FOJ speaker discusses Jung and Shakespeare at Feb. 20 lecture


Frank Dowling presents “Alchemy: The Conjunction of Jung and Shakespeare,” at the Friends of Jung lecture set for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Winston School in Del Mar.

Carl Jung devoted the last decades of his life to single-handedly rescuing alchemy from the ash heap of history. His writings make abundantly clear that the imagery underlying its mystery and lore are a metaphorically rich projection of the individuation process (the journey of transformation toward psychic wholeness).

In recent years, scholars have discovered and demonstrated that Shakespeare’s poetry and dramatic structure are rife with alchemical imagery. The alchemical imagery deployed by Shakespeare evidences that his understanding of psychic transformation — and his dramas are about the psychic transformation of his major characters — is just like Jung’s.

With particular emphasis on “Macbeth,” “Hamlet,” and “King Lear,” Dowling will explore how analytical psychology provides new insights into Shakespeare interpretation.

Since retiring more than 12 years ago, Dowling has been involved with the San Diego Friends of Jung, where he served as president for two years. Over the past nine years, he has actively participated in a monthly seminar on the Mysterium Coniunctionis, Jung’s work on alchemy.

Coffee, tea and refreshments are available before each lecture starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for full-time students, $15 FOJ members and senior citizens (65+), and $20 non-members.

The Winston School is at 215 9th St., Del Mar. Visit