You would think it would be all triumphal on the hero’s return. But actually, this is a really tough stage of the hero’s journey. You go back to ‘sort of’ normal. Except nothing ever will be normal again. But you need to build a new normal.
You can never go home again once you have been away. It's just a bit scary to those who stayed. They don't know you anymore. They have not seen what you saw. They don't know what to say, do not wish to imagine what adventure's trials wrought.
Sometimes with luck there will be one who recognises the spark who shares your pluck who will then set sail with you to new horizons who will build you a home in both your hearts who is your return in hope and love.
Joseph Campbell’s stages of the hero’s journey has been stewing on the back burner of my brain. I have been asked to devise some poetry writing workshops for prisoners on that theme on the foot of the concert my husband devised and delivered just before Winter Solstice at our local open prison. It is, I have to admit, a useful framework to do exploratory writing on one’s autobiography and spiritual journey in life.
When one considers both the Journey and the Call to Adventure the zero tarot card fashioned as The Seeker in Joanna Powell Colbert’s Gaian Tarot deck certainly feels apt. In Ellen Lorenzi- Prince’s Dark Goddess Tarot the zero card is the Sheela-na-Gig, displaying her yoni as the great portal of beginnings and endings.
In traditional tarot decks, this is The Fool card or The Jester. The Wild Card.
So I suspect that over the next few days I am going to poke and prod at elements of the Hero’s Journey as I pace out the hows and wherefors of a couple workshops. As always, I explore the etymological roots of key words. The roots for the English word hero are a bit uncertain – demi-god, brave, illustrious. The definition seems to cover it, although it does seem rather phallo-centric. Well, we all know sheroes, those brave, demi-goddess women, too!
Adventure, however, is waiting for the arrival.
is not the one who liked the adreneline rush at the odds, who liked the shape of the caper.
No, the hero sensed it before it happened, knew the risks was just waiting for the call.
Picked it up, listened to the message, despite all answered and adventured.