I’m pleased to announce that my essay “The Reluctant Occultist: Carl Jung and the Esoteric Tradition” has been published in an anthology entitled Custodian of the Unconscious: The Life and Soul of Carl Gustav Jung, edited by Troy Southgate, and published by Black Front Press:
DESPITE the huge influence of Freudian psychoanalysis on the development of the modern world, particularly in light of the control-mechanisms that helped facilitate the rise of capitalism during the twentieth century, Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961) – with whom Freud had a number of disagreements – went on to make his own name in the fields of psychiatry, anthropology, philosophy and spirituality. Influenced by his Swiss upbringing, which had taken place at the heart of an intellectual stream of theology and occultism, Jung developed a broad and enduring interest in vitalism, quantum physics, philosophy, alchemy, astrology, sociology, literature and the arts. Although he is often described as a ‘mystic,’ Jung’s rigorous scientific approach led to the formulation of an original theory of analytical psychology. Among his many theories, one find the concepts of the persona, the anima and animus, synchronicity, the universal archetypes and archetypal images, the collective unconscious and the psychological types. In this captivating new work, a group of respected writers and thinkers explore the meaning of Jung’s work in a number of fascinating contexts.
The anthology costs €23, with free postage anywhere in the world, and can be ordered from Troy Southgate at firstname.lastname@example.org.