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The Incantations 61




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

The face of the monster is similar to the historiated initial on p. 29, heading the chapter ‘Death’



“I have slain a precious human sacrifice for you, a youth and old man.

I have cut my skin with a knife,

I have sprinkled your altar with my own blood.

I have banished my father and mother so that you can live with me.

I have turned my night into day and went about at midday like a sleepwalker.

I have overthrown all the Gods, broken the laws, eaten the impure.

I have thrown down my sword and dressed in women’s clothing,

I shattered my firm castle and played like a child in the sand.

I saw warriors form into line of battle and I destroyed my suit of armor
with a hammer.

I planted my field and let the fruit decay.

I made small everything that was great and made everything great that was small.

I exchanged my furthest goal for the nearest, and so I am ready.”


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Weight 9.25 lbs
Dimensions 36 x 30 x 1 in
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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.