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Constitution

Updated by Robert James
11th June 2021

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 7:30 for 8:00 pm on the first Friday of each month
at MacKillop House Conference Centre, 50 Archibald Street, Lyneham (See map).


Friday 2nd July 2021

"The Age of Aquarius"

Robbie Tulip

at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT (and by Zoom)

The Age of Aquarius is the 2000-year long period starting about now, known as a Zodiac Age, when the position of the sun at the March equinox is in the constellation of Aquarius the Water Bearer.

Zodiac Ages are the slow cosmic clock of history. My interest is to integrate scientific understanding of the Zodiac Age concept with its influence on culture and religion, to see how the resulting cosmology of the New Age can help to place human identity in a systematic framework.

Zodiac Ages are caused by the slow backward movement of the seasons against the stars, due to a wobble of the earth’s axis known as precession of the equinox. The resulting shift of the celestial sphere was measured by ancient astronomers, but its place in culture is strongly disputed.

My hypothesis is that observation of precession was central to Christian origins, structuring the formation of core Christian ideas by grounding the story of how God orders the cosmos. This claim offers a way to transform and renew Christian faith, putting faith onto purely scientific foundations of knowledge rather than belief, and pointing toward new paradigms in science, religion and politics.

Key implications include:

1. Ancient knowledge of precession provided a religious framework for the orderly structure of time.

2. The New Testament used this objective framework of cosmic order and direction as the skeleton upon which the story of Jesus Christ was imagined and fleshed out.

3. The story of Jesus of Nazareth emerged from the much older religious observation of precession as the defining cosmic structure of history.

4. Jesus was imagined from long before his alleged incarnation, personifying the Sun as the founder or avatar of the Zodiac Age of Pisces, the period now coming to an end.

5. Equally important in the Bible story is the idea that the authors imagined the Second Coming of Jesus Christ as the dawn of the Age of Aquarius, as a time of world transformation.

This talk will examine how and why this astronomy is so important for the origins of Christian faith, and why it is so important to understand the Age of Aquarius today as a factor with major potential influence on world religion and politics.

Robert Tulip manages the chaplaincy at the Australian National University. He has BA Honours and MA Honours degrees in philosophy from Macquarie University, with the masters thesis on The Place of Ethics in Heidegger's Ontology. He worked for the Australian Agency for International Development and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for nearly thirty years, and is now working on his intellectual interests including philosophy, theology and climate change, writing at www.rtulip.net.

Cost:
  * At MacKillop House:
      Jung Soc Members: Free
      Guests $15, Seniors/Concession $10
      Pay by cash at the door or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.

  * On-line, via Zoom:
      Jung Soc Members: Free
      Guests: $10 via TryBooking.

Preliminary dinner with the Speaker et al is at
6:15pm at Lyneham.
RSVP Trish on (0432) 599 826 for location and details.

We meet from 7:30 pm for tea and coffee and snacks, music, discussion and library.
The Guest Speaker's presentation is at 8 pm for an hour or so,
then we resume for questions and discussion, finishing at 10pm.


Special Event

Six-Week "Myth, Legends, Sagas and Fairy-Tale Group"

Facilitated by Dorothea Wojnar, Jungian Analyst

Six Mondays: 19th and 26th July and 2nd, 9th and 16th and 23rd August 2021

7:00 - 9:30 pm.


(in the Vercoe Room, Wesley Uniting Church, 22 National Circuit, Forrest, ACT)
Cost: $90 for the series (Try and attend all six sessions)

Beginning with the fathers of the field, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, psychoanalysts have turned to Myth, Legends, Sagas and Fairy-Tales in an effort to understand the human mind. These are inextricably linked to the work of Carl Jung.

Myths narrate a sacred history. Legends are historically grounded folktales. Sagas are stories about ancient Scandinavian and Germanic history, about early Viking voyages, about migration to Iceland and of feuds between Icelandic families. Fairy-tales are an oral forms of folk tales with moral and ethical aspects, which teach us how to behave and how to deal with others in the community. These tales offer an understanding of the basic patterns of the human psyche and can guide us through the individuation process.

Working with your favourite fairy tale

Participants are asked to bring their favourite tales either one they have heard and love or a tale they have written. We will be experiencing these tales through enacting the tales. We have an opportunity to share within the closed group about what it felt like to be in that role and how we experienced the characters.

The group is confidential, and participants are asked not to discuss personal material from the group outside the group. Acting ability is not important, because we will focus on developing an ability to experience your own and other’s psyche.

