“Myth, Mind, and Mexico”
Marc Taylor, MA, EdS, LPC
Tue, Feb 25, 4pm
St. Paul’s Church
By Miguel Rangel
St Paul’s Church is pleased to announce, as part of our Lenten Series, Marc Taylor speaking on “Myth, Mind, and Mexico.” A donation of 50 pesos is requested for each lecture attended. No prior reservations are necessary. Taylor began living in San Miguel de Allende in 2000. He has always been fascinated by people’s stories and began his study of Mesoamerican stories as a way to understand the roots of the culture he experiences here every day. He studied with primary sources to which the ancient mythology was passed in the oral and pictorial traditions. He was mentored by art historians, anthropologists, and extraordinary clergy members for whom the mythology is a living mirror of the psychological and spiritual respiration of the culture. He will be presenting five lectures central to the Lenten and Easter passion. Marc earned an MS from St John’s University, an MA in Psychology, and an EdS in Counseling Psychology from James Madison University.
Feb 20: “Myth, Mind, and Mexico” This lecture is a basic introduction to the power and presence of mythology in modern Mexico. Several examples are described so that we can easily identify major mythological themes and engage with more depth.
Feb 27: “The Hungry Woman” This begins the cosmological orientation to the divine feminine. It includes a story cycle that speaks to the advent of the recognition and power of the feminine, the ascendancy of masculine orientation, and the appearance of the great mother in the form of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
March 5: “The Fifth Sun” This lecture tracks the Creation Myth and the stories that form the cosmological underpinnings of the culture. It introduces the creation of humans and an apocalyptic view of our life on earth, the need for blood sacrifice, the importance of the sacred calendar, and the community of deities.
March 12: “Of Rabbits, Eggs, and The Blood of Christ” This lecture compares the synchronous Easter symbols and the same symbols in Mexican mythology. For example, setting the date for the lunar holiday of Easter coincides with the story of why Mexicans see a rabbit on the moon’s surface instead of the “Man in the Moon.”
March 19: “Land Without Love” This lecture compares the stories of Quetzalcoatl with the advent of Christianity in 1519. It includes a discussion of the presumed lack of a “Lover Archetype” in Mexican mythology and how quickly this void was filled after the introduction of Jesus as the Archetypal Lover. The ideas of sacrifice as an act of love, Tenochtitlan as the New Jerusalem, and the role of the Spanish Church as the governing authority are highlighted.