Alchemy and the Hermetic Tradition: Mircea Eliade and Carl Jung

The relationship between Mythology and Religious traditions is an intricate weaving of metaphor. Both Mythology and Religion have a similar function of relating lived experience to a universal purpose. Often, religion relates life choices to divine models, while Mythology creates narratives that contextualize the experience. In many instances mythology and religion function simultaneously. However, a major distinction between the two traditions is that mythology is defined as an adaptive narration, and dogmatic perspective restricts religion to a lived mythic model. Though there is a wide continuum of religious interpretation ranging from orthodox to eclectic, as a lived mythology, religion is … Continue reading Alchemy and the Hermetic Tradition: Mircea Eliade and Carl Jung

Remedios Varo: The alchemy of art in exile

Remedios Varo was exiled from her native country of Spain. Having moved to Paris, France in pursuit of a lover and being associated with leftist political thinkers, she found the border closed to her return during the Spanish Civil War. When World War II broke out, she found herself fleeing Nazi persecution aided by the resources of the intellectually powerful Surrealist artists. Her second exile was one of uncertainty, fear, and physical strain. Varo was accepted into Mexico as a political refugee. The experience of immigration is one of redefinition. The context of identity shifts from being founded in shared … Continue reading Remedios Varo: The alchemy of art in exile