Tagged: The Inner Reaches of Outer Space

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MythBlast | Metaphors, Video Stores, and Old Magic

Our family had a sacred ritual we practiced every Friday night while I was growing up. We traveled to a video store called Movies and Sounds and paid homage to the higher forces that...

Juno (with peacocks) and Iris (with rainbow) — Alegoría del Aire by Antonio Palomino (oil on canvas, Spain, c. 1700) 0

MythBlast | Reawakening Wonder

The poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti once wrote that he was waiting for the rebirth of wonder (“I am Waiting”, A Coney Island of the Mind, 49). In an age where technology has simultaneously brought us...

Navaho sand painting to a Blessing Chant. New Mexico, c. 1950 0

MythBlast | The Turn of the Pollen Path

In his 1986 publication The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Campbell turns to a Navaho sand painting of a Blessing Ceremony which depicts a rite of passage for the initiate. Campbell sees this painting...

Cornhusk mask of the Seneca (Iroquois) "Bushyheads" or Husk Face Society. 0

MythBlast | El Niño Dios, the Goddess, and the Cross

There is nothing more mythic than the ceremonies and stories that have gathered around the winter solstice. They are powerful metaphors that are present across cultures, irrespective of time and places, with the vastness...

Winter Solstice at Stonehenge (Photo by Mark Grant. Used through a Creative Commons license.) 0

MythBlast | The Winter Solstice and Other Metaphors

The winter solstice approaches and soon the sun’s course will reach its lowest noon altitude and its shortest day, marking both the end and beginning of another solar year. Hence, this day aligns itself...

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MythBlast | The Vicarious Reaches of Cyberspace

1986 saw the publication of three seminal books: The Society of Mind by MIT cognitive scientist Marvin Minsky, On the Plurality of Worlds by philosopher David Lewis, and The Inner Reaches of Outer Space...

Joseph Campbell, c. 1953 (Photo by B.S. Wise) 0

MythBlast | Joseph Campbell: Virtuoso of the Sublime

There is a saying attributed to Hermes Trismegistus: “As above, so below; as within, so without” (The Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean, p. 47). This means that whatever happens on any level of reality...

Mythic Imagination: Collected Short Fiction by Joseph Campbell 0

MythBlast | Where Do Stories Come From?

For every profession, there’s a question people ask that isn’t the real question. When I was an actor, the question audience members asked was, “How do you learn all those lines?” when what they...