Kathleen Jenks, Ph.D.

As of 1 June 2003, retired core faculty member,
Mythological Studies Department, Pacifica Graduate Institute:
Home of the libraries & archives of Joseph Campbell, Marija Gimbutas, & James Hillman //
249 Lambert Road // Carpinteria, CA 93013.

I am a scholar-adviser to the Black Earth Institute,
a progressive think-tank dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society.
I am also on the Board of Directors of the Bodhi Tree Educational Foundation.

Since spring 2006: Ordinarius (aka "advisor") for M.A. and Ph.D. students
at the Graduate Theological Foundation in South Bend, Indiana,
affliated with Oxford University in England.

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Author's Note --
13 December 2001:

This is a new portal page for Myth*ing Links, my annotated, illustrated collection of worldwide links to mythologies, fairy tales & folklore, sacred arts & sacred traditions.

When I open a new book, I love it when the author begins with a series of epigraphs collected over a lifetime.  It gives me a sense of the workpoints, the guy-lines, the inspiration, the parameters, the trajectories in and out of the thin places, from which the magic has been worked.

With this in mind, I have decided to give Myth*ing Links a Portal Page of epigraphs to illustrate some of the qualities of wonder, insight, and beauty that inspire me -- and that I hope you'll find within these many pages.

NOTE: you can always go straight to my Home Page (see large "Enter Here" links above and at the bottom of this page), but if you have time to linger, I hope you'll keep reading.......

Gerard Manley Hopkins:

And for all this, nature is never spent;
    There lives the dearest freshness deep down things....
[From "God's Grandeur"]

Joseph Campbell:
... myths -- that is to say, religious recitations [are] conceived as symbolic of the play of eternity in time.  These are rehearsed not for diversion, but for the spiritual welfare of the individual or community.
...Living myths are not mistaken notions, and they do not spring from books.  They are not to be judged as true or false but as effective or ineffective, maturative or pathogenic.  They are rather like enzymes, products of the body in which they work; or in homogeneous social groups, products of a body social.  They are not invented but occur, and are recognized by seers, and poets, to be then cultivated and employed as catalysts of spiritual (i.e., psychological) well-being.
...out of the whole symbol-building achievement of the past, what survives today (hardly altered in efficiency or in function) is the tale of wonder.  The tale survives, furthermore, not simply as a quaint relic of days childlike in belief.  Its world of magic is symptomatic of fevers deeply burning in the psyche: permanent presences, desires, fears, ideals, potentialities that have glowed in the nerves, hummed in the blood, baffled the senses since the beginning.
[All passages taken from Campbell's Flight of the Wild Gander: pages 16, 6, & 35-36, respectively]

Poet, Katherine L. Morrow:

Ouroboros, the snake swallows its own tail --
Venom slowly slides up the spine.

Ouroboros, the snake swallows its own tale --
A surprising act of honesty in the decline.

[Unpublished poem by Katherine L. Morrow at:]

Poet, Peter Viereck:

Thirst is not reasoned.  There is for each own darkness
No general compass.
[From "Five Walks on the Edge" in New and Selected Poems]

French philosopher, Jacques Maritain:

[Art is] a creative emotion provoked far down in the soul by the irritation of an infallibly sensitive eye and a profound imagination.

[From Art & Poetry:29]

Dancer, Martha Graham:

There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique.  And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost.  The world will not have it.  It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions.  It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.  You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.  You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you.  Keep the channel open....

[Cited in Agnes de Mille's Dance to the Piper:256]

Sufi, Jelaluddin Rumi:

The lamps are many,
the Light is one.
[In the following story, the great prophet Moses has just scolded an ordinary person for addressing God in simple, human terms.  Mortified, the person shrinks away.  God then appears to Moses and says:]
You have separated Me from one of My own.  Did you come as a Prophet to unite, or to sever?  I have given each being a separate and unique way of seeing and knowing and saying that knowledge.  What seems wrong to you is right for him.  What is poison to one is honey to someone else.  Purity and impurity, sloth and diligence in worship, these mean nothing to Me.  I am apart from all that.  Ways of worshipping are not to be ranked as better or worse than one another.  Hindus do Hindu things.  The Dravidian Muslims in India do what they do.  It's all praise, it's all right.  It's not Me that's glorified in acts of worship. It's the worshippers!  I don't hear the words they say.  I look inside at the humility.  The broken-open lowliness is the Reality, not the language!  Forget phraseology, I want burning, burning . . . . Burn up your thinking and forms of expression!  Moses, those who pay attention to ways of behaving and speaking are one sort.  Lovers who burn are another.
[From: Jelaluddin Rumi "God Sees Beneath the Forms."  Translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne;
quoted in Stephen Mitchell, The Enlightened Mind.]

Jungian analyst, Marie-Louise von Franz:

...demonism and creativity are psychologically very close to each other.  Nothing in the human psyche is more destructive than unrealized, unconscious creative impulses....[W]hen it is a question of a mass psychosis, nothing but new, creative, 'redemptive' archetypal conceptions, brought up from the depths, can stop the development toward a catastrophe.

