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The White Lion as Symbol of Archetype of self

May 21, 2019 @ 9:30 PM - 11:00 PM

The white lion as symbol of the archetype of the self

Presented by Denise Grobbelaar

Denise equates the white lion to the Jungian concept of the archetype of the Self.

She will illustrate that, similarly to the Self-being the regulating center in the human psyche, lions have a role as an ‘ordering principle’ in the natural order of life on earth. In this talk, she will explore lions’ mythological association with the sun as well as their deep-rooted symbolic significance for the human race since ancient times. She will elaborate on the meaning of the colour white and the importance of white animals in spiritual traditions.

She positions her hypothesis in the context of the ecological perspective of a fundamental interconnectedness, which she sees as essential to the development of consciousness and wholeness. She will illustrate the numiniosity of the hunt in traditional hunting mythologies, which took place in the context of a proper relationship with nature as appose to the current dissociation from the natural world and our own instinctual nature.

More About: The White Lion

Denise will contrast the sacred hunt to the great myth of The Infernal Hunt where the Accursed Hunter perpetually chases transitory worldly objects with an insatiable urge. The speaker will further explore the concept of Wetiko, referring to a cannibalistic spirit driven by insatiable greed and selfish excessive consumption with no regard for others, cannibalizing the life-force. In conclusion, she will elucidate that ‘canned hunting’, a caricature of the sacred hunt, where lions are killed for trophies in organized fenced-in circumstances, is a cannibalizing of the Self and a desecration of nature.

More About the Presenter

Denise Grobbelaar is a clinical psychologist working in private practice in Vredehoek,Cape Town. She is a Jungian analyst-in-training in the final stages of her training. She has been in private practise since November 2011. Prior to starting private practise, she gained eight years’ experience working in the field of adult mental health. This includes having worked at state facilities such as Groote Schuur and Valkenberg hospitals as well as managing a center in Observatory Cape Town for people with chronic and disabling mental illnesses, called Fountain House, a programme of Cape Mental Health Society.

Denise has a keen interest in mythology, shamanism and dream work. She has a deep love and profound sense of reverence for Nature and specifically the White Lions. In May 2016 and March 2018 she attended Dream Appreciation retreats at the Global White Lion Protection Trust in the Timbivati under the guidance of Graham Saayman, honorary member of the Southern African Association of Jungian analysts (SAAJA). She has been a member of a fortnightly Dream Appreciation group led by Graham Saayman since early 2013. She has recorded and tracked her own dreams for over 25 years.

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May 21, 2019
9:30 PM - 11:00 PM
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UCT Lung Institute, Mowbray
University of Cape Town Lung Institute, George Street, Mowbray, Observatory
Cape Town, Western Cape 7700 South Africa
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