Lecture Archive: Fall 2009 

Sept. 11th, 2009 at 7 p.m.

Queen Maeve: Warrior Goddess Queen of Ireland
a lecture by Joe McNair

This lecture will traverse the world of Queen Maeve of Connacht, immortalized in the Tain, Ireland’s epic known as “The Cattle Raid of Cooley.” The tales about her remind us of an age when the Goddess held the High Ground and a ritualistic mating between Her and the New King would ensure the fertility and prosperity of the Land. In the Celtic culture it was the woman’s prerogative to assert passion. We will explore Maeve as a comprehensive figure of the Feminine Numina – from the hag, to the sorceress, to the queen of the intoxicating mead. We will focus on the effects of thousands of years of suppression (hence into the ‘unconscious’) of this vital, life-giving and life-sustaining Archetypal energy, and our desperate need for her return. In this way, we re-member her, so that we may re-generate ourselves as individuals and as a collective, and thrive once again.

Joe McNair, Ph.D., is a Jungian Analyst with a love for Celtic Mythology, the Grail Legends, and Alchemy. He trained in Zurich from l981 to 1987, and in Los Angeles. He co-authored the book “Jungian Analysts: Visions and Vulnerabilities.” He recently helped lead a study/tour to Ireland, visiting Queen Maeve’s cairn. He is a faculty member of the Jung Institutes of Colorado and Los Angeles, and he has private practices in Boulder, CO and Woodland Hills, CA.

Oct. 16th, 2009 at 7 p.m.

Give Me Your Hand: Perspectives on Palmistry
a lecture by Louise Shinall

Get prepared for an enlightening and entertaining pre-Halloween evening with Louise Shinall. We will be led through the history of Chiromancy, now known as Palmistry, from Greek, Egyptian, Roman, and Biblical references, into its modern practice. What secrets did ancients such as Aristotle see in the palm, and how is palmistry still used today?

From the historical perspective, Louise will then move into sharing aspects of the process of palm reading, key traits and personality types that may be revealed in the palm; she will explore how this information relates to Jungian psychology, as well as many other psychological insights that her experience in this fascinating study have provided her. Louise will provide us with visual imagery, and will offer brief palm readings as demonstration of her art during the question and answer period.

Louise Shinall, B.S. is a practicing psychic in Denver, Colorado, specializing in Palmistry, Tarot, and Crystal Pendulum readings. She has a degree in psychology and philosophy from Regis University, has been an avid Jung Society of Colorado member since 1981, and has attended numerous Jungian workshops and seminars over the years. It has been a natural progression for Louise to relate her psychic practice to psychological awareness.

Nov. 6th, 2009 at 7 p.m

Children and Children’s Dreams: A Jungian Perspective
a lecture by Stewart Gabel

Jung felt that dreams were of special significance during three periods of a person’s life: early childhood, adolescence, and midlife. Dreams in childhood may provide a window into the lifelong psychological journey that is just beginning. Dreams may reflect personal concerns and individual conflicts, but even in very young children, they are rich sources of archetypal images and symbolism that reveal timeless and universal themes.

Can the dream inform us about working psychotherapeutically with children? Is there a psychotherapeutic approach based on Jungian principles that can be applied to work with children? Jung, himself, seems to have consulted on children, but did not advocate for direct analytic work with them. He emphasized the importance of analytic work with parents as a way of helping children.

This lecture will discuss these issues in more detail. An illustrative dream will be presented. The question of what might constitute child-oriented psychotherapy from a Jungian perspective will be addressed.

Stewart Gabel, M.D. completed training in pediatrics, general and child and adolescent psychiatry. He was Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at The Children’s Hospital, Denver for ten years. He is also a certified Jungian Analyst. Currently, Stewart commutes between Albany, New York, where he is the medical director for children and family services in the NYS Office of Mental Health, and Denver, where he maintains a small private practice. Stewart and his wife, Joan, have two children.

Dec. 11th, 2009 at 7 p.m.

SoulCatchers: Tapestries Of Dreams
a lecture by Kathy Martone

According to Carl Jung: “The unconscious contents want first of all
to be seen clearly, which can only be done by giving them shape…and a
visible form…By shaping [the dream], one goes on dreaming the dream in greater detail….”

Inspired by a dream in 2005, Dr. Martone began making dream banners,
AKA SoulCatchers, using images from her own dreams. Not surprisingly, there developed an intriguing interplay between her dreams, her meditations, and the banners themselves, seemingly in direct relation to the images she created. In this lecture, Kathy will discuss Carl Jung’s ideas about the importance of art and active imagination in the search for meaning and the shamanic practices that use soul catchers. She will end the evening with a sample display and description of some of her own “soul-catching” artistic creations.

Kathy Martone Ed.D. is a Jungian psychologist, author, and artist/creator of SoulCatchers. Dr. Martone has been in analysis with Richmond K. Greene, past chair of the New York Jung Institute, for the past 23 years. She has taught classes at Naropa University, Iliff School of Theology, Colorado Free University, and Jungian Ministries International. She specializes in dream work, including regular dream retreats for women, and a number of her banners have been displayed at local galleries.