This edition of ARAS Connections is a celebration of creative women within the Jungian tradition. This did not happen by conscious design. It only became obvious to me when I started to review the contents as a whole and realized that the driving forces for all these quite varied contributions come from the initiative of women giving expression to what moves them most. It is a fine lineage in the Jungian tradition. Mary Conover’s sublime art is the subject of a video created in collaboration with Nancy Furlotti. Mary’s grandmother was Mary Conover Mellon, to whom ARAS owes its very existence as documented in Ami Ronnberg’s The Story of the Three Women Who Created ARAS.
Nancy Furlotti, a Jungian analyst, has played a central role in many of the most innovative projects in our tradition over the years—including the Philemon Foundation and its publication of the Red Book as well as serving on the Board of ARAS for many years and helping make the digitization and internet incarnation of ARAS possible. The video was first presented as a centerpiece of the Art and Psyche conference which has thrived under the leadership of Linda Carter. The inspired introduction to the video was written by Stacy Hassan, the curator of San Francisco ARAS.
The second article is the second installment in ARAS Connections of Jacqueline Thurston’s passionate quest to bring to life and to unravel some of the mysteries of the sacred deities of Ancient Egypt. Her work is the result of years of travel, study, and photography with grants honoring her work from the National Endowment of the Arts and Fulbright Scholarships.
And finally, two of ARAS’ most dedicated contributors, Robin Jaqua and Ami Ronnberg, are featured in this first of many videos that will appear in upcoming ARAS Connections. The series was produced by Robin on themes of Jungian psychology and features some of the most influential, early contributors to the development of the Jungian tradition in America.
This edition of ARAS Connections is truly a celebration of the many creative women who have found inspiration in Analytical Psychology and, in turn, have inspired all of us in their own, unique contributions.
Additionally, I want to call attention to a new book by one of ARAS's newest board members, Robert Tyminski. The Psychological Effects of Immigrating: A Depth Psychological Perspective on Relocating to a New Place is a rare and important combination of historical, clinical, mythical and psychological perspectives that is woven together seamlessly with a poetic and symbolic eye.