Mythologist.

Speaker.

Teacher.

Seeker of Wisdom.

On Showrooming Amazon Books

This blog has been intentionally quiet for the past few months, as I work on finishing my novel and my book on myth and creativity. However, I had a little adventure last week, and I'd like to share it with all of you. As I'm sure many of you know, behemoth internet...

On Myth and Landscape

I had the privilege of leading a workshop in Boulder, Colorado this past weekend. I had never visited that part of Colorado before, and I was blown away by the beauty of the landscape; the mesas and red rocks jutting up out of the mid-western plain like sentinels...

I feel like a 12 year old girl this week

I've spent much of this week reviewing my lecture and workshop materials, preparing for my talk in Boulder on Friday night and its accompanying workshop on Saturday morning. One of the myths that we delve into in both the lecture and workshop is the story of Inanna...

Mythic Transformation

I've had the theme of transformation on my mind these past few days. Myth is so often about transformation after all, and the creative act is in its essence an act of transformation, from something to nothing. There are even some scholars who believe that the only...

On Frigga, Queen of Midgard

In honor of Friday, her name day, I would like to dedicated today's blog post to the high queen of the Norse pantheon, Frigga. Frigga, or Frigg, is the wife of Odin, and she is associated with both fertility and prophecy. In some images she is seen weaving the clouds...

On Raven in Myths of the North

I've been immersed in the myths of the North for months now, writing a novel  on how these stories might interact with and relate to each other, through the lens of my protagonist Astrid. One part of the novel that I've  had a lot of fun with have been the ravens that...

On Ritualizing Creativity

I've been talking about creativity and how to maximize our creative selves through the power of myth for several years now. I started using myth as a tool to enhance my own creative life, and it has helped me tremendously as I go about the task of getting past my own...

On Athena

I've been working hard on writing projects this past month or so, after a longish recovery period from a tonsillectomy and a series of lectures and workshops in January. Last month, on a trip to Powell's Books in Portland, I stumbled across a...

Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going

Every so often in life we're called upon to evaluate what we're doing, whether it's working, and if we need to continue. I haven't posted to this blog in about 3 months, mostly because that time was filled with travel, schooling, and lots of busyness, and I haven't...

Being Grumpy about Hebrew Mythology

I've spent much of the past week or two reading the course materials for my return to graduate school this fall. I'll be returning to finish the work for the Phd in Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute, my alma mater. In the past eight years since I...

Further Thoughts on Community

A few months ago I wrote on community for this blog, after I had the opportunity to visit a place called Hedgebrook on Whidbey Island here in Washington. I've been thinking a lot on this topic since then, never more than this past weekend, but I'll get to that in a...

Further Thoughts on Apollo

A few weeks ago I wrote on Apollo in this blog, because I had been thinking about the archetypal qualities of the Greek god Apollo, and I hadn't quite figured out why a dominant theme in Apollo's stories is that he gets rejected by women. There were some thoughtful...

The Problem of Apollo

For me one of the best things about studying myth is the tiny little high I get when I figure something out in a myth that I'm contemplating, when the insight breaks through into my conscious mind. It's usually at that point that I come blog about it here, sharing...

An Update on my Myth and Creativity Class

I had originally planned to teach a four week long class on creativity and myth, beginning on June 1st and running until June 22nd. My plans have changed, and if you weren't able to attend the class before, but can now, reach out at allison@mythicstories.com and I'll...

Holding Modern Archetypes

After my blog post yesterday, I was thinking more about celebrities and the roles they play in our culture. It occurs to me that our modern day temples are movie theaters, concert halls, and sports stadiums. Actors, athletes and musicians hold the archetypal space in...

Thoughts on Aphrodite

My own recent creative dry spell has had me thinking about the nature of the dry spell, and how to escape it's clutches. In my meditations on the issue, I began thinking about Aphrodite, and what her story might have to teach us about the impact of dryness on creating...

Creative Dry Spells and the Orphic Descent

Hello Friends, I've been in a bit of a creative dry spell lately, which is unusual for me. It has inspired me to go back through some of my earlier writing and see if I can re-inspire myself with my own work. I did find an interesting bit in a paper I wrote on Orpheus...

New Class on Creativity and Myth

Over the past few months, I've been thinking and reading a lot on myth, embodiment, creativity and innovation in preparation for the trip to Greece that I'm co-leading in October (detailed information here). I've also had many requests for a summer class on creativity...

On Community and Myth

Over the weekend I had the privilege of attending a one day writer's retreat at Hedgebrook, a women's writing retreat center on Whidbey Island, north of my home in Seattle. I've been writing a lot lately, finishing NaNoWriMo for the first time at the end of November,...

Walking the Labyrinth

Today I'd like to look at the myths and symbols surrounding the image of the labyrinth. I've been reading a lovely book about the tradition in Christian circles to walk the labyrinth as a meditative act, and it's gotten me thinking about the more ancient labyrinth at...

