Temet Nosce

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Furiosa’s Road: Mad Max as Feminist Ally

Posted on May 19th, 2015 by Thomas Ryan

“I cannot make liberty my aim unless I make that of others equally my aim.” — Jean-Paul Sartre WARNING: This article contains plot spoilers and possibly PTSD triggers. Please proceed with caution. I was already excited to see George Miller’s return to the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Mad Max after a 30 year hiatus, but when I read […]

The Sleeper Must Awaken

Posted on August 29th, 2014 by Shauna Aura Knight

Science fiction and fantasy books and movies often delve into the fantastic, the unreal, the magical, the impossible…and yet so often they reflect a deeper truths. Sometimes, what looks like magic is actually just incredibly advanced technology. I’m an admitted nerd for the old 1980’s David Lynch movie Dune. However, I never read the book […]

My Long Alchemical Engagement: Part 2: This Looks Like a Job For…Someone Else!

Posted on May 15th, 2014 by Thomas Ryan

“Whether ’tis Nobler in the minde to suffer The Slings and Arrowes of outrageous Fortune, Or to take Armes against a Sea of troubles, And by opposing end them?” — Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1 Growing up the middle child in a dysfunctional family gave me two intense compulsions to carry on into adulthood: 1) to always try to […]

Myth and Meaning in Aronofsky’s Noah

Posted on April 23rd, 2014 by Thomas Ryan

“Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, ‘Understandest thou what thou readest?’” — Acts 8:30 (KJV) Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, Noah, an adaptation of the Judeo-Christian global flood myth, has garnered both admiration and condemnation from critics and audiences around the world. The film’s reception from the Christian […]

My Long Alchemical Engagement: Part 1: Digging In the Dirt

Posted on April 16th, 2014 by Thomas Ryan

Certain Masonic lodges include a preliminary mini-ritual preceding the initiation of an Entered Apprentice. In it, the candidate is seated at a desk in a small room called a Chamber of Reflection, an allegorical representation of an ancient initiatory cave. He is instructed to solemnly contemplate certain things of importance relating to the degrees which […]

My Long Alchemical Engagement: Prologue

Posted on April 2nd, 2014 by Thomas Ryan

“Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” — John Lennon Photographer Bob Gruen remembered John Lennon as a man who could never be exposed in a biography nearly as well as he had exposed himself to the world in life. Lennon was unafraid to be naked and vulnerable to the […]

Overcoming the Old Wound: The Hero’s Final Test

Posted on October 1st, 2013 by Shauna Aura Knight

The hero is always wounded. The hero has always sustained some traumatic damage in their past that ultimately leads to their final victory. In fact, the hero ultimately cannot overcome the final test without their wounding. It’s called the Sacred Wound when heroes heal enough to take strength from what he has learned. They succeed in […]

Man of Steel / Son of Man

Posted on August 5th, 2013 by Thomas Ryan

I’ve been a fan of both Jesus and Superman for almost as long as I’ve been alive, and one thing I can tell you about both men is that their stories fit the mythic hero archetype. This is why, whether intentional or otherwise, Superman can be seen as an allegory of any one of handfuls […]

Invisible Lessons

Posted on May 8th, 2013 by Thomas Ryan

When I went to technical college, I lamented to my father about having to take Calculus classes. I knew that in my chosen field (which I had already been working in for several years), calculus was something I would never be called on to use. In responding, my father described having a similar experience while […]