February 15 - May 14, 2018
“Fairy tales are born out of necessity and desire.” - Jack Zipes, Fairy Tale as Myth
The wonderful storyteller and Jungian analyst, Clarissa Pinkola Estes implores us to “Go out in the woods, go out. If you don’t go out in the woods nothing will ever happen and your life will never begin.”
And that is just what we will do on our 3-month journey through 6 fairy tales. Every two weeks we will dive into a new fairy tale -- each one of an intrepid girl who enters the forest (initiation), responds to a challenge (integration), and comes out transformed (individuation). We will become the little girl who ventures into the unknown, ready to discover what we need to know about ourselves and the world, the light and the shadow, the big bad wolf and the fairy godmother, the handsome prince and the wicked witch. Is it possible they are all parts of the Self that we must encounter, grapple with, and integrate to leave the forest a fully-formed human being?
Fairy tales have long been told as cautionary tales with morals and motives disguised as metaphor. Initially, they were stories for adults to both entertain and educate one another about the vicissitudes of life. They were told around the fire, the table, in the parlour, and eventually to children in their beds--the little ones had to have overheard these tales and implored their elders for more.
Many fairy tales have their genesis in ancient myths or folk tales that were passed down from generation to generation, over centuries, across borders. These stories have been told and retold around the world so that there is much cross-cultural overlap from one country to another. We will explore some of these origins as well as the archetypes that live in the world of fairy tales, such as the orphan, the divine child, the innocent, the witch, the predator, the princess and prince, queen and king, the castle, the forest, the path, the gift, and more.
Every two weeks, from New Moon to Full Moon, and Full Moon to New Moon, we will immerse ourselves in a fairy tale. You will receive a 5 page pdf about the fairy tale, discussing its symbolism, origins, and archetypes. You are invited to read the story and make SoulCollage® cards of the archetypes and themes as you feel inspired. Those familiar with SoulCollage® will see that some cards will fit into their Council suit (archetypes), while others will find a home in the Committee suit (inner parts), while some may join their Companion suit (animal guides and allies). You will be able to share your cards and wisdom in a secret Facebook group of sister SoulCollagers if you like.
Each of the 6 fairy tales selected for this course will feature the motif of the little girl venturing “Into the Woods,” the heroine’s journey of answering the call--going into the dark forest where enchanted beings such as tricksters, dwarfs, witches, ogres, talking animals, and other magical creatures live.
We will get in touch with our inner child--the innocent, who faces adversity, learns what skills she must, discovers who her guides and helpers are, has her mettle tested, gains wisdom, and comes out changed--all necessary steps on the path of individuation.
Carl Jung coined the term, individuation, a lifelong process by which the unconscious is made conscious, the psyche is integrated, and transformation and enlightenment are achieved. Jung was careful to say the individuation process is not for everyone. It is, however, an exciting journey for those seekers who want to know more about themselves and who are willing to explore the depths of their soul. The rewards are many: self-discovery, self-awareness, and integration of the many selves, including the shadow--that which is hard to see, much less own. If that journey entices you, then please come along as we step
Into the woods...
Little Red Riding Hood
Lessons on Meeting the Predator (within and without)
February 15 (New Moon in Aquarius) - February 28, 2018
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Lessons on Integration
March 1 (Full Moon in Virgo) - March 16, 2018
Vasalisa the Brave
Lessons on Trusting Intuition
March 17 (New Moon in Pisces) - March 30, 2018
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Lessons on Discernment
March 31 (Full Moon in Libra) - April 14, 2018
The Handless Maiden or Silverhands
Lessons on Creativity and Self-Healing
April 15, 2017 (New Moon in Aries) - April 28, 2018
Hansel and Gretel
Lessons on Finding Your Way Home
April 29 (Full Moon in Scorpio) - May 14, 2018
Register now and you will receive a 7-page illustrated pdf Introduction to the course to get you started...
Where to buy materials for your SoulCollage® journey through theWorld of Fairy Tales:
You'll need cards (5" x 8" mat boards) and protective clear bags, which you can buy here, along with glue and scissors: SoulCollage website shop
Or you can go here to buy 5" x 8" mat boards in various colors, as well as protective clear bags: Kaleidosoul website shop
You may want to start collecting images now so that you have plenty to choose from, or get together with friends or other SoulCollagers and share the bounty. Look for images in magazines (National Geographic, Smithsonian, spiritual and women's magazines are great sources), calendars, cards, and old illustrated children's books (I look for these at thrift shops and yard sales).
If you haven't taken an introductory SoulCollage class and want to learn the basics, you can take any of these online prerecorded courses:
Or look for a SoulCollage® workshop in your area here: SoulCollage® Workshops