Saturday, February 24, 2018 10AM- 5PM
Sunday, February 25 10AM - 1PM
The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco

Faculty: Christine Payne-Towler and Frances Hatfield, PhD


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Exploring the roots of alchemical symbolism in Renaissance cosmology, how do we deepen our understanding of Jung’s writings on individuation and our own inner alchemy?
C.G. Jung devoted much of his life’s work to the study of medieval alchemy, finding in it the most complete symbolic expression of the process of individuation. Yet the contemporary reader can find the theological and magical terminology used by the alchemists bewildering. From our modern disenchanted point of view, how can we, without a comprehensive understanding of the Hermetic cosmos out of which alchemy emerged, find the relevance of alchemy to our own lives?

In this seminar we will trace the roots of Paracelsus’ healing alchemy from its origin in Valentinian Gnosticism to the magisterial synthesis of Jacob Boehme, and survey the implicit occult ideas underlying Renaissance cosmology, astrology and metaphysics. Exploring the referents for Jung’s alchemical terminology, participants will also access their own astrological/alchemical bodies in guided active imagination. Participants will gain conceptual and visceral means to deepen their understanding of Jung’s alchemy as well as their own.

CHRISTINE PAYNE-TOWLER is the author of The Underground Stream: Esoteric Tarot Revealed. She also wrote the interpretive Tarot text in use at She and Michael Dowers created Tarot of the Holy Light, voted one of 10 best decks of 2011 at Her most recent book is Foundations of the Esoteric Traditions. Her degree in Mysticism and Parapsychology is from John F. Kennedy University.

FRANCES HATFIELD, PHD, LMFT is an analyst member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, where she teaches in the training program. Her book of poems, Rudiments of Flight, 2013 Wings Press, won the Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. For decades, she has used the tarot, the I Ching, and astrology as tools for meditation and insight.