WHAT IS JUNGIAN
HAPPENS IN A SESSION?
Lectures, Seminars and Papers given by Helen
May 3 and May 17, 2009 10
by Helen Brammer-Savlov
These 2 seminars continue our exploration into the world of the alchemical
imagination. In doing this, we are following Jung's discovery that alchemical
images express in concrete form the experiences of transformation that we
undergo on a journey of individuation.
1 will introduce the primary symbols of the alchemical procedures and begin a
new close study of one of the most beautiful alchemical picture series that
exists. First time beginners are welcome to join with others from the 2007
seminar series. Individual colour pictures will be provided for shared study.
Seminar 2, guided by the seminar leader, participants will continue to develop
an interpretation of an alchemical picture series that can provide us with an
illustrated "map" of the processes of the living archetypal psyche.
The work will include opportunities for informal discussion and group
amplification from myth, fairy tale and personal experience.
Location: C. G. Jung Foundation, Third Floor, 223 St.
Clair Ave. W.,
30; minimum 10
416-961-9767 or visit the CG
Jung Foundation website.
occurs on the series or an a seminar-by-seminar basis.
April 25, 2008
Persona: Profane Disguise or
The persona is the psychic territory where who we
really are confronts who we are perceived to be. To dismiss it as a false self
misses the important role that the persona plays in the individuation process.
For many of us, true persona development can become serious and sacred work that
echoes the role of the mask as an archetypal symbol of transformation.
May 4, 2008
Sun and Moon: Myth and Image
Part 1 will consist of a presentation with colour
slides exploring through myth and story the deep archetypal symbolism carried by
the two primary celestial bodies of our universe. In Part 2, participants will
be invited to present images of the sun and moon that carry personal meaning for
them for contemplation and discussion. These images may derive from dreams,
artwork, literature or experiences in the natural world.
Sat., April 28, 2007 10
for Beginners, No. 1: Alchemical symbols
This seminar will be an introduction to the Jungian view of the main symbols
of alchemical procedures that give us a marvellous way to understand the
transformative processes of the living archetypal psyche. For Jung
discovered that “the experiences of the alchemists were, in a sense, my
experiences, and their world was my world.”
Sat., May 5, 2007 10
for Beginners, No. 2 : the Alchemical Imagination
This will be a journey into the world of the alchemical imagination that can
be simultaneously an illustrated map of the Jungian individuation process.
Guided by the seminar leader, in a setting that will include informal
discussion and amplification, the group will work on an interpretation of an
alchemical picture series.
September 29, 2006 7.30-9.30 p.m.
Jealousy : Healing Poisons
by Helen Brammer-Savlov
Envy and jealousy can be two of the most painful shadow
elements for us to
acknowledge openly and the most easy to deny through projection. And yet a
Jungian attitude to psyche maintains that there is purpose even in these
deadly affects. With the aid of Greek myth and fairy tales, we will explore
how the soul makes use of those corrosive experiences, such that their venom can
be transformed into poisons that heal.
Workshop Sat., May 6, 2006 10
a.m. - 4 p.m.
"The Symbol of the Tree from Religion, Myths, Alchemy"
The relationship between humans and trees has many facets. We use their
products, delight in their beauty, take shelter under them, watch over them and
grieve their loss. Their images play a central role in many of our dreams.
In this workshop, we’ll explore the depth symbolism carried by the tree
in world religions, mythology and alchemy.
Part One : A presentation with colour slides will be given
including myths and stories of The Cosmic Tree, The Tree of Life and Knowledge,
the Christian Christmas Tree, the pines of Attis and Dionysus and the Tree of
the Hesperides. We will also study alchemical images from paintings made
by Jung’s analysands and reflect on the meanings which resonate from the tree
symbol, with reference to Jung¹s alchemical work, “The Philosophical Tree.”
Part Two : Participants are asked to bring their own images of
trees which carry personal meaning for them for our contemplation and
discussion, whether from dreams, artwork and/or photographs.
Workshop Sat., December 3, 2005
a.m. - 4 p.m.
"Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night : Reflections on Gender
Roles, the Persona and Different Ways of Loving" by
At the centre of Twelfth Night, we find an evolving image of a young
woman’s individuation journey from adolescence to full womanhood. We
will consider themes of mistaken identity and gender confusion. And also
ponder on the different forms of love which are expressed and see how the play
shows us many examples of what Jung terms “persona,” those necessary masks
we wear to meet the world.
The play offers answers to today’s questions, such as : How can a woman
be both true to herself and wear a face that the world of the patriarchy will
accept? And how, too, can men find a way to bring their biological sex and
gender expectations into harmony?
The workshop will include a showing of excerpts from the 1996 film of the play
starring Helena Bonham-Carter and Ben Kingsley as well as dream examples of the
themes to aid discussion.
Saturday May 14th 2005
Complex” at the CG Jung Foundation, 223, St. Clair
Ave. West, 3rd Floor, Toronto.
An exploration through Jungian theory and archetypal
imagery of what we understand by this hugely important psychic system. For it is
by means of this complex that we claim our personal identity and authority and
can say as Jung did, aged 12, “I am myself now, now I exist.” Slides will be
used to illustrate Jung’s model of the psyche and show images from creation
myths, art and religion which symbolise the birth of consciousness.
19th May 2005 “Envy
and Jealousy – Healing Poisons” Sorry, closed seminar for trainees.
Friday 1st April 2005
“Images of Love and Hate: The Brother/Sister Archetype”
– 10 p.m. at the UU Church Parish Hall, 695, Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo NY.
Depth Psychology has concentrated on mother and
father, but what about our siblings? Tonight’s lecture draws on archetypal
images of brother/sister bonds from mythic poetry, fairy tale and legend, and
the plays of Shakespeare. As we consider motifs of loving sibs, envious sibs,
brothers and sisters who love too closely and siblings who kill, the lecture
will explore the inner psychic processes carried by the imagery.
Saturday 2nd April 2005
“Brother/Sister Archetype Part 2: Alchemical Images of Masculine and
Feminine Energies” 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. A workshop at 408, Franklin
St., Buffalo NY.
An introduction to the rich imagery of the
brother/sister pairs in alchemy. Jung discovered that “the
experiences of the alchemists were, in a sense, my experiences, and
their world was my world.” He recognised that the energy at the core of
the work, both psychological and alchemical, is the drama of the opposites.
Using colour pictures to assist our exploration, we will look at images of Sol
and Luna, Brother Sun and Sister Moon, and consider their meaning for us on our
journey of individuation and analysis.
Recent Papers written by Helen Brammer-Savlov
The Brother/Sister Archetype:
Images from Myths, Fairy Tales, Literature & Theatre
Brother Sun and Sister Moon:
Alchemical Images of Sol and Luna
Neurosis: A symbolic approach
Honouring the Wisdom in the Symptom
Illness and Pathology in a Jungian Context
WHAT IS JUNGIAN
HAPPENS IN A SESSION?