Laurel Howe, M.A.

Laurel Howe, M.A.

DIPLOMATE JUNGIAN ANALYST

Depth Psychotherapy

What is Depth Psychotherapy? Depth psychotherapy works from the inside out, relying on the wisdom of the unconscious, including dreams, to unveil the meaning and purpose of your individual life. Through depth psychotherapy you may...
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Jungian Analysis

The crowned hermaphrodite is an alchemical symbol for wholeness. It is a creature living according to its own sometimes paradoxical inner nature. The hermaphrodite’s bat wings, the serpents, the green lion, the sun tree, and...
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Sandplay

Sandplay Therapy Children Because it is nonverbal and completely non-intrusive, sandplay therapy works especially well for children. Sandplay was developed by Dora Kalff, a Swiss student of C.G. Jung and Tibetan Buddhism. Sandplay therapy is specifically...
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I have been studying depth psychology since 1985, when I began to realize that my dreams were trying to open my eyes to aspects of my life and the world around me that I could only begin to fathom.

If you have dreams that intrigue you, bother you, or even scare you, chances are they are calling you to a deeper way of life, to realize and value a path that is meant only for you.

Together, we can investigate the deeply personal meaning of your dreams, and relate them to universal themes found in religion and mythology around the world.

Understanding the language in your dreams will help give meaning to your struggles and your successes. They shine a light on your life in a way that helps you realize that your life is meaningful and valuable.

Publications

Books

War of the Ancient Dragon, Alchemical Images in Sandplay, (Fisher King Press) Spring, 2016. Detailed alchemical study of the sandplay case of a six-year-old bully who burned, tortured, flooded, and finally resurrected a new king, indicating the advent of an adapted attitude. “Remarkably grounds what can be very illusive alchemical imagery into psychological experience.”

Wisdom has Built Her House: Psychological Aspects of the Feminine, November, 2019. Chapter entitled, “Redeeming Mary Magdalene: Feminine Side of the Death and Resurrection Archetype. This article traces the symbolism of Mary Magdalene from the early days of Christianity through the present. In 2016, Pope Frances officially named her the First Apostle, capping a long history in which Mary has fascinated church exegetes. The article examines the nature of this fascination as it reveals Mary’s archetypal role, which we could call the anima of the church.

In the writings of church fathers and in legend, Mary has occupied a critical role in the resurrection symbolism. She is the human being in whom the god is realized and redeemed.

Articles

Psychological Perspectives

  • “Mary Magdalene: Lover of the Dying and Resurrecting God-Man,” Winter, 2013. Link to Psychological Perspectives article on Mary Magdalene: Mary Magdalene article.pdf.
  •  “War of the Ancient Dragon,” Alchemical images in sandplay, Fall, 2012.
    Editor Margaret Johnson wrote, “Our journal does not usually publish ‘clinical’ cases, but with [this] essay… we would like to make an exception. Our editorial board found that it was valuable above and beyond being a case study because it remarkably grounds what can be very illusive alchemical imagery into psychological experience.” (Link to the full-length book version): (Fisher King Press)
  • Two poems, Vol. 47, Issue 1, 2004.

Jungiana, Journal of the C.G. Jung Foundation, Küsnacht, Switzerland

  • “Der Urkrieg des Drachen Feuer, Zerstörung und Erneuerung im Sandspiel,” Reihe A, Band 16, 2010.

Manuscripts

  • Mary Magdalene: A Psychological Perspective. Study of Mary Magdalene in Christian, Gnostic, alchemical, and legendary contexts. The psychological perspective allows us to join literal and symbolic understandings of this intriguing feminine principle of renewal.
  • The Return of Eros. Survey of images from pre-Biblical mother religions from 10,000 BC to 500 BC and how their evolution reveals the gestation and birth of spiritual consciousness, eventually personified in the Yahweh god-image, before the feminine disappears from Western religion. The psychological perspective on this evolution helps unveil how Eros has always supported the developing god-image and is preparing for a return to our culture.

Areas of Interest

Laurel lectures as a Jungian analyst and sandplay therapist internationally and shares her research into the symbolism of ancient, Middle Eastern images of the feminine archetype. Her work traces the development of archeological images prior to and during the writing of the Old Testament.

Laurel is researching and writing about Mary Magdalene as a figure who appears in the Bible, legend, Gnosticism, popular culture, and alchemy and has important psychological and spiritual meaning to women and men today.

Laurel has lectured on the meaning of color in dreams and the history of color pigmentation in art and alchemy as aspects of its symbolic meaning.

Other topics of interest include alchemy in sandplay, dream interpretation, fairy tales, film, and parent-child relationships.

Contact

Laurel Howe, M.A.
Diplomate Jungian Analyst
Denver, Colorado (Lakewood)

Phone: 1 (303) 332-8828
Email: laurelah@icloud.com