Hero’s Journey Articles

 

Circular diagram of the Hero's Journey as spiritual enlightenment

The Hero’s Journey as spiritual enlightenment. Note: This is not the same diagram as in “The Hero with a Thousand Faces”

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These are articles in a series on Joseph Campbell’s ideas about the journey of the hero in myths as a metaphor for our psychospiritual development. I’ve stuck mostly to what Campbell says, though much has been written by others that build upon and modify his ideas. I have added some of my own thoughts, particularly about how the Hero’s Journey applies to the process of change and to women. See Campbell’s book The Hero with a Thousand Faces for more.

Introduction to the Hero’s Journey

The Adventure of the Hero

Departure

Hero’s Journey: The Call to Action

Hero’s Journey: Helpers

Hero’s Journey: Crossing the First Threshold: The Unknown Place

Hero’s Journey: Crossing the First Threshold: The Guardian

Hero’s Journey: The Belly of the Whale

Initiation

Hero’s Journey: The Road of Trials

Hero’s Journey: The Meeting with the Goddess

Hero’s Journey: Woman as the Temptress

Hero’s Journey: Atonement with the Father

Hero’s Journey: Apotheosis

Hero’s Journey: The Ultimate Boon

"Heracles and the Hydra" (1620) Painting by Guido Reni. In the public domain.

“Heracles and the Hydra” (1620) Painting by Guido Reni. In the public domain.

Return

Hero’s Journey: Refusal of the Return

Hero’s Journey: The Magic Flight

Hero’s Journey: Rescue from Without

Hero’s Journey: The Crossing of the Return Threshold

Hero’s Journey: Master of the Two Worlds

Hero’s Journey: Freedom to Live

Hero’s Journey: The Keys (Summary)

The Cosmogonic Cycle

Emanations

Hero’s Journey: From Psychology to Metaphysics

Hero’s Journey: The Universal Round

Hero’s Journey: Out of the Void–Space

Hero’s Journey: Within Space–Life

Hero’s Journey: The One into the Manifold

Hero’s Journey: Folk Stories of Creation

The Virgin Birth

Hero’s Journey: Mother Universe

Hero’s Journey: The Matrix of Destiny

Hero’s Journey: Womb of Redemption

Hero’s Journey: Folk Stories of Virgin Motherhood

Transformations of the Hero

Hero’s Journey: The Primordial Hero and the Human

Hero’s Journey: Childhood of the Human Hero

Hero’s Journey: The Hero as Warrior

Hero’s Journey: The Hero as Lover

Hero’s Journey: The Hero as Emperor and as Tyrant

Hero’s Journey: The Hero as World Redeemer

Hero’s Journey: The Hero as Saint

Hero’s Journey: Departure of the Hero

Dissolutions

Hero’s Journey: End of the Macrocosm and Microcosm

Hero’s Journey: Myth and Society

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