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THE GRAIL AND MERLIN: Exile and Return, an evening with Mark Napack

  • Friday, May 17, 2019
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Jung Society Library, 5200 Cathedral Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
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An Evening With...

C.G. Jung was fascinated by the figure of Merlin. Jung felt that his own work was a response to "le cri de Merlin" sounding from his forest exile in the legend of the Grail. It was Jung's belief that Merlin continued to live in unredeemed and unconscious form in our psyches and in our world – "His story is not yet finished, and he still walks abroad" (Memories, Dreams, Reflections, p. 228).

This evening's presentation shall explore the role of Merlin for Jung and his place in Jungian psychology with an eye toward its current relevance. Where now is Merlin for us? What may this mean? And what are we to do about it?

Mark Napack, M.A.,S.T.L., M.S, studied medieval and comparative literature at Columbia University, after which he worked on Jung, the history of religion, and psychology at Fordham, Catholic and Loyola Universities. A long-time graduate and college lecturer, Mark has a special concern for areas of psychology and spirituality and an ongoing involvement with the Collected Works of Jung and Jungian classics. He has presented at international conferences and published in scholarly publications. Mark Napack, LCPC is also a Jungian informed psychotherapist in North Bethesda, MD.


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