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Mandala mosaic, Masada, Israel (c.37 BCE)
“The feminine principle brings up the healing compensation by becoming active”Marie-Louise von Franz (1999)
The Kabbalah is the Jewish mystical tradition that traces its roots back to the BCE era. It is considered the compendium of the divine nature of the universe and our souls. Central to the Kabbalah, is the concept of the Shekhinah, the feminine principal. In the Kabbalah, Shekhinah is experienced as a living presence, the corporeal and incorporeal Eros. She heralds reflections in Ishtar, Astarte, Inanna, Sophia, Isis and Mary Magdalene.
This seminar focuses on redeeming the presence of Shekhinah in conscious life. We live in a time of an enantiodromia towards the dark, the chthonic, the feminine principle, and the unconscious. We could understand this as a compensatory response to the suppression of this aspect that now wants to be known. This perhaps offers us healing in the face of the current fear, grief and uncertainty. In this seminar, we explore the nature of Shekhinah as an image of the chthonic facet of the religious symbol that has been repressed in the collective consciousness of our rationalistic patriarchal zeitgeist.