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Mythology and Symbology
First reason: To gain an understanding of the language and purpose of
mythology and symbology, because it's not exactly a common skill. Myth
and symbols are a language used by a part of the brain that often doesn't get
much respect in our culture, which both a pity, and a major part of why some
new (and old) to the Craft donít seem to Ďget a lot out of ití; they arenít
speaking the same language. Like any language, there are things you can 'say'
cannot be said any other way. Mythology is usually where we start new students.
because it gives us all a common ground and common language (of sorts). As an
adjunct to this, I plan to also study ceremonialism and alchemy, but that
will take a while to happen. Feel free to send me book recommendations.
The second reason is to some extent an expansion of the first, familiarity
with myth and symbology because it makes ritual more effective. Along with
that, mythology impacts life. Like any other skill, knowledge of it will
affect other areas of our lives, and enhance them.
- Hero with 1000 faces Joseph by Campbell. The main book
in this section. We use extensive worksheets, and extensive class discussions
to go over the signifigant points the author makes. This is a separate issue
agreement or disagreement. This book is one of the best introductions to myth
that we have ever seen. It has the added advantage of being a really comfortable
read. Lastly, it rarely goes out of print, and is usually available at any
given second hand bookstore a nice touch; since I've yet to meet a rich pagan.
- Cosmos and History: The Eternal Return by Mircea Eliade
Another book that can often be found secondhand.
- Make the items that we will use in ritual.
- Visit areas of significant mythological symbology. This tends to include
older churches, labrinths, and local places of power. If you happen to live in
the Twin Cities anywhere near us, I'll bet you can guess a couple of spots
right off hand.
Well, this one in particular will have a lot of written homework. The 'making'
of items will kick into full gear once you have been initiated, and if that
doesn't make sense, see the