The Uroboros: Nature and Human Nature with Bette Joram PhD (Sat workshop)
Following a Friday evening introductory lecture there will be a Satruday workshop on this historical and universal symbol. We will enquire into its presence in ancient cultures as well as in western alchemy.
Uroboric questioning: What meaning does the Uroboros have for us in these times? The Uroboros, depicted as a dragon or a serpent devouring its own tail, stands for the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end of all things. Spirit and matter, masculine and femi-nine, poison and panacea, the opposites unite in this ancient symbol of the opus circulatorium.
In the Saturday workshop we will look in greater depth at the developmental psychological implications of the Uroboros. We will address it from the perspective of other theoretical orientations as a significant state in the narcissistic personality when it is arrested and again when the uroboric state is essential in the process of transformation and individuation.
We will explore the permutations of the Uroboros: its dreams of omnipotence; the levels of differentiation of the ego's emergence from the unconscious; its outward relationship to others and to the collective; thence to the self and the collective unconscious. While each aspect has relevance to the development of the individual, parallels exist between individuation and the maturation process of society, culture, and the state of our civilization as we grapple collectively with the developmental crises of our era. The Uroboros provides a mythological connection to the natural world, and allows us to bring scientific and imaginal perspectives together, drawing upon the strengths of depth psychology and clinical practice. The alchemical world view allows us to see and experience the interconnectedness of conscious spirit, unconscious spirit, unconscious matter, and conscious matter, through which we recognize the presence of the anima mundi.
1. To learn about the archetypal and alchemical symbolism of the Uroboros.
2. Compare and contrast the developmental stages of the self according to C. G. Jung and developmental theorists.
3. To look at processes of self-assimilation and self-generation from a teleological perspective distinct from pathological narcissism or self-absorption.
4. To understand how the alchemical world view, which includes Conscious Spirit, Unconscious Spirit, Unconscious Matter, and Conscious Matter assists us in coping with the changes in our times.
Bette R. Joram is a psychotherapist in private practice in Seattle, Washington, and an adjunct faculty member of Antioch University Seattle. She received her Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2005. This subject matter is drawn from her doctoral dissertation, Experientia Testi Est, a hermeneutic study of transformation and change based on the illumined alchemical manuscript, Les Vaisseaux D'Hermes. The image of the Uroboros figures significantly in this work.
Open to the public. This program has been approved for CEUs by the Washington Chapter National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. The cost to receive a certificate is as follows: 6 units for Friday lecture and Saturday workshop $15; $10 for 2 units on Friday; $10 for 4 units on Saturday.
Good Shepherd Center, Rm 202 (View)
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103