Friday, December 23, 2016

Incantations Episode 8 - The Blue Sun and Surreal Dragons

We're back onto the Path of Suns this episode, and we also discuss how we might make surreal dragons.

Show Notes

Segment One - The Blue Sun (The Careful Gaze of the Grigori)
  • The Blue Sun -- link
  • The Sandman -- link
  • Midnight Nation -- link
Segment Two - Surreal Dragons (Reflecting a Different Truth)

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Music in the episode was drawn from the song "Beyond" by Wes Otis and Plate Mail Games. It is available at DriveThruRPG.

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1 comment:

  1. i thought this excerpt from Joseph Campbell's interview with Bill Moyers might be interesting in the context you've created here with dragons (as well as with dreams) --

    Moyers: Does your study of mythology lead you to conclude that a single human quest, a standard pattern of human aspiration and thought, constitutes for all mankind something that we have in common, whether we lived a million years ago or will live a thousand years from now?

    Campbell: There's a certain type of myth which one might call the vision guest, going in quest of a boon, a vision, which has the same form in every mythology. That is the thing that I tried to present in the first book I wrote, The Hero With a Thousand Faces. All these different mythologies give us the same essential quest. You leave the world that you're in and go into a depth or into a distance or up to a height. There you come to what was missing in your consciousness in the world you formerly inhabited. Then comes the problem either of staying with that, and letting the world drop off, or returning with that boon and trying to hold on to it as you move back into your social world again.

    Moyers: How do I slay that dragon in me? What's the journey each of us has to make, what you call "the soul's high adventure"?

    Campbell: My general formula for my students is "Follow your bliss." Find where it is, and don't be afraid to follow it.

    Moyers: Is it my work or my life?

    Campbell: If the work that you're doing is the work that you chose to do because you are enjoying it, that's it. But if you think, "Oh, no! I couldn't do that!" that's the dragon locking you in. "No, no, I couldn't be a writer," or "No, no, I couldn't possibly do what So-and-so is doing."

    Moyers: When I take that journey and go down there and slay those dragons, do I have to go alone?

    Campbell: If you have someone who can help you, that's fine, too. But, ultimately, the last deed has to be done by oneself. Psychologically, the dragon is one's own binding of oneself to one's ego. We're captured in our own dragon cage. The problem of the psychiatrist is to disintegrate that dragon, break him up, so that you may expand to a larger field of relationships. The ultimate dragon is within you, it is your ego clamping you down.