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Seasons of the Soul: Archetypal Patterns in Weather and Climate
November 8, 1996 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PST
“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody ever does anything about it.” Mark Twain
Weather and climate have powerful psychological and spiritual effects upon the human psyche. The pathological dimensions of the weather have impressed themselves upon the American conciousness this past year as news reports have given us a sense of the potential effects of global warming. Our attitudes toward weather and climate reveal our relationship to nature and the unconscious. Joseph Campbell pointed out that the most recognizable, universal form of myth and analogy is that of the seasons to the human life cycle. The archetypal and imaginal apsects of these phenomena will be elucidated by an examination of weather and seasonal metaphors, myths, Native American stories, the I Ching, dreams, and Hillman’s presentation of Aphrodite as the World soul, or Anima Mundi.
Dennis Merritt Ph.D., holds a doctorate from Berkeley in Insect Pathology and is a diplomate of the C.G. Jung Institure in Zurich. He is in private practice as a Jungian analyst, Ecopsychologist and Sandplay therapist in Madison, Wisconson. He and his wife have conducted week-long Spirit in the Land Institutes combining scientific, Native American, and depth psychological perspectives on the environment. He is writing a book-The Dairy Farmer’s Guide to the Universe: the Greening of Psychology and Education, and co-editing an book with Chris Merritt-Spirit in the Land: Developing a Sense of Place.This event has passed.