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Welcome to Myth Matters, a bi-weekly podcast of storytelling and conversation about mythology, and why it’s important to life today. The old myths and stories have survived centuries of retelling because they speak to the mysteries of life. They are one of the oldest forms of teaching, healing, and community building, and continue to offer these gifts today. Gain a different perspective on your life and the world. Learn a new way to think, create, thrive, and transform in these best (and worst) of times. Myth Matters host, Catherine Svehla PhD, shares her knowledge of mythology and depth psychology to bring you into the story circle. She offered this podcast under the name “Myth in the Mojave” for 6 years and 127 episodes are also available under that name. Check out “Myth Matters at www.mythicmojo.com and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. Enjoy patron-only content and help this unique story circle grow by joining Myth Matters on Patreon. Thanks for listening and keep the mystery in your life alive.

Welcome to Myth Matters, a bi-weekly podcast of storytelling and conversation about mythology, and why it’s important to life today. The old myths and stories have survived centuries of retelling because they speak to the mysteries of life. They are one of the oldest forms of teaching, healing, and community building, and continue to offer these gifts today. Gain a different perspective on your life and the world. Learn a new way to think, create, thrive, and transform in these best (and worst) of times. Myth Matters host, Catherine Svehla PhD, shares her knowledge of mythology and depth psychology to bring you into the story circle. She offered this podcast under the name “Myth in the Mojave” for 6 years and 127 episodes are also available under that name. Check out “Myth Matters at www.mythicmojo.com and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. Enjoy patron-only content and help this unique story circle grow by joining Myth Matters on Patreon. Thanks for listening and keep the mystery in your life alive.
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Welcome to Myth Matters, a bi-weekly podcast of storytelling and conversation about mythology, and why it’s important to life today. The old myths and stories have survived centuries of retelling because they speak to the mysteries of life. They are one of the oldest forms of teaching, healing, and community building, and continue to offer these gifts today. Gain a different perspective on your life and the world. Learn a new way to think, create, thrive, and transform in these best (and worst) of times. Myth Matters host, Catherine Svehla PhD, shares her knowledge of mythology and depth psychology to bring you into the story circle. She offered this podcast under the name “Myth in the Mojave” for 6 years and 127 episodes are also available under that name. Check out “Myth Matters at www.mythicmojo.com and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. Enjoy patron-only content and help this unique story circle grow by joining Myth Matters on Patreon. Thanks for listening and keep the mystery in your life alive.

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Episodes

Gilgamesh Part 3: Crossing the Waters of Death

11/14/2019
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“Here is the epic of the fear of death.” Ranier Marie Rilke This program is the third and final episode in my telling of the ancient Sumerian myth of Gilgamesh, the hero-king of Uruk. When he was a young man he terrorized his people, but at the end of his story they say that Gilgamesh was wise, that he traveled the world and knew secret things. What happened to Gilgamesh? He faced his fear of death. Death isn’t something that we’re generally encouraged to contemplate and yet this...

Duration:00:47:33

The Sumerian Myth of Gilgamesh Part 2: Humbaba and the Cedar Forest

10/31/2019
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In part 2 of this 3-part series, Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu venture into the sacred cedar forest to confront the demon Humbaba and make great names for themselves. These actions and motivations may seem questionable today, and raise questions about the enduring value of the ancient story. What do these two have to teach us about the human condition? Do they simply illustrate timeworn heroic values—for better or for worse--- or does this poem connect past and present in a meaningful,...

Duration:00:44:33

Gilgamesh Part 1: The Creation of Enkidu

10/17/2019
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The Sumerian myth of the hero-king Gilgamesh may be the oldest story in recorded history and yet, his quest for meaning is poignant and powerful today. This podcast is part 1 in a 3-part series on this myth. In this episode we meet Gilgamesh and his friend and alter ego, the wild man Enkidu. Transcript and links to bonus material available at www.mythicmojo.com Support the show

Duration:00:34:30

Perceval: Wandering in the Wasteland

10/3/2019
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In the last podcast I told you the beginning of the Arthurian legend of Perceval and his quest for the grail, written by the French poet Chrétien de Troyes in the 12thcentury. This story, and others about King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable, were part of an important cultural conversation, a conversation about the rights and authority of the individual. Perceval’s quest for the grail is easily understood as a quest for self-realization, and an assertion of the need felt by each...

Duration:00:49:49

Life is an Adventure: Perceval's Grail Quest

9/19/2019
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“You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path. Where there is a way or path, it is someone else's path [...] If you follow someone else's way, you are not going to realize your potential.” ― Joseph Campbell Some people seem to know the purpose for which they were born very early in life. Others of us stumble along searching for a long time. The Arthurian legend of Perceval and the Story of Grail can tell us something about how the quest for self-fulfillment...

Duration:00:33:09

The Greek God Pan: Nature or Human Nature?

