Tales for Jung Folk: Original Fairy Tales for Persons of All Ages

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In the past, Jungians often utilized parts of fairy tales to illuminate the meaning of Jung's archetypes. Now in exquisitely crafted stories, derived from dreams and active imagination when the author was presenting seminars on Jungian psychology with Joseph Campbell, Richard Roberts presents an original "fairy tale" for each one of Jung's concepts or archetypes. Illustrated, partly in color. The cover conveys immediately a kind of cosmic perspective in the hourglass figure engendering the universe from the swing of his scythe. Within the text, the reader's expectations are fulfilled by the poetic magic of the author's depiction of "the beginning of creation reckoned from the moment when Father Time set the cosmic clock to spinning, impelling the stars on their solitary journey across forever". This book has been required reading in many college courses since its first publication in 1983. Following each tale is a tale describing the archetype and relating it to the reader's experience through the use of dreams, personal reminiscences, and appropriate quotations from Jung's collective works. These tales transform the archetypes from vague concepts into living realities so that one can apply them to his or her own psychological well-being.

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Once upon a time there was a castle created by a Great Magician to hide a Great Mystery. When people came to the castle they were dreaming, but the secret of the Great Mystery was that when they were dreaming, they were actually awake. And when they were awake, they slept, ever so soundly in the web of illusion known as The World, which the Great Magician had woven. -"The Dream Castle"

With his magical mask each saw in his face a reflection of the face each kept hidden in his innermost heart, the Face of Everyman. Even the most surly and reticent were moved to call to him a friendly greeting, although they never gave the time of day to their own townsmen. Upon being greeted, The Magician might toss a pun lightly into the air, to juggle it with a dozen variations, then grabbing that person's reply, he might transform it with a wave of his hand into a multi-metaphored bird of outrageous plumage. -"The Mask That Wore the Man"

Once upon a very long time ago, there was a race on earth called the Crystal People. They looked very much like you and I except that in the center of their foreheads there grew out an inch or two a cluster of beautiful crystals... from which emitted a light of brilliant intensity. So that at the moment the object was seen, the light fell upon it, cloaking it in the garb of king or queen, or the nasty, shadowy person, turning a boulder into a troll, or a weeping willow into a stick-riding witch, hair trailing down clouds as she flew on a mission of witchery. -"The Crystal People"

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Richard Roberts began his literary career in college, when he was a winner of The Atlantic Monthly's National College Writing Contest in Poetry. After teaching at two eastern colleges, he ventured to the San Francisco Bay Area where he has remained. In San Francisco, he became a playwright in residence with the world-renowned Actors Workshop. His teleplay, "The Paper Rose," received an award from KRON Television, which then produced and aired the play. In 1971, Roberts' first book was published, The Original Tarot and You, transcripts of readings he had given with Tarot cards. Utilizing a spread he created that reads one's unconscious archetypes, he says, "I dragged Tarot kicking and screaming into the Twentieth Century." In the 1970s he founded Third Model of the Universe seminars, and began a series of lectures and happenings in which Joseph Campbell participated. Some of the seminars were entitled "The Evolution of Consciousness," and "An Evening of Celtic Lore." In the 1970s Campbell became Roberts' mentor, and the two undertook a literary collaboration, Tarot Revelations. During this time, Roberts discovered an astronomical source for "the Fall of Man" in Genesis, which theory was published as From Eden To Eros, which Campbell praised as "Roberts' revelation". Despite Campbell's death in 1987, he continued to influence Roberts, who wrote two books, Save The Whales (1991) and Dance Unto Death (1992), in which Campbell figured prominently as a spiritual teacher. The latter deals with the Ghost Dance phenomenon that swept through the Plains tribes 100 years ago, leading eventually to the massacre at Wounded Knee. In the book, Sitting Bull's teachings about the Great Spirit are derived from what Roberts learned from Joseph Campbell. In Save the Whales , a convergence of cetaceans evolves into a resurrection of all Native American tribes, presided over by the risen spirit of Joseph Campbell. In 1992, Roberts published what he calls his "life's masterwork," The Wind & the Wizard, a two-volume time-travel novel in which the young protagonist, Bertie, ventures into six classics of literature, interacting with the characters therein, and thereby somewhat changing those books. In each book, Bertie receives a spiritual education so that he may solve the riddle of space/time, and return to the world in order to bring to it a new model of space/time "in which Light figures in the equations." All of Richard Roberts' books are published by Vernal Equinox Press.

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