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Updated by RJ
2nd June 2018

A non-profit organisation, which aims to provide a contact for people
interested in the psychological insights of Carl Gustav Jung.

Through monthly meetings, workshops, other activities and our library,
we seek to help people to understand their own inner journey
and the world today - from a Jungian perspective.

We normally meet at 8pm
on the first Friday of each month
at MacKillop House Conference Centre,
50 Archibald Street, Lyneham (See map)

Coming Meetings:

Dorothea Wojnar's Dream Group

Six Wednesdays: 30 May, 6 June, 13 June, 20 June, 27 June, 4 July
7:30 pm (not 8 pm)

 Wesley Uniting Church,

22 National Crt, Forrest, ACT
(NOT our usual meeting place at Lyneham)

Cost:  $ 10 per evening to cover costs.
Any surplus goes to
the Jung Society.

The dream is a little hidden door in the innermost and most secret recesses of the soul, opening into that cosmic night which was psyche long before there was any ego consciousness, and which will remain psyche no matter how far our ego-consciousness extends. For all ego-consciousness is isolated; because it separates and discriminates, it knows only particulars, and it sees only those that can be related to the ego.

Its essence is limitation, even though it reaches to the farthest nebulae among the stars. All consciousness separates; but in dreams we put on the likeness of that more universal, truer, more eternal man dwelling in the darkness of primordial night.

There he is still the whole, and the whole is in him, indistinguishable from nature and bare of all egohood. It is from these all-uniting depths that the dream arises, be it never so childish, grotesque, and immoral.(1) 

The group is facilitated by Dorothea Wojnar.  Members of the group shared their dreams and used active imagination in working with the dreams.


Dorothea is a psychotherapist and she is currently training as a Jungian analyst with the C. G .Jung Institute of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Jungian Analysts. Dorothea has extensive experience as a group leader and therapist across a range of people and issues, working in both a public health facility as well as in private practice.

For further information, please contact Dorothea Wojnar on 6292 2014 or (0413) 245 835.

(1) Jung, C.G. (1933) The Meaning of Psychology for Modern Man in Collected Works Vol 10 Civilization in Transition. pg. 304
downloaded from
http://www.netreach.net/~nhojem/dreamq.htm on 20 May 2007

Friday 6th July 2018

Robert Tulip:

Carl Jung's Book "Answer to Job"

Is God good?  This is the fundamental question that Carl Jung wrestles with in Answer to Job, a book he said is his only one that he would not want to revise at all. 

Jung’s psychoanalysis of the Old Testament Book of Job looks at questions such as the possible motivation of God to allow Satan to torment Job, even though Job was a good and pious man.  Jung maintains that his analytic framework here is not Christian theology but scientific psychology, seeking to see phenomena as they are rather than make any supernatural assumptions.  This method leads him to confront the psychological desire of human societies to construct their theories of God in their own image, as in the example of the comforting traditional belief that God is good.

This talk will open a discussion of how Jung handles these moral themes in Answer to Job, and how he extends this contested moral framework into a broader discussion of Christian cosmology.  Answer to Job is Jung’s sequel to Aion, which I discussed for Canberra Jung Society in 2017  (Available here).

Robert Tulip has Bachelors and Masters Honours Degrees in philosophy from Macquarie University.  After thirty years working for the federal government, he is now returning to focus on these intellectual interests, especially the philosophical problems of psychology and religion. 

Friday 3rd August 2018

Dr Richard Barz:

"The Anima, the Animus and the Yoginis

Of all of the concepts that Carl Jung has bequeathed to the world, none is more intimately accessible than the anima/animus.

On the subject of the anima, the feminine side of a man’s psyche, Jung wrote in his 1954 articleArchetypes of the Collective Unconscious” that “Although she may be the chaotic urge to life, something strangely meaningful clings to her, a secret knowledge or hidden wisdom, which contrasts most curiously with her irrational elfin nature… This aspect appears only to the person who gets to grips with her seriously. Only then, when this hard task has been faced, does he come to realize more and more that behind all her cruel sporting with human fate there lies something like a hidden purpose which seems to reflect a superior knowledge of life’s laws. It is just the most unexpected, the most terrifyingly chaotic things which reveal a deeper meaning.”

