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Present Monent Quote
The present moment like the spotted owl or the sea turtle,
has become an endangered species, yet more I find that
dwelling in the present moment, in the face of everything
that would call us out of it, is our highest spiritual discipline.
Mire boldly, I would say that our very presentness is our
salvation; the present moment, entered into fully, is our
gateway to eternal life.
The Pelican as it Appears in The Golden Treatise of Hermes
Regine Schweizer-Vüllers, Ph.D.
Dates and Times: Friday, November 1, 2019
7:00 to 9:00 PM
Saturday, November 2, 2019
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Places: Friday - St. Barnabas Episcopal Church (Ramsey Room)
400 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette, Louisiana
(Note: Registration begins ½ hour before program)
Saturday - Home of Charlene Henry -
157 Oakview Blvd., Lafayette, Louisiana
(Note: Limited seating, pre-registration required)
Friday evening lecture. . . . .
The alchemists often called their alchemical vessel “pelican." However, the pelican represents the entire
alchemical opus. One can even say that the bird is a symbol of the alchemist himself, namely of the spirit
in which the opus is done. The alchemists, though, did not intend to produce the so-called ordinary gold
out of the impure and ordinary initial substances. Rather they wanted to create a psychic gold, a miraculous
stone, an all-healing remedy, in order to unite the initially separated or even hostile psychic substances.
In the accompanying image called “Revivifying,” we see Sol and Luna rise from the fountain. On the left we
see the Pelican with its fledglings. According to the accompanying text the two scenes belong together – the
reappearance of the emerging sun and moon out o f the depth of the fountain and the revivification of the
dead fledglings by the pelican.
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Fall 2019 Upcoming Events
Across the Wide Waters by Sidney Creaghan p. 2
Mary Oliver Poetry p.2
Poem: The Journey p.3
Upcoming Event: Alchemy for Dummies: presented by
Charlene Henry, LCSW, Jungian analyst p.4
Upcoming Events: The Pelican as it Appears in The Golden
Treatise of Hermes: presented by
Regine Schweizer-Vullers p.5-6
Comments on Alchemy by Jung p.7
Board of Directors p.8
Upcoming Events Calendar p.8
Fall 2019 Upcoming Events
The C. G. Jung Society of Lafayette, Louisiana is a
private nonprofit organization established to present
educational, interdisciplinary programs inspired by the
analytical psychology of Carl Jung. The purpose of our
Society is to serve the individuation process and to
foster a depth relationship with the objective psyche.
Jung’s psychology offers recognition of the innate
instinct to find meaning even in the face of suffering.
His psychology offers insight into how to be the one
human being one is.
ACROSS THE WIDE WATERS
By Sidney Creaghan
September 10, 1935 – January 19, 2019
Teacher, mentor, poet, Mary Oliver influenced so many of us with her writings. Winner of the 1984 Pulitzer Prize
for Poetry with her fourth book, American Primitive, Mary held residencies at several colleges during her career, including the Catharine Osgood Forster Chair for Distinguished teaching at Bennington College. She was born in Ohio and died in Florida but found much of her inspiration while living in Provincetown, Massachusetts. I offer
this tribute to Mary, the third time I have featured her, and take this opportunity to share my personal observations about this incredible woman.
Mary’s poem, “The Journey,” which I heard read by the Irish poet David Whyte at a Jungian conference, served as the catalyst for me to begin writing poetry seriously. I now write almost every day, a reflection of what Mary and her works have done for me. She has touched countless readers with her brilliantly crafted verses, especiallyin her last book of selected poems, Devotions. In this 2017 publication, she expounds on her love for the physical world and the powerful bonds among all living things and reveals through her carefully chosen phrases that Mother Nature is her muse. Mary used her gifts of keen observations and listening skills as she walked daily in the Provincetown woods and by small and large ponds and along the Atlantic shore. After these walks, Mary returned to her home, sat quietly at her rough hewn desk and poured out her finely honed gifts through simple but majestic phrases. She wove these phrases creatively through the thousands of the poems she wrote during her lifetime.
Along with innumerable others, I will be eternally grateful for her wondrous way with words.
At Blackwater Pond I Wake Close to Morning
At Blackwater Pond the waters have settled Why do people Keep asking to see
after a night of rain. God's identity papers
I dipped my cupped hands. I drink when the darkness opening into morning
a long time. It tastes is more than enough.
like stone, leaves, fire. It falls cold Certainly any god might turn away in disgust.
into my body waking the bones. I hear them Think of Sheba approaching
deep inside me, whispering the kingdom of Solomon.
oh what is that beautiful thing Do you think she had to ask,
that just happened? "Is this the place?"
