by Kristina Dryža
“People often think of the Goddess as a fertility deity only. Not at all—she’s the muse,” Joseph Campbell elucidates in Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine. “She’s the inspirer of poetry. She’s the inspirer...
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News & Updates
For one week of Higan-e, September 19 through 25, Pure Land Buddhism takes time to honor ancestors and chant the nembutsu, effectively proclaiming “I take refuge in Amida Buddha,” a practice requiring little more in the way of religious formality. Busy people, take note.
With prayer and food offerings, Hindus reserve a sixteen-lunar-day period beginning on the 21st which they call the “fortnight of the ancestors,” or Pitru Paksha.
Ananta-chaturdasi (Festival of Ten Virtues), September 19, is the culmination of Jainism’s Dashalakshani-parva (see News and Updates/Second Week of September). The next day, known as Ksamavani, Jains ask and offer forgiveness for offenses committed over the year.
During Sukkot, September 21 – 27, Jews acknowledge G-d’s loving presence in creation and among themselves. Meals are eaten in a Sukkah or “booth.” Traditionally made of organic materials, the shelters are transient by design, but signify the eternal.
The death of Eihei Dogen Kigen, founder of Japan’s Sōtō Zen school, is observed September 22.
Shūbun-no-hi, also on the 22nd, falls in the middle of the seven-day Higan, a traditional holiday season recognized by most Japanese Buddhist traditions. Liturgically, this Autumnal Equinox Day is a time to embrace the memory of ancestors.
For Wiccans, the 22nd is Mabon, a harvest festival dedicated primarily to the Goddess who will guide her devotees through the winter to come and, metaphorically, through the passage from youth to wise old age.
ii.6.5.7 - Goddess and James Joyce Mythology - an excerpt from this lecture.
Our gift to you this month is short ebook titled Foreword to Marija Gimbutas’s The Language of the Goddess (Esingle). Access this download for free until the end of the month.
One of the last things that Joseph Campbell wrote, this foreword reflects Campbell’s most developed thoughts on the subject of the Great Goddess.
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Joseph Campbell Book Club
Walking in the Sacred Manner
By Mark St. Pierre and Tilda Long Soldier
“Walking in the Sacred Manner celebrates Plains Indian people, their spiritual traditions, and history from the moment of creation to the present day. Through extensive interviews with traditional holy women and their relatives, Mark St. Pierre and Tilda Long Soldier weave a tapestry of memory and story full of beauty and compassion, bound to the old ways of knowing…”
Leon Aliski, PhD
Editorial Advisory Group
Joseph Campbell Foundation
I think of mythology as the homeland of the muses, the inspirers of art, the inspirers of poetry. To see life as a poem and yourself participating in the poem is what the myth does for you.