- Category: Pagan / New Age Articles
- Written by Mel Mystery
This past weekend, March 10-12, 2017, a group of men gathered in a cabin at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach for a weekend of discovery. The gathering included men straight and gay, mostly around middle age, and mostly Pagan. The theme of the weekend was “The Hero’s Adventure” and the weekend was facilitated by Shaman, writer, and teacher Tom Crockett.
Crockett used pop culture icons to explain the archetypal masculine model of the hero’s journey. The hero’s journey is a process where the hero receives some kind of call in his life to something greater. If he answers the call, he goes through a journey where he is challenged by obstacles and given assistance along the way by allies and mentors. Eventually he passes an ultimate test to prove what he’s learned along the way. He then returns to his life with more knowledge, skills, and confidence than before. He often brings back something that benefits his community – whether knowledge, defeating a common foe, or some magical tool.