Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies (JSSS) Conference in Santa Fe 2016

As appeared/printed in the program, my summary proposal  and  abstract: 

A Jungian Study of the Estuary: 

As Active Alchemical Earth, Psychoid Phenomena, and in Conjunction with Human Psyche

This paper offers a Jungian study of Earth’s estuary, a unique place where two bodies of water meet and mingle—whether freshwater with seawater or as meeting ground for two freshwater bodies—which, embedded in its unique chemical composition and action, metaphorically embodies earth as Active Alchemist; meanwhile, considering psychoid as theorized by Jung and furthered by Joseph Cambray (Martinez, CFP), the estuary demonstrates psychoid phenomenon. These habitats tend to disappear in the hands of land developers and are considered endangered--except those legally preserved.  Estuarine ecosystems behave as vital, life sustaining cauldrons for larger ecosystems and need to be preserved, to remain embedded in their own streams of consciousness. Jung stated that “the human libido contains the two opposite urges […] the instinct to live and the instinct to die” (Jung, 2012/1989, p. 77).  I wish the will to die be naturally inclined rather than unnatural, destructive human acts that threaten Earth, and address humanity’s possible unconscious causes seemingly indicative in Jung’s writings. A sampling of the waters and the sediment embedded in Earth’s (al)chemical process will precede mythopoetic sentiment through amplification of ancient myths, namely: 1) water basin and (al)chemical species’ birth bed as the Celtic Cauldron of Cerridwen of rebirth and inspiration; 2) ancient Egypt’s creation myth of the ben ben mound and bennu bird, evidencing ancient human’s perception of psyche embedded in Earth via psychoid motifs in the myth; 3) shamanic totemic animal powers in lieu of key estuarine life forms as psychoid expression (containing both matter and psyche), providing charts of their psychoid organizing (Cambray, as cited by Martinez, CFP); 4) amplification and juxtaposition of The Fertile Crescent found in two exemplary estuaries: Old Woman’s Creek, a healthy freshwater estuary near where I live and another in San Francisco, a saltwater/freshwater estuary in distress, where a friend of mine lives whom I interviewed. My paper offers original first hand study of estuarine eco-psychological awareness for Jungian communities and communal Earth, as estuaries offer unique opportunity for humans to gain “empathy as a means to enter the interior world of the ‘other’” (Cambray, Synchronicity, p. 71).


Cambray, J. (2009). Synchronicity: Nature and psyche in an interconnected universe. 

     D. H. Rosen (Ed.). College StationTexas A & M. University Press.

Jung, C. G. (2012). Introduction to Jungian psychology: Notes of the seminar of analytical

     psychology. W. McGuire (Ed.). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. (Original work  

     published 1989).

Martinez, I. (2015). CFP. www. jungiansociety.org: Jungian Society of Scholarly Studies.


Earth’s ecological distress is not new news; however, estuaries are often “out of sight, out of mind”—residing “aside” consciousness—while vital to freshwater and food resources. These unique habitats where two bodies of water meet need to be preserved. Their distinct traits are herein explored with a Jungian lens.