In just a few days we will be welcoming the many who join us in the Jung-Neumann Celebration of their creative relationship. Having read many of the contributions, I know that they are of tremendous interest, bringing the speakers' creativity, heart and mind; this will be an exceptional treat, spanning many different aspects and fields of analytical psychology - Culture, history, religion, clinic, and much more.
More than 250 attendees from 25 countries will take part in the Jung-Neumann Conference at Kibbutz Shefayim, north of Tel Aviv, April 24-26.
A year (or more) of preparations are now in their final stages, lecturers have prepared very interesting talks, rehearsals for Saturday night's performance are under way. Soon suitcases are being packed, posters put up, rooms inspected, and many are in the midst of reading the letters. Read more
In 1933 Jung not only travelled to Palestine/Israel, it is also the year Jung and Erich Neumann met for the first time at a seminar in Berlin. The same year Jung is appointed professor at ETH Zurich, and the Eranos conferences in Ascona, Switzerland, started. With the publication of “Modern Man in Search of a Soul” his works become widely popularized in the Anglo-Saxon world, while Jung on the backdrop of the national-socialist grip to power in Germany as a neutral Swiss is asked to become president of the General Medical Society for Psychotherapy, which led to much controversy. Read more
Late in his career, Carl Jung expanded his thinking on the nature of the archetypes. In the passage above, he begins to present this new angle. The images and ideas that arise in our conscious minds are only approximate representations of the archetypes from which they flow. The archetypes, in themselves, cannot be known by the conscious mind. This is the psychoid nature of the archetypes. Jung regarded the psychoid archetype as non-psychic and transcendent. He used the analogy of the electromagnetic spectrum to illustrate the difference between the psychoid archetype, as such, and its effects. He analogically places the psychoid archetype in the “invisible, ultraviolet end of the psychic spectrum.” Its effects, images and ideas, he placed in the visible spectrum, or in the conscious mind as approximations. Thus, things of the psyche can never be quantified using mathematics. According to Jung, “we have no measuring rod with which to measure psychic quantities” and “there is no hope that the validity of any statement about unconscious states or processes will ever be verified scientifically.”
A bronze mask of the Greek god Pan believed to be some 2,000 years old was discovered by University of Haifa archaeologists recently near Lake Kinneret in the Galilee. According to the archaeologists, the mask is unlike any other discovered before due to its great size - larger than a human head. The mask was discovered at the Susita archaeological dig site, which was formerly the site of the pagan Roman city of Antiochia Hippos. Hippos, one of the Decapolis, was the major polis east of the Sea of Galilee, set upon Susita Mountain crest and overlooking the Jewish city of Tiberias on the western side of the lake. The figure depicted in the mask has small horns hidden between locks of hair, which led the archaeologists to understand that the mask was of Pan, the god of shepherds, who is half man and half goat. He also is the god of music and enjoyment. After further cleaning of the mask, the archaeologists found further goat-like characteristics in the mask, cementing the initial diagnosis that the mask was meant to depict Pan. The mask was found at a spot believed to be outside of the main city of Hippos, however, the archaeologists also found signs of a large basalt structure from the Roman period having been situated in the area. The placement of the structure and the mask, well outside of the city, but close to the road into the city, suggests that the site may have housed an altar to Pan, the archaeologists believe. Animal sacrifices to Pan would have been carried out, not only in the holy places in the city, but outside in nature and in caves. Such an outdoor altar to Pan had previously been found north of Susita.
You are invited to hear The story of the Jung Neumann Correspondence directly from the Editor; and a comparison of The Jung-Neumann Letters and the Jung-Kirsch Letters - with Martin Liebscher, Ann Lammers, Murray Stein. Read more
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