CAJS – The Alchemy of Symbols


CAJS – The Alchemy of Symbols

CAJS - The Alchemy of Symbols

CAJS – The Alchemy of Symbols


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Our daily life puts us in touch with the rational world and the demands of survival, which can make our daily lives dry without “life”. The symbolic life is as necessary as the air we breathe. We are not aware of it all the time, but it keeps us alive and in it we find the myth of our own meaning.


CAJS – The Alchemy of Symbols

CAJS - The Alchemy of Symbols

Salvation is a long road that leads through many gates. These gates are symbols. Each new gate is at first invisible; indeed it seems at first that it must be created, for it exists only if one has dug up the spring’s root, the symbol.

(Carl Gustav Jung)

Life is hard. We often feel overwhelmed by our responsibilities and lose sight of what once made us excited, happy and imbued our world with mystery and wonder. We lose touch with who we are, what we want, and what we need. Working with symbols is an opportunity to reconnect with ourselves on a deep and profound level – to find out again who we are, what makes our souls sing, what connects us to ourselves and what we hold most dear. This 5 week course is the opportunity that you have been waiting for to take this step towards knowing yourself again and connecting with your soul language.

The great alchemists of antiquity sought for the key to transmutation, transforming the base into the refined, lead into gold, the prima materia (primal material) into the Lapis Philosophorum (the philosophers stone), the worthless into that with the highest value. Jung’s great insight into the alchemical tradition both Western and Eastern is that these practices are symbolic in nature. That the Lapis (the alchemist’s stone) was nothing less than a symbol of the soul. Whilst at the material level alchemy was a precursor to modern chemistry, at the level of psyche or spirit, its heir is most assuredly Jungian psychology.

“Alchemical ideas are expressed almost entirely in an extraordinarily rich symbolism. The help which alchemy affords us in understanding the symbols of the individuation process is, in my opinion, of the utmost importance.” (Carl Gustav Jung)

This course will guide you in the exploration and application of symbols for increased meaning, re-imagining your life, re-enchanting your world and the practical and very real application of alchemical transformation. With the tool of symbolisation we are able raise and refine the world around and within us; recognising something beautiful and sublime, a world filled with wonder and magic. We are able to reclaim the sovereign right of our perceptive faculty, such that that it is not wholly dominated by the imposed meanings external, and often inauthentic, to us. Through this process we are able to reconnect with the numinous, soul-filled world, allowing meaning to re-enter our lives.

This is an excellent introduction to symbol work for those new to Jung; and for more seasoned practitioners it will provide a fresh perspective and structure in which to work with symbols and symbolic content.

“Analysis and reduction lead to casual truth; this by itself does not help us to live but only induces resignation and hopelessness. On the other hand, the recognition of the intrinsic value of a symbol leads to constructive truth and helps us to live; it inspires hopefulness and furthers the possibility of future development…the symbol always says: in some such form as this new manifestation of life will become possible, a release from bondage, and world weariness. The libido that is freed from the unconscious by means of the symbol appears as a rejuvenated god.” (Carl Gustav Jung)

What does this mean though? How do we symbolize our experiences to take meaning

from them? This is what we will be exploring and guiding you though during this course. Both understanding how the process of symbolization works, and, most importantly, actually applying this to your own life, world, and psyche.

Jung said that we yearn for meaning to escape the awful, grinding banal life where we are reduced to “nothing but”. He further stated that the only thing that makes this life something worth living, something sublime and meaningful, that raises our experience above the prosaic and reductive, is learning to see the world symbolically.
Five key areas of focus

Discovering your Symbolic Attractors:

naturally occurring symbols in your internal and external worlds

Identifying your Personal Mythology:

archetypal structures

Healing using Symbols:

symbols as a tool for assimilating loss or trauma

Symbol Alchemy:

using symbols to reconstitute and refine your world

The Symbolic Life:

escaping the reductive tyranny of the literal and reconnecting with your soul

The Alchemy of Symbols is an online programme, runs over 5 weeks, starting on the 17th of February 2020. The course includes both elements of working through the material on your own, as well as interacting with others on the course and having access to the course facilitators. There are no live webinars you need to attend. All learning material is delivered via email to download onto your PC or tablet and consists of a podcast

and PDF reading material. At the beginning of each week you will receive the weeks material, as both a podcast and transcript, focusing on one of the five respective elements we will be covering on the course. Group work and guidance with the applications is done on a facilitated private and confidential Facebook Forum.

