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Archetypal-Mechanics from an Unseen Aid

by Craig Deininger

Let’s begin by reminding ourselves that the term “the unseen aid,” along with so many other potentials for that title like “the Great Mother,” “the psychopomp/guide-of-souls,” “the wise old woman or man,” etc., are...

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Derived from an obsolete transitive verb, the Assumption on August 15, reminds Christians of both Eastern and Western traditions that the mother of God was “assumpted” into heaven “when the course of her earthly life was finished.” For some, the nuanced phrasing has led to the belief that Mary never actually died but was taken up “body and soul.”

With the end of last week’s Fravardeghan Days, Zoroastrians celebrate New Year’s Day (Nowruz), August 18.

One of the “twelve great feasts” in the Eastern Church, Transfiguration Day on August 19 recalls a dramatic change in appearance by Jesus Christ in which the savior was suffused with light and seen by his disciples to be conversing with Elijah and Moses. The stunned observers also heard the voice of God recognize Jesus as his “son.”

According to the Hindu lunisolar calendar, Krishna’s birthday occurs at midnight on the eighth day of Bhadrapada, corresponding with August 19 of the Gregorian calendar.

Asmá՜, the ninth of month of the Bahá’í year, begins August 20.

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Early shrines and cave art suggest that human beings were aware of a grand mystery far beyond themselves more than 100,000 years ago. Modern investigations into early mythologies have revealed basic motifs and recurring themes. Joseph Campbell shows how these ancient myths and symbols celebrate the mysteries of life and can sustain us today.

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Joseph Campbell Book Club

“Travelers to the ancient Greek oracle at the Temple of Apollo at Delphi were greeted with these words, carved into the stone above the door: ‘Know Thyself,’ ‘Nothing in excess,’ ‘Surety brings ruin.’ Somewhere, in the space between these maxims, was the answer to their prayers. In her novel Delphi, Clare Pollard inhabits this space in form and content, and invites us to reflect on our need to know what the gods, the cosmos, or fate has in store for us. Fragments of Greek mythology and a survey of oracular devices are held up to our present-day fears and uncertainty. What fuels our longing to know the future, and how does this desire impact the present?”

Catherine Svehla, PhD
Editorial Advisory Group
Joseph Campbell Foundation

Weekly Quotation

The archetypes to be discovered and assimilated are precisely those that have inspired, throughout the annals of human culture, the basic images of ritual, mythology, and vision.