Wonder Woman: A Female Perspective

Wonder Woman, the film entered the cinema’s and got a lot of positive feedback. Women said that they were crying when they saw the film.

I wanted to see the film to investigate if it isn’t an ultimate form of misogyny to admire a woman simply because she can fight like a man? Is Wonder Woman just a male soldier with big breasts and a vagina? Or is something else going on?

Wonder Woman: Amazos

The film starts with Wonder Woman as a child. She wants to learn how to fight but her mother does not want that to happen.

The noticeable thing for you and me – dream lovers and symbolism-freaks, is that the bed she sleeps in has a mandala-eye shape…

Wonder Woman-child is building her eye, her I in her dreams. You have got to love that. It soon became clear to me that my original hypothesis is wrong.

No, Wonder Women is not a male warrior dressed up as a hot chick. The film assumes that all human beings are warriors. Girls are just taught to stop fighting. Except for Amazon women.

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Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

 

The Amazon warriors, according to Greek mythology, were called Amazon because the word “amazos” means without a breast…

You see that Hollywood has taken a free interpretation here, the breasts of Gal Gadot are waving their hallo’s in her cleavage.

Fighting girls are hot. Do you remember Sense8? Sun is the female warrior over there. In the last Sense8 very she was also fighting in her underwear. It’s got to be a Hollywood thing.

Wonder Woman: The Female Perspective

Not a lot of movies have a female hero. Usually females are the “price” a hero gets after he has won his battle.

I recently read a blog, written by a father to both of his sons about Wonder Woman. He adressed the feelings of unease he assumed his sons would have watching the opening scenes without a male character in it.

Did you know I did not even notice the fact that there was no man present in the opening scenes? Yes, shame on me.

Because usually I do get a bit sick and tired of the male perspective in books, newspapers and films.

So, being reasonably experienced in the female perspective after inhabiting a female body for over fifty years, let’s see what my female perspective has to say about Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman: the Initial Female Paradise

Like all stories, the film begins in paradise. A matriarchy, inhabited by women.
It’s almost like every girl experiences her childhood. Father is away, into the wild world, and mother and sisters are close.

All of a sudden, and attractive spy rinses onto the shores. He is telling stories about a destructive war that is going on. In her heart Wonder Woman knows that she, with her magical powers van stop the fighting.

This is such a good point of the picture. Almost every heterosexual woman has had that attractive spy that invaded her I-land. And almost every woman fell madly in love and wanted to set him free of his inner battles. Feeling it was her magic that could safe him.

But should we? Should we still safe those spies? Shouldn’t we have a new power hero that tells us that spies have a natural ability to get out of trouble? Or would that mean a significant decline in birth rates? No more spies to safe, women, be prepared for a boring and lonely life?

 

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Chris Pine in Wonder Woman

 

And in order to kill het biggest enemy Ares, her animus Steven Trevor has to give his life as well. Talking about integrating your shadow!

Both men are opposite shades on the Shadow Palette in a women’s personality. It makes you wonder, after you have seen this film who in your life have been your Ares and your Steven. And dip your brush into the colour shade you want the world to see this day.

Wonder Woman Beauty

All throughout the film people notice that Diana aka Wonder Woman is exceptionally beautiful.

This is NOT a thing we-avarege women- experience. Most of us are quite ordinary. The beautiful girls are species of a different kind to us.

They act from a set of different rules. They know they can break them because of their looks. One smile and such a woman is forgiven for every rotten thing she has ever done.

If you truly want a female perspective, make your heroine an ordinary looking person. But wait! That will not sell. And you are right my dear reader, films with male protagonists usually also have an extraordinary handsome actor playing the leading role.

Wonder Woman Half God

Wonder woman is a half god. She is a descendent of Zeus himself and -even though she is a warrior a heart, she battles against war.

She is fighting fire with fire: using her fighting skills to end a world war. But fire is a good servant but a bad master.

We, women have always tried to battle. Often much more in a psychological way than physical.

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How many mothers have fought the school system like I did when my son got molested at school, and lost?

We are mortals, not half gods. In that way, Wonder Woman is a blessing for the soul. Finally a woman who fights and gets justice done.

A blessing for all of us who got our asses kicked to the core by society.

Wonder Woman Conclusion

I am a bit double hearted about this film.  I truly like the fact that there is a female protagonist.

But there are too many butt’s. Literal and psychological. Of course I can understand the need to show tits and ass if you want to make money.

Of course I can understand why the protagonist is strikingly beautiful. Of course I can understand why the motive of the first world war is just a side line.

Of course i can understand why there has to be a love-interest in the movie.

But all of those things make the movie kind of average again. But, my dear reader, you are right, criticism is easy.

Would you go and watch Wonder Woman? Let me know in the comments.

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Heinrich Zimmer: Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization

Heinrich Zimmer was the father of contemporary mythology. He had a great impact on Joseph Campbell. If you want to know more about mythology as a manifestation of energy, this is the book for you to read.

This Mindfunda is a book review of:
Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilazation written by Heinrich Zimmer. Edited by Joseph Campbell, a republication by Princeton University Press.

 

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Heinrich Zimmer, German had a great impact on Joseph Campbell. Campbell was a student of Zimmer. In 1940, long before Bill Moyers made his last name into something more than a can of convenient tomato soup.

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Heinrich Zimmer in America

Heinrich Zimmer was German by birth and moved to America in 1940. Because he had written a critical article about American Indologists, he was not welcome. In the classes he taught at the Columbia university he only had a few students. The notes from those classes have been edited by Campbell in this book, originally published in 1946.

 

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Heinrich Zimmer

 

Joseph Campbell had the good taste to appreciate Heinrich Zimmer’s new visions on mythology. Interpreting gods as energies was ground breaking at that time.

The difference between mythology of the East and mythology of the West, one of the key points of Campbell’s mythological insights, originated from the thoughts of Zimmer.

On the darker side: it led to an endless devaluation of Western thought as being “material”, almost “diabolical” while the Eastern thought was idealized. Every person in the East was thought of as a philosopher, while the Western civilization was seen as greedy and ignorant.

In the seventies it led to a hippy culture of meditating people. Unfortunately, even though their intentions were good, the world is still an uncomfortable place from time to time.

Heinrich Zimmer: Indian Mythology

Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization tells the story about how energy transforms and shapes everything, but is never lost. The Wheel of Rebirth spins round and round in a never-ending cycle…

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Wheel of Rebirth

This thought is still inherent to the Western way dreams are interpreted. Usually every dream symbol is interpreted as a manifestation of the Self. A symbol is the energy of the dreamer that manifests in multiple forms.

“The maya of the gods is their power to assume different shapes by displaying at will various aspects of their subtle essence”But the gods are themselves the productions of the greater maya: the spontaneous self-transformation of an originally undifferentiated, all generating divine Substance” (page 25).

 

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Vishnu

It was exactly this interpretation of myth as a manifestation of energy that attracted Campbell’s attention.

Heinrich Zimmer: Symbols

Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization contains a wealth of information about symbols, just as the title would suggest to the potential buyer. You will not be disappointed.

The book is filled with information about animals like snakes, serpents, elephants (did you know that according to Indian lore, the first elephants had wings?) and birds. The Garuda, born at the beginning of time, flaps its mythological wings.

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The Garuda

The book will tell you about Shakti and Shiva as symbols for the inner duality. It will explain the three-fold manifestation of Indra: Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Maintainer and Shiva the Destroyer all constitute the wheel of life.

I just loved the fact that there even is a God(dess) dreaming up the Universe in Indian mythology, just like in Norse Mythology. I remember how much fun I had meeting this Goddess in the Lucid dream of my online Norse Mythology course (I might write a blog about that dream soon).

If you are into dreams and mythology, you are going to appreciate this book, there is no doubt about it.

A definite Go if you are looking for a good book that will add even more depth to your knowledge of mythology and symbols.

Literature

M. H. Case (editor) July 14, 2014: Heinrich Zimmer: Coming into His Own   Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.


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Alhambra: a whisper of desire, filled with promises.

Alhambra, the palace in Granada, is a book you can live in. There are poems everywhere… Alhambra is as magic as its name. Alhambra sounds like  a whisper of desire, filled with promises. But not all its promises were sweet.

Alhambra: A Faustian Motive

The name Alhambra means the red castle. Legend has it that the Moorish King Al-hamar who build it, sold his soul to the devil.

In European Romanticism: Literary Cross-currents, Modes, and Models, Gerhart Hoffmeister tells: “Al-hamar could have only had his marvellous structure build through a Faustian pact with the fallen angel Azrael, also known as Azael. 

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Evelyn De Morgan
The Angel of Death

A fantastic ride to the snow-covered peaks of the Sierra Nevada prepares Al-hamar’s soul for its conversion, because up there Azreal receives him in his castle in the air, a celestial residence in God’s kingdom. During his reception in heaven the terrestrial Alhambra, which he had built, is resurrected as a second, more beautiful and transparent work of mystical architecture.

We know this motif from the Faust folktale. In this story Faust sold his soul to the devil to gain knowledge. If you want something so bad that you want to do things that insult your own moral, you sell your soul.

It was also a warning of (the) God(s) that men could not control everything. Or as Rumpelstiltskin says in Once Upon a Time: “All Magic comes at a price, dearie”

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I have another tale to tell about Alhambra in the next paragraph. A tale that involves a crime of passion…

Alhambra: the Basin of Lions

On the wall of the Alhambra you can see many poems. There are there poets mentioned who allegedly created the poetry: Ibn al-Yayyab (1274-1349), Ibn al-Jatib (1313-1375) and Ibn Zamrak (1333-1393), who were secretaries of the royal chancellery and prime ministers.

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“Melted silver flows through the pearls,
to which it resembles in its pure dawn beauty.
Apparently, water and marble seem to be one,
without letting us know which of them is flowing. 
Don’t you see how the water spills on the basin,
but its spouts hide it immediately?”

This is part of the poem that can be found at the basin of the Lions. You can see those lions on the picture that illustrates this blog.

It is marvellous how the marble, as a symbol of the philosopher’s stone, is paired with water.

Standing there, I can tell you that being there was impressive. But there was also a sad energy there. Once upon a time there was a brutal murder of a whole family here…

Alhambra: Crime of Passion

Spanish historian Gilles Perez writes in his book “The Civil Wars of Granada: And the History of the Factions of the Zegries and Abencerrages, Two Noble Families of That City, to the Final Conquest by Ferdinand and Isabella” about the reign of Abou Abdoulah.

Under the reign of Abou Abdoulah, there was an influential family called Abencerrages. One of the rivals of this family had insinuated that the head of this family, Abin Hamet, was the lover of the queen. Outraged, Abou Abdoulah invited the family only to murder everyone who entered the Basin of the Lions.

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Photo: Jurgen van Nijnanten

You can imagine that the queen, who was falsely accused was not amused. Her husband managed to escape the wrath of the Abencerrages, but she was sentenced to be burned alive within thirty days unless she could produce four knights who would defend her.

And she, smart girl, managed to produce four knights who defended her honour. Abou Abdoulah escaped and never returned.

Alhambra: A Dream-Like Environment

Walking around Alhambra gives you a chance to do many reality checks if you are a lucid dreamer. The building itself, all the work, the craftsmanship that is put into this, the art, it is a very inspiring visit. If you want to go there, make sure you book your ticket on time. It is only possible from the Spanish website of the Alhambra. They use a site called Ticketmaster, it is their system of online selling.

I bought a daytime ticket. We arrived at 11:00 am, and had entrance on 14:00 pm. This gave us plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful gardens. There is no need to buy an audio guide, you can download an app with the same information. And be aware that, as in any other very touristic environment, food and drinks are extremely expensive.

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Byung Chul Han: Agony of Eros, a Book Review

Byung Chul Han, South Korean professor at the University of Basil, knows about love. It is threatened. Eros is dead.
It is always good to start a book with a cliff hanger…

It was in A.D. 14–37 that the great god Pan was declared death by a sailor called Thamus. He had heard of his death in a divine whisper.

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Eros and Pan

With the death of the horned god Pan came the birth of theology.

And now Byung Chul Han, even though he is not sailing on a ship, has heard a similar divine whisper. The great god Eros is dead… And in this book he analysis love in every manifestation possible.

The Agony of Eros” from The MIT Press, published in 2017, originally published as “Agonie des Eros” in the series Fröhliche Wissenschaft by Matthes & Seitz Berlin.

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In seven chapters love is taken into the box ring. Dragged from depression to powerlessness, to pornography and emptiness, to nowadays superficial consumerism.

But it also triggers your mind. What is love for you? What are your feelings about porn? Is there love in politics?

Byung Chul Han: a Man’s Vision on Eros

 

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Portrait of Byung Chul Han
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Byung Chul Han is a man. (I know you start to laugh right now because it is so obvious). And it shows in his analysis and his texts. I can not help but wonder how a female philosopher would have taken on the challenge of the death of Eros.

Do you remember the film Pan’s Labyrinth? It is also a man’s vision on female initiation in a patriarchal society. Nothing would please me more as a woman’s vision on this subject.

Don’t get me wrong. i like this book. A lot. let me explain why in the next paragraph.

Byung Chul Han: The Other

Being a Jungian, I am always pre-occupied with the Self. Byung Chul Han is preoccupied with the Other (written with a capital O just like the Jungian Self is always written with a capital S).

Eros is a relationship to the Other situated beyond achievement, performance, and ability” (page 11).

Byung Chul Han
Cartoon: Rebel Circus

The Other is defined in Lao’s von Trier’s Melancholia how the Other brings you in a state of disbalance…

The Other-ness is also the fuel for erotic attraction between partners. And to fully conceive and appreciate the Otherness a death of the Self is in order. That does remind you of the words of Joseph Campbell, doesn’t it? How he spoke of marriage as death.

The agony of Eros, the depreciation of the value of Otherness, lies in the unification of contemporary society. Or what Byung Chul Han calls:  “the inferno of the same” at every turn .  

Conclusion

This book is not for everybody. It assumes a vast knowledge of philosophers and films that not everybody will have.

But it is an excellent work out for your mental muscles. How does Byung Chul Han differ from Joseph Campbell for example? Joseph Campbell, seems to contradict Byung Chul Han because Jospeh assumed that society in the middle ages had discovered eros. In his interviews with Bill Moyers he talks about how in the 12th century love was re-invented by the troubadours. They spread the word about this new standard for eros and marriage very rapidly.

Byung Chul Han suggests that we now have buried love/eros. In a time with multiple divorces it seems like we have gotten back to pre-medieval times. I certainly hope we have not but what do you think? Let me know in the comments.


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Egg: Symbolism

Let’s celebrate Easter with a Mindfunda Blogpost about the symbolism of the egg. Don’t you find it is strange that eggs and easter have become so close?

Egg: Origin of the World

We will have to go back to East Asia, between 1700 en 1100 BCE. In the Rig Veda, a book that contains 1017 rhymes it is said that:

 

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Jacob Bryant’s Orphic Egg (1774

 

“The Creator, as Hiranyagarbha, arose from the great waters and by his power and energy germinated the egg containing the world matter, thus setting in motion the process of Creation. From this standpoint, Creation was not a new beginning but a rearrangement, setting things in a proper order.”

But that was a long time ago. Why are we still fooling around with eggs around easter?

Egg: Changing Perception of the Universe

Einstein, the guy we all love, because he was not only a genius, but also a very good marketeer (he invented personal branding), changed the perceptions of the universe.

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Cartoon: Tom Richmond at tomrichmond.com

 

And like any major change this one: that we, the species living on earth, are just a tiny part of a much bigger system.

And we are really the center… nothing really…

BUT: by discovering so much more about the creation of the universe those old mythologies became populair again.

It wasn’t really coincidence that Carl Jung wrote about the cosmic egg in his red book.

Egg: The Red Book

In the Red Book Jung has a scene that involves the cosmic egg.  This cosmic egg has a seed in it: the promise of fertilization and growth.

Doesn’t that remind you of the Seed Of Yggdrasil? Maria Kvilhaugg describes in her book how the Tree of Life clearly has a seed that brings fertility on earth.

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Carl Jung, The Red Book
Izdubar

 

“On the evening of the third day, I kneel down and carefully open the egg. Something resembling smoke rises up from it and suddenly Izdubar is standing before me, enormous, transformed, and complete. His limbs are whole and I find no trace of damage on them. It’s as if he had awoken from a deep sleep”.

Izdubar represents the inner voice, the silent inner knowing that does not need evidence. Jung even sees science as the thing that wounded Izdubar.

Izdubar crawls out of the egg and gives light like the sun. The egg, birth and the sun they are always connected. But haven’t you, like me, ever wondereed why on earth we celebrate the death of our god Jesus when nature starts to emerge, and we celebrate his birth in the darkest days?

Egg: Symbolic Meanings

As I have already mentioned in an earlier Easter blog about the goddess Eostre, on a very literal level people used to eat a lot of eggs during Easter because they were not allowed to eat them during lent, so they saved up tons of them.

But does an egg have more symbolic meanings than fertility?

The color yellow in the egg is the brightest colour to the human eye. The colour is  associated with youth and happiness.

In general eggs are considered to represent new possibilities. Unlike my attempt to associate sex dreams (see #2) in a different way as the usual “you want to unite with the thing your sex partner represents” theme, I have not been able to use my creativity here.

But I do have, as an Easter Bonus a nice blog I wrote about chocolate. Have fun this Easter and eat a lot of (chocolate) eggs.


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What you need to know about Greek Gods

The Greek Gods, we know about them. We read stories, we secretly laughed about Zeus who was always fooling around with girls.

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But do the Greek Gods still play a role in our life? Let’s explore.

Greek Gods: Archetypes

In the ’80s Jean Shinolda Bolen wrote a book called: Goddesses in Everywoman. It became a huge hit.

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(Do you ever wonder like me why nobody wrote the same book for men?)

The book had the appealing assumption that Greek Mythology was based an archetypes. Jean Shinolda Bolen had carefully selected 7 (my favourite number) archetypes that characterized typical behaviour in women.

7 Greek Goddesses:

Artemis

The queen of the hunt, an old mother goddess archetype. Jean associated her with the “workaholic” lady.

Athena

My personal favourite. I always loved the story that she was born from her father’s head. The science nerd lady.

Hestia

The nun. Queen of hearth and solitude.

Hera

The Queen of marriage.

Demeter

The Mother archetype: always pregnant.

Persephone

The Queen of the underworld, the Gothic Lady.

Aphrodite

Always on a date, the Queen of Love

Do you want to know who you are? Here is a quiz.

Greek Gods: The Cradle of Civilization

 

Greece, Athens is seen as the cradle of modern civilization. The place where democracy started. But I will let you in on a little secret. The Greek Gods were assholes.

In mythology, we have gotten so addicted to the Hero story of Campbell, that we really would like those 12 Greek guys and girls up the Olympus to be really cool dudes who want the best for mankind.

They didn’t.

They stole, raped, murdered and tortured…

Let’s start with the “Big Brothers”.

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Olympus

Zeus, King of the sky, was a typical wind god. These are the gods of fertility. He fooled around, changed shape and multiplied himself whenever he could.

Prometheus was punished severely for giving humanity fire. You might be aware of the fact that fire, cooking our food, gave us humans, time to do something else with our day than just to sit around and digest.

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Prometheus Carrying Fire’ by Jan Cossiers

Zeus punished him by chaining him to a rock, where an eagle came and ate his liver away each day..

Doesn’t that remind you of God’s anger towards man when Adam and Eve ate the Tree of Knowledge? Somehow Gods don’t like humans to empower themselves…

Poseidon, his brother and god of the sea. Having a blue beard and a trident, he was considered the god of the earth quakes. Like his brother he was always out to have some fun with women.

In a contest about who will win the control of the city of Athens, Athene touches the ground witha  spear and an olive tree emerges. Poseidon, on the other hand, struck his trident on a rock and produced a horse.

And.. the olive tree not only symbolises economical growth, but also peace. Remember the biblical dove with the olive tree in its mouth?

Hades, the third brother was king of the Underworld. It was his job to make sure that the deceased did not escape his kingdom.

greek gods
Bingley: The Abduction of Persephone

Hades decided to abduct the daughter of Demeter, Persephone. Demeter decided to mourn her daughter in winter when she was at Hades.

On the other side: it is a mythological script for every girl. Going away from mother, becoming queen of your own kingdom.

The rest of the Gods had their problems and neuroses too. But I wanted you to be aware that the magical number 3 and 12 are important in Greek Mythology. We will explore that in next paragraph.

Greek Gods: Mythology and Magic Numbers

In almost every mythology, the number three (three brothers: Zeus, Poseidon and Hades) and the number 12 are important. Why?

In Norse Mythology the number three is mentioned again and again. There are three wise women, three Norns at the well of Urd who determine the fate of humans.



In the bible, Jesus died for three days and came back from the death. There is the holy trinity: father son and holy spirit.

It is the first number with ‘something in the middle’ like a new birth. And it has a connection to the moon, that is gone for three days (or nights) to be reborn.

The number 12: 12 gods live on mount Olympus. Jesus had 12 disciples, Odin had 12 followers…

The number 12 is associated with completeness. If you interpret the Gods as psychological energies within your own psyche, you will see that you have got a whole range of conduct to choose from. It is up to you to make a conscious choice. It can be the challenge of a life time!


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My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist, blogger and author. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study in psychology at Tilburg University. I made this independent site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life.