This course is for anyone who wants:

* creative inspiration

* to experience themselves on a deeper level

* work through a trauma or need healing

* to learn about the power and activation of symbols

* to enter a multi-dimensional world of matter & psyche

* to bring about a shift in the external and internal world

* move beyond feeling stuck or bored

* to connect with their soul life and the transcendent principle


The Alchemy of Symbols starts on Monday 17 February 2020

$180 paid on registration (save 20%)


$100 per month for two months


Thank you both so much for opening my inner and outer eyes, my heart, my soul ever more to the magic of the alchemical process.


Many thanks for the symbols course. i was expecting a more theoretical explanation of symbols (that’s my thinking part taking over) but realized immediately that the symbols exercises were much more fruitful, challenging and insightful. i am going to read Jung’s Man and his symbols again, this time with a much more personal slant and will try and be constantly mindful of symbols around me . very enjoyable!


I will offer my gratitude here, as well, for this course, Anja and Stephen – the materials, lectures and applications were so well put together, and your responses to questions asked by participants so illuminating. And of course I am grateful for all that shared here, as it was thought provoking process all around. My tool/medicine kit for living fully has been profoundly enriched. I am also particularly appreciative of the materials covered and applications, as they reflect a solid grounding in this approach to well-being and authenticity. They require much energy, and sometimes patience, but were presented in a way that I find very usuable/ accessible. I have added to my resource kit for living fully, and I am quite grateful for those able to share over this course’s forum, as I learned much from that openness. Cheers


Thank you Anja and Stephen for the depth of your heart. Also For the offerings of these modules and providing a safe venue to share this moment in time with a community of people from around the world.


Well – this part of my journey is over and it has been mind blowing. I can fill my tray with symbols and there are so many. They are all around me because that’s how I play. My biggest symbol is THE SONG…. and it was my transcendent symbol. So here is the song I will leave this course with. Thanks Stephen and Anja for your wisdom and guidance and Good luck. It has been an honour. So glad you chose Jung to be a passion for you because it has made me realise what a powerful soul he was. The answer is blowing in the wind, the synchronicities, THE SYMBOLS…..and therin – THE ALCHEMY. XXXXX


Thank you for this course. I feel I have once again awakened to The Transformation. You are to be commended for the depth and divergence brought to bear in such a concise and succinct way. Leaving you with this borrowed symbol.


The course has been very good for me. Shoring up existing understating and opening new areas. This infuses my counselling work seamlessly and I move closer to my imaginal vision – A small house in the woods with a wooden sign at the gate; Alchemist. Enquire within.


I wish I had been more present throughout this course. I was actually reluctant to join initially knowing I would be traveling on these dates. But I am glad I did join and learn what I could. I really needed this course right now to work on myself. I have begun thanks to you two and wonderful others in the group and I plan to continue working on it. This has been an immense learning experience. I enjoyed it. Looking forward to any other courses in the near future. Thank you again for your understanding and support.


Some last words. Thank-you Thank-you Thank-you.
How to put into words what this course has meant to me, let me try. I have taken courses and gone on retreats, and even been on amazing trips and they have all changed my life, some more than others. This experience is different. It has quietly pulled together many many loose ends that have been dangling, like an unidentified plant on the walls of my life, Important, beautiful, interesting just not named. Sometimes I didn’t even know they all belonged together. It was done so quietly, gently and calmly you had to pay attention, or you didn’t notice. The results it was just meant to be. Like a puzzle fitting back together. Like putting one foot in front of the other and looking down and finding you have the most striking red shoes on. Each and everyone of you where part of this magic for me. Of course, for creating the space for this to happen I thank Anja and Leonie, Thanks-you for your focus. To lift the veil and give us a peek at the magical world of symbols and all it can mean to us, priceless. This is a beautiful, special thoughtfully, amazing gift. Please know it is appreciated.


