Interpreting Myths About Mount Shasta

Interpreting Myths and Mount Shasta For those myths that originate in the Mount Shasta area, it is up to the reader to determine whether to believe it as literal history, or a symbolic story. The history of mythological theory includes either the literal or the symbolic interpretation of myths. Taken literally, myth is a primitive... Continue Reading →

Atlantis and Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta, California Before the sinking of Lemuria and Atlantis, there was an Atlantean colony in northern California. When the great flood submerged Atlantis and Lemuria, those who were able fled to the highest mountains and established a colony in the mountainous country. Gradually, they became smaller and smaller in number until today, there are... Continue Reading →

A Short History of Occultism

The dominant theme of the occult groups is the neo-platonic concept of a hierarchical universe with impersonal gods. In this view, humans are composed of a mind, body, and spirit, which are connected to the universe and the spirit is detached from their physical body. Historical Roots of Occultism             The modern myths of Lemuria... Continue Reading →

There is Nothing “New” in the New Age

The New Age is not a Movement             Groups such as the I AM Movement, Rosicrucians, the Lemurian Fellowship, Theosophy and Doreal’s Brotherhood of the White Temple Church are occult groups that transitioned from the nineteenth century into the twentieth century. These groups were the precursors to other ideologies and forms of mysticism that took... Continue Reading →

Interpreting Myths with Feminist Theory

One popular way that myths have been interpreted is through a feminist approach. This method of interpretation requires attention to gender difference, patriarchy, and sexual politics. Gender roles reflect social constructions of behavior; the roles are malleable and can be constructed in other ways. Feminist readings of mythology, especially those of the Goddess, provide alternative... Continue Reading →

Mount Shasta as a Sacred Place

Northeast side of Mount Shasta, Northern California. Sacred Places          Fixed places in the environment like Mt. Shasta allow people to “dwell” with meaning, or allow people to reflect how they belong, or associate themselves with their particular environment. When there is no permanent place in the world, people use their imagination to transform a place... Continue Reading →

Occult Groups of the Future

Will Occult Groups Succeed?             Occult groups that incorporate new ideas with old ones are most likely to succeed. For example, early Christianity placed Christmas on December 25th, an important Pagan holiday to ensure the survival of Christian mythologies. Mormonism asks Christians to accept a new third testament, not to reject the Old and New... Continue Reading →

Interpreting Myths and The Ancient Greeks

Classical Ancient Greek silhouettes The studies of mythologies prior to the 1760s were not a body of sacred stories but the science of allegorical reading. Ancient Greeks were the first to question the history and meaning of myths. In the sixth century BC, Xenophanes of Colophon (570-478 BC) concluded that humans pictured their gods in... Continue Reading →

Sacred Places and Mythology

Mount Shasta, California The Importance of Myth and Place             Myths help to negotiate concerns of life and provide a framework for relations with other people, nature, and the sacred. What people maintain as sacred includes myth, symbols, rituals, ceremonies, artifacts, places, and time. Myths provide a link between the known and the mysterious. There... Continue Reading →

Interpreting Myths in the 19th Century

There were several dominant methods of interpreting myths in the nineteenth century. The most widely accepted method was studying myth as a pre-scientific explanation of nature. Primitive science equaled primitive belief. Today, myths are no longer interpreted as an early form of science or a primitive stage of thinking. Myths are perceived as an alternative... Continue Reading →

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