The Nature of the Divine Pair
Jung refers to the archetypal feminine and masculine in the human psyche as the divine pair. A Cherokee proverb gives us a glimpse into these natural energies and the direction they instinctively tend to go. "A woman's highest calling is to lead a man to his soul so as to unite him with Source. A man's highest calling is to protect woman so she is free to walk the earth unharmed." This saying provides a vision for us to live up to as men and women. It also articulates the essence of the foundational duo that resides inside every human being.
The lecture will look at how these original patterns function within us and how they affect our days. Particular attention will be given to the ways in which a man's anima and outer women can bring soul to his life and the ways in which a woman's animus and outer men may create sanctuary for her.
What is it about the feminine principle that animates existence? What is it like for the masculine principle to provide safe haven? Can this happen without a connection to soul? How are soul and sanctuary intertwined?
The subsequent workshop will continue this vein of exploration through discussion, reflection, and amplification.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Peggy Voth is a local Jungian analyst and clinical social worker. She received her degrees from the University of Calgary and her analytic training from the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts in Toronto. Her book, The Nature of Woman: When the Feminine Is Ready, the Masculine Responds, is part memoir, part practical psychology. It was released in March of this year.