Carl Jung was known to have corresponded with various individuals from different fields, including scholars, philosophers, and fellow psychologists. His interest in astrology is evident in his writings, and there was an exchange of letters, only briefly, between Dr. Carl G. Jung and a renowned Indian Astrologer from the 20th century, Professor B.V. Raman.
Dear Professor Raman,
I haven’t yet received THE ASTROLOGICAL MAGAZINE, but I will answer your lette, 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.
(Sd.) C.G. JUNG
The exchange of letters between Carl G. Jung and B.V. Raman opens a window into an intriguing encounter between two worlds: analytical psychology and the ancient wisdom of Jyotisha. In his letter, Jung expressed his enduring interest in astrology, particularly its ability to shed light on the complexities of the human psyche.
As a psychologist, Jung recognized the value of astrology as an additional perspective to gain insights into the intricacies of character. He discovered that astrological data often revealed aspects of the human mind that would otherwise remain elusive. This led him to contemplate the idea of projection, where psychological truths find expression in the patterns of the stars—a phenomenon known as synchronicity.
However, Jung yearned for a more scientific approach to astrology, one that employed statistical methods to establish fundamental facts. He saw the need to bridge the gap between the intuitive wisdom of astrology and the rigorous methods of scientific inquiry. Regrettably, the dialogue between Jung and Jyotisha remained incomplete, leaving untapped potential waiting to be explored.
The unfinished dialogue between Jung and Jyotisha beckons us to continue their exploration. It calls for a harmonious integration of Jung's analytical psychology and the profound insights of Jyotisha. By combining these disciplines, we have the opportunity to deepen our understanding of the human psyche and expand the horizons of both fields.
We can draw inspiration from Jung's curiosity and Raman's astrological expertise as we embark on this journey of integration. By bringing together the ancient wisdom of Jyotisha with the psychological insights of Jungian thought, we can unveil new dimensions of knowledge. It is through this endeavor that we can nurture a dialogue capable of transforming our understanding of the human experience.
The unfinished dialogue between Carl G. Jung and Jyotisha reminds us of the need to explore uncharted territories and bridge the gaps that separate different disciplines. Let us embrace their vision and strive to achieve a deeper integration between psychology and astrology, keeping alive their quest for knowledge and wisdom.
With gratitude for the wisdom of the past and anticipation for the possibilities of the future, we embark on this journey of discovery and synthesis. Jungian Jyotisha is one such effort.