RED BOOK - The Holy Grail of the Unconscious (by SARA CORBETT)

This is a story about a nearly 100-year-old book, bound in red leather, which has spent the last quarter century secreted away in a bank vault in Switzerland. The book is big and heavy and its spine is etched with gold letters that say “Liber Novus,” which is Latin for “New Book.” Its pages are made from thick cream-colored parchment and filled with paintings of otherworldly creatures and handwritten dialogues with gods and devils. If you didn’t know the book’s vintage, you might confuse it for a lost medieval tome.

And yet between the book’s heavy covers, a very modern story unfolds. It goes as follows: Man skids into midlife and loses his soul. Man goes looking for soul. After a lot of instructive hardship and adventure — taking place entirely in his head — he finds it again.

Some people feel that nobody should read the book, and some feel that everybody should read it. The truth is, nobody really knows. Most of what has been said about the book — what it is, what it means — is the product of guesswork, because from the time it was begun in 1914 in a smallish town in Switzerland, it seems that only about two dozen people have managed to read or even have much of a look at it.




THE JUNGIAN ODYSSEY 2014 - "The Crucible of Failure"

The Jungian Odyssey is approaching its 9th year of success as an English-language retreat and conference. At this event ISAPZURICH opens its post-graduate program to all with interest in C.G. Jung and Analytical Psychology. The earth has a spirit of her own, Jung mused, and elsewhere he called it the genius loci, the spirit of the place. It is this, the particular genius loci, that infuses each Odyssey as it leads us to a different place in Switzerland each year and inspires each Odysseys topic. So, too, it imbues our presenters analytic views on contemporary research in a variety of fields, and as well, their handling of traditional areas of Jungian interestfairytale, dream, myth, art, religion, personal and collective experience, clinical practice.