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The Hero's Journey®

[caption id="attachment_17226" align="aligncenter" width="720"] The Hero's Journey® (from Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Novato, Ca: New World Library, 2008), p. 210. Copyright © 2008 Joseph Campbell Foundation. The Hero's Journey is a...

[caption id="attachment_19796" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Ulysses Deriding Polyphemus. J. M. W. Turner, 1829. Creative Commons.[/caption] Published by New World Library for the Joseph Campbell Foundation in 2012, Mythic Imagination: Collected Short Fiction witnesses many of Campbell’s...

Campaign buttons, by Russ Walker. 2010. Used under Creative Commons.

[caption id="attachment_19707" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Campaign buttons photo by Russ Walker, 2010. Used under Creative Commons license.[/caption] “Politics.” It is the word of the moment. One might even say it’s the word that exemplifies the age...

Diana and Actaeon (marble metope, Hellenic, Sicily, c. 460 B.C.)

[caption id="attachment_17969" align="alignright" width="300"] Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers (from Episode 6: "Masks of Eternity")[/caption] What is it that brought you to Joseph Campbell?  I remember distinctly what it was...

Once heroes have endured the longest nights and defeated the mightiest monsters, once they have stared death in the face and survived to tell the tale, their journey is by no means over.  What may...

This month we in the US celebrate the genesis of our country, marked by the signing of a document establishing the sovereignty of 13 colonies and establishing their collective intention to form an entity unlike...

One of Joseph Campbell’s key innovations was mapping his model of a heroic story-cycle onto so-called “rites of passage” as they were so eloquently dubbed by anthropologist Arnold van Gennep (1873–1957). Centuries earlier, however, the...

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...

laughing buddha (Bali, Indonesia), photograph by Michael Pfaff (whiteganesha, flickr.com). Used through a Creative Commons license

The classic characters and narratives of Greek mythology sculpted in stone throughout antiquity display a wide range of human emotions and psychological motifs. One particular expression, however, is often curiously absent – laughter. While laughing...

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...

Mythic Imagination: Collected Short Fiction by Joseph Campbell

For every profession, there’s a question people ask that isn’t the real question. When I was an actor, the question audience members asked was, “How do you learn all those lines?” when what they really...

Goddesses - Botticelli's PRimavera

Today, March 20th, is the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere! Here in Flagstaff spring will arrive at exactly 9:15 AM, in accordance with a common tradition in the Northern Hemisphere of placing...

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