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Easter Origin: A Pagan Eastern Fertility Goddess?

Easter Origin. Every time at Easter, Facebook postings and blogs are (re)published that talk about Eostre or Ostara. Let me tell you the real story.

Easter Origin: Eostre – Ostara

Eostre and the German variation of that name Ostara all mean East. There is no evidence of them being goddesses of fertility. So where does this story come from? We will have to go centuries back, to an old monk.

Easter Origin

In 520, Dionysius Exiguus used the old data of Alexandria to create a new table to calculate Easter. Those Alexandria tables were created in the year 300 and Dionysius Exiguus recalculated them so they could be used in the Julian time frame.

In 616 monk Beda Venerabilis recalculated these dates into the Eastern cycle that is used to this date. This calculation uses the cycles of the moon (19 years) and the cycles of the sun (28 years). I know that sounds complicated. What it means is that it takes 19 years before there is a new moon again on January the first. It takes 28 years for January 1 to be the first Sunday of the year. He wrote the book Temporem Ratione; The Reckoning of Time about it.

In this book he mentions the Goddess Eostre as a goddess that is worshiped in England. The month of April would be names after her. But… there is no further evidence that there was any worship of her in England.

Easter Origin: Grimm

More than thousand years later, Jacob Grimm, one of the famous Grimm brothers, suggested that there had been a Goddess of spring and fertility called Ostara.

Grimm based his knowledge on the book Vita Carola Magni, or the Life of Charlemagne. written by historian Einhard, somewhere between 817 and 836.

Origin of Easter

Einhard indicates that the month of april is to be called ostarmanoth. Yet he fails to mention a goddess Ostara… But this was enough for Grimm to assume that there had been a Goddess named Ostara. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of historical claims to back that up.

Easter Origin: Fertility

Before you go away depressed, I would have to mention that Easter origin related to fertility. Spring, the victory of light that made crops grow was celebrated in almost every society.

Easter origin

The Romans celebrated Cerelia, a feast dedicated to Ceres, Goddess of agriculture.  the Celts celebrated Beltane, a counterpart of Samhein. Beltane is a feast dedicated to fertility and light. In Hinduism Holi-Phagwa is celebrated.

But where do the bunny and the eggs com from?

Easter Origin: Bunny and Eggs

Because of lent, people were not allowed to eat the eggs that their chickens laid. So at easter, when lent was over, all those eggs were boiled and eaten.

Of course there is the symbolism of an egg and the new life it represents. It is a very ancient practice to decorate eggs to celebrate spring. It goes back to ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia.

In early Christianity, red stained eggs where remainders of the blood of Christ, who died and was resurrected.

 

But what is the easter origin of the bunny? The idea that a hare could reproduce without the loss of virginity made the association with of the hare with the Virgin Mary easy.

Easter Origin

In the protestant religion, the Easter Bunny gave good children eggs and bad children received nothing. This tradition went with the German emigrants to America.

Do you like this story? Feel free to share. I hope you will have a wonderful Easter and a year filled with new fertility.


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My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist, blogger and author. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study in psychology at Tilburg University. I made this independent site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life.

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Girl Interrupted:

This Mindfunda is about the film Girl Interrupted, directed by James Mangold in 1999. The film is based on the life of author Susanna Kaysen, who was not happy at all with the film. She felt that the scene in which Susanna and Lisa escape, a scene that never happened in real life, violated the story.

Girl Interrupted Opening Scene

The film opens showing a cleaned, multi-paned window. The window is divided in squares, the way society labels mental abilities. The Title: Girl Interrupted is inspired by a painting of the Dutch painter Jan Vermeer. It is called “Girl Interrupted at her Music”. On this painting you can see a window, that is considered typical for Vermeer. The design of the window is a complex pattern of interlocking squares.

Vermeer expert Arthur Wheelock  says:“Most Dutch genre painters included scenes with specific actions. However, Vermeer’s attempts at depicting movement or activities such as laughing and drinking resulted in artificial poses. In this painting, Vermeer arrived at the solution for this problem: the momentary interruption. This device allowed him to suggest movement without the need for specific gestures or facial expressions. She, rather than concentrating on the music they hold, looks out at the viewer”. (quoted from the site vermeer0708.wordpress.com).

And that is exactly the perspective of this film. The main character Susanna (played by Winona Rider) tells her story from the third person’s perspective. She is an objective outsider looking back at her time in a mental hospital. This gives us, the viewers the challenge to determine if this story is a representation of what happened in the mental hospital, or if it is a representation about the mental battle between her inner sub-personalities.

In the opening scene we are introduced to a holy trinity. Susanna and Lisa are holding each other. crying and Polly is standing against a wall crying. Susanna plays the supporting role of the mother goddess, Lisa plays the role of the dark psychotic goddess and Polly is the inner child, who mutilated herself while she was young so she never needs to grow up and face the coldness of this world.

The Holy Trinity mage four on Flickr: Kali the destroyer

 

The female perspective is the subject of this film, or more precise the range of female archetypical conduct to survive society.

Two broken lamps are on the floor. The film is about our view, our vision on reality. Why are there two broken lamps and not one? Because two visions will be compared throughout the film. The “sane” vision and the “mad” vision. They will merge, they will encircle, they will hopefully inspire you to research your own definitions of mental sanity.

Now that we have had a flash of the things to come in the opening scene, we are taken back into the story. The storyline flashes between the first perspective of Susanna and the third perspective of us as viewers.  The camera zooms in at Susanna, it become clear that she is the main character of the film. She says:

Have you ever confused a dream with life? May be I am crazy, maybe I am just a girl interrupted

 

girl interrupted

 

This is an introduction to the main theme of this movie. The movie contrasts the square way of labeling in society to the gliding scales of mental and sexual reality. Square models can’t contain circular, gliding shaped reality, so either the perception of reality has to break, or the personality has to be broken. Which is it going to be?

Girl interrupted: The Mental Institution

We see in a flashback that Susanna has had an affair with her father’s friend/business partner. We see how she has been in hospital after taking an overdose of aspirin with vodka. She tells the psychiatrist that she has no bones. This remark will get relevance later in the film.

The retired psychiatrist , a friend of her father. He has agreed with her parents that she will be admitted to a mental institution “To get some rest. You hurt everyone around you”. He puts her into a cab, were her suitcase is already in, packed and waiting. She has been betrayed by her parents.

There is a car waiting at the corner, with a woman inside. Two roads to choose from.

girl interrupted

 

In the cab the radio plays the song “Downtown” from Petula Clark. A song about feeling stuck and looking for a way out to cheer you up and celebrate life.

Girl interrupted: The Animus

Valerie (played by Whoopie Goldberg) , the nurse is standing outside to welcome her. Susanna has to sign a consent form to be taken into the mental institution. “I don’t want to end up like my mother!” She says. She is told that she can talk about that with her therapist.

Valerie gives her a tour of the place, and again we get a look at the same Vermeer windows. Polly, the girl who was crying in the opening scene, is introduced now. She is in the art room on her own and she is not allowed there. Valerie warns another nurse. This informs us that Polly is not to be trusted to take care of herself. She should be watched at all times, like a kid.

Valerie introduces Susanna to her room mate Georgina (land worker). She has a bed fool of books, and Susanna wants to be a writer. Georgina hold up an important clue for understanding this story. A book called written by Frank Baum.

 

Girl Interrupted
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Valerie introduces Susanna to her room mate Georgina (land worker). She has a bed fool of books, and Susanna wants to be a writer. Georgina hold up an important clue for understanding this story. A book called written by Frank Baum.

 

Remember how Susanna told her therapist that she had no bones in her hand? The Crooked Magician in the story of this book (that is not about Dorothy, says Georgina), a man who indulges in magical arts contrary to law, has broken every bone in his body.

Susanna’s suicide attempt might have been related to the fact that her inner animus, as represented by her father, is not able to perform its magical anymore. She has tried to replace him by having sex with his friend, but this relationship had no bones.

This book has the boy Ojo as main character. Much like Susanna’s animus, Ojo is starving. He needs food. He needs to learn ways to manifests his talents in this world. He goes to his neighbors, the Crooked Magician and his wife Margolotte.

So here we symbolically see that Susanna rejects her mother and tries to identify with her father, which leaves her feeling like she has no bones and in a mental hospital.

Girl Interrupted: the Powder of Life

Her mother, as Margalotte, tries to make her a “patchwork girl” a servant that does tasks in order for Margalotte to sit back, relax and enjoy life.

“The Patchwork Girl of Oz” is about the search for the Powder of Life.  As Margolotte brings the Patchwork Girl alive she begins to dance and kicks the powder of life across the room. The patchwork girl is the Girl interrupted in her Music. Because of the wild dancing the Liquid of Petrification is spilled on the Crooked Magician and on Margolotte. They are turned into marble statues. Playing by the rules, betraying your authentic self, becoming a boring predictable marble statue like your mother. It are all the fears and troubles that the obstinate Susanna faces when she explores the parallel universe of madness.

Growing up is always a time when you feel your parents are nagging about rules you need to follow. Sometime you wonder if they like you. Your mother is not an appealing role model. A sexless woman who obliges the rules and wants you to do the same. What other options are there to let the world hear your inner music without spilling your elixir of life?

Girl Interrupted shows how Susanna chooses to live embracing her “sane” sub-personalities because that is better than being death. She has to face her own sexual affection for her father, her own subversion of her mother and she has to crown three new goddesses that will guide her future behavior.

Girl Interrupted: Lisa the Tempting One

Lisa, diagnosed as a sociopath, practically runs the mental hospital “South Bell”. This name reminds us of the film “Gone With the Wind” were Scarlett O’Hara played her own song, but lost the man she loved. The film here predicts an ending that incorporates a loss of a loved one. It will turn out to be the loss of a love part of the personality of Susanna.

Girl Interrupted
Angelina Joli

Lisa is vibrant, daring, beautiful but has a cold heart. Lisa has got the keys to the tunnels downstairs, a clear symbol of the subconscious. “Don’t take your medicines” says Lisa to Susanna. Lisa and the other girls go down secretly in the tunnels in the night to bowl. They go into the office of Dr. Wick and search her office for their files. The first step to healing is taken: you must acknowledge the image you portray in the world. It hurts when you hear or read what others think of you. But it is a necessary step to become aware of your own personality. The difference between what you feel in the inside and what you portray on the outside. The first one of the two broken lights in the opening scene has been restored here.

In the next scene, the girls have to pretend to be a tree. The tree of life.

Girl Interrupted

 

While they are doing that, Vermeer’s windows show Daisy, who is moving out. Daisy has an affair with her father. That is what Lisa strongly suggests. Her father has bought her an apartment and there she can live, while her father can visit her whenever he wants to. For most young girls this is an early fantasy, even if it is not a conscious one. It is a thing each girl growing up has to deal with. Susanna tried to deal with it while she seduced the friend of her father. That was not the way, but the situation will be resolved in a rather harsh way later on.

Girl Interrupted: Stay Where You Are?

Susanna her boyfriend comes to visit her and she wants to sexually please him in her room but the nurses constantly check in. They both go outside and he asks her to escape with him. He tells her he loves her and wants to go away with her. She refuses. She tells him she has got friends in South Bell.

This is a second step in building a healthy relationship with your animus. Embracing your inner sub personalities. This important step towards maturity and independence is rewarded by male nurse John who replaces one of the broken lights at night when she is sleeping. Because this way, she is able to draw in the morning. That morning he will not be there and he really likes her so he wants to help her express herself within the rules of the institution.

Girl Interrupted
Winona and Angelina on the set

 

Polly has an anxiety attack and gets transported into isolation. Now there is a third step towards releasing the authentic self. Lisa and Susanna secretly go to isolation to make music for Polly. they dare to break the rules and express their tunes. But it is too soon… There is another thing Susanna needs to do. That is to discover her goddesses within. She is now going to replace the old trinity, the one we met in the opening scene with new ones…

Girl Interrupted: The Mother

Nurse Valerie steps in and says she is going to report Lisa and Susanna. She is taken to Dr. Wick. First Susanna discusses the ambiguity of sexual behavior that is appropriate for girls and how that is different for boys. Susanna still follows the strict square pattern of the Vermeer window and clashes up against it. Dr. Wick shows her the necessity to research her inner boundaries because they are the boundaries of her Kingdom:

Dr. Wick: “Quis hic locus?, quae regio?, quae mundi plaga? What world is this?… What kingdom?… What shores of what worlds? It’s a very big question you’re faced with, Susanna. The *choice* of your *life*. How much will you indulge in your flaws? What are your flaws? Are they flaws?… If you embrace them, will you commit yourself to hospital?… for life? Big questions, big decisions! Not surprising you profess carelessness about them”. (quoted from lmbd.com)

In the next scene Susanna is in front of Vermeer’s window again. Looking outside. She now takes the pills that the hospital provides. She is battling her inner psychopath Lisa. In the next scene she is ready for the second goddess: Valerie. Valerie comes inside her room, takes her out of bed and shows her into an ice-cold bath. Valerie says (quoted from lmbd.com):

Valerie: You know, I can take a lot of crazy shit from a lot of crazy people. But you – you are not crazy.

Susanna: Oh yeah? Then what’s wrong with me? What the fuck is going on inside my head? Tell me, Dr. Val, what’s your diag-nonsense?

Valerie: [hovering over Susanna] You are a lazy, self-indulgent, little girl, who is making herself crazy.

Susanna: Is that your… *professional* opinion? Is that what you’ve learned in your advanced studies at night school for Negro welfare mothers? I mean, Melvin doesn’t have a clue, Wick is a *psycho* and you… you *pretend* to be a doctor. You review the charts and dole out meds. But “you’s ain’t no doctor, Miss Valerie. You’s just a little black nursemaid”.

Valerie: And you’re just throwing it away.

Girl Interrupted

Now you have two mother figures who are much more powerful than the biological mother. It is time to talk about the Patchwork Girl of Oz theme that reoccurs in the movie several times. But there are still two other loose ends that need to be resolved…

Girl Interrupted Solution?

 

The first one is the father issue. Susanna needs to detach from her father. She does so by escaping South Bell with her psychotic counterpart Lisa. They are going to Daisy who has consummated the sexual tension between father and daughter and who has profited from it. This escape from the world is too dangerous for a promiscuous girl like Susanna. So she has to visit her inner Daisy. Lisa tells Daisy that she likes the intercourse with her father. Lisa is very brutal and confronting. Lisa and Susanna wake up to an inner song. “The end of the world” by Skeeter Davis, a big hit in the 60s. It is about how the world goes on even if your heart is broken. Daisy has put this song on repeat, while committing suicide. It is the end of the world when a girl detaches from her father and goes into the world to discover her own sexual identity.

The second one is sexuality. Just like sanity, sexuality is portrayed as a gliding scale in this film. There are moments of sexual tension between Susanna and Lisa. Two opposites, both wild, both attractive and both in need for one another. Lisa, the strong one, needs the feeling of compassion that Susanna displays when Daisy kills herself. Susanna needs the guts of Lisa because like her mother Susanna is more attuned to comply. In the final confrontation between Lisa and Susanna, the last girl will proof to be the stronger one.

Daisy has left a cat, Ruby and Susanna takes it with her to South Bell. It is the same cat we saw in the opening scene. Ruby is a clear reference to the cat of Patchwork girl. The cat in Patchwork girl had a ruby heart. The cat is made of glass, so you can see though it as if it were a Vermeer window… The cat is an ultimate symbol of female sexuality. It is free, it is majestic and it has a mind of its own. In South Bell, we see Georgina watch “The Wizard of Oz. We see Lisa striped to a bed. Susanna approaches the bed and puts some pink nail polish on her nails: the brand is called sunspin. Even though Susanna has constraint the power of Lisa she still gets to shine and enjoy her beauty.

Susanna is free to go home now and leaves Ruby with her friends.

Girl Interrupted: Personal Note

In my opinion the film has shown us how reality, the world will always be (the son “the end of the world clearly indicates this). We have to shape up our personalities. get to know them. Take away power from destructiveness within us, no matter how attractive that destructiveness might be. When Susanna tells Lisa that her eyes are death, Lisa shivers because for the first time she has met her match. Someone who relentlessly tells the truth. The film has two break trough moments were people speak the truth: the one between Lisa and Susanna and the one between Valerie and Susanna. Both of these moments, symbolized by the two broken lamps in the opening scene are very powerful.

The Patchwork Girl of Oz

Susanna got hospitalized because she was trying to kill herself. The Patchwork girl of Oz is a book from 1914, and it features Dorothy and the Wizard even though they do not play a leading role. Here is a summery of the book from the site goodreads:

“Forced to venture out of the dark forest, Unc Nunkie and Ojo the Unlucky call on the Crooked Magician, who introduces them to his latest creation: a living girl made out of patchwork quilts and cotton stuffing. But when an accident leaves beloved Unc Nunkie a motionless statue, it is up to Ojo to save him. In his search for the magic ingredients that will restore his uncle to life, Ojo is joined by the Patchwork Girl and by the conceited Glass Cat, who boasts of her hard ruby heart, the resourceful Shaggy Man, and the lovable block-headed Woozy, whose tail hairs are just one of the things Ojo needs to rescue Une Nunkie.

As they travel to the Emerald City, home of the wise and powerful Ozma, they meet Dorothy, the kind and sensible girl from Kansas; the gallant Scarecrow; and, of course, Toto. But no one proves more loyal than the spirited Patchwork Girl, who, although she was brought to life as a servant, is determined to see the wide world for herself.”

With this hidden theme it is clear that Vermeer’s window represents a personal view on the world. Girl Interrupted tunes into these windows in the opening scene, when Susanna gets a tour of South Bell, when Daisy leaves South Bell, and when Susanna is in isolation after escaping with Lisa.

Is Susanna the Patchwork Girl from Oz? The Patchwork Girl was made to be only a servant that brings release to the mother figure, the wife of the Crooked Magician.
It seems like her biological mother wants her to perform the tricks that society demants: be present at parties, be nice, polite, well educated and married. For Susanna this means giving up freedom, giving up her authentic self.

What do we get to know about the mother of Susanna?

There is not much affection between Susanna and her mother (or her father) because when she needs to be hospitalized both of them are invisible. Turned into marble.

When Susanna checks into the mental hospital she clearly states that she does not want to be like her mother. In a conversation with therapist Melvin who talked to Susanna, her mother and her father about his diagnosis of Susanna as having a borderline personality, the mother is scared and asks if this is genetic. This implicates that the mother and the daughter both suffer from borderline personality disorder. Has the mother stitched patches of behavior together to keep herself warm in her pleasant but boring relationship? Has she fabricated a quilt for Susanna to live under and be warm, safe and bored to death?

Like the Glass Cat, she has got a brain and she is not afraid to use it. When she is diagnosed by her father’s friend the therapist  Crumble he tells us that her father is a colleague. So she is the daughter of a therapist. She picks up the book that he wrote: “The Inner Workings of the Mind”.
This resonates deeply with Bungle, the Glass Cat in The Patchwork Girl who had pink brains. “It was quickly reasoned that it was Bungle’s pink brains that had made her so conceited, and the Wizard of Oz eventually replaced them with clear ones to make her more agreeable” (Wikepedia).

Is Susanna more like the Glass Cat? She leaves the cat, Ruby, a present from Daisy’s father to her daughter, behind. So she also sheds off her heartless behavior when it comes to sex. She is called promiscuous because she offered sex as a way of thanking men. Like she put a stamp on a letter, to make sure it would be sent.

So were in the film does Susanna find the antidote that brings her back to Iife again? In the book “The Patchwork Girl of Oz there are five components of the antidote:

  1. A six leaved clover found in the Emerald City.
    According to the book it was forbidden in the Emerald City to pluck the clovers. But when the ladies follow Lisa downstairs to bowl, make fun and read their own files, I think that is the moment they pluck the forbidden clover and start healing. Everybody hurts when they read an interpretation about their own character. But it can be helming to acknowledge what your behavior invokes in other people. We hate the fact that we are labeled, but we label other people too. It is convenient. You have to acknowledge it and digest it. And when you feel the inner need, adjust the way you act. And you can only get that healing when you break some rules.
  2. Three hairs from the tip of Woozy’s tail.
    Woozy is a dog with square legs. Square like the windows of the film. Three is a holy number and dog in reverse is god. Susanna restores her belief in herself when she tells her boyfriend she does not want to run away with him. It is the first time in her life that she does not let a man safe her. It is the first time in her life that she chooses the company of women over men. When she flees the mental hospital with Lisa, she prefers the company of a woman friend over that of a man again. And she rejects the seduction attempts of a man in the bar when she has ran away with Lisa, even though he offers her acceptance and understanding. He asks her if she sees purple men. She denies and he tells her that his friend saw purple man. She asks him how his friend is doing now. He tells her that he still sees purple men but tells nobody about it anymore.
  3. A gill of water from a dark well.
    “The well must be naturally dark, and the water must never have seen the light of day, for otherwise the magic charm might not work at all.” (the Patchwork Girl of Oz) I think that Susanna reaches deep into a dark inner well of emotions by writing in her diary. It is a perfect exercise to become a writer (one of her biggest dreams) and it helps her to structure her emotions and get a clearer view of who she is. She has looked up to Lisa, who is in every inch of her body the opposite of her mother. Lisa has become a new mother for her, one of the triple goddesses. The second goddess being Polly, the goddess that symbolizes the inner child of Susanna. The child that never grows up, so people will eternity love her and take care of her. Lisa betrays Susanna by steeling her diary, her structure, an dreading it aloud. Crossing the line of confidentiality in such a destructive manner enables Susanne to break the inner spell between her and her shadow side.
    “Lisa: You know, there’s too many buttons in the world. There’s too many buttons and they’re just – There’s way too many just begging to be pressed, they’re just begging to be pressed, you know? They’re just – they’re just begging to be pressed, and it makes me wonder, it really makes me fucking wonder, why doesn’t anyone ever press mine? Why am I so neglected? Why doesn’t anyone reach in and rip out the truth and tell me that I’m a fucking whore, or that my parents wish I were dead?

