CG Jung - The Red Book

Jung and Gnostic Tradition
The Red Book Lectures
The Zurich Lectures: Jung and the Tradition of Gnosis
Remembering Sophia
J.R.R. Tolkien:
An Imaginative Life
Lectures and Writings by Lance Owens


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The Hermeneutics of Vision:
C. G. Jung and Liber Novus





Jung and Aion:
Time, Vision and a Wayfaring Man





C. G. Jung and the
Tradition of Gnosis








The Gnostic Society Library

Lectures and Publications by Lance S. Owens

The following materials are available online in the Gnostic Society Library

Audio lectures online (mp3 format)

The Red Book Lectures: Two seminars introducing C. G. Jung's Red Book: Liber Novus. The first introductory series was delivered in 2010 and is comprised of four lectures. The second seminar, presented in 2011-12, is much more detailed and includes fourteen lectures.

C. G. Jung and the Tradition of Gnosis: A collection of lectures delivered at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich in 2013 detailing Jung's earliest association with the tradition of Gnosis.

The Search for Roots: A ninety minute lecture introducing Dr. Alfred Ribi's new book, and the foreword to the book authored by Dr. Owens. This lecture provides important new documentation on Jung's first encounter with Gnostic tradition in 1915. (Click the link to listen.)

Remembering Sophia: A two part seminar, with a total of ten lectures, exploring the Gnostic myth of Sophia and its relationship to the psychology of C. G. Jung.

J. R. R. Tolkien: An Imaginative Life: Three illustrated lectures discussing the imaginative experiences of Tolkien. The third lecture includes comments on Tolkien's "Red Book" and its relationship to Jung's "Red Book."

Tolkien and Jung: An audio interview with Dr. Owens conducted by Miguel Conner. Material from the above lectures on Tolkien is discussed in the interview. (Click the link to listen).


Video Presentation

Dr. Jung and the Soul's Wound: Lecture delivered at the C. G. Jung Society of Utah, available through the Jung Platform.


Publications in Jung Studies

The following three monograph-length articles, when read in sequence, provide a comprehensive introduction to C. G. Jung and his Red Book. (They are provided here in reprint pdf editions, and are also available to view or download on and ResearchGate and by direct download here.)

The Hermeneutics of Vision: C. G. Jung and the Red Book (published in 2010)
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Jung and Aion: Time, Vision and a Wayfaring Man (published in 2011)
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Foreword to The Search for Roots: C. G. Jung and the Tradition of Gnosis (published in 2013)
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C. G. Jung and the Red Book: Liber Novus. This article was authored for the Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion, 2nd ed., Springer Publications, 2014. It provides a brief introduction and overview of Jung's Red Book. (Full text available to view or download on and ResearchGate.)

Jung in Love: The Mysterium in Liber Novus. This essay appears as an extended chapter in: Das Rote Buch – C. G. Jungs Reise zum anderen Pol der Welt Verlag (Königshausen & Neumann, 2015). Currently in press.


Publications in Mormon Studies

Joseph Smith: America's Hermetic Prophet

Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection


Recent Book Reviews

Review: C. G. Jung, The Red Book – Reader's Edition

Review: Sonu Shamdasani, C. G. Jung: A Biography in Books (a copy of the published review is also available here).


Gnostic Studies

The Gnosis Archive – – is compiled and edited by Lance Owens; the library section of the archive includes many short essays by Dr. Owens introducing various documents and collections. The following links offer a sample of this material:

The Gospel of Thomas Collection

The Secret Book of John Collection

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

The Gospel of Thomas and the Hermeneutics of Vision

An Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls


Brief Biographical Information

Lance Owens is a physician in clinical practice. Dr. Owens completed his undergraduate studies in History at Georgetown University and Utah State University. He received his doctorate from Columbia University in 1978, and then completed post-doctoral training at UCLA. For the last thirty-five years he has been in clinical practice as a specialist in Emergency and Trauma Medicine. He is an attending physician on the clinical faculty of the University of Utah.

Dr. Owens began his study of C. G. Jung with Dr. Stephan A. Hoeller in the 1980’s. In 1994 he was ordained a Gnostic priest and has served as a parish priest of the Ecclesia Gnostica. In 1995 he established The Gnosis Archive,; he continues as editor of this major Internet archive of classical Gnostic writings.

His award-winning 1994 historical study elucidating the interaction of the founding prophet of Mormonism, Joseph Smith, with Kabbalah, Hermeticism and Gnostic tradition has been described as a “watershed work” in Mormon historical studies. He also contributed two short chapters on the history of Gnosticism to the 2004 New York Times “bestseller,” Secrets of the Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind the Da Vinci Code.

From 1995 to 1999, Dr. Owens taught a semester-long course on “The Life and Work of C. G. Jung” at the University of Utah. He continues to lecture frequently on C. G. Jung, Jungian psychology, and Gnostic tradition. Since release of the Red Book in 2009, he has published several historical studies on Jung, Liber Novus and Jung’s Gnostic vision (some of these are listed above). He authored the article on "C.G. Jung and the Red Book" for the Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion (Springer Reference, 2014).

In addition to his professional work, in 1980 Owens led the first American mountaineering expedition to enter the People's Republic of China, climbing Minya Konka in eastern Tibet. In 1986 he led the first American mountaineering expedition to the North Ridge of K2, the world's second highest mountain. Now old and gray, he has long since retired from this type of insane activity.