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Carrying the Work of Joseph Campbell Forward

MYTH BLAST

The Illusions of Failure

by Bradley Olson

This month, the concluding month of the year, our MythBlast Series theme is The Heroism of Failure. Perhaps it’s proper to explore this topic at the end of the year because in some sense, endings and failure are, I think, more inextricably linked to heroism than success. Failure tends to stick with us longer, while success is more chimerical, more of a moment that passes relatively quickly when we do manage to achieve it. On the road to heroism, the prospective hero will fail miserably, and more than once. Failure is an inevitable and, I believe, an invaluable feature of…

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BOOK CLUB

The Joseph Campbell Foundation has partnered with Literati to create the Jospeh Campbell Myth u0026 Meaning Book Club. The club features a curated monthly title, selected by mythologists and Campbell scholars as well as leaders from other disciplines with a unique perspective and interest in myth.

Moonlight in Vermont (Esingle)

In this short story, written just before…

Belief and Power in Myth (Esingle)

“The question of belief is of less…

Bachofen’s Myth, Religion & Mother Right (Esingle)

“Wise, deep-seeing, sagely Bachofen… could with equal…

The Individual in Oriental Mythology (Audio: Lecture I.1.2)

In the wonderful Inferno of Dante, as…

The Inner Reaches of Outer Space (Ebook)

Developed from a memorable series of lectures…

The Hero’s Journey (Ebook)

Explore the life and work of Joseph…

Goddesses (Ebook)

Explore the mysteries of the feminine divine…

Romance of the Grail

Romance of the Grail (Ebook)

Explore the magic of the Arthurian legends…

The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Ebook)

Discover myth as old as humanity and…

Asian Journals: India and Japan (Ebook)

Travel with Comparative Mythologist Joseph Campbell to…

Myths of Light (Ebook)

Master mythologist Joseph Campbell had a genius…

Mythic Worlds, Modern Words (Ebook)

In 1927, as a twenty-three-year-old postgraduate scholar…

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The Ecstasy of Being (Ebook)

Joseph Campbell’s collected writings on dance and…

Mythic Imagination (ebook)

Before he was the engaging professor who…

The Mythic Dimension

The Mythic Dimension — Selected Essays 1959–1987 (Ebook)

Explore the mysteries of myth with a…

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Correspondence (Ebook)

Selected letters capturing ongoing conversations between famed…

Pathways to Bliss (Ebook)

Explore myth as a tool for personal…

Masks of God™ Volume 1: Primitive Mythology (Ebook)

Explore the power of myth as humanity…

The Flight of the Wild Gander (Ebook)

Explore the origins and impact of myth…

The Thousand and One Nights (Ebook)

Experience the overflowing bounty of the world’s…

Masks of God™ Volume 3: Occidental Mythology (Ebook)

Explore the power of myth as it…

Thou Art That (Ebook)

Woven from Joseph Campbell’s previously unpublished work,…

Masks of God™ Volume 4: Creative Mythology (Ebook)

Explore the mythology of Individualism as it…

Masks of God™ Volume 2: Oriental Mythology (Ebook)

Explore the power of myth as it…

Myths to Live By (Ebook)

Joseph Campbell famously compared mythology to a…

A Joseph Campbell Companion (Ebook)

The privilege of a lifetime is being…

Finnegans Wake (Audio: Lecture III.1.5)

The name “Finn” goes back to an…

Ulysses Part 2 (Audio: Lecture III.1.4)

This talk, the fourth in Volume 1,“The…

Ulysses Part 1 (Audio: Lecture III.1.3)

This talk, the third in Volume 1,“The…

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Audio: Lecture III.1.2)

“You’ll notice what’s going on here. All…

On the Wings of Art (Audio: Lecture III.1.1)

This talk, the first in Volume 1,…

Mythology of Today (Audio: Lecture II.6.3)

Joseph Campbell explores the Grail Legend and…

Confrontation – Religion & Society (Audio: Lecture II.6.4)

Campbell looks at what happens when you…

Mythology & Art (Audio: Lecture II.6.5)

In this unique lecture Joseph Campbell speaks…

The Psychological Basis of Freedom (Audio: Lecture II.6.2)

Speaking at Bennett College in Greensboro NC,…

Modern Myths of Quest (Audio: Lecture II.6.1)

Myths do a number of things for…

The Way of Beauty (Audio: Lecture II.5.6)

And so we come to the next…

The Mythic Approach to Life Literature & Art (Audio: Lecture II.5.5)

In India the ultimate mystery is defined…

Cosmology and the Mythic Image (Audio: Lecture II.5.4)

There is a beautiful saying by Novalis:…

Androgyne as Mystical Symbol (Audio: Lecture II.5.3)

My subject tonight is the androgyne as…

Mythologies New, Old & Today (Audio: Lecture II.5.1)

When people ask me what is the…

Myth & Violence in America (Audio: Lecture II.5.2)

A movement from what Spengler called culture…

Mythological Conclusions (Audio: Lecture II.1.11)

In this talk, never before commercially released,…

Birth of the Modern (Audio: Lecture II.1.10)

In this talk, Joseph Campbell explores way…

Birth of the Perennial Mythology (Audio: Lecture II.1.9)

In this talk, Joseph Campbell explores way…

Grail Mythology (Audio: Lecture II.1.8)

In this talk, Joseph Campbell explores the…

Thomas Mann and James Joyce (Audio: Lecture II.1.7)

