Mythopoeia through blogging


Pronunciation /ˌmɪθə(ʊ)ˈpiːə

mass noun

  • The making of a myth or myths.‘For, as noted above, Tasso’s is the first vernacular poem to mold Musaeus in the Ovidian heroic manner: apostrophe, ethopoeia and digressive mythopoeia abound.’

Intention statement, mythopeoia, and Personal Myth

As may be the case for many who start out blogging, I’m looking at this as a big experiment, a hobby, and a way to reach an audience with my ideas and art – to share my perspective with the world.

Coming from a relatively short-lived career as a high school art instructor (slightly under 10 years), I decided to pursue a MA/PhD in Mythological Studies with Emphasis in Depth Psychology. I’m almost 3 quarters in, and I intend for this blog to document parts of my educational experience, showcase my visual art, share random thoughts and ideas and network.

The study of Myth is great and vast, and I am but a grain of sand. In crafting and curating this blog, I intend to engage in the act of personal meaning-making, or as I see it, becoming a more active participant in my Personal Myth.

*I am curious to know if and how people will respond to my reflections and posts. Please like, comment, and share feedback as you see fit! I love to engage in conversation and would love for this blog to serve as en extension of that. Share your thoughts! I can be reached via email at as well. Much love. 

Why Mythological Studies; and what does that have to do with Depth Psychology?

Hi Friends,

This is the part where I formally introduce myself and write a little bit about why I’ve decided to start a blog. My name is Gerry. I’m 41 years old and am currently enrolled in a MA/PhD program in Mythological Studies with Emphasis in Depth Psychology. Before I go into my personal history, let me take a moment to explain what my degree program is about and what it means.

Right now, I am in the third quarter of my first year of study in the program. That means that technically, I am not yet an active PhD student. In other words, being that the program itself provides a highly specialized degree, all candidates must complete three years of work in preparation to complete their work. The first two years culminate in the completion of a “Comp” exam. After receiving a passing mark on my comps, I will be awarded a Master of Arts (or “MA” in my field of study. After that, each candidate completes a third year of post-graduate study which includes instructor-guided preparation towards the develop of his, her, or their dissertation research.

After the third year of study, I will have 1-2 years to complete my dissertation work. Upon completion of my research and approval of my defense, I will be awarded a PhD in Mythological Studies with Emphasis in Depth Psychology.

Now again, what on Earth does that mean?

This is going to be tough, and I will probably need to edit it over time, but here is my initial attempt to describe our coursework. It goes something like this: through reading ancient texts and comparing World Mythology, philosophical studies, examining the history of Mythology, learning approaches and methodologies to the study of Myth, a learning the history and practices of Depth Psychology (from Freud to Jung to Hillman to von Franz to now), and finally, always with an emphasis on the analysis of Myth through a Depth Psychological lens, we look deeply into Self and world in an attempt to understand the subconscious and understand our own Personal Myths and the way Mythology impacts the current world.

My amazing and incredibly gifted writing tutor (who is a fiction writer herself), @Anne Larson, told me to think of grad school as a way to provide a vast amount of information and sources to be indexed and resourced later throughout the course of my career.

SO, here I am! I am three quarters of the way into my first year of studies, and I want to share my experiences, my setbacks, my vulnerabilities, my creative works, and ultimately, my process as the work develops over time.

I also plan to share past and future creative workings, personal writing and anecdotes, short stories, insights, thoughts, poetry, visual and performance art, and anything else that comes up along the way!

I ask only that you respect me as an individual, and I promise to do the same. I’ve been told before my more than a few wise people in my life that I am here to be a bridge… to help bridge divides between peoples, groups, and worlds. I vow to do my best to build as many bridges as I can while I’m here.

With love and respect,


A decision years in the making.

My earliest memories of my Dad involve silliness, laughter and sheer joy for him to finally come home from work each day. Each night, he climbed into bed and read to me. Most of the stories were FULL of adventure, heroism, sacrafice, self-discovery or even complete transformation. In this nightly ritual, my Father stoked in me the fires of my own imagination. He blessed me with an insatiable sense of curiosity that, to this day, has pushed me along in my personal quest for knowledge and understand, a fascination with life’s mysteries, the joys of making art and teaching it with Chicago Public Schools. 

As a young artist, both during the development of my thesis work as a BFA student and afterwards, I quickly learned that my best work happened through taking creating risks and stepping fully into The Unknown. I have since come to see this process as being almost mystical in nature. This understanding coupled with my initial exposure to Joseph Campbell’s theories on the Monomyth and “The Hero’s Journey” which he laid out in his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces and Carl Jung’s theories about the collective unconscious, the archetypes and the role they play in the artistic process helped build the foundation for my future career in the arts and as a Storyteller.

 I was born in 1980, and my intense awakening to the works and insight of Joseph Campbell became notable to my memory sometime during my studies as an undergraduate student in the Baccalaureate of Fine Arts program at The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. My Father was100% Irish Catholic. He was the youngest of seven and was born just after his parents lost all of their newly earned wealth during the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and The Great Depression that followed. It’s almost surreal to be recounting this tragic tale of my Father’s poor childhood (told always by Mother) as we are currently experiencing the closest thing to The Great Depression that we never thought we’d come to behold ourselves; a thing that, in of itself, seemed more Myth or Fairy Tale then cautionary – something  shocking but too tragic, too bad and too far away to be repeated: it was a story told of a different time – something that happened to a much younger nation which had learned its lesson and moved on. 

My introduction to Campbell’s theories on mythology remains a most significant event during my eventful time spent as a student in the BFA program at the University of Notre Dame from 1998-2003. I was fortunate enough to be afforded the opportunity to study at a liberal arts school such as the one at Notre Dame where I had a wide range of experiences aside from my area of concentration in Studio Art.