Susanna: Because you’re dead already, Lisa! No one cares if you die, Lisa, because your dead already. Your heart is cold. That’s why you keep coming back here. You’re not free. You need this place, you need it to feel alive. It’s pathetic.

[Lisa falls down to her knees and screams]

Susanna: I’ve wasted a year of my life. Maybe everybody out there is a liar. And maybe the whole world is “stupid” and “ignorant”. But I’d rather be in it. I’d rather be fucking in it, then down here with you”.

Here you can see how she faces her inner wild side and chooses to make herself fit into the squares of the Vermeer window.

4. A drop of oil from a live man’s body.
In the film John, a male nurse, replaces the light in the room of Susanna. That way she is able to draw in the morning. He also is involved in a nightly encounter were both Lisa and Susanna play music for Polly who is in isolation. John tells Susanna and Lisa to stop, because he is going to get fired. But Susanna starts kissing him. A kiss of life that instigates the formulation of a new animus figure. A supportive animus figure.

5. The left wing of a yellow butterfly.
When Lisa and Susanna escape the mental institution they visit Daisy. Daisy lives in an apartment and is addicted to valium. Lisa is so hard, cold and confronting to Daisy. Daisy kills herself in her bathroom. By giving her left wing, she enables Susanna to recapture her sexuality.
Susanna looks into the bathroom and takes out a bottle of aspirins. This connects her first suicide attempt to her feelings for her father. The aspiring box is empty, just like there is no valium. No aspirin for Susanna, no valium for Daisy Susanna has got to face the world without drugs or help.
Susanna takes Ruby back to the institution. After the final goodbye of her sexual oriented affection for her father, she leaves the cat in the mental institution were the cat will be nurtured and cared for in a proper way.

It is no surprise that when Susanna says goodbye to everyone, Georgina, the girl who introduced the Patchwork Girl of Oz theme into the film is watching the Wizard of Oz. You can here Dorothy say: “If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.”


Questions

Here are open ended questions for you to think about. The questions are for your own pleasure, to help you unravel the mythology of the film more easy.

  1. In my interpretation I presume that all the characters in the film are a part of Susanna her personality. Another interpretation might be that Susanna is wrongly diagnosed. If you interpret the film in that way, how does it change your understanding of the story?
  2. There are two songs in the film: The End of The World and Downtown. Only one of them returns several times: “Downtown”. It is about how boring live can be and how you can always go downtown to find entertainment. Lisa has got the keys to the downtown section of the mental institution. Do you think it is a good thing that Lisa is left strapped to a bed in the institution? Do you think Susanna will survive without her wild side?
  3. Why is the father only a flat character in the film? (a flat character is a character that is not really shown in detail).
  4. What has happened between Susanna and her mother that makes Susanna resent her so much? Is it just the Electra Complex she is suffering from?
  5. Would you consider the male therapist Melvin a substitute for the father figure?
  6. In one of the flashback scenes you see Susanna sleeping during her graduation. The viewer does not know if this is an actual dream or a memory. The blurry line between dream and reality is introduced immediately in the opening line: “Have yo ever confused a dream with live? Has this ever happened to you? Write those memories down and try to deduce which sub personalities played their role in them.
  7. I have suggested that the parents of Susanna are turned into marble statues like in the Patchwork Girl of Oz, and that she has to find an antidote to bring them back to live. How do your thoughts about this film change if you interpret the film as being about Susanna looking for an antidote to bring herself back to live?
  8. When Susanna is about to be released from the mental hospital she tells the committee that has to judge if she is ready to face the world that her father arranged for her to work part time in a bookstore. What are your thoughts about that?
  9. There is a difference between the book and the film. Writer Susanna Kayser was not pleased with the film. In the book Susanna marries her boyfriend, in the film she turns him down and tries to find her own way (even though she needs her father to get her a job). What would be the reason for the scriptwriter James Mangold to make such an important change?
  10. Has this film changed your understanding of yourself or your life?


I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth — and truth rewarded me. ~Simone de Beauvoir

Tarot Card Hanged Man

In my online course Norse Mythology (there is still time to sign up, we just started yesterday) we will focus on the energy of Odin from March 27 – April 3 2017.

Now this is not a tarot course. But there is a strong connection between Odin and the tarot card of the Hanged Man. This is something that my dear friend Deborah Gregory  said in one of her comments on Mindfunda (I love all the people who take the effort to write a comment, I learn a lot from you).

One of the meanings of Odin’s name is Poetry, and Deborah happens to write poetry about the meaning of tarot cards. That is synchronicity waving hello and kissing you on the cheek isn’t it? So I decided to dedicate this post to the Hanged man in the tarot.

Tarot Card Hanged Man

 

hanged man tarot card

You might know that the tarot represents the journey of life. And sometimes you are trapped in this situation. As Jung once said: “the unconscious always tries to produce an impossible situation in order to force the individual to bring out his very best”.

But why did Odin, Father God of the Norse mythology, feel the need to hang himself upside down on the tree of life for nine days, stabbing himself with his own spear?

“The Speech of the High One”

I know I hung on that windy tree,
Swung there for nine long nights, Wounded by my own blade,
Bloodied for Odin,
Myself an offering to Myself:
Bound to the tree
That no man knows
Wither the root of it run.

None gave me bread,
None gave me drink.
Down to the deepest depths I peered
Until I speid the Runes.
With a Roaring cry I seized them up,
Then dizzt and fainting, I fell.

Well-being I won
And wisdom too.
I grew and took joy in my growth:
From a word to a word
I was lead to a word,
From a deed to another deed.

From the Old Norse
The Poetic Edda (ca.A.D.1200)”

Tarot Card the Hanged Man and the Tree

There the man is, hanging upside down. In order to satisfy an urgent inner need for knowledge. Did you ever notice how we are trees walking upside down? Our roots are our brains. Odin had his brain near the root of the Life tree.

Trees take carbon dioxide out of the air and distribute oxygen, human beings do exactly the opposite. So being upside down on a tree makes a lot more sense than you would have imagined at first glance.

tarot card hanged man

So it was knowledge beyond this world that Odin was looking for. How is that represented in the tarot card of the Hanged Man?

Tarot Card the Hanged Man

It is a card of surrender. When there is no way out, the only way is in. Most of the decks of tarot display the hanged man in the same position. His arms are shaped like a triangle, and his legs are shaped like a cross.

The spirit, represented by the triangle is dominated by mater, represented by the cross-shaped legs. It is matter over mind in this card.

The only thing to do is to surrender. Struggling will only wrap you up more tight. We are always defined by the things we believe in. Consciously or subconscious.

And like Odin, we all need to investigate if our basic assumptions really represent the things our soul longs for.

And dreams are a way to uncover that meaning. The Norse Mythology course gives you an incubation dedicated to a Norse God each week.

Freya the Vanir Goddess, Odin the Aesir Got, Loki the half god half Gaint and the spiritual realm that we are going to visit using lucid dream techniques.

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Loki, a Loud Loser or a Lucky Lord?


This is a blog about Loki, subject of our third lesson in the online Norse Mythology Course.

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The first lesson, starting March 20 2017 is dedicated to Freya, the spring and fertility;
The second lesson, starting March 27 2017, will be dedicated to Odin;

The third lesson, starting April 3 2017, is dedicated to our inner trickster Loki;
The last lesson, starting April 10 2017, we will concentrate on connecting in a lucid dream with the goddess underneath Yggdrasil, who dreams up the cosmos.

Loki Lucky Lord

Loki always seems to escape the harm that he does. He easily outsmarts his victims and he is always the one who walks away seemingly unharmed.
He is the only male god who is also a mother. He is the mother of Sleipnir…

He is the god of fire and mischief, the evil twin of Odin. Odin is like Faust. Loki like Mephistopheles. Loki has Mercurial qualities that enable him to stir up just enough trouble to make you question everything you believe in.

He is the only Giant that is allowed to live among the gods. He is an ultimate trickster that tells about their infidelities. He tells Odin that Freya has slept with the four dwarfs Afrigg, Dvalin, Berling and Grerr in order to get the necklace that makes her irresistible.

 

Loki
Loki and Indur

He is the one who deprives the gods of their rejuvenating apples. But one day he goes to far.

Loki Loud Loser

If there is one thing mythology teaches you it is that there is something called fate. When Odin got his beloved son Baldr, a seer told him that Baldr would be murdered. And that it would lead to Ragnarok, the destruction of life as the people of that time knew it.

We seem to be addicted to such end of life stories. In the games my sons play, the earth is destroyed, only some survive and have to rebuild the world from scratch.

In many tv series a similar theme prevails. The world will be destroyed by a powerful enemy and a hero or a group of hero’s will safe it.

One day, Loki went to far and the light of the world, the symbol of clairvoyance Baldr was killed.

Loki on Mindfunda Norse Mythology

In this lesson you will find out more incredible stories about the pranks that Loki pulls on the other gods.

We will look closer at the half-brother relationship between Odin and Loki.

We will laugh about how Loki had to borrow the feathered robe of Freya to get Thor’s Hammer back.

You will have an inspiring dream incubation so you can dream up all the ways in which you are or have been your own trickster.

And last but not least, there is a paragraph about the fate of Loki, which will help you determine what your thoughts are about predestination. You might be holding yourself back more than you think!

I hope to see you March 20


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What is Mindfunda about?

My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist, blogger and author. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study in psychology at Tilburg University. I made this independent site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life.

This posting is categorised as Mythofunda:
“Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths” Joseph Campbell used to say. This part of Mindfunda shows you how your personal mythology can create peace in your life.

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Odin: Ongoing Original Inner Wisdom

Odin is the Norse Father God. This blog is about my new online Norse Mythology course that starts March 20, the first day of spring.

Odin the Father

Being brought up Catholic, my young mind attached godly wisdom into the image of a Father God. This Father god, somewhere up high, was an old grumpy guy, with a beard.

As soon as I read in the bible that he had ordered a father to sacrifice his only son, I became very suspicious about this Father God.  I liked mother Mary much more.

Odin is a father god of the human beings on earth, but also of Baldr. The way Odin endeared me was that he sacrificed his own eye into the well of Mirmir.

In this course we will investigate these tory about the murder of his som Baldr and how that resonates with our own feelings of betrayal when something you valued more than life itself has gone lost.

Odin and the Well

In order to gain inner wisdom Odin sacrificed an eye in the well of Mirmir. Whenever you dream about eyes, whenever you dream about wells, you should definitely be signing up for this course.

On the forum you will be able to share those dreams with your fellow students. In the dream incubation that is included in this course, you will visit the well, and draw the water of life out of the Well of Remembrance.

Your inner knowledge is available to you. All you need to do is to consciously lift this knowledge up from out of the darkness of the well of remembrance into the daylight.

Odin and the Ravens Huginn and Muninn

If you have a connection with ravens as totem animal, this is the lesson for you. Odin had two ravens:

Huginn and Muninn,
Every day
They fly over earth ground.
I fear for Huginn,
That he may not return,
But even more  I fear
For the loss of Muninn.

The Elder Edda

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Photo by Eamon Maguire

 

Huginn is usually associated with thought, and Muninn with memory. You will most certainly understand why thoughts can be like birds, flying in and out of your head.

Losing your memory is like losing yourself. yes, I know that we are more than the  addition of our past experiences. But there are core-memories your sense of self is build around. We will explore this in this lesson of the course.

Odin and the Sacrifice

We are surrounded by data. Big Brother Google is bringing you every website about every subject you are curious about.

Little entrepreneurs like me have to give away knowledge for free, in order to get paying customers. And we do that, because it is in our genes to help people get the best out of themselves.

Odin would have thrived in an age like this. Not only did he sacrifice an eye to gain wisdom. He also hung himself on the tree of life for nine days.

On the Yggdrasil he made the ultimate sacrifice to unveil the magic knowledge of the runes.

odin
Runes

We will not be getting into the oracle of the runes, but we will be exploring magic in our own dreams, visions and lives that can tell us something about our life’s destiny.

Odin and the Yggdrasil

Last but not least, another theme in this course will be the Yggdrasil and its nine realms of being, the nine days that Odin hung himself. What is the spiritual value of number nine?

What does this magic number mean in your own life and in your own dreams? How many of the different reams of Yggdrasil do you recognise from films, from books, from poetry, or from dreams?

 

 


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What is Mindfunda about?

My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist, blogger and author. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study in psychology at Tilburg University. I made this independent site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life.

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Let’s celebrate the start of spring together! I want to invite you to join me on Mindfunda for a spring dream time celebration. This celebration is a part of my new online courses about Norse Mythology. Are you ready to join on March 20?

 

Start of Spring: a Promise of Fertility

After a period of darkness and hunger, the light comes back again. The lack of sun produced Vitamine D has caused your body to store more fat than you would like to admit.

start of spring
Cartoon: Metzger

 

In Norse Mythology, Freya, whose name is sometimes spelled as Freyia, is the Queen of love and fertility. But she is more than just beauty and boobs. She is “a goddess of witchcraft,  seiðr (soothsaying), initiation, fate, death, wisdom and shape-changing” (Maria Kvilhaug in The Seed of Yggdrasil).

In this first lesson, that starts on the first day of spring March 20, you will get a more information about Freya. You will learn how she is connected to fertility and love, you will learn about her independency. You will discover how she is the goddess of faith.

Start of Spring: Shape – Shifting

Freja, Lady Sovereign, is a shape shifter. Many of you dreamers have had dreams in which you where another gender or another creature. Some of you have even shape – shifted during (lucid) dreams.

Springtime is the time for new life to come into being. Going into being is only possible by shape shifting.

start of spring
By Arthur Rackham the image was published in: Wagner, Richard (translated by Margaret Amour) (1910).

How are you shaped shifting? In your life and in your dreams? Do you dare to change your form? Welcome new possibilities in your life. Embrace old traits of your personality that long to be integrated.

Spring is not only about new things. It is also about acknowledging how much your shape has shifted. You are a different person than you where a year ago. But still you feel like you. That is shape-shafting in its ultimate form.

Start of Spring: Freya as the Wicked Witch

Freya is a female shaman, a magician. In the shape of giantess Gondul she affects the fates of men. In her shape of the Great Ocean she is the Goddess of the Cosmos.

start of spring
Cartoon: Maria Scrivan

In ancient times, every woman with a wand was considered to be knowledgeable and powerful. Respected, free from harm.

This spring time celebration is an invitation to get out your wand and fly!

Start of Spring: Norse Mythology:

In this four lesson course, that starts this spring, you will get access to:

  • An opportunity to learn about Norse Mythology;
  • You will get 4 dream incubations;
  • You will get access to a Facebook group where you can learn from others and add value yourself about the things you have learned during this course;
  • You will get 4 weeks of intensive training in how Norse Mythology plays a part in your life and your dreams;
  • A lesson about Freya as Goddess of Spring;
  • A lesson about Odin and the Life Tree;
  • A lesson about Loki, the eternal Trickster;
  • A lesson about the Dreaming Goddess, Creator of the Universe.
Are you ready to join on March 20?

 


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What is Mindfunda about?

My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist, blogger and author. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study in psychology at Tilburg University. I made this independant site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life.

This posting is categorised as Mythofunda:
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Joseph Campbell: 5 Secrets to Yield Your own Yoda

This is a Mindfunda book review about “The Mythic Dimension“, a compilation of essays written by Joseph Campbell, dusted off and reprinted in a paperback. It will help you unleash your own inner Yoda.

The Mythic Dimension, Selected Essays 1959-1987
by Joseph Campbell
Edited by Robert Walter & David Kudler
New World Library 2017 ISBN 9781608684915 $13.47

 

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Joseph Campbell: the yoda of george lucas

Joseph Campbell brought mythology to the American people. His interviews with Bill Moyers, broadcasted in 1988 as “the Power of Myth” appealed to people. The easy way Joseph Campbell spoke about myths, compared myths as answers to worldwide challenges of the human race, it hit a core within a lot of people.

 

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Cartoon: Lowe

 

George Lucas, director of the Star Wars episodes, called Campbell his own Yoda. They met in 1984, and Campbell and his wife Jean visited the ranch of Lucas to watch three Star War films. Joseph allegedly said: “‘You know, I thought real art had stopped with Picasso, Joyce, and Mann. Now I know it hasn’t.”

It was George Lucas who introduced Campbell to Moyers and made the interviews of “the Power of Myth” possible.

Unleashing your Yoda by Joseph Campbell tip #1

Everything is a metaphor

It might sound simple, but please don’t shrug your shoulders. Do you know how much your perspective on the world changes once you see everything, including yourself, as a symbol, a part of a greater unity of meaning?

“One of the most effective ways to rediscover in any myth or legend the spiritual ‘tenor’ of its symbolic “vehicles” is to compare it, across the reaches of space, or of time, with homologous forms from other, even greatly differing traditions” (page 201).

If you look at the story of your life and consider yourself a metaphor, which one would it be? What is the first thing that pops up in your mind? Let me know in the comments!

UNLEASHING YOUR YODA BY JOSEPH CAMPBELL TIP #2

There is such a thing as a mythical archetype

We all know archetypes. Images we know universally, like the old wise man. But before I read this book, I had never realised that there are specific archetypes that indicate mythological themes.

Joseph campbell
Image: seanbolton.me on pinterest

 

The Tree of Life is an example of a mythological archetype.

How does this make your life easier you might ask? Well, according to Campbell: “Like life itself, such mythological archetypes simple are” (page 234).

But now you are going to be disgruntled with me. We have uncovered mythological archetypes just to find out we are not supposed to do anything with it. That takes me to tip #3.

UNLEASHING YOUR YODA BY JOSEPH CAMPBELL TIP #3

East is different from West

Thinking that we have to act all the time to change our fates, our lives and turn things around for the better is not always necessary. Campbell clearly distinguishes a difference between East and West.

“Oriental Mythology”: “the rich yet essentially unified major province represented by the philosophical myths and mythological philosophies of India, Southeast Asia, China and Japan-to which should be joined the much earlier yet spiritually related mythological cosmologies of archaic Mesopotamia and Egypt” (page 19).

This mythology assumes a cyclic view on life. “there was never a time when time was not, nor will there be a time when time will have ceased to be”.

 

joseph campbell
Cartoon: Cuyler Black

 

Ha, but now you are going to say (and that why I love you reader): we in the West have adopted an Eastern religion. Yahweh was a god of Israel. An old god who originated in the Iron Age.

The difference between East and West in a mythological sense is in the fact that the Western god is a person, while the Eastern god is and energy.  The Western god is a person that is easily offended, kicks people out of paradise and puts a ward outside to make sure they will never get back in again.

The Eastern religions encourage people to embrace the energies within and enter the paradise, not after death but in waking life. By meditating, by eating certain foods, using certain herbs and acting in specific ways.

So what can we learn from Campbell: put all religion in its historical perspective.

UNLEASHING YOUR YODA BY JOSEPH CAMPBELL TIP #4

Mythology has 4 functions: mystical, cosmological, sociological and psychologic.

The first is a mystical function. 

Mythology reconciles consciousness with the preconditions of its own existence. Life sucks. Good news is: it sucks for everybody, there are no exceptions. Mythology helps you to make sense of the earth, the injustice in this world, it helps you come to terms with the fact that you have to kill to stay alive.

 

joseph campbell

 

The second is a cosmological function. 

Mythology offers an image of the universe and your place in it. “All things should be recognized as parts of a single great holy picture, an icon as it were: the trees, the rocks, the animals, sun, moon, and stars, all opening back to mystery, and thus serving as agencies of the first function, as vehicles and messengers of teaching” (page 220).

The third is a sociological function.

Mythology paints a picture of the cosmos and in doing so they paint your place in it. A mythology serves as a rulebook for social behaviour.

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Think about how in the bible there are the ten commandments of Moses: those are social rules that guide people to live together in relative harmony.

The fourth function of mythology is psychological.

This lies at the root of any myth. Each mythological tale can shape you as a person. Human beings are young relatively long. All of a sudden you are supposed to take care of yourself. You go from a place were you take orders from your parents and follow their rules to a position were you are the one solving the problems.

You have a second social birth: you need to manifest yourself in the world and understand the rules. And those rules are often unwritten. Rules like: greet everyone you meet on the street, don’t offend your boss/husband/wife, laugh when you are the subject of a joke…

UNLEASHING YOUR YODA BY JOSEPH CAMPBELL TIP #5

Dreams are our personal myths

As stated above, mythology has a cosmological function. The cosmos is filled with mysterious energies. Campbell describes it as a “sphere”.  The Dream Consciousness is such a sphere.

