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von FRANZ AND THE EVIL STEPMOTHER, a lecture with Steve Buser

  • Friday, August 27, 2021
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Zoom, Eastern Time


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This program is not recorded

*Please note, this lecture ends at 9:30 (instead of our usual 9pm).


A poisoned apple.  An evil stepmother.  A cold dark tower.  The heroine is confronted out of the darkness of her own unconscious.  Will she be devoured by the dark animus of the archetypal evil stepmother, or can she confront her ghosts and transform them into a healing space of strength?

Join us, as Steven Buser, general editor of The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz, gives us a behind the scenes look into the editing process and dives with us into content of Volume Three, Archetypal Symbols in Fairytales: The Maiden’s Quest.

The maiden/heroine navigates a complicated maze of inner and outer relationships as she builds a bridge to the unconscious. The heroine contends with the animus in many forms like a devouring and incestuous father, demonic groom, the beautiful prince, an androgynous mother, and through conflict with the evil stepmother. Dangers and pitfalls await her as the conscious feminine strives to make connections with the unconscious masculine. The maiden is the undeveloped feminine and the promised fruit of her struggle with the animus is the coniunctio.

Dr. von Franz is the master at bringing fairytales alive and fathoming their depths.  Her writings are some of the most profound work ever done on fairytales.  Her deepening journey in Volume Three marvelously illuminates the quest of the feminine.

Marie-Louise von Franz

At the age of eighteen, while still in high school, Marie-Louise von Franz met Carl Jung at his Bolingen Tower. She later described this as the most decisive encounter of her life.  She entered analysis with him months later, completed her doctorate in classical philology and began seeing her first analysands soon after.  She was wholeheartedly dedicated to the unconscious, both in her own life and that of her analysands.  She developed a far-reaching expertise in fairytales, alchemy, synchronicity and numbers. She is estimated to have personally analyzed over 65,000 dreams.  She was a prolific writer and a highly sought-after teacher.  

"Listening to von Franz lecture was a numinous experience. I thought God was speaking. She seemed to know everything. In an amazing fashion and without a text, she ranged over history West and East, mythology, philosophy, anthropology, and a host of other specialized areas. Never in my training had I heard such far-reaching and profound reflections." (Murray Stein, PhD)

Steven Buser, MD trained in medicine at Duke University and served 12 years as a physician in the U.S. Air Force. He is a graduate of the two-year Clinical Training Program at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and is the co-founder of the Asheville Jung Center. He has worked for over 30 years in psychiatry with a focus on Jungian oriented psychotherapy. He currently works in the field of addiction medicine and serves as Publisher of Chiron Publications.  He along with fellow publisher Leonard Cruz are the General Editors of The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz, a 28 volume series.

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