Upcoming lecture, “Alchemical Black and the Mystery of the Prima Materia”

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Please note our location and our format:

Park Hill United Church of Christ,   2600 Leyden Street, Denver, CO 80207  
The social and refreshment time is at 6:30-7:15p.m.,   followed  by lecture and discussion.
Cost: free to members,  $15 at the door,
$10 students and seniors

Alchemical Black and the Mystery of the Prima Materia:
a lectureby Grazia Di Giorgio
November 30th, 2018 at 7:15 p.m.

Together with white, black is the only color to have a name in every known human language. While this fact already seems to hint at black’s powerful archetypal significance and its dyadic relationship with white, the development of Western culture instead saw a progressive moralization of the black-and-white pair that has rendered our collective dangerously one-sided in its relationship with darkness.

Within the underbelly of the Judeo-Christian tradition, however, alchemy – the “Black Art” – has cultivated for centuries an opposite approach to blackness as the base of the opus, which holds the promise of reanimating the darkness of matter. Using images, texts, and practical examples, this lecture will explore the alchemical view of the nigredo and its important decapitatiosymbolism, which appear particularly relevant in our difficult present times.

Grazia Di Giorgio, M.A.is a Jungian Analyst with a background in contemplative and somatic psychotherapy, who found in alchemy a common ground between these different approaches. A recent graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado, she currently lives and practices in Bari, Italy.

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