Immensely enlightening and empowering read. I especially loved the fact that unlike many other books, the author doesn't push some idealized notion of finding some sort of "light" at the end of the tunnel; but rather lays out the process for the proper integration of the darkness into the personality of the person undergoing the process, and also talk. Published in Folk Horror Revival: Harvest Hymns Volume I – Twisted Roots (2018). In this book, Jungian analyst Stanton Marlan reexamines the paradoxical image of the black sun and the meaning of darkness in Western culture. Recurring images of specific solar motifs can be found in the form of a "Dark" or "Black Sun", or a green lion devouring a sun. Highly recommended. But I somewhat suspect that anyone with a desire to read this book has probably done some other reading on alchemy and psychology, right? Although modern psychology has seen darkness primarily as a negative force, it actually has an intrinsic importance to the human psyche. Of the sol niger he writes: The Black Sun: The Alchemy and Art of Darkness (Carolyn and Ernest Fay Series in Analytical Psychology) Marlan, Stanton. The black sun is used to illuminate the dissolution of the body, a blackening of matter, or putrefaction in Splendor Solis,[4] and Johann Daniel Mylius’s Philosophia Reformata.[5]. Listen to music from Black Sun Alchemy like Space Invaders, Brazzle Dazzle Day & more. In a text ascribed to Marsilio Ficino three suns are described: black, white, and red, corresponding to the three most used alchemical color stages. Sol niger (black sun) can refer to the first stage of the alchemical magnum opus, the nigredo (blackening). Published in Folk Horror Revival: Harvest Hymns Volume I – Twisted Roots (2018). >>Is the Black Sun of alchemy the same as Kheph-Ra or is it different from >>Kheph-Ra? The central argument/analysis here-- that blackness/darkness/mortificatio is not just something we are supposed to Get Through/Work Through/Overcome, but an ever-present and indispensable part of life and growth and a kind of illumination itself-- this is good and important, very, yes. The black sun, an ages-old image of the darkness in individual lives and in life itself, has not been treated hospitably in the modern world. In a text ascribed to Marsilio Ficino three suns are described: black, white, and red, corresponding to the three most used alchemical color stages. Welcome back. The Black Sun: The Alchemy and Art of Darkness. It offers a perspective on the alchemy of dark emotions that is incredibly unique, and at the same time draws from different writers and cultures to drive the points home. Refresh and try again. The central argument/analysis here-- that blackness/darkness/mortificatio is not just something we are supposed to Get Through/Work Through/Overcome, but an ever-present and indispensable part of life and growth and a kind of illumination itself-- this is good and important, very, yes. Modern psychology has seen darkness primarily as a negative force, something to move through and beyond, but it actually has an intrinsic importance to the human psyche. In the language of Ancient Egypt the root of the name Khephra is "kh-p-r" which means "to become". Of the sol niger he writes: The body must be dissolved in the subtlest middle air: The body is also dissolved by its own heat and humidity; where the soul, the middle nature holds the principality in the colour of blackness all in the glass: which blackness of Nature the ancient Philosophers called the crows head, or the black sun. Whatever a person finds at the end of their process, they find. 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