Opening Jung’s “The Red Book”

Carl Jung’s “The Red Book,” first published in 2009 though originally written starting in the autumn of 1913, is a raw, intimate, and mysterious book sitting at the foundation of Jungian psychology. Open “The Red Book” and what springs forth is an altogether different experience than that of reading the Collected Works, barely recognizable as the Jung we know through terms like introversion, extroversion, and psychological types. “The Red Book” resembles something more like a work of archetypal psychology emerging from James Hillman, Rafael López-Pedraza, or Patricia Berry.

If you are interested in “The Red Book” but are not sure where to begin, this webinar offers numerous suggestions on how to approach the massive work. This includes an overview of its contents, how it differs markedly from the Collected Works, and the backdrop of what led Jung to create it in the first place, relying on active imagination and his knowledge of astrology more than anything. While challenging, a deep dive with Jung into “The Red Book” provides an enormous amount of insight into the whole of Jungian psychology. This webinar is a springboard to get you started and is useful even if you are already familiar with the book.

This video is taken from a live online webinar given for the Mercury Internet School of Psychological Astrology (MISPA) by Shawn Nygaard in 2024. Duration: 1 hour 26 minutes