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A guided tour of constellations and their myths. Also to be explored: the foundation of culture, the birth of critical thinking, and jokes!

In each episode, Jack will describe a constellation, tell its myth(s), and discuss some of the ways it impacts our culture.

Stellar Stories Jack Basten

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A guided tour of constellations and their myths. Also to be explored: the foundation of culture, the birth of critical thinking, and jokes!

In each episode, Jack will describe a constellation, tell its myth(s), and discuss some of the ways it impacts our culture.

    Draco; Jungian Archetypes

    Draco; Jungian Archetypes

    In 1913, psychologist Carl Jung fell away from the world and lost himself within his own mind. For five years, he wandered his unconscious and struggled with a seemingly endless series of mental images. When he finally returned to the everyday world, he brought back with him the knowledge of these mental images .

    These mental images were the archetypes. In this episode, I explore and explain their story.

    Table of Contents:
    Chapter I: Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud (7:21)
    Chapter II: Looking out for Snakes (28:17)
    Chapter III: Archetypes (46:15)
    Chapter IV: The Hero Myth (1:09:31)
    Chapter V: Heracles vs. Ladon (1:21:29)
    Chapter VI: Conclusion and the Self (1:35:40)

    Topics: Dragons!, Evolutionary Theory, Hero Myth, Jung's Personal History, Psychoanalysis, Self Development

    Listen for more information!


    Apollodorus, The Library

    Campbell, Joseph (1949), The Hero with a Thousand Faces

    Clay, Catrine (2016), Labyrinths: Emma Jung, Her Marriage to Carl, and the Early Years of Psychoanalysis
    - (Jung's Chekhov's gun(23:55))
    - (This is my major source for Jung's life story)

    Conan Doyle, Arthur, A Study in Scarlet
    - (27:00)

    Emre, Merve (2018), The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing

    Hesiod, Theogony

    Hazelden Betty Ford website: "Jung, Oxford Group helped influence spiritual roots of AA",

    Isbell, Lynne A. (2009), The Fruit, the Tree, and the Serpent, Harvard University Press
    - (pg. 147(42:15))

    Jung, C.G., The Collected Works of C.G.Jung
    - (uncaring of popularity(4:45): CW 8, para 406)
    - (psychological truth(26:12): CW 5, para 4)
    - (dream's function(28:10): CW 5, para 5)
    - (opinion on instincts(29:23): CW 9.I, para 92)
    - (Christianity's motifs outside Christianity(44:14): CW 11, para 340)
    - (archetypes as typical events(47:30): CW 5, para 450)
    - (archetypes definition(50:05): CW 18, para 523)
    - (archetypes def. cont.(50:20): CW 18, para 539)
    - (life's purpose(59:00): CW 12, para 330)
    - (goal of individuation(59:35): CW 7, para 373)
    - (disturbing archetypes(1:00:25): CW 9.II, para 13)
    - (shadow's demonization(1:01:00): CW 7, para 152)
    - (archetypes as projections(1:01:40): CW 7, para 152)
    - (anima's idealized image(1:03:15): CW 7; para 334)
    - (rational v. emotional(1:05:40): CW 7, para 331)
    - (hero as mother/old man(1:07:05): CW 7, para 379)
    - (great mother as witch(1:08:25): CW 9.I, para 188)
    - (old man as magic man(1:08:40): CW 7, para 153)
    - (ceremony's purpose(1:10:45): CW 5, para 450)
    - (hero as mother/old man(1:14:30): CW 7, para 378)
    - (hero myth as solar myth(1:16:50): CW 5, para 299)
    - (hero possession(1:37:55): CW 7, para 385)
    - (self as all-encompassing(1:43:35): CW 14, para 776)
    - (self guides life's purpose(1:43:50): CW 7, para 404)
    - (self as objective standpoint(1:44:45): CW 11, para 428)
    - (relating to self quote(1:45:50): CW 11, para 427)

    Jung, C.G. (1963), Memories, Dreams, Reflections
    - (quotes not from Collected Works are from this)

    Ovid, Metamorphoses

    Psychology Today, "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy" blurb on their website

    Star Chart phone app
    - (Source for Constellation)

    Stevens, Anthony (1982), Archetype: A Natural History of the Self
    - (Archetypes as grooves in earth metaphor(48:55))
    - (This source helped me understand archetypes)

    Music is from Apple
    Art is by me.

