Myths for our time

One of the ways in though which we can more fully understand our own particular zodiac sign is if we can relate to as an mythic character who embodies a set of characteristics in which we recognize aspects of ourselves. This is an established way of approaching the signs which have been have been explored in many books.
There are some myths though which tend to be more gender specific and represent particularly developmental patterns of the feminine or masculine journeys.  These are not limited to just men or just women but speak to both parts of our psyche, that is the masculine and feminine parts of each of us.
There are two myths, that of Parsifal and Psyche which seem to be representative of two ways of being which epitomise two very basic and entirely complimentary, patterns of development of the masculine and the feminine. The astrological alphabet can be similarly divided, the fire and air signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius and Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) being more masculine in nature and the earth and water signs (Taurus, Virgo Capricorn and Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) being more feminine. These terms can be taken as either meaning men and women, or as the development of the masculine and the feminine in both men and women. Robert Johnson describes the two ways of being as focused consciousness of the masculine and the diffuse awareness of the feminine. Their quests, as described by these myths, are very, very different.

In some ways it is possible to look at the sun in the horoscope and relate it to the mythic hero or heroine. Psyche is, in a sense, the sun in a woman's chart, has more to do with embodiment while Parsifal representing the sun in a man's is more about manifestation.
These two myths in their unfolding both guide human conduct and express mystery. It was Einstein said that if the best way to educate children was to tell them stories, in particular fairy tales. This is no less so in our own live’s for stories guide in understanding what cannot be understood by reason.
Stories, rich, deep stories such as fairytales and myths provide guidance to help us find our way through the crisis and transitions of the human life cycle to the extent that the stories that people tell have a way of taking care of them. If a story speaks to you, nurture it, live with it, and learn to share it where it is needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than they need food to stay alive.
There is an excellent reason that great stories are still told. It is because we can be affected by a story as much as we can by a dream if its symbols and events have a certain mystery and power for us that in turn evoke our own memories and thoughts. We can be struck by the stories message or have a flash of insight that illuminates something we had not seen before, in much the same way a major dream affects us. When a story holds meaning for a people and a time as for instance the Grail legend, or the story of Psyche and Eros it becomes a myth for the age; and unless and until there is an official version, there will be embellishments, deletions, and additions, for the story is a living vehicle for the psyche of the teller and the listener.
Alice Walker sums it up nicely:
Storytelling, you know has a real function. The process of the storytelling is itself a healing process, partly because you have someone there who is taking the time to tell you a story that has great meaning to them. They're taking the time to do this because your life could use some help, but they don't want to come over and just give advice. They want to give it in a form that becomes inseparable from your whole self. That 's what stories do. Stories differ in advice in that, once you get them, they become a fabric of your whole soul.
that is why they heal you.
 (From Crossing to Avalon)
Now for the stories themselves go to Eros and Psyche and Parsifal.


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