VOLUME 1, NUMBER 2Spring 1976
Magic, when it is not just trickery, seems to play with laws, to
make the magician's will the supreme agent. The word itself comes
from a root meaning "to be able, to have power." The magician is
the magus, the mighty one, the worker of
miracles. What then is magic, what is a miracle? Where does the
power come from? What laws is it above, and what laws is it under?
For in the hierarchy of nature we know of nothing below the divine
Absolute that does not obey the higher cause. What are the laws of
magic? --from the editorial Focus
ARTICLESBALANCING BETWEEN WORLDS: THE
SHAMAN'S CALLINGBarbara G. Myerhoff
The shaman's special vocation and grace: to maintain an
equilibrium between the worlds that sustain human existence
TAKING CASTANEDA SERIOUSLY Daniel C. Noel
The quandary about how to approach Castaneda's work itself
gives a clue to the direction of the path with heart.
THE WAY OF THE WIZARD Robert S.
The persistence of wizardry into our time recalls the enduring
connection between the magician and religious vision.
MAGIC, SACRIFICE, AND TRADITION: PRELIMINARY
NOTE Jacob Needleman
Ground-breaking suggestions toward a new understanding of the
traditional meaning of magic and sacrifice and their intimate
relation to the religious quest.
THE BITE OF THE HUNTER'S GHOSTVictor W.
The techniques of an African chimbuki may tell us a great deal
about our own cultural notions of sickness, health, and the
dynamics of curing.
NARCISSUSThomas W. Moore
A fresh reading of this classic myth finds it more a tale of
positive self-transformation than a tragic story of destructive
DIVINE LAW, HUMAN JUSTICEChristmas
The difference between the two, explored by a man who is both a
judge and one of the West's leading Buddhist scholars.
LIVING MYTHS: A CONVERSATION WITH JOSEPH
The ways in which myths endure and are lived today; readers
familiar with Campbell's work may discover a few surprises in this
TANGENTSBooks in Review
JUNG, IN THOUGHT AND FEELINGRobertson
Davies on C. C. Jung: His Myth in Our Time and Jung
and the Story of Our Time
THE ORDEAL OF MYTHLESSNESSTed Estess on
EPICYCLES Traditional Stories from
around the World
THE SIN OF SHAH KAVUS Persian
GAMES OF XIBALBA Mayan
TALES OF A DEMON: THE LANGUAGE OF SIGNS Indian
THE MOON AND THE KING'S SON African
SPELLS FOR THE MAN OF SLACK WATER FARM Finnish
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