July 7th – August 3rd 2016

Day 20

July 26th 1875
C. G. Jung’s Birthday

“The unconscious…is the deposit of all human experience right back to its remotest beginnings.”
– C. G. Jung

Although the grandest search of the SydArthur Festival has been for those protagonists whose work and lives best sum up the psychedelic artist, there has also been a secondary though no less essential search for those Facilitators, Ur-Ancestors, Culture Heroes whose works even before the discovery of LSD beat at the boundaries of Western thought and dared to free our minds in preparation for the awesome experiment of the post-war years. Though Freud and Jung were arguably the greatest minds of the 20th Century, Jung it was who dared us to abandon religion and – in his own words – “live in doubt”. And it is C. G. Jung alone whom we must credit and thank for such terms as “archetype”, “synchronicity” and the “collective unconscious”: concepts which the Western intellectual has come to rely on when trying to explain bizarre experiences, bizarre feelings and supernatural events in this scientific post-war age.

Whereas Freud in his concept of the non-personal mind saw only murk and jettisoned human debris, Jung’s vision of the Collective Unconscious was of a colossal psychic ocean of all past collective human experience from whose unfathomable depths even the most forgotten experiences could, with consideration, yet be retrieved. Nothing was lost forever, only buried deep in the silt of time. And Jung it was who set the West on its head with his research into UFOs, alchemy and the occult, his adventuresome spirit always craftily concealed beneath his hefty scientific credentials, which the good doctor, throughout his long career, cannily deployed at any opportunity in order to trespass into the kind of obscure areas of bizarre, unauthentic research that would have ruined the careers of lesser men.

So hail to thee, mighty Carl Jung – this Sage of the Scientific Age, this Freer of the West whose decades of visions, research and literature has so aided our first tentative steps into this post-Christian Age. He dared not only to split with Freud, but his Visions (and extraordinarily thorough research papers) regarding the so-called Collective Unconscious made of him nothing less than a latter day Zarathustra, for Jung DARED to judge, to stand one before the other, point a finger and say: ‘That one!’

Today let’s meet on the astral plane at 20:00 GMT and discuss how we can come to a new Golden Age.

Thu Thursday
Fri Friday
Sat Saturday
Sun Sunday
Mon Monday
Tue Tuesday
Wed Wednesday
Day 1: Thursday Jul :7th
Death of Syd Barrett
Day 2: Friday Jul :8th
Death of Percy Bysshe Shelley
Day 3: Saturday Jul :9th
Day 4: Sunday Jul :10th
Day 5: Monday Jul :11th
Day 6: Tuesday Jul :12th
Henry David Thoreau’s Birthday
Day 7: Wednesday Jul :13th
Day 8: Thursday Jul :14th
The Storming of the Bastille
Day 9: Friday Jul :15th
Roky Erickson’s Birthday
Day 10: Saturday Jul :16th
Day 11: Sunday Jul :17th
Day 12: Monday Jul :18th
Death of Nico
Day 13: Tuesday Jul :19th
Full Moon
Day 14: Wednesday Jul :20th
Death of Dieter Moebius
Day 15: Thursday Jul :21st
Day 16: Friday Jul :22nd
George Clinton’s Birthday
Day 17: Saturday Jul :23rd
Day 18: Sunday Jul :24th
Robert Graves’ Birthday
Day 19: Monday Jul :25th
Day 21: Wednesday Jul :27th
Day 22: Thursday Jul :28th
Day 23: Friday Jul :29th
Suicide of Vincent Van Gogh
Day 24: Saturday Jul :30th
Day 25: Sunday Jul :31st
Day 27: Tuesday Aug :2nd
Death of William S. Burroughs
Day 28: Wednesday Aug :3rd
Death of Arthur Lee