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[caption id="attachment_19992" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Pondering: Climber on Smith Rock ponders his next move up Monkey Face. Steve McClanahan, 2016. Used under Creative Commons license.[/caption] In his book, The Ecstasy of Being: Mythology and Dance, Joseph...

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...

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...

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...

‘In the beginning, there was the Word.’ While this is obviously a prominent phrase in the Judeo-Christian psyche, it is not an idea unique to one culture. In origin stories from around the world, a divine...

When I first was drawn to myth, it was through play. My sisters and I, nerdily passionate children of academics, spent a lot of time playing “Greek Gods and Goddesses” in a father-made fort in...

Joseph Campbell Foundation is excited to announce the release of our latest eSingle, Campbell's wonderful overview of myth, "The Historical Development of Mythology." In this fascinating overview of the shape of myths throughout human civilization’s...

It is high summer in the Catskill mountains of New York where I live: green, lush, blooming, sparking with life. It’s an enchanted time. Every morning I walk my dogs in our meadows and life...

Ramadan, celebrated this year between May 27th and June 24th by approximately a quarter of the world’s population, is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and commemorates the revelation of the Quran to the...

We're excited to announce that we've released one of Joseph Campbell's earliest, most influential articles as an eSingle! Campbell wrote "Bios & Mythos" for a collection of essays, Psychoanalysis and Culture, printed in 1951 to celebrate...

What is myth... and why should anybody care? What do you think? I ask this because that one of the most marvelous ways to play with mythology is to assess our own answers to this question.  And...

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that began to be celebrated in California in the 1860’s marking the Battle of Puebla. It is not, as it is commonly misunderstood to be, the same...

American poet T.S. Eliot opens his masterpiece The Wasteland with a section titled "The Burial of the Dead": APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots...

The most important and oldest date on the Christian calendar is the celebration of Easter, the death and resurrection of Christ. The whole of Christianity rests on this event and without it, Christian mythology simply...

We're delighted to announce the release of the first two lectures in Series II, volume 6 of the Joseph Campbell Audio Collection: Mythic Ideas and Modern Culture. Joseph Campbell presents mythic ideas and concepts with a...

We are excited to announce that New World Library has released The Mythic Dimension, the collection of Joseph Campbell's essays, as a paperback in the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell series. The essays collected in The Mythic Dimension fall...

Why do we tell stories about quests? In traditional, warrior cultures, such tales make a certain practical sense: they're a way to give a sense of purpose to young men who have nothing to do...

A week ago, I found myself at that hard moment of freeing my eighteen-year-old cat from a body that was failing her. From the moment of her choosing me at a California animal rescue, our...

Tristan and Isolde: the love-death

In Ovid's Metamorphoses, we read story after story of a human (or demi-human) encountering the gods and being literally transformed by the experience. The stories generally come in one of two flavors: the human is ready for...

Shivaratri, The Great Night of Shiva, is celebrated this year on the 24th of February, the 6th night of the Phalgun, and devotees fast and maintain vigil all night. This, the largest of Shiva celebrations, centers on the...

[caption id="attachment_6280" align="alignright" width="225"] “Terracotta statuette of Eros flying” by Greek, Asia Minor, Myrina via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0[/caption] The origins of Valentine’s Day are a bit murky, but...

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