9/5/2019
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“Tell me Muse, about the dear son of Hermes, the goat-footed, the two-horned, the lover of the din of revel, who haunts the wooded dells with dancing Nymphs who tread the crests of the steep cliffs, calling upon Pan the pastoral god of the long, wild hair…” Homeric Hymn to Pan Many, if not all of the old gods, are embedded in what we now call the “natural world” in one way or another, so what makes Pan the Greek god of “nature?” How has he been treated by Western culture over the centuries,...

Duration:00:37:28

Wandering Aengus and Singing the Swan's Songs

8/21/2019
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What is the source of creative ideas and guiding visions, and how do they come to us? How do our creative ideas change and how do we change along with them? In this episode I share a Celtic story that offers an opportunity for meditation on these questions. The story of Aengus and Caer is based on myths that inspired the poet William Butler Yeats to write his poem “Wandering Aengus.” Here are a few words from Yeats about the creative life: “The greater energies of the mind seldom break...

Duration:00:30:13

Reciprocity and Right Relationship: Reflections on “The Queen Bee”

8/8/2019
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Fairy tales are inherently subversive. If you sit with one, if you think about what puzzles, delights, or infuriates you, you will be changed. And there are thousands of fairy tales and stories in cultures around the world, that have this power. “The Queen Bee,” a fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm, was new to me when I set out to record this podcast. It’s pretty short and I didn’t expect much. I didn’t love the story or think that it would find its way into a podcast, but the tale...

Duration:00:42:00

Taking Flight: The Conference of the Birds

7/25/2019
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“These lofty words are an antidote for anyone sickened by extremism’s poison.” Attar The Conference of the Birds is an epic poem from the 12thcentury written by Sufi poet Farid ud Din Attar. The story is an enduring source of insight and inspiration for truth seekers everywhere. Rumi, said, “Attar is the soul itself.” If you want a story to speed you down the path to your fulfillment then let Attar be your teacher. If you are feeling lost, beat down, angry, or despairing, let the story...

Duration:00:37:35

Poseidon and the Best Laid Plans

7/11/2019
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“I sing of the great god Poseidon, mover of the earth and fruitless sea […] god of the deep, shaker of the earth […] tamer of horses and savior of ships […]” Homeric Hymn to Poseidon After the Olympians defeated the old gods, Zeus and his brothers, Hades and Poseidon, divided the world into three realms. They drew lots to establish which of them would rule over each. Poseidon was awarded the ocean. In this podcast I talk about Poseidon and share some his myths, including his role in...

Duration:00:38:13

Fate, Free Will, and Being Human: Insights from the Greek Myth of Oedipus

6/27/2019
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In the Greek myth of Oedipus a king tries, unsuccessfully, to avoid fulfilling a horrifying prophecy. He doesn’t escape his fate and yet free will exists, doesn’t it? Did Oedipus make a critical mistake? Did he have other options? Do we? Reflections on the message and meaning of the tragic fate of King Oedipus and how it can illuminate the dance with fate and destiny today. A transcript of this episode is available at www.mythicmojo.com. Thanks for listening! Support the show

Duration:00:27:41

Knowing Thyself: The Greek Myth of Oedipus

6/13/2019
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How do you come to know yourself? What does this mean and how is this task accomplished? Most importantly, do you really want to know? The quest for self-knowledge lies at the heart of human experience and it is a quest surrounded by questions. Some of them are addressed in one of most famous Greek myths, the myth of Oedipus, immortalized in a trilogy of plays by Sophocles from the 5th century BCE. In this podcast I tell the story of Oedipus and reflect on the connection between this...

Duration:00:41:47

Artemis and Your Place in the Family of Things

5/30/2019
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When the moon shone, Artemis was present, and beasts and plants would dance.” Karl Kerenyi An exploration of Artemis, Greek goddess of the moon, the hunt, and wilderness, and the myth of her fateful encounter with Acteaon, that may help you find your place in the family of things. A transcript of this episode is available at www.mythicmojo.com. Thanks for listening! Support the show

Duration:00:38:10

Moonstruck with Selene and Hecate

5/16/2019
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Summer is almost here, bringing warm nights perfect for stargazing and communion with the moon. A full moon rises here in the United States on Saturday May 18th, so this podcast includes stories and information about two Greek moon goddesses, Selene and Hecate, and an invitation to develop your night vision and capacity for magic. Bathe in the silver shimmer, get moonstruck, and maybe a little bit mad. A transcript of this episode is available at www.mythicmojo.com. Thanks for...

Duration:00:35:07

Love and Beauty: The Greek Myths of Aphrodite and Eros

5/2/2019
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“Without warning As a whirlwind Swoops on an oak Love shakes my heart.” ---Sappho In this podcast I share some of the ancient Greek mythology about Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, and Eros, the God of Desire, the force that brings people and things together. These are universal, timeless energies and the Greek ideas about them, personified in this Goddess and God, can help us expand our thinking about the role love, beauty, and desire play in our lives. Aphrodite is depicted as very...

Duration:00:30:21