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Questing for Our Personal Myth: Writing, Remembering, and Renewing Our Story through the Teachings of Joseph Campbell

Myths are living symbols. They serve each of us individually and collectively as guides to aid us in harmonizing our interior world with the surrounding landscape we inhabit. They serve us on a personal level as ordering and organizing principles whose aim is to offer our lives a sense of...

JCF In Conversation with poet and screenwriter Sjón about his 2021 film, “Lamb”

[caption id="attachment_6492" align="alignleft" width="268"] Courtesy of A24 Films.[/caption] Author and JCF Associate John Bucher interviews renowned Icelandic poet and screenwriter Sjón about his new film, Lamb (2021). "Lamb (Icelandic: Dýrið, "The animal") is a 2021 Icelandic drama film directed by Valdimar Jóhannsson, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Sjón. The film stars Noomi Rapace, and marks Valdimar...

The Kore Goddess: A Mythology & Psychology

Why are the goddesses in Greek myth so often imagined in groups? That compelling question occurred to the author as she observed the seven sisters of the Pleiades constellation one night in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Her insight that these multiplicities were united in the neglected theme of...

The Way of Myth: Stories’ Subtle Wisdom

~From the Foreword by Phil Cousineau "In The Way of Myth, the culminating book of the prolific Dennis Patrick Slattery’s career, I find an abundance of wonder and a plenitude of what the poet-astronomer Rebecca Elson called our 'responsibility to awe.' For him, mythology is everywhere if only we develop “the...

Tikkun: collected essays on poetry, myth, and literature

Tikkun refers to the Kabbalistic mythology associated with the Sephiroth, vessels created to contain the energies emanating from the divine (En-Sof). It is also the name of a new book by Evans Lansing Smith which brings together essays and reflections on the complex interrelationships between literature, film, art, mythology, and life gathered over the...

Parzival

"Composed in the early thirteenth century, Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival is the re-creation and completion of the story left unfinished by its initiator Chrétien de Troyes. It follows Parzival from his boyhood and career as a knight in the court of King Arthur to his ultimate achievement as King of...

The Elements of the Grail Tradition

"The stories of the Grail Tradition, with their tests, trials, and initiations, are a part of the Arthurian Tradition and lead towards the discovery of the elusive secret of what the Holy Grail truly is. The Elements of the Grail Tradition answers: who is the Fisher king? what are the Four Hallows?...

Skeleton Key Study Guide

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Psychedelia: The History and Science of Mystical Experience

"Pacifica Graduate Institute is proud to present a two-day virtual symposium centered around the screening of two films – PSYCHEDELIA: The History and Science of Mystical Experience and The Way of the Psychonaut: Stanislav Grof’s Journey of Consciousness. This unique event features a variety of panel discussions and presentations from leading figures...

The Theoi Classical Texts Library (Theoi.com)

Theoi.com: "A site exploring Greek mythology and the gods in classical literature and art. The aim of the project is to provide a comprehensive, free reference guide to the gods (theoi), spirits (daimones), fabulous creatures (theres) and heroes of ancient Greek mythology and religion..." "This website was designed with scholars...

Knowledge for the Afterlife: The Egyptian Amduat–A Quest for Immortality.

"WHY THE AMDUAT IS SIGNIFICANT Every evening the sun becomes old and weak and finally sets behind the Western horizon. Yet, it rises again in the morning, rejuvenated. How is that possible? How could the sun for the Ancient Egyptians the Sungod become young and revitalized during the night, during...

The Medusa Reader

"Fascinating and terrifying, the Medusa story has long been a powerful signifier in culture with poets, feminists, anthropologists, psychoanalysts, political theorists, artists, writers, and others. Bringing together the essential passages and commentary about Medusa, The Medusa Reader traces her through the ages, from classical times through the Renaissance to the...

The Forty Rules of Love

  "The Forty Rules of Love is a novel written by Turkish author Elif Shafak, The book was published in March 2009. It is about Maulana Jalal-Ud-Din, known as Rumi and his companion Shams Tabrizi. This book explains how Shams transformed a scholar into a Sufi (mystic) through love."

Human Relations Area Files

Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) is internationally recognized in the field of cultural anthropology. Founded in 1949 at Yale University, HRAF is a membership-supported nonprofit organization comprised of universities, colleges, and research institutions. Its mission is to promote understanding of cultural diversity and commonality in the past and present. To...

Jean Erdman as Medusa (Barbara Morgan, photographer)
Choreographer/JCF Co-Founder Jean Erdman Passes at 104

[caption id="attachment_3077" align="alignleft" width="250"] Jean Erdman as Medusa (Barbara Morgan, photographer)[/caption] The Joseph Campbell Foundation is deeply saddened to announce that its co-founder, award-winning dancer and choreographer, wife of famed mythologist Joseph Campbell, and extraordinary contributor to twentieth-century dance, passed away in Honolulu, Hawaii, on May 4, 2020—Star Wars day...

You Are a Heroine: A Retelling of the Hero’s Journey

You Are a Heroine introduces the Hero's Journey schema to women who haven't read Joseph Campbell and who don't know that the powerful journey model applies to their life just as much as it does to the lives of our male cultural heroes. Liller wants women to learn about the...

The Hero’s Guidebook: Creating Your Own Hero’s Journey

Have you ever wondered why people love hero stories so much? The Hero's Guidebook will tell you the secret reason we find heroes so exciting and inspirational! Humorously illustrated with over 40 cartoons by the author, this book takes readers through the stages of the Hero's Journey using examples from...

Minecraft® Hero’s Journey™️ Interactive Game Software

Interested in exploring the Hero’s Journey™️ in the World of Minecraft®? Microsoft has added a Hero’s Journey™️ adventure map. Find numerous puzzles, levels, and activities at studio.code.org/hero.  

The Lessons of Nature in Mythology

Synopsis: This examination of myths from around the world focuses on the role nature plays within mythology. Creation myths from myriad cultures recognized that life arose from natural elements, inextricably connecting human life to the natural world. Nature as portrayed in myth is unpredictable and destructive but also redemptive, providing...

The Hero’s Quest and the Cycles of Nature: An Ecological Interpretation of World Mythology

Synopsis: This examination of the heroic journey in world mythology casts the protagonist as a personification of nature--a "botanical hero" one might say--who begins the quest in a metaphorical seed-like state, then sprouts into a period of verdant strength. But the hero must face a mythic underworld where he or...

Immanence – The Journal of Applied Myth, Story and Folklore

 Immanence is a twice-a-year publication with articles, poetry, fiction, and art that encourages optimistic, positive, and realistic engagement in our world by re-telling myth, story, legend, and folklore in new ways. It was founded in 2014 by Dr. Craig Chalquist, PhD, who was aiming to mitigate the lack of publications on...

The Romance Of The Grail – In the Footsteps of Joseph Campbell

Save the Date for the second event in a series of Mythological Studies Tours, an unforgettable trip that will take you to marvelous sites in Northern France, following the footsteps of none other than Joseph Campbell, in pursuit of the mysteries of the Holy Grail Romances of the Middle Ages. Date: September 1st,...

A Hero’s Journey: A Freshman Orientation Challenge Course Program

Although the courser doesn't appear to be offered currently, we came across this interesting application of the Hero's Journey to the orientation of college freshmen. "At California State University, Fresno, all incoming students take a full-semester, three-unit course that includes topics on academic preparation but also focuses on issues and...

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