EVENT

13. APPROACHING JUNG'S ALCHEMICAL THOUGHT: IT'S BACKGROUND AND SETTINGS

Thursday, February 24, 2022

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7:30 pm

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HOST

Christopher Wagner

DATE & TIME

Thursday, February 24, 2022

7:30 pm

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9:30 pm

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COST

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LOCATION

Essex Church, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, London W8 4RT

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SUBJECTS COVERED

Alchemy, Individuation, Self, Archetype, Quaternity, Philosopher's Stone

DESCRIPTION

Considered through a selection of Jung’s works chronologically surveyed, this seminar examines his approach to the topic of alchemy, as framed in the period from 1911 to 1936. Participants will gain an understanding of the various layers of Jung’s alchemical thought, as undergirded by his seminal psycho-historical study of 1911–12, Transformations and Symbols of the Libido; as animated by the various ‘texts’ comprising Jung’s then privately-held Red Book project; and as inaugurated (at least by conventional accounts) through his 1929 commentary on The Secret of the Golden Flower. Pertinent works of theoretical importance to Jung’s psychology will also be addressed, including the essays, “The Structure of the Unconscious”(1916) and “The Relations between the I and the Unconscious” (1928). The seminar will conclude with a detailed discussion of Jung’s first essays on alchemy, “Dream Symbols of the Individuation Process” and “Notions of Redemption in Alchemy,” works considered foundational to an understanding of his later output on the subject—including Psychology and Alchemy (1944), which combined these essays in revised and expanded form. As a means of interrogating and evaluating the material surveyed, special attention will be given to Jung’s quaternity symbol, which he aligned not only with the Self archetype, but with that preeminent symbol of Western alchemy,the philosophers’ stone.

READING

Jung C.G., “Dream Symbols of the Individuation Process,” in The Integration of the Personality (1946[1940]), 96–204 (available for download on archive.org)

Jung,C.G., “Notions of Redemption in Alchemy,” in The Integration of the Personality (1946 [1940]), 205–280 (available fordownload on archive.org)

Further reading:

Jung C.G., “The Structure of the Unconscious,” in Collected Works, Vol. 7, §§442–521

Jung C.G., “The Relations between the I and the Unconscious,” in Two Essays on Analytical Psychology (1928), 123–269 (available fordownload on archive.org)

Jung C.G., Commentary on The Secret of the Golden Flower, in The Secret of the Golden Flower (Wilhelm translation, 1947 [1931]), 75–137 (available for download on archive.org)

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY

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