Today I’m pleased to share with you a video clip of an interview with Richard Tarnas – one of the most influential and perceptive cultural philosophers of our time. In Passion of the Western Mind (1993), he presented a vast overview of the history of western thought and culture, with predictions of where both were heading. In 2007 he published Cosmos & Psyche, which traces the connection between cosmic cycles and archetypal patterns of human experience.
The following clip (at the end of this post) references Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey,” and discusses how we as a planetary body might now be in a mass “death & rebirth cycle.” How is it playing out? Look around!
The hero’s journey justly applies to our current situation. If you’re unfamiliar with the hero’s journey, here it is in a simple diagram in which our “hero,” trucking along in his mundane life, finds himself called to an adventure. He must leave all that he’s known up to this point behind to answer that call. The adventure is deep, profound, and wrought with danger.