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C. G. JUNG'S PSYCHOLOGY AND ALCHEMY, CW 12: The Hidden Treasure in Dark Matter, a course by Cathryn Polonchak

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • Wednesday, December 05, 2018
  • 6 sessions
  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Wednesday, November 07, 2018, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EST)
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EST)
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EST)
  • Wednesday, December 05, 2018, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EST)
  • Jung Society Library, 5200 Cathedral Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
  • 11


  • Members who are Seniors over 65 and Full-Time Students

Anybody can participate in this course. This is Part 2 of 3. If you are not familiar with C.G. Jung’s work or his approach to alchemy, you may find it helpful to also read Part I, “Introduction to the Religious and Psychological Problems of Alchemy,” and Part III, “Religious Ideas in Alchemy,” Chapters 1- 4 prior to the first class of this series. 

This course continues our reading and discussion of one of C.G. Jung’s most influential works: Psychology and
Alchemy (CW 12). In this volume, Jung illustrates that (from the beginning) alchemy had a dual nature: chemical work on one hand and a psychological process on the other. He believed that the alchemical imagery and process was the result of the alchemist's projections of his own psychic processes onto the matter with which he worked. In both his personal and professional work with individuals, he noted that the alchemical imagery survives in the individual soul because of its source in the collective unconscious.

This class series will cover chapters five (“The Lapis-Christ Parallel”) and six (“Alchemical Symbolism in the History of Religion”) in Part III: “Religious Ideas in Alchemy.” In these chapters, Jung parallels the description of the lapis, the philosopher’s stone (goal of the alchemical process), with the description of the nature and function of the Christ figure in Christianity. He also explores and amplifies the symbol of the unicorn with the intention of drawing explicit parallels to Christian imagery.

The format of this course is class discussion based on the readings. We will take ample time for both the text and imagery. For the first class, please read in Chapter 5 of Part III, “The Lapis-Christ Parallel,” pp. 45 - 372.

Cathryn Polonchak,  L.C.S.W., is a certified Jungian Analyst and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of West Virginia.  She has a private practice in the Shepherdstown and the Charles Town/Harpers Ferry areas of West Virginia.  In addition to her membership in JAWA, Cathryn is a member of the Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts (PAJA), the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts (IRSJA), the International Association of Analytical Psychology (IAAP), and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).  She was the past Director of Seminar for PAJA.  She is interested in the interface between body and mind, particularly at the psyche-soma level of trauma.


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