Fairytales paint a vivid picture of the path towards spiritual adulthood (individuation). Studying them can help us open to the wisdom of our unconscious psyche.
In this first group we'll talk about understanding fairytales from a Jungian Perspective. We'll also have a chance to introduce ourselves, and talk about what the group will look like going forward. There's no required reading, but if you're inspired you're welcome to read The Interpretation of Fairytales by Marie Louise Von Franz and/or the essay by Carl Jung listed below. We'll spend one or two meetings getting to know fairytales in general before we get started working with individual stories. If you have a collection of fairytales go through and find your favorites. At the end of the group I'll be gathering suggestions for stories you'd like to explore together.
1. Introductions: In groups of three, talk about a fairytale image you've connected with and why.
2. Talk by Lee
3. Questions and discussion
4. At the end of the group, we'll talk about upcoming groups and I'll take suggestions for tales you'd like to read and look at together.
Other readings on Fairytales and Jungian Psychology:
Individuation in Fairytales Marie Louise Von Franz
The Phenomenology of the Spirit in Fairytales, Jung, Collected Works, Vol. 9, Sect. 1
The Blue Fairy Book edited by Andrew Lang
The Complete Fairytales of the Brothers Grimm
Boundaries of the Soul June Singer Great Intro to Jungian Psychology
Jung Podcast by John Betts (available online) Great intro to fairytales and other topics in Jungian Psychology.