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The Book of Lilith: A theatrical bellydance production [21 Aug 2010|12:53am]

Exquisite Corpse Dance Theatre and Salem Theatre Company present 
Goddess -- Demon -- First Woman 
A theatrical bellydance production 
3 shows!!
Fri, Sat, Sun - Sept 3, 4, 5 
Salem Theatre Company 
90 Lafayette St, Salem, MA 
Show times Fri, Sat 7:30pm, Sun 3pm 
Tickets on sale NOW! 
Purchase tickets at http://www.salemtheatre.com
Exquisite Corpse Dance Theatre performs its original theatrical bellydance production The Book of Lilith, based on the story of the ancient Middle Eastern goddess and demoness. From her beginnings as handmaiden to the Great Goddess, initiating men into Her mysteries through sacred eros, and her appearance as First Woman in the Garden of Eden, to her Fall from Grace to become a darkly serpentine, winged and fiery force of nature and the supernatural. Come with Lilith as she flies through the ages through dance and artistry. 
Exquisite Corpse Dance Theatre is led by Artistic Director Aepril Schaile and also includes, for this full-length premiere performance, dancers Amelia Kurpeski, Libby Rowe, Shaina Rae, and Samara Martin. Performances are September 3 and 4 at 7:30pm and September 5 at 3:00pm, at the STC Theater at 90 Lafayette Street in Salem, MA. Tickets are $25 and are available for purchase online at http://www.salemtheatre.com/. For more info about Exquisite Corpse Dance Theatre, go to http://www.exquisitecorpsedancetheatre.com/.

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Not Awake, Not Asleep: Opening the Faery Portal Trance [21 May 2009|10:11am]


Opening the Faery Portal Trance

A discussion regarding extraordinary states of awareness within the stream of traditional witchcraft and postmodern or revivalist sorcery

By Robin Artisson
Copyright © 2009

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PART I: The Bridge Between Night and Day

"Aloneness haunts. The crack of the sky.
A primordial thing
Where blurred vision first cleared its way
Into an ancient eye.
The first vacant look, the first stirring
Mingling night and day."

-Peter Makem

Click Here To Read The Full Essay

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Enduring the Loss of the Senses [16 May 2009|06:59pm]

I'm new here and would just like to say hi! I have a discussion to begin but maybe I'm not permitted to do that just yet. If there are problems please remove the post and sorry!

I want to know what it would take (according to each of you) to lose your eyesight. Does that make sense? What crime (and the motives behind such, for example: greed, jealousy and so on) would bring the Gods to punish a person in such a way? And why the eyes exactly? Is this person a painter/drawer? Was it with this sense that the crime was performed? (I have too many questions! :P)

I have to admit it's an idea I've played around with on my own.

To add to that, I'd like to ask if there is anyone who knows of a myth that deals with the loss of a sense by a God or mortal? I was thinking stories like the 'Six Swans'; that concept of having to endure a labour - or a series - in silence. Are there other variations? So far I've found the story of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiresias">Tiresias</a> a blind seer, turned into a woman for seven years. And <a href="http://www.kheper.net/topics/blind_men_and_elephant/Buddhist.html">this</a>: a Buddhist parable on 'perception' and 'seeing the whole picture'.

Thanks a bunch! :)
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Sundown Door: Opening The Way to the Sky [02 May 2009|03:38pm]


The Path to the Star-Throne of the Lady

Click the Deer To Journey Onward.
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Mythic Journeys - The Movie! [25 Apr 2009|08:48am]


Mythic Journeys movie sneak preview May 2 at the Plaza (Atlanta)
The Mythic Imagination Institute invites you to experience an exclusive special preview of MYTHIC JOURNEYS, a fusion of documentary and animation about the power of myth and story to change the world, on Saturday May 2 at 8 p.m. at the Plaza Theatre in Atlanta.
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For more information about Mythic Journeys, the movie, visit www.imaginalcellsinc.com. .

Go here to buy tickets:


I look forward to seeing you there
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But there was Thanksgiving [24 Apr 2009|02:32pm]

I was going back over some of my past writing recently after having been reminded of what good things can come when we least expect it and how those good things often wear rather ragged clothing and found this. The topic is Thanksgiving but I think it fits my current mindset and perhaps would be of interest to this community as it pertains to how me can apply the legens, stories and myths of our past, even though not always exactly true to our daily lives and how important these often very modern "myths" can be...

