Myths and Storytelling

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Welcome to my latest blog series Myths and Storytelling!

I have explored ancient myths and stories my whole life. I was blessed by an Irish grandmother who told me many stories when I was a child. I am convinced that the Irish are one of the Great Storytellers. I have always had visions of storytellers. In my mind they would sit around the fireplace or a pot bellied stove telling tales to all who would listen to them. Captain Gregory in The Mystery of Devil’s Gulch series is one of those kind of storytellers. Oral tales are part of the history of all the books we have in our libraries or homes around the world. Stories are the fabric our existence. Myths make up the tapestry of our collective consciousness.

Myths have been around since the beginning of time. Shared personal experiences have been used as stories both as oral history, paintings and eventually writing. The magic of story transcends age and time. Our society has books, audio books, movies, television, videos and YouTube just to mention a few ways that we all communicate our stories.

Thanks to storytelling bits and pieces have come to us from so many ancient cultures such as Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Egyptian, Chinese, Mayan and Babylonian history just to mention a few. Legends abound and have been shared from all cultures and walks of life. Stories from Australia, South America, India, Nepal, Ireland, Spain, Italy and Africa all seem to have similar themes for their people.

It fascinates me at how many cultures that are so different can share the same general ancient stories that are passed on through time.

In this series I would like to explore some of the great storytellers and myths that I love. Be prepared that this blog will be written through the lens of my perspective as a lover of writing, books and story. There are thousands of years filled with humankind stories, but I will attempt to explore some of the more significant ones as we travel through the next few blogs of this series.

I also want to mention that our online writing workshops are now up and ready to be downloaded along with new books that will be available in 2018. Welcome to Synchronicity Publishing and thank you for reading my ramblings on myths and storytelling.


Archetypes For All of Us – Part 3

Fairy Tree In Mystic Forest archetypes

Welcome to part three of our archetype series. I have so enjoyed exploring these archetypes that there will be more adventures around this topic in 2018. For now let’s see what Carl Jung, and Joseph Campbell had to say about the primary archetypes that we see in stories and myths around the world.

Carl Jung has written volumes of books that explore archetypes in writing and dreams. We are looking at the last four of his primary ones. The Jester lives his life out living in the moment. He believes or acts like we only live once so live life with full enjoyment. Their goal is to have a great time and lighten up the world. There are many names for the Jester. Some of them are the Fool, the Trickster, the Joker, the Comedian or Practical Joker. It appears that their greatest fear is being bored or boring others. They use many strategies to play, be funny and make jokes. The jester does need to be careful not to be too frivolous or waste too much time. As an archetype their greatest talent is Joy.

The next Jungian archetype we touch on is know as the Thinker. This archetype spends their lives focusing on finding the Truth. They do this because they believe that the Truth will set them free. They use intelligences and analysis to understand the world. This archetype is known by many names. Some of them are the Sage, the Mentor, the Expert, the Scholar, the Detective, the Advisor, the philosopher, the Academic, the Researcher, the Planner, the professional, the Teacher or the Contemplative. This archetype fears being misled, duped or being ignorant. The Thinker’s strategy to reach their goals is to seek out information and knowledge, and self-reflection by understanding thought processes. The sage is known for their intelligence and wisdom. They do need , however, to be careful with their projects and know when to ACT and not just study details forever.

The next primary Jungian archetype is called the Visionary. They make things happen. They want to understand the basic laws of the Universe. They are called many names the Magician, the Catalyst, the Inventor, the Shaman, the Healer or the Medicine Man or Woman. The Magician works towards making dreams come true. Developing a vision and living by it is their best strategy. Unintended consequences unnerve them and they fear that their actions might create negative unintended outcomes. Even the most powerful Visionary has to watch out for becoming manipulative. The Magician archetype is a master at finding win-win solutions to any problem.

Our last primary archetype of Carl Jung’s that we are going to explore today is most often called the Ruler. They believe that the only thing in life is Power. This archetype is most comfortable being in control. The Ruler is also known as the Manager or Administrator, the Politician, Role Model, the Aristocrat, the Boss, the Leader, the King or the Queen. they want to create a successful, prosperous family or community. Their most common strategy is to exercise power to get what they want. Sometimes in their need to reach a goal they can be authoritarian and unable to delegate responsibility to others. In the positive archetypes of the Ruler they use their leadership skills responsibly.

Now we will briefly explore one of the world’s greatest spokesman for archetypes, Joseph Campbell. In the previous blogs we discussed the Hero, Mentor, Ally, and the Herold from Joseph Campbell’s work.

