The Spinning Wheel: The Art of Mythmaking

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The Spinning Wheel, by definition, is a work that facilitates discovery written by a lightworker who has taught for over 40 years.

Using her own personal experiences, Gwendolyn shows the reader how to become aware of our personal symbols, dreams and soul. We learn the language of mythology for self-expression to reconnect with our soul thereby growing and becoming whole.

Through seven chapters (Gwendolyn calls them movements) we learn how to find our persona, see ourselves as an overview (an "eagle's eye" view) and find our seed essence. Further, The Spinning Wheel teaches us to reconnect with our gifts in our memory banks, see our potentials, and become in tune with our universe.

The Spinning Wheel is filled with insight, advice, wisdom and encouragement that is written with love in both prose and poetry. The exercises that author Endicott offers include writing, drawing, coloring, abstract shapes and dialogues - - but most of all, thinking. And that is the true beauty of this marvelous book . . . it shows the reader how to think, remember and understand who we are and what we can be.

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Gwendolyn Endicott has 40 years teaching experience as a writing, literature, and mythology teacher in the community college system. During her career at Portland Community College, she specialized in cultural diversity and women's studies classes.

In the last seven years she has created numerous workshops in Washington and Oregon in personal myth making and story telling.

As owner and program director of Wanderland Rainforest she has brought in field instructors in native plants and medicinals, permaculture, mushroom farming, and pond making. As a woman who has for the last seven years homesteaded in a rainforest, she also brings her immediate experience of the place.

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Amazing, beautiful, compelling, deep, excellent, fascinating, great, honest, inspiring, juicy, keen, lovely, mythic, noteworthy, original, powerful, quirky, revelatory, splendid, timeless, unmatched, vibrant, wondrous. . .well, you get the idea, and I don't know any adjectives that begin with an "x."

The Spinning Wheel is a practical guide to making your own myths. It is a workbook of story-spinning, and an introduction to understanding the symbols that make up your life.

A project like this could have been very `90s - you know, owning your issues and listening to your Younger Self and all that stuff. Thankfully, Endicott dumps the jargon and buzzwords and gets right to work with some real work and creativity. This book is the kind of book that so many of those "journaling" (shudder) books want to be.

Get a notebook. Get a pen. Get this book and start spinning your own wisdom. -- The Red Queen

This book carries on where Joseph Campbell left off, showing us how to create and develop a personal relationship with myths and symbols, both ancient and new. Gwendolyn is a gifted teacher who tells stories about her mythic experiences, which show us ways to work with our own symbols. She also comes up with great ideas for creating and working with myths and symbols, including writing exercises and crafts projects. Extremely valuable for teachers and anyone working with groups. -- The Beltane Review

This is a how-to book. I never read them, preferring to find out on my own. However, I found myself drawn to this book, as the author also finds out on her own, and shares it with us. As she says, "This book is a teaching book that grows from almost forty years of teaching experience." Rarely have I come across someone who shares her personal stories with such a sense of process, of truly working through what she talks about. The result is, I trust her Truth, and I too, can learn from her experience.

The book is handsomely designed, divided into seven sections, including "Looking at the Faces of Self," "mapping your Pathways of Growth," "Finding the Center Place," "Receiving the Gift of Feminine Wisdom," "Attracting Possibilities," "Journeying in the Realms of Down-Under," and "Keeping Step with Changing Woman." -- Crone Chronicles

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