I remember when I was young and the lingering chill of the mid day air alerted that autumn was in full swing. Halloween had come and gone and Christmas seemed so far off still; but there was Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving was an unusual holiday for my generation. Historically this day was of equal or greater importance to our ancestors in America than any other holiday, including Christmas. In fact for many years under early puritan rule Christmas day passed by and found people hard at work and those few who chose to celebrate did so under fear of prosecution. It was just another day but Thanksgiving, as yet not an official day of thanks, was met with celebration and true thanksgiving, several days were set aside for feasting, games and time with family and community. This was a trend that remained a foundation of America for nearly three centuries. The Revolutionary war came and brought new ideas and ideals and with them new things for which to be thankful; and later still came the Civil war with so much bloodshed and torn familial relations, yet Thanksgiving remained intact, important, and even necessary to heal the deep wounds. America entered a gilded age and Thanksgiving took on the sheen of gold along with everything else. Even among the lowest of the lower classes there were it seemed reasons for thanks.

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Folktale and Urban Legends [27 Dec 2008|03:16pm]

There was a tragic event over the holidays. A man, dressed as Santa Claus who was coming out of a angry divorce went to the house of his former wife and started killing people. A little girl opened the door and was shot in the face... BY SANTA CLAUS... Others were shot and the house was put to flames. The killer then went to another house and killed himself.

This story is raw and terrible but It got me thinking about the way myth and fables and urban legends can be created in moments like this.

What are the differences between myth, fable and urban legend. Not the way the dictionary defines them but the way we define them as individuals and at a personal level.

Does anyone believe that such an event as this could become frozen in the minds of people who were involved and those who hear about it and begin to be transmitted as a sort of monster tale. For the little girl who was shot (and I have heard she will be alright physically) Christmas will forever be a time of horror, and the jolly elf in red is become a child hungry monster.

But how will this effect other children, friends, relatives and even strangers who hear about it on the playground?

Could this be the birth of what will soon become an Urban legend, a tale that grows with each telling.. It happened to a friend of a friend of mine, that sort of thing and if so does anyone think that the urban legend has the power to transform itself into a myth or fable. Such as happened with the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, a story with truth at its heart. This was a true story that became an urban legend and then a fable. But is the mind of today as easily seduced or or perhaps more easily?

Beyond that since this even is still raw in th minds of those involved is this the right time to examine it in its mythic framework or does the power of myth only become realized when the events are distant?

A lot to consider, I have my thoughts and my questions and my uncertainties... What are yours?
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Bye bye, Dr. Freud [26 Dec 2008|03:29pm]


"In the history of psychology, Freud wished to squeeze everyone into his Oedipus myth theory wherein the child falls in love with the parent of the opposite sex and, out of jealousy, wishes to eliminate the parent of the same sex. Jung responded that this was Freud's own personal psychology, which he projected onto all of humanity. In Greco-Roman and other mythologies, there are dozens of other archetypal myths describing child-parent relationships that have no connection whatsoever with the mythic pattern of Oedipus. Have these other myths no descriptive and diagnostic value? If so, why not? Freud also believed religion was a pathological illusion and, with typical disdain, he treated it as such. More than likely he was in revolt against his own past personal delusions of a religious nature."

-Eugene Pascal, Ph.L., from "Jung to Live By".
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The Twelve Days of Christmas [23 Dec 2008|09:06am]

I heard a clip the other day from the Charlie Brown Christmas special in which Charlie Brown despairs, “Doesn’t anyone know the true meaning of Christmas!?” The 12 days between Christmas and Epiphany were at the heart of the Pagan and Medieval-Christian winter solstice festivals. A survey of those festivities leads us right to the mythological heart of the holiday season – the much vaunted “true meaning of Christmas.” Check it out…
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Crooker of the Derwent and Malevolent Water Weirds [18 Dec 2008|08:32pm]


A Painting of the Derwent River

Here is an essay I wrote about Crooker, a well-known (in some circles) malevolent spirit who inhabits the Derwent River in England. The essay is also a brief exploration of "water weirds"- the spirits of bodies of water- in folk-animism and belief.


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The Toad Bone Treatise: A New Horizon for Modern Witchcraft [13 Dec 2008|06:21pm]


For all you sorcerously inclined people out there:

Liber Hydrargyrum

Steps Towards an Occult Natural Science and the Advanced Practice of Sorcery


Some parts of the document are very philosophical; others far more "earthy" and praxis-based. I think it all came out pretty well. I think it will be a good source of interest and insight for those who are just dented a bit already. Glad Yule to you all!
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Compassion, Tough Love & Living Ferociously [18 Nov 2008|03:10pm]

There is an interview in this season’s issue of Parabola magazine that really struck me. It’s w/ Damien Echols. He’s now on death row for murder – although the evidence that lead to his conviction is very questionable. While in prison he’s taken-up Zen Buddhism and spends hours daily in mediation. He was asked if his experience had increased his feeling of compassion, and the answer he gave struck me as very interesting, so I wanted to quote it here:

