Jung’s entire psychology is built from the foundation of his dive into the unconscious, as captured in the Red Book. In 1925, following this descent, and as he was constructing the final text and calligraphic script, Jung delivered a series of lectures discussing the content of the Red Book journeys.
We will start by reading Jung’s 1925 Seminar for the first 4 weeks of this seminar. This is where Red Book editor, Sonu Shamdasani, believes all readers should go following the Red Book, as it's where Jung begins to thoroughly lay-out his system of psychology. This lecture is also more deeply understood if you’ve just taken that journey with Jung (though it’s not at all necessary to have read the Red Book to understand the lecture). Some themes include Jung's typological system, the collective unconscious, archetypes, his notion of the anima and animus and some on alchemy.
For the second half of our seminar, we’ll dive into alchemy, through a wonderfully structured book on the various alchemical stages in Edward Edinger’s Anatomy of Psyche. The alchemical writings provided a clear correlate to Jung's journey through the unconscious, and provided a comforting container in which to understand what he had experienced. (I consider this book by Edinger to be one of the greatest of the post-Jung writings.)
Throughout it all, we'll bring a critical and modern lens to how the feminine shows up (or doesn't), and how this system might be a bit different when applied to women's lives. This work can be a significant antidote to the dominance of patriarchy, and the psychological + political lens can bring healing, regardless of gender identification.
- Dates: Friday mornings, 9:30-11am - April 27 & May 4, 11, 18 & June 1, 8, 15, 22
- Location: Inner NE Portland, address provided to registrants
- Cost: $225 + cost of books
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