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John Lamb Lash

Comparative mythologist, author and teacher John Lash is one of the foremost exponents of the power of myth to direct and shape an individual's life, as well as history itself. Described as the true successor of Joseph Campbell, John is a teacher of world mythology, Gnosticism, the pre-Christian Mysteries, along with many of his other expert talents. He has traveled widely and lived in Japan, the UK, Greece, Norway, France, Spain and Belgium.

His unpublished and in-progress works include original studies of alchemy, the Dendera Zodiac, eonic cycles in the World Ages ("parallel history"), psychonautics and entheogenic shamanism for the future. He is the leading exponent of the new discipline of metacritique (radical analysis of belief systems).

In 1981, John founded the Institute for Creative Mythology in Santa Fe, New Mexico. ICM offered an open forum to explore universal "directive"—psychologically active—myths and their expressions in culture and daily living. At ICM John gave lectures and interactive seminars on a broad range of subjects, including Gnosticism, the erotic psychology of the Troubadours, Mesoamerican calendars, and Goddess rites of participation in the seasonal cycles of nature. Over several years, he developed a long course in alchemy that resulted in an extensive syllabus and study guide entitled "The Great Work: Alchemy and PsychoEcology."

For over 35 years, John Lash has specialized in studies of sidereal mythology—myths found in all cultures around the world relating to the patterns in the skies. He has a unique technique of observation, combined with an original method of reading those patterns and relating them to the way we live and view the world. He is recognized as a leading scholar on ancient astronomy, the Zodiac, and precession of the equinoxes (World Ages).

John Lash is also co-founder and principal author of, sponsored by the Marion Institute. The purpose of this site is to challenge unexamined beliefs and foster a future myth centered on Gaia, the living planet.

John's published books:

The Seeker's Handbook: The Complete Guide to Spiritual Pathfinding (Crown, 1991)

Twins and the Double (Thames & Hudson, 1993)

The Hero - Manhood and Power (Thames & Hudson, 1995)

Quest for the Zodiac (Starhenge Books, 1999)

Forthcoming: Not in His Image: Gnostic Vision, Sacred Ecology, and the Future of Belief (Chelsea Green Publishing)

    John Lamb's Books

    Not in His Image

    Gnostic Vision, Sacred Ecology, and the Future of Belief

    Not in His Image describes the rich spiritual world of pre-Christian classical Europe--the Pagan Mysteries, the Great Goddess, Gnosis, the myths of Sophia and Gaia--and its future as a force for rebalancing our lives and reconnecting to the earth.


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