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Remembering – the Dawn of Modern Alchemy in Dark Times (Regine Schweizer-Vüllers)
Regine Schweizer-Vullers modified her talk to focus on the relevance of alchemy in times of war and destruction.
Regine wrote: ‘In this talk I will mainly look at Marie-Louise von Franz’s first book on alchemy, her commentary on the Aurora Consurgens, which emerged during the years of her collaboration with C.G. Jung. This was in the context of WWII with its widespread devastation, death and murder. The Aurora is a divine feminine figure who wants to be redeemed. The text circles around the union of the opposites and ends with a description of the Coniunctio, the mystical marriage.
I wonder if in times of war and destruction, the alchemical; endeavour of uniting the opposites can bring The Light of Meaning in Cosmic Darkness. I will also look at Von Franz’s last book, her commentary on an old Arabic alchemical text which also circles round the mystery of love and Eros in a slightly different way.”
Some Stories about the Four Historical Places of the Origin of Analytical Psychology (Andreas Schweizer)
Dr. Schweizer wrote: “I will explore our theme, ‘Kindle a light of meaning in cosmic darkness’, with reference to photographs of the four historical places of C.G. Jung’s life, and to some quite unknown events in Jung’s life which deeply move me when I think of them.”
The four places are: 1909 his house at Seestrasse 228 in Kusnacht, 1916 the building of the Psychology Club, 1923 ff. the tower at Bollingen and as the fourth place the tower of Marie-Louise von Franz.
The talk reflected on the relationship between places and life events in Jung’s own journey to kindle a light of meaning.
The event was livestreamed, with an audience in Oxford and as webinar attendees.Photo by Mehdi on Unsplash
Speaker: Regine Schweizer-Vüllers
Regine Schweizer-Vüllers, Dr. phil. (PhD), is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Zurich, Switzerland. She studied German Literature with an emphasis on the Middle Ages, Folklore and History and completed her training in analytical psychology at the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich in 1986. From 1994 to 2008 she was a member of the board of the Research and Training Centre in Depth Psychology according to C.G. Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz. She is a member of IAAP and works as a training analyst, supervisor and lecturer. She presents lectures and seminars in Switzerland and internationally. Her main interests include alchemy, medieval mysticism, legend, fairy tales, folksongs, and music. She is the president of The Foundation of the Psychology Club, Zurich, and the editor of the series 'Contribution to Jungian Psychology' by the Psychology Club Zurich (hitherto three volumes).
Speaker: Andreas Schweizer
Dr. Andreas Schweizer is a practicing Jungian analyst in Zurich. He studied theology and comparative religion in Zürich as well as Egyptology with Prof. Erik Hornung in Basel. He is a member of IAAP and has worked as a training analyst, supervisor and lecturer since 1986. He is president of the Psychology Club, founded in 1916 by C.G. Jung, and was for fourteen years president of the Eranos Conference in Ascona. He has published numerous essays and books, including 'The Sungod’s Journey through the Netherworld' (Cornell University Press, 2010).