The Stranger Inside Me: The Shadow Part 1

This is the fifth post in the Mythology and the Psyche series, a list of all the posts in the series can be found here. In myth, the physical world emerges from the eternal realm which is characterized by Oneness. The spiritual realm crystallizes into the material world, and it is only when this visible world… Continue Reading

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Persona

This is the second post in the Mythology and the Psyche series, a list of all the posts in the series can be found here. The next layer of the Self is the persona. This is another concept borrowed directly from Jung. He chose the term ‘persona’ because it is Latin for ‘mask,’ specifically in… Continue Reading

The Cosmogonic Cycle: Dissolutions Part 2

While the dissolutions stage is essentially the end of the world, a stage commonly associated with doom, pain, suffering, judgement, death and indeed extinction, it is more accurate to say it is the disappearance of the world only, not its annihilation. However, Campbell acknowledges the fear inherent in the myths of the cosmogonic round: “Creation… Continue Reading

The Cosmogonic Cycle: The Hero Types

During the transformations stage of the cosmogonic cycle, the life of the world reaches the apex of its manifestation. Life grows, continues, and begins to dissolve. The universe is at its furthest point from the unmanifest source which birthed it, and towards the end of this stage, it begins to turn back towards the divine realm.… Continue Reading

The Cosmogonic Cycle: Transformations

This is the second stage of the cosmogonic cycle. An overview of the cycle can be found here, and as usual, all quotations are from Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces unless otherwise noted. As Joseph Campbell explains, “the first effect of the cosmogonic emanations is the framing of the world stage.” In Emanations, the… Continue Reading

About Sinéad Donohoe

A writer from London, Ontario. These are her adventures in writing, movie loving, and general mayhem.