observing that astrology is one of the 'intuitive methods', like the I Ching, Geomantics and 'other divinatory procedures', and that it is based on the principle of synchronicity, noting that it is a naively projected psychology in which man's different attitudes and temperaments are represented as gods and identified with constellations of the zodiac, stating that he has applied it to concrete cases many times, and discussing a famous historical horoscope, that of the 'Friedenskaiser' Wilhelm II; Jung draws attention in characteristically common-sense fashion to the limitations of astrology, cautioning that only an intelligent interpretation of phenomena may be useful, admitting that there is not yet a 'psychological disquisition' of astrology for the reason that it depends, like all intuitive methods, on the principle of acausality
...Astrological "truths" as statistical results are questionable or even unlikely... The superstitious use (prediction of the future or statement of facts beyond psychological possibilities) is ['definitely' deleted] false... Undoubtedly Astrology to-day is blossoming... but it is still most unsatisfactorily explored... It is only an apt tool, when used intelligently. It is not at all foolproof and when used by a rationalistic and narrow mind, it is a definite nuisance...
1 page, 4to (292 x 207mm.), a few typing errors, manuscript addition in another hand, with an envelope bearing Aniela Jaffé's stamp, Küsnacht-Zürich, 15 November 1958, folded twice, light creasing at head
This long and fascinating late letter originated as a reply to a series of questions sent to the great psychologist in 1958 by the Time journalist Robert Kroon. It thus forms a remarkable twin piece with the letter of Jung to Kroon on extraversion and introversion, which was sold in these rooms on 30 November 2006 (lot 174).
It is one of the most colourful and wide-ranging of Jung's late letters, uniting in its discussion of astrology (a subject which had occupied Jung's attention from as early as 1911) a number of his earlier concerns - the I Ching and alchemy - with one of his latest and most controversional - synchronicity, or the 'meaningful coincidence'.
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