In some ways yes; in some ways no. I’ve really had a chance over the past 15 years to study what causes people to be in this situation. You see these people who grew up in poverty w/ no education whatsoever and they go rob a store and shoot somebody. When you realize the hardship they came from that can inspire compassion. But you also see how they are once they are here – making no effort to change or grow. I don’t believe anything excuses not taking personal responsibility. You know, I grew up so poor we didn’t even have heat in the winter. We had to walk to the gas station for drinking water…. So stories like that inspire, not the opposite of compassion, but I guess you’d call it tough love, where you want to grab somebody and say, “You can try and blame it on society or anyone else you want to blame it on, but you make the choices to do what you are doing on a daily basis…. We shape our own realities…. I think the main thing is that we have to be responsible for changing our own lives…. We don’t want to settle. I call it living ferociously…. In my situation this is really driven home, because since I’ve been here between 20 and 25 people have been executed. Whenever I have one of those days where I think I’d rather lay here and watch TV, I think, is that really what you want to do w/ your time?
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Barack Obama & Joseph Campbell [10 Nov 2008|08:42am]

The story of Obama's faith begins with his mother, Ann. Raised in the Midwest by two lapsed Christians, she lived and traveled throughout the world appreciating all religions but confessing to none. One of Ann's favorite spiritual texts was "Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth," a set of PBS interviews with Bill Moyers that traces the common themes of religion and mythology, Obama's half sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, tells NEWSWEEK. When the family lived in Indonesia, Ann, on occasion, would take the children to Catholic mass; after returning to Hawaii, they would celebrate Easter and Christmas at United Church of Christ congregations. Ann later went back to Indonesia with Maya, and when Obama visited, they would take him to Borobudur, one of the largest Buddhist temples in the world. Later, while working in India, Ann lived for a time in a Buddhist monastery.

Visiting temples was not just tourism for Ann. "These kinds of experiences were a regular part of our childhood and our upbringing, and were important to [our mother] because they involved ritual," says Maya. "She thought that ritual was very beautiful. The idea of human beings' striving to be better, having the curiosity and questions about all these things, [was] perpetual and constant inside her."

From "Finding His Faith," an article in Newsweek tracing
President-elect Barack Obama's spiritual evolution.
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The Curse Must Pass Away [31 Oct 2008|03:19am]


The Curse Must Pass Away:
The Healing Power of the Archetypal Myth of the Vampire and the Vampire-Slayer

A Basic Primer to the Hunting and Slaying of the Undead for Modern People Who Suffer from their Predations

By Robin Artisson
Copyright © 2008

It's Time to Kill Vampires

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The Myth of Politics [29 Sep 2008|04:12pm]

A couple of years ago, at a Mythology conference I was invited to speak at, I got to hear Stephen Wilkerson of the Pacifica Graduate Institute deliver a wonderful paper called "The Myth of Politics; the 2004 Partisan Divide." Prof. Wilkerson's ideas seem to pretty topical once again... particularly if you watched the Obama-McCain debate... and contrasted the two men in terms of temperament, personality types... and racial/ethnic backgrounds.

"The Myth of Politics" was a rather fun paper, full of puns, which played off the distinction between red and blue states. Does blue state = blue blood? Does red state = red neck? In the ancient Indian Kunadalini Yoga, there are 7 chakras (power centers) assigned to the body, and each chakra is assigned a color. The lower 3 are purely animal; the top 4 are human/spiritual. Chakra 1, the lowest chakra, Campbell described as the Dragon chakra – dragons hoard and guard things. The color of charka 1 is red. Chakra 5, located at the throat, is that of speech/language… communication. Its color is blue.

But the real interesting part of the paper came w/ a comparison of the Paleolithic mythology Campbell labeled “the way of the animal powers” w/ the Neolithic mythos called “the way of the seeded earth.” The Neolithic mythos comes w/ the emergence of planting culture. When you farm land, you have to protect that plot of land. You build fences… then walls, and soon you have city-states w/ standing armies and such. (Dragons guard things.) Contrasting w/ this is the nomadic hunter-gatherer. Campbell called Chief Seattle “the last spokesman of the Paleolithic moral order.” In 1852 we wrote, “The President in Washington sends word that he wants to buy our land. But how can you buy or sell the sky? The land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air or the sparkle of the water how can we sell them to you? … The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth… Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. … One thing we know: Our god is your god also.”

It is no coincidence that, almost w/o exception, agrarian states are all red (where dragons guard). There is more red by area than blue. But almost w/o exception large cities, w/ their communal spaces, go blue. The denser the population, the more likely to go blue. In these communal spaces a kind of neo-Paleolithic moral order is growing w/ trends towards openness, sharing, multiculturalism, socialism and community.
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Harvest of Life Force: Crafting a Bindrune [18 Sep 2008|02:25pm]


I have written a post here regarding the science of Esoteric Runology. I give an introduction to Runic mysticism and talisman construction, as well as showing how I designed a Bindrune for a nice lady in England, starting with Rune-meanings, going to a Rune-row, and the final construction of the Bindrune itself, in two different forms. I talk at length about Runic mythology and numerology, and show how it relates to the process. I hope you all get some use out of it.


