Myth and Meaning
Why we need myth and what it means for us today

Mary Attwood, Dr Patrick Curry, Andreas Kornevall, Dr Louise Livingstone & Dr Simon Wilson

Saturday 23rd March 2024
10am-5pm UK Time


All day online symposium via Zoom



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This online symposium, the first of its kind offered by the Centre for Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred, will be discovering the potency of Myth – why we need it and what it means for us today. Throughout the day, the presenters will open the possibility to bring myths to life through us; creating space within ourselves to follow where myth may meaning-fully take us; that is, as experiencing beings deeply embedded in life’s, moment-by-moment unfolding dance. This entire online symposium will be recorded. If you live in a different time zone, you are welcome to join later in the day and you can catch up with the recording of the earlier sessions in your own time. 


Very different from something not to be believed, as is the contemporary use of the word myth, what Myths really show us is a deeper reality, one that more rational ways of knowing are unable to attain. Throughout this day, we will not be talking about myth in the sense that it can be applied – as distanced, detached observers of life – but instead asking what might we be able to learn from it? 


Myth constantly strives to make us more whole. Myths are not concepts but are alive, brought to life and into our lives, in the moment we bring forth the parts of ourselves which are relational, responsible and continually unfolding.

Five areas of myth will be offered as embodied ways of knowing and being, not through a theoretical approach. When myth is realised as a direct encounter, it is then given the possibility of reuniting with its counterpart, the logos, which is expressed through our understanding of the revelations it brings.  



Mary Attwood – A Renaissance Painting as a Living Myth 

Patrick Curry The Nature of Myth

Andreas Kornevall The Creation Myth of the Eddas and the Birth of Wisdom

Louise Livingstone – Earth Dreaming Us Through Myth

Simon Wilson – The Myth of the Other: Christianity and Transformation


This day is for you if you have an interest in myth, the imagination and what we might be missing today. Have a journal to hand with you to note down any reflections, as well as an open heart, eyes and mind.



10.00 – 10.15am – Opening and welcome

10.20am – Andreas Kornevall

11.05 – tea break

11.25 – Louise Livingstone

12.15 – lunch

1.15 – Mary Attwood

2.05 – tea break 

2.25 – 3.15 – Patrick Curry

3.20 – 4.05 – Simon Wilson

4.10 – 5.00 – Audience imaginal space – taking this beyond the space and place we have created today. 


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Mary Attwood

Mary is co-founder and director of The Centre for Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred, an art historian, author, mentor and business creative. She is co-founder and director of Channel McGilchrist, was the founding Chairman of the Victoria branch of 90,000 member strong The Arts Society, is a qualified practitioner of yoga, meditation and mindfulness, has published two books with Watkins, and published an ancestral family book with the CFHT in 2023. She holds a BA hons degree in the History of Art from UCL and Birkbeck, where she focused on late medieval and Renaissance art and Architeture. She holds an MA with distinction in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred from CCCU where she researched Renaissance art and art’s effects in general on the viewer/ beholder. Taking as broad an epistemological approach as possible, she studied the meaning/s of art, specifically quattrocento Florentine Renaissance art, in the contexts of ancient Greek philosophy, the neuroscientific approach of McGilchrist’s hemisphere theory, archetypal psychology and Renaissance artistic approaches.

Mary’s teaching and research seek to offer a renaissance of art and consciousness, through a broader understanding of art, not as an object to be analysed, but as a bridge between seemingly disparate ways of understanding the world and our place in it. While honouring the historical, broadening perceptions of art beyond rationalising analysis, categories and styles, opens doorways both in us and in the image. But beyond this, she believes that how we look at art can reveal ways of knowing and seeing that change not only what we see in art, but change us and the world, and can help meet the complexities of modern living by offering a renaissance of humane values. 


Dr Patrick Curry

Patrick has been a lecturer at the universities of Bath Spa (teaching the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology) and Kent (teaching the MA in the Cultural Study of Cosmology and Divination). He has published books and papers on the history of astrology, the philosophy of divination, the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, and environmental philosophy. In 2019, Patrick’s book Enchantment: Wonder in Modern Life (Floris Books) was published. His new book, Art and Enchantment: How Wonder Works (Routledge), is out now. Patrick’s website can be accessed here:

Patrick’s new book can be purchased here:

Andreas Kornevall

Andreas Kornevall is an author, storyteller and ecological activist. He grew up in South America, Sweden and Switzerland, and now directs the Earth Restoration Service charity. In response to the sixth mass extinction, he was the catalyst behind the Life Cairn movement: memorials for species rendered extinct at human hands. As a storyteller, he works with old myths and fairytales which shine a torchlight on life’s journey; his stories tend to gravitate around the Norse material which have led him to lecture and perform in universities and other educational centres. He is also a prize-winning author, whose work has been published in magazines such as Resurgence, The Ecologist, Permaculture magazine and in the Dark Mountain series. He is a member of the ‘Forn Sed’ (Old Customs Association) in Sweden which works closely with ancient Norse culture, traditions and spirituality, unearthing old legends, forgotten folklore and endangered Norse languages.

Dr Louise Livingstone

Louise is co-founder and director of The Centre for Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred and founder and director of the Heart Sense Research Institute – Louise taught on the MA Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred at Canterbury Christ Church University and completed her PhD there. The title of her thesis is: How can the thought of the heart offer effective ways of engaging with conflict? An imaginal and reflexive study. The project draws on the discourses of transformational learning, depth psychology, holistic science, cultural history, esoteric wisdom and religious philosophy.

Louise’s work aims to re-imagine the long-forgotten wise and intelligent heart for contemporary times; illuminating through research, contemplative action and nourishing dialogue how the heart as a focal point of compassion, love and kindness, and as an organ of perception and wisdom, is a valuable and vital ally in our world of increasing global challenges, injustice and inequality

Dr Simon Wilson

Dr Simon Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, and a member of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies at Cambridge. He has a special interest in landscape, co-creation, love of learning, spirituality, and the true nature of sustainability.




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