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THE MYSTERY OF NUMBER: The Archetype of Order, a course with Janis Maxwell

  • Thursday, September 16, 2021
  • Thursday, September 30, 2021
  • 3 sessions
  • Thursday, September 16, 2021, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, September 23, 2021, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, September 30, 2021, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Zoom
  • 0


  • Members who are seniors over 65 or full time students


Every aspect of earthly life is ruled in some way by number. It is so ingrained into our psyche that we pay little attention to its qualities, its mysteries. The ancients believed that number was the teacher about things otherwise inaccessible and unrecognizable. The I-Ching uses number because ‘the language of communication with suprahuman intelligences was believed to be based on “number”. 

C. G. Jung has written that number is the archetype of order which has become conscious. He wrote that it may well be the most primitive element of order in the human mind and is sacred. We will explore this archetype giving special attention to the numbers 9, 13, 18, 32, 40, their use in  dreams, fairy tales, in myth and in life.  We will also discuss the mysterious number 137 and its meaning.

Janis Maxwell, PhD, is a training analyst and member of the faculty of the C.G. Jung Institute in Zürich, where she is involved in training analysts to use music in their practice. She has served as President and Director of Training of the Philadelphia Jung Institute as well as Director of Training for the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts.

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