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Writer's Block by Isabelle Gallino

Writer's Block by Isabelle Gallino (used through a Creative Commons license) Time and again, as artists and writers we come to a point in our development where that proverbial “block” on the road of creativity...

Tiburon Mariposa Lily, 2005 (© Julia Kudler. Used with permission.)

[caption id="attachment_19622" align="aligncenter" width="2272"] Tiburon Mariposa Lily (© 2005, Julia Kudler. Used with permission.)[/caption] “We speak of the symbolism and metaphor of myth – but why? Why do myths have to use symbols to communicate?...

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[caption id="attachment_19557" align="alignright" width="213"] Ramayan (1987 TV series) poster[/caption] In 1987, the Hindu epic The Rāmāyaṇa was serialized for Indian television. It immediately became immensely popular and was treated with ritualistic honor throughout the country when...

Navaho sand painting to a Blessing Chant. New Mexico, c. 1950

[caption id="attachment_19386" align="alignleft" width="200"] Navaho sand painting to a Blessing Chant. New Mexico, c. 1950[/caption] In his 1986 publication The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Campbell turns to a Navaho sand painting of a Blessing...

Enough is a feast by Arul Irudayam. Used through a Creative Commons license

[caption id="attachment_19326" align="aligncenter" width="799"] "Enough is a feast" by Arul Irudayam. Used through a Creative Commons license[/caption] Here in America, November marks the celebration of Thanksgiving, and we at JCF have adopted the theme of...

Icarus and Daedalus, Lord Frederic Leighton (oil on canvas, England, c. 1869)

[embed]https://www.flickr.com/photos/90171279@N00/6430417797/in/photolist-aNezbn-65Rpcg-6e1yMN-pFjraa-dmehbL-aB74tY-P5BHcR-dvsq59-9fx3N4-5F7Cfi-63L32B-71fj8u-q4B7YQ-znGDrp-FR3Psc-2bT7SNT-2cKpDc1-PgCU97-JB34E6-268a5nV-AM7gSA-6ujZ74-v8npZ5-XfhNbT-yqJHs4-9zf7Xf-5oaDKQ-wATXgB-2fNUepv-atatFC-PHDiqL-7gXG2-8aV7Nm-gusgXY-7dhAUv-8aRPwX-aESq3K-8aV7YA-SgYwYu-2gjYNxN-2ftK87T-4iqR3m-GMvRLB-2637cR7-rqt2W-BpAASR-2avxxbL-2gYC273-RKLSuC-2geYZFi[/embed] Gratitude........... (photo by smile7/flickr.com; used through a Creative Commons license) For me, it has been a challenging privilege to brush shoulders with this month’s theme of gratitude. Gratitude, to me, is simply appreciation, but...

What the holy grail symbolizes is the highest spiritual fulfillment of a human life [...] It has to do with overcoming the same temptations that the Buddha overcame: attachment to this, and that, or the...

Somewhere in the middle of my journey with stories of individuation, as Carl Jung and others would term them, I became curious about where the feminine lives in the story of the self’s becoming. Shortly...

Tristan and Iseult

In the field and scope of mythology, those of us who think or work in and around myth often discuss the apparent absence of a contemporary mythology. In conversation, Joseph Campbell sometimes noted that we...

Looking at my life, I cannot escape a basic fact: my individual existence is enmeshed in the life of the collective—not only my immediate family and friends, but in the larger institutions and systems that...

The Masks of God: Primitive Mythology (Collected Works digital edition)

When I was asked to lead the team of academics responsible for fact-checking and updating the archaeological discoveries, anthropological theories and migration patterns presented in the Primitive Mythology, the first volume in Joseph Cambpell’s four-volume...

The Joseph Campbell Foundation will soon be releasing an ebook publication of Campbell’s Myths of Light, an utterly charming little book in which the attentive reader will be able to discern Campbell’s joy and exuberance...

Editor's note: As we celebrate inspired teaching and learning this month, we are excited to share the ideas and work of one of JCF's Board members, Kwame Scruggs, PhD, exploring his extraordinary work with young...

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