"This is the light of the mind, cold and planetary."
The Moon and the Yew Tree
The urge to explain and understand the world of natural phenomena cannot properly be seen asparticularly scientific, but must be seen, rather, as generally human. It is well known that longbefore Copernicus described his radical and revolutionary picture of a helio-centric universe thathuman beings, from around the world, were giving form to the origins, motions and motives of thevastly complex and depthless sky above them. Through mythic narratives of super-human heroesand anthropomorphic goddesses and gods, pre-scientific societies placed order among the cosmos.The Moon has always held a place of particular fascination in our earthbound lives, provoking theimagination to escape its limits and, as we look outwards, moving us towards an understanding ofour inner selves, in all our human complexity. Monuments and shrines have been built to her;calendars follow her motion; ancient Gods and Goddesses mimic the Moon's gentle and unendingpull on the forces of life. Myths, as Carl Jung has described, bring us back in touch with ourselvesand, to that effect, can never be replaced by science. In this sense, it would be detrimental tocompletely dissolve these mythic narratives into an archaic and unsophisticated past.Is it not possible, on one hand, to deny the factual accuracy of these stories while, on the other,appreciating their import in our socio-political world, to see them as "facts of the mind," which,when projected, take on a worthwhile reality unto themselves; to understand them, not as theantitheses of science but, instead, its antecedents; to understand, not only their dangers, butalso their power to free the human imagination, enabling us to envision new worlds, overcome oldboundaries, and eventually move us all forward to a better understanding of ourselves and theuniverse around us.
Stories and MythsScandinavia
"The Wolves of Ironwood"