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The Principle of Honor: A Poor Substitute for the Real Thing

by Craig Deininger

The chocolate cake is on the table. I mean the thick, moist, rich, exquisite, multi-layered chocolate cake. It has been divided so that each guest may have two pieces. As it turns out, one...

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With the rising of the Centáwen moon over the Pacific Northwest this August, the Coho salmon will “return to earth.” Of the Coast Salish People’s thirteen moons, four are associated with the return of distinct species of salmon to the shores and streams of tribal territories. Each species is greeted with great respect as it is believed that all living things were once human.

Lammas [August 1] is one of eight official sabbats in the Wiccan wheel of the year. Traditions include a first fruits offering to Lugh, the ranking deity of the harvest, as well as “trial marriages” which may be renewed after a year and a day or allowed to expire.

Catholicism’s liturgical calendar marks August 6 as the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord when three astonished disciples of Jesus witnessed his transition into a dazzling figure of light.

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Our gift to you this month is audio lecture titled Arthurian Romances 12th & 13th Centuries (Audio: Lecture III.2.4). Access this download for free until the end of the month.

In this talk, recorded in 1976 at the Theatre for the Open Eye, Joseph Campbell gives a fascinating, lively overview of the history of the development of the Arthurian Romances of the High Middle Ages. From the Arthur legend’s Roman roots, through Gawain and the Green Knight and the stories of the search for the Holy Grail, to Mallory’s great compendium Le Morte d’Arthur, Campbell leads us through the birth and evolution of one of Europe’s greatest literary and mythic traditions.

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Joseph Campbell Book Club

“Welcome to the House, a great maze of Halls and Vestibules whose Tides and Seasons Piranesi has painstakingly mapped in order to live seamlessly within them. The introduction of chaos—that is, humanity—into the House forces Piranesi to examine all he has taken for granted in his understanding of Life. Piranesi invites the reader to confront the changeable nature of truth and the fluidity of reality—and ultimately decide to which world they belong.”

Gabrielle Basha
Communications Coordinator
Joseph Campbell Foundation

Weekly Quotation

Our life evokes our character. You find out more about yourself as you go on. That’s why it’s good to put yourself in situations that will evoke your higher nature rather than your lower.