Our fifth archetype that Joseph Campbell brought to light is called the Trickster. This archetype adds humor and fun to the story. During gloomy or tense parts of the story the Trickster jumps in to give the reader or the audience a break. Also the Trickster is there to challenge what has always been (the status quo).

Some wonderful examples of great Tricksters are Dobby and Luna Lovegood from J.K. Rawlings Harry Potter series and the two hobbits, Merry and Pippin from JR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series.

Our next archetype is called the Shapeshifter. Often the Shapeshifter blurs the line between the ally and the enemy. Their loyalty is in question. They provide a delicious combination of appeal and danger. Often the Shapeshifter benefit the stories by creating interesting relationships among the characters, and adding tensions to the plot line. Some of the best examples of the Shapeshifter archetypes are the Beast from the classic story The Beauty and The Beast. Also Snape from the JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series and Gollum for JR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series.

The next archetype Joseph Campbell brings to our attention in his work is called the Guardian. His job is to test the hero of the story before they face their great challenges. They block the entrance so to speak. This archetype tells the hero to forget their quest and go home. Some good examples of this archetype is in many of Rick Riordian series. The Threshold Guardian characters in his first book of the Percy Jackson series, The Lightning Thief are the furies.

Yoda from the Star Wars series by George Lucas has several archetypes. He is a Mentor, Trickster and the Threshold Guardian. Yoda protects the secrets and wisdom from Luke Skywalker until he proves himself worthy. The Dursleys are the Threshold Guardian archetype in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. This archetype exist to make sure the Hero is prepared for his adventure.

Number eight and final archetype we will explore in this series is called the Shadow. Joseph Campbell’s shadow archetype shows up in many stories and myths around the world. Our hero not only needs a force to fight against in one way or the other he or she needs to see the similarities between himself or herself in the Shadow figure. Luke Skywalker and his father Darth Vader are a great example of this dynamic. Frodo’s greatest fear as he see Gollum in the Lord of the Rings series by Tolkien is what the ring did to Gollum could happen to him. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has Harry struggle through all the similarities between himself and Voldemort.

Well we have come to the end of this series and I do hope you have enjoyed our discussion. Of course there are volumes of information on archetypes, and if you are interested in this topic I suggest you go to your library and start doing all the wonderful research that is out there for those who want to know. Thank you for visiting our website and please come back often.

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Archetypes for All of Us

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Welcome to Synchronicity Publishing LLC ’s blog. This is a special blog to me because we are starting a series exploring archetypes. The term “archetype” came from ancient Greek. The root words are archein, which means “original or old” and typos which means “patterns, model or type”. Combing these means “original pattern” of all similar persons, objects or concepts that are copied or modeled in some form.

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TURTLE the Symbol for Mother Earth, Longevity & Awakening to Opportunities

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Over five years ago I was in Trinidad to visit my daughter and her family. On that trip I had an experience I will never forget. We went to the North part of Trinidad and saw large sea turtles come ashore, lay their eggs, cover them up with sand and then go back into the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. It was late in the season so we were also treated to the sight of hundreds of baby sea turtles hatching out of their shells and scurrying down to the sea bravely. Turtles have always been important to me. Continue reading “TURTLE the Symbol for Mother Earth, Longevity & Awakening to Opportunities”

The Awe Inspiring Whale


Growing up my grandmother and I would go to the Pt. Loma Lighthouse to watch the whale migration every year. They send chills up and down my spine, especially when they jump out of the water splash back down as they dive deeply into the ocean. Years later I went on an Alaskan cruise, and saw both Killer Whales and a huge pod of Humpback Whales close up. It was amazing. Seeing whales is a tremendous blessing I will always treasure. Continue reading “The Awe Inspiring Whale”

The Power of Hummingbirds

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I adore hummingbirds. The thrill of watching
them return every spring fills me with boundless joy and happiness. When I travel I am so pleased to see hummingbirds in so many different parts of the world. There are over 300 species of hummingbirds. They can fly forward and backward, up and down with such great speed while swiftly beating their little wings; they can even hover in the air. Continue reading “The Power of Hummingbirds”

The Magical Raven


This June I will be part of a wonderful educational cruise to Alaska.

As I think about that cruise I remember all the amazing creatures that were there when I went years ago with a friend. In the Pacific Northwest, the Raven was believed to have brought forth life and order to earth. The Native Americans of the area believed the Raven stole the sunlight from one who would keep the world in darkness. Raven is honored in art and on totem poles throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Continue reading “The Magical Raven”