    • 1 Std. 47 Min.
    Libra; Babylonian Divine Order

    Libra; Babylonian Divine Order

    This episode takes a historical drill directly back into Mesopotamian History so that we might consider a Babylonian's conception of divine order in the universe. How this conception of order affected Babylonians' lives is explored, and how this conception of order affects our lives is explored.

    Topics: Astrology, Enuma Elish, Zodiac, Power of Words

    Full disclosure, I spend a high percentage of this episode in digression upon related topics rather than directly talking about Babylonians, but I believe the digressions helped fill out the topic.


    Bobrick, Benson, The Fated Sky: Astrology in History, 2005, Simon & Schuster

    Cutrone, Carolyn, "Why Friday the 13th Scares Away Business", Inc.com, https://www.inc.com/carolyn-cutrone/why-friday-the-13th-scares-away-business.html [ I read this and other articles to determine my opinion on Friday the 13th at 34:15, though I don't really quote any hard numbers. Some numbers I saw online were huge, but I didn't mention them. ]

    Divination and Interpretation of Signs in the Ancient World, edited by Amar Annus, The Oriental Institute Of the University of Chicago, Oriental Institute Seminars, Number 6, Chicago, Illinois
    This collection of seminars includes the following papers:
    - Koch, Ulla Susanne, "Three Strikes and You're Out! A View On Cognitive Theory and the First-Millenium Extispicy Ritual", Independent Scholar [ I first read the term "sense-making system" in this paper. ]
    - Noegel, Scott B., "Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign": Script, Power and Interpretations In the Ancient Near East, University of Washington [ Quoted at 20:00 ]
    - Rochberg, Francesca, "If P, Then Q": Form and Reasoning in Babylonian Divination, University of California, Berkley [ I tapped this resource my times at ~17:00 ]
    - Veldhuis, Niek, The Theory of Knowledge and the Practice of Celestial Divination, University of California, Berkley

    Empirical evidence for stability of the 405-kiloyear Jupiter-Venus eccentricity cycle over hundreds of millions of years, Dennis V. Kent et others, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, May 7, 2018

    Fincke, Jeanette C., The Babylonian Texts of Nineveh: Report on the British Museum's "Ashurbanipal Library Project", Archiv fur Orientforschung Bd 50 (2003/2004), pp. 111-149

    Foster, Benjamin R., Before The Muses; An Anthology of Akkadian Literature, 1996, Bethesda, Maryland

    Mark, Joshua J. "Enuma Elish - The Babylonian Epic of Creation - Full Text." Ancient History Encyclopedia. May 4, 2018, https://www.ancient.eu/article/225

    McClymond, Kathryn, Great Mythologies of the World, Great Courses Lectures

    Podany, Amanda H., Ancient Mesopotamia: Life in the Cradle of Civilization, Great Courses Lectures [ My reference to king statues at 22:00 from this source and other general information. ]

    Possanza, Mark, "Two Notes on Q Cicero's De Duodecim Signis", Classical Philology, Vol. 87, N 1 (Jan 1992), pp 44-46 [ Informed me more about Rome's relationship with Libra at 44:30, but I also drew a little from Bobrick at that point. ]

    Remijsen, Sofie, The Postal Service and the Hour as a Unit of Time in Antiquity, Historia: Zeitchrift fur Alte Geschichte, Bd 56. H. 2(2007), pp 127-140

    Rogers J.H., Origins of the Ancient Constellations: 1. The Mesopotamian traditions, Journal of the British Astronomical Association, vol 108, no.1, p.9-28

    Smithsonian, National Museum of the American Indian Smithsonian Latino Center, "Living Maya Time", https://maya.nmai.si.edu/sites/default/files/resources/The%20Maya%20Calendar%20System.pdf [ Information on the Mayan calendar at 38:20 ]

    • 1 Std. 10 Min.
    Ursa Major

    Ursa Major

    Concerning the Ursa Major myth, one of humanity's oldest stories.
    In this first episode, I tell the Mi'kmaq story associated with the Big Dipper and I tell the Greek story associated with the same stars. The sources of these stories are separated by thousands of miles and years, but the stories show how the stars connect human beings despite the distances.

    Artwork is by me, and music is from GarageBand's loops.

    • 27 Min.

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