This upcoming weekend, on January 20 and 21, Matthew Segall and I will be presenting together for the Idaho Friends of Jung in Boise on “Archetypal Panpsychism: Whitehead, Jung, and Hillman.”
Together we will make the case that a Whiteheadian cosmology is not only compatible with archetypal psychology, but provides a metaphysical foundation for key concepts of the latter—such as the collective unconscious, synchronicity, and archetypes—which are otherwise difficult to account for in a materialist view of the cosmos. Whitehead’s cosmology is often described as “panpsychist,” which means that psyche, far from being exclusively human, pervades the cosmos. Those inspired by Jung, we believe, will also find spiritual and intellectual nourishment from Whitehead’s philosophy.
Matt and I will be offering a lecture on Friday evening from 7:00-9:00 pm, and a workshop on Saturday from 10:00 am-1:00 pm. If you are in the Boise area, please see the website of the Idaho Friends of Jung for further details.
For those who are interested, I have several other presentations and events coming up in 2017 and 2018. For information on these engagements please see my Calendar of Events page, which I will continue to keep up to date.
Posted by Becca S. Tarnas on January 16, 2017
In the North Atlantic there is an island, and it is said that upon this island live two nations: the human nation of Iceland, and a second nation, one that is mysterious and veiled. This is the realm of the Huldufólk, Iceland’s “hidden people.”
This presentation, given at Esalen Institute in the autumn of 2016, offers a glimpse into the world of the Huldufólk and the dynamic landscape in which they live.
Posted by Becca S. Tarnas on December 6, 2016
The inaugural issue of Immanence: The Journal of Applied Mythology, Legend, and Folktale will be published in just a few days on October 31, and I am delighted to have my article “The Phenomenology of Astrology” included in the publication! A preview of the issue, which is titled The Mythic Present, is available and includes the table of contents, featured artwork, an article by Keiron Le Grice, and the founding editor Craig Chalquist’s introduction to the journal and its contents. This new journal looks at how myth, legend, and folklore continue to saturate our contemporary lives—an inquiry into which astrology provides a particularly compelling perspective. The practice of astrology allows one to perceive archetypes, which can also be discerned in the world’s mythic traditions, manifesting in human events synchronistically correlated with the movement of the planets. My article for the Immanence journal explores how one can also experience these numinous archetypes when contemplating the celestial bodies of the night sky.
Posted by Becca S. Tarnas on October 24, 2016
Duty or Delusion? Saturn-Neptune and 2016 Election
I joined Chris Flisher on his podcast Turning of the Wheel to discuss the current alignment of Saturn and Neptune, and how the archetypal qualities associated with these two planets are correlating with the unfolding 2016 U.S. election. Our conversation also touched on how the Saturn-Neptune archetypal complex is interacting with the expressions of the longer Uranus-Pluto square, and the many ways in which our contemporary moment is reflecting these dynamic energies. The podcast is available for download or can be listened to by following this link.
Posted by Becca S. Tarnas on August 5, 2016
At the panel event celebrating the publication of Issue 5 of the Archai journal, each of the issue’s contributing authors spoke, introducing their articles and discussing the discipline of archetypal cosmology.
Issue 5, Saturn and the Theoretical Foundations of an Emerging Discipline can be ordered in paperback here, and as a Kindle edition here.
Posted by Becca S. Tarnas on August 4, 2016
I had the pleasure of joining Rachael Alaia in dialogue on her podcast Feral Intercourse: Conversations with Wild Women. We explored such topics as ecopsychology, mythology, archetypal astrology, and the creative power of the imagination, and we also spoke to the importance of acknowledging one’s pain and grief for the world as part of answering the call to action with compassion. The podcast is available on Soundcloud or iTunes.
Posted by Becca S. Tarnas on July 15, 2016
This essay, originally written in April 2012, has now been published in Issue 5 of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology, edited by Grant Maxwell and myself.
“A kind of fluid interpenetration belongs to the very nature of all archetypes. They can only be roughly circumscribed at best. Their living meaning comes out more from their presentation as a whole than from a single formulation. Every attempt to focus them more sharply is immediately punished by the intangible core of meaning losing its luminosity. No archetype can be reduced to a simple formula. It is a vessel which we can never empty, and never fill. It has a potential existence only, and when it takes shape in matter it is no longer what it was. It persists throughout the ages and requires interpreting ever anew. The archetypes are the imperishable elements of the unconscious, but they change their shape continually.”
– C. G. Jung, The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious
The creative magnificence of the universe is so irreducibly complex that no human framework will ever capture the full extent of its dynamic and indefinable nature. Yet human beings need an orientation in the cosmos to allow the meanings of existence to unfold. The spiritual and intellectual quest of humanity has impelled generation after generation to engage with the divine mystery out of which everything arises, in part to come to a fuller understanding of what our role is within the majesty of the cosmos. This quest has produced a plurality of religious and spiritual traditions that diversely engage and enact spiritual truths through their practices, texts, rituals, celebrations, experiments, and customs.
The rest of this article can be read in Issue 5, Saturn and the Theoretical Foundations of an Emerging Discipline, available in paperback and as a Kindle ebook.
Posted by Becca S. Tarnas on July 7, 2016
I participated in a wonderful conversation on the podcast Exploring Astrology with Adam Sommer, where we spoke about C.G. Jung’s natal chart, his transits during his Red Book period, and several other astrological topics. The podcast is available for download or can be listened to by following this link.
Posted by Becca S. Tarnas on June 17, 2016
Posted by Becca S. Tarnas on June 15, 2016
In September of this year I will be offering a presentation on Imaginal Ecology at the Symbiosis Gathering held at the Woodward Reservoir, California. For a description of my talk please see the Symbiosis website.
Posted by Becca S. Tarnas on June 10, 2016