THE FAIRY TALE GROUP
Saturday, 22 July 2017, Saturday, 12 August 2017 and Saturday, 21 October 2017
THE FAIRY TALE GROUP: Archetypal Patterns in Fairy Tales
Presenters Brittain Garrett and Manita Beskow
Fairy tales, like myths and dreams, provide us with direct access
to material arising from the collective unconscious. Through the
fairy tale we can experience archetypal aspects (i.e. the witch,
the innocent child, the old king etc) that reside in the
unconscious of all of us. The value of accessing such material is
that these motifs or archetypes find their way into the life of
each of us, and we may find ourselves acting them out without
awareness. By entering into such figures via the fairy tale, we
can come to see how this energy is manifesting in our lives and
with conscious awareness we reduce the possibility of it acting
out through us unconsciously. Furthermore it often comes as a
relief to see/feel these motifs are universal and that we are not alone in our suffering. They can help
provide perspective and direction in life.
Jungian analysts Brittain Garrett and Manita Beskow will be facilitating a series of three two hour
fairy tale groups. The aim is not so much to dissect the tales, or even to interpret them, but to
experience them and relate them to our own life.
In the first of these two hours of discussion, we start by looking at the fairy tale: “The Blade of Straw,
the Coal, and the Bean” from Von Franz’s book Archetypal Patterns in Fairy Tales. She said: “I
wanted to show how Jung’s method of interpreting archetypal fantasy material could be applied to
diverse tales” and it is this story that she especially applied this approach to. The fairy tale will be
sent to each participant in advance.
(Saturday, 16 September is a Jung Society all day workshop on “The Witch as Teacher in Fairytales” )
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