The Art of
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I write here about the relevance of myth and fairy tales to our lives, and the world, today. Join my list at the bottom of the page to have articles sent directly to your inbox, as they appear.

Re-membering our stories

Re-membering our stories

‘Rememory’ differs from ‘memory’, which is always presumed (incorrectly) to be in some fundamental sense independent of the rememberer. Rememory is a response to the continued ghostly presence of something which has disappeared or been forgotten, and in this sense is an act of re-membering – of adding flesh and bones to a shadow. It is also an act of restoration – and so of re-storying. Re-storying, in the same way, is revisiting a story, reconstructing it, remembering something we have forgotten we knew. It is not only about keeping the old stories alive, but about letting the old stories grow by transforming them for our times.

Approaching the imaginal world

Approaching the imaginal world

The imaginal world, the Otherworld. The mundus imaginalis, or mundus archetypalis. There are so many words and phrases to describe it, that place where the others live. The archetypal energies and beings which, when clothed in the garments of a particular culture, we sometimes call gods and goddesses.

The land which makes us

The land which makes us

The land carries its own memory, and a rich, earthy, planetary wisdom. The memory and wisdom of the ages. And we’re made up of it. At some very deep level, each one of us participates in that wisdom borne by the land.

Mythogeology

Mythogeology

The geology of a place profoundly influences the spirit of a place, and the ways in which we respond to it. We understand this, whether or not we vocalise it, from an archetypal perspective.

Desert dreaming

Desert dreaming

That sense of a landscape stripping you bare, allowing you no place to hide from whatever reality you’re inhabiting, requiring you to confront whatever it is that needs confronting in your life – that’s what I love about the desert. It takes no prisoners.

The land which loves us

The land which loves us

The truest and deepest way to weave ourselves back into the web of life on this planet, and the truest and deepest way to court the world soul which permeates it (and us), is to forge the truest and deepest relationship we can with the places where our feet are planted. Here and now. Today.

Reclaiming our indigenous roots

Reclaiming our indigenous roots

Reclaiming our indigenous Western roots. Some days, that seems like a big ask. But it’s been the focus of my work for a very long time now. It’s the reason why I wrote If Women Rose Rooted, where I had this to say: In our own Western societies we are seeing more calls...

Finding the gods in our places again

Finding the gods in our places again

A couple of decades ago, when I was once again delving deeply into my roots in psychology and mythology, I discovered the writings of Kathleen Raine. I'd long admired her as a poet, but hadn't really grasped the extent of her scholarship in the realms of the imaginal...

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...

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...

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