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Haunted – the Death Mother Archetype

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Violet Sherwood’s 
the Death Mother Archetype 


Chiron Publications is pleased to announce the November 15 release of Haunted – the Death Mother Archetype by Dr. Violet Sherwood.  
The disturbing experience of psychological infanticide reflects the darkest aspect of the wounding of the Sacred Feminine – the Death Mother archetype that annihilates rather than nurtures life.
Through myth, story, classic literature, biography, poems, art and dreams, Dr. Sherwood weaves together symbolic aspects of psychological infanticide with psychoanalytic theory of traumatic attachment and the literal truth of a centuries-old history of infanticide.
She illuminates the Death Mother archetype in the dynamic between the unwilling (or unsupported) mother and the unwelcome child. Her personal and archetypal journey into, through, and beyond the underworld, offers hope and guidance for the restoration of the relationship between the Sacred Feminine and the Divine Child.
She draws on her professional experience as a psychotherapist and her lived experience of psychological infanticide as a result of closed stranger adoption to explore the intimate connection between life and death, revealing the life task of the infanticided psyche is to embrace death and discover the life that lies beyond the realm of the underworld. 

Table of Contents

-List of Figures 
-Chapter One: A Haunting 
-Chapter Two: Researching Apparitions
-Chapter Three: Infanticidal Attachment 
-Chapter Four: Nineteenth-Century Baby Farming: A Crucial Link with Adoption 
-Chapter Five: Murderousness
-Chapter Six: Abandonment 
-Chapter Seven: Opium 
-Chapter Eight: Neglect 
-Chapter Nine: Eclipse: The Alchemy of the Non-existent self
-Chapter Ten: Minnie Dean and a Poetics of Engagement 
-Chapter Eleven: Solutio: The Alchemy of Drowning and the ‘Trauma-world’ 
-Chapter Twelve: Conversations in the Dark 
-Minnie Dean – A Brief Chronology of Events 

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“Haunted: the Death Mother Archetype is a wonder of a book. Dr. Sherwood’s impeccable scholarship undergirds a transformative dance between the imaginative capacity of soul, and the harsh realities embedded in her subject matter.”


-Dr. Mary Harrell

Dr. Violet Sherwood is a Jungian-inspired psychotherapist, poet, and author. 
She lives in the beautiful seaside community of Whaingaroa Raglan in New Zealand, where she practices psychotherapy, teaches qigong, and walks on the wild west coast beaches.

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Ebook Version of  The Collected Works of  Marie-Louise von Franz Volume 2  Available November 1

Ebook Version of 

The Collected Works of 

Marie-Louise von Franz Volume 2 

Available November 1

The ebook version of The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz Volume 2 will be available on Google Play on November 1.    
The paperback version will also be available on November 1.
The Hero’s Journey is about the great adventure that leads to a cherished and difficult to obtain prize. In these fairytales, the Self is often symbolized as that treasured prize and the hero’s travails symbolize the process of individuation. In its many manifestations, the hero embodies the emerging personality. “In the conscious world, the hero is only one part of the personality—the despised part—and through his attachment to the Self in the unconscious is a symbol of the whole personality.”

Von Franz’s prodigious knowledge of fairytales from around the world demonstrates that the fairytale draws its root moisture from the collective realm. This volume continues where Volume 1 left off as von Franz describes the fairytale, “suspended between the divine and the secular worlds (…) creating a mysterious and pregnant tension that requires extreme power to withstand.” The resistance of the great mother against the hero and his humble origins, as well as the hero freeing the anima figure from the clutches of the unconscious are universal archetypal patterns. The spoils retrieved by the hero symbolize new levels of consciousness wrested from the unconscious.

Ebook of Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz Volume 1 now available 
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The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz – Volume 1 is now available on Google Play in Ebook format.  

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Also available for purchase – Volume 3 of the Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz
hardcover edition

Volume 3 of The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz (hardcover edition) is now available for purchase.


