Picture a classical hero. Chances are, you may have envisioned a knight or warrior slaying a dragon or a gorgon. The hero proves his valour by defeating the adversary. But who is the adversary? Is it really a monster? Or is it a culture that opposes hierarchy? What if there was a secret inside of every dragon-slaying, beast-destroying myth you’ve ever heard? And what if that secret was both tender and tragic? What if behind every famous monster, there was a glimmer of another world? A world of lunar time, horned gods, mother goddesses, and earth-reverent, land-based celebration. We can begin to understand most modern monsters myths as patriarchal revisions of forgotten partnership narratives that, long ago, honoured alternative temporalities and the more-than-human world.
Sophie Strand #
Sophie is a writer based in the Hudson Valley who focuses on the intersection of spirituality, storytelling, & ecology. But it would probably be more authentic to call her a neo-troubadour animist with a propensity to spin yarns that inevitably turn into love stories. Her first book of essays The Flowering Wand: Lunar Kings, Lichenized Lovers, Transpecies Magicians, and Rhizomatic Harpists Heal the Masculine is forthcoming in 2022. She is currently researching a mythopoetic exploration of ecology and queerness in the medieval legend of Tristan and Isolde.