In his seminal work Revisioning Psychology, James Hillman presents his Archetypal Psychology in the direction of “soul making.” Hillman is a major influence at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara where his archives are located. The Legacy Series is a seminar study. Open discussion is encouraged as we work our way through the book. All are welcome to join our ongoing discussions of Hillman’s approach to depth psychology.
The Dark Mountain Project was started in 2009 in the UK as a literary journal and soon became a movement.
“In 2009, two English writers published a manifesto. Out of that manifesto grew a cultural movement: a rooted and branching network of creative activity, centred on the Dark Mountain journal…Together, we are walking away from the stories that our societies like to tell themselves, the stories that prevent us seeing clearly the extent of the ecological, social and cultural unravelling that is now underway. We are making art that doesn’t take the centrality of humans for granted.”
In previous meetings, we discussed the origins and activities of the Dark Mountain Project. Tonight, we will share a brief description of the project and get an update from Editor Neale Inglenook on what’s going on now with their literary and art activities. We’ll hear poetry and writings from the Journal and lead a discussion on ways to participate by creating Dark Mountain themed gatherings.
From the back cover—
“In this seminal work Jung describes the psychology of the transference in terms of the symbolism of alchemy and the illustration to the ‘Rosarium philosophorum.’”
We will discuss Jung’s interpretation of the Rosarium philosophorum, a set of twenty wood block prints from the 16th century, as well as interpretations from an alchemist’s perspective as well as others. While there are twenty prints, Jung limited his discussion to the first ten. By analyzing all twenty perhaps it is possible to discover why, to gain additional insight into alchemical processes, and perhaps have a broader understanding of the individuation process and the purpose of alchemy.
Since our last successful talk-circle on wholeness, Lisa came across highly relevant writings by Henri Bortoft (The Wholeness of Nature: Goethe’s Way of Science) and Francisco Varela (“Autopoiesis: The Organization of Living Systems, Its Characterization and a Model”). Using quotations from their work as starting points for discussion, we will further ponder what it means to be whole. Indeed, Goethe’s intuitive approach to multiplicity in unity (belonging together) contrasts with the current scientific/analytic approach of unity in multiplicity (belonging together). Familiarity with those texts is not required—just bring a curious attitude.