The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz is a 28-volume Magnum Opus from one of the leading minds in Jungian Psychology. Volume 3 turns to the Maiden’s Quest within fairytales.
The maiden/heroine navigates a complicated maze of inner and outer relationships as she builds a bridge to the unconscious. The heroine contends with the animus in many forms like a devouring and incestuous father, demonic groom, the beautiful prince, an androgenous mother, a cold dark tower, and through conflict with the evil stepmother. 
Dangers and pitfalls await her as the conscious feminine strives to make connections with the unconscious masculine. The maiden is the undeveloped feminine and the promised fruit of her struggle with the animus is the coniunctio. Volume 3 is a masterwork of cross-cultural scholarship, penetrating psychological insight, and a strikingly illuminating treatise. With her usual perspicacity and thoroughness, von Franz gathers countless fairytale motifs revealing a myriad of facets to the maiden’s quest.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Bluebeard
  • Chapter 2. The Pastor’s Wife
  • Chapter 3. The Woman Who Became A Spider
  • Chapter 4. Sedna
  • Chapter 5. The Girl and the Skull
  • Chapter 6. The Two Sisters
  • Chapter 7. Mother Holle
  • Chapter 8. Ingebjörg and the Good Stepmother
  • Chapter 9. The Wages of the Stepdaughter and the House Daughter
  • Chapter 10. Little Fatima with the Moon Forehead
  • Chapter 11. Snowflake
  • Chapter 12. Sleeping Beauty — Little Briar Rose
  • Chapter 13. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
  • Chapter 14. Rapunzel
  • Chapter 15. Cinderella
  • Chapter 16. The Magic Horse
  • Chapter 17. Hans Wunderlich
  • Chapter 18. Allerleirauh, All-Kinds-Of-Fur
  • Chapter 19. The White Bride and the Black Bride
  • Chapter 20. The Goose Girl
  • Epilogue
  • Bibliography
  • Index of Authors
  • Index of Fairytales
Volume 1 – The Profane and Magical Worlds
Volume 1 – Both paperback and hardcover – are now available.  Fairytales, like myths, provide a cultural and societal backdrop that helps the human imagination narrate the meaning of life’s events. The remarkable similarities in fairytale motifs across different lands and cultures inspired many scholars to search for the original homeland of fairytales. While peregrinations of fairytale motifs occur, the common root of fairytales is more archetypal than geographic. A striking feature of fairytales is that a sense of space, time, and causality is absent. This situates them in a magical realm, a land of the soul, where the most interesting things happen in the center of places like Heaven, mountains, lakes, and wells.

Coming Soon: The God-Image!

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Lionel Corbett’s 
The God-Image: 
From Antiquity to Jung 


Chiron Publications is pleased to announce the upcoming November 1 release of The God-Image: From Antiquity to Jung by Lionel Corbett.
This book describes the development of images of God, beginning in antiquity and culminating in Jung’s notion of the Self, an image of God in the psyche that Jung calls the God within. Over the course of history, the Self has been projected onto many local gods and goddesses and given different names and attributes. 
These deities are typically imagined as existing in a heavenly realm, but Jung’s approach recalls them to their origins in the objective psyche. This book shows how Jung’s approach avoids many of the philosophical problems produced by traditional anthropomorphic images of God and describes the myriad symbolic ways in which the Self may appear, independently of doctrinal images of God. By focusing on the empirical, psychological manifestations of the Self, Jung’s approach avoids arguments for and against the existence of a metaphysical God.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: The Existence of God in an Age of Science
  • Chapter 2: The God-image in Jung’s Psychology
  • Chapter 3: The God-image in Archaic Religions and Antiquity
  • Chapter 4: The God-image of the Hebrew Scriptures & the Post-Biblical Tradition
  • Chapter 5: The Development of the Christian Image of God
  • Chapter 6: The God-image from the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century
  • Chapter 7: Psychological Approaches to the God-image
  • References
  • Index 

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Also from Lionel Corbett

The Soul in Anguish presents a variety of approaches to psychotherapeutic work with suffering people, from the perspectives of both Jungian and psychoanalytic psychology. An important theme of the book is the impact of suffering—suffering may be harmful or helpful to the development of the personality. Our culture tends to assume that suffering is invariably negative or pointless, but this is not necessarily so; suffering may be destructive, but it may lead to positive developments such as enhanced empathy for others, wisdom, or spiritual development.

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The Sacred Cauldron makes the startling claim that, for both participants, psychotherapeutic work is actually a spiritual discipline in its own right. The psyche manifests the sacred and provides the transpersonal field within which the work of therapy is carried out. This book demonstrates some of the ways in which a spiritual sensibility can inform the technical aspects of psychotherapy.


Dr. Lionel Corbett trained in medicine and psychiatry in England and as a Jungian Analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. He is a professor of depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, in Santa Barbara, California. 
He is the author of five books: Psyche and the Sacred: Spirituality Beyond Religion; The Religious Function of the Psyche; The Sacred Cauldron: Psychotherapy as a Spiritual Practice; The Soul in Anguish: Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Suffering; and Understanding Evil: A Psychotherapist’s Guide. 
He is the co-editor of four volumes of collected papers: Psyche’s Stories: Modern Jungian Interpretations of Fairy Tales; Depth Psychology: Meditations in the Field; Psychology at the Threshold; and Jung And Aging: Possibilities And Potentials for the Second Half of Life.

