C. G. Jung began his study of astrology while he was still working with Sigmund Freud. His initial interest in astrology seems to have been a study in the history of psychology. As he has said of astrology, “Its value is obvious enough to the psychologist, since astrology represents the sum of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity” (Jung, CW 15, par. 81). As he continued to explore astrology as a symbolic system he discovered that it was not only of historical, psychological, and symbolic importance, but that it was also of practical value. He developed his well-known theory of synchronicity as an attempt to explain why he achieved such unexplainable results using astrology. Jung understood astrology’s value as coming not so much from the stars, as from the deep archetypal layers of the collective unconscious. This video serves as an introduction to our eight week college level course on what Jung had to say about the cultural and psychological importance of astrology and astrological symbols.

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