Aside from my initial courtship with the ideas of Joseph Cambell (which seem to have been most impressive contemporaneously – and impressively-so currently), Before that time, I had found Mythology to be seductive, yet persistently allusive to my youthful point-of-view. I understood how clearly significant these ancient stories were, but I didn’t understand why or how. I didn’t get the metaphors and mirrors – those mirrors into the Self and the labyrinthine maze of the psyche with its terrifying beasts lurking in the shadows and its puzzles, angels, and its gods and goddesses.

College changed my life. I did not enter into it with any practical ability to draw and in fact saw drawing at the time as an unattainable ability that some people had, but I clearly lacked and would never possess. I was fortunate enough to answer a scary, yet persistent itch to take a drawing class which I conceded to scratch by taking an Intro to Drawing for Product Design class during which time I gained unexpected personal satisfaction having previously been strikingly unconscious of my own desire to pursue drawing nor any ability nor talent in it. While only receiving a “C” in that class despite obvious personal improvement during one semester of study, I was so fascinated with the process of drawing and surprised by own ability to learn how to do it that I went on to choose it as my focus of study – one of the great, collective nightmares of the majority of contemporary parents. Though once my enthusiasm began to show, to their credit, they did start to come around. I completed my degree at Notre Dame with the unanticipated, yet life-altering experience of having my thesis work in studio art designated as “Best-inShow” for the graduating class of 2003. The drawing professor who taught the drawing class that tempted me through the terrifying, yet exhilarating threshold into an entirely unknown realm in my life with a “C” also had the good nature to approach me after I was presented with the award by a line of art professors become personal heroes, most of whom possessed a hitherto, unfamiliar look to gaze which I can affirm now was admiration and respect. My initial drawing professor had the decency to congratulate by telling me how “shocked” he was, my mentor and advisor cried and embraced me after a rich and emotional ride to success largely made possible via her guidance and instruction, and a professor under whom I did not personally study stood up during my thesis defense process and stated that there was no negative criticism for me to defend due to the unprecedented quality and affect the work provided, and, and notable to me, I sounded “like a real artist” while after answering some previous questions about the process of creating it and my history with it. 

This experience set the stage for my further calling into Myth and storytelling. This laid the framework for my work as studio artist, performer and workshop instructor for Von Orthal Puppets in Chicago creating and performing original designs under the direction of Cynthia von Orthal. Cynthia, who garnered significant attention during her initial career as a Hollywood TV and film actor, pursued post-graduate studies in Prague of the ancient art of puppetry after having a life-changing experience in the forests of Peru where she was received cosmological guidance to create the Von Orthal Puppet Studio under the mission to “travel the world telling the story of our hearts”. Cynthia decided to follow this mystical guidance and upon our meeting, I found myself immediately enamored with her passion and the multi-cultural nature of her work having been largely inspired by the traditional “Bunraku” (hand and rod) puppets of the traditionally Japanese style. We soon recognized our similar passion for art and storytelling, and she took me under her wing as one of her apprentices and colleagues.

By the time I met Cynthia, her studio practice was well-established and she quickly became equally a mentor and personal creative hero. When she asked me to come work on the production of a show that she had agreed to coordinate on with a fledgling non-for-profit in Guatemala called “La Casa Kame”, I agreed with much enthusiasm. The show itself would be performed just outside the ruins of Tikal, Guatemala at a gathering of Maya elders they organized in an effort to help them learn to communicate with each other anew after many years of tribal isolation placed on them by the Spanish Empire after colonizing the area centuries prior. We spent a year creating and workshopping the show in Chicago which we called “The Galactic Mayan Project” and performed and “La Unificacion Maya” Gathering in Guatemala at the beginning of 2010. We then traveled to another location in Guatemala where we performed the show in a local community auditorium as part of a cultural outreach program. After completing this first show, we began work on another yearlong production of an entirely original VOP production and full-length stage theatre show called Berwyn Ave. which told the autobiographically-inspired story of a summer during CVO’s childhood growing up in the Northside-Chicago neighborhood of Ravenswood. Having the opportunity to help create, produce, perform in and assist in the direction of these two shows with VOP were two of the most satisfying years of my life, the memory of which I can recount to any audience with rich and vivid detail due to the extensive nature of our collaboration. After completing 6-week, 5-day per week run of Berwyn Ave. at one of the largest theatre spaces in Chicago, The Ravel Theatre ( I would go on continuing to work with VOP until I left Chicago in 2010.

Selena Madden

Mythology | Mysticism | Spiritual Traditions | Warrior Arts | Dance

Siva jyothi

Trending content,lifestyle,fashion,sky view,Nature,food recipe,Nutrition,travelling,animals,parks,

The Hermit Poet's Ramblings

Poetry BLOG By Edge of Humanity Magazine

Tryep's Possibly Mythical Stories

Where Myths Are Maybe Real

Goal Hall

Self-Improvement | Fitness | Motivation | Entrepreneur.

Freedomwarriorpro Internet Marketing Blog

How To Make Passive Income From Home.

Dread Poets Sobriety

Irreverence's Glittering New Low!

Cristian Mihai

builds stuff

Welcome to lithostudios'BLOG


Something to Ponder About

Life - Photography - Traditional Art

words and music and stories

Let's recollect our emotions in tranquillity


Adventures and Postcards from the road

Daydreaming as a profession

Daydreaming and then, maybe, writing a poem about it. And that's my life.

Story Empire

Exploring the World of Fiction

A Teacher's Reflections

Thirty Years of Wonder

One Woman's Quest

Passion for writing ignites my soul's momentum

Emotional Shadows

where all emotions are cared for!

Vova Zinger's Photoblog

The world around through my camera's lens

%d bloggers like this: