Attachment and Emotional Regulation in Religion and Spirituality

April 10–May 8, 2023
Eastern Time, USA, online only via Zoom.
Instructor: Cynthia Poorbaugh MFA, LP

7.5 CE contact hours for licensed NYS Social Workers, Psychoanalysts and Creative Arts Therapists.

In her 2018 book, Jung’s Studies in Astrology, the astrologer and Jungian analyst, Liz Greene wrote that Jung expressed an understanding “that planetary configurations—the ‘planetary gods’ in relation to each other—symbolize unconscious complexes, which are expressed imaginally through the mythic narratives that portray in symbolic form the structure and teleology of the complex.” (p. 26) In this class we will look at the symbolic layers of the astrological chart with complexes as our focus.

The popular, and often the clinical use of the term ‘complexed’ refers to a state in which ego consciousness is subsumed by a kind of sub-personality, or ‘splinter psyche’, as Jung observed early in his studies. But Jung also stressed that complexes are “characteristic expressions of the psyche” and the “normal phenomena of life.” (Vol. 8) We will examine how the natal chart reveals the archetypal structure of our psyches and also indicates ways that certain configurations can “constellate” as complexes.

This course will endeavor to reveal some valuable psychological insights that astrology illuminates — insights into Jung’s theoretical ideas, as well as into the direct experience of being ‘possessed’ by a complex. We will use sample charts to explore Greene’s point—crucial to a psychological perspective— that, “complexes, like planetary fate, are negotiable in their level of expression if not in their essence.” (Ibid, p. 28) We will be looking at the planets, signs and aspects through the lens of complexes, but it will be helpful to know the basic astrological meanings prior to the class, and to have this book on hand: Clare Martin’s Mapping the Psyche: An Introduction to Psychological Astrology, Volumes 1 and 2.



Learning Objectives
On completion of this class, you will be able to:

  1. To discuss Jung’s theory of complexes and their relationship to the archetypal structure of the psyche using astrology.
  2. To describe ways that astrology illuminates both psychic structure and potentials for expression.
  3. To strengthen archetypal discernment.
  4. To demonstrate an understanding of the astrological underpinnings of Jung’s thought.

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Program Information


$150 per single-day program registration. There are no scholarships available for this program.

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All 5-week courses are $175 for the general public and $150 for members.


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$175 General Public

$150 Members


When you pay you must also email your current email address and telephone number to the Foundation at  The Foundation will send you an email message and you must reply to confirm receipt. If you are taking this course for 7.5 CE contact hours for licensed NYS Social Workers, Psychoanalysts and Creative Arts Therapists, please specify which license you hold and give your NYS license number.

 Class size is limited. Early registration is strongly recommended. Refunds for continuing education courses, less $15 for administrative services, will be made up to seven days before the first session. There will be no refunds issued after classes have begun. No exceptions will be made. Programs are subject to change without notice.


Maxson J. McDowell, PhD, LMSW, LP, is a senior Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City.  Former President of the C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology, he is also a longtime faculty member. He has taught courses in dream interpretation online and in person for over 25 years.  He has published numerous papers on dream interpretation, Jungian psychology, narcissistic injury, systems theory and autism.

Cynthia Poorbaugh MFA, LP is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York, and Cold Spring, NY. She is a faculty member and supervisor for the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association, and a member of  the IAAP and IJAS. She has presented papers at psychoanalytic training colloquia and international conferences. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the C.G. Jung Foundation, and teaches for the Foundation’s Continuing Education program. Her area of interest in teaching, writing and research is the relationship between Jung’s archetypal theory and astrology, and how astrology illuminates key facets of Jung’s theory and the symbolic attitude.

David Rottman, MA, is past President of the C.G. Jung Foundation and is a member of the Jung Foundation’s Continuing Education Faculty. He is the author of The Career as a Path to the Soul. He was the editor and publisher for The Way of the Image by Yoram Kaufmann. He has a private practice in New York City.   

David Walczyk, EdD, LP, NCPsyA, is a Jungian trained analyst in private practice in NYC. He is a graduate of Columbia University. He is an award-winning educator, award-winning designer, and has, for over 25 years, shared his ideas and insights through writing, teaching, presentations, and workshops domestically and internationally. He was a Fellow at the prestigious United States National Academy of Science and a Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress, both in Washington DC. David has been on the faculty of NYU since 2003 and, as a service to our country, has evaluated tens of millions of grant applications for the U.S. Government. For more information visit

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