The Mystery of the Coniunctio: Alchemical Image of Individuation
C. G. Jung’s last major works revealed that the arcane practices of alchemy were a profound reflection of transformations that takes place in the personality on the journey towards wholeness, and that the same imagery turns up in modern dreams.
The coniunctio is the end result of the alchemical procedure when the opposites are successfully united. The psychological parallel to this, the broadening of consciousness that goes hand in hand with the process of individuation, is the subject of Jung’s monumental study, Mysterium Coniunctionis.
Here Dr. Edinger demystifies both the coniunctio and Jung’s writings about it, in two illustrated essays: “An Introduction to Jung’s Mysterium Coniunctionis” and “A Psychological Interpretation of the Rosarium Pictures”- the ten alchemical drawings on which Jung based one of his most important works, The Psychology of the Transference.