Posted on March 7, 2010
“Vocatus adque non vocatus, Deus aderit.” [Bidden or not bidden, God is present.]
These Latin words of hope and inspiration were carved over the doorframe of famous psychologist Carl Jung’s house and on his gravestone.
The text is reproduced as if it were from a medieval Irish illuminated manuscript. The Latin text is written in Uncial, a script reserved for important Latin texts. Over each Latin word is written its English translation, in a script known as Insular Miniscule which was used only in the British Isles in the 6th-9th centuries. Many early medieval manuscripts made in Britain employ this method of writing the vernacular translation over the Latin text: the most famous example is the virtuosic Lindisfarne Gospels. The initial “V” is based on a capital “V” found in the Book of Kells.
This text is written on white card stock–it would look beautiful framed, but the paper is thick enough that you could hang this directly on your wall. It measures 6″ x 9″.