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:

*weghos (PIE) - way,path:-

The old PIE root is manifested in English way and German weg. However if we look eastwards, in Sanskrit we have marga. About which, discussing the difference between temporal art and the religious iconography of India's myriad gods and goddesses, Joseph Campbell writes:

In contrast to the figures in works of secular art (desi) they [images of the gods] open the mind to brahman and are know themselves, as the path or the way (marga). The sanskrit marga is derived from mrg, to hunt (by following the track of an animal through the forest to its lair), the animal to be found through contemplation of the image of a god being, of course, that indwelling golden person (purusha) which is one's own eternal portion. (The Way of the Seeded Earth vol1 p29)
Further east we find the notion in Chinese tao or dao, The Way, a comprehensive philosophy of life which unlike the introverted philosophies of India is very much imbued with awe at the physical wonder of the world. Further east again in Japan the word reverts again to many different paths with the word   - dō . It retains its abstract sense and can be found in the names of many disciplines such as Bushidō 武士道 - the Way of the Warrior; Chadō 茶道 - the Way of Tea; Jūdō  柔道  -the Gentle Way; Kendo 剣道  - the Way of the Sword, Aikidō 合気道 - roughly, the Way of Harmonising (with) Life Energy. The indigenous Japanese pantheistic religion is called Shinto 神道, roughly, the way of the spirit/s.
The dash and lower part of the character denotes movement and the right part of the character denotes chief/main. So the kanji in its most prosaic sense means main road.

Title: A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters - Authors: Kenneth G. Henshall - Pub: Charles E.Tuttle Company - ISBN: 4-8053-0509-6
Title: The Way of the Seeded Earth I - The Sacrifice - Authors: Joseph Campbell - Pub: Perennial Library - ISBN: 0-06-096350-6
Title: Wikipedia Articles - Authors: Various - Pub: Wikipedia, - ISBN: n/a