The question about whether to study Mythology has been with us ever since early Greek times when Xenophanes in the late sixth century BCE. and hundreds of years later Socrates and Plato articulate criticism of the amorality of the Olympian gods.
Symbol for Heracles
Yet Myths (like today’s literature and film) inform people how one might think and live. In Norse Mythology Loke behaves abysmally, showing us that we don’t have to. That’s my point. One thing that Myth offers us is a clue towards responsible behavior. We see another perspective and the outcome of error. The characters are literal and symbolic. We see the foolishness, stupidity, and mistakes of people … and hopefully cop to the roots of those same mistakes in ourselves.
Yes, “we still act exactly as – or even worse – than the people in the myths” (see Why Bother with Greek Mythology?http://antigonemythology.wikispaces.com/Why+Bother+with+Greek+Mythology%3F ). Yet while this is highly important for our study of Mythology, there are many more important reasons to pay attention closely to these great mythic stories of humanity in crisis.
Highly selfish and vicious Ixion punished forever
on an endless spinning wheel.
Most of these tales are more important in some ways then more recent literature because they rose from the collective unconscious, that is, from the rich archetypal symbols and experiences that have roots throughout all cultures. They are global in describing humanity’s follies.
In looking for human growth and spiritual increase, the stories are center stage for us to know the workings of our subtle minds and unconscious behaviors – or at least the rudiments of them. Knowing what’s really going on in our psyches is the entrance way to spiritual growth. Taking responsibility for what goes on in our breast – and not projecting it out onto criticism of others – is another requirement for that spiritual growth.
And still, there is an even more important reason for us in the 21st century to take up the earnest study of these archetypes and moral situations – namely that they are reborn and demonstrated in our recently discovered Minor Planets, and now fit in with our ancient Major Planets to help guide the way both to our Spiritual Path, and to our existential choices in our mundane daily lives.
My work here is to help us all to recognize the guidance for our path for self-improvement, and our Path for Spirit, whether it be Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Wiccan, self-created, guru-inspired, and so on. That’s what the Academy is about:
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Summary of Some Contributions of Mythology.
1. Models and mirrors of ourselves.
2. Rich archetypal symbols of ourselves and situations.
3. Delivery of global collective unconscious truths of humanity and ourselves.
4. Identification of what’s really going on in our psyches and feelings.
5. Intimate connection and correspondence between the myth, the Minor Planet, and ourselves.