Dear Leonie, Anja, this course has been amazing, deep and satisfying. Thank you 🙏🙏For long I’ve been wanting to study symbols, i did some work but none if it seemed satisfying or enough. This space was gentle and compassionate. The modules just the right size and the exercises so very well thought of and facilitative. Its only a start of this journey for me, i hope to carry it forward. Thank you again. Love and gratitude to all you lovely people


Thank you !! This class has been amazing! I think I’ve finally cleared another piece of resistant childhood garbage that needed healing, so thankful I signed on. I’ll continue to work with the modules and applications because I know there’s more work to do. I send Love to you and all of you who encouraged me with your posts. Keep me notified, please, of other classes!!


Dear Anja, thank you for this offering! I found the content approachable and yet deep, and the applications described well and enticing! My understanding of the healing power of symbols calls for more exploration and more reading from Jung and Taoism…and simply playing in this realm.


Thanks for a very enlightening and healing course – I feel like I am developing a more creative and playful relationship to my “problems”, “issues”, wounds – no longer connected to them in a pathological way, but as clues and symbols towards envisioning and carrying out a life of meaning and purpose. I believe in the value and importance of seeing and living life in its poetic form.


Better late than never 🙂 I’m grateful for people who shared their often very private and bitter experiences and very mature reflections during that course. I have learnt a lot from you and grown through that enormously. I’m grateful for the tutors for setting up the course in a way which pushed me into symbols more forcefully than I’d be able to do myself. I made my first steps into active imagination. It is a huge leap, methinks.. I thank everybody who contributed and wish the luck and courage for your next life turns.

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My name is Deborah Jean Worthington de Matos. My dream was to work with Jungian therapy since the 1990s; but only in 2015 did this dream begin to come true. In 2016, I was attending my postgraduate studies in Jungian Psychology, when I decided to take part in the Alchemy of Symbols course. My goal was to deepen the knowledge of the concepts to support the development of my monograph. I was therefore expecting something more theoretical, but the practical exercises surprised me and proved more challenging, deep, sensitive and intelligent. What a great gift! The course went beyond my expectations, as it was a beautiful and transformational journey.

It had a profound personal impact, expanding my self-awareness, a rescue and healing process that got me in the way of my personal development process or, as we Jungians like to say, enabled the beginning of my individuation process.

In addition, my monograph was developed with greater fluidity and today is a book in its second edition!

In 2019 I decided to do Alchemy of the symbols again. Again, the articles, podcast and the ever-welcoming support provided by the moderators made possible a space of tremendous development and learning. Already working as a therapist for 3 years, I was able to apply this knowledge to my therapeutic care, successfully supporting the process of my clients.

Our daily life puts us in touch with the rational world and the demands of survival, which can make our daily lives dry without “life”. The symbolic life is as necessary as the air we breathe. We are not aware of it all the time, but it keeps us alive and in it we find the myth of our own meaning.

I highly recommend you accompany us on this beautiful journey!

My name is Anja van Kralingen. I am the Director of the Centre for Applied Jungian Studies. I was introduced to Jung in my late twenties, along with the co-founder of the Centre, Stephen Farah. We realised that the transformation we experienced was unique. Most students focused on the theory only, but we spent many(!) nights talking and discussing the practical application of the concepts and wrestled with them on a personal level. This realisation, and the amazing growth and transformation we experienced, charted the

course for our individuation process. Stephen went on to complete his Masters in Jungian and Post Jungian Studies and I completed a Masters in Spirituality, Consciousness and Transpersonal Psychology. We opened the Centre for Applied Jungian Studies in 2013. The Centre has grown from strength to strength and we have had 12 000 global students participate in our online courses. My passion and experience of the work of Carl Gustav Jung inspires me to teach Jung in a practical and accessible way. My interest is transformation and the experience of Self through symbolism. We hope you join us on this journey of self-discovery and delving into your own symbolic realm.


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