Join Jungian analyst and Keeper of the Stories, Muriel McMahon as we explore the archetype of the Wise Old Man.
Familiar to us as Gandalf in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series, Mr. Miyagi, in The Karate Kid (1984), and Dumbledore in the wildly popular Harry Potter series, this elusive and mysterious figure of the masculine as mentor and guide is often sought after and too often disappointed when he asks for nothing less then everything. We must learn how to answer his call, accept his challenges, suffer his tests, and finally withdraw our projections if we are to embrace the agency necessary to achieve our destiny. The third act is where we meet the old man. Will he be a ranting mad King Lear, or a measured and wise King Arthur?
For modern men and for modern women, in a contemporary culture of confusion that too often turns teachers into gurus and gurus into fallen saints, how do we meet the archetype of the wise old man and receive his blessing?