Once Upon a Time in the West
Recorded September 19 2020
Our ancestors were wise women, alchemists, oracles and mages. Our stories tell of shapeshifting, of mysterious and life-changing initiations in dark woods, of intense participation in the web of life. Once upon a time, the Smith represented the deepest archetypal magic, and the Hero gained the greatest gifts by acts of compassion, not individualism. The West wasn’t always what it is today. Somewhere along the line, and really not very long ago, we lost our way. How do we pick up the dropped threads, and follow the
trail of breadcrumbs home? How do we carry our ancient native traditions forward into a new and ever-more-challenging world?
Sharon Blackie, PhD is an award-winning writer with a wide international following, a psychologist who has specialized both in neuroscience and narrative, and a mythologist with a specialization in Celtic Studies. Her work focuses on the relevance of myth, fairy tale, and folk traditions to the personal, social, and environmental problems we face today. She is the author of The Long Delirious Burning Blue; If Women Rose Rooted; and The Enchanted Life. Her books have been translated into multiple languages. Sharon lives on a smallholding in the Cambrian mountains of mid-Wales with her husband, dogs, hens and sheep.