Alchemical Correspondences in Individuation through the Hermetic Tree of Life

Hosted by Monterey Friends of Jung
June 17, 2021 at 7pm – 9m  online

The Hermetic Tree of Life is a mandala and visual map offering a glimpse into the alchemical processes that illuminate C.G. Jung’s Individuation processes.

The Tree of Life links the worlds of astrology and alchemy incorporating above, so below, inner and outer, masculine and feminine, yang and yin, force and form, Involution and evolution.

The 17th century alchemical diagrams of the Azoth such as that of Basil Valentine’s depicts these transmutations in alchemy via Mercurius, the animating spirit hidden in matter.

Joining these two systems enables a multidimensional view into its heart linking cosmos, psyche and matter through the journey from prima materia to philosopher’s stone.

This presentation explores these correspondences via the Sephiroth on the Tree and the Azoth with an emphasis on the astrological and elemental correspondences they represent. With the aid of image and symbol, we follow the winged feet of Mercurius into the mysteries of transformation from Spirit into Matter.

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The right way to wholeness is made up of…fateful detours and wrong turnings. It is a longissima via, not straight but snakelike, a path that unites the opposites in the manner of the guiding caduceus, a path whose labryrinthine twists and turns are not lacking in terrors.

– C.G. Jung, Psychology and Alchemy