He later attended Duquesne University , obtaining a doctorate in clinical psychology in and a further doctorate in philosophy from Duquesne in Marlan began his training in Jungian psychoanalysis at the C. Throughout these years of psychological and psychoanalytic training, Marlan held a number of clinical and academic positions. After his graduation as a Jungian psychoanalyst in , Marlan founded the C. Marlan has continued to teach and periodically direct the training program he founded.

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Modern psychology has seen darkness primarily as a negative force, something to move through and beyond, but it actually has an intrinsic importance to the human psyche. In this book, Jungian analyst Stanton Marlan reexamines the paradoxical image of the black sun and the meaning of darkness in Western culture.

In the image of the black sun, Marlan finds the hint of a darkness that shines. He shows that the black sun accompanies not only the most negative of psychic experiences but also the most sublime, resonating with the mystical experience of negative theology, the Kabbalah, the Buddhist notions of the void, and the black light of the Sufi Mystics.

An important contribution to the understanding of alchemical psychology, this book draws on a postmodern sensibility to develop an original understanding of the black sun. It offers insight into modernity, the act of imagination, and the work of analysis in understanding depression, trauma, and transformation of the soul.

It is a celebration of darkness, if such a thing can be imagined. Marlan explores the meaning of blackness, melancholia and depression through case studies and amplifications from alchemy and the arts. There, we find, a strange light shines, and in that light we can discern what is otherwise invisible. Marlan teaches us how to see in the dark. More: it reaches beyond Western alchemy into Eastern knowledge and arcane systems of inspiration, and yet it is directly relevant to the darkness eclipsing the consciousness of our time.

He is an adjunct clinical professor of psychology at Duquesne University, he has a longtime interest in alchemy, archetypal psychology, Asian philosophy, and postmodern theory.


The Black Sun: The Alchemy and Art of Darkness



Stanton Marlan


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