“Throughout the inhabited world, in all times and under every circumstance, the myths of man have flourished; and they have been the living inspiration of whatever else may have appeared out of the activities of the human body and mind. It would not be too much to say that the myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation.” –Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell’s extraordinary contribution to revealing the mythic sense of the world through his vast knowledge and excavation of world mythology has both inspired and influenced the trajectory of many…


is the one about how she as a gifted artist and young girl of 18 met and fell in love with a charismatic painter who swept her off her feet and only began to play around when the first baby came and then another and she put up a brave front and did her best only to find another pregnancy arrive unexpectedly, and a message from her love that she would never see his face again if she brought that child into the house so she did what any mother would and packed up her suitcase and her two three…


Gustave Dore — The Triumph of Christ

Recently I had to write a university essay in response to the question, “Did Jesus Believe He Was The Messiah?” Initially my reaction was ‘who cares?’ Not because the story of Jesus and his ministry, death and apparent resurrection is uninteresting to me, but because the Jesus story has always been for me, and many others, just that, a very powerful and stirring, story. Having not been brought up with any particular religious faith except for the pervading Christian culture of the western world, the Jesus myth awoke most deeply in my psyche in my late twenties when I spent…


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Joseph Campbell wrote in his collection, Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine, that the contemporary challenge of individuation was to move beyond “biological archetypes and personalities imitative of the male” and emphasized that currently, “there are no models in our mythology for an individual women’s quest.”(Campbell 2013.)

This bold and fundamental statement provides both a question and a challenge to contemporary Western women, if indeed it is true, to find and create models for the individual’s inner journey that meet the spirit of our times and speak to the female experience of Self-realization today. …


Dearest one,

As I begin this letter you will have just exited your beloved third grade teacher’s office confused and silenced by a sudden visit from your mother demanding to know why you no longer want to talk to her and seem to prefer the company of this ‘other’ woman. It’s ok to stay silent little one, you are not meant to know why this is happening or what any of it means. In time you will understand that your mother does dramatic things like this and that she was just a child herself for most of your upbringing and…


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Everything is interwoven, and the web is holy.
— Marcus Aurelius

Magical thinking is a term often used in a derogatory sense to denote a childish, primitive or immature state, particularly in contemporary psychology, which defines a type of belief that one’s inner state, feelings, thoughts and ideas can influence outer world events in the material world. Similar to and often linked to religious belief, “magical thinking presumes a causal link between one’s inner, personal experience and the external physical world.”[1]Despite …


This is a mirage.

This is a mirage

Smoke and mirrors

I am a journal-ist

I chronicle dreams

In the name of art

I never pretended it was real

Till you told me so

‘More real than real’ you said

Till I was overcome

With being understood

And started believing

We could live here

And love here

So I built a bridge

And waited for you to cross.


The Temptation of Eve

Sexuality is a broad ranging and complex term that is difficult to succinctly define and is inextricably linked to the social, cultural, political and religious contexts surrounding it. Sexuality is most often concerned with notions of the body and encompasses ideas such as self-esteem, body image, sensory communication and intimacy. …


there’s a man
whose never really here
but he looks at you as though he might be
if only you would do something or say something
that you don’t know how to say.
and there’s a woman
whose almost nearly here
and she looks at him as though she might be
if only he would do something or say something
that he never seems to say.


Charlotte Brontë 1816 – 1855

My recent foray into the realm of the unconscious through the analysis of dreams and the discovery of a powerful animus presence, has led me back to the Bronte sisters and in particular, Charlotte, whose self titled ‘Autobiography’, ‘Jane Eyre’ is a treasure trove of rich psychic material that might well be seen as an ‘allegory of feminine psychological development’ or in Jungian terms, Individuation.

Ever since I read Joseph Campbell say that he had “taught at a women’s college for nearly four decades, and said to his students, all I can tell you about…

Delaney Jane

Myth, Metaphor and the Symbolic Life thissymboliclife.wordpress.com

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