Lecture: “The Shape of Water": A Modern Fairytale for Troubled Times
RONNIE LANDAU, M.A., LPC
This recent and beautifully imaginative film by Guillermo Del Toro, seduces the viewer with mesmerizing images and provocative storytelling into the realm of Jung’s collective unconscious. Combining aspects of the numinous and the erotic we are drawn into a journey of transformation. Del Toro’s cinematic fairytale offers an alchemical salve for the dark, rigidified, and overly rational ego consciousness of today’s times. Jung was particularly concerned with the modern man’s dissociation from the instinctual life and its connectedness to both spirituality and creativity. This divide in our humanity can manifest in particular types of collective trauma.
Film clips from The Shape of Water will provide deeper visual access to Carl Jung’s concepts of otherness, anima, animus, shadow, and the numinous. Through the descent into the imaginal realm with the guidance of Del Toro’s storytelling, coupled with Jung’s notion of the unconscious, we will engage in challenging our rational orientations and invite a dialogue with soul.
Workshop: The Queen of Sheba and Her Hairy Legs: The Redemption of the Erotic Feminine
This workshop will focus on the mysterious, mythological, and legendary underpinnings of this erotic and powerful Queen. According to legend, the Queen of Sheba had a “deformity” of hairy legs. We will explore how the Queen of Sheba and her hairy legs are psychologically pertinent today, and to Jung’s notion of the Anima Mundi or World Soul. The use of storytelling, art, and music will assist in exploring the archetypal dimensions of this historical, religious, and mythological Queen.
Ronnie Landau, M.A., LPC, is a Certified Jungian Psychoanalyst with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and the Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts (PAJA). Her private practice is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has served as President and Training Director of PAJA and serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of North American Societies of Jungian Analysts. She has lectured widely on “Reflections on the Holocaust Through a Jungian Perspective,” and “Erotic Transference-Countertransference,” and recently presented “World Genocide: The Wounding of the Anima Mundi” at the 2016 IAAP conference in Kyoto, Japan.
Friday, March 8, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm $10
(+$10 surcharge for CEUs)
Saturday, March 9, 2019
9 am – 12 noon $40
Center for Spiritual Living
505 Camino de los Marquez,
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