Lecture on Psychoanalysis and Alchemy

I have been asked by the Embassy of the Free Mind, the keepers of the famous Hermetical Ritman Library in Amsterdam, to give a brief introductory lecture on Psychoanalysis and Alchemy. This will take place on September 9th in the Museum on the Keizersgracht and can also be attended online. The lecture will be very introductory indeed. It will focus on the importance of the Alchemical principles “Solutio” and “Prima Materia” which describe the first necessary alchemical stages and were considered a prerequisite for “Gold Making”. The texts and illustrations on Solutio and Prima Materia show remarkable parallels to Psychoanalysis which is also a conversation about identity and (sometimes false) beliefs about oneself. As in Alchemy: no cure without Solutio into Prima Materia. More information about the the lecture can be found here.

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