I was re-reading Well of remembrance this weekend. In 1994 Ralph Metzner wrote this magnificent book. It tells you about how the mythology of Europe got integrated in America. You learn about Odin. Odin/Wotan was not only the one-eyed wanderer. He was a shaman. A changeling. He understood the energies of nature and could tape into its source. Traveling to different realms he could take the form of any creature. He was a changeling…

Jim morrisonWell of remembrance

I remember when I was a child. My older brother used to play LA woman. On that record there are two songs that indicate that Jim Morrison was “begeisterd” with the Odin spirit. Listen to his song…


Odin represents the energy of inspiration, he is the creator of the word. By sacrificing himself hanging in the world tree he mastered the language of the runes and became the master of the power of speech. Jim was a poet, a perfect person to be susceptible for this ancient energy. Odin was the inspirator of poets.
Odin also is a symbol for the power of divination. He was like the “spirit in the bottle”. Unfortunately in Jim, the energies where so much unbalanced that the bottle got the better of him.
A third aspect that is typical about Odin we see also reflected in the songs of Jim. Odin was “walking through the World Wind forming speech through his breath”. The wind could take on a stormy forecast like the black depressing song Riders on the storm. The song is devoted to the wind. The song is based on a legend of a cowboy seeing oxen with red eyes being chased by the spirits of death men on horses. It was the last song Jim would ever record with the Doors.

If you want to read more about Jim Morrison here is a book that portrays him as a wisdom seeker just like Odin who sacrificed his eye to the well of wisdom:

Jim Morrison, friends gathered together

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Comment by Mr. Jeffery J. Rahn on May 16, 2015 at 10:19am

loved Jim Morrison 

"Well, I just got into town about an hour ago
Took a look around, see which way the wind blow
Where the little girls in their Hollywood bungalows"

the movement is what gets you going. I write poetry and often listen to rock while i write. This song helps drop into the anger, pain and eventually grief. Unrequited love was the language of the provancel. The troubadours were hung up on some Woman or landscape ( Terry Tempest Williams) or some such thing. Miloz once said every poem is a lament. The longing is a madness or ability to feel and somehow feeling is a freedom or a relief. Naturally you have a million and one arm chair quarterbacks saying, " that's not art" or that is art. Maybe in the end none of that matters as an older Normal Maclean put it, " As time passed, my father struggled for more to hold on to, asking me again and again: had I told him everything. And finally I said to him, "maybe all I know about Paul is that he was a fine fisherman." "You know more than that," my father said; "he was beautiful." And that was the last time we spoke of my brother's death."

Comment by Susanne van Doorn on May 14, 2015 at 8:06am

@Debra King: I think Jim was captured by the archetypical energy of Odin. One of Odin's most 

characteristic features was self sarifage. He sacrifaced his eye for the wisdom to safe the world,

he sacrifaced himself hanging from the tree of the world and got to hear the mysteries of the runes, the words of the gods. I think Jim lived a life according to these archetypical energies.

Comment by Judith Harte,Ph.D. on May 12, 2015 at 10:19am

Susan--Fascinating--I went through those days. More as a quiet observer than an activist/participant. To have lived through those times is to carry an imprint, and mark of an era, that lasts a lifetime, or even many! I cannot imagine having missed it. Our world currently rides another storm,perhaps  not so humane nor forgiving......

Judie Harte

Comment by Susanne van Doorn on May 12, 2015 at 10:02am

Alexander: thanks for sharing, this is really interesting. i am a big fan of Hillman and his wisdom. 
Jim Morrison was completly unbalanced. Where Odin, the father god, sacrificed his right eye to gain the wisdom to safe the world, Jim got stuck in the wanderer face, never reaching Mirmir's well.

Comment by Susanne van Doorn on May 12, 2015 at 9:58am

Thanks @Debra King I like the poem. Jim really was a poet and the relationship between Odin as father of poetry is eminent.

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