Opus Archives and Research Center

Coming Home Exhibit & Tour Time:

Saturday, January 18th – 4:00-5:00 p.m.

[Opus Archives & Gallery Tour]
With Devon Deimler

At the end of the tour, attendees will be able to linger at the exhibit for a little while, if they want.

Link to the exhibit:

Guiding Spirits: The Radical Witches and Women of OPUS

On View January—June, 2020

Guiding Spirits: The Radical Witches and Women of OPUS presents an array of materials highlighting explorations of mythological witches and the occult underpinnings of depth psychology. On view are germane selections from OPUS’ leading-edge women scholars, including Marija Gimbutas’ archeological illustrations of bird goddesses and their canine consorts, and Christine Downing and Marion Woodman’s manuscripts on the distrust and endurance of the female body and the magical powers of lunar crossroad goddesses, Hekate, Artemis, and Baba Yaga. Also on view will be OPUS’ most extensive display to date of Judge W. H. Barnes’ rare turn-of-the-20th-century Spiritualist book collection, featuring testimonial accounts and investigative exposés of séances, trance mediums, and spirit materializations—all phenomena influential upon the psychology of C. G. Jung and the Theosophical establishment of OPUS’ neighboring township of Summerland, CA. 

This exhibit serves to illuminate ways in which goddess worship, bodily healing, oracular arts, and the co-arising of Spiritualism with women’s suffrage all provided invaluable and pivotal leadership roles for women, as well as validating our enduring human need for contact with the unseen. Guiding Spirits is designed to complement Pacifica Graduate Institute’s June 2020 conference, Magic from the Margins: Witches, Women, and Emerging Ecologies of Psyche.

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