“The deities of vision are of this sphere and of the same luminous stuff as dream. Accordingly, the vision and the visionary, though apparently separate, are one, and all the heavens, all the hells, all the gods and demons, all the figures of the mythic worlds, are within us as portions of ourselves -portions that is to say, that are of our deepest primary nature, and thus of our share of nature” (page 212).

So dear Mindfunda reader, dream on!

CONCLUSION

PRO

  • This is a yummy book. Easy to read, enjoyable, entertaining and you will learn a thing or two underway;
  • There is a whole chapter on the Goddess;
  • The first part of the book puts mythology in a historical perspective;
  • The second part of the book puts mythology in a creative perspective;
  • Both perspectives give you new perspectives on mythologies: even when you thought you knew Joseph Campbell by now, this book can be regarded as a groundwork of his whole work.

CON

  • Campbell’s monomyth is a bit dated. Campbell was cherry-picking and constructing his hero myth. He died 33 years ago, mythology has moved on now;
  • The hero story is a male story, it is not particularly tuned into the female gender.

Mindfunda verdict:
8,5/10

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My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist, blogger and author. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study in psychology at Tilburg University. I made this independant site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life.

This posting is categorised as Mythofunda:
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Trickster Gods: Tricky Ways to Discover the Self

Do you want to understand more about yourself, your dreams and the struggles of your life? Today I like to tell you more about our online course Mindfunda Mythology.

This is the fifth of a six part blog about Mindfunda Mythology, an online course that will make your life easier:

The Creation myth: Genesis and The Big Bang
The Amazing Animal: The Animal in Mythology
Mythology of Men 
Mythology of Women
Mythology of the Trickster
Mythology of the Grail, Pulling Out the Sword

 

Trickster Gods are tricky. They tease you, they obstruct your path, and when you look back at your life you see how much they have helped you.

A trickster breaks the rules. The Trickster Gods have knowledge beyond this world. They can be mean, but they always put the hero on the path of his life.

Let me know in the comments who has been a trickster in your life. Identifying your trickster gods will shine a light on your life’s path.

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Trickster gods: the butterfly

There is one story that will help you understand the function of the Trickster. It is a short story about a man and a butterfly.

A man saw a caterpillar struggling to get out of its shell. It did not seem to work for this butterfly to be.

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Photo: Eddy Van 3000 on Flickr

So he decided to help and gently cut away the cocoon. Out came the butterfly. But it was not able to fly…

The struggle of getting out of its cocoon would have enabled it to gain the strength its wings need to fly.

You need struggle in your life to find out who you are. Your trickster helps you to gain strength. Who has done that in your life? Let me know in the comments.

Trickster Gods: My story

When I look back upon my life, I can clearly distinguish my tricksters. One of them is my older sister. She was always more popular, more beautiful and much funnier than I was.

My sister could be extremely cruel to me, telling others how much of a loser I was. And to my great surprise, that did not seem to turn off other people. She was my trickster.

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Copyright: Disney

This trickster taught me that I had a path in life. Hers was to be beautiful and charming, mine was to be intellectual. I still like thinking and reading very much.

The lesson about the Trickster in Mindfunda’s Mythology course will tell you stories. Trickster stories. We will analyse them, and learn lessons about ourself.

And ask the daunting question: in what way(s) have we been tricksters ourselves?

Trickster gods: Trusting the Trickster

The first paragraph is about trust. We all get betrayed in our life. No matter how good treat others. Everybody gets hurt. The magic is in healing. Daring to open your heart again after you have been betrayed by a loved one.

No, this paragraph of the course is not about being naive or stupid.  If someone treats you bad, either mentally or physically, you need to get away.

It is about trust that you are going to be alright. No matter what you have been through, to believe that you have the spiritual power to learn and grow.

Trickster gods: Loki the killing prankster

The second paragraph of the Mindfunda Mythology course tells a story about Loki.

Loki is the asshole who kills another god. Baldr, son of Odin and Freya. He does not get away with it. He gets severely punished. But it is apparent that a trickster transcends divinity.

James Hillman says in The Souls Code: “Loki is a Giant, a representation of the forces of nature that are beyond human control”.

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Doug Savage

 

In our current society we are held responsible for so many things. Often things beyond our control. It is healthy to acknowledge that some things are trickster – stuff. Using stories and  questions, this course will give you techniques to recognise these patterns in the story of your own life.

TRICKSTER GODS: Carl Gustav Jung

First thing I want to do is to tell you all that I admire the spirit of Carl Jung and all that he has given this world. He had a brilliant mind. But he also was a great trickster.

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Artwork: Copyright Funny Times

I do consider him to be a shaman, a magician. And like everybody, Jung himself had a dark side.

In the Mindfunda Mythology course I consider Jung an example of the Know it All Trickster. This Trickster is a boy who has a sense of mental superiority from early childhood on.

A mental superiority that he feels compelled to prove and show off in various ways. The Know It All Trickster knows how to use his charm.

Trickster gods: animals

Exploring Carl Jung’s life in Trickster terms helps us get a grip on the Trickster as theme of the development of the Self.

The Trickster as animal also explores the theme of the Self, coming out of the unconscious darkness and becoming more shrewd,  cunning, and wise along the way.

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Artwork: Mark Parisi

This lesson will share stories of the Chinook tribe, indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest, to explore this energy in your life.

Trickster Gods: Death the final trickster?

The concluding paragraph of this lesson explores if death is the final trickster in our lives.

One of the themes of the Trickster Mythologies found around the world is to defeat death.

trickster gods
Artwork: Ahley Cooped

In our day and age, the mighty God Google, who knows everything about you and in that sense has gotten god-like qualities, has hired Kurzweil to see if they can defeat death.

Who has been the trickster in your life? Let me know in the comments!

TRICKSTER GODS: Fifth lesson of Mindfunda mythology

All Excited? Mindfunda Mythology is designed to make the journey of your life easier. You will get:

  • Knowledge about the Sefiroth, the Cabalistic Tree of Life;
  • You will be introduced to the two main categories of myth so you can (re)connect with the strength of your inner animal;
  • You will have access to al the 24 possible ways of behaviour of male and female archetypes;
  • You will be able to tap into the power of the Trickster whenever you feel reluctant to follow the call of your own path;
  • All these methods and techniques will enable you to enlighten your inner fire, your personal Grail;
  • You will get 44 exercises during the course, an average 6 – 10 exercises per lesson to help you master the knowledge.

 

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What is Mindfunda about?

My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist, blogger and author. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study in psychology at Tilburg University. I made this independant site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life.

This posting is categorised as Mythofunda:
“Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths” Joseph Campbell used to say. This part of Mindfunda shows you how your personal mythology can create peace in your life.

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The 5 Finest Fundamental Female Ways to Become Authentic

Do you want to understand more about yourself, your dreams and the struggles of your life? Today I like to tell you more about our online course Mindfunda Mythology.

This is the third of a six part blog about Mindfunda Mythology, an online course that will make your life easier:

The Creation myth: Genesis and The Big Bang
The Amazing Animal: The Animal in Mythology
Mythology of Men 
Mythology of Women
Mythology of the Trickster
Mythology of the Grail, Pulling Out the Sword
Female in mythology

In this blog I am going to share with you the information that composes the symphony of the fourth lesson of my online Mindfunda Mythology course. Each of the six lessons will give you about 25-30 pages of information. Each lesson has open-ended questions that will help you to interpret your dream diary in a different way. At least, that is what former participants have told me. Each lesson contains a list of recommended books to read. Mindfunda Mythology is a roadmap into self discovery. This blog will give you 5 ways to become more authentic.

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Art by Carlos Quevedo
#1: Female & the body principle

The first paragraph in Mindfunda Mythology of Women is about the body.  I was born in a female body. I like it. It took me a long time, I might add. When I was young I used to be called names for having such weird eyes. It made me sad and I wanted nothing more than to change myself. To be normal. More caucasian looking. Like my older sister with her blond hair and blue eyes. It seemed like she had the world at her feet.

The ultimate nightmare happened when I was given the part of Miss Piggy in a school play. Everybody in my class was making jokes and laughing about it. Being so humiliated in public, I decided to make myself as invisible as possible for the public eye. Being introverted, that is rather easy.

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Copyright © The Jim Henson Company

Having children and growing older have changed the perception of my body. I am truly thankful that my body has done so much for me. And our time-spirit  has made being different become desirable. Acceptance is key. Becoming older is the fuel.

Let’s celebrate the way we are different. Different from the perfect models who are allowed to eat and have to Botox every sign of wisdom away! Miss Piggy and I we accepted each other: the divine Miss P.

#2:Female and the archetypes

Being Jungian, in my course Mindfunda Mythology  I devote a lot of time to female archetypes. It is an intuitive typology of possible female behaviour. The female archetypes are the Queen, the Mother, the Wise Woman and the Trickster.

To explain those archetypes I use famous females. I believe that people become stars because they behave in an archetypical way.

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Photo by Eva Rinaldi

 

Would you be able to determine which female archetype is represented by Stevie Nicks, Olivia Newton John, Meryl Streep, and Kathleen Turner ? Once you have finished this chapter of the six lesson course Mindfunda Mythology you will do so with ease. But let me know in the comments what you think, I would love to read your responses.

#3:Female and authenticity

I think my problem as a young girl is standard among women worldwide. You don’t feel valued if you don’t have certain physical features.

The rules are not spoken out loud. It is much more subtle. The beautiful girls get the attention. And invisibility hurts. You need to cope with that.

Society offers operations, make up, Botox. Don’t get me wrong. I would sign up right away if there was an affordable way for me to Botox away my frown wrinkles.

But the real solution is accepting and celebrating your authenticity. Ageing and Becoming is a good example of how two women, Susan Scott and Susan Schwartz embrace getting older.

Remember Women who Run With Wolves? The chapter in the course that involves becoming authentic discusses the story of Manawee.

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Manawee wants to marry two sisters but their father wants Mannawee to guess their names.

What does your name mean? Do you like your name? Does it fit the person you have grown into?

#4:Female and Decent

The most ultimate myth of any female is the one of Persephone and Demeter. The story of going to hell, losing your mother and finding your mate. The story about how each female needs to find a way to make hell a fertile place.

Here you can see Connie Kaplan talking about the importance of this myth for a female.

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Artwork: Persephone and Demeter
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Demeter, the mother archetype loses her daughter Persephone. Persephone has been abducted by the ruler of the underworld. While Demeter searches and mourns, Persephone becomes queen.

Have you become queen or are you still daughter?

#5:Jung and his anima

In the next chapter of Mindfunda Mythology we will explore how Jung created the concept of the anima by looking at his own life.

Jung was a living example of his own theory so we will explore some fertile grounds for self-development. The Red Book can be interpreted as a map for anima discovery.

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Using the exercises that accompany each lesson in this Mythology Course, you will experience an increased level of self understanding.

 

In the bonus paragraph of the course I will repeat all the possible archetypes and their variations in a very insightful table. After you have finished this lesson you will be knowledgable about both the male as the female side of your own personality. With that knowledge it will be so much easier to understand why people act the way they do.

All Excited? Mindfunda Mythology is designed to make the journey of your life easier. You will get:

  • Knowledge about the Sefiroth, the Cabalistic Tree of Life;
  • You will be introduced to the two main categories of myth so you can (re)connect with the strength of your inner animal;
  • You will have access to al the 24 possible ways of behaviour of male and female archetypes;
  • You will be able to tap into the power of the Trickster whenever you feel reluctant to follow the call of your own path;
  • All these methods and techniques will enable you to enlighten your inner fire, your personal Grail;
  • You will get 44 exercises during the course, an average 6 – 10 exercises per lesson to help you master the knowledge.

Let me know in the comments which female archetype you like best: the Queen, the Mother, the Wise Woman or the Trickster.

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What is Mindfunda about?

My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist, blogger and author. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study in psychology at Tilburg University. I made this independant site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life.

This posting is categorised as Mythofunda:
“Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths” Joseph Campbell used to say. This part of Mindfunda shows you how your personal mythology can create peace in your life.

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Yggdrasil: Tree of Life, Portal to Nine Worlds

Yggdrasil, Tree of Life in Norse mythology, is an appealing topic. Several years ago, I was part of a panel discussing this tree of life.

During this panel, any people had emotional stories to tell. Stories about how they have beautiful, inspiring dreams about trees, that connect them with nature. Stories about how mad they are that we screw up nature like we do.

Today I will share a book review about Yggdrasil, based on an analysis made by Maria Kvilhaug. Maria has a master degree in Old Norse mythology and initiation rituals.

The Seed of Yggdrasil. Deciphering the hidden messages in Old Norse Myths
by Maria Kvilhaug
Whyte Tracks 2013
Hardcover $77.99, Kindle Edition $43.03
ISBN 13: 978-8792632289
ISBN 10: 8792632289
Reviewed by Susanne van Doorn

 

 

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Yggdrasil and Comparative Mythology

It is so natural for me to compare mythologies worldwide. People have the same challenges everywhere. The same problems to solve. So one naturally assumes people have myths about similar problems.

But since the star from Joseph Campbell has faded, so has the trust in comparative mythology. You know that I am a big fan of Campbell, but I agree that not every story is a hero story.

Campbell was known to have “cherry picked” myths, so he could build the mono myth theory.

Maria Kvilhaug uses the same comparative mythology in her book. And I must say, just like Campbell’s books are nice to read, so is hers.

She is a “Pantheist”: “there is an ultimate unity behind the many gods, and that they are united in a single source” (page 635).

Yggdrasil and Edda

In 1643, the Edda, composed of several stories, was given to Bishop Svensson. He immediately recognised the value of those papers. Verses written by Snorri Sturluson in 1243.

At this time, Snorri was afraid that the young people would forget their rituals.

Yggdrasil

“Snorri had a clear and outspoken agenda with his work. He realised people were beginning to forget the myths of their ancestors” (page 21).

But the pagan gods, initiations and rituals are being described as devilish, satanic. Maria explains how the verses are written with respect (or fear?) for the church.

Yggdrasil as parable

A parable is a usually short fictitious story that illustrates a moral attitude or a religious principle.

Maria invites us to interpret the Edda as if it is an illustration of possible behaviours within the world.

Yggdrasil
Artwork: Welcome Images

 

In this way, Yggdrasil becomes a symbol of the human body. A representation of the tree-shaped nervous system, or the vascular system in our body.

Yggdrasil and The Eagle

At the top of the Yggdrasil, there is an eagle “and he knows much” (p 163). At the bottom of the Yggdrasil, there is a serpent coiled by the roots, eating them away.

 

Yggdrasil

 

Maria suggests that the eagle is a symbol for the all-knowing observer. Being a spiritual atheist, I am not so inclined towards a god/goddess who observes all.

But being a diabetic, I know from periods were I have suffered a low blood sugar level, that there is something in me that tells me that there is something wrong. My inner eagle. It tells me to go look for food/sugar when I notice that I start to see things unclear.

YGGDRASIL AND the snake

My old friend snake (read more about it in Amazing Animal) is a symbol of our connection to the earth. Remember how in Genesis Eve is being tempted by a snake?

Yggdrasil
Snakes in Prague, photo by Susanne van Doorn

 

If our human psyche is wired to seek its own way, not ruled by laws and prescriptions from God(s), there might be a psychic need to embrace the snake as part of our personality.

Remember how in the Matrix agent Smith compares humans to a virus?

“You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You’re a plague and we are the cure” (The Matrix 1999).

Maybe that is the snake eating at the roots of our Yggdrasil. I always thought it was an excellent summary of the Catholic concept of the original sin. We humans are bad. It eats us. We try to cure it but destruction of the world seems unstoppable.

Yggdrasil and Odin

Norse god Odin is important to me. I met an Odin-like one-eyed wander in a dream once. I bought him some good food, because I assumed he was alcoholic. When I got outside I looked under his big hat and became scared to death. He only had one eye! His missing eye was uncovered…

Maria interprets Odin as “The Universal Spirit”. A shared unconscious, like Jung‘s collective unconscious. It reminds me so much of the religious concept I embraced when I was a child. I used to think that god was the sum of all the good in all the people on the earth.

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Georg von Rosen
Odin, the Wanderer

 

Odin his name means Poetry, Spirit or Frenzy. “Obviously, we have all qualities within us. The Spirit is that what gives us breath and inspiration, which is exactly  what Odin is said to have given to men and women alike. The Poetry is equivalent of the mind, that within us which creates the stories that are our lives, and the Frenzy is our passion, our desire, that with drives us forward and makes us seek, rebelling against everything that limits the fullness of being” (page 643).

Yggdrasil and the Goddess

In the seventies there was a rumour that we once had lived in a matriarchal society. A society ruled by women. This was never the case. But femininity, and the importance of females for the survival of any community is clearly embraced in this book.

“To the initiate of the Mysteries of Isis, the myth is a parable of the quest for salvation” (page 39).

Yggdrasil

Did you know there is a maiden that sleeps at the roots under Yggdrasil? She dreams up the world. This made me think about Anne Baring her assumption that the Cosmos itself is dreaming.

Conclusion

PRO

  • So much information about Norse Mythology. Information about Odin and his origin, about the number nine and the number three. Information about Freya, wife of Odin and all the other famous gods.
  • So much information about history. Because mythologies of different countries are compared you get a view good history lessons too.
  • The difficult poetry of Edda is made so much more understandable by Maria. Even if you do not agree with her interpretation, you are going to learn so much about mythology and its place in the current world.
  • If you like witches this book will have some intriguing chapters about “The Witch Before Time” and “The Way of the Wand Witch”. Women were important in the Viking age, even though they were not supposed to be warriors.
  • The female/Goddess is honoured in this book. You will find out much about

CON

  • The contents page is not right, at least not in my print of 2013. From paragraph 2.2 pages have started to shift. This means that paragraphs or chapters you are looking for are one or even two pages further in the book. This is a sloppy mistake which is uncalled for in such a marvellous book.
  • The font used is extremely small, which makes it less attractive to read.
  • It is a huge book that contains 677 pages. You will have to take your time to read it.
  • The price is for some people a bit high: $77.99. But if you are infatuated with Norse Mythology it is definitely worth your while.
  • There is a biography but not a subject index at the end of the book. Being a book-addict I know which book contains what information but I refuse to bother my brain with the memory of page numbers. So I am a big fan of subject indexes to easily look up things in the multitude of books that have gathered in my house.

Mindfunda verdict:
8/10

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What is Mindfunda about?

My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist, blogger and author. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study in psychology at Tilburg University. I made this independant site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life.

This posting is categorised as Mythofunda:
“Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths” Joseph Campbell used to say. This part of Mindfunda shows you how your personal mythology can create peace in your life.

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4 Secrets about Male Mythology: What you Should Know Before You Get One

 

 

Do you want to understand more about yourself, your dreams and the struggles of your life? Join our online course Mindfunda Mythology now.

This is the third of a six part blog about Mindfunda Mythology, an online course that will make your life easier:

The Creation myth: Genesis and The Big Bang
The Amazing Animal: The Animal in Mythology
Mythology of Men 
Mythology of Women
Mythology of the Trickster
Mythology of the Grail, Pulling Out the Sword
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Big Hero 6

 

Male Mythology in Four Easy Parts

A Male is not easy to understand for a woman and a woman is not easy to understand for a male. But once you are knowledgable of the mythology of this society around gender, your life will be so much easier. This blog will lead you through the contents of a course I have written about the Mythology of Modern life. My next blog will be about the mythology of women.

When I was a little girl I seriously doubted if men had any significant use in life. I saw boys as annoying brainless creatures who spent their time shooting each other with imaginary guns. Some decades later I fell in love with a man, only to find out he was a boy. His mother did not approve of me, so he broke off our relationship. My assumptions about the stupidity of men seemed to be confirmed. Than someone pointed out the book by American poet Robert Bly to me: Iron John: A Book About Men.

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In his life, each man has to break free from the dreams his mother has about him. Iron John has to steal the key from underneath the pillow of his mother, to escape his golden cage. My first lover did not have the guts to steal the keys away and be initiated.

male Mythology: Secret #1 biology

What does the third lesson of Mindfunda Mythology course has to offer?

We explore, in a biological sense, what determines the sex of a fetus. We start at the root of gender differences, and work our way up to the (expected) role of men in our current society.

Most people see a dream as a symbolic message. The next section is  devoted to an undervalued messaging system in our body: hormones. And to be specific: the hormone testosterone. Testosterone is often associated with enhanced aggression and sexual drive. Why is dreaming often a “female” thing?

Male Mythology Secret #2: Hormones

In the next paragraph I will introduce the first model of typology for males. It is based on hormonal levels in people, males as well as females. It was composed by Helen Fisher, PhD, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Internet dating site match.com. It is the first way of classifying males in your environment. This is an invitation to look at male characters in your life and in your dreams and determine what motivates them. The Explorer, the Builder, the Director and the Negotiator. I choose this typology because it is so intuitive. Everybody is almost instantly able to determine what type of person he/she is dealing with.

 

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MALE MYTHOLOGY SECRET #3: Archetypes

Then I will discuss the second model of male typology. Four male archetypes as Jung has defined them: the King, the Lover, the Warrior and the Magician. These topologies have layers.

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Cartoon: Hallmark Licensing LLC

 

A King has a good and a bad side. And so do the Lover, the Warrior and the Magician. Of course during his life Jung himself had developed into a mythological figure. Which male archetype do you think suits him most?

The next step in the course is to use the mythology of Iron Hans to describe the Western path of initiation from boyhood to man.

