Friday, February 3, 7:30 pm
A METAMORPHOSIS OF THE MYTH OF CIRCE:
A JUNGIAN INDIVIDUATION JOURNEY?
IN-PERSON PRESENTATION AT ST. GEORGES EPISCOPAL, 4600 ST. CHARLES, NOLA
Presenter: Kathy Avsar, PhD, Jungian Analyst
Matriarchy/patriarchy, feminine/masculine, the genders have been at odds for generations preventing the collaboration needed for humanity to find wholeness. Individuation is a journey toward wholeness that requires the courage to look at and accept our fear, anger, jealousy, hatred, all our insecurities. No one is perfect, always projecting onto the other our least favorite or our most favorite attributes. We always feel we are not enough because of those projections. Withdrawing those projections, owning our own shortcomings and strengths allows the other to own theirs. Anxiety and neurosis rise out of our obsessively comparing ourselves to the other.
Everything that is written is biased by the culture in which the author was born and their perspective of the world. If we look at how the Circe myth has evolved from Homer’s first telling in the Odyssey to Miller’s most recent version in 2018, we can imagine how each retelling has been a response to the milieu the author was swimming through at that point in time. The projections that were flying toward the other…
Diving into a myth outwits defenses that keeps us from looking deeply into our wounds. Using the myth of Circe, we will look for clues that act as guideposts on one’s journey toward wholeness.
Kathy Avsar is a licensed professional counselor, Jungian analyst, and member of the Interregional Society of Jungian Analysts. She is on the faculty of the New Orleans Jungian Seminar. She has a private practice in Birmingham where she works with individuals on their journey toward wholeness. Her own meandering journey began on a dairy farm in Alabama, started by her grandmother when her father and uncles were still toddlers. In the seventies, the contradiction of not allowing space for the feminine on a farm that was started by the feminine, led her to leave home at 17 to become a carpenter and then a firefighter. She was constantly trying to prove to herself and her family that she was as competent and capable as her brother. Fifty years of trying to prove herself led to a doctorate in behavioral neuroscience and becoming a Jungian analyst. Falling into the realm of Circe gave Kathy some missing pieces on her own journey.
Non-members $10, free to Jung Society members.
1.5 CE credit hours for LPCs and Social Workers, additional $10
If you are a member, you do not need to register as programs are free for members.
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