An Alchemical Reading of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra with Julia Cleave

Organised by:

C.G. Jung Club London

16 February 2023

Time: 19:00 - 21:15

Price: £15


Essex Church. Also online.
112 Palace Gardens Terrace,

United Kingdom
W8 4RT

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This Thursday evening event is offered by the C.G. Jung Club London both online and in person.

The Club warmly welcomes anyone with an interest in Jungian psychology and related fields. Visit website at

This illustrated talk will present evidence for Shakespeare’s knowledge of the twelve stages of the Magnum Opus, and his subtle deployment of its numerology and symbolism. It will have a particular focus on his drama of Antony and Cleopatra. No other Shakespeare play has so divided opinion as to its genre, ethos, structure, the natures of its twin protagonists and their fate. Is this a triumph or a tragedy? Failure to recognise the shaping role played by the Opus in its conception has led to frequent misreadings, while the finest critics have intuitively divined its presence. Spiritual alchemy’s declared project of human ennoblement, of making ‘defect perfection’, directs us towards Shakespeare’s deepest concerns with wholeness and fulfilment of being, and the maturing powers of ‘pure love’.

About the speaker:
Julia Cleave is an independent scholar with a special interest in the Pythagorean, Hermetic and Mystery traditions as they are to be found, still largely unacknowledged, in Renaissance and Early Modern art and literature. She is a member of the Council and Academic Board and a Fellow of the Temenos Academy.

Booking and Payments:
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