Five consecutive Wednesdays, 6.00–7.40 pm
Beginning March 2nd.
Classes are at C.G. Jung Center, East 39th Street, NY.
We will interpret legends from Scotland, Siberia, Melanesia, and Palestine, each of which relates the adventure of a female shaman. (See below the 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 intimate relationships. Both women and men can expect to gain insights into their own path towards healing and maturation.
The class will be fun, with plenty of student participation, and should be relevant to students at all levels of familiarity with Jungian psychology.
Please read each legend several days before that class. You will need several days to reflect on the images and wait for intuitions about their meaning. Symbolic thinking is slow: reading the legend just before the class won't allow time for reflection.
March 2nd: Siberia
March 9th: Africa .
March 23rd: Scotland
March 23: Melanesia.