The Incantations 54



January, 1917

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This image is part of a sequence which symbolically depicts the regeneration of Izdubar, and was painted in January 1917. The entire sequence depicts the rebirth of God in Jung’s soul, and represents a renewal of life and vitality.

Julius Eggling notes that “Brihaspati or Brâhmanaspati, the lord of prayer or worship, takes the place of Agni, as the representative of the priestly dignity…In Rig-Veda X. 68.9…Brihaspati is said to have found (avindat) the dawn, the sky and the fire (agni) and to have chased away the darkness with his light (arka, sun), he seems rather to represent the element of light and fire generally” (Sacred Books of the East 12 p.xvi).


“Amen, you are the lord of the beginning.
Amen, you are the star of the East.
Amen, you are the flower that blooms over everything.
Amen, you are the deer that breaks out of the forest.
Amen you are the song that sounds far over the water.
Amen, you are the beginning and the end.”



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The Red Book by C. G. Jung © 2009 by the Foundation for the Works of C. G. Jung, Zurich.
Notes © 2013 Sonu Shamdasani. Translations from The Red Book © 2009 Mark Kyburz, John Peck and Sonu Shamdasani.
The Red Book by C. G. Jung is a W. W. Norton & Company publication by arrangement with the Foundation for the Works of C. G. Jung, Zurich.