I thought you might find this info interesting. You will be aware of Doran's work on "The Window" but maybe not the other three excerpts.
An aside relating to the first question of the interview directly below which you will know but I don't think the interviewer knew how far back the image actually went:The original cover art for Death of a Lady's Man and New Skin for the Old Ceremony was an image from the alchemical text Rosarium philosophorum which was first printed at Frankfurt in 1550.
The image originally came to public attention in C.G.Jung's essay, The Psychology of The Transference (2nd ed.1966) where it is held by Jung to depict the union of psychic opposites in the consciousness of the enlightened saint. The sexual embrace as a symbol for this condition of psychic unity is also found frequently in Tibetan thangkas (sacred paintings).Working for the World to Come:
Interviewers: There's a woodcut on the cover of Death of a Lady's Man and also on the sleeve of the album New Skin for the Old Ceremony which is taken from a book by Jung. Has Jung been an influence on you?
Cohen: I don't know Jung's work that well, but I've kept his books as references throughout the years. I know the general Jungian principles. I more or less came to Jung through oriental studies. He'd written some prefaces to the I Ching and also The Secret of the Golden Flower. As a western scientist, his appreciation of the Oriental psychology and Oriental psychical anatomy -- mysticism, whatever that means -- dissolved the western view that their psychology was mystical. He saw systematically a diagram of the psyche. It was valid. That kind of view developed in the West in the Forties where we had a radical change in our perception of their work. I think Jung probably led in that re-evaluation of Oriental methodology. It's the science of the orient. It's not mysticism. The word mysticism is used in a somewhat pejorative sense. The point Jung makes in all his prefaces is that these things are pragmatic, that they refer to the mechanics of the psyche and can be properly studied. He de-mystified the work that the Orientals had done.
Interviewers: Were you trying to use Jungian psychology and techniques in Death of a Lady's Man?
Cohen: I don't really remember what the premise of the book was because, as I said, I don't write from a position of luxury. I write from a position of scraping the bottom of the barrel. I don't really know what that book was about. As I say in one of the paragraphs "my work is alive." Wherever you can go to find those mechanics that produce a living thing; that is where I have to go, because I'm not at a banquet table where I can pick and choose from all the delicacies. You go to the place that gives you those elements that can produce something that is alive.
-------------------Donald Graystone from the Simon Fraser University:
“Leonard carries what Jung calls the ‘trickster archetype,’ believing that great things can be accomplished through a spirit of mischief.”
-------------------Spiritual Unified Heart essay by peloquin:
The symbol of The Unified Heart that Cohen devised first appears with Book of Mercy, 1984: The Star of David transformed into two entwined, interlocking hearts. The Unified Heart refers directly to Cohen’s personal and universal resolution of the existential twist. Carl Jung speaks of this eloquently as “the reconciliation of the tension of opposites.”
-------------------DB Cohen from his thoughts on The Window:
However, in Taoism the soul is not divided into two (except after death), unless we consider the dualistic aspect itself as part of each human soul, a concept reminiscent of the psychological ideas of C. G. Jung.
It is hard to tell to what extent Cohen is familiar with the work of Jung, but it would certainly appeal to him more than that of Freud. In his younger years Cohen used to refer to the I Ching, or The Book of Changes, the classical Chinese text which was often used for divination, and he may have known it in the translation which included Jung’s introduction.
Jung’s conviction – and Cohen’s is very much similar – was that life must have a spiritual purpose, beyond the basic material goals. Jung looked into many religious traditions, absorbing their symbols and using them in his work (again, Cohen has done the same thing all his life). Jung coined the term “individuation”, which, according to him, is the process by which, when successful, the self is transformed, through the harmonious balance of the conscious with the unconscious, fulfilling the individual’s potential. Jung also spoke of a dichotomy: the “self”, or the totality of the whole psyche, as distinguished from the “ego”, which constitutes only a small part of the psyche. Another famous idea of Jung’s is the existence of the “animus” (male) and the “anima” (female) forms; the individuation process includes the coming to terms of the man with the anima in him, and of the woman with the animus in her.
Jung also ascribed special importance to the Sanskrit term mandala, which brings us back to the rose, one of its manifestations. The circle is a symbol of the self, expressing the totality of the psyche in all its aspects, and it is represented in various pictographic variations, including the rose, as well as the rosette windows (in Eastern cultures it is the lotus).
btw.....I did actually live on a small island for two years in the late 60's.
There were no cars or dogs, only cats and donkeys (or maybe they were camels) it seems so long ago.....