Lauren Sleeman on Her Latest Work

Lauren Sleeman, a Jungian and Transpersonal Psychotherapist, is the author of two novels. In Behold her quest is to bring the goddess tales of Greek and Celtic mythology to life again, especially the goddesses associated with the power of the Great Mother, and to acknowledge these strong archetypes and the sacred wisdom they bring to women’s lives. 

Chiron Publications is pleased to announce the August 15 release of Beholdby Lauren Sleeman.


As a Jungian transpersonal psychotherapist, Jung’s symbols and archetypes inspired the mystical world of Sleeman’s novel, Behold. Alchemy also plays a significant role in this magical fantasy, a journey of personal and collective transformation. The many layers of archetypal consciousness in human experience are brought to light in a humorous yet “instructive” way. 


 Behold also resurrects ancient goddess wisdom and playfully rewrites myths and histories in which women are marginalized or silenced. Sleeman’s study of world religions and travels to ancient sites in Greece, Malta and the British Isles inform the sacred rituals in the story.


Emerging from “the Great Darkness” through a prism of light come two forsaken goddesses of antiquity—Lilith, the Great Mother and Crone of the Cosmos, and Hekate, Goddess of the Dark Moon and the Mysteries of Life, Death, and Rebirth. They stand at the crossroads between worlds as the Bringers of Transformation at a time of chaos. Hekate, the narrator of this tale, descends through the “aethers” under the watchful guidance of Lilith to portals of otherworldly realms, and incarnates on Earth to “guide the Souls of mortals…through the dark times ahead.”

Sleeman humorously rewrites classic tales of Greek and Celtic mythology to bring her delightful characters to life while resurrecting ancient goddess “knowing”—the Divine Femina. Conjuring magic spells and wielding their dark powers, Lilith and Hekate visit the Hellenic pantheon to witness Zeus in his demise, helping Hera and the goddesses beat the conquerors at their own game. 


Descending to the Celtic Realm, Hekate befriends the Druids, who mourn their plight as the “black robes” threaten mortals with damnation, making them forsake their pagan beliefs. Hekate journeys with her lover Carnonos to festivals honoring Nature and the Otherworld. Descending to Earth through the time portals, Hekate incarnates alongside mortals. In ancient En-dor and medieval Ireland, she consoles women called “witches.” Hekate herself must go through the “Eye of Fire,” the alchemy of rebirth, to guide mortals to their Heart-Soul Wisdom. In the surprising finale, she guides her initiates (and the reader) through a powerful ceremony, ending her story with the promise of hope for the future.

Below are a few responses from Lauren about the content of the book. 

1) We spoke earlier about the dark goddesses who are present in your book.  Who are the dark goddesses and how does your work seek to reclaim them?

2) Your book has been presented as a feminine journey through consciousness.  How does a feminine lens influence the perception of consciousness and the progression of a journey through it?

3) Witchcraft appears in your work, and have said that one intention of this book is to resurrect witchcraft from the pejorative.  What would you say is the contemporary view of witchcraft and how does that differ from the vision of witchcraft in your work?

Announcing the release of The Self in Jungian Psychology

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Announcing the release of The Self in Jungian Psychology


Chiron Publications is pleased to announce the release of The Self in Jungian Psychology: Theory and Clinical Practice by Leslie Stein.
Realizing the Self is the absolute goal of Jungian psychology. Yet as a concept it is impossibly vague as it defines a center of our being that also embraces the mystery of existence. This work synthesizes the thousands of statements Jung made about the Self in order to bring it to ground, to unravel its true purpose, and to understand how it might be able to manifest.
“In The Self in Jungian Psychology – Theory and Clinical Practice, Leslie Stein circumambulates the concept of the Self from a rich and varied perspective. Usually, the descriptions of the Self are like the blind men trying to describe an elephant; but here we have the whole elephant. Ancient as time, organizing and guiding consciousness and beyond consciousness, Leslie Stein’s rendering of the Self is finely cut and masterfully polished diamond, which will be an invaluable resource to scholars and seekers alike.”

-Ashok Bedi, M.D. Psychiatrist, Jungian Analyst, author, Path to the Soul,

“A wonderful exploration of the Jungian symbol and processes of individual integration, which beckon from within the cracks and potentials of our personal, cultural, and natural environment to become the goal of our experiences of wholeness. An essential read.”

-Sylvia B. Perera, Jungian Analyst, New York.

