Jung, Astrology, & Synchronicity

Lecturers: Robert and Elsbeth Diehl


Lecture Title:


Jung, Astrology, & Synchronicity:
Revisioning Divination for the 21st Century


Lecture description from the speakers:
Jung's interest in Astrology was diverse, longstanding, and surprisingly comprehensive. Jung was not primarily an astrologer, but was known for using horoscopes of patients to help with his analysis. He studied astrological symbols in his efforts to penetrate the mysteries of Alchemy. In his major work, AION, devoted to an exploration of the archetype of the Self, Jung suggests that astrological symbolism reveals key developments in Western history and Christian religion by tracing the Precession of the Vernal (Spring) Equinox through the constellation of Pisces. In his astrological marriage experiment, published in 1952, and as a part of his studies on synchronicity, Jung investigated the horoscopes of married couples using a statistical method to detect an a-causal correspondence at work in Astrology. The surprising and peculiar results of this study reveal a "secret mutual connivance" between the subjective and objective worlds, promoting the consideration of the cosmos as a unified field, an "Unus Mundus". We will explore these provocative concepts in Jung's intellectual legacy, as well as interpret Jung's own birth chart as an example of a symbolic representation of an individual's "daimon", "genius", or spiritual guide.

We have found the Huber method to be the most useful and sophisticated tool for psychotherapeutic assessment and application. We will introduce some of the more salient techniques of this system during our presentation.

Speaker Bios

Elsbeth Pryer Diehl, C.A.P., has been a consulting astrologer for over 35 years. She served as Executive Director of the Colorado Fellowship of Astrologers as well as Vice President and Program Director for the Rocky Mountain Astrologers, and is a Founding Member of Boulder Friends of Jung and the Colorado Association for Psychotherapeutic Astrology (CAPA). She has lectured extensively in the Denver/Boulder area, including presentations for The Rocky Mountain Women's Institute, NCGR and the C.G. Jung Society. Elsbeth was a presenter for the Jung Conference in Denver in 1990, the Rocky Mountain Astrology Conference 2003, NORWAC 2005 and 2006, and UAC 2008. In addition to personal counseling and tutoring, she presents workshops and hosts an ongoing study group with Robert Diehl. They teach "Dynamics of Intimate Relationships" at Naropa University. She wrote a weekly column for five years and the astrology column for the Isis Bookstore newsletter and website. Elsbeth published two articles in the National Counsel for Geocosmic Research Journal.


Robert A. Diehl, M.A., C.A.P., is a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist practicing in the Boulder/Denver since 1979. He earned degrees in Religious Studies and Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, as well as completing five years of training in Clinical Psychology. He is an adjunct faculty member of Naropa University's Contemplative Psychology Department, where he teaches "Introduction to Jung", and is a student mentor in Naropa's Interdisciplinary Studies Department. Robert has lectured and presented workshops locally and nationally for over 25 years on Psychology, Astrology, Alchemy, and Mythology. He is certified in both Astrology and Counseling Psychology. He is a Founding Member and Board Member of Boulder Friends of Jung and the Colorado Association for Psychotherapeutic Astrology. He was a presenter for the Rocky Mountain Astrology Conference 2003, NORWAC 2005 and 2006, and UAC 2008. Robert and Elsbeth host an ongoing study group and teach "Dynamics of Intimate Relationships" at Naropa University.

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  • Elayna Broer

    I thought the meeting was very interesting. I rated it "great." Elsbeth and Robert have such a wealth of knowledge on the subjects, and very good speakers. I really appreciate their taking the time to share their deep understanding of Jung, archetypes, synchronicity and astrological psychotherapy.

    The only suggestions I have to make it even better are at least one break, and I would also have liked more audience participation or some exercises for us to play with together to keep energy high, and also to facilitate meeting other attendees. I would also have liked to have short introductions at the beginning for two reasons: to know who is in the room, and also, again, to provide some facilitation for meeting others, and building community.

    Thanks very much for making this happen, Chris.

    Eileen Broer
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    July 20, 2008

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