field notes from the camino de santiago


The Mentor
Yoda. Qui Gon. Obi Wan. In mythic tradition, these three characters share the role of mentor. Part wizard, part priest, part surrogate parent, mentors give philosophical and spiritual guidance to the hero. They often possess almost magical powers that reflect a lifetime of study, discipline, and acquired wisdom.
— Psychological Mentoring: A Dialogue about The Hero’s Journey and the Mentor by Eric Kothari, Ph.D.