Katie SanforD, MA, MFC

Jungian Analyst

 

Healing the Split through Active Imagination

The Serpent and the Cross

 

Welcome to sharing in Katie Sanford’s life work dedicated to finding and reclaiming a more conscious relationship to the long repressed creative potential of the archetypal Great Mother - a repression that has split the human psyche asunder.

Born shortly after the close of the 19th century and living through the 20th century, Katie has worked for over 60 years with the focus on spanning the patriarchal split between “Mother Nature” and “Father Spirit,” a split played out both individually and collectively in our Western culture. The summation of Katie’s inner journey toward healing this “mother wound” can be found in her book, The Serpent and the Cross: Healing the Split through Active Imagination. 

As Marie-Louise von Franz observed, “The tearing apart of the psychic opposites in Christian teaching has totally separated spirit and matter, good and evil. The split goes right through our own psyche.”  This split, the inner conflict that resulted, and the never ending quest for healing and wholeness are the themes of Katie’s life and work.

The tearing 
apart of the psychic opposites in Christian teaching has totally separated spirit and matter, good and evil. The split goes right through our own psyche.

Marie-Louise von Franz
In these pages you can listen to, download and share several of Katie’s lectures and workshops; read, download and print the manuscripts of several of her articles; and listen to and watch several interviews of Katie. There is no charge to download and share these materials.

Here you will find an introduction to and excerpts from The Serpent and the Cross. Its sixty-two archetypal paintings and related commentaries span thirty years of intense inner work; The Serpent and the Cross embodies the search for a more conscious relationship to the feminine dimension of the human psyche that, for women, is the very foundation of their being.

Katie’s paintings, as well as her professional archives, have been acquired byThe Opus Archives and Research Center, located on the campus of Pacifica Graduate Institute, where they are maintained along with the archives of Joseph Campbell, Marija Gimbutas, Marion Woodman, James Hillman and other contributors to the field of Jungian psychology and archetypal studies. Katie’s book, with its 62 symbolic images, is regarded as the portrayal of a modern myth. The Serpent and the Cross also has been selected for inclusion in The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (“ARAS”), a collection of mythological, ritualistic and symbolic images from all over the world.

As Jung reminds us: “The serious problems of life are never solved. If ever they should appear to be so it is a sure sign that something has been lost. The meaning and purpose of a problem seems to lie not in its solution but in our working at it incessantly. This along preserves us from stultification and petrification.”

Katie has been “working at it incessantly” for almost 60 years, and the tangible products of that work are presented, in part, in these pages, and of course in The Serpent and the Cross.

 

Katie Painting in 1969

Welcome to The Serpent and the Cross

Katie with Daughter Lynette Walker, above, and granddaughter Heather, below.  Lynette and Heather’s inspiration and efforts led to publication of The Serpent and the Cross.

painting 32 - 1968

painting 62 - 1987

painting 27 - 1967