Category Archives: Archetypal Psychology

Ralph Waldo Emerson & Other Renaissance Men (“Every Thing is Significant”)

Robert D. Richardson, Jr. begins his masterful biography of 19th century essayist, lecturer, poet, and Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson with these lines: “On March 29, 1832, the twenty-eight-year-old Emerson visited the tomb of his young wife, Ellen, who had been … Continue reading

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“Tributes to Soul-Making” (“The Hadean Perspective”)

One of Mythfire’s favorite selections from psychologist James Hillman’s impressive oeuvre is all of five pages in length. Entitled Hades, Persephone, and a Psychology of Death, the passage can be found in “Dehumanizing or Soul-making,” the final chapter in Hillman’s Re-Visioning … Continue reading

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“The Streets of Philadelphia” (“Eros’s Faces of Love”)

Before we leave Clarence Clemons and Bruce Springsteen for next week’s trip to Hades, Mythfire would like to respond to a few comments generated by the last two posts. Readers understandably take offense to the suggestion that the exceptional friendship … Continue reading

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