The Mythic Imagination - talks, trails and mysteries
  Weekend 11-13 October 2019  
  Messengers and Meaning  
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  Friday, 11 October  
  5.45pm Welcome. Registration and drinks.
James Harpur. A brief introduction to the weekend: 'Imagination and the Golden Chain.' The tradition of imagination as opposed to reason, from the Neoplatonists via the Romantics to modern psychology.
  6.30 pm Supper  
8.00-9.00 pm Merrily Harpur. Illustrated talk: 'Foxes and Angels: animal messengers and daimonic signifiers.
  Saturday, 12 October  
10.00am Jules Cashford.  Illustrated talk: The Myth of the Messenger – Part 1. From the archetypal image of the Bird who flies between the worlds, from the ‘Bird Man’ Shaman of Lascaux through ibis-headed Thoth to Hermes’ winged sandals.
  11.15 Refreshments  
  11.30 Jules Cashford. The Myth of the Messenger – Part 2. From the winged Angels of Annunciations to the ‘poet’s eye’ glancing from heaven to earth and earth to heaven’ – all images of  the reconciliation of the two worlds that creates a new whole – which Shakespeare calls Imagination.  
  12.30pm Lunch  
  1.45 Trail: The mythic landscape. Guided by Patrick Harpur and Merrily Harpur  
  4.30 Tea  
  5.00 New film and discussion by Jules Cashford - The Mystery of Jan van Eyck
6.30 Supper
8.00-9.00 James Harpur. Illustrated talk: The Galloping Centaur: the Strange World of W.B. Yeats. In the summer of 1896 Yeats received a visionary dream of a ‘galloping centaur’ and other images – like messengers from the anima mundi – and dwelt on them for the rest of his life. James explores Yeats’s account of this dream and how he made use of it in his poetry.
  Sunday, 13 October
  10.00am James Harpur. Poetry workshop - the theme of The Messenger in the work of poets, ancient and modern. All texts will be provided.  
  11.00 Refreshments  
11.30 Lindsay Clarke. Talk, ‘Encounters with Hermes'.
12.30pm Lunch
  1.45 Trail: Daimonic messengers. Guided by Patrick Harpur and Merrily Harpur  
  4.30 Tea and discussion: Patrick, James, Merrily and Lindsay answer questions.  
  5.00 Farewell  
  Talks are illustrated with Power Point projections as appropriate.
Patrick, James and Merrily will be present most of the time (except for lunch) for informal questions and discussion. Lindsay Clarke and Jules Cashford will be present some of the time.
N. B. The programme is flexible - timings and individual talks within it may change slightly.
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Courses overview
  The Golden Chain  
  '...Call the world if you Please "The vale of Soul-making". Then you will find out the use of the world (I am speaking now in the highest terms for human nature admitting it to be immortal which I will here take for granted for the purpose of showing a thought which has struck me concerning it). I say 'Soul making', Soul as distinguished from an Intelligence. There may be intelligences or sparks of the divinity in millions - but they are not Souls till they acquire identities, till each one is personally itself. Intelligences are atoms of perception - they know and they see and they are pure, in short they are God. How then are Souls to be made? How then are these sparks which are God to have identity given them - so as ever to possess a bliss peculiar to each one's individual existence? How, but by the medium of a world like this?' ~ John Keats, letter 14th February 1819