Letter from C.G. Jung

C.G. Jung

Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (1875-1961) dedicated his life as scholar and therapist of the founding of analytical psychology during the early 20th century. His pioneering work in the exploration of myth and dreams in relation to the human psyche recognized the link between symbols and psychology. (The Bettmann Archive)

The following is a letter from the psychologist, C.G. Jung. It was written to B.V. Raman, a world-renowned Hindu astrologer and the late editor of THE ASTROLOGICAL MAGAZINE — the original and leading Vedic astrology magazine in India…

Kusnacht-Zch., September 6th 1947

DEAR PROFESSOR RAMAN,

I haven’t yet received THE ASTROLOGICAL MAGAZINE, but I will answer your letter nevertheless.

Since you want to know my opinion about astrology I can tell you that I’ve been interested in this particular activity of the human mind since more than 30 years.

As I am a psychologist, I am chiefly interested in the particular light the horoscope sheds on certain complications in the character. In cases of difficult psychological diagnosis I usually get a horoscope in order to have a further point of view from an entirely different angle.

I must say that I very often found that the astrological data elucidated certain points which I otherwise would have been unable to understand. From such experiences I formed the opinion that astrology is of particular interest to the psychologist, since it contains a sort of psychological experience which we call “projected” — this means that we find the psychological facts as it were in the constellations.

This originally gave rise to the idea that these factors derive from the stars, whereas they are merely in a relation of synchronicity with them.

I admit that this is a very curious fact which throws a peculiar light on the structure of the human mind.

What I miss in astrological literature is chiefly the statistical method by which certain fundamental facts could be scientifically established.

Hoping that this answer meets your request.

Yours sincerely,

(Sd.) C.G. JUNG

Publisher’s Note: The Systems’ Approach to Vedic Astrology — as propounded by Professor V.K. Choudhry of Gurgaon, India — is a major step in scientifically developing a statistical method to establish the fundamental efficacy of astrology, as requested in this letter from C.G. Jung. By now, more than 200 astrologers worldwide are practicing the Systems’ Approach as a means to provide systematic, replicable, and accurate readings.