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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,...

An ear to the ground

An ear to the ground

'We think that we imagine the land, but perhaps the land imagines us, and in its imaginings it shapes us. The exterior landscape interacts with our interior landscape, and in the resulting entanglements, we become something more than we otherwise could ever hope to...

The storytelling animal: an extract from ‘The Enchanted Life’

The storytelling animal: an extract from ‘The Enchanted Life’

It's just two weeks now until The Enchanted Life is officially published. In some ways, it seems like an age has passed since I handed the final manuscript over to my editor at the beginning of October; in other ways it seems all too recent, as I find myself some days...

Re-enchanting the Winter Solstice: an invitation

Re-enchanting the Winter Solstice: an invitation

(Image by Catherine Hyde.) Recently, I've been thinking about building a new folk culture based on our native traditions This seems especially urgent to me now, surrounded as we all are at this time of year by the consumption-driven madness that calls itself...

The mythology of women working together

The mythology of women working together

Image: Edvard Munch One of my favourite stories in Irish mythology is called 'The Only Jealousy of Emer' – the Emer in question being the wife of the great warrior (but not so great husband) Cú Chulainn. I love it because it wonderfully subverts the usual 'betrayed...

On calling, and the lost fairy-tale art of apprenticeship

On calling, and the lost fairy-tale art of apprenticeship

All of my retreats and online courses, and much of my writing, in some way involve an exploration of the theme of 'calling'. Calling is neither 'fate' nor 'destiny' and, to me, has little to do with the job you do — though it can have, of course, if you happen to...

MythLines 4: Acts of place-making: the ancient Irish lore of places

MythLines 4: Acts of place-making: the ancient Irish lore of places

Continuing on with my series of ‘MythLines’ columns from EarthLines Magazine, here is my offering from Issue 15, in July 2016.   One of my favourite books on place-making, Keith Basso’s Wisdom Sits in Places (1) emerged from his anthropological studies of the...

MythLines 3: This world, the Otherworld, and the anima mundi

MythLines 3: This world, the Otherworld, and the anima mundi

Continuing on with republishing my series of ‘MythLines’ columns from EarthLines Magazine ... here is my offering (slightly expanded for this blog) from Issue 16, in November 2016.   I’ve spent a lot of years studying the psychology of myth. My personal...

MythLines 2: Fox Fire

MythLines 2: Fox Fire

Continuing on with my series of 'MythLines' columns from EarthLines Magazine, here is my offering from Issue 14, in March 2016. This brief article on fox women in folklore was accompanied by an original short story of my own, and a beautiful poem from Theodora Goss....

MythLines 1: The Cailleach and the Wise Woman

MythLines 1: The Cailleach and the Wise Woman

For the past couple of years I've written a column, 'MythLines', for EarthLines Magazine. Since EarthLines has now closed its doors and soon will no longer be for sale, over the next few weeks I plan to post those articles here. The first is an article from Issue 13...

Resistance: the Mythos and the Logos

Resistance: the Mythos and the Logos

There's a lot of talk about resistance right now. All kinds of people telling us what we must do, what we must not do, how to act, how we're bad if we don't act, how to make a radical act, how to be an activist, how to be the right kind of activist (their kind of...

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