Bollingen Tower is a structure built by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, in appearance a small castle with several towers, located in Bollingen, on the shore of the Obersee basin of Lake Zürich, canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Jung bought the estate in 1922, following the death of his mother. He began building a primitive stone dwelling which was ultimately to develop into his Turm ("tower"). Over a twelve-year period, he added three lateral buildings to the central structure, aiming at a representation in stone of his understanding of the structure of the psyche.
In 1950, on the occasion of his 75th birthday, Jung set up a stone cube on the lakeshore, just west of the tower, inscribing it on three sides. One side contains a quote of the Rosarium philosophorum, hic lapis exilis extat, pretio quoque vilis, spernitur a stultis, amatur plus ab edoctis ("this stone is poor, and cheap in price; it is disdained by fools, but it is loved all the more by the wise"), and the dedication IN MEMORIAM NAT[ivitati]S DIEI LXXV C G JUNG EX GRAT[itudine] FEC[it] ET POS[uit] A[nn]O MCML "in memory of his 75th birthday C.G. Jung out of gratitude made and set up [this stone], in the year 1950."
«Ὁ Αἰὼν παῖς ἐστι παίζων, πεττεύων· παιδὸς ἡ βασιληίη» · Τελεσφόρος διελαύνων τοὺς σκοτεινοὺς τοῦ κόσμου τόπους, καὶ ὡς ἀστὴρ ἀναλάμπων ἐκ τοῦ βάθους, ὁδηγεῖ «παρ' Ἠελίοιο πύλας καὶ δῆμον ὀνείρων».
The inscription translates to approximately:
"Aion (Time, Eternity, the Eon) is a child at play, gambling; a child's is the kingship. Telesphorus ("the Accomplisher") traverses the dark places of the world, like a star flashing from the deep, leading the way to the Gates of the Sun and the Land of Dreams"
Time is a child at play, gambling; a child's is the kingship is a fragment attributed to Heraclitus.
This side also contains a quaternary Mandala of alchemical significance, with the top quarter dedicated to Saturn, the bottom quarter to Mars, the left quarter to Sol-Jupiter ("male") and the right quarter to Luna-Venus ("female"). The third side bears a Latin inscription.
A second story was added after the death of Jung's wife in 1955, symbolising an "extension of consciousness achieved in old age".
For much of his life Jung spent several months a year living at Bollingen, and here he accomplished much of his writing, painting, and sculpture.
Jung's residence is now owned by a family trust and is not open to the public.
The Bollingen Foundation, founded in 1945, was named after Jung's residence.
- C. G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1962, trans. 1965), chapter "The Tower".
- Claire Dunne, Carl Jung: wounded healer of the soul : an illustrated biography, Continuum International Publishing Group (2002), ISBN 978-0-8264-6307-4, pp. 70f., 106-108, 139, 192 Google books
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