Thom F. Cavalli, Ph.D.

Thom was blessed with a calling – to teach, write and practice Jungian psychology. Born and raised in New York City, he graduated Queens College with a dual major in Fine Art and Psychology. Needing to learn the wisdom traditions of other cultures, he left New York to explore the world (Egypt, India, Japan, Cambodia, New Zealand), but always came back to his first passion with fresh insights. He settled in California, obtained his doctorate in psychology and immersed himself in the rich Jungian community of San Diego. His first analytic therapy was with the esteemed Robert A. Johnson, and over the years worked with three more Jungian analysts.

These experiences formed the foundation of a 35 year therapy practice, providing many Jungian seminars and workshops, as well as publishing two major books (Alchemical Psychology, Old Recipes for Living in a New World and Embodying Osiris) and numerous articles in prestigious Jungian journals, including Psychological Perspectives, the Jung Journal, and the Journal of Jungian Scholarly Studies. Along the way, Thom, like Jung, became fascinated with alchemical psychology, a subject he’s studied for decades.

“Alchemical psychology is one of Jung’s greatest but least known contributions to the world. It is the open secret that defines a process that facilitates the natural evolution of personal and collective individuation. In therapy and coaching alchemical psychology, we learn to leverage the secrets of nature using alchemical recipes and operations, dream analysis and active imagination. Simply put we work at integrating conscious and unconscious content in realizing our purpose and meaning in life. The Philosopher’s Stone is the fulfillment of a lifetime lived deliberatively, purposefully and with joy.

Thom has had the great privilege of teaching at Jungian Institutes (Los Angeles, Arizona, Vancouver), major universities (Cambridge UK, Chapman), magic and mystery schools (Nine Gates and McBride’s Mysterium), Theosophical and Mason Lodges, Esalen Institute, psychological associations (American Psychological Association), and the International Alchemy Conference. Thom offers Jungian therapy that includes dream analysis, psychological type, and active imagination. His latest offering is alchemical coaching to people throughout the country and around the globe via various online platforms. This unique approach utilizes the principles and operations of alchemy to facilitate natural healing to achieve one’s goals and aspirations.

To get a taste of Alchemical Psychology, visit Thom’s other website Let’s “dream the myth onward!” For immediate contact email

Professional Experience

  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 1979
  • Licensed Psychologist, 1981
  • Psychotherapy practice, 45 years
  • Licensed Marriage, Family Therapy (past)
  • Qualified Medical Examiner (past)

Jungian Analysis with

  • Robert A. Johnson
  • Pan Coukoulis
  • Jack Laney
  • Laura Brau

Published Works


Alchemical Psychology, Old Recipes for Living in a New World, 2001

Embodying Osiris, the Secret of Alchemical Transformation (Quest, 2010)

Journal Articles

Arche, Notes and Papers on Archaic Studies

The Cosmology of Chance, 1981

Psychological Perspectives

Inanna and Osiris, Alchemical Functions of the Psyche

Psych Perspective 2023

The Resurrection of the Mummy

Psychological Perspectives, 2018

The Alchemical Osiris, From Ra to Radium

Psychological Perspectives, Volume 59, 2016

Journal of Scholarly Jungian Studies

Osiris, the Arab Spring and the Egyptian Revolution

volume 2, 2012

Do Bats Die of COVID? A Mythic Lesson from a Deadly Disease



Dream as Prima Materia, 2023

Film and Book Reviews

— The Jung Journal

Piecing a Life Together, The Making of Memories, Dreams, Reflections, 2024

Paracelsus, 2022

The Magic of Alchemy, 2021

Dangerous Values, Review of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, 2022

Stranger than Fiction, A Biased Review of Wild, Wild Country, Fall 2018

The Last and Greatest Work of Alchemy, 11.20

For the Love of God and Country, the Making of a President,

A film analysis and political review of The Crown, The Young Pope and the election of Donald Trump

Published in Volume 12, Number 1, 2018

Published online: 21 Feb 2018

“There’s Nothin’ like the Real Thing”

The Jung Journal, Published in Volume 9, Number 3, 2015

Published online: 31 Jul 2015

The Lost Cause, A Jungian Critique of The Master

The Jung Journal, Published in Volume 7, Number 4, 2013

The Artistry of The Artist, a Jungian Critique of a Silent Movie

The Jung Journal, Published in Volume 6, Number 3, 2012

Published online: 01 Feb 2013

Reality Sandwich

Dancing in the Fire Dancing in Two Worlds: A Mindful Way to Loving Relationships 

John Amodeo, Ph.D. (Dance with Fire Review.doc)

Rosicrucian Journal

The Spirit of Alchemy

Teaching (seminars and workshops):

American Psychological Association, Borderline Pathology

The Orange County Jung Club (10 seminars)

The Alchemical Osiris: A Myth for our Time, 2011
The Dark Things That Make Us Real: Word, Image and Experience in Egyptian Alchemy, 2006
Alchemical Psychology: Transforming the Lead of the Unconscious into the Gold of an “Illumined Soul”, 2002
Alchemical Psychology
The Trickster
Analysts’ role in Managed Care

The Los Angeles Jung Institute

Jung Society of Vancouver, CN

Jung/Lacan Conference, The Divinity School, St. John’s, Cambridge University, UK, The Alchemical Osiris, Sublime Symbol of Eternal Regeneration

The International Alchemy Conferences, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Long Beach (4 years)

Jung Society of Phoenix

The Mysterium, Las Vegas, NV

The Nine Gates Mystery school, AZ (four-week long alchemy intensives over 4 years)

Masons Lodge Colorado Springs

Nile Cruise seminar, Egypt

Jung Archademy

Introduction to Alchemical Psychology, 2022 – 6 seminar series
Jungian Alchemical Healing, 2023 – 5 seminar series
The Alchemical Shadow, scheduled for 2024

Depth Alliance, New Orleans


Shrink Rap Radio

Jung and the World

The No BS Book Club    

What’s Going OM

Roads to Bliss

Gnostic Warrior

Depth Alliance

Jungarchademy, Living the Alchemical Life,

Aeon Press