The Fountain of the Love of Wisdom



Editado por Emmanuel Kennedy-Xypolitas

Marie-Louise von Franz fue un individuo único. Todos los que la conocieron fueron tocados por su gran espíritu de apertura y su devoción hacia el inconsciente tal como fue vislumbrado por C. G. Jung. Se han recogido las contribuciones en esta publicación conmemorativa para honrar este espíritu y esta devoción al inconsciente, la verdadera esencia de esta mujer.

Compilado por Emmanuel Kennedy-Xypolitas con la ayuda de Marie-Anne von Franz, su hermana, y Dr. Alfred Ribi, presidente del Club Psicológico de Zürich, las contribuciones - qué abarcan desde breves cartas hasta artículos completos – son tan variadas como las personas que se encontraron con von Franz en el curso de su larga vida como estudiante, colega de Jung, analista, conferenciante, y escritora. Parientes, amigos, conocidos, colegas, analizados, doctores, ayudantes, secretarias, enfermeras, editores, vecinos, y obreros, e incluso personas que ella no conoció personalmente pero con quien ella había correspondido, expresan sus sentimientos, y exponen su más profundo ser, e incluso comparten sus sueños en estas páginas.


Una selección de comunicaciones de su muerte y necrológicas

Comentarios a su muerte aparecidos en Internet

Los tres elogios pronunciados en su funeral
el 26 de febrero de 1998

Discursos de cumpleaños

Impresiones personales

Comentarios y reflexiones sobre sus libros

Un boceto biográfico por su hermana

Una bibliografía de sus escritos en inglés
que incluyen libros, artículos, y su trabajo en películas

Fotografías de su vida

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Edited by Emmanuel Kennedy-Xypolitas

Marie-Louise von Franz was a unique individual. All who knew her were touched by her great spirit of openness and her devotion toward the unconscious as envisioned by C. G. Jung. The contributions in this commemorative publication have been gathered to honor this spirit and this devotion to the unconscious, the very essence of the woman herself.

Compiled by Emmanuel Kennedy-Xypolitas with the assistance of Marie-Anne, her sister, and Dr. Alfred Ribi, president of the Psychological Club of Zürich, the contributions - which range from brief letters to full-length articles - are as varied as the people who met von Franz in the course of her long life as a scholar, a colleague of Jung, an analyst, a lecturer, and a writer. Relatives, friends, acquain­tances, colleagues, analysands, doctors, assistants, secretaries, nurses, publishers, neighbors, and workers, and even people she did not know persona1ly but with whom she had corresponded, express their . feelings, expose their innermost being, and even share their dreams in these pages.


A selection of death announcements and obituaries

Responses to her death shared on the Internet

The three eulogies delivered at her memorial
service on February 26, 1998

A sprink1ing of birthday addresses

Personal impressions

Comments and reflections on her books

A biographic sketch by her sister

A bibliography of her writings in English
including books, articles, and her work on film

Photographs from her life

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Table of contents for “The fountain of the love of wisdom” : an homage to Marie-Louise von Franz Edited by Emmanuel Kennedy-Xypolitas.

