Mastering Mental Maps
The main body of work of Metaphors of Movement explores the interaction between our mental maps, language and behaviour. The work of the Historia Illius Itineris is focussed on exploring the greater archetypes that inform our culture that are often hidden in plain sight.
“Do not look at yourself by torchlight in a mirror.”
The Order of The Historia Illius Itineris International
The OHIII (Or OHI3 or whatever acronym you choose) develops and explores the more esoteric aspects of the Metaphors of Movement work by examining symbolism and metaphor from diverse subjects such as religion, alchemy, mysticism, world mythology and drama.
Thus the Historia Illius Itineris functions as the practice and study group for the advanced teaching material developed by Andrew T. Austin.
This teaching material is of sufficient complexity that it cannot be taught in a normal workshop fashion, but rather requires study and repeated review in order to be understood sufficiently.
Following the model of initiatory orders, the material is organised into three degrees and for each degree, there are ten meetings that are organised around a psychodramatic event (“initiation”).
Where possible, members of the order are organised into lodges and are required to provide some key pieces of work in order to progress to the next degree. This work is then shared in a central library known as “The Body of Knowledge.”
The material in The Body of Knowledge is organised by degree and by member contributions and is distributed throughout the order.
Tarot, Symbol and Metaphor. Part 1. An Expression of Archetypes: The Major Arcana and The 16 Court Cards
An introductory course on the symbolism of the tarot deck and its application to the archetypes that appear in the Metaphors of Movement work. This is a lengthy and comprehensive introduction that aims to remove the nonsense that is so commonly associated with tarot. There is no fortune telling, no divination, no “do you believe in X” or any other such flim-flam.
What existing members say about The Historia…
“The Historia constantly challenges me to open my eyes and mind and think outside of the box. It has enriched my world by bringing me in to contact with some amazingly creative people who have become great friends.” L. M. United Kingdom
“The HII has helped me grow strong in my position in life, it’s given me the tools to see beyond the veil. It gives me lessons in leadership, teaches me acceptance and patience. The Historia has allowed me to expand my mind beyond everyday mundane to sample the realms of my unconscious. Most of all it gives me security that I am never alone and that there are other people like me.” S.E. United Kingdom
“Wondering who you are when your light goes on? The Historia structure and its members will help you shed light on this, and much more.” M.d.W. Netherlands
“It gives me joy and energy. Coming together with like-minded people or rather with people who like to challenge themselves and each other intellectually in the field of metaphors, myths, and stories.” R.H. Netherlands