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Drinking from the Chalice with Stephanie Zajchowski, PhD

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A lecture with Stephanie Zajchowski, PhD, hosted by the Jung Society of Austin.

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Drinking from the Chalice:

Mythic Images of Wholeness and Healing in the Alchemy of the Apocalypse

In George Ripley’s alchemical text, Cantilena, there is a story of a barren and dying king, the “Ancient of Days,“ who seeks rebirth by dissolving into the “First Matter” and thus returning to the Mother’s womb. While gestating, the Mother drinks from the golden chalice of Babylon. What’s in the chalice? — repressed material seeking integration. In order to revivify the society, the old ruling ideas are torn down and all that was formerly excluded is brought into this great cosmic womb to be reborn anew, to encompass the whole.

In a year that has felt apocalyptic, it is interesting to observe that both Carl Jung and Edward Edinger examine Cantilena within the context of the mythology of the Christian apocalypse. Alchemical symbolism is informed by apocalyptic themes illuminating the idea that dissolution and integration are part of the process of creating something new. Old systems are challenged amidst violence, fear, and disorientation. Each is a symptom, according to Edinger, of assimilating opposing forces.

We have witnessed both destruction and revelation this year. I find myself returning to this image of the chalice and wondering, what does it mean to “drink from the golden chalice” in 2021? This discussion will explore this question along with other key themes in the mythology of the apocalypse including bearing witness to suffering, holding negative capability in the liminal space between dissolution and rebirth, and the deep and complex process of healing.


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About the Speaker - Stephanie Zajchowski

Stephanie Zajchowski, PhD is a mythologist, life coach, and marketing strategist. She is a co-founder of the Fates and Graces Mythologium (www.mythologiumconference.com), a conference for mythologists and friends of myth. She is also the founder of Soul Story Coaching where she helps women find their footing and become the heroine of their own story. Stephanie holds a doctorate in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute (PGI) and a certification in Spiritual Direction from SMU Perkins School of Theology, in Dallas, Texas. Her doctoral dissertation, The Mythology of the Whore of Babylon in Contemporary Reproductive Politics, examines how religious narratives move beneath the surface of current reproductive politics. Stephanie currently serves as Treasurer on the executive board of the PGI Alumni Association, and as a marketing strategist in the airline industry. Read more about her work at www.stephaniezajchowski.com

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For more than thirty years, the Jung Society of Austin has offered lectures, classes, workshops, trips, film series and a variety of special events for people interested in exploring issues of psychological and spiritual development in a secular environment. All events are open to the general public and often include continuing education credits.

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