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Contingency, Tragedy, and Faith [11 Sep 2008|02:49pm]

It’s the anniversary of 9/11 – the most significant U.S. national tragedy to happen in my lifetime -- and I’m thinking about why tragic things happen. Perhaps the one thing that is most destructive to the human psyche is the experience of sheer contingency. “Contingency” in the ontological sense – as in, the opposite of necessity -- what’s chancy, random, meaningless, w/o rhyme or reason… For thousands of years we’ve had myth, religion, philosophy and science largely for the purpose of putting a face on contingency.

When bad things happen we ask why. When our lives aren’t going well we ask, “What did I do to deserve this?” Or, “Why is everything going well for him and not for me? Why is he more deserving of happiness than I am?”

Recently my wife and I watched an excellent movie, Thirteen Conversations about One Thing, which is all about fate vs. chance vs. personal responsibility vs. blind luck. There is a golden moment in that movie where a character says, “Faith is the antithesis of proof,” and the most bitter, cynical character in the film replies, “Yeah… but still… you got’ta have faith in something!”

In a sense, I guess faith and proof are the two ways we put a face on contingency.

Whatever is the particular “something” you have faith in, the various myths of the world all essentially teach the same answer to the age-old question, “Why does bad shit happen?” In The Fifth Mountain, Paulo Coelho explains it well:
• There are things that are brought into our lives to lead us back to the true path of our Personal Legend.
• Some things come along to teach us.
• Other things arise so we can apply all that we have learned. (i.e. to test us)

In the structure of Joe Campbell’s Hero Quest, Coelho’s first form of tragedy corresponds to the “Call to Adventure.” The second type is what we encounter while on the “Road of Trials.” The third form is what Campbell called “the Ordeal.”

The second type (the Road of Trials) are often some of the hardest to take. In The Fifth Mountain the Prophet Elijah asks, “Why does He who made the world prefer to use tragedy to write the book of fate?”

An angel answers, “There is no tragedy, only the unavoidable. Everything hath a reason for being; thou neediest only distinguish what is temporary from what is lasting.”

“What is temporary?” asked Elijah.

“The unavoidable.”

“What is lasting?”

“The lessons of the unavoidable.”

Later in that book, w/ regards to “the unavoidable,” a wise shepherd tells Elijah, “There are certain things that the gods oblige us to live though. There reason for this does not matter, and there is no action we can take to make them pass us by.”

When Elijah has his epiphany need the end of the novel, he realizes that: “Sometimes it was necessary to struggle w/ God. Every human being at some time had tragedy enter his life…. At that moment, God challenged one to confront Him and to answer His question: “Why dost thou cling to an existence so short and so filled w/ suffering? What is the meaning of thy struggle?”

(i.e. What do you have worth living for?)

“One who sought a meaning to existence, feeling God had been unjust, would challenge his own destiny…. It was this that He desired, that each person take into his hands the responsibility for his own life…. Tragedy was not punishment but challenge.

On the anniversary of 9/11, there is a final passage in The Fifth Mountain which seems very appropriate to me. Elijah says, “I don’t want to argue whether my God is stronger or more powerful; I would speak not of our differences but our similarities. Tragedy has united us.”
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A Wyrd Way of Seeing [04 Sep 2008|10:18pm]


A Wyrd Way of Seeing: The Worldview of Wyrd as Primordial Cybernetics

The Spinning of the Nornir and the Ancient Worldview of Wyrd
As Expressed in Terms of Modern Systems Theory


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Greetings [04 Sep 2008|03:10pm]

I just wanted to introduce myself.  I am Kristen; art-rep for CJ Bloomer, fine artist and illustrator focusing on mythos from around the world.  He has written articles and taught workshops about the mythic image in fantasy art and has worked with Mythic Journeys and other scholarly groups to promote the need for myth in today's society.  I will be hanging around and am not afraid to comment, so I can't wait to hear everyone's ideas.  Please, feel free to check our website ( www.nydwyngreendragon.com ) and see what we're up to. 
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What is 'worship'? [03 Sep 2008|09:06am]

[ mood | contemplative ]

Now, afaic, I don't 'worship' any one, or any thing, however I've just been told that because of my love for Loki, "by giving him the worth you do, you absolutely worship him."

So now I'm wondering, what IS worship? Is it simply loving something/someone (in which case, do I 'worship' my friends and family because I love them), or is there more to it than that?

Xposted from my own journal to several places

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