Trees in Season

Myth and Musings

We are in a season where many people decorate trees; inside and outside; evergreen and deciduous. I suspect the goddess of beauty, Aphrodite, would approve of this ornamentation of trees and how it brings a unique form of beauty into our homes. Trees also have a way of opening a doorway into wonderment.  For example, in the […]

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A Personal Mythology of Death

Myth and Musings

Here is an essay I wrote when struggling with the death of someone close to me.  I consider some of the great religious traditions alive today as mythological systems containing reservoirs of wisdom.  Myths are windows providing a brief glimmer onto the wondrous, numinous, and the ineffable.  And, sometimes, the briefest glimmer is enough. Developing […]

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Archetypes in Cinema

Cinema

This month I am introducing guest blogger Mark Lumpkin, Ph.D.  He wrote an essay on the 1999 film 8MM (Eight Millimeter) viewing the film through an archetypal lens.  He highlights the archetype of Hermes, Persephone, and the journey to the Underworld.  He takes us step by step through the film and unpacks its mythological underpinnings.  I reproduce his introduction […]

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