The Hero’s Journey is believed by many, since the book “The Hero With a Thousand Faces” by Joseph Campbell, to be the ultimate template behind the most successful Hollywood movies (see Christopher Vogler- The Writer’s Journey), Star Wars in particular and even religious myths. A few believe it is the template we must live through to complete our lives successfully and escape the rule of karma or return again. They may be a bit weird though.There is a Heroine version described by Maureen Murdock, otherwise this would all be very sexist, and trust me, chicks hate that.
So let’s start with the archetype of The Hero.
His adventure will generally follow these stages:-
THE ORDINARY WORLD- THE CALL TO ADVENTURE- REFUSAL OF THE CALL- MEETING WITH THE MENTOR- CROSSING THE THRESHOLD- TESTS, ALLIES AND ENEMIES- APPROACH- THE ORDEAL- THE REWARD- THE ROAD BACK-THE RESURRECTION- RETURN WITH THE ELIXIR.
The middle stages take place in the Special World rather than the Ordinary World. Remember that Duran Duran song? Good, wasn’t it? But that’s not important now.
Apart from the Hero there are numerous other archetypes, as Carl Jung used to say.
You are the hero or heroine of your own myth. But there are also Shadows, Mentors, Heralds, Threshold Guardians, Shapeshifters, Tricksters, Allies…
“Astral Projects” is based on this, with a few tweaks, distractions and diversions…
Is every lasting story in every culture the same story? Is yours?