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Theme for December 2019: The Turning

Our gift to you this month is this complete audio lecture : The Way of Beauty (Audio: Lecture II.5.6). Access this download for free until the end of the month.
Week 49 (December 2, 2019)
Offerings for the week of December 2, 2019
Navaho sand painting to a Blessing Chant. New Mexico, c. 1950 MythBlast | The Turn of the Pollen Path, contributed by Norland Tellez.
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The beauty of the rite … is the beauty of one’s essential nature. By participation in the rite, by uniting the mind with that beauty, by walking the way of the god, one becomes profoundly composed. The landscape of the myth is the landscape of the human spirit.

Week 50 (December 9, 2019)
Offerings for the week of December 9, 2019
Juno (with peacocks) and Iris (with rainbow) — Alegoría del Aire by Antonio Palomino (oil on canvas, Spain, c. 1700) MythBlast | Reawakening Wonder, contributed by John Bucher.
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Indeed, the first and most essential service of a mythology is this one, of opening the mind and heart to the utter wonder of all being. And the second service, then is cosmological: of representing the universe and the whole spectacle of nature, both as known to the mind and as beheld by the eye, as an epiphany of such kind that when lightning flashes, or a setting sun ignites the sky, or a deer is seen standing alerted, the exclamation ‘Ah!’ may be uttered as a recognition of divinity.

Week 51 (December 16, 2019)
Offerings for the week of December 16, 2019
MythBlast | The Still Point of the Turning World, contributed by Bradley Olson.

The sun is our second symbol of rebirth … When you realize that eternity is right here now, that it is within your possibility to experience the eternity of your own truth and being, then you grasp the following: That which you are was never born and will never die; that is the insight rendered in term of the solar mystery, the solar light.

-- Joseph Campbell
‘The Mandalorian’ Has Many Talking Campbell from our Campbell in Culture area.
Week 52 (December 23, 2019)
Offerings for the week of December 23, 2019
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Throughout the northern hemisphere, this week of the winter solstice is celebrated — whether as Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, or another festival, people gather to light lights, exchange stories and presents, and celebrate the sun's return.

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We at Joseph Campbell Foundation wish you a bright and joyous holiday season!

The life of a mythology derives from the vitality of its symbols as metaphors delivering, not simply the idea, but a sense of actual participation in a realization of transcendence, infinity, and abundance.

Campbell Inspires Festival in Gyaan Adab from our Campbell in Culture area.