Mythic adventure

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The Devil’s Advocate

In which the curmudgeonly old sod puts the world to rights.

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With a hat-tip Stewart Brand and all due deference to Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces and Christopher Booker here are the seven stages of the mythic journey:

  • The vision
  • The point of departure
  • The labyrinth of darkness, challenge and disorientation,
  • The reassuring sight of the vision
  • The payoff - and the unexpected payoff: the thing you gained that was beyond the vision
  • The slow return to the ordinary world, so assimilate what you have gained
  • The memento: a phyiscal reminder of your journey for you to keep