Joseph Campbell Correspondence

Correspondence 1927-1987, Joseph CampbellEdited by E. LANSING SMITH, PhD & D. PATRICK SLATTERY, PhD.New World Library Novato, California$17.67 for a hardcover Careful Cradling Campbell I received Correspondence 1927 – 1987 and after reading it I felt compelled by the information. Campbell has had a profound influence on me. How to honour him in the best […]

Imbolc Celebration

Imbolc is the old Celtic celebration of the return of the light. On February 1, the old ancient Goddess Brigid* returns after being held in captivity by the old Hag of winter. It’s on the horse of Angus Og, she rides while the cold winds are blowing. Imbolc and Earth’s Fertility It’s a celebration of […]

Invitation to join the Holy Nights

Holy Nights are a special time for dreaming. It’s believed that the air between the different realms of being is thin, and that information about past, present and future can be communicated with more ease in this time frame.

Halloween, meet the Banshee

Happy Halloween! Tonight, Banshees, and other fairies and spirits visit freely to reunite with loved ones.
Want to learn more about the Banshee that enchanted the God of Love of the Celts? Sign up and join tonight for a myth, an invitation to interpretation, questions to see how you have lived this myth and an incubation to tune into the energy of the Banshee.

Nature Narrates its Wisdom

When you seem to have lost purpose in life, give yourself permission to spend four moments every season to reflect on your inner wisdom. Tapping into the well of your inner wisdom by reading a mythological story. Being challenged to interpret it. Getting guidance on how to work with mythology and archetypes. And last but certainly not least, to use the technique of dream incubation  you’d be tuning into the wisdom that is locked in mythology.

Celtic Mythology

Celtic Mythology is rich in symbolism of life death and transition. No wonder that Halloween or Samhain is a remainder of Celtic Mythology. This blog explores it’s origin, and how it still influences our lives.

Trickster Archetype: An Exploration in Writing the Tale

The Trickster carries an enormous number of opposites and many of the adventures could be seen as arising from the tension that is found between these opposites. Let the Trickster inhabit the darker side of life, while we use that force, through his stories, to bring us to the good side of life. Let us have balance by leaving evil in the realm of the gods and keeping good in the realm of humanity.

Asian Journals: the Allegory of American Mythologist Joseph Campbell

This Mindfunda Book review is written by Misa Tsuruta, Ph.D. I have asked Misa, a Japanese psychologist,to write this review as she is very familiar with Western ways of thinking.Joseph Campbell, a Western man, was very familiar with the Eastern way of thinking. Usually we associate Campbell with the hero myth, but he was very aware […]

Wonder Woman: A Female Perspective

Wonder Woman, the film entered the cinema’s and got a lot of positive feedback. Women have even reported 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?

Heinrich Zimmer: Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization

Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization Heinrich Zimmer, edited by Joseph Campbell shows how much Zimmer contributed to our current concepts of mythology.

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 […]

Byung Chul Han: Agony of Eros, a Book Review

This is a Mindfunda blog about the book The Agony of Eros, written by Byung Chul Han.

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?

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. 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tarot Card Hanged Man

What does the tarot card of the hanged man have in common with Odin, God of Norse Mythology? This blog, part of the Mindfunda online Norse Mythology course finds out

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. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COURSE    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 […]

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 […]

Start of Spring: An Invitation to Dream an Ode to Freya

The Start of Spring is always a very good time of year to start dreaming. Literally, in the night, and mentally by visualising new goals to take you to new places on your life’s path.

Joseph Campbell: 5 Secrets to Yield Your own Yoda

A Mindfunda Book Review: Joseph Campbell The Mythic Dimension, a compilation of essays. This book will help you undertand groundwork of mythology according to Campbell

Trickster Gods: Tricky Ways to Discover the Self

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.

The 5 Finest Fundamental Female Ways to Become Authentic

Female mythology is about being initiated into the secrets of femininity. Mindfunda Mythology offers archetypes and questions to discover your authenticity in five steps. This blog gives you a bonus tip as well!

Yggdrasil: Tree of Life, Portal to Nine Worlds

The Seed of Yggdrasil explores the symbolism of the old Norse poems of the Edda, poetry, by Snorri Sturluson. Maria Kvilhaug treats the Edda as a parable. Using symbolism she tries to relate the ancient wisdom to modern times.

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

Mindfunda Mythology of Men explores hormones as messengers, social expectations, typologies, the four male archetypes and gender differences in dreams. You can take this course at your own speed, in the privacy of your own home.

The Amazing Animal: The Animal in Mythology

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 now.

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 our online course now.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

Ariadne’s clue, written by Anthony Stevens is an interesting book for everyone interested in symbology and dreams. It will bring more depth into your understanding of mythological themes in music dreams and films.

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. I was invited by the Dutch Rivas Organisation to give a […]

Elephant in dreams: 3 archetypical implications

“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, […]

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 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. […]

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 […]

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. The first one was about depression as descent. In the second Guest blog, Jean Raffa explored Inanna’s descent as a personal myth. The third blog will focused on the common themes found the […]

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