Male Mythology Secret #4: the animus

The next paragraph focuses on the animus in women. While Iron Hans gave the male version of initiation, it is the animus in women that can make her personality stronger, more powerful and more resilient.

The  last paragraph is focused on gender identification in dreams. More specifically, we will look at dreams were someone is a dream character of the opposite sex to determine how our dreaming mind plays with gender identity.

What are your thoughts about men? Love them? Hate them? Let me know in the comments.

All Excited? Mindfunda Mythology is designed to make the journey of your life easier. You will get:

  • Knowledge about the Sefiroth, the Cabalistic Tree of Life;
  • You will be introduced to the two main categories of myth so you can (re)connect with the strength of your inner animal;
  • You will have access to al the 24 possible ways of behaviour of male and female archetypes;
  • You will be able to tap into the power of the Trickster whenever you feel reluctant to follow the call of your own path;
  • All these methods and techniques will enable you to enlighten your inner fire, your personal Grail;
  • You will get 44 exercises during the course, an average 6 – 10 exercises per lesson to help you master the knowledge.

Click here to find out more: Mindfunda Mythology

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The Amazing Animal: The Animal in Mythology

The Animal in mythology. What role does it play? What does this tell us about ourselves?

 

“Myths are about the human struggle to deal with the great passages of time and life – birth, death, marriage, the transitions from childhood to adulthood to old age”

–  Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptic magazine.

Do you want to understand more about yourself, your dreams and the struggles of your life? Join our online course Mindfunda Mythology now.

This is the second of a six part blog about the course Mindfunda Mythology:

The Creation myth: Genesis and The Big Bang
The Amazing Animal: The Animal in Mythology
Mythology of Men 
Mythology of Women
Mythology of the Trickster
Mythology of the Grail, Pulling Out the Sword

Animal as a symbol of inner force

This lesson of the mythology course focuses on animals.  The first one is the bear. If there is one representative of dreaming, this is the one. I have used the film “The Bear” from Jean-Jacques Annaud as an example to discuss the features of its force. There are questions that will make it easy to recognise the bear power in your own life. The bear is in my eyes a representative of the anima or the female power in the human soul. Bears usually live solitary lives, so the second animal I discuss in this online course is the horse.

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Film poster The Bear

The horse is a social animal, the group leaders are the females. The horse, like the bear were among the first animals to be worshiped in ancient societies. What are mythological stories about horses and what can we learn from them?

Animal as representative of human’s helper

The dog, representative of the wolf family, is one of the oldest friends of Homo sapiens. Dogs and hounds are guardians of the way between: a path we all sometimes secretly walk. So many times we feel that we hear, see or feel more than other people do. We know this way between, but we hardly dare to discuss it with others, afraid to be called names that not do us, or our powers justice.

The last animal to be discussed is the Snake.
Once a sacred companion of the Goddess, now despised by many people. You will discover that there is a biological reason for our almost innate resentment of this animal. And you will get to appreciate the Snake and the symbolism it represents.

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I hope to greet you soon as a participant of this wonderful course. You will learn so much about your life, about your dreams and about your own innate wisdom.

All Excited? Mindfunda Mythology is designed to make the journey of your life easier. You will get:

  • Knowledge about the Sefiroth, the Cabalistic Tree of Life;
  • You will be introduced to the two main categories of myth so you can (re)connect with the strength of your inner animal;
  • You will have access to al the 24 possible ways of behaviour of male and female archetypes;
  • You will be able to tap into the power of the Trickster whenever you feel reluctant to follow the call of your own path;
  • All these methods and techniques will enable you to enlighten your inner fire, your personal Grail;
  • You will get 44 exercises during the course, an average 6 – 10 exercises per lesson to help you master the knowledge.

Have a look at the Course page

 

 

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What is Mindfunda about?

My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist, blogger and author. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study in psychology at Tilburg University. I made this independant site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life.

This posting is categorised as Mythofunda:
“Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths” Joseph Campbell used to say. This part of Mindfunda shows you how your personal mythology can create peace in your life.

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From Genesis to Big Bang: a Mythological View on Creation Myths

Myths are about the human struggle to deal with the great passages of time and life – birth, death, marriage, the transitions from childhood to adulthood to old age. Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptic magazine. Do you want to understand more about yourself, your dreams and the struggles of your life? Join the Mindfunda Mythology course.

Did you know that you can follow online courses on Mindfunda? Mindfunda Mythology consist of 6 lessons.

The Creation myth: Genesis and The Big Bang
The Amazing Animal: The Animal in Mythology
Mythology of Men 
Mythology of Women
Mythology of the Trickster
Mythology of the Grail, Pulling Out the Sword

This blog is about the first lesson in Mindfunda Mythology, a course that you can follow online, in your own time, at your own pace.
Continue reading From Genesis to Big Bang: a Mythological View on Creation Myths

Mythological Themes and Modern Movies

I have recently launched Mindfunda Movies;
Four film interpretations that help you apply the mythological themes to your own life.

Mindfunda Movie will give you a new perspective on: Pan’s Labyrinth and Girl Interrupted. This two films are interpreted as modern stories of female initiation in a men’s world. Pulp Fiction and Shawshank Redemption are stories about male initiation in a men’s world. You will learn that it is not easier for a men to be initiated in the Western world. But the films give an interesting contemporary look on male and female once you learn how to unlock their Mythological themes.

Continue reading Mythological Themes and Modern Movies

Film Feature: Four Stories about Gender

I want to thank Jungian Author Susan Scott, artist Brenda Ferrimani and Psychoanalyst Lou Hagood for their advice on Mindfunda Movie.

It is the season to watch a film. Days are getting shorter, evenings are getting longer. Nowadays films are easily found online, but these four classic films will be an asset to your collection. Mindfunda introduces Mindfunda Movies.

Two movies about the way our culture perceives women: Girl Interrupted and Pan’s Labyrinth. And two movies about the way our culture perceives men: Pulp Fiction and the Shawshank Redemption.

film about girls

Continue reading Film Feature: Four Stories about Gender

Extrovert Ideal versus Introvert World

An Introvert is a person who is energized by spending time alone. Often found in their homes, libraries, quiet parks that not many people know about, or other secluded places, introverts like to think and be alone.

Contrary to popular belief, not all introverts are shy. Some may have great social lives and love talking to their friends but just need some time to be alone to "recharge" afterwards. The word "Introvert" has negative connotations that need to be destroyed. Introverts are simply misunderstood because the majority of the population consists of extroverts.

(Urbandictionary.com)
introvert survival in extrovert world

When I was about 8 years old, my parents had to come to my school. The teacher used to have talks with the parents of each child in the class, in Dutch it is called “10 minuten gesprek”; a 10 minute conversation.

 

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Art by Jeff Wysasky
Pleated Jeans

Continue reading Extrovert Ideal versus Introvert World

Schizophrenic Dreams and Art: Mythology of the Soul

Mythology of the Soul
A Research into the Unconscious from Schizophrenic Dreams and Drawings
by H.G. Baynes
Routledge 2015, $61.18 paperback, Kindle $49.46 ISBN 9781138852334
Reviewed by Drs. Susanne van Doorn
Edited by Christian Gerike

The Routledge Tayler and Francis Group started an initiative to re-publish works of distinguished authors that were no longer available. The initiative is called Psychology Revivals. Mythology of the Soul is one of the re-published books, it was originally published in 1940.

Continue reading Schizophrenic Dreams and Art: Mythology of the Soul

Inspiration: 4 Ways to Find Intuitive Solutions

Inspiration is a volatile thing. I just came back from a very inspiring holiday. I traveled through England and France for almost three weeks in search for the Arthur Myth (see my online Mythology course: the final lesson is dedicated to what Gustav Jung claimed was the mythology of the Western society: The Arthur Myth).

Now, even if the children have gone back to school and I have got plenty of books to review, it is still hard to get inspiration. So in today’s Mindfunda I will make an effort of suggesting ways to get inspired.

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Translating Myth: Re-wording the unseen knowledge

Translating Myth
Edited by Ben Pestell, Pietra Palazzolo and Leon Burnett.
Legenda 2016, hardcover $120.00 kindle $37.22 ISBN978-1-910887-04-2 (hbk) 978-1-315-54320-8 (ebk)
Reviewed by Drs. Susanne van Doorn, edited by Christian Gerike.

Translating Myth is a book that attempts to scientifically define myth. Or at least, come to describe 5 aspects of it: how to translate it, how to create it, how to establish it in a a new country, how to sing its poetry and how myth is related to politics. The book clearly establishes that myth can not be measured nor captured, but it is only possible to study the ways in which one can enter the realms that display myth to an individual.

Continue reading Translating Myth: Re-wording the unseen knowledge

Arthur

Do you want to understand more about yourself, your dreams and the struggles of your life? Join our online course Mindfunda Mythology now.

This is the last of a six part blog about Mindfunda Mythology, an online course that will make your life easier:

The Creation myth: Genesis and The Big Bang
The Amazing Animal: The Animal in Mythology
Mythology of Men 
Mythology of Women
Mythology of the Trickster
Mythology of the Grail, Pulling Out the Sword
Arthur in Mythology

Mythology seems to be lost in society. “Mythology consists of stories about half-naked Greek Gods running round doing crazy stuff and getting away with it”.
I used to think so… Untill I had a dream that showed me that stories are not always just stories…

Arthur in dreams

Sometimes, mythology just comes knocking on your door in a dream. For me, that happened several years ago. In a dream, I heard a voice over say: “You belong to the court of King Arthur”. I said back: “No that is only a story”. I was wrong about that. Mythology is about solving life’s problems. Mythology is about learning to live with life’s problems.

Arthur
Round Table

In the Mindfunda Mythology Course, I created a lesson about Arthur. It is called: Mythology of the Grail, Pulling Out the Sword. This is a quote:

The Grail in the Arthur myth is about a spiritual kind of love, felt deep in the soul, where it touches upon the waters of life. Whenever you experience “a dry spell” in your life, a depression, you know you have to find the grail again. And according to the Arthur myth, you need to ask the right question on the right moment to find the grail and heal the fisher King“.

But sometimes mythology is hidden in themes that play a role in your life that is obvious for an outsider, but not for you. That is why each lesson has open-ended questions so you can re-interpret your stories, as well as your dreams. I will give you another example from the course:

“If you look at dreams you had about your mother and reinterpret them as dreams about mother earth, does their message change? How is mother earth talking  to you? Is she protecting you? Is she urging you to change your life? To change your nutrition?”

Arthur lessons

The Arthur lesson is the last one of six. Together they make a perfect line up of the trouble that one comes across while living life. The first lesson: “Creation Myth: Genesis and Big Bang” re-writes modern society as a contemporary myth. It’s exercises will give you clues into re-interpreting your dreams with new mythological meaning. The second lesson “The Amazing Animal: The Animal in Mythology” will help you connect with and accept the animal part in your own personality. The third lesson “Mythology of Men” will help you understand men more. Whether you are born in a men’s body or in a woman’s body. The same is true for lesson number four: “Mythology of Women”. In lesson number five I invite you to a private party.  I invite you to a private party. “Trusting the Trickster: Hanging  With Loki and His Friends“. The focus of this lesson is to recognize and embrace the Trickster in yourself. We have already discussed the last lesson: “Mythology of the Grail: Pulling Out the Sword” in more depth in this post.

Each lesson consist of 26-30 pages A4 filled with text, exercises and a literature list filled with good inspiring books.

All Excited? Mindfunda Mythology is designed to make the journey of your life easier. You will get:

  • Knowledge about the Sefiroth, the Cabalistic Tree of Life;
  • You will be introduced to the two main categories of myth so you can (re)connect with the strength of your inner animal;
  • You will have access to al the 24 possible ways of behaviour of male and female archetypes;
  • You will be able to tap into the power of the Trickster whenever you feel reluctant to follow the call of your own path;
  • All these methods and techniques will enable you to enlighten your inner fire, your personal Grail;
  • You will get 44 exercises during the course, an average 6 – 10 exercises per lesson to help you master the knowledge.

 

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Ariadne’s Clue, a guide to the symbols of humankind

 

This blog is about symbols and their meaning. The world is filled with symbols. Success in life is often the result of interpreting symbols in an adequate manner.

 

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Symbols and Mythology

Ariadne is the goddess of passion. She is the daughter of Midos, King of Crete,   and Pasiphae. She helped Theseus battle the Minotaur who was stuck in the labyrinth. Ariadne gave him the clue to escape out of wandering around in a pool of possibilities. A simple woollen thread, that enabled him to find his way back. But she did not only show him the path, she also helped him to concur the monster that was hiding in the dark, by giving him a sword. She did all that for the promise of marriage. Theseus promised to marry her as soon as he came back from his mission. But he left her. Poor Ariadne…
Dionysius married her and they allegedly had two children: Stapylus and Oenopion.
Continue reading Ariadne’s Clue, a guide to the symbols of humankind

Nightmare and Dreams: a presentation for Rivas

Six percent of the population regularly suffers from a nightmare. But a nightmare is a blessing in disguise. No other dream gives a dreamer such a strong impulse to act upon a dream. It is like a dream urges you to change your ways. Literally, or symbolically.

nightmares

I was invited by the Dutch Rivas Organisation to give a presentation and a workshop about dreams and nightmares. An invitation I gladly accepted. I spent an evening listening to Professor Kerkhof, who was the main speaker for the evening. His expertise is Sleep and he works for the University of Amsterdam and the Sleep centre of The Hague. After his presentation, people gathered to visit several workshops. Here is a brief summary of my presentation that evening. Continue reading Nightmare and Dreams: a presentation for Rivas

Elephant in dreams: 3 archetypical implications

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"I am in a garden, outside, and I see a stone. A grey stone. When I pick it up, a whole range of grey little elephants come crawling underneath it. accidently I drop the grey stone and see the elephants running away, bringing themselves into safety"

Given that it is the week before my birthday, I always am alert to dreams that might tell what the next year of my life will have in store for me. In my Mindfunda Mythology courses I give much more information about the archetypical meaning of symbols.

Continue reading Elephant in dreams: 3 archetypical implications

James Joyce: Juicy, Jaunty and Jaded

Think you’re escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.”
― James Joyce, Ulysses

James Joyce
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James Joyce and mythology

Mythic Worlds, Modern Words, On the Art of James Joyce, edited by Edmund Epstein for the Joseph Campbell foundation tells us how we can use James Joyce as a guide for interpreting mythological material. The book discusses the interpretations given by Joseph Campbell during the course of his life. In different lectures, workshops and presentations he has told about the effect the writings of Joyce had on him since he discovered them in 1927 in Paris.

Continue reading James Joyce: Juicy, Jaunty and Jaded

Helix: a modern version of Cain and Able

Helix is a series that is available on Netflix. It features two brothers. Both doctor. Both brilliant. Yet the oldest one, Dr. Alan Farragut always was the smartest, the most desirable and the one “favored by God”. Helix is not a religious series. By “favored by God” I mean that he was clearly the one most desired by others, most worshiped by fellow scientists. His brother Peter Farragut always wanted to achieve the same as his brother. Both brothers had an abusive father. Much like Yahweh is an abusive father for not giving his love and affection to both of his sons.

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Dr Peter Farragut on Helix

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The Redeeming Dark

In the month of December Mindfunda will publish a series of blogs about the descent. Today’s Guest blog, written by Elaine Mansfield, is about The Redeeming Dark.

  1. The first one was about depression as descent.
  2. In the second Guest blog, Jean Raffa explored Inanna’s descent as a personal myth.
  3. The third blog will focused on the common themes found the Descent Myth of Inanna and Sleeping Beauty.
  4. This last Guest blog, written by Elaine Mansfield, will talk about Redeeming the dark.
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Elaine Mansfield

Elaine Mansfield’s memoir Leaning into Love: A Spiritual Journey through Grief (2014) won the 2015 Gold Medal IPPY Award (Independent Publisher’s Book Awards) in the category Aging, Death, and Dying. Elaine has been a student of Carl Jung since 1970 and has studied mythology for thirty years. She writes for hospice, facilitates bereavement support groups, and gives workshops and presentations. She gave a TEDx talk called “Good Grief! What I Learned from Loss.” She also writes a weekly blog about the adventures and lessons of life and loss. To learn more about Elaine’s work, please visit her website. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Listening in the dark

“From the Great Above she opened her ear to the Great Below.” 1

The descent of the Goddess begins with listening. Inanna, the Listener, is the Great Goddess of Heaven and Earth (~3500 – 2500 BC, Sumeria/Mesopotamia). Her story is the oldest written goddess myth, and what a goddess she is: Erotic, wise, powerful, conniving, loving, fierce, courageous, and ruthless.

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Inanna, Burney Relief (Flicker—creative commons photo) 1800 BC, British Museum

In the Sumerian language, the word for ear also means wisdom. Inanna is called to listen to the Great Below because, despite her many powers, she lacks something. Without knowledge of mortality and unconscious realms, she is not whole. Without some relationship with inner depths and darkness, we are helpless when faced with forces beyond our ego’s control.

When my husband Vic was diagnosed with incurable cancer in 2006, I knew I had to listen. I bought a new notebook and recorded our experiences from medical to psychological, from hope to anguish, from spiritual peaks to deep despair. As Vic neared the threshold, I wrote and reflected at his bedside. I wanted to remember. I wanted meaning. It was my job to remain in the Day World or the Great Above. Vic needed me to be conscious and competent, just as Inanna needed her trusted female advisor Ninshubur to witness her descent and call for help.

After Vic’s death, exhausted and filled with disbelief, I faced a new descent. Grief, Death’s companion, became my new teacher.

In the descent myth, Inanna tells the gatekeeper to the Great Below or Underworld that she wishes to attend the funeral of the Great Bull of Heaven, Ereshkigal’s husband. Ereshkigal is the Underworld Death Goddess and Inanna’s Dark Sister. Inanna intends to witness a death, not face her own. That was my plan, too…

Inanna arrives in full queenly regalia at the gates of the Great Below. I had arrived in the oncologist’s office with my notebook, my numbered list of questions, my suggestions, and my fierce resolve. My mission to save my husband succeeded—until it failed. When Death won, my personal descent began.

As Inanna passes through each of the seven gates on her way to the Great Below, she is stripped of a garment symbolic of her power. For example:

When she (Inanna) entered the first gate,

From her head, … the crown of the steppe, was removed.

Inanna asked: “What is this?”

She was told: “Be quiet, Inanna, the ways of the underworld are perfect. They may not be questioned.” 2

Hadn’t I given up enough? I thought when the stripping began. Apparently not. As long as my husband lived, I retained position in the world and community. I had a job to do.

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Inanna worship/ Bringing Gifts to Inanna, c. 3100-2899 B.C., Hirmer Verlag, Munich (Wolkstein/Kramer, p. 105)

With his death, I lost my role as wife and partner in a deeply satisfying relationship. I was demoted to widow, a social label for the scorned and abandoned feminine. I had been a women’s health counselor, but lost my own motivation. My erotic life disappeared—not only sexual, but daily intimacy with someone I loved. I lost my sense of proportion and could no longer measure where I was in life. My notebook felt useless. My ego and persona crumbled. I was stuck in grief. Like Inanna, I was “naked and laid low.”

When Inanna reaches the Great Belowshe steps toward her sister’s throne. For this last remnant of pride, she is condemned by the Eye of Death and Eye of Wrath. She is pronounced guilty for refusing to honor a power greater than her own. Then, Inanna is hung on a hook. Dead. In this startling image, day world abilities are useless in the face of the Destructive Dark.

So there they are, stuck in the Great Below. Ereshkigal cries out in rage and pain. Inanna hangs on her hook. All is dark depression and stasis. Nothing moves. There is no hope.

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Door to the Underworld, 1600 BC, Louvre (Wolkstein/Kramer, p. 55)

Is there a divine force that can save Inanna and us? Ninshubur, Inanna’s trusted and grieving advisor, sends for help. Enki, the God of Wisdom creates two small mourners from the dirt under his fingernails. These seemingly insignificant mourners have one skill: empathy. They see the suffering of Ereshkigal and mirror her cries.

“Oh! Oh! My inside!” 

“Oh! Oh! Your inside!” 

“Oh! Oh! My outside!” 

“Oh! Oh! Your outside!….” 3

The mourners provide compassionate witnessing in a long call and response. As it does in therapy or close friendship, empathy creates a miracle of transformation. Ask the Dalai Lama what power is equal to Wisdom. He’ll say Compassion.

Ereshkigal, the neglected, unloved, and shunned, grieves for her husband, but we now learn that she is also crying out from the pain of giving birth. Within the deep darkness, something new is being born. Perhaps Inanna. Perhaps you and me.

Ereshkigal asked (the mourners):

Who are you,

Moaning—groaning—sighing with me?

If you are gods, I will bless you.

If you are mortals, I will give you a gift. 4

They don’t want all the riches and resources of the world. They want the corpse which they sprinkle with the water and food of life.

A sliver of light has penetrated the Dark and released new energy. Birth will follow darkness. Seeds quicken after Winter Solstice. Light returns. The Goddess of Heaven and Earth rises and the cycle continues.

As Inanna ascends, there are complications. Aren’t there always? Demons cling to her and demand more sacrifice to appease the judges of the Great Below. We learn that another cyclic round is always waiting in Feminine Realms. There is no end to death and trauma, but there is also no end to compassion and rebirth.

