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Imagine you are a passenger on a vast ship.

It contains many decks with varying degrees of classes and comfort depending on where you are situated. There are a privileged few who are above deck, enjoying a degree of wealth and opulence unreachable by the rows below. More people are somewhere in the middle though most are clustered throughout the bottom decks, fending for with what little they have to survive.

This…


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“If one had to fail, it was better to do so in a beautiful way.” — Martín Prechtel

Maybe like you, the recognition that we’re in the final days of this decade has caught me by surprise. The year 2020 sounds impossible to be true, like a date in an old science fiction story chosen to be far, far into the future.

I was born in 1981, the same year Bob Marley and Terry Fox died. I grew up during the arrival of the original Nintendo, the personal computer, and The Simpsons. …


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All photos: Sam Badbeard, Sacred Sons Convergence: Omega

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“YOU MOTHER FUCKER.”

I’m one of seven men holding down another as these words escape his throat in a guttural roar. He struggles against our weight, veins bulging along his neck, eyes brimmed with tears. He’s not directing his tirade at any man present, instead he looks beyond them at an unseen other.

“You’re safe, brother.” whispers the main facilitator…


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Episode 2 of The Mythic Masculine. Please consider becoming a supporter via my Patreon.

John Wolfstone is a filmmaker, wilderness rites-of-passage guide, and sacred clown focused on the work of cultural redemption. Over the past 10 years, he has been in service toward restorative justice, ancestral healing and peace building in conflict zones from rural Guatemalan villages, to Middle Eastern refugee camps and inner cities of the United States.

In 2015, John and I began work on our feature documentary Love School, exploring the radical research community of Tamera in southern Portugal. …


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Episode 1 of The Mythic Masculine. Please consider becoming a supporter via my Patreon.

By now, chances are pretty good that you’ve heard the name Jordan Peterson, and already have a strong opinion about him. Back in 2016, he was the controversial Canadian academic who refused to agree to the mandated use of gender pronouns at the University of Toronto.

This resulted in a massive debate on whether he was taking a stand for free speech, or simply a bigot who refused to bow to the progressive future. Since then, his popularity has exploded. …


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Photo: Annelogue

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“Oh, home, let me come home
Home is whenever I’m with you.”
~Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes

As I pull my car up the opening gates of Burning Man, I am greeted by a naked man in a cowboy hat. He waves me to stop the car, then peers into the driver’s side window at my friend and I.

“Howdy! Any first timers in here?” he asks.

I hesitate, wondering the consequence of a truthful response.

“Well… we’re both new.” I say uncertainly.

“Come…


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Galaxia Temple, Burning Man 2018 — Photo: Duncan Rawlinson, CC

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“No one is special, and everyone is needed.” — adrienne maree brown

I. ENTROPY

Black Rock City, August 2011. It’s just after midnight. The vast expanse of the playa is buzzing with lights and competing bass lines, a cacophonous constellation of a psychedelic cosmos. I’ve just completed my shift as a Guardian — tasked with offering graceful support to those wandering the hallowed halls of this mythic structure, The Temple.


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“The Return” by Halcyon / Creative Commons

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Back in middle school, I vividly recall a conversation during class between myself and our history teacher. The entire term was devoted to the complex political machinations that led to the rise and end of World War II. In the final minutes of class, I felt like I had arrived at a revelation that seemed so obvious, I had the impulse to speak. …


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Illustration: Harshvardhan Kadam

Recently at a sold-out screening of Amplify Her, the new film that I co-directed on the rise of the feminine within electronic music, I had a woman come up to me afterward. She was overcome with emotion and couldn’t quite find her words. Eventually, she mustered “Your film… it uncorked something in me. It’s out of the bottle now.”

This has been happening over and over. Through this film (and countless other watershed moments and movements) women are being given permission to trust their feminine power once again, a power that has been shamed, repressed, and persecuted for centuries.

I…


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Osho Zen Tarot

I had a conversation with a friend recently about the role of myth and archetypes in understanding culture and the lives of others. She was resistant to this lens, responding with “These aren’t myths, these are actual people with actual lives.” To her, it seemed that the labels robbed the people of their “realness.”

I realize the conversation would have benefited from first defining the terms, which I’ve come to understand differently than how the dominant culture views them.

“Myths”, rather than something that is “not true” are more accurately understood as the lens by which meaning can be brought…

Ian MacKenzie

A new paradigm filmmaker + writer, exploring the intersection of eros, emergence, and village. Host of the podcast The Mythic Masculine.

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