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Welcome to Myth Matters, a thoughtful and thought-provoking exploration of the power of myth in contemporary life. Host Catherine Svehla, PhD. shares her knowledge of mythology and depth psychology to find insight, inspiration, and creative possibilities. What do the old stories hold for you?
Learn more at www.mythicmojo.com and keep the mystery in your life alive.

Myth Matters Catherine Svehla

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 26 Ratings

Welcome to Myth Matters, a thoughtful and thought-provoking exploration of the power of myth in contemporary life. Host Catherine Svehla, PhD. shares her knowledge of mythology and depth psychology to find insight, inspiration, and creative possibilities. What do the old stories hold for you?
Learn more at www.mythicmojo.com and keep the mystery in your life alive.

    A psychology of craft: the shirt of stinging nettles

    A psychology of craft: the shirt of stinging nettles

    Our appreciation of mythology as a symbolic language is central to the contemporary relationship to myth. As people bound to a psychological view of the inner life, myth as metaphor is the key to understanding the old stories. And yet, myth is more than metaphor.
    The elements in a story, the specific animals, plants, and features of the land that are named in a given story, are more than artistic details. Investigation into the scientific as well as the mythic biography of these elements can result in discoveries that enhance your appreciation of the story and expand your original insights.
    In this episode, our exploration of the stinging nettles in "The Wild Swan" takes us further into the world of the story and a psychology of craft for today.


    "Working so slowly by hand is transformative, bringing up different conceptions of time and questions of what constitutes value." --  Dylan Howitt , filmmaker, "The Nettle Dress"
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    • 22 min
    "The Wild Swans"--- Powerful Words and Living with Wings

    "The Wild Swans"--- Powerful Words and Living with Wings

    On the surface,  "The Wild Swans" is a fairy tale about cursed brothers who are saved by their sister.  This is a common motif.

     Closer examination led me to consider the creative power of words and of silence, and how we use and are used, by both.

    I hope you enjoy the story. 
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    • 37 min
    The World's Wife, Contemporary Myth Poems by Carol Ann Duffy

    The World's Wife, Contemporary Myth Poems by Carol Ann Duffy

    In The World's Wife, Carol Ann Duffy offers myth poems that are also myths for today in the form of a poem.  These poems converse with old myths and stories AND they are stories in themselves.  They display a deep appreciation for the poignancy of these tales, and a wicked, dark humor. 
    I love them. 
    As the title suggests, Duffy tells her myths from the perspective of the women who are largely silent in the older and more popular versions. This episode includes a handful of my favorites from the collection, accompanied by a bit of background about the relevant myth or fairytale.
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    • 39 min
    Myth, Poetry, and the Power of the Word

    Myth, Poetry, and the Power of the Word

    April is National Poetry month!
    Myth and poetry have a long, shared history. In fact, our oldest known myths are poems. 
    Have you ever wondered why this might be?
    I suspect the intuitive rightness of myth as poetry springs from the ancient understanding of the sacred power of the word. In this episode, we explore the creative power of speech with the aid of a handful of contemporary poems that reference myths. These poems also give us a chance to plumb the questions at the heart of these myths.
    I hope you find a poem, a poet, a thought, a moment in this podcast that inspires or provokes you. As Jeanette Winterson says: " [...] a poem is like a shot of espresso – the fastest way to get a hit of mental and spiritual energy."

    Thanks for listening and keep the mystery in your life alive.
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    • 40 min
    Athena, goddess of Reason ?!

    Athena, goddess of Reason ?!

    The Greek goddess Athena was a warrior, the patron of cities and mentor of heroes, clear-eyed, practical, and strategic. What was her great power? 
    She was the goddess of Reason.
    Yes, the ancient Greek patriarchy, a model of misogyny, imagined "reason" as female.

    This being myth, there's plenty to unpack and contradicts abound. This episode is your invitation to meet Athena and reflect on the conundrums she presents. She's present today and she's at work--- in what form and to what end, I wonder?
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    • 37 min
    Myth, History, and the Woman Warrior

    Myth, History, and the Woman Warrior

    Myth has an interesting and complex relationship to history. 

    Myth is part of the historical record of our species, and part of the history of a given people. And myth shapes history. Myth gives rise to the beliefs and point of view that create our world, determine the present, and influence the future. This blending of myth and history can lead to important revelations and new understanding, and it can create blind spots. 
    I started thinking about this after watching the movie "The Woman King," inspired by the warrior women of Dahomey, the Agojie. Visiting Europeans called these women "Amazons." I talk about the movie (no spoilers), Amazons, and some of the twists and turns of myth and history. 

    This episode gestated with me a while and I learned a few things putting it together for you. I hope it gives you food for thought and enhances your appreciation of the movie (which I encourage you to see:)).
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    • 30 min

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