Posts By: Willem

  • Deep Mythology

    Lovesick Gods of Heaven and Earth

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    In this story I want to tell you, a great deception took place, long ago. Long, long ago. And yet, the world had left its youth far in the past, by this time. In fact, if one stacked the bones of every human grandmother and grandfather that had lived till then, it would look just… Read more »

  • Games, The Family Round

    Praise for the Dead: A Funeral Game

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    How to improve your ability to grieve openly and cleanly, and put the “fun” back in Funerals! If you wonder why this would matter at all…um, well… A) The wild green world actually likes crybabies. Vulcans, robots, and techpriests really scare it. So learn how to cry like a baby, fer cry’s – sake B)… Read more »

  • The Family Round

    The Wandering Free Families

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    I watched the movie the New World the other day; it concerns the story of the woman we call ‘Pocahontas’, her people, and the Jamestown colony. While watching the story unfold, something really hit me; something so fundamentally different between the two cultures, something so at the root of everything that matters to me, as… Read more »

  • Games, The Family Round

    The Eloquence Showdown

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    Many versions of this game exist. Host vs. Guest Pick two sides, randomly or let them self-organize. You want the sides to number roughly the same. If no intrinsic Host/Guest role exists in your situation, flip a coin to determine which role goes to which side. Pick a team name, corresponding to a natural element… Read more »

  • Animist Language, Games

    Chinuk Jargon

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    If you live in the bioregion of Cascadia (and even if you don’t), you need to learn Chinuk Jargon! Not only do place-names across the region suddenly illuminate themselves once you’ve learned the trade language of Chinuk Jargon, but the language has always served as a cross-cultural talk for those living and working in this… Read more »

  • Aenigmatics and Riddle-Mastery

    Workshop – “A Supper of Raven’s Wings”: Riddles, Dreams, Myths, and Landscape

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    Join instructor Willem Larsen in unraveling the web that ties ancient Spoken Traditions with the human experience in the mystery and beauty of the land. Explore how far your senses can reach, the capacity of your memory to re-experience past realities with astounding clarity, your intrinsic ability to speak and write fluent poetry of place,… Read more »

  • Philosophy of Tracking

    Mythic Cartography Explained, Part Six

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    The Empathic Way cont’d: Awareness, Acceptance, Choice Places have Needs, Feelings, and Ways too. Life on a mountain, differs from Life in a valley. Life in a desert face different challenges than Life in the ocean. A vital aspect of Mythic Cartography involves seeing the spirit bundle of a place. To live in a place,… Read more »

  • Philosophy of Tracking

    Royal Blood

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    Call me King of my People I rule no one, yet all their will comes together in me I make no decisions, yet here I speak with you decisively I have no demands, yet of my strength and weakness I will sing sweetly A kindness done to me, you do to all of my kind…. Read more »

  • Deep Mythology

    Mythic Cartography Explained, Part Five

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    The Empathic Way cont’d: The Ways of Needs and Feelings Everything that Lives, has Needs. Everything that has Needs, has Feelings that signal those Needs. To meet its Needs, every living thing has chosen a Way. You can also call this Way, a “strategy”. For example, cougars live solitary lives, and hunt mostly through sight… Read more »

  • Deep Mythology

    Going E-Primitive: Writing in E-Prime

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    E-prime refers to the english language, without the verb to be. I’ve written everything on this website in e-prime, excepting a handful of old articles and stories (A Boy Named Num, Gold Coins For Copper Pennies, and one or two others.) Indigenous (non/pre-civilization) languages all seem to lack a to be verb. In fact, it… Read more »

  • Deep Mythology

    Mythic Cartography Explained, Part Four

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    The Empathic Way of Needs and Feelings The Universe consists of two kinds of beings: those we call Living…. and those we call Living, Growing. Everything in our community, Rock, Tree, River, Sky, Dandelion, Fox, all of them pulse with Life. All beings that Live, have Needs. All beings that have Needs, have Feelings. When… Read more »

  • Deep Mythology

    MYTHIC CARTOGRAPHY EXPLAINED, PART THREE

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    How do you do Mythic Cartography? How do you recreate and maintain Mythmaps? Well, now we get to the meat of it. In Lovesick Gods of Heaven and Earth we talked about the line our modern culture crossed, however long ago, from the living world as Family, to the abstract rule of Gods. From natural… Read more »

  • Philosophy of Tracking

    A Storyteller’s Welcome

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    Welcome to the ways
    in which

    I, a storyteller
    born and bred
    now march among the living,
    and among the dead

  • Deep Mythology

    Mythic Cartography Explained, Part Two

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    What does Mythic Cartography mean? I developed the term Mythic Cartography to describe “the act of creating and maintaining sacred places, sacred paths, and sacred maps”. Some call these places, paths, and maps “sacred geography”. And the relationship we have to them defines our relationship to the entire universe. So Mythic Cartography involves the ongoing… Read more »

  • Deep Mythology

    Mythic Cartography Explained, Part One

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    Why Mythic Cartography? An abundance of resources exist, at this point in history, to explain and set the stage for this fundamental understanding, here on heels of climate change, mass extinctions, and reckless expansive human population growth: Something has to change. The way we live here, on the Earth, has to change. Our situation has… Read more »