As for the animus, the masculine side of a woman’s psyche, Jung describes him in “The Psychology of the Child Archetype” (1949/50) as the masculine personification of the unconscious which is confronted by a feminine consciousness. Since the anima and animus are universal archetypes, it is not surprising that both of them should be embodied in statues of ancient Hindu feminine spirits called yoginis.

In his talk Richard Barz will introduce some of these images, which he photographed on a recent trip to India, and the secrets of the anima/animus that they hold. One of these images is this portrayal of Śrī Vībhatsā ‘the cruel yogini’ seated on a prone male figure.

Bheṛāghāṭ, Jabalpur District, Madhya Pradesh, photo R. Barz

Dr. Richard Barz is a retired member of the Australian National University College of Asia and the Pacific.

Friday 7th September 2018

Les Stein:

"The Mystical Experience in Psychoanalysis"
Mystical experiences of greater or lesser extent are seen as the highest potential of human life.  They are measured by a union with the godhead or nature but they are also a subjective experience in the psyche of an individual.  >From a psychoanalytic perspective, the Mystical Experience is an individuation milestone and Jung calls its occurrence the “real therapy.” 

Jungian Analyst Les Stein will explore the psychoanalytic theories of how such an experience occurs, how Jung understood it, and whether analysis can assist the receptivity to that event.  The lecture is based on his new book: "Depth Psychology of the Mystical Experience: Receptivity to the Numinous" (2018) London: Karnac.

Les Stein is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Sydney.  He is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of New York and a member of the New York Association for Analytical Psychology, the Australian New Zealand Society of Jungian Analysts and the International Association for Analytical Psychology.  His latest forthcoming book is “Deep Psychology of the Mystical Experience” for Karnac Books, London.

Friday 2nd November 201

Evelynne Joffe

"Journey Throught the Archetypes of the Tarot"


Just as for the purpose of individuation, or Self-realisation, it is essential for a man to distinguish between what he is and how he appears to himself and to others, so it is also necessary for the same purpose that he should become conscious of his invisible system of relations to the unconscious.”  
Two Essays on Analytical Psychology" by Carl Jung).

In this talk we will undertake a journey through the 22 cards of the Major Arcana of the Tarot. Carl Jung saw all of the Tarot images as "descended from the archetypes of transformation" (Jung, 1959/1990, p. 38). 

Each of these cards represents a lesson that a human soul must learn in order to individuate, to become an authentic Self.

This searching for wholeness as well as the teachings of the shadow and of archetypes can all be paralleled to the psychological journey towards wholeness on this journey.

Evelynne Joffe has been a teacher of Kabbalah and of Tarot for over 25 years. She is in a private practice as a counsellor and dream therapist in Melbourne and uses the imagery of the Tarot as a counselling tool. She is a past President of the Tarot Guild of Australia and has written and lectured widely on the subjects of Kabbalah and Tarot in many forums, in Australia and overseas. 

Saturday 3rd November 201

Evelynne Joffe

"A Workshop: Shadow Work and the Tarot"

 If it is not attended to, the shadow will appear in the world around us as fate”  .. C.G. Jung

The personal shadow contains the parts of ourselves that we have disconnected from, our unresolved inner conflicts and unexpressed emotions. The shadow, if not faced, can lead to self destructive behaviour, depression and illness. The shadow also contains any undeveloped abilities, our artistic, musical, creative parts that have never been expressed. 

The Tarot also has its shadow side. In this workshop we shall use the Tarot to shed light on the shadow aspect of the cards and how we can work with them to discover the shadow self and once discovered, work to integrate it.

If you have a set, please bring Tarot cards, preferably Rider Waite cards. This is not essential though.

Contact Information: 
ebsite: www.spiritualstudies.com.au  
   Email:     ejoffe@iprimus.com.au

The Canberra Jung Society Inc. does not endorse and is not to be held responsible for the content of any lecture or advertisement, nor is any information or advice a substitute for professional counselling and therapy.

Entrance to meetings for non-members is $12 or $6 concession (members free).
Everyone is welcome. 
Yearly membership is $60 (or $30 concession), to be paid in March each year,
entitling members to attend 10 meetings plus receive two newsletters. 

We normally meet at 8pm on the first Friday of each month
at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT.

Email: jungsoccanberra@yahoo.com.au

Address: PO Box 554, Dickson, ACT 2602, Australia