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Inanna with date palm, c. 2400 B.C. Staatliche Museum, Berlin (Wolkstein/Kramer, p. ii)

 

I returned to life, wild and humbled, displaced and dismantled. I wept uncontrollably about my fate, even though I knew loss was everyone’s destiny. My forest, the kind mirroring of those who witnessed me, and a search for meaning were my water and food of life. I bowed to Inanna’s wisdom and Ereshkigal’s necessity knowing that death and destruction fuel a new cycle of life.

We descend, not because we want to, but because we must. Descent is an integral part of the Great Feminine Round of Life and Death. We are mortal. We are vulnerable. We live in a world of catastrophe and chaos, personal loss and social threat. We are thrown down. We are helped up. Miraculously, we find our way to life again.

NOTES

1. Diane Wolkstein and Samuel Noah Kramer, Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth, Harper and Row, 1983, p. 52.

2. Ibid, p. 57.

3. Ibid, p. 65.

4. Ibid, p. 66.


THIS CONTENT IS a Guest blog Created For SUSANNE VAN DOORN, AUTHOR AND OWNER OF MINDFUNDA; MAKING THE FUNDAMENTALS OF PSYCHOLOGY, MYTHOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY EASY TO USE IN YOUR PERSONAL LIFE!

What is Mindfunda about?

My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist, blogger and author. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study in psychology at Tilburg University. I made this independant site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life.

This posting is categorised as Mythofunda:
“Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths” Joseph Campbell used to say. This part of Mindfunda shows you how your personal mythology can create peace in your life.

Read more about Mindfunda here, or visit our Courses Page.


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This is the last Mindfunda blog in my series about the body and it features the body of poetry. Female poetry to be more precise. This blog is a part ...
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Mother Earth as Goddess

Do you consider yourself a Goddess? You should. The Goddess is the earth. We are all part of the earth. But the Goddess is more. She is also that spiritual vessel that brings love in new unexpected ways. She is connected with the moon. This week’s Mindfunda is about dreaming with the goddess, incubating dreams that align with the phase of the moon. Find out how you can dream the Goddess into your live!

Mindfunda explores the Goddess in 4 blogs

The Goddess was hot in the seventies of last century. Marija Gimbutas put the Goddess back on the map. She inspired a lot of scientists, anthropologists and mythologists up to this day. But the attention for the Goddess seems to have faded away. Mindfunda want to invite you to reconnect with the Goddess. During the month of November Mindfunda will share 5 blogs:

The Goddess, 4 blogs to integrate the Goddess in your life.

Eve as Goddess: a Guest blog written by Susan Scott, of the Garden of Eden.

Triple Goddess dreaming: an alliance with the moon.

The Goddess and the Earth: a Guest blog written by Trista Hendren

A review of “The Book of She” written by Sara Avant Stover.

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Today’s Guest blog is written by Trista Hendren. She is the author of The Girl God series. You can read more about her projects at The girl god.

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Trista Hendren

 

Mother Earth as Goddess by Trista Hendren

It took me a long time to understand the connections between the rape and abuse of women worldwide and the rape and abuse of Mother Earth.

My children changed all of that.

I realized I couldn’t leave them the world I had helped create. So, I started changing my life radically, reducing my expenses by 80% and getting rid of all non-essentials. I started writing feminist children’s books that I hoped all people, young and old, would read. Madeline L’Engle once said, “If I have something that is too difficult for adults to swallow, I will write it in a book for children.” This still rings true today.

Our children are our biggest impetus for change.

In order to change the world, we have to go back to our roots. Feminism can be helpful but it can also be just a band aid. It can be a diversion from realizing our full value as human beings.

There was a time when women were sacred. We have lost that on a collective level. You don’t rape the sacred. You don’t abuse the sacred. You honor Her.

When you honor something or someone, you don’t take more than you need or more than your fair share. Women have been giving more than their fair share in almost every aspect of life for at least 2,000 years.

A natural relationship is about give and take. The same can be said of the Earth. Humanity on the whole has been taking without giving back. We can’t continue along that path without destroying ourselves and the Earth.

I see so many connections between women and Mother Earth. I don’t think we can honor and respect one without the other. When I started to honor myself, I began acting on my environmental ideals.

 

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picture: esophora.org

 

One example I use is hair dye. I stopped dying my hair several years ago because I realized I was poisoning the earth. I was also poisoning the people who made this toxic product.  I was also poisoning myself every time I colored my hair. And the crazy thing is that silver hair is actually a sign of wisdom (which is also another attribute or name for GODDESS). Why are most women so eager to hide a symbol of their intelligence at such a high all-around cost? Why are we suppressing Goddess in ourselves?

We are so brainwashed to do things a certain way as to be acceptable to others that we don’t think through the consequences. Sometimes I think people like the idea of environmentalism or feminism, but they don’t want to go all the way with either concept.

The way I see it, we are at a tipping point with both. Either we make radical changes or we will see even more violence against women and girls.  We will see the Earth destroyed.  And with environmental destruction, it is often poor women and children of color who pay the highest price.

What are we really hanging on to?

We are scared into (toxic) lifestyles, many of which destroy the Earth and come at a very high cost to poor people, particularly women. My hope is people will begin to challenge what items are necessary and come back to honoring Our First Mother, Earth.

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Mother Earth
Trista Hendren

My second book, Mother Earth, is about our relationship to Mother Earth and it was inspired by my children. My nine-year-old daughter in particular is becoming a true environmentalist.

She is both magical and inquisitive. She likes to understand the ins and outs of everything. She can’t understand why more people are not working harder to save the Earth. Her voice echoes in my head as I try to sleep at night.

“But why Mommy? Why?”

Sometimes I don’t have any good answers. We try to live the best we can. We sold our car and walk everywhere most days. But, she wonders about all the other cars lined up on the street as we walk by. She worries. Recently she told me she didn’t think she would live to be 35 because of global warming.

I don’t want my daughter—or any child—to live in fear over what adults have created. Zoe Weil said that “the world becomes what you teach” and she called on adults to raise a generation of “Solutionaries.”

My daughter inspires me every day to leave the world in a better place. I hope my books will inspire both compassion and confidence in our children so that they can become Solutionaries instead of feeling powerless.

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image: org.ca.gov

 

I’d like to end by sharing a passage that inspires me to live a more Earth-loving life every day. I heard that there was not a dry eye in the room when Professor Kathleen Dean Moore read these lines from her essay, “The Call to Forgiveness at the End of the Day.” I still cannot read her words without tearing up. Her inspiring words were the introduction to Mother Earth.

Professor Moore wrote:

Poets warned us, writing of the heartbreaking beauty that will remain when there is no heart to break for it. But what if it is worse than that? What if it’s the heartbroken children who remain in a world without beauty? How will they find solace in a world without wild music? How will they thrive without green hills edged with oaks? How will they forgive us for letting frog-song slip away? When my granddaughter looks back at me, I will be on my knees, begging her to say I did all I could.

I didn’t do all I could have done.

It isn’t enough to love a child and wish her well. It isn’t enough to open my heart to a bird-graced morning. Can I claim to love a morning if I don’t protect what creates its beauty? Can I claim to love a child if I don’t use all the power of my beating heart to preserve a world that nourishes children’s joy? Loving is not a kind of la-de-da.

Loving is a sacred trust. To love is to affirm the absolute worth of what you love and to pledge your life to its thriving—to protect it fiercely and faithfully, for all time.

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Triple Goddess dreaming: an alliance with the moon

Do you consider yourself a Goddess? You should. The Goddess is the earth. We are all part of the earth. But the Goddess is more. She is also that spiritual vessel that brings love in new unexpected ways. She is connected with the moon. This week’s Mindfunda is about dreaming with the goddess, incubating dreams that aligne with the phase of the moon. Find out how you can dream the Goddess into your live!

Mindfunda explores the Goddess in 4 blogs

The Triple Goddess was hot in the seventies of last century. Marija Gimbutas put the Goddess back on the map. She inspired a lot of scientists, anthropologists and mythologists up to this day. But the attention for the Goddess seems to have faded away. Mindfunda want to invite you to reconnect with the Goddess. During the month of November Mindfunda will share 5 blogs:

The Goddess, 4 blogs to integrate the Goddess in your life.

Eve as Goddess: a Guest blog written by Susan Scott, of the Garden of Eden.

Triple Goddess dreaming: an alliance with the moon.

The Goddess and the Earth: a Guest blog written by Trista Hendren

A review of “The Book of She” written by Sara Avant Stover.

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Dreaming with the triple Goddess

In our rational world the Goddess seems to have disappeared. That is why the dream group I am part of spent a mont of dreaming with the Goddess. We wanted to see how the energy of the goddess still resonates in our lives, our loves and our dreams. Each week during a month, one of the members shared a dream incubation devoted to the Goddess. The new moon or Maiden Goddess, the half-moon dedicated to Shakti, the full moon dedicated to Mother Goddess and the last quarter dedicated to the Crone Goddess.

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Looking back on this project, I can say that I was struck by the archetypical motives we encountered in our month of dreaming. To connect with the creative power of the Goddess has increased my faith in my own body and how it reflects the wisdom of the earth. Find out how you can dream the Goddess into your live!

Dreaming with the Triple Goddess week #1

In our first week we connected with the Goddess in a beautiful way. There are so many beautiful inspiring dreams that it is hard to choose. I selected two that show the qualities of the Goddess in a very clear way. They represent the Triple Goddess in clothes and colors. I had these two dreams:

First dream: I am flying on a bird…

The second dream I am in a marketplace. An elderly lady is sitting there. She is short-haired and she looks at the clothing me and my sister are selecting. It is clothing our mother gave to us and she wants us to pick out what we like. I select three dresses, a dark one, a light blue one and a white one with blue figures on it. I take the last one, the white with blue with me, to try on. I take a leather bikini a brown one but put it back because it is not my style.

When I walk away and I wonder if I took the right dress, maybe the dark one would have been better.

The bird in the first dream can refer to the soul, just like the bird C.J Jung saw in his dream that changed into a blond girl. Marija Gimbutas associated the Bird Goddess with the Great Cosmic Creator.

The second dream shows the Crone guarding over the clothes my Mother left behind for me. There are as many outfits for me as there are manifestations of the Goddess. A dark one, representing the Dark Goddess, a light blue one representing the Mother and a white one with blue figures on it representing the Maiden. I choose the last one, but it does not feel right. The perspective of my life is changing. I am no longer the young girl, I have become a mother. With my children growing up to be teenagers It is significant to me that I do not change into this dress, I only take it with me to try it on.

The light blue dress resembles the dress frequently depicted on mother Mary.

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Carol had this dream about the triple goddess:

Dream I am somewhere I don’t know lots of people around. I am putting in a tricolor rug noticing colors red and green not sure of third color. I look and go into a crawl cave like space under the floor it seems. I am talking about the rug with someone laying out the patches of pieces side by side seems more like leftover remnants. I then look out a back window and see a fire burning in a one level building. I am telling others to look at the flames. I have seen this happen before. I see people inside trying to put it out. Then I look at the wood planked floor under my feet and see flames from burning fire too. 

Maria Cernuto commented on this dream: “The tricolor rug reflects the Triple Goddess most likely: Maiden (green or white is Her color), Mother (red), & Crone / Grandmother (dark blue or black). The colors woven together (tricolor) in the rug are like the Triple Goddess figure… the Moon’s phases / Phases of the Goddess are not separate… even time… past, present & future are woven together,  they’re not separate”.
To me, the fire on the wood represents “the fire inside, the fire in the mind” as Joseph Campbell would phrase it. The Goddess came and said hello to us that first week and enlightened the flame. This theme of colors and clothing returned in my dreams later that month…

Dreaming with the triple Goddess week #2

Maria Cernuto shared a dream incubation devoted to Shakti energy.

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image: wikipedia

Knowledge of Shakti occurs primarily in the Tantric texts from India. Shakti translates loosely to “Cosmic Energy” or simply “Power.” She is energy, force, sexuality, spiritual fire, ability, faculty, strength, potential, etc. She is the Divine Feminine energy of all –of both genders, male and female – She is that which causes all action to occur.
Maria Cenuto

And indeed, most of our dreams displayed couples, relationships and sexuality. Debbie shared this dream:

It is as if I just woke up in my bedroom. It is bright and sunny. There is a young couple intertwined with each other on Michael’s side of the bed (left when standing facing it) and Michael and I are intertwined on my side of the bed. I realize that the couple and Michael and I are covered in a huge amount of sexual excretions; as if a bucket of it was poured over each couple. Woke up in a bright sunny bedroom and said wow that was a lot of “come”. 

Note* there was no sexual excitement to the dream at all and no lovemaking. It was more like everyone was done hours before.

Maria Cenuto commented on this dream:

This is very Shakti-like in that she is sexual energy. I like the young and older couples, especially given how long you and Michael have been together. “Michael is on my side” — I like the way that sounds metaphorically… he’s “come” to my side. How could this relate to the incubation? What part of sexuality or sexual energy could be “developed, harnessed and utilized” for the benefit of your own inner shakti power?

In her dream Maria wears a necklace of the perfect couple:

Instant Karma, Libra Judgement and the Blue Bindu:

I am in a mall and run into D. She wanted to walk with me to say “hi” to somebody I was with. I say to the person, “I don’t know if you remember, but this is I’s daughter.” I don’t know who I was talking to. I am walking around the mall alone. I am wearing the pentacle necklace with the “perfect couple” in the center. A slender Asian / Orient male is walking towards me, and for some reason I flash him the pentacle – not sure why I did it, like I thought he could be dangerous and I am trying to intimidate him with witchcraft. He made a face like why are you showing me this object / necklace; and then he simply asked me a question. I answered him and we both walked our separate ways. As I am walking away my necklace / the chain part breaks. I think this karma for jumping the gun and judging him and using a sacred symbol to instill fear or threaten him.

Then I see rare blue macaw parrots, and then a blue dot appearing on my forehead / Anja Chakra, only bright, electric blue; and it seemed to have dimension to it, not flat, bubbled outward.

In this dream the Goddess appears in the color blue. In “Renowned Goddess of Desire” Loriliai Biernacki associates the color blue with creating life and the moon:

“The color blue makes things prosper; the color blue is indeed a God. The soft kind Goddess Avitri, the light of the world (Kali) is blue and the ancient teachings in the throat of Shiva are blue.

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Renowned Goddess of Desire
when, sex and speech in Tantra

 The great Indra, emperor of the Gods is blue and the rain clouds which give life to the world are blue. The vault of the sky that gives space to all living things is blue. The moon which is the source of light has a blue strain.”

The Goddess Shakti to which the incubation was dedicated has a blue manifestation in MahaMaja. A goddess blue-black in complexion.

The Sanskrit word Maya has two important meanings – one is measurement and another is extraordinary or supernatural power and also illusion.

So the term Mahamaya is an attempt by human mind to capture – unimaginable qualities of Goddess Shakti – like she is matter, she is energy, her various forms, creation, sustenance and destruction.

Sadly no human word is powerful enough to capture the true form of Goddess Shakti and it can only be known through self-realization“. (Hindu-blog.com)

In this way Shakti/MahaMaja is a dream Goddess. A dream, an illusion, a created reality that makes everything possible.

Dreaming with the triple Goddess week #3

In this week we dreamed during Full Moon. The Moon and dreams are connected according to old traditions. Connie Kaplan has written a very good book about it: The woman’s book of dreams. It is one of my favorite books. During the week of incubating dreams, the moon is known as the harvest moon. It is the full moon that happens closest to the autumn equinox. Farmers used to harvest using the light of the moon. We incubated the question of what we needed to harvest in our lives right now.  The first dream of Shelli tells about the present she gets from the Goddess, but also about the hurt she needs to let go off.

I’m at Maria’s house with Ralf, Debbie, I think Patricia, Susanne and my hubby, his parents, and a few young kids. I see K. and she wants to tell me something unimportant and now forgotten.

One of the young girls has to go pee and as I grab her, she does a bit on a couch. I rush to the bathroom and I try to get her to sit but her legs end up in the toilet. It’s deep so her feet aren’t in the water but she pees.

We are getting ready to leave and I have to pee. The bathroom door is a drape that is pulled across a wooden bar. In-laws and Maria come in as I’m sitting there. I shoo them all away and hubby comes to my assistance to rid them so I can pee without them all. One has to leave through the bathroom and everyone is leaving.

I walk back to a bedroom to find my clothes as I am just in panties. I try to cover myself as I see a bunch of clothes hung over the back of a chair. Beside them are gift bags that Maria has for us, but I pretend I didn’t see them.

We are ready to go, and I leave with hubby and in-laws. Maria says goodbye and when we are outside my mother in law asks everyone’s names but I tell her I’ve only met some of them once and couldn’t remember who was who“.

In Shelli’s dream the dream group is present at the house of the current Goddesses Mary. The Goddess has presents for everyone. The Maiden represented by the young girl has to go to the bathroom. She has to let go of emotions no longer needed. The dreamer herself also has to get rid of old water. Water as a symbol of the Goddess. Water as emotion, creation. In situations were I have a broken heart I usually dream about going to the bathroom. In “A branch of the Lightning Tree” Martin Shaw writes:

Years can pass in our own lives between and event that caused us to both love and lose, and the slow birthing of insight that one day (seven years perhaps?) causes our shaman-fox to saunter through the groves of difficult remembering and shuffle out the seed we carry on into the rest of our lives. That seed could grow to contain any number of things -But some parenting is required: the other disciplines of the Queen or Magician have to come into play to help it grow into the bespoke shape it wants to become.”

With this perspective we can see the dream as an invitation to an initiation from the Goddess. The Goddess invites the dreamer to let go of her old emotions: the pee of the young girl and later on that of herself. She helps her Maiden and even puts her in the middle of the toilet, with her legs in it: now that is an invitation to an initiation! Changing waters, changing emotions, stepping forward. Her husband is there to help her unload, to get into her new life stage as Crown with a new view on love. And the dreamer finds gifts for everyone in the house of Maria. She does not open them yet, but the invitation is there! A very positive invitation…

The water element of the Goddess also played an important part in a dream of Maria Cernuto:

Goddess of the Water Element

I am involved in a sort of competition. A group of people creating altars, sacred space and rituals to express an aspect of the Goddess. I was assigned the element of water, so I was to honor Water Goddesses – others were assigned a different element (Fire Goddess, Air Goddess, and Earth Goddess). I placed the white statue of Venus that I have in WPR (Botticelli’s Birth of Venus) on the altar, and then I put the large conch shell I have in waking life in front of the statue to represent a vagina – I drape a strand of puka shells in the opening / spilling out, and a tubular shaped seasponge (also have these in waking life).

Recall hanging a poster on 1 of the 4 quarters’ walls – it was from the major arcana of R.J. Stewart’s Dreampower Tarot, “The Maiden” – a female wrapped in a white fluid like substance flowing from the blue-black background with a the Celtic Sheela na gig – her vulva exposed as usual with a white water-like excretion flowing out and wrapping around the female figure (see below).

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The Maiden / Dreampower Tarot

I placed other art prints relating to Water Goddesses on the other walls – can’t recall what I used. We used items gathered from this one large room that was for everybody to build their ritual / altar with.

Maria Cernuto is an astrologer and the full moon at the time of dreaming was in Pisces. Connie Kaplan says in the Woman’s book of dreaming that dreams can involve water. Maria herself says about this dream:

I could use more water in terms of being more in touch with feelings / emotions (intercepted Moon in Capricorn in the 1st house — cold and repressed). I have Venus in a water sign, Cancer (Mothering/Birth), though it too is intercepted in the opposite house of the Moon, the 7th.

Venus relates to the arts though She expresses differently through either Taurus or Libra; the Morning and Evening Stars respectively. The former more sensual via singing / music, sculpting, makeup artistry / beauty, etc.; and the latter with refinement thru dance, poetry / literature, music / instruments, painting, etc.I get the message of birthing something with all the open vagina symbols, and water breaking type images. Some form of creativity to manifest.

The dreamer seems to be harvesting one of the four elements of the Goddess. She has an alchemical approach of the Goddess: there is a water, an air, an earth and a fire element to the Goddess. In our first week we have encountered the fire element in a dream shared by Carol (see paragraph Dreaming with the Triple Goddess week #1). In the second week we had the air element of the Goddess symbolised by the blue bird in the dream of Maria Cernuto (see Dreaming with the Triple Goddess week #2). And now she shares her vision on the water element of the Goddess as something she needs to cultivate. That is the harvest of the Goddess. The gift that Shelli saw in the first dream I shared in this paragraph.

Dreaming with the Triple Goddess week #4

The last week of our month of dreaming with the Goddess was dedicated to the Crone. I selected a paragraph of the incubation Debbie shared with us.

“The Crone is associated with the waning Moon and the moment of exact darkness of the moon before the new moon. She is also associated with autumn and winter. She is death but with the promise of new life. She is known as The Grandmother, she is past her child bearing days and bleeds no more and holds that power within. She is the Wise Woman and midwife, The Wisdom Keeper, Seer and Healer”.

The Crone aspect of the Triple Goddess is the most feared and misunderstood. She represents the most frightening aspects of humanity: destruction and death. In “Well of Remembrance” Barbel Kreidt tells about her meeting the Crone after spending a few days and nights in the desert.

