Redeeming the Dark Feminine: Sophia to the Black Madonna
November 8, 2002 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Drawing on literature from the Song of Songs and The Gospel of Mary to contemporary works, on images from Isis to the present, and on music from Hildegard of Bingen to contemporary composers such as Francis Poulenc and Arvo Pärt, we will explore the figure of this long-repressed but powerful archetype of transformation. For this lecture and workshop, the dark, hidden, but positive feminine will be accessed through the figure of Mary Magdalene, long associated with the Black Madonna. We will trace her origins through her predecessors, and her characteristics through examining image, music, and literature.
Karlyn M. Ward, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., B.C.D., is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Mill Valley, California. Her analytic training was done at the C.G. Jung Institute in San Francisco where she is presently a member analyst. She is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the Pacific School of Religion, part of the Graduate Theological Union, a consortium of some 28 schools of religion in Berkeley, California. There she teachers “Introduction to Jungian Thought” and “A Psychology of Suffering: Jung’s Answer to Job.” A musician, she is trained in the Bonny Method of using music as a form of active imagination, and is a Fellow in the Association for Music and Imagery. Her book, Sounding the Depths: Psyche and Music, is in process. She has given numerous seminars on music and psyche, and on redeeming the dark feminine. These seminars have been held at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, elsewhere in the Bay area, in Orange County, in Portland, in Zürich at the C.G. Jung Institute, and most recently in the south of France, in ProvencePurchase Workshops