Foreword by Alfred Ribi
Introduction by Emmanuel Kennedy-Xypolitas
Part One: Reflections on the Death of Marie-Louise von Franz Death Announcements
Internet Responses
Part Two: Eulogies
Part Three: Birthday Addresses
Part Four: Personal Impressions
Part Five: Book Reviews and Publishers¿ Comments
Part Six: Some Biographic Data on Marie-Louise von Franz by her sister, Marie-Anne von Franz
Part Seven: Contributions
Al Huang Chungliang :The Tao of Primal Chaos -Hùn Dùn: A Remembrance of Marie-Louise von Franz
Altmann-Glaser, Christine Frau Holle in the Depths of Our Souls
Aurigemma, Luigi Reflections on the Philosophy of Marie-Louise von Franz
Baumann, Dieter Individuation in the Spirit of Love
Card, Charles Reflections on von Franz´s Work with Number Archetypes
Comandini Federico de Luca Color and the Imagination
Dorbarakis, Nikolas Marie-Louise von Franz: A Model of Devotion to the Spiritual World
Dupport-Rozan, Jean-Pierre The Song of Exile Tao
Dykes,Andrea Encounter in the Unconscious
Eldred, David Having had the honor . . . .
Erkelens, Herbert van Bridging the Gap between Physics and Depth Psychology
Ferrari, Guido A Memory of Marie-Louise von Franz
Frantz, Gilda A Reminiscence
Gambini,Roberto Marie-Louise von Franz as Thesis Advisor
Goto, Kazu The Journey of Individuation: A Matter of Life and Death
Hannah, E. J. Marlus ¿the Mischievous One
Harris, Susan Four Swans Gliding out to the Sea
Hude, Georges Contacting the Other-Worldly Image
Hutton, Robin Lea Walking with Kings without Losing the Common Touch
Inhelder-Buechel, Renate Living in Her Own World
Just, Wilhelm The Teumessian Chase
Kardaun, Maria Oblomov and the Russian Mother Complex
Kline, Robert Care for This House
Köerner, Waltraud Relying on the Wisdom of the Self
Landtwing, Fritz Memories of Dr. Marie-Louise von Franz
Laughlin, Tom Two Remarkable Moments
Loetscher, Theres Horoscope of Marie-Louise von Franz
Lyons, Roger Dream Analysis with Marie-Louise von Franz
Maguire, Anne The Psychology of the Archetype of the Veiled Kabir: The Genius of Mankind
Mercurio, Robert Memories of Marie-Louise von Franz
Mindell, Lara On the Tao of Uselessness
Mindell, Nora In Loving Memory of Dr. Marie-Louise von Franz
Monzó, Rafael Correspondence with Marie-Louise von Franz
Niggli, Hans Nibby: A Deeply Loved but Very Difficult Master Oggenfuss, Gertrude Sometimes Individuation Must Take the Place of the Church
Perez, Marta Susana A Dream with an Owl
Rasmussen, Gorm Pagan in the Head - Christian in the Heart
Raymann, Christine The ¿Stone Tower in Moos in Bollingen
Reiff, Vicki Searching Continually for Meaning
Ribi, Alfred For the Festschrift in Honor of Marie-Louise von Franz
Roth, Remo My Personal Memories of Marie-Louise von Franz
Scheinost, Mary Marie-Louise von Franz and Her "Apero"
Schellbrett, Gertrud Marie-Louise von Franz: an Example of Complete Loyalty
Selhofer, Françoise Dream of a Lit Up Cathedral Buried in the Mountain
Sharp, Daryl The Puer and the Patron
Spicer, Nicholas Listen to Your Dreams
Spiegelman, Marvin Pleasure Being in Jung´s Pocket
Stein, Murray Some Images of Dr. von Franz
Streich, Hildemarie Music in Dreams
Suter, Vreni My Encounter with Dr. Marie-Louise von Franz
Taylor-Laughlin, Delores Becoming the Woman You Are Supposed to Be
Walker, Carl Sisters and Brothers in the Spirit
Yoshida, Satomi A Stone and a Dress
Zavala, José Marie-Louise von Franz and Shakespeare´s Hamlet
Zoccoli Francescini, Ida Regina The Trout
Part Eight:
Published Works in English
Books of Marie-Louise von Franz Published in English
Articles and Interviews with Marie-Louise von Franz Published in English
Films with Marie-Louise von Franz
List of Illustrations

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Franz, Marie-Luise von, 1915 - 1998,Jungian psychology.Psychoanalysis.
Vol. 52 Issue 5, Pag.678-679
24 Oct 2007
David Oswald

This loving tribute to the late Dr. Marie-Louise von Franz appeared last autumn, some
eight years after her death in February of 1998. Compiled by her former student and
long-time associate, Emmanuel Kennedy-Xypolitas, it collects the public announcements of her death, eulogies by Anne McGuire and Alfred Ribi, a chronology of her life, a short biographical sketch by her sister Marie-Anne and a bibliography of her works in English together with a few brief review comments. The majority and heart
of the book, however, is comprised by the numerous personal memories, observations
and contributions solicited from the many people whose lives she touched. Twentyfour
pages of well-chosen photographs, some in colour, complement the biographical
data, showing von Franz at various ages and at work and at ease with colleagues and

