Jung’s Desert Cosmology

A Lecture by Russell Holmes

TIME: Friday, September 22,  2017, 7:30 pm
PLACE: St. James Episcopal Church, 1018 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107
FEE: Lecture Fee $15 ($8 Students) – collected at the door


There is an irresistible magnetism to the desert, literal and figurative.  Many are called to cross the desert, to desert forays and to desert spiritualities such as the Essences and the Christian desert hermits of Syria, Sinai and Egypt, and consider the famous British desert explorers, T.E. Lawrence and W. Thesiger.

In this lecture, Homes will focus on Jung’s encounters and insights gleaned in the inner desert cosmos under the “terrible irascible sun, with air shimmering above the earth,” as recorded in The Red Book (Liber Primus, ”The Desert”, iv; and Liber Secundus, “The Anchorite,” iv).  He will relate Jung’s psychological perceptions to the experiences of two notable desert explorers: Antoine de St. Exupery (Wind Sand and Stars,” “The Little Prince” and Blessed Charles de Foucault (“Sands of Tamanrasset”), a candidate for Catholic sainthood.

Russell Holmes, IAAP, did his Jungian Training at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich.  He is a faculty member and training analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute in Newton, MA, and practices in Jamaica Plain, MA.