C.G. Jung and Alchemy: the Philosopher’s Stone and the Journey of Individuation

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C.G. Jung and Alchemy: the Philosopher’s Stone and the Journey of Individuation

A presentation by Anne di Lauro

Thursday, March 24, 2022 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: St Mary’s Anglican Church Hall
455 Main St. Kangaroo Point, QLD 4169
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15

The study and practice of alchemy in Europe lasted from early Christian times to the end of the 17th century. It was the forerunner of the science of chemistry and also an esoteric philosophy. Jung began collecting and studying original alchemical texts from about 1930 and his writings are peppered with allusions to alchemical terms like vas, nigredo, coniunctio, hierosgamos. He concluded that those who called themselves the Chemical Philosophers (as opposed to the charlatans) unconsciously intuited that the processes and stages in the alchemical opus were equivalent to stages in psychological transformation, while the goal of alchemy – gold, or the philosopher’s stone or the elixir of eternal life – was the equivalent of the goal of psychological transformation: the Self. Anne will give a brief outline of the nature of alchemy and explain Jung’s approach.

Australian by birth, Anne Di Lauro obtained a B.A. from the University of Queensland and a Post-graduate Diploma of Librarianship from the University of NSW. After a period working at the State Library of Queensland, she sailed away to see the world. She spent 32 years living overseas, working in library and information sciences for international organisations in Italy, Geneva, Paris and New York, as well as for national institutions in the UK and Canada. Having become an avid student of Jungian psychology, on her return to Australia she obtained a Master of Counselling from Queensland University of Technology and combined this qualification with her knowledge of Jungian psychology to enter private practice as a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist in Brisbane. She retired at the end of 2018.

Anne served on the committee of the C.G. Jung Society of Queensland for 15 years, including a period as president. She has given talks to our Society on a variety of subjects including Pinocchio and the Hero’s Journey, James Hillman and the Renaissance, Alchemy, Marie-Louise von Franz, Jung and the East, Jung and Pauli, The Nature of the Psyche according to Jung and, most recently The Use of Dreams in Psychotherapy.