Dorothea Wojnar is a Jungian Analyst, Counsellor and Psychotherapist in private practice. Dorothea has extensive experience as a group leader and therapist across a range of people and issues and has worked in both a public health facility as well as in private practice.

To RSVP, and for further information, please contact Dorothea Wojnar on (0413) 245 835.


Friday 6th August 2021

"Mandalas in Art and Music

Exploring a Human Problem through the Mandalic Forms of Art and Music"


Kirstin Robertson-Gillam
PhD, RMT, CMPACFA, CMAMTA


at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT (and by Zoom)

Mandalas represent the circularity of life whether they are in art or music.

Mandalic images arise spontaneously in dreams, conversations, melodies, and creative art expressions that are part of the pysche’s inherent mechanism for healing psychic fragmentation.

Jung used this circularity in his art mandalas that he produced and in the interpretation of his own psychic journey:

      “I sketched every morning in a notebook a small circular drawing, a mandala, which seemed to correspond to my inner situation at the time.
       With the help of these drawings, I could observe my psychic transformation from day to day.”
       Memories Dreams Reflections (1963), p195.

An art mandala can hold the tension of opposites in colours and shapes. A sound mandala through its auditory images creates tension and release within the one composition in relation to the same problem, stimulating deep emotion and release of trauma.

Take a human problem; image it, talk it, sing it, draw it and let its own story unfold in the miracle of the mandalic form. In this way, the words ride the music; the music flows within the musical shapes and structures, and the art expresses the visual colours and shapes of the problem; leading us back to the Self; working its magic to complete the cycle that is the fundamental essence of the Soul. When it comes back to itself, the cycle begins again in a new way, with new understandings and insights.

In this lecture, we will briefly explore the nature of a personal issue through sound, rhythm, shapes, colours, words and images with case examples. You may take one of your own problems and, confidentially, process it in the music; see it in the art; and, image it within your own consciousness. Then, you will come back to yourself in a new way.

Dr Kirstin Robertson-Gillam completed a psychology major in her BA degree along with ethnomusicology and musicology majors at the University of New England. She then did a number of higher degrees at Western Sydney University: A of Master Counselling; a Master of Arts (Hons); and, a PhD. Her PhD focused on reducing depression in mid to later life by participating in a community choir therapy program to reduce depression in mid to later life.

You can contact Kirstin directly:
   P: (0409) 533 466
   E: kirstinrg@bigpond.com
   W: www.kirstinrg.com

Cost:
  * At MacKillop House:
      Jung Soc Members: Free
      Guests $15, Seniors/Concession $10
      Pay by cash at the door or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.

  * On-line, via Zoom:
      Jung Soc Members: Free
      Guests: $10 via TryBooking
.


Preliminary dinner with the Speaker et al is at
6:15pm at Lyneham.
RSVP Trish on (0432) 599 826 for location and details.

We meet from 7:30 pm for tea and coffee and snacks, music, discussion and library.
Kirstin's presentation is at 8 pm and there will be a Q&A session from 9pm.

People viewing on Zoom can use the Chat function at any time for comments and questions.

We finish around 9:30 pm.


Friday 3rd September 2021

"The Prince and the Vizir's Son"

Dr Richard Barz


at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT (and by Zoom)

While doing research in India in 1983 my colleague Yogendra Yadav and I encountered in a village near Lucknow a wonderfully charismatic storyteller. He held us and a large group of villagers enthralled with his fascinating tale of three tricksters.

We recorded the story. Eventually it was published in a volume of Indian oral literature as “The Prince and the Vizir’s Son”. Much later, when I had become acquainted with the thought of Carl Jung, I realised that the prince, the vizir’s son and the clever woman, another character in the story, together vividly illustrate the way in which the Trickster of myth and folktale can reveal to us the Shadow that lurks in our dreams; the Shadow that Jung describes in his 1954 article “On the Psychology of the Trickster-Figure”.

Although I could never hope to replicate the skill of that village storyteller, I will try in my retelling of his tale to give an idea of its power to bring the Shadow out of the dark corners where it hides in our unconscious, personal and collective.

Dr Richard Barz taught courses in Indian culture including Hindi, Urdu and Indian religion and politics at the Australian National University for several decades. He retired in 2012.

Cost:

Jung Society members free, Guests $15, Seniors/Concession $10.
Pay by cash at the door or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.

Preliminary dinner with the Speaker et al is at
6:15pm at Lyneham.
RSVP Trish on (0432) 599 826 for location and details.

We meet from 7:30 pm for tea and coffee and snacks, music, discussion and library.
The Guest Speaker's presentation is at 8 pm for an hour or so,
then we resume for questions and discussion, finishing at 10pm.