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Hecate
Photo: theliberatedsheep.com

 

“I am the Goddess who solves all riddles because I know everything. The golden one has sent me to you. Every person must gaze upon me at least once in life. I am veiled because my face is unendurable when it is unveiled. Yet whoever searches for knowledge can ask me to lift my veil”.
Her Face!
The nameless fear, the horror. Death, war disease, cruelty, the tortures of all times and the whole world can be seen therein. I hear the screams, the cries, the despair. It simply flows out of her face. A face as cold as stone, ageless. A model of ugliness. Inconceivable. With eyes that close for nothing. I take it into me and hear her voice as she tells me it is not enough to simply endure her. I must also love her.”

In our week of dreaming with the Crone she manifested herself as the Goddess of Ice in a dream of Shelli. In this dream the water of the Goddess has turned into slippery ice. Shelli has learned to control it. She skates, dances, controls it and finds her way home. The Goddess has shown her to let go of old emotions and now she has “thougned up” for the job. She twirrles and skates

I’m at my hometown arena, figure skating. There’s only a few of us on the ice. I am my present age but trying to see if I can do the jumps and spins I was able to do when I was skating.

There’s a coach from the south there to watch us, looking for exceptional skaters. I know I’m not one of them, but just have something to prove to myself. The coach is a bit arrogant, and I do my best to ignore him.

I start with some jumps as I work my way up to the more difficult doubles that I was able to do. There’s a bit of an audience as there will be a hockey practice after.

I decide it’s time to try some spins. I can do a basic upright corkscrew very well, but my camel spin isn’t very good. It’s slow and pathetic, so I go back to my jumps.

I see a few of the guys I went to school with and someone I don’t know in waking live but I know in my dream and want to show off without looking like I am. I don’t make eye contact and just pretend I am practicing.

I eventually am able to do the difficult doubles, all of them. I am very happy as they came a lot easier than I thought they would. Again, I am trying to be noticed but not obviously. I set up for the double lutzes and do them right in front of the one I’m trying to impress the most. And I do it very well!

I go back to do a few spins again, including a difficult entry camel from my right leg. Again it’s a bit pathetic, so I stick the jumps. I decide to see if I can do some double combos. I do a double toe double toe well enough and decide it’s time for a double lutz double toe. After a few attempts I land it. I am very happy with myself!

One of the Zamboni drivers when I skated tells us it’s time to get off. A coach tells him that they usually give us a but more time. He says he knows this and usually he can but there are hockey players out ready to practice.

I skate and do a few more lutzes, then get off the ice. I go to the lobby and sit on the floor. There’s other people there that I know. I wipe off my blades and look at them closely. The picks look well-used and I think I’ll need new blades, but there’s still enough of the blade left and they are very sharp still. I wipe them with my mitts to get them dry.

As I sit there, I see lots of family. I also see B. She asks if I need a ride as she’ll have to ask her parents. I tell her I can probably get a ride with my family. My younger brother says we can find a ride home and I see my aunt. I ask if we can go home with her. She says sure that she can do it. We get into the front of her truck and she drives us to our parents home. Recall fades.

Note (from Shelli). I believe this is about becoming confident in my abilities. I’ve always been doubtful that I am actually good at what I do. Also, I just discovered yesterday my new Director is someone who I skated sometimes with. I believe I am to be confident that she will see me as having great potential. Thank you, Goddess Crone for this gift!

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Elsa and Anna

When accepting coldness and arrogance that you encounter in this world as a fact of life and not as a personal rejection you can skate away on your own pace and find your way home again. I love how in this dream Sheli finds her way home again by accepting a drive from her mothers’ sister: her aunt. The love between sisters is strong. Do you remember the film Frozen? The Ice Queen Elsa showed that love was the only form of magic.

Loving yourself, embracing your own shadow is the gift of the Crone. To become an old man or old lady that is wise and accepting. Carol dreams a dream of accepting the two sides of everything: the Warrior and the Goddess, Logos and Mythos, the Shadow and our Conscious Self (it is no wonder that Elsa keeps creating mandala’s in the film frozen):

Another Wake Induced Lucid Dream visual: I am crying two times. My dreams seem to be repeating: there is two of everything. When my tear drops are falling from my eyes down my cheeks someone is holding what looks like a circular tin can to catch my tears while saying: “Have to get them before I die”. It is like this is a way of saving the energy of DNA. I am saying really like nothing notable.

There is no reason to be smart, there is every reason to just be yourself. To accept your wisdom, your sorrow, your pain, your joy. Like Clarissa Pinkola Estes says in  Women who run with Wolves:

If one overlooks a woman’s dual nature and takes a woman at face value, one is in for a big surprise, for when the woman’s wildish nature rises from her depths and begins to assert itself, she often has interests, feelings, and ideas which are quite different from those she expressed before.”

The tears with life juice are captured in a Grail-like tin.

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Grail

The Grail as symbol dates back to the 12th century. It was said to have captured the blood of Christ. During the centuries the Grail has become a symbol for divine grace. To unite the God and the Goddess is a key to become the authentic Self.

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

Carl Jung

Literature:

Biernacki Loriliai, Renowned Goddess of Desire: Woman Sex and Speech in Tantra Oxford: University Press, 2008.

Estes Clarissa P, Women Who Run with the Wolves New York City Balantine Books 1996

Metzner Ralph, Well of Remembrance Boston Shambala Publications 1994

Shaw Martin, A Branch of the lightning Tree Ashland, OR: White Cloud Press, 2011.

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Eve as Goddess

Do you consider yourself a Goddess? You should. The Goddess is the earth. We are all part of the earth. How has the main religion in the Western world, Christianity, shaped our beliefs about femininity? 
The bible tells us about how Eve was seduced by a snake and had to suffer for it. Almost every woman and man I know has been injured by this story. 
In today's blog Susan Scott shows us another side of Eve. Eve making a conscious choice. Eve walking hand in hand with Adam. Let's dive into our Goddess concept of Eve today to make us reconnect with our inner Goddess.

Mindfunda explores the Goddess in 4 blogs

The Goddess was hot in the seventies of last century. Marija Gimbutas put the Goddess back on the map. She inspired a lot of scientists, anthropologists and mythologists up to this day. But the attention for the Goddess seems to have faded away. Mindfunda want to invite you to reconnect with the Goddess. During the month of November Mindfunda will share 5 blogs:

The Goddess, 4 blogs to intergrate the Goddes in your life.

Eve as Goddess: a Guest blog written by Susan Scott, of the Garden of Eden.

Triple Goddess dreaming: an alliance with the moon.

The Goddess and the Earth: a Guest blog written by Trista Hendren

A review of “The Book of She” written by Sara Avant Stover.

< Jumped in from elsewhere? Start at part 1

Today’s Guest blog is written by Susan Scott.  Blogger on the Garden of Eden, author of In Praise of Lilith, Eve & The Serpent in the Garden of Eden & Other Stories.

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Susan Scott is currently working on a book on ageing and becoming with Jungian analyst Susan Schwartz.

Eve as Goddess : Susan Scott

Susanne, thank you very much for inviting me to participate in this theme on Goddesses for mindfunda.com for November. It is an honour indeed!

 

Throughout the ages, stories with basic themes have recurred over and over, in widely disparate cultures, emerging from the goddess Venus from the sea of our unconscious

Joan D. Vinge

 

The myth of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden is a patriarchal one from around 4000 BC. It is not a very old myth, although it begins at the beginning of humanity on this earth as propounded by the creationists. It stems from the Iron Age onwards and replaced earlier myths which were matriarchal in kind, for example, the myths of Sophia, the consort of God; the Indian myth of Kali, or the Greek myths of the goddesses, Artemis, Aphrodite, Demeter and Persephone to name a few. These matriarchal myths had Mother Nature as her Supreme Goddess. They were replaced by the worship of the monotheistic Sun God Apollo who assumed ascendancy as the matriarchal goddesses began their descent. The cycle turned – replacing the mother goddess with the father god. No longer was there reverence for Nature and living within her cycles.

However we view the biblical creation story in the Old Testament,  it remains deeply embedded in the contemporary psyche of men and women, and in the collective unconscious too. Its echo continues. It has lasting value as all good myths do when they illustrate similar dynamics irrespective of time and place.

 

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In the beginning, Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden where beauty, peace and order reigned supreme. All was at One, all was perfect.

Imagine: Eve languishing against the tree on which hung plump, delicious, glistening apples within arms’ reach. She knew there was a prohibition that she could eat anything within the Garden, except for the fruit from that one tree. After Eve told the serpent that she may not eat of this tree, for fear of death, the serpent beguiled her with its words:

‘You will not surely die. God knows, that as soon as you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be as God, knowing good and evil’. (Gen. 2:17).

What are we to make of Eve going against this patriarchal injunction, accepting the apple, ingesting its seeds and swallowing them and offering it to Adam? What are we to make of God’s appearance and asking Adam why he disobeyed; and Adam then blaming Eve and Eve in turn blaming the serpent? Their subsequent exile from the Garden, covered in cloths and ivy leaves to cover their newly discovered nakedness, with shame as their dire companion? For Eve to suffer in childbirth …

Was she the original disobedient bad girl who deserved her reputation as being sinful and seductive when she offered the apple to Adam? Does she deserve the blame for her and Adam’s expulsion? And for bringing death, sin and sorrow into the world?  Was this to be an ongoing ‘fault’ in forthcoming generations of women? Is this to be the legacy of the Old Testament?

What was it about Eve that threatened the new patriarchal order?

For millennia onwards, not only in western culture, we’ve witnessed the repression of the feminine principle. The animosity toward women has been expressed from time immemorial. Even the converted Paul upheld the subjugation of women, referring back to God’s word in Genesis:

Let the women learn in silence with all subjection.
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression’. (1 Tim.2 10-14)

And the dogmatic St Augustine, brilliant in many ways, who referred to women as being vile and cursed, corruptible and filthy; her infant was infected with original sin from the moment of conception and was borne in faeces and urine; menstruation was close to the beasts; and that women have no souls …

The Mother of all Living (named so by Adam), once sacred, now degraded. Now also, the Mother of Suffering and Death.

The demonizing of women has caused a grave psychic wound to men and women. We’re all damaged, Mother Nature too. The concept of ‘sin’ keeps us bound to a paternalistic, vengeful, guilt ridden and narrow view of life. It is far removed from the image of wholeness that is deserved. It is a long repressed wound which needs healing.

We go back to the Garden where all was quiescent, yet too tranquil, too stable and too domesticated. It’s usually the best time for something to happen! There must have been a longing in Eve for change, away from this languor and passivity, dependence and homeostasis. The status quo. She’d been a child for too long. What did those seeming opposites of good and evil mean and why did they also appear to belong together? Two words, each holding great weight. And, after all, what would the knowledge of Good and Evil be if one were permanently in the Garden where all was ‘good’? The serpent offered a way out.

Eve acted on her instinct and used her initiative. She acted unconsciously because at that moment consciousness was not yet in her purview. There must have been a sense within her of wanting to move from this complacent security where there was no room for growth.

Her act resulted in the rise rather than the fall of man. A rise into consciousness, lifting the veil from that uroboric childlike innocence. An awakening. A growing up – into a new world, where pain and pleasure, life and death, sunlight and shadow, love and power, saint and sinner, wildness and conformity, joy and sorrow, strengths and vulnerabilities, solar and lunar resided side by side. A world of opposites. A world of duality – where distinctions and discriminations are necessary. Yet, identification with one side of the polarity and repression of the other means immobility and stagnation and movement towards wholeness is prohibited. Our task in life when faced with a conflict is to hold the tension between the opposing forces until a transcending symbol reconciling the two appears. It does mean that the old ‘pattern’ or way of relating to life will die, yet we consciously allow that to happen for the new to emerge. We begin to see that those opposites are complementary to each other and not necessarily in conflict. They need each other. Eve’s innocence in the Garden died yet allowed the discovery of the ever-present paradox in the new world, as we do too. Death endows life with meaning. We were not meant to be immortal.

Why else were we given the gift of free will? Yet, free will carries with it an enormous responsibility, so it is not so free after all. It sounds enticing, yet it is also a burden. It is a meaningful paradox illustrating being bound to the treadmill of Fate and Destiny by our freedom of choice –

Eve was a catalyst for growth for herself and Adam. She wanted more than just the taste of the apple. Those seeds had potential, activated by her swallowing and digesting them. Her knowledge of Good and Evil was an intuitive knowledge, embodied in experience, not rational knowledge. She opened up a new way of knowing. This is the mystery, the uncertainty and the wisdom of the unknown, which is the field of all possibilities. Hers was a beginning knowledge ‘…of the opposites, a knowledge necessary for higher consciousness’.*

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Her breaking the rules meant that ego consciousness previously lacking, was given the opportunity to develop. We leave home eventually, making our way in the wider world. In my view, I think it’s reasonable that God precipitated Adam and Eve’s exile from Paradise. A loving parent knows that its child must leave the security of the nest eventually – and push them out if need be so that they stand on their own two feet – and experience first hand the challenges of the outside world. He knew that they would have to navigate their lives with all its ups and downs as they ventured forth; but that it would be of value to them as they entered a world of conflict and paradox, never a straightforward and easy task. They would experience community and responsibility, cooperation and the continued search for their spiritual identity in their alienation. Perhaps Adam and Eve also came to realize that both of them were guilty of laying the blame for taking the apple onto the other. Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent. In other words, each denied their own role and blamed the other. It sounds familiar doesn’t it. We still do it …

Wise choices are made only when the conflict or difficulties in our lives are made conscious, after differentiation and discrimination between the seeming opposites. Too often in our contemporary lives the difficulty seems insurmountable and we ‘choose’ not to confront it – we’re not prepared to do the hard inner work.

We can thank her for her curiosity about the serpent’s words offering her the tantalizing apple. She considered the offer very seriously before her acceptance. She wanted to share ‘knowledge’ with Adam. It was not an act of corruption but one of cooperation. She sensed the hidden world of human potential. Besides, she felt an intuitive kinship with the serpent who, according to legend, was Lilith, Adam’s first wife. Lilith was the woman prior to Eve who was also exiled for exerting her standpoint and demanding fairness, banished this time to the Depths of The Red Sea. The first two woman, both exiled, both repressed, both wanting to be a help-meet to their partner and both prepared to do the hard work necessary in meeting the challenges in everyday life to proceed authentically on their journeys –

Incidentally, the literature invariably shows Goddesses in time past with the revered serpent alongside as a symbol of fertility and rebirth. In Hatha Yoga, the serpent (kundalini) energy lies at the base of the spine, coiled upon itself in a ring.

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Picture: nexusilluminati.blogspot.com

With certain breathing exercises the snake uncoils itself upwards, releasing energy into all the chakras until it reaches the third eye where awakening occurs. Hermes, the winged messenger and trickster has two entwined serpents, symbolizing good and evil, health and sickness at the top end of his staff. Worthy of consideration is that the staff is rigid, straight and unyielding related therefore to the masculine, whereas the serpent coiled around it is flexible and yielding thus representative of the feminine principle. This image of the staff and the serpent graphically illustrates the union of the opposites, masculine and feminine inter alia, contained therein.
We know that the serpent sheds its skin to be born anew. We individually need to shed skin when it becomes too tight and does not fit any longer. Society needs to shed skin when ideas are outdated or outmoded. We become too comfortable and complacent, afraid of change and thus do not shed our skin. The serpent can be likened to Hermes, the trickster and messenger, precipitating change. Perhaps God too …

Eve can be seen as an agent of change bringing an end to the status quo in the Garden. In a way, she sacrificed herself to bring about change. Though the price was high, she stepped out of the Garden, with Adam’s arm around her, unaware of the blame that would be forever accorded her or the projections she would have to bear, not only from men but from women too who’ve accepted a fully submissive role, as in doormat. She’s been a scapegoat for far too long and the doctrine has been far too pervasive. Women’s voices continue to be silenced in many parts of the world, as we know.

Eve was to learn in the second Eden of the world’s repression of her feminine principle. She would come to learn of man’s repression of his own feminine principle (the anima) as she would of her own masculine principle (the animus). Men and women contain within themselves both male and female energies in varying degrees. Women can successfully use the male energies of e.g. assertiveness and ambition, reason and courage if they consciously don’t sacrifice their feminine energies in the pursuit, but manage to keep the balance. Men too would benefit from being more in touch with their feminine side where qualities such as reflection, patience, openness to life, and the willingness to initiate and explore life’s mysteries were not suppressed.  Eros and Logos need each other and require emergence from the unconscious so that transcendence within the individual, and collectively too, can occur.

Women throughout the ages have defended Eve and thus allowed women’s voices to be heard from their own experience and not from that of a patriarchal view. They’ve said No! to the projection of sin put upon them. Having to be patriarchy’s scapegoat was something (and still is) unacceptable.

Abbess Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was benign to Eve, seeing in her the person who bestows divinity onto humanity, and seeing in her also the prefiguration of Mary. Pain in childbirth is not seen as inevitable or a curse; rather each time the mother gives birth, the hidden image of God is revealed in every child who is born.

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Hildegard von Bingen

 

Christine de Pizan (1365-1430) rehabilitates Eve in The Book of the City of Ladies, arguing for equal status, stating that Adam and Eve were made in God’s image.

Sarah Joseph Hale (1788-1879) contends in her book Woman’s Record that Adam needed assistance in cultivating his good qualities and ‘left to himself, his love becomes lust; patriotism (becomes) policy; and religion, idolatry. He is naturally selfish in his affections, and selfishness is the sin of depravity’. She contends that Eve took the apple because of her ‘higher faculties of the mind’, her ‘desire for knowledge and wisdom’. She also states that Adam ate with ‘compliance’, typical of a person with of a ‘lower nature’ and motives no higher than ‘gratifying his sensuous inclinations’.

To this day, writers grapple with Eve, she is painted, poems are written of her. Analyses of the implications of her role are ongoing. A psychological approach to what she stands for is always needed. As Edward C. Whitmont (ref. below), and many others who look at her in depth, writes: ‘Thus the dichotomy of the virgin and the whore, the good mother and the witch, continues to gnaw like an unresolved canker at the soul of modern man’.

Eve, mother of all living, mother of suffering and death – opposing poles of the archetype of the Great Mother. Is it possible that a woman can hold these polarities within her at the same time? Is this an archetypal image still felt deep in the collective unconscious?

It is our task, men and women alike, for us to venture into the wilderness, explore beyond boundaries, into the depths of our being, to find authentic meaning for ourselves and thus for the collective, this troubled world in which we now live.

Eve was such a woman. It is fitting that she appears in Genesis, the book of origins. Hers is a universal story, one in which we are accountable for our responsible use of free will. If we want to live less stressful, less fear-filled lives we have a moral responsibility to stand up against injustice in any shape or form, to ourselves, another, animal and Mother Nature. It begins with the individual. What is positively transformed on the micro level has positive effects on the macro level.

She offers us the chance of a new beginning, a new way of relating between men and women, a new way of relating to the earth, a way yet to be born when we come to the fullest expression of our adult selves. We too, like Adam and Eve, can walk together, arm in arm, bound perhaps by adversity and love, courage and trepidation as we continue on our journey.

“The psychological rule says that when an inner situation is not made conscious, it happens outside, as fate. That is to say, when the individual remains undivided and does not become conscious of his inner opposite, the world must perforce act out the conflict and be torn into opposing halves”.

C.G. Jung

References include:

* Marion Woodman, Elinor Dickson: Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness.  Gill and Marcus 1996

Anne Baring & Jules Cashford: The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image Arkana, Penguin Books 1993 (first published by Viking in 1991)

Edward C. Whitmont: Return of the Goddess, Arkana edition 1987

Pamela Norris: The Story of Eve. Picador 1998

Naomi H. Rosenblatt & Joshua Horwitz: Wrestling with Angels, Dell Publishing 1995

And my own book: In Praise of Lilith, Eve and the Serpent in the Garden of Eden & Other Stories. Olympia Publishers 2009

 


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My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist, blogger and author. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study in psychology at Tilburg University. I made this independant site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life.

This posting is categorised as Mythofunda:
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Goddess: 4 blogs to integrate the goddess into your life

Do you consider yourself a Goddess? You should. The Goddess is the earth. We are all part of the earth. But the Goddess is more. She is also that spiritual vessel that brings love in new unexpected ways. She is connected with the moon. And she is in our time represented as Eve, as mother Mary. In Mindfunda's new blog series about the Goddess I will be joined by two guest bloggers.

Mindfunda explores the Goddess in 4 blogs

The Goddess was hot in the seventies of last century. Marija Gimbutas put the Goddess back on the map. She inspired a lot of scientists, anthropologists and mythologists up to this day. But the attention for the Goddess seems to have faded away. Mindfunda want to invite you to reconnect with the Goddess. During the month of November Mindfunda will share 5 blogs:

The Goddess, 4 blogs to intergrate the Goddes in your life.

Eve as Goddess: a Guest blog written by Susan Scott, of the Garden of Eden.

Triple Goddess dreaming: an alliance with the moon.

The Goddess and the Earth: a Guest blog written by Trista Hendren

A review of “The Book of She” written by Sara Avant Stover.

< Jumped in from elsewhere? Start at part 1

The Goddess guest bloggers

Susan Scott author and blogger on Garden of Eden will write about the Goddess as we know her today, in the persona of Eve.

Goddess
Susan Scott
Photo Dulcie Horn

Trista Hendren, author and blogger of The Girl God will share her view on the Goddess and the earth.

