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Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker

Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker

Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker is a writer, college English teacher, and hearth Pagan/Druid living in northwestern Oregon. Her magickal roots include Pictish Scot and eastern European/Native American medicine traditions. Sue holds a Masters degree in nonfiction writing and loves to read, stargaze, camp with her wonder poodle, and play in her biodynamic garden. She’s co-founder of the Druid Grove of Two Coasts and a past faculty member of the online Grey School. Sue has authored Crafting Magick with Pen and Ink and The Magickal Retreat (Llewellyn, 2009-2012) and regularly contributes to the Llewellyn Annuals. Visit her at on Facebook.

In our last installment-discussion of Joseph Campbell’s seventeen-part hero’s journey, a.k.a. the monomyth, we explored the hero’s “call to destiny.” In the “call,” the hero becomes aware of something he or she must do—a destiny that must be fulfilled.

Today, we’ll move to step two: “refusal of the call.”

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    Arthur says #
    Refusal of the Call is an important part of the monomyth, but there's sooo much more to it - see KalBashir.com for a 2100+ stage
The Hero's Journey: The Call to Adventure

Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey is divided into three stages. The first stage is the period of “Separation,” and the first step in this stage is “The Call to Adventure.

Let's begin by considering the nature of the “hero.” Throughout this series, I will switch back and forth between the terms “hero” and “heroine” for the sake of avoiding biological exclusivity and as a concrete acknowledgement that that nature of the modern hero has begun to change.

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  • Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker
    Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker says #
    Thank you, Ted-- and yes: absolutely! Frodo is called to carry the One Ring out of Mordor. Harry Potter is called to Hogwarts. Jas
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    I'm enjoying this. Your description of the Call to Adventure also reminds me of the Bagginses - Bilbo and Frodo.
Encountering the Monomyth

 

Today, we begin a discussion of the hero’s journey.

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    Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker says #
    And I apologize for the typos above. Augh. Wrote this rather fast before dashing out the door-- that'll teach me!
  • Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker
    Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker says #
    Thanks, Pegi, for your comments. I am aware of "Campbell criticism"-- I'm a college English professor and a trained folklorist. On
  • Pegi Eyers
    Pegi Eyers says #
    You need to know that there is a a huge critique of the "monomyth" that has been underway for some time. Now criticized as an over
  • Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker
    Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker says #
    Thank you so much! I look forward to looking at your work.
  • Sable Aradia
    Sable Aradia says #
    I look forward to this series with excitement! I did a three-part series on the Monomyth and how to apply it to our own lives at

Well, as Samwise said at the end of The Lord of the Rings, “I’m back.” A string of family/personal life events have wrapped me tight physically and emotionally over the past months, and I’m just now climbing back into the writing and blogging saddle, so to speak. I hope some of you are ready to ride along with me again and haven’t forgotten me in the lapse, for I haven’t forgotten you.

CampbellThis entry will be a short one—a teaser, so to speak. I’m planning to launch a series of posts about the mysteries of the sacred and the importance of ritual. I’m an admitted fan of Joseph Campbell’s work (right), particularly his explorations of the hero’s journey and the monomyth—the “one story” that wends throughout the human experience. In the hero’s journey—also called the hero’s quest—an individual receives a call to destiny, embarks upon a series of tests and challenges, and emerges at journey’s end changed in some way and perhaps even having undergone a rite of passage. Each of us makes many of these journeys in our lives, and it’s through these trials that we grow and find out what we’re made of.

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Meet the Fool

 

Dear readers…. I’ve been away for a couple of months following my mother’s death. It was the right time to just go quiet for a bit, and I needed time to begin dealing with the paperwork associated with her death and estate, the scope of which I could not have imagined. Work was ridiculously busy, too, and I simply had no time (or energy) left for such luxuries as blogging.

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Words for Loss

My mother died early this morning, following a long illness and a rapid recent decline. In her spirit, I offer these words, taken from the Portland First Unitarian Church service last weekend. It's important to remember that all life passages are holy, and all are a cause for celebration, and honoring.

 

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  • Anne Newkirk Niven
    Anne Newkirk Niven says #
    Dear Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. If you feel the need/desire to talk, call me 888-724-3966. I lost my dad and mom as a yo
  • Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker
    Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker says #
    Thank you, Anne....
  • Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker
    Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker says #
    Thank you, Natalie. I appreciate it....
  • Natalie Reed
    Natalie Reed says #
    So sorry for your loss - may your mother's journey to the Summerlands be swift and joyous.

It’s the Sixth Day of Twelvetide, and tonight we welcome in the Gregorian New Year of 2013! This is traditionally a night of festivity and merrymaking. Many religious communities celebrate this as “Watch Night.” Gathering before midnight, they watch the old year pass and the new one begin, giving thanks and asking for good favor in the next 365 days.

 

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  • Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker
    Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker says #
    Thanks for sharing....
  • Byron Ballard
    Byron Ballard says #
    At the turn of the millennia, we had the perfect First Footer--a handsome, dark-haired man bringing alcohol and chocolate. I've f
  • Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker
    Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker says #
    That's fabulous, Anne! One year, we tried to stage a first foot-- but my dog beat everyone else across the threshold. At least he
  • Anne Newkirk Niven
    Anne Newkirk Niven says #
    I'm married to a full blooded Scot, and learned the First Foot rule from my mother-in-law Susun. (RIP). From the stories I heard f

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