Journal: August 2016

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Table of Contents

  • Cover Art by Larkin Hawks (iv)

“Beltane” is an archetypal image of the dynamics of the Soul.

  • Introduction (v)

  • How the World Ended: Myths of Retrospective Eschatology and the Struggle Between Hope and Loss (1)

    By Michael D. Nichols, PhD—This paper explores the eschatological views of three separate myth traditions: Aboriginal Dream Time, the Indian epic Mahabharata, and Tokein’s Lord of the Rings. It shows what we can learn by viewing the “end of times” as an event that has already happened in the past.

  • “La Luna” by Larkin Hawks (13)

    An image of the Divine Feminine.

  • Mobius-Framed Space: A Glimpse of the Macro in the Micro (15)

    By Janet Bubar Rich, PhD–An essay that explores the symbols and dynamics of dreams. The author shares one of her own dreams as a case study for the analysis.

  • Art by Lisa Brinkman (23)

    “Cosmic Ocean” explores the themes of the ideal and the real. “Twins” are images in multi-medium of the Divine Feminine.

  • Seeing Nature with the Eyes of an Elephant Queen (29)

    By Susan Paidhrin, PhD—Dr. Paidhrin explores humanity’s relationship with nature through the vision of archetypal compassion and multiple interpretive traditions.

  • Art by Christopher Paidhrin (47)

    “Elephant Queen” is a digital image exploring the fractal aspect of nature and soul.

  • The Celestial Puns that Produced Pegasus (49)

    By John McHugh—A fascinating exploration through language and history showing how the stars that form the constellation Pegasus were first imagined and how this constellation tradition descended through time and culture.

  • Imagining Bhutan: Journeys through “The Last Shangri-La” (73)

    By John Gentile, PhD—The author explores the culture of the last Buddhist monarchy in the Himalayas, the Kingdom of Bhutan.

  • Art by J’aime ona Pangaia (95)

    “Ghost Wall” and “Encircled” are two archetypal images exploring the dualities of being. The artist gives a poetic reflection on her art.

  • Paging Prometheus (99)

    By Balbir Mathur—The author is the founder of an international organization that helps communities around the world. The organization also plants trees within the communities. This short paper is a reflection on human ecological relationships.

  • The Dismissal of the Divine Feminine (103)

    By Cynthia Smith, PhD—The author contemplates her experience with fundamentalist Christianity and her path towards consciousness through the archetype of the Divine Feminine.

  • Art by Libby Hoagland (109)

    “Venus Rising,” “Pondering,” and “Navigation” are three multi-medium pieces of the Divine Feminine. The artist uses handmade papers to create the image of the goddess.

  • Glimpses of the Numinous (113)

    By Pamela Bjork, PhD—Dr. Bjork discusses the spark of creativity that underwrites the vision of the artist. She reflects on her own experience with creating art.

  • Art by Pamela Bjork, PhD (119)

    “Ode to Turner” and “Twenty Four” are two abstracts created from the free flowing imagination transferring spirit to canvas.

  • Introduction to the Orion and Jesus Papers (121)

    A brief explanation of the discussion between John McHugh and John Knight Lundwall, PhD regarding the hypothesis of the sea walk story of Jesus and its relationship to the stellar theology of ancient cultures.

  • How Orion’s Ability to “Walk upon the Sea” Was Ascribed to Jesus (123)

    By John McHugh—McHugh proposes that the astrological tableau of Orion, Gemini, and the Argo were the images that underwrote the New Testament story of Jesus walking on water. He further proposes a daring hypothesis that puns within the titles of the constellations were the source material for every motif in the Christian story.

  • The Heavenly Shepherd: Approaches to a Resurrection Story (153)

    By John Knight Lundwall, PhD—Dr. Lundwall responds to McHugh with a critique on methodology. Lundwall then explores McHugh’s proposal and shows surprising connections between the astrolatry of Orion and the Jesus narrative. He also explores the nature of biblical studies, early Christian liturgy, and pagan and Christian cosmology.

  • Author Biographies……………………………………………………………………..187