CATAFALQUE: Carl Jung and the end of humanity

 

A new book by PETER KINGSLEY

CATAFALQUE offers a revolutionary new reading of the great psychologist Carl Jung as mystic, gnostic and prophet for our time.

This book is the first major re-imagining of both Jung and his work since the publication of the Red Book in 2009—and is the only serious assessment of them written by a classical scholar who understands the ancient Gnostic, Hermetic and alchemical foundations of his thought as well as Jung himself did. At the same time it skillfully tells the forgotten story of Jung’s relationship with the great Sufi scholar, Henry Corbin, and with Persian Sufi tradition.

The strange reality of the Red Book, or “New Book” as Carl Jung called it, lies close to the heart of Catafalque. In meticulous detail Peter Kingsley uncovers its great secret, hidden in plain sight and still—as if by magic—unrecognized by all those who have been unable to understand this mysterious, incantatory text.

But the hard truth of who Jung was and what he did is only a small part of what this book uncovers. It also exposes the full extent of that great river of esoteric tradition that stretches all the way back to the beginnings of our civilization. It unveils the surprising realities behind western philosophy, literature, poetry, prophecy—both ancient and modern.

In short, Peter Kingsley shows us not only who Carl Jung was but who we in the West are as well. Much more than a brilliant spiritual biography, Catafalque holds the key to understanding why our western culture is dying. And, an incantatory text in its own right, it shows the way to discovering what we in these times of great crisis must do.

ISBN: 978-1-9996384-0-5. Format: 2-volume hardback. Length: 848 pages. Dimensions: 6 x 9″ (229 x 152 mm). Price: $75.00 + shipping. Publisher: Catafalque Press.

About Peter Kingsley

PETER KINGSLEY is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work on the origins of western spirituality, philosophy and culture. Through his writings as well as lectures he speaks straight to the heart and has helped to transform many people’s understanding not only of the past, but of who they are.

He is the author of five books which together have exerted the profoundest and most far-reaching influence outside as well as inside academia. For years he has lectured very widely—speaking to Native American elders and psychologists, professional scholars and followers of different spiritual traditions, healers and medical practitioners as well as people who very simply are aware of the need to wake up to a reality greater than the one we are used to. Peter’s latest book on Carl Jung brings his work full circle, connecting his researches into the distant past with the crisis of the modern world.

After receiving the degree of Master of Letters from King’s College Cambridge in 1977, Peter Kingsley was awarded a PhD by the University of London. He has worked together with many of the most prominent figures in the fields of classics and anthropology, philosophy and religious studies, ancient civilizations and the history of both healing and science. He is the recipient of numerous academic awards and holds honorary professorships or fellowships at universities in Canada, the United Kingdom and United States.

To explore the work of Peter Kingsley, visit www.peterkingsley.org

About Catafalque Press

CATAFALQUE PRESS takes its name from its first published title: Peter Kingsley’s 2018 Catafalque.

In a world that seems obsessed with the perpetually new and is determined to rush headlong into some unknown future, deaf to any counsels or warnings, Catafalque Press offers something different: the timeless wisdom of our ancestors.

This newly formed press aims to publish only those exceedingly rare works which embody the ancient understanding of creativity. That understanding has been expressed variously in different times and places, but was perhaps best summed up by Jung himself: “true creation is to give birth to the primordially ancient in a world that is new.”

CATAFALQUE

 

Carl Jung and the

end of humanity

 

A new book by

PETER KINGSLEY

CATAFALQUE offers a revolutionary new reading of the great psychologist Carl Jung as mystic, gnostic and prophet for our time.

This book is the first major re-imagining of both Jung and his work since the publication of the Red Book in 2009—and is the only serious assessment of them written by a classical scholar who understands the ancient Gnostic, Hermetic and alchemical foundations of his thought as well as Jung himself did. At the same time it skillfully tells the forgotten story of Jung’s relationship with the great Sufi scholar, Henry Corbin, and with Persian Sufi tradition.

The strange reality of the Red Book, or “New Book” as Carl Jung called it, lies close to the heart of Catafalque. In meticulous detail Peter Kingsley uncovers its great secret, hidden in plain sight and still—as if by magic—unrecognized by all those who have been unable to understand this mysterious, incantatory text.

But the hard truth of who Jung was and what he did is only a small part of what this book uncovers. It also exposes the full extent of that great river of esoteric tradition that stretches all the way back to the beginnings of our civilization. It unveils the surprising realities behind western philosophy, literature, poetry, prophecy—both ancient and modern.

In short, Peter Kingsley shows us not only who Carl Jung was but who we in the West are as well. Much more than a brilliant spiritual biography, Catafalque holds the key to understanding why our western culture is dying. And, an incantatory text in its own right, it shows the way to discovering what we in these times of great crisis must do.

ISBN: 978-1-9996384-0-5. Format: 2-volume hardback. Length: 848 pages. Dimensions: 6 x 9″ (229 x 152 mm). Price: $75.00 + shipping. Publisher: Catafalque Press.

About Peter Kingsley

PETER KINGSLEY is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work on the origins of western spirituality, philosophy and culture. Through his writings as well as lectures he speaks straight to the heart and has helped to transform many people’s understanding not only of the past, but of who they are.

He is the author of five books which together have exerted the profoundest and most far-reaching influence outside as well as inside academia. For years he has lectured very widely—speaking to Native American elders and psychologists, professional scholars and followers of different spiritual traditions, healers and medical practitioners as well as people who very simply are aware of the need to wake up to a reality greater than the one we are used to. Peter’s latest book on Carl Jung brings his work full circle, connecting his researches into the distant past with the crisis of the modern world.

After receiving the degree of Master of Letters from King’s College Cambridge in 1977, Peter Kingsley was awarded a PhD by the University of London. He has worked together with many of the most prominent figures in the fields of classics and anthropology, philosophy and religious studies, ancient civilizations and the history of both healing and science. He is the recipient of numerous academic awards and holds honorary professorships or fellowships at universities in Canada, the United Kingdom and United States.

To explore the work of Peter Kingsley, visit www.peterkingsley.org

About Catafalque Press

CATAFALQUE PRESS takes its name from its first published title: Peter Kingsley’s 2018 Catafalque.

In a world that seems obsessed with the perpetually new and is determined to rush headlong into some unknown future, deaf to any counsels or warnings, Catafalque Press offers something different: the timeless wisdom of our ancestors.

This newly formed press aims to publish only those exceedingly rare works which embody the ancient understanding of creativity. That understanding has been expressed variously in different times and places, but was perhaps best summed up by Jung himself: “true creation is to give birth to the primordially ancient in a world that is new.”