We shall slay Ourselves

>> Tuesday, February 28, 2012

"Furthermore, we have not only to risk the adventure alone; 
for the heroes of all time have gone before us; 
the LABYRINTH is thoroughly known; 
we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path. 
And where we had thought to find an abomination, 
we shall find a god; 
where we thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; 
where we had thought to travel outward, 
we shall come to the center of our own existence, 
where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world." 

—Joseph Campbell 
Hero with a Thousand Faces


Social Networking

>> Monday, February 27, 2012

"Outrageous, yet vague claim."

Loving it.  This IS what social networks all claim to do.

Go.  See it yourself.


Freaking Arthurian Myths

>> Sunday, February 26, 2012

My stepmother's sister passed away this week.  It hit me hard.

One of my 'assignments' from my counselor is to borrow from my heritage, using some of the tools my ancestors have used to say goodbye to her--to honor her life.  I've also been charged to look to my ancestors to help perform a rite/ritual around self-protection.

Oddly excited, I turned to ancestry.com to validate what I believed to be true about my heritage.  On my mother's side, I was told we were German, Dutch, and Norwegian.  So far, it's just English.  I've gone through as many names as I have on my family tree (not too many names, though...) and they're all English.

As for my biological father, I'd always believed he was Irish.   Who knows, though, really.  His name is either Spanish in origin, or Greek.  So yeah.  No Irish Ballads for me.

As I've been researching into English history, English rites of death, English religion in general, all I get is general pagan stuff (not boring per se, but I work at Radiance, okay?  I've lived in Olympia for decades.  I'm very familiar with pagan rites/rituals.  I wanted something more exotic, lol.  Or at least something I'm not surrounded by all of the time and no longer have personal interest in.  Of course I told Karin this (my boss) and she laughed).  There's another thing too.  It's...well...this...


Are you kidding me?  Am I a 14 year old, pale-skinned boy?  No, I'm joking, sort of.  If I love Jungian psychology, Joseph Campbell, and myths like I say I do, I should probably love it, right?  Well, let's embrace it, I guess.  (or go rent The Mists of Avalon, as per Karin's suggestion.)

For now, I'll share some decidedly English, decidedly death-related, Stonehenge.


An Act of Truth

Michael Meade talks about the power of truth.  An act of truth can draw poison out of the body, and hold back the tide of a seemingly limitless wave.

So I begin (again) with an act of truth:  I stay away from my family because I don't want to be rejected again.


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