Angels and daimons – cultivating our inner imaginarium

Imaginarium: a place dedicated to cultivating the imagination. And the practice of mythic imagination which I teach is premised on the fact that we all carry within us our own unique inner imaginarium, which in turn forms part of our own unique mythopoetic identity. We are each haunted by different images; we each resonate with different myths [...]

2019-04-21T11:54:30+01:00April 21st, 2019|Article|6 Comments

Finding the gods in our places again

A couple of decades ago, when I was once again delving deeply into my roots in psychology and mythology, I discovered the writings of Kathleen Raine. I’d long admired her as a poet, but hadn’t really grasped the extent of her scholarship in the realms of the imaginal and the imagination – something I was [...]

2019-02-20T10:26:27+01:00February 20th, 2019|Article|9 Comments

How to do mythology properly

For the past fifteen years I’ve lived in locations haunted by herons. My character Old Crane Woman (who I wrote about in The Enchanted Life, and whose stories you can find under this blog in the posts labelled ‘Grey Heron Nights’) sprang from one of those haunted places: a river in Donegal which was home [...]

2019-04-24T09:15:13+01:00August 29th, 2018|Article|17 Comments

What the Storyteller Knows (Grey Heron Nights 12)

Yes, there’s some overlap in these recent posts; after all, I’m making it up as I go along. Each early morning with a notebook brings a new set of reflections to add to the soup. Dream-makers, memory-keepers, storytellers – in a sense, they’re all part of the same thing. But they each have different gifts, [...]

2017-12-26T16:00:42+01:00December 26th, 2017|Article|7 Comments