- Mary Oliver-
The pelican also appears in the last chapter of the so-called “Tractatus aureus Hermetis” [Golden Treatise of
Hermes] which goes back to the early 17th century. Four colors belong to the bird, whereby the fourth color,
the “true yellow”, “the golden color” or “the gold” was equated with the goal of the whole process. As the lapis,
that is, as the “all-transforming ferment” or the “all-transforming medicine,” the pelican could reconcile not
only the opposites within the human soul but – miraculously – even the opposites of the outer world. This
lecture explores the symbolism of the first three colors of this alchemical process and concludes with some
reflections on the fourth color, the “golden color” or the “gold.” Looking at the text with reference to C. G.
Jung’s and Marie-Louise von Franz’s psychological approaches to alchemy we will discuss this healing and
uniting power of the Fourth.
Saturday reading seminar. . . . .
After discussing the lecture of the previous day, we will continue our work with a reading seminar. We will
read and discuss one of the most beautiful chapters in Marie Louise von Franz’s Commentary to Thomas
Aquino’s Aurora Consurgens, the fifth chapter on the “Treasure House that Wisdom has built upon a Rock.”
We will look at this “House of Wisdom” as it appears in the text of the Aurora Consurgens as well as in the
Codex Rhenovensis, an old alchemical manuscript with some very impressive pictures. We will then look at
the innermost center of this house – at its sanctuary. In the innermost center of a temple, a holy place or a
church always stands the image of a God or a Goddess. What is the mystery of this “House of Wisdom” and
what kind of an image or deity does it contain?
For this seminar, suggested reading in preparation is chapter 10 in the above-mentioned Aurora Consurgens
and/or the section on the Aurora in von Franz’s book Alchemy, An Introduction to the Symbolism and the
Psychology (in particular, pp. 262-266). *** For additional information about the readings, please contact
Charlene Henry at 337-232-9914.***
Regine Schweizer-Vüllers, Ph.D. . . . .
Regine Schweizer - Vüllers, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst and psychotherapist in private practice in Zurich,
Switzerland. She completed her training as analyst at the Jung Institute, Zurich, in 1986. From 1994 to 2008
she was a member of the board of the Research and Training Centre in Depth Psychology according to C. G. Jung
and Marie-Louise von Franz. Regine Schweizer-Vüllers is a member of IAAP and works as a training analyst,
supervisor and lecturer in Zurich and internationally. From 2001–2014 she was part of the board that organized
the annual Eranos conferences in Ascona/Ticino. She is the current president of the Foundation of the Psychology
Club Zurich and together with her husband the editor of the ongoing publication of the Psychology Club Zurich, a
series of books which contribute to the scientific work of C. G. Jung. Her interest includes topics related to
Analytical Psychology, especially alchemy, medieval mysticism, fairy tales, legends, folksongs and historical tales.
For many years she has offered monthly reading seminars on C.G. Jung’s Mysterium Coniunctionis and –recently
–on Marie-Lousie von Franz’s Commentary on the Aurora Consurgens.
Costs for Lecture & Seminar:
Friday and Saturday (both) - $60.00
Friday only, $20.00
Saturday only, $40.00
Costs for CEU’s:
Friday and Saturday (both) - $30.00
Friday only - $10.00
Saturday only - $20.00
“To this day God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my willful path violently and recklessly,
all things which upset my subjective views, plans and intentions and change the course of my life for better or
C. G. Jung quoted in Ego and Archetype, Edward Edinger, P. 101
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Upcoming Events Calendar
9/28/2019 Alchemy for Dummies. Charlene Henry, Jungian Analyst,
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (noon).
11/01//2019 The Pelican As it Appears in The GoldenTreatise of
Hermes. Regine Schweizer-Vullers, Jungian Analyst,
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
11/02/2019 Reading seminar on The Aurora Consurgens (see inside for
details). Regine Schweizer-Vullers, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Alchemy for Dummies
Charlene Henry, LCSW, Jungian analyst
Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (noon)
Place: Home of Sue Billet
407 Live Oak Drive, Lafayette, Louisiana
Note: Pre-registration is required because of limited seating!
The word “alchemy” often conjure up images of some wild ancient person in his laboratory surrounded by
various vessels and materials. And, we are told that he is trying to turn a lowly substance (prima materia)
into gold. “Really???” we ask. And , if we look through a book of alchemical images, we might be left
scratching our heads wondering, “What in the world is this?”