Table of Contents

      • List of Figures
      • Introduction
      • Chapter 1. Approaching the Self
      • How to Read Jung on the Self
      • Early Interest in the Self
      • The Significance of Opposites
      • Epistemological Basis for the Self
      • Chapter 2. Jung’s Dream of the Self
      • Geometry of the Dream
      • Finding a Center
      • The Surrounding Structure
      • The Tree and Transcendence
      • Chapter 3. The Center as Self
      • Wholeness and the Center
      • The Center as Healing
      • Extrapolating the Center
      • Ancient Soundings of a Center
      • Center Understood as Function
      • Chapter 4. Totality as the Self
      • The Scope of Totality
      • The 1935 Eranos Lecture
      • The Incorrect Translation
      • Influences Pointing to Totality
      • Fordham and Totality
      • Chapter 5. The Self as Psychic Object
      • Self as a Brain Function
      • Self as Entity
      • Self as Archetype
      • Stages of the Self
      • Chapter 6. The Self as Pattern
      • The Emergent Pattern
      • Patterning and Transcendence
      • Patterning and Purposefulness
      • Chapter 7. Activation of the Pattern
      • Strong Affect and Psyche
      • Formation of Self Symbols
      • Energy for Symbol Formation
      • Chapter 8. Symbols of the Self
      • Symbols of Totality
      • Use of Transcendent Symbols
      • Clinical Vignettes of Self Symbols
      • Chapter 9. Realizing the Self
      • Common Goal
      • Requirements of Realization
      • Approximating the Goal
      • Realization and Individuation
      • Measuring Realization
      • Degrees of Realization
      • Self-Observation as Realization
      • Totality and Realization
      • The Dangers of Totality
      • Enlightenment or Wholeness
      • Wholeness as the Goal
      • Thoughts on the Work of a Lifetime
      • Jung’s Formal Definition
      • Chapter 10. The Self as Agent
      • The Agency Model
      • The Magnet Model
      • Jung on the Agency Model
      • Configurations of the Model
      • Clinical Vignettes of Models of the Self
      • Chapter 11. The Self as Divine
      • Personal Image of Totality
      • The Self as God
      • Agency through God
      • The Atman and Totality
      • Advaita Vedanta
      • The Self, Soul, and Spirit
      • The Self as No-Self
      • Clinical Vignettes of the Self as Other
      • Chapter 12. The Self as Guiding Spirit
      • Nonpsychological Spirit
      • Projecting the Spirit
      • Language and the Guiding Spirit
      • Psychological Purpose of the Spirit
      • Inner Voice and the Self
      • Personification of the Guiding Spirit
      • Integration with the Self
      • Chapter 13. The Self as Process
      • As a Dynamic Process
      • Ego-Self Process
      • Inflation of the Ego
      • Ego-Self Axis of Neumann
      • Approaching an Empty Center
      • Transitions in the Process
      • The Highest Stage of the Process
      • Mystical Experience and the Process
      • Chapter 14. The Self and the World
      • Urban Life and the Self
      • The Self and Community
      • The World Self and the Natural Environment
      • The Self and Destruction
      • Chapter 15. Clinical Notes on the Self
      • Translating the Self
      • Stating the Goal
      • Location and Personification
      • Clinical Conclusion
      • Abbreviations
      • References
      • Index

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Leslie Stein is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Sydney, Australia. He is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of New York. 
 He is the author of nine books including Becoming Whole – Jung’s Equation for Realizing God, Working with Mystical Experiences in Psychoanalysis, and the Jungian allegory The Journey of Adam Kadmon: A Novel. 
He is also the editor of the forthcoming Eastern Practices and Individuation: Essays by Jungian Analysts to be published by Chiron.

Brief Video Introduction to The Maiden’s Quest, Volume 3 of The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz


Coming soon from Chiron Publications!

The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz is a 28 volume Magnum Opus from one of the leading minds in Jungian Psychology.  Volume 3 turns to the Maiden’s Quest within fairytales.

The maiden/heroine navigates a complicated maze of inner and outer relationships as she builds a bridge to the unconscious. The heroine contends with the animus in many forms like a devouring and incestuous father, demonic groom, the beautiful prince, an androgenous mother, a cold dark tower, and through conflict with the evil stepmother. Dangers and pitfalls await her as the conscious feminine strives to make connections with the unconscious masculine. The maiden is the undeveloped feminine and the promised fruit of her struggle with the animus is the coniunctio. Volume 3 is a masterwork of cross-cultural scholarship, penetrating psychological insight, and a strikingly illuminating treatise. With her usual perspicacity and thoroughness, von Franz gathers countless fairytale motifs revealing a myriad of facets to the maiden’s quest.

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