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Alchemy, Individuation and Community - an exploration of some images in Splendor Solis – with Lucy Davey

  • Mitchell Theatre, SMSA 280 Pitt St Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia (map)
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Jung's life and work for much of his last three decades became focused on the significance of alchemy in psychology.  A recent course on “Jung and Alchemy” by the Psychologist John Merchant, who has a close and wide grasp of Jung’s work, presented a session on the alchemical work entitled Splendor Solis.  This led me to further study of this work, with its vibrant illustrations, about many aspects of alchemy. The stress on the link to the process of individuation, so important in the commentary by Joseph Henderson, seemed to account for only some elements of its images. In the talk I hope to address some of the ways in which concepts of community are also introduced and developed. This aspect of the interior life is worth considering in terms of the images which will be shown and discussed.

Lucy Davey has been interested in Jung for many years and has been active in the Sydney Jung Society since 1994. While Lucy is not a therapist, Jung’s works are of significant interest for her, and this is enriched by her participation in the Giegerich Reading group. The topic of this talk on Splendor Solis derives from material presented while she was attending the course “Jung and Alchemy” presented by John Merchant. Lucy’s other interests include literature from England and the European countries, the texts of the Hebrew Bible, the material discovered at ancient Ugarit, and study of the Semitic languages.

 Date: 9th November 2018
Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Venue: Mitchell Theatre Level 1 Sydney Mechanics' School
of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney
Cost: Members $15 Non-Members $25 Non-Member
Concession $20

*Psychotherapists and other practitioners can obtain credit for Professional Development hours recognised by PACFA and ACA for this presentation.

Earlier Event: October 12
Jung and the Afterlife - with Les Stein