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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 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 the Ars Viarum Magicarum Magical Conservatory (school of magic). 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.

Note: I'll be back to the Hero's Journey next time, but this topic came up on the Facebook "Magickal Community and Education" group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/MagickalCommunityEducation/). Rather than simply posting my thoughts there, I thought they'd make a decent blog post. I look forward to everyone's thoughts.

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  • Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker
    Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker says #
    And thank you! I appreciate this-- and I'll modify accordingly.
  • Piper
    Piper says #
    Thank you, This is nicely done and avoids most of the baggage that surrounds this issue, I do have 1 thing to add, your statement

 

And thus, with the harvest of the fall equinox, begins a new day in blogging, following a couple of years of family needs and then a long recovery from a knee replacement, which, although successful, has been way more involved than I could have imagined. Those challenges, along with intensive (read: time-consuming) physical therapy and full-time work, have more or less sucked me dry and left me unable to keep up with this blog.

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  • Guy Teague
    Guy Teague says #
    great article prof! and happy mabon to everyone. bb /s~
I'm Back, and I'm Bionic!

Dear friends and patient readers, I am sorry to have neglected you for so long. But the cause has been a good one! Three decades ago, I injured one knee, and four arthroscopies, lots of PT, and a good deal of pain later, it was time to give up and have the total knee replacement that had been planting itself securely in my path for the last several years.

I spent the latter part of autumn in aggressive physical therapy and preparation for the procedure. The surgery itself was in early December, and I've been rehabbing ever since. I'm doing very (very!) well, but this is a challenging surgery to have and to recover from-- lots of hard work involved. Much pain to be pushed through. I also returned to work months earlier than most people do after TKR; I'm a teacher, and I wasn't willing to be separated from my students for months. So, I gritted my teeth and was back at work only 4.5 weeks after surgery (for reference, most people don't return until 4-6 months postop).

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The Hero's Journey: Supernatural Aid

       This post is one of a series examining the individual steps in Joseph Campbell’s “hero’s journey” model.

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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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  • Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker
    Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker says #
    Hi Arthur. Sorry to have not seen your message sooner. Yes-- of course there is much, much more to this. I mean, we could write an
  • Arthur
    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
    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

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