Ami Ronnberg and Tom Singer

We are proud to send you this special edition of ARAS Connections along with an offer to all members of the Sandplay Therapists of America and the International Society for Sandplay Therapists of a free three month trial membership to ARAS Online.  The Jungian world is full of hidden or little known treasures.  The ARAS archive was just such a hidden treasure with very limited access until quite recently when the Archive’s 17,000 images and commentaries were digitized and made available on our newly created website, www.aras.org.

Over the past decade, we have undergone a remarkable transformation in making our unique Archive both more available and diverse.  At its heart, ARAS is inspired by the vision of making symbolic imagery from around the world and from the beginning of time come alive for those wanting to explore archetypal content and process.  ARAS Online is many different things.  First and foremost, we are an Archive of symbolic imagery.  We place this imagery in cultural and archetypal context.  Through our timeline and search engines, we allow the user to explore a symbol through different times and cultures.  We are also a growing library of articles and books that explore everything from A to Z, from Amplification to Zombies.

ARAS Connections is a free quarterly journal publishing articles on art and symbols.  It also contains features such as The Poetry Portal where poets are invited to write a poem inspired by a work of art from ARAS. ARAS Online has recently added the Concordance - a remarkable search tool, which allows users to search Jung’s collected works on specific topics.  In addition, we have finalized a collaboration with ARTstor, which will give ARAS Online users access to outstanding art collections from major galleries and museums, world-wide.  At the same time, we are in the process of growing the Archive by adding new images from Africa as well as new research on images from China and other Asian countries.  We are also growing our outreach to the world through book publications such as The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Images, published by Taschen, and locally, through education programs such as our Pioneer Teen Program.

In order to acquaint you with ARAS, we demonstrate below how sandplay therapists and those studying sandplay can use ARAS in the research of specific symbolic imagery.  We also show how teenagers can learn about symbols through the world of art in our education program.  All of this shows how ARAS can be used by many different kinds of people, from therapists to artists, poets, dreamers, educators and students of all ages.

We want you to enjoy this three month trial subscription. Please click here to sign up. Once you have joined, you will receive our free, quarterly ARAS Connections. We hope you explore our library, use the Concordance, and treasure the art of exploring symbolic imagery cross-culturally and in depth.  At the end of the free trial period, we hope you will want to continue using ARAS by becoming a subscriber and supporter at our special discounted rate for members of the Sandplay community.

With best wishes,

Ami Ronnberg, Curator ARAS

Tom Singer, President ARAS Board