Monarchy: Symbol and Shadow

08jul10:00 am4:30 pmMonarchy: Symbol and ShadowA workshop with five presentations by AJA members

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Inspired by the coronation of King Charles III, we use the perspectives of analytical psychology to ask: ‘Is monarchy still a living symbol?’

The late Queen, Elizabeth II, was reputed to be the most dreamt about figure in the world. And as well as attracting contemporary media attention, royal images have appeared across the centuries in art, literature, song, fairy tales and alchemical texts.

This workshop will explore some of these rich sources as we reflect together on the enduring power and fascination that the archetype of monarchy — and its shadow — hold, along with their meaning for individuals, society and the body politic today.


The King and the Cook — Andy White and Antonia Boll

Antonia Boll is a member of AJA and contributes to its training programme. She has worked for 20 years as trainer and supervisor for Re-Vision in London and as visiting trainer/supervisor in Sweden and in pre-war Ukraine, as part of the IAAP Routers Training. She contributed a chapter to Alchemy and Analysis, ed Dale Mathers (Routledge 2014) and is in private practice in SW London.
Andy White is a psychotherapist. He has blogged extensively about the historical emergence of kingship, how it affects us, what needs it serves and how it extends into the mythos of wealth, red carpets and being special. He is the author of ‘Abundant Delicious’, a Jungian take on the story of King Oedipus, and ‘Going Mad to Stay Sane’, an analysis of self-destructiveness based on the story of King Midas

The Mirror of Monarchy Catherine Bygott

Catherine Bygott, in private practice as a Jungian analyst for the past 35 years, is a supervising analyst with AJA and a senior member of IGAP. She also holds a diploma from the Faculty of Astrological Studies. Her published work includes: ‘The Red Book and Clinical Practice’ (JAP) and “Mysterium Coniunctionis: Fabric of Life” in ‘Alchemy and Psychotherapy’ (Routledge).

Symbols of Power and the Power of Symbols — Richard Jenkins

Richard Jenkins is a Jungian Analyst and Psychodynamic Psychotherapist in private practice in London. He teaches on Jungian approaches to psychotherapy at the Bowlby Centre for Attachment Based Psychoanalysis. And as a faculty member of WPF Therapy he taught courses on contemporary approaches to Diversity, Clinical Practice and Jung.

The Crown as Uniting Symbol — Johnathan Sunley

Johnathan Sunley is a psychodynamic psychotherapist and trainee Jungian analyst in private practice in central London. He has taught at WPF Therapy and on the music therapy programme at Guildhall and was until recently the reviews section editor of New Associations.  

Empire, Commonwealth & the House of Windsor: a Contemporary View — Ruth Williams

Ruth Williams is a Training and Supervising analyst at AJA as well as an Integrative Psychotherapist ad supervisor. She teaches and supervises widely in a number of different settings. She is the author of Jung: The Basics (Routledge 2019) and Exploring Spirituality from a Post-Jungian Perspective: Clinical and Personal Reflections (Routledge 2023).

Image credit: King and Queen, 1952. Henry Moore © The Henry Moore Foundation

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Saturday July 8, 2023, 10:00 am 10:00am - 4:30pm(GMT+01:00)

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