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Ave praeclara maris stella.

“Hail bright star of the sea.” Hymn attributed to Albertus Magnus, 13th century Christian scholar and philosopher.

Henry Corbin, Islamic Mysticism scholar extraordinaire, wrote in a posthumously published collection called Jung, Buddhism, and the Incarnation of Sophia; Unpublished Writings from the Philosopher of the Soul (2019) of the profound value of Jung’s Answer to Job which Corbin calls Jung’s “Sophianic” book. “The reign of the Holy Spirit as feminine hypostasis [underlying reality]… and identifying itself with Sophia, is thus the vision of ‘the dawning of a new aeon.’ And this is the answer to Job.” A year after Jung published his book, he wrote to Corbin, saying that Corbin “understood completely” what was occurring in this book. “The book (Answer to Job) ‘came to me’ during an illness, in a fever” Jung wrote to Corbin. “It was as if accompanied by grand music of a Bach or a Handel. I am not an auditory type. Because of that I understood nothing. It was only the feeling of a grand composition or rather a concert that I was attending.” Corbin reflected on the original German text of Jung’s book, “I had mentioned on certain pages the innermost vibration of a Sophianic hymn, hailing the approach of the eternal Virgin that means a new Creation. And I finally confessed to having reread the whole book (Answer to Job) as if it were an oratorio. One day, its score could imprint itself on a Handel of the future and it would end with a choir of soothing alto voices, proclaiming the hymn attributed to Albertus Magnus…: Ave praeclara maris stella.

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