reference is to the eleventh labor of Hercules, in which he has to get the golden apples".]

S : "It is a magical rod.""

(130, 132) p. 309a magician’s circle for invocation


"The wind in-between bind the cross. The poles are united by the intermediate poles in-between. Steps lead from above to below. Boiling water bubbles in cauldrons. Red-hot ash envelops the round floor. [p. 308, fn. 245 : "the magical circle, in which ritual acts are performed."] ...


A solitary ... greets the stars and touches the earth. ... I dug up old runes and magical sayings[,] for words never reach men. Words have become shadows. Therefore I took old magical apparatuses ... and mixed in secrets and ancient powers, things that even the cleverest would not guess at. I stewed the roots of all human thoughts and deeds."



Way of the Cross



[a dream by C. G. Jung, Jan 1914]

(136) pp. 309-10

p. 309b

"I saw the black serpent, as it wound itself upward ... and emerged again transformed ... . It had

p. 310a

become white. I wound itself around ... like a diadem, and a light gleamed above ..., and the sun rose shining in the east. ... But the white bird that sat on my shoulder spoke to me".






[dreams by C. G. Jung, Jan 1914]

(140, 142, 144) pp. 312, 314 learning magic


p. 312b

" I : "... If magic were still taught today at university, I would have studied it there. ... Today no professor knows anything anymore about magic. ..." ...


p. 314a

I ... walk down the street. People are standing around in groups and glancing at me furtively. I hear them whispering behind my back : "Look, there he goes ... . ... He knows the mysteries. ..." ... And because I remain silent, they are even ore convinced that I have received the black art ... . ...


p. 314b

One can only remain silent about this."

{C. G. Jung remained silent about this matter, because to discuss it would be to disclose that it can be employed to overthrow the ruling-class.}

p. 312, fn. 264 Philemon & Baukis

"In the Metamorphoses, Ovid tells the tale of Philemon and Baucis. Jupiter and Mercury wandered disguised as mortals, in the hill country of Phrygia. ... An old couple finally took them in. .. During the meal, the couple saw that the flagon automatically refilled itself as soon as it emptied. ... The goose took refuge with the Gods, who said that it should not be killed. Jupiter and Mercury then revealed themselves ... . They asked the couple to climb the mountain with them. When they reached the top, the couple saw that ... their cottage ... had been transformed into a temple with marble columns and a gold roof. ...

In Goethe’s Faust 2, act V, a wanderer ... calls upon Philemon and Baucis. Faust was in the process of building a city on land reclaimed from the sea {in Holland?}."

(154) p. 317a iridescent serpent

"Secretly, I wear chain mail under my coat. ... I came to red rock on which

a great iridescent serpent lay."

{This is the "rainbow boa" ("BRB") of the Amazon river.}

"BRB" =

(160, 164) pp. 319-20 dream by C. G. Jung, Feb 1914 : S`


p. 319a

"Slowly, the throne of Goad ascends into empty space, followed by ... Satan himself. ...


p. 320a

Satan crawls deftly like a mole back into his hole again."

{The animal of Rudra is the mole, according to the Veda.}

(165) p. 320b the Kabeiroi

"forms arise ... . These appear as elemental spirits, dressed in wrinkled garb, Cabiri, with delightful misshapen forms, young yet old, dwarfish, shriveled, unspectacular bearers of secret arts, possessors of ridiculous wisdom". [fn. 310 : "The Cabiri were the deities celebrated at the mysteries of Samothrace. ... Friedrich Creuzer and Schelling held them to be

the primal deities of Greek mythology, from which all other developed (Symbolik und Mythologie der alten Vo:lker [Leipzig : Leske, 1810-23]; The Deities of Samothrace [1815], ... translated by R. F. Brown [Missoula, MT : Scholar Press, 1977])."]

{They could hardly have been "the primal deities of Greek mythology" if they were, in fact, Thrai:kian. They became known in India as god "KuBERa" (a name not in the Veda, and likely to have arriven with Makedonians / Thrai:kians of Alexandros ho Megalos), and [likely still later] in <arabic as "KABIR".}

pp. 325-6 dream by C. G. Jung, Feb 1914 : atop a tree


p. 325a

"Then the serpent turned into a small white bird which soared into the clouds ... . ...


p. 325b

I "So at least tell me ... of the crown that the bird of my soul fetched for me from Heaven." ...


p. 326a

I remain silent and hang high above the ground on the swaying branch of the divine tree ... . ... So I hang for three days and nights."


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.