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The C. G. Jung Society of Queensland

February 2008 Event


“Amor Fati” – to Love one’s Fate

A presentation by Kaye Gersch



Thursday 7 February 2008, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

St Mary’s Parish House, Cn Merviale and Peel Sts, South Brisbane

Members and concession $5; Non-members $10


Preceded at 6pm by the Annual general Meeting


“The Fates lead the willing

But drag the unwilling.” (Cleanthes)


What does it mean to love our fate, as Jung concludes that we must? Is looking nostalgically at the past, to the good old days, or to what we used to be able to achieve when we were young, what Jung had in mind? How much does living consciously (whatever that might mean) change or direct our Fate?


Even Eckhart Tolle, in “The Power of NOW”, invites his readers to 'a pain-free existence by living fully in the present.’  Being fully present, accepting this moment, implies a willingness on our part to be with the Fates, rather than against them.  This is close to what we, following Jung, explore in this challenging idea of Amor Fati.  (Of course, Jung has a lot more to say about suffering, especially in relation to the discovery of meaning, which he also relates to Fate).


We will also pursue the enigmatic statement, “That which we do not approach consciously comes to us as Fate” (Jung, CW)


Kaye has been living in Cairns for the past 10 years (having come from Perth), where she practices as an Analytic Psychotherapist.  Her training is eclectic, being both Jungian and Freudian.  Her Master's thesis was entitled "Mysticism, Psychosis and Gnosis" and this year she takes up her PhD studies on the similar subject of feminine mysticism.   Kaye's original career was as a musician, and she particularly enjoys harpsichord. She performs with various ensembles.  Other interests include gardening, bush walking and writing - especially fiction and poetry.  A few decades ago she practiced as a Naturopath specializing in Homoeopathy, which led her to read and appreciate Jung.  Kaye is the mother of two daughters, one of whom died at the age of 14.  This death compelled her to seek depth analysis, with Dr Sally Kester. 


H A V E  Y O U R  S A Y






6 pm Thursday 7 February, 2008, St. Mary’s Parish House, Cn. Merivale and Peel Sts, S. Brisbane


(followed at 7:30 by a talk by Kaye Gersch)



          Report on the year’s activities and financial report


New                Proposal to raise the annual membership fee by $5.


The annual membership fee has not been raised for many years. In order for the Society to continue to be able to break even over a year of operations, the Executive Committee proposes a modest rise of $5 bringing the membership fee to $35 per year ($25 concession, $50 for couples and families; $12 for newsletter only). This rise will still leave us in the position of having amongst the lowest membership fees of all the Jung Societies in Australia.


          Election of a new Committee for 2008


The Committee does the work necessary for the Society to function – organising speakers and advertising events, keeping a record of the membership, looking after the Society’s finances, etc. At the beginning of each year, all positions fall vacant:



 Membership Secretary

 Committee Secretary


 Newsletter editor

 Publicity officer


 We also need an auditor.


          Feedback and suggestions from members



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