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The Book of Lilith: A theatrical bellydance production

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/.


Not Awake, Not Asleep: Opening the Faery Portal Trance

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

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Enduring the Loss of the Senses

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! :)

Mythic Journeys - The Movie!


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. .

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I look forward to seeing you there

But there was Thanksgiving

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

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?

Bye bye, Dr. Freud

"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".

The Twelve Days of Christmas

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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