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Magic, Religion, and Jungian Thought: An LDS Perspective, Part 2

In 1994 the journal Dialogue published an article by Dr. Lance Owens: “Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection.” One of Owens' sources was Early Mormonism and the Magic World View by D. Michael Quinn – who had been excommunicated the year before. Quinn's work had been used as source material for the popular anti-Mormon…

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Playfully Reanimating Our World

“[Thus] men forgot that All deities reside within the human breast.” - William Blake, Plate 11, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell “Perhaps the most important thing we do is to help people promote their own creativity and also promote some sense of play, now when you’re dealing with people…

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Magic, Religion, and Jungian Thought: An LDS Perspective, Part 1

“Far away, across the fields The tolling of the iron bell Calls the faithful to their knees To hear the softly spoken magic spell” - Pink Floyd: “Breathe (Reprise),” Dark Side of the Moon Christianity has an uneasy relationship with magic, to greater or lesser degrees among its branches. Mormons…

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Travel and Individuation

“We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” - T.S. Eliot When I return home from traveling, my house always looks different. Intellectually I know that everything is just as…

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The Wizard of Küsnacht, Part II: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Carl Jung’s experiences with the unconscious in 1913-1914 can be, and have been, called by many names, which could include “magic.” But despite their strangeness and power, Jung chose to engage them from the standpoint of his profession as a psychologist. He did not to present them as prophetic revelations…

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