The Hero’s Journey
Oct24

The Hero’s Journey

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell Who is Joseph Campbell and why should we care? The Hero’s Journey – Metaphor Joseph John Campbell (March 26, 1904 – October 30, 1987) was an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work is vast,...

Read More
Joseph Campbell – On Becoming an Adult
Sep14

Joseph Campbell – On Becoming an Adult

What are our modern day rites of passage? Have we lost this part of our culture? What are the consequences if we have? Wikipedia – A rite of passage is a ritual event that marks a person’s transition from one status to another. Rites of passage explore and describe various notable milestones in an individual’s life, for any marked transitional stage, when one’s social status is altered. The concept of rites of...

Read More
The Great Year: Ancient Civilization
May30

The Great Year: Ancient Civilization

Food for thought: Earth’s precession was historically called precession of the equinoxes because the equinoxes moved westward along the ecliptic relative to the fixed stars, opposite to the motion of the Sun along the ecliptic. There is evidence that ancient civilizations knew about and followed the the precession. One complete cycle took 25,940 years to complete, or one degree every 72-years. – How did ancient...

Read More
Symbolism
Oct27

Symbolism

“A great symbol is not immediately exhaustible. In fact, it might not be even remotely exhaustible. It is something that continues to mean more as we become capable of understanding more.” – Manly P. Hall Cryptic seventeenth-century alchemical engraving of the “Azoth of the Philosophers” used by the Golden Dawn in the Portal Ritual where it is called “The Great Hermetic Arcanum.” This diagram shows the massive amount...

Read More
“The Alchemist”
Oct18

“The Alchemist”

The Alchemist – By Paulo Coelho  The Alchemist follows the journey of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago. Believing a recurring dream to beprophetic, Santiago decides to travel to a Romani fortune-teller in a nearby town to discover its meaning. A gypsy woman tells him that there is a treasure in the Pyramids in Egypt. Early into his journey, he meets an old king, Melchizedek, who tells him to sell his sheep to travel to...

Read More
The Power of Myth
Sep20

The Power of Myth

Are myths just foolish old stories believed by the gullible and the superstitious? Or do they still exert a powerful pull on our minds and in our lives? In this classic PBS series, renowned teacher and storyteller Joseph Campbell joins Bill Moyers in exploring the meaning myths have in our daily lives. The Joseph Campbell Foundation...

Read More