The Symbolism of the Bird, with Olga E. Turcotte

Event Details

Symbols build the bridge between the conscious and the unconscious and are essential for a healthy psyche. They are the best, and at times, the only medium to express that which is in the unconscious and bring it into consciousness.  Our first focus is on the general understanding of what symbols are, where they come from, how they work, and why they are such a vital part of analytical psychology and analysis. We will then study specifically the symbolism of the Bird across cultures, eras, mythologies, and places.  The Bird roams the earth, the skies, the heavens and swims in the oceans and the seas. It is a key Jungian symbol, found everywhere, at all times, crossing across all boundaries of conscious and unconscious life.

By the end of the seminar, participants will have a good understanding of the vital importance of working with symbols, and specifically of the Bird as a key symbol in dreams and analysis.


Date & Time:
Saturday, February 19th, 2022
10 am – 12 pm EST, via Zoom
Cost: $30


Olga E. Turcotte is a consultant and lecturer based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has lived and studied in seven countries and has worked in the fields of corporate finance, non-profit management, consulting and education. Her interest in analytical psychology started in the mid 80’s while she was still living in C. G. Jung’s Switzerland and has become her vocation over the years. Her areas of focus are dreams, history, literature, religion and symbolism.



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Recommended References

Jung, Carl Gustav, Man and His Symbols, New York, New York: Dell Publishing, 1968
Jung, Carl Gustav, Symbols of Transformation, Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1990
Hannah, Barbara, The Archetypal Symbolism of Animals, Wilmette, Illinois: Chiron Publications, 2006
Aras, The Book of Symbols, Cologne, Germany: Taschen, 2010 – access to thousands of images with Jungian commentaries and to Jung’s Collected Works (search by keyword). Annual paid membership.


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