The Hag & the Anima Mundi ~ May 18, 2019 Presented by Joe McNair

Joe McNairJoe L. McNair, Ph D.

The Hag & the Anima Mundi

This presentation will present a metaphorical approach to trauma using mythology and the Grail Legend materials, and Jungian concepts. “once upon a time . . . and a long time ago . . . the Grail legends relied heavily upon the allegorical figure and tales of “the Hag”, she who induces shame and fear . . . sometimes known as the Hideous Damsel, Dame Ragnell, Cundrie, or the Lady on the Mule.

She heralded the end of the era and an invitation to transformation of the dark side of the Collective Consciousness and the Light in the Darkness of the dispossessed Feminine Numina.

The Grail legends foretold the dilemma of our culture today, be it Wall St., the pagan world, or ancient Islam in today’s world. This was so in Jung’s dream of the 12C knight, the 12C re-emergence of alchemy in the West from the Arab world, and the all but brief bloom of the Grail legends (1150 – 1250).

She has returned . . . and one must not turn away.

As Jung notes she is “The spirit that penetrates all things, or shapes all things, [she] is the World Soul.”

Saturday Morning Session:

May 18, 2019

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

The morning session will begin with a discussion of the importance of myths and fairytales as an expression of the collective unconscious, and what this tells us about human development. A review of current world social situations will give way to collective events of importance which demonstrate the archetypal experience of the “Hag.” Active imagination becomes the centripetal force utilized in demonstrating the archetypal experience of the Hag.

Eventbrite - Afternoon Session: The Hag


Saturday Afternoon Session:

May 18, 2019

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

The afternoon session will be an amplification of the morning, with additional material utilized in discussing the Hag as she appears in various forms. Open participation is welcomed as the Hag is told through alchemical narratives and myths emboldened by the speaker’s experience in working with Joseph Campbell. The afternoon is certain to be as powerful as the morning session.

Eventbrite - Afternoon Session: The Hag


Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to discuss the concept Grail Legends and their implications for Jung’s psychology.
  • Participants will be able to identify from a set of hypothetical personal experiences those that represent the hag or not.
  • Participants will be able to explain how an encounter with an Archetype is a defeat of the ego
  • Participants will be able to discuss how knowing about the Hag can be a helpful tool in transforming one’s life
  • Participants will be able to discuss how mythology is a way to contextualize human trauma.
  • Participants will be able to explain the role of psyche in symbolic thinking.

Suggested Readings

Edinger, E., (1985), Anatomy of the Psyche, LaSalle, IL Open Court- Fro Mortificatio and Putrfactio (R)

Fabricius, J., (1976), Alchemy, Copenhagen, Rosenkilde & Bagger .
For Mortificatio and Putrefatio (R)

Jung, C.G., (1960), CW Vol. 8, Psychology and Alchemy, pp. 202, 304f, 306, 477. Princeton University Press, N.J. (R)

Jung, C.G., (1953), CW. Vol. 12, The Structure and Dynamics of the
Psyche, pp. 190, 196, 490, 494, 495. Princeton University
Press, N.J. (R)

Marlan, S., (2005), The Black Sun, College Station, Texas A&M (S)

Mustard & Passage, (2001), Parzival, Random House
– For the passage on Kundrie (S)

Roos, A., (1997), Alchemy & Mysticism, Taschen, London.
For Mortificatio and Putrfactio (R)