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The publication this year of The Tao of Raven: An Alaskan Native Memoir by Ernestine Hayes seemed like a good sign that it was time to tell it again. Hayes, a member of the Tlingit Tribe, begins her book with a slightly different version. Her memoir describes her return to Alaska from the lower forty-eight and her rediscovery of new meaning in the tale.
A review of her book can be found in the October 2, issue of the High Country News at: The Amazon Archetype Summer Many of us are in shock after last Fall's elections and the way the year has gone so far in regard to the attacks of the current administration on such vital enterprises as health care, immigration most ironic since we are a nation of immigrantsand the protections of our fragile environment to name a few.
In myth this is the time of the rise of the hero, Moses for instance is called forth in the Hebrew Biblical tradition to lead his people against the tyranny of Pharaoh, Christ emerges at a time when the Roman Emperor has identified with being a deity, and centuries later Mohammed emerges as a key figure on the Arabian peninsula to similarly lead his people.
In our own time the need for such avatars is often expressed in the fantasy worlds of comic books and film. For instance, this quote comes from a film adaption from a Johnston McCulley novel. A champion arises-a champion of the oppressed-whether it be a Cromwell or someone unrecorded, he will be there.
This summer season we are also reminded that the champion who is born may very well be a "she," in this case that she is Wonder Woman. In last summer's newsletter I discussed another such "she," the character Rey in the new Star Wars trilogy.
Wonder Woman is a figure from the DC Comics Extended Universe world who has had a big impact on this summer's mythos, a pleasant surprise to many.
I have wondered if part of the success of the film was the loss in last year's election of Hillary Clinton to a misogynist businessman, one who fed the darker fantasies and fears of people in regard to those like Clinton who sought to live beyond his shallow rhetoric.
For those who haven't seen the movie, Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times offers a fine summary http: The Amazons are training to defeat Ares the god of War who has defeated the others gods of the Greek Pantheon. In psychological terms and the metaphor of another modern myth, Diana seeks to bring balance to the world, because one aspect of it is very much out of control.
Directed by Patty Jenkins with an excellent cast led by Gal Gadot, the film has stirred deep emotions in many people, and many women in particular, especially at the moment Diana is moved to cross the no-man's land between the World War I battle lines so as to end the suffering of the people living nearby.
Diana represents an archetype, an energy pattern that each of us can be in contact with that fits our particular personality. One of Jung's most important collaborators, Toni Wolff, developed a model of four structural forms of the feminine psyche.
They are the hetaira, the woman as a soul mate or lover, the maternal, woman as wife and mother, the amazon, the woman as self-directed and independent achiever, and the medial, the woman as prophetess and psychic seer.
The amazon may be the most neglected of the four, and Wolf notes that woman as wife and mother or lover are the forms most prevalent in Western Culture.
Her books Goddesses in Every Woman and Gods in Every Man seek to explore the archetypal energy patterns depicted in various goddesses and gods from Greek myth and how they manifest in the human personality.
Artemis is the Greek goddess most closely aligned with the spirit expressed by Diana. The Roman version of Artemis was called Diana.
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Such figures can help us find the life energy in ourselves to move forward. The challenge is to find the right one. Diana has to sort this out for herself.
Her strongest characteristic is her undaunted heart, something not only her world needed, but ours as well. Giving in a Sacred Way Winter The true story of Santa Claus begins with a man named Nicholas who was born during the third century in a village on the southern coast of Turkey.
At the time the area was Greek. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering.
He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishopof Myra while still a young man. Widely celebrated in Europe, St. Nicholas' feast day, December 6th, kept alive the stories of his goodness and generosity. December 6th is still the main day for gift giving and merrymaking in much of Europe.
But someone had to deliver presents to children at Christmas, so in the UK, particularly in England, he became 'Father Christmas' or 'Old Man Christmas', an old character from stories during the middle ages in the UK and parts of northern Europe. Curiously, such a tradition was already alive in North America.
It may be a means of giving thanks, of bringing the people together, of gaining honor, of distributing material goods so that all may survive, of teaching.
The strengthening of community is much more important in the American Indian practice, a gift more akin to prayer than self-aggrandizement and acquisition.
Yet ironically, as Bruchac notes, historically "American Indian giveaway practices have often been viewed as a threat by government officials, both in the United States and Canada.
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