Jungian Therapy, Jungian Analysis, New York

Female Shamans: the Transforming Power of the Feminine
New York city jungian therapist/analyst carl jung therapy

Five consecutive Wednesdays, 6.00–7.40 pm
Begins March 2nd 2016.

Classes are at C.G. Jung Center, East 39th Street, NY.

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We will interpret legends from Scotland, Siberia, Melanesia, and Palestine, each of which relates the adventure of a female shaman. (Follow the above link to see assigned reading, some of which you must do before the first class). A woman confronts a demon (perhaps a male hidden in the underworld), overcomes his destructive power, and thus brings fertility, or health, or wealth back to the community. These legends, and others like them, show that a hero slaying a dragon is only one way of developing consciousness: there are also heroines who develop consciousness. Some legends suggest that females began the work of consciousness and that the work was later taken over by males.


All of this is relevant to the psychology of women, and to men who are interested in their own feminine side. These stories help us both to understand the feminine and to see how feminine power supports a relationship between men and woman. Both women and men can expect to gain insights into their own path towards healing and maturation.


The class should be fun, with plenty of student participation, and will be accessible for students at all levels of familiarity with Jungian psychology.


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Part 1

September 30: Consciousness, individuation, personal unconscious, collective unconscious, archetypes (archetypes= gods).

Reading: The Adventures of Sinuhe

The above version now has a full interpretation added to it - some of what we covered in class is more fully explained

October 7th: Persona and shadow (also evil and narcissistic injury)

Reading: Excerpt from Mrs Dalloway: Sir William Bradshaw

(Read the excerpt by Virginia Wolf; the rest of the article is optional. For our purposes, this excerpt illustrates persona, shadow, evil and narcissistic injury)

October 14th: Anima.

Reading: Excerpts from An indescribable beauty and the devil's daughter.

(Read the sections titled Old woman and maiden through Conventional relating till the end of The devil's daughter. You don't need to read the rest of the article.)

October 21st: Animus.

Reading: Pretty maid Ibronka and the Devil.

The above version now has a full interpretation added to it - some of what we covered in class is more fully explained

October 28th: Dreams.

Bring a dream (with permission) from a friend or family member. If possible, get the dreamer to give you his/her associations to the main images, and bring them too. We will not work with class members' own dreams because there is not a container here for therapy and dreams are serious!

Association means whatever comes first into the dreamer's mind when you name the image (not what the dreamer thinks the image means). Please write down the associations as you hear them.

The association should be linked to affect (I like that, I hate that, that makes me sad). If the first association is objective, without affect, then ask for dreamer's association to the first association, until you get to an association connected to affect.

Reading: The man who bought a dream.

(Read the whole tale and the interpretation.)

Part 2

November 4th: Mother complex.

Reading: Rona long-teeth

(Read the whole tale.)


The above version now has a full interpretation added to it - some of what we covered in class is more fully explained

November 11th: Father complex.

Reading: Three fathers and the eagle son

(Read the whole tale.)
The above version now has a full interpretation added to it - some of what we covered in class is more fully explained

November 18th: A woman's individuation journey.

Reading: Hinauri finds her second husband

(Read the whole legend)



The above version now has a full interpretation added to it - some of what we covered in class is more fully explained

December 2nd: Creativity.

Reading: The island of the serpent

(Read the whole legend)

The above version now has a full interpretation added to it - some of what we covered in class is more fully explained

December 10th: Dreams.

Bring a dream (with permission) from a friend or family member. If possible, get the dreamer to give you his/her associations to the main images, and bring them too. We will not work with class members' own dreams because we do not have a container here for therapy and dreams are serious!

Reading: Jungian therapy, biology, and dreams.

(Read the whole piece.)