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Theme for January 2020: Renaissance

Our gift to you this month is this complete audio lecture : Mythology of Today (Audio: Lecture II.6.3). Access this download for free until the end of the month.
Week 1 (December 30, 2019)
Offerings for the week of December 30, 2019
The Grail Never Fails: Continue the Search in the New Year, contributed by Dennis Patrick Slattery.
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Do you dare to re-imagine yourself? Are you hungering for a quest? Want to get rocked right out of your socks?

Join Joseph Campbell's friend, editor, and JCF President Bob Walter for five days of inspired, inspiring, creative, chaotic, joyful, and challenging play at the extraordinary Esalen Institute in Big Sur.


The key to the Grail is compassion,

suffering with, feeling another’s sorrow

as if it were your own.

The one who finds

the dynamo of compassion

is the one who’s found the Grail.

-- Joseph Campbell
Week 2 (January 6, 2020)
Offerings for the week of January 6, 2020
MythBlast | OK, Boomer, Star Wars, and Myth, contributed by David Kudler.
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Joseph Campbell Audio Collection Releases

Check out these new titles in JCF's recordings of Joseph Campbell's fascinating lectures:

Audio: Lecture III.1.5 – Finnegans Wake Audio: Lecture III.2.1: Buddha, Jesus, and Europe Audio: Lecture III.2.2: Christian & European Traditions, Part I

Explore Lecture Series III

The hero-deed is a continuous shattering of the crystallization of the moment. The cycle rolls: mythology focuses on the growing-point.

Week 3 (January 12, 2020)
Offerings for the week of January 12, 2020
The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli (tempura on canvas, Italy, circa 1485) MythBlast | Renaissance, contributed by Odette Springer.

The goddess is red with the fire of life; the earth, the solar system, the galaxies of far-extending space all swell within her womb. For she is the world creatrix, ever mother, ever virgin. She encompasses the encompassing, nourishes the nourishing, and is the life of everything that lives.

She is also the death of everything that dies. The whole round of existence is accomplished within her sway, from birth, through adolescence, maturity, and senescence, to the grave. She is the womb and the tomb: the sow that eats her farrow. Thus she unites the “good” and the “bad,” exhibiting the two modes of the remembered mother. The devotee is expected to contemplate the two with equal equanimity.

Week 4 (January 19, 2020)
Offerings for the week of January 19, 2020
An Grotesque Woman by Quenten Matys (oil on oak, Germany, c. 1513) MythBlast | The Wedding of Dame Ragnell and Sir Gawain, contributed by Raïna Manuel-Paris.
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Chinese (Lunar) New Year

Throughout East Asia, the coming week is celebrated as the beginning of the new year

Dragon in Chinatown NYC Lunar New Year by Patrick Kwan (Used through a Creative Commons license) Dragon in Chinatown NYC Lunar New Year by Patrick Kwan (Used through a Creative Commons license) The Year of the Rat begins on January 25 (by the Gregorian calendar). The Lunar New Year is celebrated by lion and dragon dances, by parades and fireworks, by gift-giving and feasts.

Gung hey fat choi! Xin nian kuai le! Chúc mừng năm mới! Saehae bok mani badeuseyo!

The Loathly Damsel or Ugly Bride is a well-known figure, moreover, in Celtic fairytale and legend. . . The transformation of the fairy bride and the sovereignty she bestows are, finally, of one’s own heart in fulfillment.

Week 5 (January 26, 2020)
Offerings for the week of January 26, 2020
streaming MythBlast | The Unfinished Story, contributed by John Bucher.
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eBook: The Flight of the Wild Gander

It would not be too much to say that myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation. Religion, philosphies, arts, the social forms of primitive and historic man, prime discoveries in science and technology, the very dreams that blister sleep, boil up from the basic, magic ring of myth