Walking in the Dreamtime

The myths of the aboriginal Australians have always held a lot of power for me, particularly the idea of the Dreamtime, or the Dreaming. The Dreamtime is the sacred landscape in which the world was created, and they believe that it exists in parallel to the "regular"...

Goddesses of the North

Things are busy at this time of year. My two sons started school last week, and I started teaching my mythology classes for Gifted Homeschoolers Forum. When I'm not in chronos time, driving my kids to school, running errands, and other mundane chores, I've been living...

The Continuing Power of Greek Myth

Our summer has been so busy, with vacations, camping, and summer camps, that I've hardly had a minute to catch my breath and think about myth. However, we're now getting toward the end of summer, and my fall classes are starting soon. I'll be teaching a course on...

Raven in Haida Mythology

Yesterday, we talked about the role of the between spaces in Haida mythology. Today, I'd like to discuss Raven, and the role Raven plays in Haida myth. Raven appears in many of the most lasting of the Haida myths, and he was an extremely important personage in the...

Haida Mythology and the Liminal

Our family took a trip recently to Tillicum Village, a tourist attraction in Seattle that we'd never done. We took a boat out to Blake Island, an uninhabited island which is a state park. We had a meal, then got to see a show of Coast Tribes storytelling and dance. It...

The Soul of the Actor

Like many people worldwide, I'm a tremendous fan of HBO's show Game of Thrones. One of the most compelling characters on the show is Tyrion Lannister, played by actor Peter Dinklage. A few nights ago, my husband and I were watching the latest episode when I got a text...

Unpacking the Myth of Eros and Psyche

I'm finishing up my weeks of instruction on my online Greek mythology class, and I saved one of my favorite myths for the end of the class, a special "bonus" myth if you will, for after my students finished their end-of-term presentations. Eros and Psyche has got to...

Imagination and Inspiration

Yesterday, I wrote about the dichotomy between the two Greek gods Apollo and Dionysus, and how we're seeing it playing out in our household with our two sons, whose personalities seem to embody each of these natures. Today, I'd like to continue with the Apollonian and...

Living with Apollo and Dionysus

One of my favorite themes of mythology that I remember from my graduate studies was the dichotomy of Apollo and Dionysus. Both sons of Zeus, Apollo is the god of logic, reason and music, Dionysus the god of wine, intoxication and ecstasy. Although they don't have much...

Ireland and the Thin Places

Our family is taking a trip to Ireland this year, the first trip overseas for all four of us. We're all wildly excited, of course. My 4 year old asks every day, "Is it July 1st yet?" 🙂 Ireland and Irish myth and story has been a source of fascination for me for a...

Nature versus Nurture in Myth

I'm teaching a new class on Comparative Myth for Gifted Homeschoolers Forum in the fall, so preparing for the class has gotten me thinking/reading about how to compare myths across cultures. As with so many academic issues, there are a huge swath of opinions as to...

The Original Rolling Stone

I've been teaching Greek myth to a class of 8-12 year olds since February, and it's been so much fun, hearing what the kids have to say about myths when they process the psychological insights that I'm able to share with them. One of the primary themes of our class...

Thoughts on the Ramayana

I've been rereading the Ramayana to prepare for my session teaching myth and archetypes to a teacher training class for Sattva Yoga. The last time I sat down with this ancient text was in graduate school, and it was fascinating to see what ideas jumped out at me now,...

New Developments

Hello All, I know it's been a while with no updates on this site, but there is a lot going on, and I have lots of news to share. Our family has recently moved house, which took up a lot of time, unfortunately. But, we've settled in now, and I'm working hard, bringing...

Greek and Roman Myth Class

I'm thrilled to announce that, beginning in February, I'll be teaching an introduction to Greek and Roman Mythology class for Gifted Homeschoolers Forum. The class will be done via video chat, for gifted 8-12 year olds. I'm so excited to have this opportunity to talk...

Hestian Intoxication

A few weeks ago, at the Center for Symbolic Studies in New York, I was part of a conversation about technology and myth. We were discussing James Hillman's concept of "Hermetic Intoxication", which is another term for internet addiction; being too caught up with...

Mythic Awakenings

I've finally finished the last of my three conferences of the fall, and I'm turning back toward writing and contemplating myth. I've started writing a book proposal for a book about myth, creativity and innovation, and I'm prepping for National Novel Writing Month...

Sirens Conference

I got home Monday night from the Celebrating the Mythic Life conference in New Paltz, New York, and it was amazing! I got to present on five different topics, and I had a blast with each one. I think my favorite of the five was the talk on Creativity, Myth and Motif....

Philip Pullman on Myth

"From time to time someone comes up with the idea that there are only seven stories in the world. Or only three, or only eleven, or whatever. Or else they claim to have discovered that every different story is a variant of one basic story, such as Cinderella, or the...