VOLUME 6 NUMBER 1
The world-navel stands, as it were, at the midpoint of another
symbol, the cosmic axis, the pole that pierces the three worlds and
has as its prototypes pillars, obelisks, minarets, spires, and
ziggurats. The Milky Way is also held to be a pillar. And also a
path to be taken. In old British maps one finds Watling Street,
still one of the thoroughfares of London, continuing all the way
through Europe and ending up in the sky. No break, in fact, between
Earth and Heaven. Step off a pavement in the city and you're en
route for Orion. Whether you get there is another matter. And the
cosmic axis can be assimilated to the World Tree, for me the most
central of all. Think of the Norse Yggdrasil, on which, having
parted with his right eye in exchange for the gifts of memory and
premonition, the god Odin hung suspended, making himself fruit.
"Nine days I hung on the windy tree, Offering myself to myself."
With such a phrase humming within us, can we say that the Gods are
dead? --from "What the Bees Know" by P. L. Travers
NATIVE EARTH Peter Matthiessen
Seeing what is really there.
THE ENCANTADOS David Guss
Spirit people of the Venezuelan jungle.
PARABLE OF THE TREES AND THE STARS Victor
The last of the Lacandon Maya.
CONNECTION ¬†Peter Nabokov
The cave of hands.
A RAMAGE FOR WAKING THE HERMIT Robert
EARTH AND SPIRIT Paul Caponigro
WHAT THE BEES KNOW P. L. Travers
The primary wisdom of myth.
A FORM EMERGING
Eskimo nature poetry selected and introduced by John
BRIDGE OF FIRE Carol and Philip
An interview with Dastur Dr. Firoze M. Kotwal, Zoroastrian high
THE PHOENIX D. M. Dooling
An earthquake in Peru: destruction and renewal.
THE AGONY OF NATURE Peter Heinegg
The function of the hero.
MYTH AND PROPHECY Thomas Buckley
Origins and ends.
OUR MOTHER EARTH Oren Lyons
A challenge from the keepers of the land.
ReviewsRAVEN AND FIRST MEN Robin
A contemporary sculptor follows his tradition.
THE INFERNAL METHOD George Quasha
William Blake--artist as transformer.
EPICYCLES: Traditional Stories from
around the WorldTHE KILLING OF THE SMOTHERS-FIRE
WITIGO Cree (Native American)
Told by Joseph Badfoot Michael; translated by Howard
THE CREATION OF THE WORLD Ugandan
THIS IS WANDJINA Australian
Told by Albert Barunga
WHY ANT HAS A SMALL WAIST Taos Pueblo (Native
Retold by Terry Tafoya
Retold by Padraic Colum
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