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Have you wondered why most of the popular myths of the hero’s journey are from ancient civilizations? Why don’t we have an American myth? Well, we do, and we have been privileged to witness the birth of this powerful myth, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. As an archetypal story, it follows a pattern that extends back into ancient civilizations and their mythologies. Dorothy's journey away from Kansas and back again represents a spiritual quest, an expedition to inner dimensions to face all aspects of the Self. We will explore this move towards wholeness or individuation.
We will learn how the theosophical roots of the author L. Frank Baum helped create the rich depth of meaning that was born into existence in 1900 as a book and later reincarnated as a movie in 1939. Using the structure of Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey as well as astrological concepts, we will examine Dorothy’s longing for home, the Scarecrow’s, the Tin Woodman’s, and the Lion’s search for the things that will make them complete, the Wizard’s fear and frustration that result from his pretending to be something he is not and the universal need to believe in something or someone.
Learning about the deep wisdom in the story of the Wizard of Oz may help us develop a deeply rooted map for wherever we are in our own life and find the eternal truths in this story that helps us make sense of our own existence.
Janet Kane is a professional consulting astrologer, teacher, and writer. She uses archetypes found in literature, myths, fairy tales, and film in her consultations, courses, and workshops. She has taught at Mount Vernon College, The Jung Society of Washington, The Friends Wellspring Conference, and Washington College in Chestertown, MD. She is the founder of the Wisewoman Forum in Washington, D.C. She publishes a free, on-line newsletter, Mythic Zodiac.
You can contact her via her blog at http://www.mythiczodiac.com.
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