It is good to know that when Jung viewed the first alchemical manuscript that he got his hands on, even he
said, “Good Lord, what nonsense! This stuff is impossible to understand.” (MDR, p. 204). But, he stuck with
it and over time he began to see that the images were meant to be interpreted symbolically and that they
represented “symbols of transformation” taking place in the psyche.
In this 3 hour presentation, we will look at 1) a brief history on the development of alchemy beginning with
the mummification process in Egypt; 2) the various stages and processes involved in this work of transform-
ation, and 3) we will become familiar with some of the Latin terms that we run across when we are reading
To have a depth understanding of Alchemy require s many years of trying to interpret these very difficult
texts. But, perhaps, it can begin to make a little bit of sense as we are exposed to and try to understand
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One day you finally knew
what you had to do and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice---
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations----
though their melancholy
It was already late
enough, and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds
and there was a new voice,
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do----
determined to save
the only life you could save.
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Board of Directors
Susan O’Neal, President
Louis Deshotels, Treasurer
Dr. Steve Staires
Charles Zeltzer, Ph.D.
Charlene Henry, Editor
Right Angle, Inc.
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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
It’s that time of year again where summer is fading and nature is also changing in the world around us.
What doesn’t change is our need for your support of the C G Jung Society here in Lafayette. We are rolling out
our membership drive. We urge everyone who is already a member to renew their membership. And, we are
opening our arms to new members. As most of you know, we need your support in order for us to continue to
bring quality speakers to our community.
To begin our 2019-2020 season this Fall, we will have two programs. First, local analyst Charlene Henry will
present a lecture called Alchemy for Dummies. This will be followed by Swiss Analyst, Regine Schweizer-Vullers
who will do a weekend program called The Pelican as it Appears in The Golden Treatise of Hermes. Our Spring
program is in the works. Stay tuned.
As always, many thanks for your participation in the past programs and I look forward to seeing you this Fall.
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<<Revivifying>>: Sol and Luna rise from the fountain, on the left the Pelican.
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COMMENTS ON ALCHEMY BY JUNG
“To most people alchemy simply means a lot of old men who tried to make gold. But that was not the truth at all. If
people would only take the trouble to turn up the actual writings of the ancient alchemists, they would find a deep
treasure-trove of wisdom, much of which is perfectly applicable to the very events which are happening in the world
today. After all, what can possibly be more important than the study of how men’s minds work, and have worked in the past?”
The Art of Living (1960), C.G. Jung Speaking, p.444.
“Alchemy, with its wealth of symbols, gives us an insight into an endeavor of the human mind which could be compared with a religious rite, an opus divinum (divine task).”
Mysterium Coniunctionis, (1955-56), CW 14, par. 790.
“In general, the alchemists strove for a total union of opposites in symbolic form, and this they regarded as the indispensable condition for the healing of all ills. Hence they sought to find ways and means to produce that substance in which all opposites were united. It had to be material as well as spiritual, living as wel as inert, masculine as well as feminine, old as well as young, and - presumably - morally neutral. It had to be created by
man, and at the same time, since it was an increatum (a transcendent creation), by God himself, the Deus terrestris (the earthly God).”
Mysterium Coniunctionis (1955-56), CW 14, par. 676.
“The only certain thing is that for all the alchemists matter had a divine aspect.”
Mysterium Coniunctionis, (1955-56), CW 14, par 766.
“Alchemists are, in fact, decided solitaries; each has his say in his own way. They rarely have pupils, and of direct
tradition there seems to have been very little, nor is there much evidence of any secret societies or the like. Each worked in the laboratory for himself and suffered from loneliness. On the other hand, quarrels were rare.”
Psychology and Alchemy, (1944), CW 12, par. 422
“For the alchemist, the one primarily in need of redemption is not man, but the deity who is lost and sleeping in matter.”
Psychology and Alchemy, (1944), CW 12, par. 420
Registering for Lectures and Workshops
You have several options for registering for the lecture/workshops offered this fall.
1. Go online to our website at http://www.cgjunglafayettela.org and register using credit card/debit card. Please register at least
one day ahead of event.
2. Send check with your name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and name of lecture and/or workshop that you
plan on attending to C.G. Jung Society of Lafayette, LA, P.O. Box 683, Abbeville, LA 70511. Please mail at least a week ahead
so registration is received before event.
3. Register at door before event begins: 30 minutes before Friday night lectures and 15 minutes before Saturday workshops.