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Angela Gregory as a young artist

[caption id="attachment_19668" align="alignright" width="212"] Angela Gregory as a young artist[/caption] The art of letter writing has been significantly threatened since e-mails and text messages brought about faster and more efficient ways to communicate with words....

Joseph Campbell at the University of Paris, c. 1927

[caption id="attachment_19650" align="alignright" width="218"] Joseph Campbell at the University of Paris, c. 1927[/caption] The text we’re highlighting this month is Correspondence: 1927-1987, which offers selections of Joseph Campbell’s correspondence over the last 60 years of...

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...

Jacqueline_Kennedy_in_Venezuela

[caption id="attachment_17969" align="alignright" width="300"] "Follow your bliss!" Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers (from Episode 4: "Sacrifice and Bliss")[/caption] What did Joseph Campbell mean when he said, “Follow your bliss and...

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...

My first memories of Joseph Campbell are through my dad’s love for him. Dad played Campbell’s lectures on cassette tapes on long, sun drenched drives to visit our family’s patriarch in the desert. Ironically, what...

A yamabushi performing a Shintō fire ritual, Kyōto,Japan, 1955. (Photograph by Joseph Campbell. Copyright © by Joseph Campbell Foundation, 2002. All rights reserved.)

It is the first day of spring as I sit down to write. The sun has entered Aries, the first sign in the Zodiac, marking the dawning of a new astrological year. The sun is...

We are excited to announce a unique new addition to the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell, Correspondence: 1927–1987! New World Library, Joseph Campbell Foundation's longtime publishing partner, has released a fascinating collection of letters that captures...

Joseph Campbell, circa 1982

The deeper my relationship with Joseph Campbell, the more I see him everywhere—and not just what I come across for the Campbell in Culture posts I help curate. The references we hear about, the overt mentions, are...

The Emblem of Avicenna: the eagle and the toad (also known as Ibn Sinna. From Daniel Stolcius, Viridarium Chymicum, Prague, 1624.)

With the 1949 publication of The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell accomplished the rare task of uniting wisdom with mainstream interest, presenting foundational patterns of human experience through the archetypal content embedded in...

The Hero's Journey®

The Role of Story in Crafting New Beginnings for Our Lives [caption id="attachment_17226" align="alignright" width="300"] The Hero's Journey® (from Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Novato, Ca: New World Library, 2008), p. 210....

[caption id="attachment_81" align="alignleft" width="300"] Esalen[/caption] This month, the first month of the new year, we begin again; and beginning again is, in fact, our theme for January at JCF. No doubt we’ll soon be inundated...

Handwritten fragment from a piece of Joseph Campbell's fiction (Copyright © 2018 Joseph Campbell Foundation)

W.H. Auden once remarked that a real book reads us, an observation that seems right enough to me, and certainly seems right to apply to the work of Joseph Campbell. After all, Campbell spent his...

Goddesses - Botticelli's PRimavera

Six years ago I was literally elbow deep in the Joseph Campbell archives, retrieving dozens of audio cassette tapes on whose delicate ribbons were etched hours of Campbell talking about goddess myths. Between 1972 and...

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...

In the month of April, the Joseph Campbell Foundation is celebrating the impending release of several new editions of two Campbell classics, The Mythic Dimension and Primitive Mythology, both coming soon as eBooks and audio...

  [caption id="attachment_7632" align="alignright" width="300"] Star Wars, 1977[/caption] Mythology and the Hero’s Journey became pervasive throughout film culture and history as generation after generation turned to Joseph Campbell and The Hero with a Thousand Faces. With...

Last week JCF, through its new arrangement with Amazon, made available a new digital edition of Joseph Campbell’s The Flight of the Wild Gander: Explorations in the Mythological Dimension. As I have remarked recently in this very...

A few days ago, I came across this sentence from Joseph Campbell in his essay "Symbol Without Meaning" in The Flight of the Wild Gander. "The highest concern of all the mythologies, ceremonials, ethical systems, and...

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...

This month, we're offering you a uniquely personal view of Joseph Campbell at a pivotal juncture in his life and work. [caption id="attachment_6834" align="alignright" width="207"] Campbell & his wife Jean Erdman in Japan[/caption] At the...

We tell stories about who we are, to understand what makes us different - what makes us alike - what connects us what our families might be and look like - and who our families...

“Tell me your myth that the whole world may turn to myth.” -- Nikos Kazantzakis   The Talking Heads were right. We can’t truly know where we are going without reflecting upon where we have been....

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