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THE MYSTIC Mythology and Poetry of the Sacred Marriage: Hierosgamos and the Marriage Archetype, Bonnie Damron

  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015
  • 7:30 PM
  • Tuesday, June 02, 2015
  • 9:30 PM
  • Jung Society Library


  • Members who are either over 65 or are full time students with ID

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Bonnie Damron

Carl Jung called this archetype Mysterium Coniunctionis. Joseph Campbell called it “an ordeal,” as in a spiritual test. Penelope and Odysseus’ marriage, with its twenty years of struggle, suffering, and hardship, is the embodiment of this great ordeal. Song of Songs celebrates its mystery. For the people of Sumer, the heirosgamos was the central ritual and symbol of their religion. Human beings have celebrated the mystical union of opposites since our memory runneth not to the contrary, and always in the great poems and songs of the world. Beyond that, I am curious regarding where we find the Sacred Marriage in life as we live it today. Join me as we explore some of the best-loved myths and poems about the hierosgamos and the marriage archetype. I conceive of this course as a workshop. Let’s dig in and create it together, using a “beginner’s mind,” as my exploration into the hierosgamos is by no means a finished work. As Jung writes, much of what we can know is provisional, there is so much to learn.

Bonnie L. Damron, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., is a Jungian-Oriented psychotherapist in private practice in Northern Virginia. Bonnie is a clinician, cultural anthropologist, artist, and storyteller. She teaches courses in mythology, fairy tales, Shakespeare, the Greek Classics, and readings in the writings of C. G. Jung. She also leads contemplative retreats, and conducts study tours in Crete. She holds a Masters of Social Work from Catholic University, a Doctorate Degree in American Studies from the University of Maryland, and is currently enrolled in the Two Year Pattern Analyst Certificate Program at the Assisi Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont.


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