An 8-Week SoulCollage® Journey Into the World of 4 Fairy Tales
“Fairy tales since the beginning of recorded time, and perhaps earlier, have been a means to conquer the terrors of mankind through metaphor.” - Jack Zipes
September 9 - November 3, 2018
We have ventured Into the Woods with the first course of 6 fairy tales, and now with the next 4, we discover the power of transformation and what it takes to deal with tricksters.
Fairy tales are peopled with all sorts of mystical beings--tricksters and shapeshifters--who test a hero or heroine through their clever ruses and secret knowledge. They are change-masters who challenge the hero/heroine to a match of wits and don’t always play fair (such is life).
The fun in exploring these fairy tales is to imagine ourselves on the Heroine’s Journey. Once we answer the Call to Adventure and make the first step along the Road of Trials, we find ourselves being initiated into a new world--a dream landscape--where we meet tricksters and guides who will help us with the challenges and tests we will encounter along the way. We will be tried and must pass the tests, which may indeed involve a death and rebirth experience, to learn to perceive ourselves and our own world differently, and to receive the boon of self-knowledge and wisdom.
When we come upon the trickster, usually a Threshold Guardian, as Joseph Campbell termed it, we must use our tools of love and logic, persistence and cunning, innocence and experience--to overcome the obstacles presented to us.
Most fairy tales are stories of transformation--the growth that occurs as part of the initiation into a new way of seeing and being. It could be an initiation into adulthood, agency, a new passion or way of life, and through it we learn to individuate. Carl Jung coined the term, individuation, to mean the lifelong process by which the unconscious is made conscious and our inner parts are integrated on our way to wholeness.
Together we will journey through these four tales and meet in a secret Facebook group (optional) to share our images and wisdom. Every two weeks you will be provided with the fairy tale to read as well as an illustrated 5-page pdf of the course so we can get to know the history, themes, characters/archetypes, and symbols of each story, using a Jungian approach to interpreting the deeper meaning of these wonder tales and how they apply to us. We can create art journal pages or SoulCollage® cards for each fairy tale as we feel moved. We can add to our SoulCollage® deck as we explore archetypes (Council suit) and inner parts (Committee suit), as well as animal allies we may encounter (Companions Suit) and Community members (people we know who may be represented in these stories and themes). To learn more about SoulCollage®, click here: What is SoulCollage®?
So please join us for this new adventure of self-exploration and self-discovery as we navigate the following themes of tricksters and transformation:
The Ugly Duckling
Lessons in Self-Love
September 9 - 22
Lessons in Awakening the Soul
September 23 - October 6
East of the Sun and West of the Moon
Lessons in Integrating Duality
October 7 -20
Lessons in Claiming One’s Own Path & Purpose
October 21 - November 3
Starting on the New Moon in Virgo (the archetype of the Priestess), September 9, and continuing for 8 weeks ending November 3, 2018, we will explore a new fairy tale every two weeks.
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® journeys:
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