Late this evening, I went to bed not planning to have an Active Imagination session, but not long after turning out the light, I got into another fantasy argument that rapidly started to escalate into an imaginary violent situation. I then jerked that violent character I’ve called the Contrarian, from behind the image of the real person with whom I was arguing, and started in on him. I told him that I though we had an agreement that he wasn’t supposed to escalate my fantasies and I would agree to go off with him on some of his adventures. He countered that he’d waited for days, and I didn’t show up. I’d broken my promise. He had a point. I haven’t felt up to the task of dealing with him, and hadn’t as yet set off with him in an Active Imagination session. He was really ticked off and ready for a little action. Since he is a murderer and a thief, and is always traveling, on the run actually, I’ve decided to call him Hermes.
Then I had an inspiration. I’ve been writing, or at least I’ve been trying to work on, the third volume of The Mysteries, A Novel of Ancient Eleusis. I’ve titled this volume The Twice-Born because it centers on the lives of fraternal twins, a brother and a sister, who have been sent into exile to save their lives. The brother has been raised at Delphi, but he’s getting kicked out of there and will soon leave for Thebes. The Oracle is going to send a companion along with him, but I have not been able to get the companion to really develop and fully flesh out as a character. So while I was trying to work something out with this Hermes-like character in my Active Imagination, I decided to make him the character in my story. That way, he will get to act out his violence and thievery in my story, and we’ll get to spend a lot of time together, he and I, probably more than I would like. So this seems to have satisfied Hermes, he was intrigued by the idea, and I get an unruly character that should liven up my novel. Of course, he’s going to try to take over the novel. I can already see that coming.