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The Hero’s Journey

we are already found; already truly, entirely, messily, marvelously who we were born to be  ~  Anne Lamont

Real bravery is not an absence of fear; real bravery is pressing on to do the right thing even though you may be very afraid.  Real heroism is putting others first, even at your own peril.  Real gallantry is showing courageous behaviour, and especially politely protecting and cherishing all women ~ no matter what.

Our modern word Hero derives from the classical Greek and Latin word Hērōs meaning “protector” or “defender” or “to safeguard”.  A classical Hero is a warrior who lives and dies in the pursuit of honour.  In ancient legend, How Horatius Held the Bridge as in the poem by Thomas Babington, and the 300 at the pass of Thermopylae.  In modern times the first responders who went into the burning Twin Towers are rightly thought of as Heroes.

The journey of an individual towards selfless heroism follows a pattern, oft-repeated in myths, legends, history, by Hollywood.  A relatively ordinary man, (heroes are almost always men), with more than his fair share of flaws and character defects, is thrust unexpectedly into an extraordinary situation.  More often than not a group of innocent individuals are threatened with serious injury and death by some very evil people, or a malevolent force of nature.

This ordinary man is forced by circumstances, and probably against his will, to step up and save the potential victims from harm.  Usually there is a woman, a romantic interest, somewhere in the background.

It will turn out that this reluctant hero has an unexpected and previously unrevealed skill, ability, and strength of character which will allow him to face down the bad guys, and thus save the day.

Our hero will probably suffer greatly, and be badly injured during his journey into heroism ~ sometimes he may die.  Usually there won’t be a romantic reconciliation with the woman he loves ~ instead he will metaphorically ride off into the sunset, nursing uncomplaining his physical, emotional, and spiritual pain.

Hollywood has innumerable examples of this hero’s journey; High Noon, Die Hard, North by Northwest, Alien, (Ripley was a heroine), Star Wars, Shane, Valdez is Coming….  More importantly, this story is played out many times over in real life.  And yet, these stories almost never have a happy ending.

Some say that true happiness is to have no ambition, and yet to work like a horse as if you had every ambition.  And that it is to live apart from the cares of another, not need her, and yet still to love her.  All I know is that true happiness is being wherever you are, and whomsoever you truly are, and not let that scare you.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

it’s not the age honey,

it’s the mileage

 

Goddess’ Betrayal

in the curves of her form a hero found his wanton goddess

Aphrodite symbolises

a lover’s eternal choices

of feminine enchantments

exploiting sexual differences

intellectual harmony balances

emotions desired disharmonies

wants needs desires dreams lusts

pleasures’ ecstasies turned into dust

Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

later thoughts of high noon

I like road trips.  Once I went on a road trip with a woman who was leaving herself behind.  Seems I am always doomed to play Shane to her Mrs. Starrett.  It could have been worse, she could have left me when I needed her most.

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apologize

The only man I have ever been afraid of is myself

sometimes real men stand up to be counted.

please listen responsibly to the lyrics

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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Pagan Fire Festival

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August 1st is an important day in the Pagan Calendar ~ Lughnasadh, a fire festival.

Historically, August 1st was an important day across the English-speaking world ~ Lammas, a harvest festival.

Come Lammas-Eve at night shall she {Juliet} be fourteen; that shall she marry…  ~  Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

The Christian Church used to celebrate Lammas Day, (Loaf Mass Day), which they then started to call the feast of St. Peter in Chains.  Mostly August 1st isn’t celebrated in the Christian Church as anything any more.

Lammas / Lughnasadh is one of the four fire festivals in the Pagan world.  How you mark today depends on where you are in your own spiritual development, but celebrations usually focus on the grain harvest or the Pagan God Lugh, or both.

gaia__artemis__aphroditeIf I have a Pagan God it is Lugh, the God of craftsmanship and metalworking skills.  Lugh had so many accomplishments he was reputed to be able to do almost anything.  Julius Caesar sometimes called the Roman God Mercury ~ Lugus, the Latin equivalent of Lugh.  Depending on how you look at it, Lugh married the Mother Goddess Nas, (Artemis).  Artemis is said to hate my personal goddess Aphrodite, and after that my grasp of mythology and interpersonal relationships gets complicated.

As for me, at this point in my spiritual life, I associate August 1st with Lugh and the Rowan Tree, the mountain ash.  In my mind there is a debate as to whether the English Sacred World Tree is a true ash, (fraxinus excelsior), or the rowan tree, (sorbus aucuparia).  Of the two, the rowan is the rarer in England, and maybe the rowan is the more magical.

The rowan is the tree of power, causing life and magic to flower.

Dreaming AphroditeThe rowan allows the power within to call forth the elegance and mystery of the logical mind as it is intermingled with intuitive powers.  The rowan calls the spiritual into the path of future planning, and brings dreams to fruition.  When using rowan magic you should trust your intuitive insights.

If you wish, you can try to forecast the future using rowan magic.  Drinking some / a lot of proper absinthe helps here.  Artemisia absinthium (wormwood) is the active ingredient in absinth, other than the booze.  Shakespeare goes on about wormwood in the Lammas-Eve speech.  Which brings us neatly back to the Goddess Artemis and the Pagan God Lugh.

Today I have a piece of rowan wood by the garret’s door to keep witches away.  (Rule #2 Nobody is allowed into the garret, applies especially to witches).  As I don’t drink booze these days, there’s no absinthe around, which is probably just as well.

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Rowanjackcollier7@taltalk.net

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Mythology and Ethnicity

There is no doubt that I am a Briton.  My people were of Celtic origin and were around in the North of England during Roman times.  I have an old and deep bond with the country here, most especially with the North Sea.  My entire sense of place is predicated upon the understanding that the sea lies to the east and that the sun always rises to the south and east.

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I believe I have an intense understanding of the present and the future ~ not merely the things there are, but also the things that could be.

The mystery of past life recall is no stranger to me.  For those who don’t know, it’s nothing like you would first think.  Riffle the pages in an unread book and everything you see is permanently stored in your brain.  Accessing those pages with your conscious mind is something else entirely.  An eidetic memory is an uncommon thing in adults ~ or so the psychologists would have you believe.  Most of of your life you have been told that you cannot…  If you listen to yourself you will know that you can….

True sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination ~ Einstein

By training and inclination I am a scientist and engineer.  I can design, build and repair just about anything.  Yet I know there is far more to the Cosmos than can be explained by our current scientific method.  Either we know too little, or we know too much.

A myth is a traditional story, usually including some unexplained or unexplainable events.  Not all myths are false.  I know that I need to explore the mythology and spirituality of my own past, present and future.  I know that some of my legend is also yours.  I intend to share the things I discover of my own mythology in this blog.  You are welcome to share with me.

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P1010573Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

English Gentleman

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