Mythopoesis and the Awakening of the Ecological Unconscious in Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance


  • Robert Frashure



C. G. Jung, mythopoesis, imaginal, imagination, James Hillman, ecopsychology, terrapsychology, ecofeminism, creativity, carnivalesque, fantasy


The ecological, spiritual, and psychological challenges threatening the survival of humanity are so formidable that nothing short of a transition in both our psychological lives and public policy will suffice. This article proposes that mythopoesis, the creation of imaginative worlds using the arts and mythology, can help guide us in the imagining of new ecological and psychological worldviews that can inspire us to work through the current-day ecological crisis of the Anthropocene. By examining one of the great works of children’s fantasy television, Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, we will illustrate how the series thoughtfully integrates principles of Depth Psychology such as alchemy, personal and collective shadow, the Great Turning, the ecological unconscious, earth dreaming, and the imaginal realm, with mythopoesis into a remarkably creative vision that provides a metaphorical blueprint for content that can be useful in the current era of crises.