Joan of Arc
Welcome to Mythic Deviant . I’m Sea Gabriel and tonight I’m going
to talk about mythology itself.
A mythology is a set of stories that tells us who we are within
the context of our own lives.
I’m going to use Joan of Arc.
As an example, Joan of Arc is technically a legend because
she was a human being who lived.
She had a life.
So she grew up on a farm.
And so her life story would contain things like feeding the
pigs, planting the vegetables, but that’s not part of her story.
Her story is that when she was a tweenager, he started hearing the
voice of God, tell her that she needed to go leave the French army
to victory against, to the English.
So she showed up and she volunteered to do that and they completely Laughed
at her, but she did not give up.
She continued to show up again and again and again.
And finally, finally, they were desperate enough to allow her to give it a try.
And in fact, she did when many, many victories, she also did miraculous things.
Like he was able to pick out the king and a lineup and she
recovered from being shot.
Something that almost didn’t happen at that time.
Eventually she was taken into custody of the English.
They captured her.
She had been wearing men’s clothing the whole time.
She was leading the army because it’s really a lot easier to ride that way.
But when she was captured, she started wearing women’s clothing again.
And this led to her being sexually assaulted.
So she returned to the men’s clothing, put a little fabric between herself
and her privates and her captors.
However that opened up the door for her to be tried for perversion or cross dressing.
People often say that she was tried for witchcraft, but it was not witchcraft.
It was perversion
and she was killed.
So that is her story, her mythology, however, is that
Joan and God were besties.
God called Joan and Joan showed up and did what god asks, Joan called
God and God showed up and did what Joan asked in the form of the king
and the recovering from being shot.
And eventually the two of them lived together forever.
When John was sainted, that’s the stated mythology, the unstated solids.
Is that young women like Joan can be powerful and beautiful and divine
and can lead armies to victory.
And if they do so, they will be burned.
That’s the unstated mythology.
There are also foundational myths, such as it’s freakish.
When a woman comes into power or.
When people hear voices and follow them, as long as they’re the Christian
God and mythologies can be spoken to one story can speak to another
story about its foundational myths.
The myth of Joan of Arc is a foundational myth in Frozen, where there the young
women prove that they can step into their own power and earn a kingdom.
Instead of a death.
So that is mythology and we need to be very careful.
Cause mythology is an enormous superpower.
It can support us in doing amazing things.
It can also deter us by giving us false information of our own limitations.
I hope that you will understand when I’m talking about mythologies.
When I talk about what does this mean and how do we think about them, but I’m not
trying to tell you what you should think.
In fact, your own life experiences will inform what you will get out of a myth.
Just trying to suggest that myths mean more than one thing that we
really need to dive beneath the surface to see the power of the myth.
To see what the myth is telling us.
And if we really agree with it, I’m very glad you’re here and I
hope you will continue to join me.
Thank you so much.