Une interview de 2011
|The act of creation, it has always seemed to me, is one of the great magics of our world -- an ancient magic, guarded by the gods, blessed (and coveted) by the fairies. In mythic cosmologies found the world over, specific gods are associated with each of the creative arts: building, weaving, instrument making, theatrical productions, etc., and these gods must be petitioned for their aid, or propitiated against their hindrance. Tribal poets, dancers, musicians, storytellers used their gifts to cross over the boundary lines separating the human realm from the spirit realm and the lands of the living from the lands of the dead; artists performed an almost shamanic function, creating new worlds, new ideas, new realities. |
In many ancient cultures, the creative arts were used (both literally and metaphorically) to heal, blight, praise, curse, celebrate, lament, and renew. Inspiration could be sought through one's genius, which was a personal spirit–guide in Greek mythology — or through the Muses, those lovely daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne (memory): Clio (history), Euterpe (lyric poetry), Thalia (comedy), Melpomene (tragedy), Terpsichore (dance and song), Erato (love songs), Polymnia (divine hymns), Urania (astronomy), and Calliope (epic poetry). In Celtic lands, the Leanan–Sidhe was a faery mistress who inspired poets with her touch — but if misused, her powers could burn too brightly and lead to an early death. The White Deer Woman of Cherokee tales likewise inspired poetry and song, but only to those who show showed her respect as she roamed through the woods in deer form.
In the field of mythic arts, many of us still seek our inspiration deep in the archetypal forest, following trails blazed through the centuries by the writers and artists who have gone before. We chase the white deer through Shakespeare's fairy plays; through magical poetry by Keats, Goethe, and Yeats; through the visions of the Pre–Raphaelites, the Symbolists, and the Surrealists.