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Patriarchy, Individuation and the Diamond Body

Presented by
V. Walter Odajnyk, PhD
April 10, 1938 - May 22, 2013
(This was Dr. Odajnyk’s last lecture) 

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Sunday,  4 PM - 6 PM,  February 17th,  2013



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This presentation examined the ancient Egyptian myth of Osiris which contains three archetypal patterns that describe significant psychological developments.  The first pattern refers to a move away from the cyclical fertility of nature to the eternal life of spirit.  That development, in Erich Neumann’s view, initiated the change from matriarchy to patriarchy.  The second archetypal pattern, evident in the death, dismemberment and resurrection of Osiris, parallels the process of individuation: an eclipse of ego-consciousness; analysis of the various components of the psyche; and the establishment of a conscious ego-Self axis.  The third pattern is disclosed in the mummification of Osiris, the original source for the alchemical practice of creating the philosophers’ stone, or the diamond body, which survives death.


V. Walter Odajnyk, PhD, was a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich.  He was a Board and Faculty member of the C.G. Jung Institute of New York and editor of Quadrant: Journal of the C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology.  He is also the author of Marxism and Existentialism, Jung and Politics: The Political and Social Ideas of C.G. Jung, Gathering the Light: A Jungian View of Meditation, and Archetype and Character: Power, Eros, Spirit, and Matter Personality Types.  Dr. Odajnyk was a Core Faculty member of the Mythological Studies Program, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and a supervising analyst associated with the C.G. Jung Study Center of Southern California.  He will be deeply missed.

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