Exploring maleficent through a Jungian lens

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Exploring maleficent through a Jungian lens

A presentation by Pam Blamey

Thursday, March 5, 2015 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: The Quaker House, 10 Hampson St, Kelvin Grove
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15

Disney’s recent version of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the ‘dark fairy’ Maleficent, stunningly portrayed by Angelina Jolie caused many of us to think about our assumptions and attitudes towards fairytales. Pam: a lover of these ancient forms will lead us into a deeper exploration of the layers of this character.

Why do I love fairy tales? Let me count the ways. They are full of archetypal symbolism, metaphor and intuition. Fairy tales nourish the soul, the part of a person that wants to become consciously aware of themselves and others. I love the way fairy tales pop up in the wider culture like self-sown perennial flowers; they are part of the social environment, depicting in story form the highs and lows of the human condition. I love the irrationality of fairy tales – full of possibilities, not facts. Delving into them can uncover deeply buried instincts and shadow material in the psyche.

After migrating to Australia 34 years ago Pam studied social science as a mature age student and became a counselor. She also trained as a Gestalt therapist. Pam’s childhood love of fairytales was re-ignited several years ago when she discovered their therapeutic properties. This led her to develop and facilitate workshops, and more recently to launch a podcast blog: www.frogonarockfairytales.com.au, and to seek further study, graduating as an art therapist in 2013. Pam has served on a variety of voluntary committees including the CG Jung Society of Queensland and is a founding member of the Australian Fairy Tale Society.