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We were greeted by Jost Hoerni, the grandson of C.G. Jung and son of Jung’s younger daughter Helene Hoerni-Jung (who I discovered is also the author of books on icons of Christ, the Virgin Mary, and St. Peter!) Mr. Hoerni offered us seats by the lake and gave us some history about Jung and Bollingen. He shared that for several years Jung had been exploring the lake in a small sailboat, and then a larger one with red sails, that he had rigged up so that the sails could fold down to go under a bridge nearby. For several years he rented a small island nearby, and he and Emma would spend the summer there beginning at Easter. They invited family members, and friends, and even the Zurich psychological society to join them there. Jung tried to buy the island, but it was not available for sale, so when this lakeside property became available, he bought it and immediately began making trips in the boat from Friday night to Sunday night weekly to dig the foundation and begin the walls of the tower. Jost believes that the legend that Jung built the whole tower by himself cannot be true because it was completed too quickly. Jung built the foundation and a good portion of the walls, and then had builders finish it. It was completed in 1923, shortly after his mother Emilie Preiswerk’s death. For a nice summary of the stages of building, see the web site by a Jungian analyst Stephen Parker, PhD: http://jungcurrents.com/the-stages-of-bollingen/

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Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York NY
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