Friday 8th October 2021

"The Scholastic Ideology of learning and Thinking

Driven by Questions rather than Answers"

PhD Student Timothy Hatfield


at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT (and by Zoom)

Timothy Hatfield believes that learning and thinking are driven by questions rather than answers. He integrates this scholastic ideology into his teaching through the implementation of interactive resources and collaborative techniques that encourage students to explore complex ideas, igniting their passion for and engagement with psychology, and prompting them to see themselves as fellow explorers.

He encourages students to discover answers for themselves, by skillfully facilitating reflective and collaborative discussions within a productive and safe learning environment. The deep satisfaction that manifests following an audible "Aha!" of student comprehension, is the most gratifying part of tutoring for Timothy, and he aspires to facilitate these precious moments of excitement and mastery in all students by questioning effectively.

Timothy Hatfield has taught into four different courses since first taking on a tutoring position at ANU in 2014. He has played a vital role in the redesign of the Health Psychology course, and stamped his own mark on classes by independently implementing his own creative teaching techniques. He was recognised with a 2016 ANU Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Tutoring or Demonstrating, which followed his 2015 ANU College of Science Award for Excellence in Tutoring or Demonstrating.

Cost:
Jung Society members: Free, Guests $15, Seniors/Concession $10.

Preliminary dinner with the Speaker et al is at 6:15 pm at Lyneham.
RSVP Trish on (0432) 599 826 for location and details.

We meet from 7:30 pm for tea and coffee and snacks, music, discussion and library.
The Guest Speaker's presentation is at 8 pm for an hour or so,
then we resume for questions and discussion, finishing by 10 pm.


Friday 5th November 2021

"Jung and the Dead

Active Imagination and the Unconscious Terrain"

Dr Stephani Stephens


at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT (and by Zoom) 

Since the Since the publication of Jung's Red Book, significant amount of material on the dead has come to light and points to the possibility that when Jung referred to ‘the dead’ in his personal material he was, in fact, referring to the literal dead as a separate category of psychic experience.

In this presentation, Dr. Stephens introduces material from Jung’s Memories, Dreams, Reflections, and the Red Book, to raise questions about how Jung experienced the dead during his initial encounters with his visionary material.

Dr. Stephens will question some previously held assumptions about visionary encounters within the therapeutic technique known as ‘active imagination’ as well as raising the Jung's own questions about psychological inheritance and the work we do on behalf of our ancestors.

Stephani Stephens holds a PhD in Jungian Psychology from the University of Kent, Canterbury UK. She served on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Jungian Studies from 2004 to 2013. After a career of teaching Classics internationally, she currently lectures at the University of Canberra in Counselling. She is the author of C.G. Jung and the Dead: Visions, Active Imagination and the Unconscious Terrain.

Cost:
Jung Society members free, Guests $15, Seniors/Concession $10.
Pay by cash at the door or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.

Preliminary dinner with the Speaker et al is at 6:15pm at Lyneham.
RSVP Trish on (0432) 599 826 for location and details.

We meet from 7:30 pm for tea and coffee and snacks, music, discussion and library.
The Guest Speaker's presentation is at 8 pm for an hour or so,
then we resume for questions and discussion, finishing at 10pm.


Friday 4th December 2021

Christmas Party!


at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT 



(Time and details to be determined)

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Disclaimer:

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.

If you believe that we have inadvertently breached any copyright provision, please let us know and we will immediately rectify the matter.


Cost:
  *
Monthly Friday meetings:
      * For non-members is $15 or $10 Seniors/Concession (members free).

  * Special Events (eg workshops):
      * Costs are specific to those events.

  * Annual Membership entitles members to:
        * attend our 10 meetings at no cost,
        * receive two newsletters per year, and
        * share access to our extensive library!
    Cost
for membership for a full year is $75 (or $60 concession), to be paid in March each year,
   
  * Pay at the door, or by bank transfer, or with credit card at TryBooking.


Everyone is welcome. 

We normally meet at 7:30pm on the first Friday each month for music and coffee and chat,
Guest Speaker at 8pm, break for supper around 9pm, resume for questions and discussion until 10pm.

During the Covid-19 crisis, we sometimes meet on-line (via ZOOM) -
See the event details, above.


Location: Usually at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT.
          *** Please check the website for any changes to date/time and locaton of events ***

Web:  www.CanberraJungSociety.org.au
Email: jungsoccanberra@yahoo.com.au 
Postal: PO Box 554, Dickson, ACT 2602, Australia