Explorations on mythology, culture and the emerging masculinities. Hosted by visionary filmmaker Ian MacKenzie.
Bonus | Sketching The God of Ecstasy, Dionysus - Red K Elders
My guest today is Red K Elders, a magical artist based on the Norfolk coast of England, who sketches powerful portraits of old gods and mythical beings. This bonus episode explores her recent work in bringing forth a depiction of Dionysus, the god of fertility, grapes and wine, of ritual madness and religious ecstasy. Red was kind enough to send me a copy of this portrait, who currently hangs on the wall in my office.
In our conversation today, we discuss her journey as an artist and the power of creating ritual space for courting in the Otherworld, along with practical guidance for developing a living relationship with the mythical creatures in our midst.
Before you listen, I highly recommend you take a look at the Dionysus portrait, along with more of her incredible work.
And now enjoy my conversation with Red K Elders. We begin with a reading of a Hymn to Dionysus.
Red K Elders Website https://www.redkelders.com
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New Series: The Pandemic Is A Prism
Host Ian MacKenzie shares an update on the The Mythic Masculine Podcast, along with an announcement of our new series: The Pandemic Is A Prism.
The Pandemic Is A Prism http://agatheringofstories.com/pandemic
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#46 | Rewilding The Fungal Gods - Sophie Strand (The Flowering Wand)
My guest today is Sophie Strand, a writer who focuses on the intersection of spirituality, storytelling, and ecology. Though she admits, it would be more accurate to call her a neo-troubadour animist with a propensity to spin yarns that inevitably turn into love stories.
I first encountered her work on social media, reading her surprising and beautiful essays from her forthcoming book: The Flowering Wand: Lunar Kings, Lichenized Lovers, Transpecies Magicians, and Rhizomatic Harpists Heal the Masculine.
In our conversation today, we explore the connection between mycelium and myth, and how various gods from Jesus to Dionysus, can be seen more clearly as related to specific ecosystems and specific times. Sophie makes the case to dissolve toxic masculinity by dispersing it within a chorus of diversity, and why the Hero’s Journey would benefit from a little intentional pruning.
And finally, we unpack the wild nature of emergent systems, and how wedding our wounds to the wounds of the earth could invite a kaleidoscopic empathy for an ecocentric activism rooted in participation, not salvation.
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Bonus | Transforming Pain Into Purpose - Zamir Dhanji + Sabrina Lakhani
In this bonus episode, I share about my experience in the Patterns to Presence program, co-facilitated by Sabrina and Zamir on how to transform attachment patters with science and compassion.
Learn more about their program here https://patternstopresence.com/
#45 | Navigating Your Underworld With Conscious Kink - Justice Schanfarber
My guest today is Justice Schanfarber, an artist, marriage counsellor and couples therapist.
He is also the author of a two books, including “Conscious Kink for Couples: The beginner’s guide to using kinky sex and BDSM for pleasure, growth, intimacy, and healing.”
Our conversation today, we cover some intimate terrority, including: an introduction into the erotic terrain of kink, the power and peril of exploring ritual sex, and the mythic paradox between the underworld and the overworld and how to navigate power exchange between partners.
And finally, we unpack the archetypal split between the Good Boy/Bad Boy dilemma that many men in this culture face and how to invite integration through conscious kink.
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Excerpt | Are You Okay? Spoken Word by Deus Fortier
This is an an excerpt from the full episode A Psychedelic Guide to Healing Trauma. My guest Deus Fortier delivers a powerful spoken word transmission that begs to be listened to multiple times over. Enjoy!
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I got started with episode #34 and I’m a new fan
My first introduction to the podcast was episode #34 No Accountability Without Community with Taiaiake Alfred. This conversation was good for my soul. This podcast gets a spot in my regular rotation, no question. Thanks Ian, and guests, for the work you are doing. It lands, powerfully and clearly.
I listen as a Mother...
I connected with Ian’s podcast through Sharon Blackie and was drawn to his work because I need examples of grounded men who are doing their work.
This podcast and the Mythic Masculine Network help me to understand what I need to be looking at for my little man and resources to help explore those topics.
Thank you for your work Ian!!!
I only last week discovered the gold treasure in the dark cave that is Ian's podcast! I have been devouring and digesting the immeasurable insights from his guests and the stellar spelunking they undertake to explore vital issues of masculinitiy, cultural transformation, and healing.. I especially have the powerfully words and images of Pat McCabe and Martin Shaw percolating through me. Thank you! I’ll definitely be spreading the word and joining the new network. I can't recommend this podcast medicine enough!