Consciousness & Spirituality, Story-Telling & Narrative
Liberation, Libation, and Leaven Rhizomatic Gods of Fermentation, Divine Ecstasy, and Revolt
Rewilding Mythology Talk with Sophie Strand
This is part of advaya’s course: Rewilding Mythology with Sophie Strand.
For too long patriarchy has been conflated with the masculine. But before the sword-wielding heroes of legend readily cut down forests, slaughtered the old deities, and vanquished their enemies, there were thousands of years of vegetal gods associated with the underworld, fermentation, radical social movements, visionary states, and sacred food rituals. Hidden in the root system below myths we think we know are these wilder modes of masculinity and vegetal mysticism. Osiris, Tammuz, Attis, Adonis, and Dionysus guide us into the soil-scape of their shared mycorrhizal system, pointing us towards plants and fungi for lessons on how to combat systems of oppression.
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.