Each year represents new beginnings whether in one’s inner or outer life. As this alchemical image suggests, a hand reaches down from a cloud into the "Tree of Darkness and Light", its two halves depicting both ripe and blackened fruits, life and death, into roots of both light and shadow, with the vision of multiple stars and all seeing eyes.
Each new season offers a potential reflective return to the fertile ground of one’s roots and rootedness: a chance to humbly acknowledge, and potentially awaken to consciousness the mysterious, prescient and creative energy that dwells in our personal and collective roots.
This year’s series, Root Awakenings, honors Jung’s deep affinity for exploring the psychological depths of our interrelated and interdependent lives. We will seek to integrate the literal and symbolic roots of individuals, family, community, and society at large to strengthen our collective resilience for all beginnings as ongoing initiation.
Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on its rhizome. Its true life is invisible, hidden in the rhizome. When we think of the unending growth and decay of life and civilizations, we cannot escape the impression of absolute nullity. Yet, I have never lost a sense of something that lives and endures underneath the eternal flux. What we see is the blossom, which passes. The rhizome remains.
- C G Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1962)
The archetypal image that seems to have guided the life of Baez is that of musical prophet. We’ll examine its role in her life, consider the ancient lineage of the Hebrew prophets, and reflect upon its ongoing relevance. Our foundational aim in understanding the role of this archetypal energy will be clinical as we seek to deepen our ability to recognize the archetypal images that may be guiding our own lives and the lives of those with whom we work.
In this class, participants will examine the divination system of Tarot cards from the perspective of synchronicity and will explore the use of the Tarot to investigate questions of interest. Several simple ways of reading the cards will be presented, and students will have an opportunity to receive guidance in reading the Tarot from a Jungian perspective through coaching and peer practice
The archetypal “Feminine” is back, and She’s…”unhappy.” From “Me Too,” to the trial of Larry Nassar, to the rising refusal of young adults to be defined as either “male” or “female,” opting instead for the more neutral pronoun “they,” evidence of profound change is all around us. Neumann and Whitmont tell us that consciousness can be conceived as having evolved through stages, beginning the archetypal Great Mother. Several thousand years ago, this feminine consciousness was repressed in the service of the development of “Masculine” ego consciousness, which has, for better and worse, been accomplished. We now have considerable “ego strength” but no connection to anything beyond it, hence, a good deal of turmoil in a world that feels untethered, without purpose or direction. Both “Feminine” and “Masculine” dominated cultures were necessarily one-sided otherwise each could not have developed. But, what is next? And, what is required of us so that the new “third” can emerge?
Is global warming a hoax? Is Earth actually flat? Is the CIA responsible for the attack on the WTC in New York? Why do many believe various bizarre theories despite the wealth of counter-evidence? The rise of fake news, alternative facts and conspiracy theories, along with the fundamentalism, fanaticism and propaganda of totalitarian governments from around the world calls for a no-holds-barred depth psychological exploration. Jung’s insights provide rich ways of the understanding those phenomena.