The Art of
Enchantment

Welcome to my blog

 

I write (mostly) weekly on mythic themes. Join my list at the bottom of the page to read what I’m working on, writing about, and thinking about now, and to receive links to articles here as they appear.

Hagitude

Hagitude

I'm 57 years old going on 58, and I keep waiting for my hair to turn grey. It refuses. Instead, the red in it which I always loved has simply faded to duller and darker. The same thing has happened to everyone on my father's side of the family with my colouring – but...

Life, lost and found

Life, lost and found

Maméan: 'Pass of the Birds'. Early this morning. Scrambling up a mountain, looking down on Loch an Dá Éan ('Lake of the Two Birds) or Loch an Tairbh ('the Bull's Lake') depending on the local folklore. I don't know any folklore about the two birds, but the bull is the...

Becoming the land’s apprentice

Becoming the land’s apprentice

Not so very long ago, I spent four years living on and working the land in one of the wildest, harshest and most remote parts of the UK: on the farthest western shore of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The place where the road ran out, and there was nowhere...

A Psyche the Size of Earth

A Psyche the Size of Earth

'A psyche the size of Earth.' I love that image. It's the title of an essay by James Hillman, the greatest of influences on my own psychological practice, which introduced the collection of articles Theodore Roszak, Allen Kanner and Mary Gomez collated for their book...

To the brave women of America, with love

To the brave women of America, with love

A month ago, I embarked on my first trip to America in eleven years, for a series of teaching and lecturing engagements. Those of you who are readers of my books will know that I lived in the USA for over five years, leaving at the end of 2001. And it was a strange...

The mythology of rape

The mythology of rape

It's been an interesting time to spend two and a half weeks in the USA – though of course it's hard to find a time that isn't interesting in one way or another these days. On this occasion, as I was travelling the country telling the old Celtic story of the Rape of...

How to do mythology properly

How to do mythology properly

For the past fifteen years I've lived in locations haunted by herons. My character Old Crane Woman (who I wrote about in The Enchanted Life, and whose stories you can find under this blog in the posts labelled 'Grey Heron Nights') sprang from one of those haunted...

Love Letter to a Bog

Love Letter to a Bog

This article was originally published at Caught by the River, in 2016, when I lived in Donegal. I am a lover of bogs. There: I’ve said it. I’m a bog-woman through and through. I can lose myself on the long, pale edges of a sandy...

Grace in a time of drought

Grace in a time of drought

In the 1920s, Carl Jung was told a story by Richard Wilhelm, a Chinese scholar and theologian, which influenced him greatly, and which he repeated often through his life. It's the story of the Rainmaker. In the ancient Chinese province of Kiaochou, the story says,...

The Enchanted Garden 3: the fine art of fruitfulness

The Enchanted Garden 3: the fine art of fruitfulness

There is always a place in any garden of mine for roses, because roses make my heart glad. But the truth is that there is little that makes my heart gladder than to eat something I've grown myself in my garden. To me, the perfect, most enchanted garden is a rather...

Myth-making is soul-making

Myth-making is soul-making

Myth is the language of psyche – of soul. And the psychology I’ve actually practiced down all the years (as opposed to the disenchanted, scientistic, experimental methodology I was taught early on) has always been about soul – and has always been founded on a deep...

The Mythic Imagination: a TEDx talk

The Mythic Imagination: a TEDx talk

'Post-heroic stories aren’t focused on individual glory; they’re focused on community. On diversity. It’s not about slaying the dragon, but about harnessing his special skills – making him part of the team. It’s about understanding, and valuing, the black, feathery,...

JOIN MY LIST

Subscribe to my newsletter and be among the first to hear all the latest news about my books, courses and events. You’ll receive free tips and reflections on cultivating the mythic imagination, and giveaways that are exclusively for subscribers. And a special gift as a thank you for joining us!