Mysterium Coniunctionis

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Carl Gustav Jung.

Mysterium Coniunctionis, subtitled An Inquiry into the Separation and Synthesis of Psychic Opposites in Alchemy, is Volume 14 in The Collected Works of C. G. Jung, published by Princeton University Press in the United States and by Routledge & Kegan Paul in the United Kingdom. Completed in his 81st year, it is Carl Jung's last major work on the synthesis of opposites in alchemy and psychology.

The book gives a final account of Jung's lengthy researches in alchemy. He empirically discovered that certain key problems of modern man were prefigured in what the alchemists called their "art" or "process."

Jung maintained that:

The world of alchemical symbols does not belong to the rubbish heap of the past, but stands in a very real and living relationship to our most recent discoveries concerning the psychology of the unconscious.

The Journal of Analytical Psychology said of this book:

What Jung has to convey is so truly original and so far ranging in its implications that I suspect this book will be a real challenge even to those most psychologically sophisticated. What he here presents in rich and documented detail can perhaps best be described as an anatomy of the objective psyche.

The work includes ten plates, a bibliography, an index, and an appendix of original Latin and Greek texts quoted.


  • Jung, C.G. (1963). Mysterium Coniunctionis: An Inquiry into the Separation and Synthesis of Psychic Opposites in Alchemy, 2nd Edition, Collected Works of C. G. Jung, London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-09115-2
  • Jung, C.G. (1970). Mysterium Coniunctionis, Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Volume 14, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-09766-4

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