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MA, Simon Frazer University
Ph.D., University of Connecticut (Comparative Literature/Archetypal Psychology)
Lectured and taught extensively throughout Europe, North America and Great Britain.
Speaker at the Eranos Conferences, one of the most prestigious conferences in the Humanities, with articles published in the Eranos Jahrbucher. Pioneered an imaginative and depth psychological approach to divination and its sense of spirit and the relation of divination to the arts.
Director of Research at the Eranos Foundation. Co-directed the I Ching Project and wrote the Eranos translation, The Classic Chinese Oracle of Change, considered to be a definitive text. Edited the new series of Eranos Yearbooks. Organized and conducted the I Ching Seminars at the Eranos Foundation. Generally acknowledged as one of the world's experts on the psychological and spiritual uses of divination.
Trained as dancer and actor in New York professional studios. Danced and choreographed in New York and with various companies throughout Canada. Extensive reading in depth and archetypal psychology and its relation to performing arts. Lectures and teaches at the Myth and Theatre Festivals, held at various locations world-wide.
On faculty of University of Philosophical Research (Los Angeles, CA), a well-known and fully accredited graduate institute.
I Ching: Myths for Change.
London: Time Warner, 2003.
The Classic Chinese Oracle of Change, revised edition.
London: Chrysalis/Vega, 2002.
Symbols of Love. London: Time Warner, 2003/Little, Brown, 2002.
The Way of I Ching, London: Harper Thorsons, 2002.
Ching Plain and Simple. London: Harper Thorsons, 2004 (forthcoming).
Reprint of How to Use the I Ching: Working with the Oracle of Change.
London: Harper Element, 2001.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Divination. London: Harper Element, 2001 (revised edition).
Essential Shiatsu (with Yuichi Kawada), Time Warner, 2002.
The Oracle of Kuan Yin, Goddess of Compassion. London: Time Warner 2003/ Little, Brown, 2001.
Ta Chuan: The Great Treatise, London: Carroll and Brown 2000/ New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2001.
“Jung, the Tao and the Classic of Change.” Journal of Religion and Health, 38/4 and Harvest, Winter 1999.
“Divination, Synchronicity and Fate,” Journal of Religion
and Health. 37/3, Fall 1998, originally Guild of Pastoral
Psychology, Lecture no. 263.
“Which Way I Fly is Hell:
Divination and the Shadow of the West.” Spring 55/1994.
“Oracle’s Contexts: Gods, Dreams, Shadow, Language.” Spring
“Making Spirits Bright: Divination and the Demonic Image.”
Stephen Karcher, Ph.D., is one of
today’s most creative and controversial writers in the field of Yijing
studies and the meeting of eastern spirituality and western depth
psychology. An internationally known scholar, he was Research Director
of the Eranos Foundation’s I Ching Project, where he pioneered
a depth psychological approach to divination and its sense of spirit. He
has worked with Yijing and other divination systems for over 30 years
and is the author of many seminal books, articles and translations. His
newest book, Total I Ching: Myths for Change was recently
published by Time Warner. He was a professional dancer and
choreographer for several years and is a featured speaker at the
International Myth and Theatre Conferences. He holds a doctorate in
comparative literature and archetypal psychology.
“Knowing, passionate and profound … a skilful and innovative teacher
with a fascinating, stimulating and practical program … Stephen is
accessible and articulate, inspiring and helpful ... makes a hidden part
of Jung come alive.”
praise for Total I Ching
'This translation liberates
meanings in the I Ching that have been missing from our understanding
for a couple of thousand years... it reveals a whole new landscape of
interpretation that make previous translations feel cramped by
HILARY BARRETT, I CHING SCHOLAR
'This could be Karcher's
masterpiece - a beautiful, liberating, potent and inspiring version of
the ancient classic. Working with the original Chinese texts and drawing
on the most recent scholarship,
Karcher shatters the constricting cage of traditional interpretations to
open up the oracle's lost
mythic dimension. Even experienced users of the I Ching will be
astonished by the extraordinary
riches they will find in Total I Ching'
DR RODERICK MAIN, LECTURER IN
PSYCHOANALYTIC STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX
The definitive book on the
world's oldest wisdom tradition
The I CHING is the oldest
and most respected oracle or divinatory system in the world. There are
currently two translations available - the popular Confucian version and
an earlier Taoist version called Zhouyi. Reconstructed by
twentieth-century scholars and archaeologists. Zhouyi presents the
highly imaginative world of myth and ritual that is the hidden
base of thousands of years of Eastern thought.
Now, for the first time
ever, STEPHEN KARCHER fuses these two traditions using modern
scholarship and archaeological and linguistic research, along with a
wide background in Eastern philosophy and comparative religion, and
presents them to the modern Western reader in a comprehensive and
accessible new form.
TOTAL I CHING is a complete
oracle with instruction for immediate use in all life situations, but is
also the first translation to detail the mythology of the divinatory
system, offering a revolutionary new
approach to the world's oldest wisdom tradition.
STEPHEN KARCHER PhD has worked with divinatory texts for more than 30 years. He was a speaker at the Eranos Foundation and supervised their I Ching Project. He is widely acknowledged to be one of the world's leading experts on the psychological and spiritual uses of divination. THE KUAN YIN ORACLE, SYMBOLS OF LOVE, ESSENTIAL SHIATSU (with Yuichi Kawada)
Stephen Karcher, Ph.D. • Vesterbrogade 166, 4 sal • 1800 Frederiksberg C.• Danmark • +45 33 21 30 71 •
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