AND THE PLANETARY JOURNEY OF THE RED BOOK
A weekend with Liz Greene
Liskeard, Cornwall, England
5th-7th May 2017
The Faculty of Astrological Studies
Heaven and Earth Workshops
The course was co-facilitated by:
Evelyn Roberts DFAstrolS
Heaven and Earth Workshops
Carole Taylor DFAstrolS
The Faculty of Astrological Studies
The workshop was professionally recorded and the recordings will be available shortly. Contact Carole Taylor for details.
C. G. Jung was one of the most profound of twentieth-century thinkers, and in the twenty-first century his influence continues to exercise a profound effect in a number of different spheres, including psychology, religious studies, history, literature, and more interior, psychologically orientated astrological approaches. Jung’s unique capacity to synthesise older religious and philosophical ideas and practices with modern psychiatry and psychology resulted in a large body of writings whose importance cannot be overestimated. Over the decades since his death, and especially since the publication in 2009 of his private diaries, entitled Liber Novus and popularly known as The Red Book, many scholarly works have been published about the diverse influences that shaped his thinking. But Jung’s lifelong involvement and expertise in astrology has been ignored, although he made it clear in virtually every one of the eighteen volumes of his Collected Works that astrology was of primary importance in his understanding of the nature of time, the archetypes, synchronicity, personality structure, and human fate.
This workshop explored Jung’s astrological work from the time he began to study the subject, examining which astrologers he learned from, his ideas about how and why it worked, his interpretation of its religious and philosophical implications, its incorporation into some of his most important psychological models, and its applications in the treatment of his patients. The material we covered is based not only on Jung’s published writings, but also on the correspondence and documents available in his private archives, many of which have never before seen the light of day.
Jung acquired a number of interpretations of his own horoscope from practising astrologers, and there are numerous horoscopes of patients, friends, and family members, in both his own and his wife Emma’s handwriting, found in his private archives. One of the most important things we considered in this workshop was how Jung himself would have interpreted a horoscope.
Jung’s fascination with various late antique cosmologies, which preoccupied him while working on The Red Book, were, as he himself noted, based on an astrological cosmology that focused on the celestial origin of the human soul, the dilemma of planetary fate, and the journey of the soul toward its transformation and freedom beyond the compulsions of the planetary spheres. Jung's persistent concern with astral fate as inner compulsion, and his interpretation of fate in the context of 'individuation', are central to the development and application of his ideas. We therefore considered the ancient and medieval cosmologies that Jung worked with, and the ways in which his astrological insights drew on these ideas. Finally, we focused on The Red Book itself, and how astrology infuses both the text and the images of this remarkable personal and, at the same time, mythic human journey.
This workshop explored historical sources as well as practical applications of astrological symbols. It was therefore not strictly an interpretative workshop, but was also one that takes into account a path of development steeped in the astrological history that present-day astrologers often neglect to explore. The material covered by the workshop appealed not only to more psychologically orientated astrological students and practitioners, but also to those astrologers who have a sense of the importance of history and the relevance of how ideas develop over the centuries. Astrology does not stand alone, self-engendered and unrelated to other spheres of knowledge and exploration. This workshop examined some of the same broader contexts that Jung himself spent a lifetime studying in order to create the unique psychology that was his great contribution to modern life.
Liz Greene is one of the foremost psychological astrologers in the world. She holds a doctorate in psychology and a second doctorate in history, and is a qualified Jungian analyst. She also holds a diploma in counselling from the Centre for Transpersonal Psychology in London and the diploma from the Faculty of Astrological Studies, of which she is a lifetime Patron.
Liz spent several years as a tutor on the teaching staff at Bath Spa University and the University of Wales, Lampeter, in the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology programme which was set up through the Sophia Centre. She founded the Centre for Psychological Astrology with Howard Sasportas in 1983, and continues to be its Director. In 1996 Liz created the CPA Press, which publishes selected seminars offered by various tutors as part of the CPA seminar programme. Amongst Liz’s seminar titles, the CPA Press has published Barriers and Boundaries: The Horoscope and the Defences of the Personality; The Art of Stealing Fire: Uranus in the Horoscope; The Astrologer, the Counsellor and the Priest (with Juliet Sharman-Burke); The Horoscope in Manifestation: Prediction and Psychological Dynamics; Relationships and How to Survive Them; The Outer Planets and Their Cycles; Apollo's Chariot: The Astrological Sun; and The Dark of the Soul: Psychopathology in the Horoscope. Liz is also the author of many other books on astrological, psychological and mythological themes, which have been translated into a number of languages including Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil; Relating; Astrology for Lovers; The Astrology of Fate; The Mythic Tarot (with Juliet Sharman-Burke); and The Astrological Neptune and the Quest for Redemption. She is also the author of an academic work, Magi and Maggidim: The Kabbalah in British Occultism, 1860-1940, published by the Sophia Centre Press and available through Amazon.
Liskeard Town Hall
3-5 West Street
Optional Two-Day Tour of Cornwall, Monday 8th & Tuesday 9th May
Many participants traveled across the world for this workshop, so in order to assist in creating a more fully rounded experience for people we offered a 2-day post workshop tour.
This is a part of England that is steeped in mystery, myth and fascinating history. On the first day of our tour we travelled by coach to Penzance, on the tip of Cornwall. This in itself provided an opportunity to enjoy seeing a vast swathe of the countryside.
For this part of the tour we were extremely fortunate to have Nigel Breen as our guide, taking us to several significant sites.
Today we stayed in the Liskeard area for the first half of the day and saw some local sights: the Hurlers standing stones, Golitha Falls and the Carnglaze Caverns.
After lunch we took a half hour drive to Polperro, one of the prettiest fishing villages in Cornwall. There we spent time relaxing and everyone had free time to wander around, shop, walk and generally enjoy themselves, followed by fish and chips and Cornish ice cream by the seaside!