In this talk, Joseph Campbell explores the…

Jung: Myth and Shadow (Audio: Lecture II.1.6)

In this talk, Joseph Campbell explores the…

Rarity: A Sukhavati Companion

In the West, we have the idea…

Shift to Western Psychology (Audio: Lecture II.1.5)

In this talk, Joseph Campbell begins looking…

Four Aims of Indian Life (Audio: Lecture II.4.5)

The first encounter of the West with…

Archetypes & Mythology (Audio: Lecture II.4.4)

You ask about eternal life. Shall I…

Freud Jung & Kundalini Yoga Part 3 (Audio: Lecture II.4.3)

As I said to begin: life, the…

Freud Jung & Kundalini Yoga Part 1 (Audio: Lecture II.4.1)

One can take anything – this watch…

Freud Jung & Kundalini Yoga Part 2 (Audio: Lecture II.4.2)

Everywhere you turn you find the same…

Mythologies of Alienation and Rapture (Audio: Lecture II.3.5)

Whether there is a God, whether one…

The Mythic Goddess (Audio: Lecture II.3.4)

All I can tell you about mythology…

Tarot & the Christian Myth (Audio: Lecture II.3.2)

The wheel of fortune is usually represented…

Symbols of the Christian Faith (Audio: Lecture II.3.1)

Why do we yearn? What is it…

The Mythic Image (Audio: Lecture II.3.3)

These are the principal archetypes, I would…

Creative Mythology (Audio: Lecture II.2.5)

It is impossible to communicate an experience…

Psychosis and the Hero’s Journey (Audio: Lecture II.2.3)

Each one brings the myth right out…

Mythology in the Modern Age (Audio: Lecture II.2.4)

Whereas in the ancient world one could…

Mythic Themes in Literature and Art (Audio: Lecture II.2.1)

Creative mythology, then, is the rendition of…

Hermes, Alchemy, & the Voyage of Ulysses (Audio: Lecture II.2.2)

Hermes is the lord of the road…

Buddhism in China (Audio: Lecture II.1.4)

I suppose if you were to try…

The Forest Adventurous (Audio: Lecture I.6.5)

We left our two heroes, Percival and…

The Arthurian Tradition (Audio: Lecture I.6.3)

Europe had perfectly good religions and mythologies…

The Grail Legend (Audio: Lecture I.6.4)

Galahad is a word from the Old…

The Mythology of Love (Audio: Lecture I.6.2)

The Persian poets asked, “What is it…

Origins of Western Mythology (Audio: Lecture I.6.1)

As I say, the function finally of…

The Religious Impulse (Audio: Lecture I.5.5)

We have a highly differentiated society able…

History of the Gods (Audio: Lecture I.5.4)

A myth is a poetic image that…

Experiencing the Divine (Audio: Lecture I.5.3)

When our guiding mythology corresponds to that…

Mythic Vision (Audio: Lecture I.5.2)

The mythological realm is the realm that…

Interpreting Symbolic Forms (Audio: Lecture I.5.1)

One way… to destroy the value and…

Personal Myth (Audio: Lecture I.4.5)

Now what do you have in your…

The Necessity of Rites (Audio: Lecture I.4.4)

Life is a monstrous, horrendous presence and…

Society and Symbol (Audio: Lecture I.4.3)

I think one could define a symbol…

Mythic Living (Audio: Lecture I.4.2)

Jung began reading ravenously the works that…

Man and Myth (Audio: Lecture I.4.1)

There are two orders of dream. There…

Creativity in Oriental Mythology (Audio: Lecture I.3.5)

When one looks at the glorious panorama…

The Sound AUM and Kundalini Yoga (Audio: Lecture II.1.3)

All of these possibilities are before you….

Buddhism (Audio: Lecture I.3.4)

No experience can be taught; all that…

Hinduisim (Audio: Lecture I.3.3)

In traditional Hinduism, each caste has its…

The Mystical Traditions of India (Audio: Lecture I.3.2)

Yoga is the intentional stopping of the…

Interpreting Oriental Myth (Audio: Lecture I.3.1)

The whole point of the Oriental wisdom…

The World Soul (Audio: Lecture I.2.5)

In the ultimate illumination, all pairs of…

Imagery of Rebirth Yoga (Audio: Lecture I.2.4)

The realms of the gods and demons…

Confrontation of East and West in Religion (Audio: Lecture I.2.3)

Just as for the American Indian the…

The Inward Journey (Audio: Lecture I.2.2)

When one studies primitive mythologies, the imagery…

The Thresholds of Mythology (Audio: Lecture I.2.1)

The first function [of mythology] is to…

The Vitality of Myth (Audio: Lecture I.1.5)

Myths are public dreams; dreams are private…

Mythology East and West (Audio: Lecture II.1.2)

“‘Tat Tvam Asi’. You are it. That…

New Horizons (Audio: Lecture I.1.4)

The old texts comfort us with horizons,…

Symbolism and the Individual (Audio: Lecture I.1.3)

These two systems of ideal—one teaching the…

The Function of Mythology (Audio: Lecture II.1.1)

…the origin of the mythological symbols is…

The Celebration of Life (Audio: Lecture I.1.1)

In the human heart and in the…

The Individual in Oriental Mythology (Audio: Lecture I.1.2)

In the wonderful Inferno of Dante, as…

The Dolorous Stroke: eSingle from Romance of the Grail

This is an excerpt from Campbell’s collection…