The Inner Meaning of Greek Mythology Online Study Group (Group 2)

Facilitator: Francesca Ferrentelli, Ph.D.
Dates: Thursdays March 4, 11, 18, 25
Time: 7 PM – 9 PM CST
Location: Virtual sessions will meet via Zoom
Maximum Participants: 12
Minimum Participants: 5
CE’s Possible: 8, with an additional $15 due March 28, 2021*

*After the last meeting, CE-seeking participants will be emailed a web page from which they can pay for CEs and access the CE Application and Program Evaluation forms.


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In The Eternal Drama: The Inner Meaning of Greek Mythology, Edward Edinger describes how Greek mythology heavily influenced the religious and mythic foundations of Western Culture. Dr. Edinger builds on Jung’s assertion that mythology expresses the deepest layers of the psyche. To Edinger, studying these myths supports the path to individuation.

Dr. Ferrentelli will lead the group through the book, and participants will have an opportunity to discuss Edinger’s thesis based on Jung’s concepts and ideas.

Participants will need to purchase a copy of The Eternal Drama: The Inner Meaning of Greek Mythology by Edward Edinger. When purchasing texts, note that Amazon Smile benefits this Jung Society.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the ways in which Greek mythology is pertinent to Jung’s idea of the transpersonal or archetypal psyche.
  2. Participants will gain an understanding of how the images of Greek deities continue to speak with us as we listen to their stories.
  3. Participants will understand how Greek mythology influenced Western culture, and therefore Western psychology.
  4. Participants will understand the ways in which terms such as anima, animus, psyche, and individuation are demonstrated in the stories in Greek mythology.

Francesca Ferrentelli, Ph.D. is a Jungian-influenced psychotherapist, mythologist, author, and storyteller in St. Louis, MO. In her private practice, she specializes in trauma, eating disorders, addictions, adult children of alcoholics, and EMDR therapy. She received her doctorate in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2003 and her M.A. in Professional Psychology from Lindenwood University in 1993. She has led multiple study groups for the St. Louis Jung Society. Her children’s book, The Zebra and the Black Pony was released in 2020.