Winter 2011

Joseph Campbell network in Ireland

Joseph Campbell enthusiasts appear to be scattered far and wide in Ireland so from here out we will use the Mythological RoundTable® Group of Dublin on group to provide a means of building a network and keeping in touch.


Mythos III
Tim Halford
Tim Hallford of the JCF at the back of Newgrange.

Campbell cited Thomas Mann and James Joyce as his formative influences and frequently quotes Portrait of the Artist, Ulysses and Finnegans Wake through out his won masterworks (The Masks of God I-IV). The JCF is planning to a feature on Campbell and Ulysses in Mythos III. Tim Hallford arrived in Ireland in September from the US to make contacts and gather materials for the project. He also took the opportunity to visit many or Ireland's ancient sites.

Summer 2011

Jesse Tree in Swords Castle

A year or two ago when we first did the photos for the Norman Archbishop John Comyn of Dublin's summer residence in Swords Castle, we indicated that the McCorkell brothers who had completed the side windows were going to use the Jesse Tree window at Chartres Cathedral as the inspiration for the main window of the restored chapel. The McCorkell brothers have since done a magnificent job on the Swords Jesse Tree and it was installed in late 2010. To see it in its full glory look it up under Comyn's Chapel in the Project Gallery Section or visit the chapel itself in Swords - visit the archaeologists office and ask them to open it. Also included is a close up of the Upper Section which is otherwise difficult to appreciate. The magnificent restoration work appears to have slowed on the Swords Castle as a whole since the onset of the current recession but hopefully Fingal County Council will continue to support it.

Word Sleuth:

ताराtārā (SKT) - goddess of compassion:-

Taras are goddessess of compassion that are each said to be a personification of a tear of divine compassion. There are references of up to twenty one different taras who are differentiated, in the first instance, by colour. ie. the White Tara, Green Tara etc. It may be noteworthy that in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake, Isabel falls to earth as a singult tear and the names of her twenty eight companions are all colours.
The Sanskrit title has two meanings: saviour and star. In the first sense it derives from the Sanskrit root tr?, which means to cross, traverse (river etc) to transport, surpass or overcome; also to liberate and to escape. In the latin noun ter-minus, boundary, limit, terminal, term the emphasis is shifted, the Roman deity Terminus, presided over boundaries.
The second sense, star, is derived from the Sanskrit root, str?, which means to scatter, expand or spread out and is related to the English star, aster and strew.

Title: The Mythic Image - Authors: Joseph Campbell - Pub: Princeton-Bollingen - ISBN: 0-691-01839-1