I will share a blog about a project I did in my group of psi-dreamers, a group of remarkable dreamers who gather twice a month online to engage in a dream project. Mutual dreaming, lucid dreaming, precognitive dreaming. About a year ago I proposed a series of dream incubations centred around the moon. The New Moon devoted to the Maiden, an incubation devoted to Shakti and an incubation devoted to the Crone.

In the last blog in this series I will review The Book of she written by Sara Avant Stover.

Goddess
The book of She

Your heroine’s journey into the heart of feminine power. This book is the female version of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. Sara, inspired by Maureen Murdock who wrote the Heroine’s Journey in 1990 has written a practical book filled with exercises to connect with the Goddess principle.

The Goddess in history

In the Stone age, the Sumerian people developed writing. So since then we are able to recapture their beliefs and their insights, their mythologies and their knowledge. Before that time, as early as 22 thousand years before Christ there were pictures and statues of woman goddesses. So how do we know this was not just the girl next door? The common features. The big breasts, the vulva, it all indicates fertility. In the Paleolithic time, the early stone age, the Goddess was associated with animals like the deer, the horse and the bear. The bear is probably the oldest sacred animal of all, known from the carefully arranged skulls in the mountain caves used by the Neanderthal race before the last Ice age about 75 thousand years BC.

In the Neolithic time when agriculture started to develop, the

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Venus of Brassempoury
Picture: klimtlover.wordpress.com

Goddess was associated with the harvest and the horn of prosperity (the horn that also symbolises the crescent moon). The Moon is connected with the Goddess: the 4 phases of the moon: new moon, first quarter, new moon. The dark period when the moon disappears is associated with the Dark Goddess, the one who takes and withdraws. Ancient people used to be up all night and sing and dance to let the moon know they loved her so she would come back. The dance of the moon in the sky is like a serpent and the paintings on caves found in this period are serpent-like, the animal associated with rebirth. (Anne Baring and Jules Cashford in The myth of the Goddess).

Reconnect with the Goddess

In the seventies, Marija Gimbutas put the Goddess back on the map. She proposed a theory of matriarchal societies, thrown over by patriarchy. Her ideas stroke a cord with many people. And even though the theory has never been proven, her ideas intrigued lots of interesting books and researches. Ralph Metzner, author of The Well of Remembrance, is one example of how her ideas changed the world.

The Goddess seemed to have disappeared, with only a few people connecting with the Goddess principle in their lives, in their bodies, in the things they eat and in the things that they belief in. We crave to find that vessel of spirituality again, now lost in a world of rational beliefs. Come and join me on a path of discovery.

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What is Mindfunda about?

My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist, blogger and author. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study in psychology at Tilburg University. I made this independant site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life.

This posting is categorised as Mythofunda:
“Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths” Joseph Campbell used to say. This part of Mindfunda shows you how your personal mythology can create peace in your life.

Read more about Mindfunda here, or visit our Courses Page.


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Your mythic life: mythological musing #2

Remember when you were young? How your history teacher would tell you with radiant eyes- about the Greek mythology? Mythology seems far away. How are mythological stories relevant in your life today? Mindfunda explores mythological themes in 2 blogs :

Your mythic life
Myth Stories

Your Mythic life

To be aware of your mythic challenge in life is to understand that the meaning of your life is bigger than your day-to-day drama. Getting in touch with your cultural and ancestral roots will renew your sense of self.

“Personal myths are laden within the hopes and disappointments of prior generations. Your mythology is your legacy from the past, as well as a source of guidance and inspiration for the future.” Personal Mythology David Feinstein and Stanley Krippner.

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Personal Mythology

The book Personal Mythology suggests a process of five sequential steps:

  1. Recognizing when a guiding myth is no longer an alley.
    I recently had a sleepless night looking back at my life and realizing that I always felt like the odd one out. Lying awake I could feel and see how this had been a comfortable feeling: being the artistic unappreciated one. But I also felt how I alienated myself from others by being shy and introverted in public. The first step is realizing that you are in a mythological pattern and recognizing that this pattern does not fit you any more.
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Hephaestus

In mythological terms I always felt like Hephaestus, being lame and mocked at. I am used to working so hard to gain approval but I never did right. Time to change myths.

2. Bring the roots of mythic conflict into focus.
The second step into writing your own fairy tale is writing a solution to the conflict discovered in step one. Richard Gardner‘s method of story telling is used as a way of guiding you through the next step. He asks a child to tell a story with a beginning, a middle and an end. He retells the story to the child with another ending. It is kind of like the way we usually deal with nightmares: we retell the story in a positive way.

3. It is time to conceive a new mythology. In the workshop Stanley gave in Utrecht the Netherlands we danced, visualized and wrote down a new vision. We were guided into a meditation to meet our tribe animal (mine was the deer: strong but gentle).

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4. From vision to commitment.
After re-writing your personal fairy tale it is time to feel it in your body. Like Catherine Wikholm said in her interview with me about her book the Buddha pill: you need to involve your body to grow spiritually. You can’t go sitting around meditating all day.

5. Weaving this new mythology into your daily life.
Right now I am very aware that I keep engaging in conversation in social situations. I keep alerting my self not to wander off during conversation that I do not find extremely interesting. I always engage by asking people to tell more, so I can make sure to ge engaged.

These are five wonderful steps and it is worth to go through the process on a regular basis. Especially when you are in a crises. And because the book is so good and I really want you to buy one (if it is not in your book closet already, I have some extra comments for you. A Mindfunda bonus.

Your mythic life and epigenitics

When it comes to family you also have to take epigenetics into account. Lately a lot of research has shown the conditions of the environment are being passed on from generation to generation. “It means that a parent’s experiences, in the form of epigenetic tags, can be passed down to future generations”.
Sometimes it is so much easier to understand the behavior of the family you grew up in terms of genetics or epigenetics.

When I got a workshop in personal mythology from Stanley Krippner we got an assignment. We had to step back, literally, into the feet of our ancestors. If you do that think about the following questions:

  • What are your major concerns?
  • What are your primary sources of satisfaction?
  • How do you understand your position within society: its limitations, privileges and responsibilities?
  • If you look at a nonhuman authority to explain human destiny, what is its nature?

I have found these questions to be very insightful. I have done genealogical research into my fathers’ as well as my mothers’ family. So it was relatively easy for me to step back into the shoes of my ancestors.
Being farmers their major concerns had to do with having enough food. They worked hard. That is the spirit I grew up in: I have to work hard. I always run around doing things. And I like it. I do not like lying on the beach in the sun for more than two days. I get bored. After two days I want to go out and explore. See new things.

Your mythic life and your inner shaman

Stanley Krippner and David Feinstein propose in their book that dreams are the portals of your personal mythology. And that dreams are either supporting a new personal myth or an old one. Having been through all the exercises and been tought by the master (Stanley Krippner) in a workshop myself I can assure you that looking at your life from a bigger perspective is good for you.

 

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connect with your inner shaman

 

The book invites you to take your culture, your ancestors and your own personal history as a starting point. Looking at your own life in terms of a fairy tale will enhance your love for yourself. The best gift I can give my clients is to ask them to tell me their life story. They are almost always surprised about their inner strength. The way in which this book connects you with your inner wisdom: your inner shaman will be a precious gift for the rest of your life. No matter what you believe in:
in a god,
in science or
in atheism, connecting with your inner wisdom will always help you.

 

I have several ways in which I ask my inner shaman for help in times of crises. I envision my third eye as a window and I draw open the curtains. I feel or see the thing that is right for me. Yes, your inner shaman can only be a feeling.

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picture: Iona Miller on Jungiangeneology.weebly

Sometimes my inner shaman is the old man archetype. At the workshop Stanley was very clear about shamanism: seek your inner shaman. There is no need to travel into distant countries to be educated as shaman. You are free to search within.

Your mythic life and your dreams

David Feinstein and Stanley Krippner suggest that dreams either represent an old personal mythology that does not function anymore, or a new personal mythology to replace the old one.

“...You can learn to sense the relationship between patterns you find in your dreams and your developing personal myths. Dreams serve to mediate between your daily experiences and your underlying myths. Working with your dreams can reveal changes in your personal mythology that are occurring outside your awareness” (Personal Mythology).

I had a dream about my image of god, one that I have talked about in my stories about reading the Red Book. Stepping back into the shoes of my ancestors made me realize that they were very religious people. I was raised in the Catholic faith. Both my grandmother and my mother had a child every year.
One night I had a dream about one of my ancestors, my grandmother Sophia. Sophia is also the name of the Goddess of Wisdom, the wife of God, the eternal mother.  In my dream I leave a party. I walk outside and in the shade I find a lake. At that lake is a woman. She looks familiar. She looks like the lady who raised my father: Sophia. She puts her hand into the lake and grasps out a fish. According to Jung, the fish or ichtus was a symbol of religion. She takes the fish and smashes its head against a stone. The eye of the fish flies up in the air. In my dream i am very angry at her for destroying an innocent life like this. I grab the fish and put it back into water. But it is death.

This dream was the onset of a changing vision of religion. I explored the concept of “the god within”. Humans are wired for religion. The idea of something bigger than us organizing things, the idea of your life as being part of “The Plan” it can add value to your life. It can add value to your happiness.

Your Mythic life: writing your own fairy tale

One of the nicest things of this book is that it encourages you to write and re-write your life. You are the hero of your own story. The story of Adam and Eve in Genesis is used as a model to structure your own story. Adam and Eve lived in paradise. And one day, they lost it.

If you look at your life, there was a time when you were a child that you lived in paradise. Than a crises occurred, and everything changed. Paradise lost.
Start writing part one, and don’t criticize yourself. Let the story unfold. Start with the magic words: “Once upon a time...”.
The book is loaded with exercises to help you through this process. To help you use your dreams to clarify your own mythology.
Than write the second part of the story. How your paradise was lost. What crises occurred? Your original mythology had to be replaced. What was your new mythology?

Each crises makes you want to re-define your mythology. Obstacles need to be transformed into opportunities. The book gives rituals, dream incubation, shamanic techniques and movement to help you through this transformation. Needless to say that I am a big fan of the five steps the book gives to guide you through this process. Identify your mythology, identify when an old mythology does not fit anymore, discover a new mythology, bring the new vision into your daily life and tending this new vision into the community you live in. I have used this book over and over again and still find new treasures.
One tiny bit of criticism: I do not think that every dream represents either an old or a new myth. I am always aware that looking at dream with only this mythological scope does not serve the magnitude of significance you can attach to a dream. But if you want to start working with the guidance that myths have to offer you, this is the book for you. “Myths are not legends or falsehoods. They are rather, the models by which human beings code and organize their perceptions, feelings, thoughts and actions“. Diving into your personal Mythology will bring you at the root of your being.

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Mythological Musings: 2 Mindfunda’s to discover mythology in your own life

Remember when you were young? How your history teacher would tell you with radiant eyes- about the Greek mythology? Mythology seems far away. How are mythological stories relevant in your life today? Mindfunda explores mythological themes in 2 blogs :

Your mythic life
Myth Stories

Mythological themes in your mythic life

Personal myths structure our awareness and point us in the direction that becomes our path” as June Singer describes it in the foreword of the book Personal Mythology.

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Personal Mythology

This book written by David Seinfeld and Stanley Krippner, might change the vision you have of your life and your role in it.
The writers invite you to look at your life as a fairy tale and to describe your role according to the hero’s journey. This blog will identify the steps you can take to start writing and re-writing your own story.

Mythological themes in stories

Films and television series: the hero’s journey has become a concept for any scriptwriter. Almost all of us know how the hero’s journey has guided George Lucas in creating Star Wars.

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The Hero’s journey

If there is a film or a television series that resonates with you, there is bound to be a mythological theme hidden that will guide you on your path. If you look at the success of films like the Matrix or Sense8 you will know how alive mythological themes still are. We will also talk about some old gems and their mythological perspective like my fair lady and apocalypse now.

Gaming also uses mythological themes. In gaming you use an avatar while being present: a dream like state of awareness. In that way, gaming represents a form of awareness you also experience during dreaming: a third person’s perspective. You identify with the avatar/dream image, but you are aware that you are not your avatar. Stepping from this third person perspective of awareness into a first person’s perspective will broaden your horizon.

Mythological themes in culture

The culture you grew up in. every culture has its own sense of mythology. Most of us are familiar with the Greek and Roman mythology. we know the Greek and Roman names for several gods: Zeus for Jupiter and Hades for Pluto.
Ralph Metzner has told us how most Europeans and Americans are descendents from the warrior tribes that invaded Europe.

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the well of remembrance


Having a horse and carriage gave them the chance to defeat the original tribes. The third Mindfunda blog will explore the different cultural mythologies.

Mythological themes to resolve crises

Crises: that is when you need the lessons of mythological stories the most. When you fall in love, leave your parents, lose a job, when you feel that the whole world is against you. We have all been there. Mythological stories tell about how sometimes you need some help from a magical creature. They tell you to look for the strength within. This blog will look at leaving home and becoming a (wo)man, about finding true love and about loosing your loved one.

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Persephone or how mythology is still relevant

Kore, later known as Persephone, loved flowers. One beautiful day she saw and extraordinary flower. So much beauty she had not seen before in any living being on earth. She reached out her hand... Little did she know that this would change her life forever. Such a little gesture, the picking of a flower changed the whole universe. Do you want to uncover the mythologic themes in your own life? I offer an online Mythology course that helps you explore six different subjects. The Mythology of creation, the Amazing Animal, Mythology of Women, Mythology of Men and the Mythology of the Grail.

Little gestures can have big consequences as in the story of Persephone. Doing nothing can have big repercussions as in the story of ‘Les jeux sont faits‘ written by Sartre. By not being together the couple that thought they where soul mates did not get a second chance of happiness.
We live in a society that hold you responsible for the life you lead. Even though, just as Persephone, you almost never foresee the consequences of our actions. So let’s take a closer look at the myth of Persephone and Hades.
It tells us a lot about our ways of dealing with crises. It tells us a lot about our way of dealing with love. It tells us a lot about our way of dealing with mother – daughter tension.

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Persephone and crises

Like Persephone you will be in a crises someday. The one you thought was your soul mate does not love you back, you are rejected for the job of your dreams, you lose a child, you loose a loved one.
The pain is physical. It is like a part of your body is cut off without any form of sedation. You walk around in shock: this is not true. This is not happening. In a moment I am going to wake up…

Going down into the underworld. The underworld smelling of death. Down into the dark earth. It is usually a place off numb despair. The last day my mother was living I visited her… She was in hospital and everything was examined. in my presence a doctor examined her stomach. It was big, like she was in her second trimester of pregnancy. That is when I knew she was running out of time. I was afraid that when I told her she would be so afraid.. I decided that ignorance is bliss. My mother was not dumb. I think she knew her chances of waking up again where very small. I think she just kept on hoping. But both of us did not communicate that. So I went home. I received an email of one of my sisters that my mother was going to be operated. I phoned the hospital to  tell them that my mother would probably not have the strength to survive an operation. The hospital told me that it had to be done. I hung up the phone crying. Feeling powerless. I was in the underworld, in Hades’ realm. It is a place of numbness. I was feeling so sad, so angry, so helpless. I had gone down into the underworld. Involuntarily like Persephone. But it made me connect with my helplessness, with my anger, with my feelings for my mother.

Persephone and love

When I invited Stanley Krippner to give a Personal Mythology workshop in the Netherlands he talked about Persephone. “Nobody ever asks what Persephone thought about all of this” he said. And indeed, the myth of Demeter and her daughter Persephone is told from the perspective of the mother. Demeter who is so heart-broken that her daughter is gone. Taken away by Hades who had fallen desperately in love with her. He was so love struck that he created a flower, the narcissus, for her. The narcissus is a symbol of new beginnings.

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Seeing such an extraordinary flower, so different from other flowers, Persephone just had to pick it. Not only stepping into a new beginning, Persephone was drawn into it by Hades. The black earth opened up and Hades pulled her upon his carriage with black horses. So earth longs for spring in a fertile way…

 

The change in perspective Stanley Krippner suggested in his workshop Personal Mythology is a vital one. You get into the habit of thinking the same thing. About yourself. About your life story. Change perspective. You can pluck the narcissus by retelling your own life story from a new perspective. Step into the perspective of your mother/father/brother/best friend and retell your story through their eyes. See how things change. See how your understanding grows.

Persephone and the mother daughter crises

We all know them don’t we? Daughters who must fulfill their mothers desires. Who must become the film star/writer/photo model etc mother never had the change to be. But even if it is on a more subconscious level there is an innate tendency between mother and daughter. Likewise there is a tendency between father and son that is displayed in the Oedipus myth.

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Cindy Crawford and daughter Kaia Gerber

In every women her life she has to take a moment to reflect upon her relationship with her mother. The way your mother dealt with nurturing you and your other siblings. The way your mother dealt with love and sexuality. Is it your way? So mentally or physically, you have to step back and look at what it is that she has taught you. And how you use that knowledge in your life. Is it fruitful for you? Or is it time to focus on your life as lover and queen like Persephone did? It is not necessary to break of your relationship with your mother while you are doing this. It takes a while to contemplate about the unspoken lessons about life. In what way are you still being the daughter, the princess?

Now look at this lady going into Hades realm like a girl, daughter of mother Earth named Kore, and becoming the Queen named Persephone. I can imagine why she ate the pomegranate. In the live of almost every woman she has to break up with her mother. Not forever. But she must let go of the advice and approval of her mother. This is a temporary break up. Each mother and daughter have their moments of separation. Wanted or unwanted. Planned or as a result of actions beyond our control. This enables you to become woman. To search for your own approval. To become the person you would like to spend an evening with.

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This posting is categorised as Spirifunda:
psychology for everyday with a spiritual layer of meaning, searching for the soul. Our brains are wired for believe in magic. In a world filled with rationality, you sometimes need a little magic, a little “I wonder why”. Synchronicity, the insights of Carl Jung, the mythology used by Freud, the archetypical layers in the Tarot, the wisdom of the I Tjing, Shamanism, the oldest religion of humanity, all that information gets published in the Spirifunda section of Mindfunda.

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Trickster tactics: from archetype to evolution

The minute the builders of the Titanic announced that it was “unsinkable” the Trickster yawned and stretched and looked around for an iceberg
Jeremy Taylor

The Living Labyrinth
Jeremy Taylor
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The Trickster is well known in stories and dreams. In his book “The Living Labyrinth” Jeremy Taylor explaines that the Trickster is an archetypical energy.
“The primary symptom of the negative (Shadow) aspect of the archetypical Trickster is the failure of imagination” he goes on the write. So when you find yourself in a situation in which you are treated with arrogance, in a condenscending way you know there is a Trickster aspect emerging.
It could be your own aragonce and condenscending behavior as well. Many times in dreams as in waking live you are your own Trickster. Jeremy explaines that “the failure of imagination, the onset of Murphy’s law” are two examples of Trickster energy manifesting in society. With the Titanic expamle as significant example.

You useally feel humiliated in a dream where you meet the Trickster. He might be an animal like the raven, rabbit, spider, or the snake are famous manifestations of the Trickster energy in your dream. I remember in a dream I was being bitten by the spider, rather hard. It was really aching in my ear. It was like the Trickster energy needed to pull me back into the animal form of being that I am. To ensure that I remember that I am just a human being. A hairless ape.

David Williams in his book The Trickster Brain goes beyond the archetypical motive that Jeremy Taylor and others attribute to the Trickster. He states that the Trickster rises out of our evolutionary past making his way continually into the language of our lives because we are wired that way.

The Trickster brain
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Each time in a situation that we are not completely aware of facts this pattern gets engraved in our brains. This path becomes hereditary because the genes of the people who live long enough to procreate survive.

Neuroscientist Robert Kurzban in Why everyone (Else) is a hypocrite: Evolution and the modular mind says: ” In normal brains different modules might or might not be hooked up to one another, and when they are not, information doesn’t move from one module to another”. So that explains in part why you feel so ignorant in your life and dreams while you experience a Trickster situation. Your brain actually has no clue how to access information to solve this problem. And remember how a great part of dreaming is dedicated to finding new solutions to problems? (for example the research  by Sara Mednick).

It is even worse than that. The brain, according to David Linden of John Hopkins is “a robbed-together mess… quirky, inefficient, and bizarre… not an optimized, generic problem solving machine but rather a weird agglomeration of ad hoc solutions that accumulated throughout millions of years of evolutionary history. But THIS is the point where the spark gets lightened. In languages, argues Williams, Memes, the elements of culture such as words, stories and ideas also change over time like genes do. Stories of value are of paramount importance to our species, and Trickster stories always concern themselves with values and ethics.

The Trickster as sexual being, the Trickster in music: the musician as seducer, mythology, religion, there is a lot of valuable information in The Trickster Brain from David Williams. A word of criticism might be that the neurological component of the book is very lightweight. No chapter is dedicated to the brain, to explaining what part of the brain can be attributed to a typical Trickster behavior. But I  became wiser after reading it. The trickster is imminent when you do not know. And in that moment of ignorance and despair lies creativity. Like in the story of Inside Out I talked about yesterday: Joy needs Shadow. Trickster needs consciousness. So whenever you encounter such a situation: search for the light you can shine on the situation and don’t be affraid to laugh about yourself.

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My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist, blogger and author. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study in psychology at Tilburg University. I made this independant site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life.

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