Participate in the Image/Cultural Complexes Project!

The goal of this research project is to engage all our users in an interactive participation with ARAS Online by extending you an invitation to contribute images and commentary on cultural complexes that have captured your imagination. We want to reach out to you to help us explore image, complex, archetype, and culture in a new way. We will include examples contributed by our users in future issues of ARAS Connections.

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Clinging to the Axis Mundi: The Poetry of Politics

Naomi Lowinsky is a Jungian analyst, poet, and teacher. She practices in the San Francisco Bay Areas; her poetry and other writings have been published in many books, including The Sister from Below: When the Muse Gets Her Way, Adagio and Lamentation, red clay is talking, and Motherline. For many years, Naomi has taught Deep River: Writing as a Spiritual Practice and most recently, she presented this paper at a pre-presidential election conference, The Citizen's Dilemma: Four Voices, at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco

The Poetry Portal

A resounding, “Thank you” for the poets, writers and readers who engaged mind, heart, and soul for the first Invite to Write through the Poetry Portal. Many of you were inspired by the Untitled Sculpture and theme of Offering in October's newsletter. Your poems arrived in the nick of time, as it was a gray afternoon, and I had been stooped over the computer a bit too long and feeling somewhat empty. As I read poem after poem and heard many different and beautiful voices, the void I felt became filled. I had entered the Portal and heard the family of voices which lifted me.

Give to ARAS!

We received the following letter from an online member and yearly donor, which describes why she gives to ARAS. We hope that that you will also support this unique archive as the place to explore symbolic images that inform our lives.


As we close out 2012 and get ready to welcome in the New Year, ARAS has so much to celebrate that we want to share with you. Great things are happening at ARAS.

Over the past several months, we have been in discussions with ARTstor. ARTstor is a non-profit initiative, founded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with a mission to use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching, and learning in the arts and associated fields. ARTstor is a fabulous resource that has hundreds of thousands of digital images and related data, along with the tools to actively use those images.

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