Upcoming Webinar, 27 November 2022

On Dreams and Symbolism: Jung’s Unpublished Swanage Seminars.

Presentation and discussion by Dr Christopher Wagner


In late July and early August, 1925, Jung convened a gathering of around fifty participants in the seaside resort-town of Swanage in Dorset, England. Over a set of twelve lectures, Jung presented on a number of psychological topics and themes that explored his then evolving model of the psyche, focusing the seminar, in particular, on the subject of dream analysis and symbolism. This formed his first extensive treatment of dreams, and this talk will be the first presentation of this historic seminar.

Jung opens the lecture series with an historical sketch of dream interpretation, surveying the works of such figures as the first-century Roman statesman and philosopher, Cicero (De Divinatione), and the second-century Ephesian diviner, Artemidorus Daldianus (Oneirocritica), giving an account as well of famous dreams from Western history and literature, as of the Mesopotamian ruler and hero, Gilgamesh; the Babylonian king of biblical fame, Nebuchadnezzar; and the Carthaginian general, Hannibal. Having transitioned to the dreams and interpretative theories of the modern day, Jung concentrates the remaining lectures upon the dream material of two of his own patients: a fifty-three-year-old widow diagnosed with ‘hyperesthesia,’ an abnormal heightening of the senses that, for her, leads to obtrusive auditory phenomena and bouts of insomnia; and an artistically inclined, twenty-three-year-old man seeking treatment for his struggle with homosexual attraction. In the exploration of these case studies, Jung relates the details of over two dozen recorded dreams, elucidating each through the evolving principles and framework of analytical psychology.

This public webinar will be free for all who have donated more than $50 since 2018. To register, send an email to info@philemonfoundation.org. For others, tickets $30.

Tickets: $30 | 27 November | 2pm EST | To register, click here.