Liber Novus, II.4-7



The Anchorite, I



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

(15-18) pp. 267-9 in the sands of time : footprints of the anchorite


p. 267b

"I saw the desert, yellow sand all around, heaped up in waves, a terrible irascible sun, ... the air shimmering above the earth ... . In the sand I see tracks of naked feet ... . ...



Henceforth I follow the footprints downward ... . I soon reach the ... haggard man ... . Across his knees lies a book in yellow parchment, with beautiful black handwriting ... . I am with the anchorite of the Libyan desert." [fn. 45 : "In the next chapter, the anchorite is identified as Ammonius. There ... in Alexandria ... Ammonius Cetus ... presents a transition from Platonism to Neoplatonism."] ...

{"[I.] ... from eternity in the sand, the footprint would be eternal ... in time. ... [III.] It is therefore ... that this dogma of an eternal creation was unknown before the rise of that philosophic school founded by Ammonius at Alexandria ... and called the sect of the latter or Neo-platonists." (TISU, vol. 1, p. 417, fn. 3)}


p. 268a

A : "You found the tracks of my daily walks at daybreak and sunset. ... I have lived here for ... years, but really, I can no longer remember exactly how long it is. ... .


p. 268b

... higher levels of insight into divine thoughts ... recognize ... more than one valid meaning. ... But words should not become Gods. ...


p. 269a

I ask you, was this ... [Logos] a concept, a word? ..." ...

{Nay; /logos/ is not ‘word’, but ‘reason’. ‘Word’ is /arrheton/.}


He leads me out of the hut, ... around the corner of a rock : we are standing at the entrance of a grave cut into the stone. ...

A : "Here is your place ... . Sleep well ... .""

{In this doctrine of aeternal generation of the universe, Origenes was instructed in the school of Ammonios, supplementing it with the Stoic doctrine of a "succession of worlds" : so according to Methodios cited by Photios (TISU, vol. 1, p. 418, fn. 3).}

TISU = Ralph Cudworth & (transl. by John Harrison) Johann Lorenz Mosheim : The True Intellectual System of the Universe. London : Thomas Tegg, 1845.



The Anchorite, II



[Another dream by C. G. Jung, Jan 1914. This is a serial continuation to the dream (cap. IV) dreamt on the praeceding night.]

(22-7) pp. 270-3 unity of world-religions : Helios


p. 270b

"I awaken {dream of false-awakening}, the day reddens in the East. ... What did I dream? {memory of a dream within a dream} Of a white horse? ... I had seen this white horse on the Eastern sky over the rising sun. The horse spoke to me ... . ... There were four white horses, each with golden wings. They led the carriage of the sun, on which Helios stood with flaring mane. I stood down in the gorge ... . A thousand black serpents crawled swiftly into their holes. Helios ascended ... . I knelt down, raised my hands suppliantly, and called ... . This cry woke me. ...

A large lizard lies on a stone and awaits the sun . ...


p. 271a

Over there a small dark beetle is crawling along, pushing a ball in front of it – a scarab. [fn. 61 : "In Synchronicity as a Principle of Acausal Connection (1952), Jung wrote : "... in the ancient Egyptian book Am-Tuat, the dead sun God transform himself at the tenth station into Khepri, the scarab, and as such mounts the barge at the twelveth station, which raises the rejuvenated sun into the morning sky" (CW 8, @843)."] ...


p. 271b

Am I dreaming or am I awake? {dreaming, or course} ... I go up the valley and before long I reach the hut of the anchorite. ...

I : "Master, ... I prayed ... to Helios. ... But Oh master, I’ve prayed ... also to the scarab and to the earth." ...


A : "... A man my father had set free once came to me; this man ...

{N.B. Christianity was the commonest religion of slaves.}


p. 272a

said : "... God has become flesh ... and has brought us salvation." ... I called, "you probably mean Osiris, who shall appear in the mortal body?" ... "No," the old man insisted, "he was the Son of God." "Then you mean Horus," the son of Osiris, don’t you?" I answered. "No, he ... was a real man, and he was hung from a cross." "Oh, but this must be Seth, surely, whose punishments our old ones have often described." ...

A : "My father once bought a black slave ... from the region of the source of the Nile. ... he told me many things ... the same as we believed about Osiris and the other Gods. I learned to understand that those uneducated Negroes ... already possessed most of what the religions of the cultured people had ... . ...


p. 272b

Here you can see the countenance of the sun every day ..., you can see glorious Helios ... !"

He jumps up ... . But I am far away". [fn. 64 : "The Corrected Draft continues : "and I am unreal to myself as in a dream" (p. 228). ... St. Anthony’s experiences were elaborated by Flaubert in his Temptation of Anthony, a work with which Jung was familiar (Psychology and Alchemy, CW 12, @59)."]


p. 273a

"everything goes its way with strange gestures, beside you, above you, beneath you, and through you; even the stones speak to you, and magical threads spin from you to things and from things to you. Far and near work within you and you work in a dark manner upon the near and the far. ... The whole earth sucks its life from you and everything reflects you again. Nothing happens in which you are not entangled in a secret manner ... . Nothing in you is hidden to things, no matter how remote, how precious, how secret ... . ... The stars whisper your deepest mysteries to you ... . ... you stand ... among the mighty, who hold the threads of your life."


p. 273b

"The solitary went into the desert to find himself. ... I had to appear to him as the devil ... . I ate the earth and I drank the sun, and I became a greening tree that stands alone and grows." [fn. 67 : "The Draft and Corrected Draft continue : "But I saw the solitude and its beauty, and I seized {appraehended / compraehended} the life of the inanimate and the meaning of the meaningless. ... And thus my tree grew in solitude and quiet, eating the earth ... and drinking the sun ... . ... But my greening life flooded me. ... I went so far until every sound of life died" (p. 235)."]






