Know Thyself: The King’s Speech

“Know thyself,” admonished the Oracle of Delphi.“If that which you seek you find not within, you will never find it without,” wrote Doreen Valiente.When I saw The King's Speech, I thought about those quotes. And about the kinds of power represented—power that comes from within, from knowing one's self and having a healthy pride in one's abilities and accomplishments. And the kind of power that is accorded by holding a certain place in society. Power that comes from without. Power that comes f … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Kathy Nance on Winter’s Bone

Winter's Bone is named for an old saying. To “throw someone a bone” is to give her a scrap of kindness, a small favor out of one's larger store.To give less, in other words, than one could ultimately afford to give.Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) and her family live on the bones and scraps of contemporary American society. Her meth-cooking father is missing. Her mother has retreated into the dark landscape of her own mind. The 17-year-old girl is acting head of the household. We see her coo … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Kathy Nance on The Black Swan

Inside each of us is a shadow.For Natalie Portman's brittle ballerina in The Black Swan, that shadow could have been her salvation. Instead, it drove her mad.In Jungian psychological terms, our shadows are the parts of us that we deny, but which must be explored and incorporated in order for us to be whole. One way to work with the shadow is to draw it out in order to explore its attributes more fully. When we know our shadows, we come closer to knowing our whole selves.I couldn't stop … [Read more...]

Do The Gods Really Talk To Us?

Patheos' What Do I Really Believe series wants to know if we hear messages from all that is Divine? What do you think? P. Sufenas Virius Lupus and K.C. Hulsman are among the Pagan responses on the main page but several other Pagans responded to the question."Highway to Hel" columnist Galina Krasskova writes:Ah, of course the Gods talk to us. I think a better question would be “Do we ever really listen.”?  The Gods never stopped talking to Their people. It was we who turned away from Them, w … [Read more...]