[From Projection & Re-collection in Jungian Psychology:106]

Poet, Marge Piercy:

The press of the years bears down
on us till we bleed from every pore
yet in our cells sun is stored in honey
ready to be spilled or to nurture.
Like wine I must finally trust myself
to other tongues or turn to vinegar.
[From "Cutting the grapes free" in The Moon Is Always Female]

Author, Barry Holstun Lopez:

...That is all that is holding us together, stories and compassion.
[From Winter Count]

Dancer & choreographer, Agnes De Mille:

To make up a dance, I still need, as I needed then, a pot of tea, walking space, privacy and an idea.... It takes hours daily of blind instinctive moving and fumbling to find the revealing gesture, and the process goes on for weeks before I am ready to start composing.  Nor can I think any of this out sitting down.  My body does it for me.  It happens.

Let us try to do a pueblo corn dance and see how far we get.  Most ballet dancers think they can.  It demands no muscles they haven't got.  But the Indians can make the rains come.
[From Dance to the Piper:237 & 171, respectively]

Poet, Marge Piercy:

The real writer is one
who really writes. Talent
is an invention like phlogiston
after the fact of fire.
Work is its own cure.  You have to
like it better than being loved.
[From "For the young who want to" in The Moon Is Always Female]

 Philosopher, Jacob Needleman:

Almost all of us are gasping for more time.  We are starving.  And all of the devices and techniques that our inventive culture offers only increase the yearning for time - like the food of Hell that makes the eater hungrier.  Our cell phones, computers and fax machines and the countless other inventions that "save time" only starve us more and more, exactly like the food of Hell.  We are paying for these things with our time, with our lives, which is our time.

[From Time and the Soul:63]

Irish poet, artist, & mystic, George Russell ("AE"):

One of the first symptoms of the loss of soul is
the loss of the sense of beauty.
[Source unknown]

Author, Marion Zimmer Bradley:

...And, I think, there is no one more dangerous than a man with power who does not realize he is capable of real evil.
[From The Shadow Matrix:326]

Actor, Ralph Waite:

The definition of an alcoholic is one for whom reality isn't enough.

Life isn't a war.  It's a gift.

[From an interview in TV Guide, 7 January 1984, p.38]

Virginia Woolf:
As a woman I have no country.  As a woman I want no country.  As a woman my country is the whole world.
[From Three Guineas, Harcourt, 2006:129]

Author, Norman Cousins:

We in America have everything we need except the most important thing of all -- time to think and the habit of thought.  Thought is the basic energy in human history.

[From Human Options]

Author, Hank Searls:

Mammals, he believed, had been created to turn air and light and protein into thought....

[From Sounding:85]

Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke:

They wished to flower,
and flowering is being beautiful:
but we wish to ripen,
and that means being dark and taking pains.
[From "Im Saal" in Neue Gedichte: Erster Teil.]

Walt Whitman:

You must not know too much, or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers.  A certain free margin...helps your enjoyment of these things.

[Source unknown]

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi:

We have to study with our warm heart, not just our brain.

[Source unknown]

Toni Morrison:

At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough.  You don't need to photograph, paint or even remember it.  It is enough.  No record of it needs to be kept and you don't need someone to share it with or tell it to.  When that happens -- that letting go -- you let go because you can.  The world will always be there -- while you sleep it will be there -- when you wake it will be there as well.  So you can sleep and there is reason to wake.

[From Tar Baby]

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This page created on Little Yule, the feast of St. Lucia (Holy Light),
13 December 2001,
with Netscape Composer/Gold 3.01 by Kathleen Jenks, Ph.D.

14-15 December 2001;
15-16 January 2002 (added many more quotes after going through my collection from the 1980's; Nedstated);
12 March 2002 (added Katherine L. Morrow);
13 August 2002: added e-mail, etc at bottom;
6 May 2003: revised e-mail address;
13 June 2003: retirement.
31 May 2006: removed Pacifica link; added GTF's link.
28 September 2006: removed Nedstat counter after it suddenly started producing pop-up ads.
11 December 2008: added Virginia Woolf source, thanks to Paul. Tweeked a few spacing-issues.

Art, "St. John the Divine in Silence" by Makarov, is used courtesy of
Tradestone International

Update 6 May 2003,  6 December 2006, and 19 August 2010: If you have comments, suggestions, or wish to report a broken link,  please e-mail me at my new address: jenks7ATfrontierDOTcom
[Please forgive the inconvenience of having to type out the e-mail address
but if I use a "hot" link, I get swamped with endless spam.]

Note: I'm always swamped so please don't ask for homework or research help.  I created this huge website and its Search Engine so that you can find answers for yourself <smile>. You will also find resources on my General Reference page.  If you need further help, please check with your own instructors or librarians.  Thank you for your thoughtfulness.
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28 September 2006: my apologies to those who have been taken aback by the sudden appearance of  pop-up ads on this portal page.  I learned yesterday that my statistics-counter, with no prior warning, had just activated a series of rotating ads here.  Myth*ing Links is a non-profit educational site and those ads are completely inappropriate. I have just deleted the counter.  If the ads now "migrate" and appear anywhere else among my pages, I would be grateful if readers would notify me.  So far, the stat-counter firm,, has not responded to my complaints. I've used them since 1998-99 with no problems so this has been very upsetting. Unfortuately, I have far too many pages to disable these codes, page by page.

Bottomline: Please activate your pop-up blockers when visiting my site, if you have not already done so.

18 December 2010: due to a posting error, this "index" site got mixed up with another "index" site of mine on 15 December 2010. So for three days, the wrong page has been comng up! My grateful thanks to Iris for notifying me of this tonight!