The Hero’s Journey – Descent

Hero's Journey

The story of the “Descent of Inanna” exemplifies, in a poetically vivid way, the “descent” of the Hero’s Journey as presented by Christopher Vogler. Imagine being stripped of everything you have; of everything you know about yourself; of every artifact that represents your life as you know it.  This is what Inanna experiences in her descent.  This […]

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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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