The Hero with a Thousand Faces

hero with a thousand faces, mythology, joseph campbellEarlier I’d mentioned a bunch of books I had picked up from the library. Unfortunately, a few of the books, once I started reading them, didn’t hold my interest. Wasn’t really a reflection of the books, per se. Sometimes I’m just not in a particular mood for a certain kind of book. Plus, I’ve been re-reading Joan Vinge’s The Snow Queen for the past few weeks and I want to finish it so that I can re-read the sequel, The Summer Queen. 

A book I suddenly got an urge to re-read is Joseph Campbell’s The Hero With a Thousand Faces. If you’ve heard or read anything about the Hero’s Journey, particularly as it was laid out by Christopher Vogler in his book, The Writer’s Journey, this is the book that started it all.

I’d read Hero with a Thousand Faces oh, geez, I don’t know, about 10 years ago? I know it’s been awhile. It’s a very dense book, not one you can read through quickly, but I recall that after I finished it I felt as if I’d been on my own hero’s journey.

hero, dragon, knight, hero's journey, hero with a thousand faces, mythology, mythOne of the reasons I’m so keen on re-reading the book is that I’ve decided to read and study more mythology and incorporating it in my writing and my tarot readings. I’ve always  loved myth, since I was a kid I’ve been strongly drawn to it and, in all honesty, no matter what kind of stories we write or tell or watch or create, we’re pretty much just re-telling the same ancient myths, legends and fairytales. We’re just putting our own personal and cultural spin on them.

Campbell also has a number of quotes that, over the years, have resonated with me and actually helped me get through some rough times.

Here are a few of them.

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.

Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.

—Joseph Campbell


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