EVENT

21. THE WINTER'S TALE

Friday, May 27, 2022

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7:30 pm

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9:30 pm

Saturday, May 28, 2022

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10:30 am

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12:30 pm

Saturday, May 28, 2022

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1:30 pm

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3:30 pm

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HOST

Robert Macdonald

DATE & TIME

Friday, May 27, 2022

7:30 pm

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9:30 pm

SESSION 2

Saturday, May 28, 2022

10:30 am

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12:30 pm

SESSION 3

Saturday, May 28, 2022

1:30 pm

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3:30 pm

SESSION 4

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COST

£105

LOCATION

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

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SUBJECTS COVERED

Individuation, Alchemy, Psychology and Religion, Interpretation of Fairy Tales

DESCRIPTION

                                                       this is an art

Which does mend nature, change it rather, but

The art itself is nature.    

                                          The Winter’s Tale IV iv

From a separation arising from homicidal jealousy to a miraculous reconciliation arising from love, in its broad movement from darkness to light, this “sad tale best left for winter” encompasses an extreme tension of opposites and range of emotional experience. It revisits the theme of tragic vulnerability which threads through Shakespeare’s late work. At the centre lies a mystery, personified by the character of Time, who oversees a sixteen-year gap, where the processes that bring forth the transformation, imaged through a statue coming to life, gradually unfold.

This mystery will be considered with reference to the Eleusinian and Mithraic Mysteries, Jung’s Red Book, the alchemical myth of the king, and the emblems from Maier’s Atalanta Fugiens.  Art, nature, religious consciousness, and complex emotional life weave together in the process of germination and renewal. Overall, the weekend will explore the symbolic and alchemical themes embedded in the play and their relationship to Jung’s psychology of individuation.

READING

Required Reading:

Shakespeare, W., The Winter’s Tale

Recommended Reading:

Jung, C.G., Collected Works, Vol 14, Chapter IV, Rex and Regina

Jung, C.G., Collected Works, Vol 13, Commentary on the Secret of the Golden Flower, esp §31-45

Further Reading:

The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz, Godwin, J., (trans), Phanes Press, (1991)

Jung, C.G., Collected Works, Vol 7, The Psychology of the Unconscious, Chapters 2-4

Jung, C.G., Collected Works, Vol 14, Sal, §234-348

Jung, C. G., Kerenyi C., Introduction to a Science of Mythology, Chapter 3, Routledge and Kegan Paul Ltd., 1951

Maier, M., Atalanta Fugiens: Sources of an Alchemical Book of Emblems, De Jong, H.M.E., (trans), Nicolas-Hays, Inc., 2002

Owens, L, S., Jung in Love: The Mysterium in Liber Novus, Gnosis Archive Books, 2015

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY

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