May 19, Charles Zeltzer ~ The Mysteries of Mercurius

Charles Zeltzer, Ph.D.

Saturday Morning Talk:
The Mysteries of Mercurius

May 19, 2018

(9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
St. Agnes Room,  The Casa Franciscan Renewal Center

From historical roots in the Egyptian god Thoth and the Greek Hermes, to his and her expressions in alchemy, Goethe’s Faust and beyond, the morally ambiguous Mercurius is both the god of the current age and the god of the unconscious. “He” governs the enigmatic, subtle, and powerful dynamics of unconscious process, and how they affect the gamut of human experience. Living and loving so far from consciousness, Mercurius can cause great apprehension and wreak enormous havoc and destruction. Yet, while the experience of this divinity can shake us to our core it also opens us to new life. In order to understand the uncanny relevance for current times, we will examine images, stories, dreams, and experiences of Mercurius, closely circling around what Jung calls, “the image of the spirit imprisoned in the darkness of the world.” This will fill our time during the morning session.

Eventbrite - Morning Talk: The Mysteries of Mercurius

Saturday Afternoon Workshop:
The Man and the Mermaid:
Dissolution and Differentiation in Relation to the

May 19, 2018

(1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
St. Agnes Room,  The Casa Franciscan Renewal Center

What are the issues that arise when the western male is confronted by the unconscious? What occurs when masculine consciousness encounters the feminine? What happens when a weak ego experiences the unconscious? These questions will frame our afternoon workshop of male psychology in relation to the feminine, creativity, and intimacy in human relationships. Through story and image of men’s interactions with siren, mermaid, and other female images of Mercurius, we will examine the nature of the encounter with these “foreign objects”: the allure, the projections, the dangers and pitfalls, and the potential of graces bestowed.

Eventbrite - Afternoon Workshop: The Man and the Mermaid

Charles Zeltzer, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and has been a certified Jungian analyst since 1992. He is currently in private practice, with offices in Ventura and Santa Monica, California. Charles was the Director of Training at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles. He was a long-time member of the editorial board of the Jungian journal, Psychological Perspectives, and has been the guest editor for special issues on Jung and the East, and fairy tales. He has spoken throughout the United States and Europe on the body in relation to the inner journey of encountering early trauma and has lectured on many aspects of the religious dimension of the psyche. These include alchemy, Kundalini Yoga, the Roman Catholic Mass as an alchemical process, and the role of the alchemical god Mercurius in our everyday lives. Charles has specialized in leading seminars on Jung’s alchemical works, including a 13 year, line-by-line discussion of Jung’s magnum opus, Mysterium Coniunctionis.