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The Black Sun: The Alchemy and Art of Darkness

Carolyn and Ernest Fay Series in Analytical Psychology
Narrated by: Greg Young
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
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In this audiobook, Jungian analyst Stanton Marlan reexamines the paradoxical image of the black sun and the meaning of darkness in Western culture. In the image of the black sun, Marlan finds the hint of a darkness that shines. He draws upon his clinical experiences - and on a wide range of literature and art, including Goethe’s Faust, Dante’s Inferno, the black art of Rothko and Reinhardt - to explore the influence of light and shadow on the fundamental structures of modern thought as well as the contemporary practice of analysis. He shows that the black sun accompanies not only the most negative of psychic experiences but also the most sublime, resonating with the mystical experience of negative theology, the Kabbalah, the Buddhist notions of the void, and the black light of the Sufi mystics.

An important contribution to the understanding of alchemical psychology, this audiobook draws on a postmodern sensibility to develop an original understanding of the black sun. It offers insight into modernity, the act of imagination, and the work of analysis in understanding depression, trauma, and transformation of the soul. Marlan’s original reflections help us to explore the unknown darkness conventionally called the self.

©2005 Stanton Marlan (P)2018 Redwood Audiobooks

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"An exquisitely written and produced volume." (Journal of Analytical Psychology)

“No one has done a book as thorough, as rich, and as significant as this astounding work by Stanton Marlan.” (James Hillman) 

“Marlan has succeeded in bringing this ancient esoteric art into a modern context in a most edifying manner.” (The C.G. Jung Society of Montreal Newsletter

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  • antti
  • 07-11-2019

Partner to Hillman's work.

Having both read and listened to James Hillman's Alchemical psychology i find this book really interesting and as if partnering Hillman's work. Filling his work and providing additional information/justification on Hillman's issue with many Jungians and how they interprent alchemy, which is something i am really interested of. Yet this book stands on it's own, there is no question about it.

The way book is written (and narrated) i enjoy this book very much.

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  • Shannon James
  • 03-02-2019

Repeat !

Not only will this get multiple listens, but have been inspired to purchase the hardcopy to view images described.

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  • Jennifer Jenkins
  • 29-05-2020

Worth purchasing the paperback as well!

This is a foundation-shaking book taking you through the alchemical processes of internal work. It explains well the source of darkness, the void and light of night. The book contains many photos and images. Good as an audiobook and to have in hand.