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Month: March 2012

Achetypal Brain Part II

Achetypal Brain Part II

In my discussion of Adam Kadmon, or The Cosmic Man, I failed to mention that this symbolic representation of the divine protoplastus should really not be taken as a strictly masculine symbol. It is not. This figure has traditionally been viewed as androgynous: The yearning to return to an original condition of life has as presupposition the belief that man descends from a divine hermaphrodite thought to have been the progenitor and paradigm of all creation. In the first treatise…

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Archetypal Brain Part I

Archetypal Brain Part I

The human brain is an image, just like all material objects. There seems to be this idea in science that, if we could only understand everything about the brain, all the secrets of human psychology would unveil themselves to us. They will need to think more deeply, for the physical brain has correspondence to that which it mirrors. Only that which it mirrors can bring about true understanding. Just as the heart has been raised to mythological significance by countless…

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Nature’s Way

Nature’s Way

Nature has a way of thinking which is very different from the type of thinking that is predominant in our world. First of all, Nature does not think using the concepts of time and space. These are created by the human mind. We say things like, “It was,” and “You were;” but, for Nature, all is. . . .what was, was always so; what will be is virtually in what is, in such a way that what was “is” virtually…

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Spring

Spring

The Return of Persephone, by Frederic Leighton Lately, I find that I am becoming more conscious of Nature. We, here, are enjoying an early Spring this year, which makes it very conducive to contemplation, as one walks through the park or in the forest. Life is exploding all around! There is no better therapy than to walk in natural surroundings. While in the park today, I thought about how good the air felt, how pleasant the blossoming trees and flowers…

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Death and Initiation

Death and Initiation

“Death and the Gravedigger” by Carlos Schwabe, 1890s Death is change, transformation, passing from one state to another. In the Perennial Philosophy, as Leibniz (and later Aldous Huxley) called it, death is closely associated with esoteric initiation into the Higher Mysteries. Plutarch wrote At first there is wandering, and wearisome roaming, and fearful traveling through darkness with no end to be found. Then there is every sort of terror, shuddering and trembling and perspiring and being alarmed. But after this…

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The Emerald Tablet

The Emerald Tablet

Known to scholars since the 7th-10th century, the Emerald Tablet of Hermes is the point of origin for Hermetic philosophy and alchemy. Legend has it that the text was carved by the Thrice-Great One himself (Hermes a.k.a. Thoth) from a single piece of green crystal. Supposedly, it was placed in the king’s chamber of the Great Pyramid of Cheops. According to www.alchemylab.com, The Emerald Tablet is an ancient artifact that reveals a profound spiritual technology, which has survived to this…

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Zombies

Zombies

Today, I ventured out to the local You-Know-What “superstore.” I wouldn’t have journeyed there myself, but Mrs. Zeteticus wanted to go because of the “low prices.” Walking in, I thought about the people who have been brainwashed into thinking that this establishment is the best place to shop. I suppose it depends on what sort of shopping atmosphere you prefer. Me, I would be perfectly happy at the local hippie grocery. The prices may be a little higher, but so…

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The Loss of Myth

The Loss of Myth

Medusa by Arnold Böcklin, circa 1878 . . .the individual who wishes to have an answer to the problem of evil, as it is posed today, has need, first and foremost of self-knowledge, that is, the utmost possible knowledge of his own wholeness. He must know relentlessly how much good he can do, and what crimes he is capable of, and must beware of regarding the one as real and the other as illusion. Both are elements within his nature,…

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Ciphers of Nature

Ciphers of Nature

Photo by Pauk …initial imaginative operation is to typify (tamthll) the immaterial and spiritual realties  in  external or sensuous  forms,  which  then  become  “ciphers”  for  what they manifest. After that the Imagination remains the motive force of the ta’wil which is  the continuous ascent of the soul In short, because there is imagination there is  ta ‘wll; because there is  ta ‘wll,  there is symbolism;  and because there is symbolism, beings have two dimensions (Alone with the Alone, by Henry…

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Eyes of the Soul

Eyes of the Soul

We’ve all heard that the eye is the window to the soul. But what ideas does it really refer to? As everything else in this manifested world, the eyes are powerful symbols that point to higher Truths. Since the dawn of mankind, the act of seeing has been associated with spiritual understanding. To the ancients, the eye is one the most important symbols used to convey spiritual truth. The eye is a multifaceted symbol that would takes volumes to describe….

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