The handful of short formal essays among fifty-five contributions reflects many of
von Franz’s favourite interests. The importance of having the right attitude when
approaching the ambiguous realm of the Great Mother is explored through an
interpretation of an African version of the Grimms’ fairytale ‘Mother Holle’ (Christine
Altmann-Glaser). A devouring mother complex is diagnosed for the protagonist in
Goncharov’s novel Oblomov, yet its manifestations are also interpreted constructively
as the novelist’s attempt to recapture values lost in Russia’s transition toward modernity
(Maria Kardaun). In a more philosophical vein, the logos is seen as a necessary fracture,
emerging out of the continuity of the Tao, a relationship illustrated here with works
by Borges, Dali, and others (Jean-Pierre Duport-Rozan). A meandering discussion of
the re-emergence of the feminine in our time is based on an extended correspondence with von Franz in her final years and concludes with the hope of repairing the breach of eros between Christianity and Islam (Rafael Monzó). In other contributions, music is examined as a symbol in numerous dreams (Hildemarie Streich), the use of colour in active imagination is explored (Federico de Luca Comandini), and somewhat farther afield, a brief astrological reading of von Franz’s natal chart and her synastry horoscope with Jung is presented (Therese Loetscher).

The personal impressions by von Franz’s analysands, students, colleagues, fellow
scholars and scientists come together as a mosaic of her professional activities. Many
of these people travelled long distances—geographically as well as psychologically—
to work with her. Often nourished in advance by her books, they invariably came
away impressed with her broad learning, dedication to the life of the unconscious,
and the strong spiritual sense she embodied. Von Franz’s special ability to grasp and
express clearly the core of a person’s current psychological situation allowed her with
equal ease to encourage hesitant souls to have more trust in life or more confidence
in their intellectual work, to rebuke ill-prepared examinees, to remain uncomfortably
but intentionally distant as a thesis adviser, and yet to embrace warmly an alienated
introvert. Her Puer Aeternus lectures were tremendously inspirational to many. Her
difficult book, Number and Time, in contrast, with its revolutionary attempt to find a
unifying ground for physics and depth psychology, led the few here who could grasp it
to explicate its ideas further.

Many contributors knew von Franz from outside her professional activities. In
addition to friends and neighbours in Küsnacht and Bollingen, we hear from the
veterinarian in whose arms her beloved bulldog Nibby died, from her attendant at
the Baden health spa, from the Danish TV interviewer who tried unsuccessfully to
improve von Franz’s opinion of Hans Christian Andersen, and from the film producer
moved by her lecture on the Swiss mystic Niklaus von der Fl ¨ ue to collaborate with
her on a documentary. Her housekeeper of seventeen years relates the daily humour
and warmth that infused von Franz’s household with Barbara Hannah. A caregiver,
increasingly necessary as her Parkinson’s disease progressed, recalls both comforting
dreams and disquieting ones that von Franz reported near the end of her life.
Yet whether the contributor’s connection was professional or personal—and it is often
difficult to tell since the persons are not further identified beyond their own words—the
reader over and over again finds mention of von Franz’s modesty, her down-to-earth
nature, her sense of humour, her love of nature, her appreciation of good food and
wine, and most especially the warmth that went out to those whom she met.

An unusual aspect of this Festschrift is its editor’s intent to show how the unconscious
perceived von Franz. Dreams by contributors about von Franz and second-hand reports
of her own dreams are sprinkled liberally throughout. One finds her arriving at a
banquet in an illuminated cathedral, buried in a mountain, or jumping into the middle
of a campfire that animals have started, or huddled on a beach in a terrible storm, or
being intensely agitated but unable to speak, or being an owl, or walking gracefully in
a black lace dress. The frequent lack of interpretations to accompany these dreams may
frustrate readers who are curious about a subjective factor in dreams. There is also no
attempt finally to weave these images into a coherent whole, leaving the reader with
the impression that the unconscious viewed von Franz as a mirror of its own creative

If there is a fault with this book, it is one of excess. Love often knows no bounds
and the similar tone of many contributions occasionally becomes tiresome. Yet in the
end, one is moved by the sincerity of the responses. It matters little whether one agrees
with Alfred Ribi that it was from von Franz’s hands that the spirit of Jung was passed
on to the next generation, or whether one joins J. Marvin Spiegelman in overlooking
the idealization of Jung simply to honour her as an important spiritual ancestor of the
Jungian tradition. The reader is grateful for the multifaceted look back at this gifted
explorer of the unconscious and for the window it opens onto the fast disappearing
world that she fundamentally helped to shape.