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S H O W N O T E S
Willi Paul & Keiron Le Grice
Questions for Mr. Le Grice:
+Where did all that ancient wisdom go?
+There seems to be much talk about structure, pathways, wisdom but what exactly are the value systems? Religions?
+ What is the message of numinous?
+ Who made the archetypes?
+ What is the dance, the ritual, right now?
+ Can we write new myths?
+ How is alchemy in play here?
Biography – Keiron Le Grice
Keiron Le Grice is author of The Archetypal Cosmos: Rediscovering the Gods in Myth, Science and Astrology (Edinburgh: Floris Books, 2010), founder and co-editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology, and co-founder of Archai Press. He holds degrees from the University of Leeds, England (B.A. honors, Philosophy and Psychology, 1994) and the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco (M.A., Philosophy and Religion, 2005; Ph.D., Philosophy and Religion, 2009) where he is adjunct faculty in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program. In 2006, he was awarded the inaugural Joseph Campbell Research Grant by the Joseph Campbell Foundation in association with the Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara for furthering the ideas of C. G. Jung, Joseph Campbell, and James Hillman. Originally from Nottinghamshire, England, he currently divides his time between San Francisco and the U.K. He is married with one son.
Keiron on Willi’s 7 new myths:
“I’ve taken a look at your seven myths. The first one was v. helpful to me for understanding your overall project. You’re using myths, or creating new stories, to effect a shift human relationship with the natural world. My own focus, as we touched in on the interview, is to help individual’s navigate processes of psycho-spiritual transformation, and thus come into relationship with the nature within (using, as a guide, cosmological patterns formed by the planets). Your approach emphasizes more the sociocultural and cosmological functions of myth–pertaining to the new global technological community and our place within the natural order. I liked the way you have used the natural world as the basis for your myths/stories. This reflects the shift towards an increasing concern with the immanent divinity of the natural world, a corrective to the orthodox Christian emphasis on the heavenly afterlife and a focus on the wholly transcendent nature of the divine.
Had I read your myths earlier, I could have talked you through the astrological factors evident in the BP oil disaster, for instance. We’re all living under a three-planet alignment of Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto. I’ve attached an article discussing the dynamics of this alignment during 2008-2010.
It seems to me that you’re tapping into the idea that the planet itself is telling us its own story, and we are all, of course, part of that mythic narrative. You seem to be issuing something like a call to adventure to rally young people (especially) to the cause. Thanks again, and my best wishes to you and your important project.”