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

(29-30) pp. 273-4 dark reddish sea {cf. Homeric "wine-dark sea"} & its new sun


p. 273b

"I strive to ... where all power and all striving unites with the immeasurable extent ... . ... . ... and yet we continually approach the supreme ... source, the boundless expansion and ... remote horizon ... into infinity."

{Supreme Source is the name of a Bon scripture.} [p. 274, fn. 75 : "See my " ‘The boundless expanse’ : Jung’s reflections ... ." Quadrant : Journal of the C. G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology 38 (2008), pp. 9-32."]


"Someone is standing there, on the last dune. He stands motionless and looks into the distance. ... I say to him :

"... I recognized you from afar. There is only one who stands this way, so solitary at the last corner of the world. ...


p. 274a

I know, you are ice and the end; you are the cold silence of the stones; and you are the highest snow on the mountains and the most extreme frost of outer space. ..." ...

{The god of ice and cold, of stones, snow and frost, is Itztlacoliuhqui.}



The dark sea breaks heavily – a reddish glow spreads out in it ... – the depths of the sea glow {the Vajrayana "luminous ocean of awareness"} – how strange I feel – am I suspended by my feet? ... . ... red light erupts from its smoky shroud – a new sun escapes from the ... sea, and rolls gleamingly toward the uttermost depths – it disappears under my feet. ... The sun still glowed in me, but I could feel myself stepping into the great shadow."

(30-31) pp. 274-5 laughter {At.t.a-hasa}


p. 274b

"Happy the man ...,



and when the millennium had passed, you laughed at him".


p. 275a

"On the third night, junglelike laughter pealed forth, for which nothing is too simple."



The Remains of Earlier Temples



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

(33) pp. 275-6 Ammonius as abbot & as womanizer; Red Rider as abbot & as anti-Christian

p. 275b

A : "I called the brothers of the valley together and announced to them that a messenger of God had appeared to me ... and commanded me to form a monastery with the brothers.


When brother Philetus raised an objection,

[fn. 85 : "2 Timothy 2:16-18 : ... "the resurrection is past already ... ."". {This is an Assassain (of Alamut – "RA") doctrine.}]


I refuted him with reference to the passage in the holy scriptures where it is said that it is not good for a man to be alone. ...

[fn. 85 : "Genesis 2:18". (This is a commandment that each man have a wife, the very ordinance which the monks most strenuously rejected! The contradiction involved is the basic paradox of this dream.)]


So we founded the monastery near the Nile, from where we could see the passing ships. ...

p. 276a

As in a dream I climbed onto a large ship bound for Italy. ... I ... saw that the women were beautiful. I wallowed in pleasure ... . ..."


R : "When you [Ammonios] saw me, you finally ... cursed ... the women and returned to the monastery. ...

I wanted to reform the Church liturgy, and with the bishop’s approval I introduced dancing. I became Abbot and, as such, alone had the sole right to dance before the altar, like David before the ark of the covenant. [fn. 86 : "Chronicles 1:15".] But little by little, the brothers also began to dance; indeed, even the congregation of the faithful and finally the whole city danced. ...

I must add that ... I’ve developed a deep aversion against the whole Christian religion since my expereince at the monastery."

"RA" = "Resurrection at Alamut"

(34) p. 276b C. G. Jung as whoremonger [in dream]

"Luscious-lewd whores giggled and rustled along the walls ... . Hot sticky tender hands reached out for me ... ."

(32 & 34) pp. 275 & 276 Huperboreans of the rose-gardens


p. 275b

"I’m the Hyperborean stranger".

{Silenos dreamt "in the rose gardens ... to visit the Hyperboreans ... . ... . after passing backwards through middle age, young manhood, and adolescence, they become children again, then infants – and finally diappear!" (GM 83.b)}


p. 276b

"they stood there, the sad remains of earlier temples {an allusion to Thraikian temples?} and rose gardens".


p. 277, fn. 94

"A passage occurs here in the Draft, a paraphrase of which follows : ... One calls this change a progress through rebirth. So you experience 777 rebirths. The Buddha did ... need ... to see that even rebirths are vain" (pp. 275-76)." {The Buddha is said to have (after death) vanished into remainderless nirvan.a.}

{The Thraikian (specifically, Phrugian) provenience of the doctrine of nirvan.a is herein made evident. The Bauddha religion would not seem to have even existed prior to the incursion of Thraikians (specifically, Makedonians) into India. The very name */BHUDH-ta/ (/Buddha/) may have derived from the name of /P[H]UTH-agora-/, a preacher of rebirth before the doctrine of metempsychosis was known in India.}

p. 275, fn. 84 "Nietzsche referred on several occasions to the free spirits as Hyperboreans, The Antichrist, @1". {The Hyperboreans constitute the 1st "root-race", according to Theosophical-Society literature.}

p. 277, fn. 94 "There was a belief that the soul had to go through 777 reincarnations (Ernest Woods, The New Theosophy [Wheaton, IL : The Theosophical Press, 1929], p. 41)." {This sort of promotion of the numeral "7" became even more emphatic in the Anthroposophical Society.}

(35) p. 277 basic anti-greenness of the chamaileon

p.277a "I was a hogboblin ... . But I greened ... from within myself."

[p. 277, fn. 94 : "I loved my natural greenness and mistrusted my chameleon skin, which changed colors according to the environment."]

{Associations of greenness with variegation include not only the cognacy of Latin /virid-/ ‘green’ with Hellenic /[w]irid-/ ‘rainbow’, but also the aequivalence is the Maya month-name ‘Green’ to the Zun~i month-name ‘Variegated’.]


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.