I have redesigned my website/blog to suit the nature of interests in mythological symbolism and contemporary politics which is the essence of the nonfiction book I am currently writing on Arthurian legend and Celtic symbolism titled, The Sword and the Scabbard: The Political and Spiritual Ethos of Arthurian Legend. This website, Mythic Musings, focuses on mythology, Jungian archetypes and symbolism in political and nonpolitical contexts. It pays particular attention to the symbols of the sword and the scabbard (stone) found in my nonfiction work in progress. These symbols also find their way into my fictional children series, the Urweltchronicles (see my other website urweltchronicles.com featuring the first book in the series, The Lioness and the Faery Queen (in revision) and related content (faeries, music, Wales, magic).
I also wanted to provide more goodies on this site about Jungian archetypes found in contemporary political events, and mythological symbolism and archetypes in general that I imported from my politicalmythos site which I will no longer use as it is too narrow in focus. Below is an introductory preview and the imported posts with more to come in 2015 and 2016!
The sword and scabbard are at the symbolic core of Arthurian legend. The symbolism not only dwells in the stories of the coming of Arthur as the great king and uniting force in Great Britain destined for the gifting of the magical sword, Excalibur, by the Lady of the Lake, it also comes down through the ages from the teachings of the Kabbalah and the reworking of archetypal imaging found in other legends of Norse and Greek legacy. From Greek myths we have the magical sword of Peleus, and from Norse mythology we have the god-given sword driven into the Branstock tree by the great god, Odin, to be at last drawn out by Sigmund, the youngest son of the dynastic House of King Volsung. But none quite captures the mystical realm of King Arthur and his legendary knights of the round table. Other iconic archetypes include Merlin, at once arch druid, sage, magician, magus and Arthur’s closest counselor; Arthur’s faerie bride, Guinevere, from the Summerland and her star-crossed lover, Sir Lancelot; and finally, Morgan le Fay, priestess, enchantress, healer, half-sister and true mystical consort of the sacred king, Arthur.
Books, poems, blogs on each one of the characters comprising Arthurian legend abound, but I will focus on how the many storied aspects of the legend relate to the overarching symbolism of the sword and scabbard set in Celtic mythology, Kabbalistic symbolism, and further realized through Jungian archetypes.