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Our family had a sacred ritual we practiced every Friday night while I was growing up. We traveled to a video store called Movies and Sounds and paid homage to the higher forces that fired...

Juno (with peacocks) and Iris (with rainbow) — Alegoría del Aire by Antonio Palomino (oil on canvas, Spain, c. 1700)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/walter_a_aue/16247789898/in/photolist-qKLaSA-Bj4ZJo-2fhos8s-T3dQ1J-Btbgkh-2fbqfGT-2f5Q7UC-DwEJMr-4kAcnS-QnZ9xF-2fn519P-24DY7ue-2dYhr5q-2f5cubP-24AUNvT-2297SgV-DWstbP-24Qc7uB-SjNBJJ-R5jG3V-AnnEfX-qgTeyt-24Eoue8-2dHJLPz-2fcNbuV-24Eouka-2fn51eZ-T45dZS-T3dPT9-2dJQM7F-2fcNbDH-SXyTT3-2e4zDvJ-dZkGjg-24xYftM-2dYhr9y-2fcNbyH-24EouhV-24AUNBV-2e2M9DJ-T6jnfu-2ffuiFY-2dGSKJZ-T6jnm1-T45dMC-2dHJLHT-RtNcYF-2ffuiBu-2dHJLC2-RxtAZe The poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti once wrote that he was waiting for the rebirth of wonder (“I am Waiting”, A Coney Island of the Mind, 49). In an age where technology has simultaneously brought us...

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...

Cornhusk mask of the Seneca (Iroquois) "Bushyheads" or Husk Face Society.

[caption id="attachment_17152" align="alignright" width="300"] Cornhusk mask of the Seneca (Iroquois) "Bushyheads" or Husk Face Society. The masked members appear at the Midwinter Festival to dance among the people and, remaining mute, beg for food (Photo...

Winter Solstice at Stonehenge (Photo by Mark Grant. Used through a Creative Commons license.)

[caption id="attachment_7347" align="alignright" width="300"] Winter Solstice at Stonehenge (Photo by Mark Grant. Used through a Creative Commons license.)[/caption] The winter solstice approaches and soon the sun’s course will reach its lowest noon altitude and its...

Earthrise

1986 saw the publication of three seminal books: The Society of Mind by MIT cognitive scientist Marvin Minsky, On the Plurality of Worlds by philosopher David Lewis, and The Inner Reaches of Outer Space by...

Joseph Campbell, c. 1953 (Photo by B.S. Wise)

There is a saying attributed to Hermes Trismegistus: “As above, so below; as within, so without” (The Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean, p. 47). This means that whatever happens on any level of reality also...

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...

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