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Tales of the Whirling Rainbow: Authentic Mystery for 2012

talescoverI’m happy to announce that I’ve published a new ebook, Tales of the Whirling Rainbow: Authentic Myths & Mysteries for 2012. 

The book is my account of some of the key myths and mysteries of the Americas, and an exploration of how those myths are echoed in real time as we edge toward the signal year of 2012. While not explicitly agrarian in focus, this ebook has a special focus, as do the legends, on the coming together of people of different races and religions to heal the land and to overcome the problems that beset the world.

The true stories in this small book arise out of my experiences over the last four decades as I have traveled with the traditional wisdom keepers of the Americas. They arise also out of the venerable tradition of storytelling.

This new ebook has some new material, and is also in part a creative pastiche of elements that I have written for other books and articles, now woven together in a new telling that is unified by the context of time as 2012 approaches, and also by the living, mythic image of the whirling rainbow.

In his book Transformations of Myth Through Time, the late Joseph Campbell noted that a society that does not have a myth to support it and give it coherence goes into dissolution. “That,” he wrote, “is what’s happening to us.”

And that, I feel, is why it is worthwhile for me to tell the rainbow tales again in yet another way in this ebook: to contribute a vivid word picture of what I regard as a dynamically coherent myth for our times -- a mystery to engage the fullness of the contemporary soul, and give it impetus to care for the land and water and air we all depend upon for our lives.

The new ebook Tales of the Whirling Rainbow is available in 10 different formats, suitable for any computer, smartphone, or ebook reader. You can learn more at this link.