The Story of the Snake in Jung’s Red Book
Speaker: Ami Ronnberg, MA
The snake appears in the very first illustration in Jung's Red Book and becomes a familiar image in many of the paintings that follow. Sometimes Jung comments on the snake-or snakes-and sometimes they are simply present. All the while, as we follow Jung's story, the image of the snake keeps changing.
In this talk, we will look at the snake as an evocative underground companion in our own creative efforts and personal transformation. Fascinating and feared, the snake guides us into the unavoidable depths and deaths of our own snakeskin-shedding times, from which we will (hopefully) return, reborn with our own glimpse of the eternal.
Ami Ronnberg, MA, is Curator of ARAS (The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism). She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Images, published by Taschen in 2010 as the third volume of the ARAS publication project. She teaches widely on art and symbols.