The Hero’s Journey: A Solid Kick to the Groin

In folklore, mythology, history, and religion you will find instances of the “hero’s journey”.  Much like Jung’s
archetypes, the hero’s journey is universal regardless of culture.  The basic, bare bones telling of the hero’s journey
is as follows:

A member of a tribe, through fate or choice, becomes exiled by their fellow tribesmen, thrown out, or leaves the
tribe.  Thus begins the hero’s journey, where the hero learns of a different purpose separate of the tribe, has their
purpose tested, and inevitably they return where they are welcomed back as one who has gifts to share with the tribe.

Does that sound familiar to you now?  How about, an independent blind girl in an isolated village in old Pennsylvania
suddenly must leave her family and village to travel through a dark alien forest inhabited by horrible monsters to get
medicine for her dying true love?  Yes, that’s the plot for the film The Village, and it is a marvelous example of the
hero’s journey.

It sounds so brave, so noble, the hero’s journey.  Down right epic.  Doesn’t it just seem like everything should just fall
into place?  You know your purpose, you’re to lead the Jews out of Egypt, you’re to find the shard (do you know what
that one is from?), you’re to do whatever “it” is.  It just seems like once the hero steps on the path, each step is
surely predestined to land exactly where it should be.  On the surface, it would appear to be a place where there is
no doubt or fear.

Of course, life has the tendency to kick you in the groin.  Heroes suffer, physically and I am sure, emotionally.  To
paraphrase a thought from Carolyn Myss’s book “Sacred Contracts”, if Buddha could occasionally wonder if he’s on
the right path, well then EVERYBODY has got to wonder from time to time, no matter how certain the path seems.  
There you are, certain that this is it, the path to take.  Each of your steps fall exactly as you feel fate would have it.  
But just as every hero on the journey encounters obstacles that make them wonder, life kicks us average Joes
square in the groin, and let’s face it, that makes anyone wonder.  

We don’t all have epic hero’s journeys to take, but all of us want to find a path to follow.  I consider these to be
“average Joe” journeys.  None of us want to start our own religion or feel we’re going to end up in circumstances
where the fate of the known world is in our hands.  “Average Joes” want to know they’re doing right for themselves,
their families, and their communities.  Just because we’re “average”, doesn’t make our “average” journeys any less
scary, painful, or difficult.  As I have said, and will say again, life will sometimes just kick you in the groin.  
Occasionally, while you’re crunched in the fetal position, rolling around on the floor, life will gut kick you, just to make
sure you felt it.  The thing that makes the journey heroic is when you get back up and start on the path again.  

This month’s issue features lots of wonderful people who in my opinion are undertaking extraordinary journeys: Lisa
McSherry, who is helping us explore nature based spirituality online; the editorial staff of Hinduism Today, that helps
hopeless bumblers like me understand what Hinduism is; and the folks at Pagan Troop Support, that insure that
Pagan and Wiccan soldiers are supplied with the tools necessary to practice their faith.  I’d be comfortable knowing
that the fate of the world was in their hands.

‘Til Next Month,
Best Wishes to all our friends,

An Introduction to Hinduism: Part 2

Hinduism’s three pillars are temple worship, scripture and the guru-disciple tradition, around which all spiritual
disciplines revolve. These include prayer, meditation and ritual worship in the home and temple, study of scripture,
recitation of mantras, pilgrimage to holy places, austerity, selfless service, generous giving, the various yogas, and
following good conduct.
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What does a lily mean? The Fleur-de-lys

Behold my friends, the power of three. For some reason it always comes down to three. Bad things supposedly come
in threes; for me it’s more like tens. Wiccans observe the rule of three, mind the threefold law ye should, three times
bad and three times good. The influence of three can even be felt in the symbolic life of the lily. Welcome to The
Magical Buffet, the fleur-de-lys.
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Profile: Pagan Troop Support

The purpose of Pagan Troop Support is to provide a support system to our Pagan/ Wiccan military men and women
who are deployed overseas. Through donations we hope to provide them with the ritual items needed in order to
practice their faith and perform ritual wherever they may be and also to provide a networking resource to them as
well as their families.
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Ten Questions with a Virtual Pagan

Need we say more? I thought not. Click Here

Magical Buffet Mythology: Set

Attempting to discuss Set can be a tricky endeavor. Like all deities, he has had a long and varied existence, and
those darn Egyptians were so fond of writing about their gods that the stories are long and the inferences are many.
So, bear with me as I take a stab at talking about Set.
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Product Profile: Moonlit Creations

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Baku: Eater of Nightmares

Bad dreams, everybody has them.  Sometimes they stick with you throughout the day, making it hard to
concentrate.  Like the first slumber party I went to and some genius suggested that we watch “Poltergeist”.  
Nightmares are a common occurrence and their effects are universal.  It is no wonder that in Japan and China bad
dream equals bad luck for the dreamer.  Fortunately, they know what to do to prevent this.  
Call on the baku.
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