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Month: September 2017

Thus Spoke Zarathustra: The Tree on the Mountainside, Part 1

Thus Spoke Zarathustra: The Tree on the Mountainside, Part 1

Zarathustra’s eyes had discerned that a young man avoided him. As he walked one evening alone through the mountains surrounding the town, which is called The Motley Cow, behold, there while walking he found this young man leaning against a tree, gazing wearily into the valley.1 This section of Thus Spoke Zarathustra, called On the Tree on the Mountain, speaks primarily to the ones Colin Wilson calls “outsiders.” It speaks to those lonely souls who are obsessed with striving, with…

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Down to the Mothers

Down to the Mothers

Follow it down, ‘twil lead you to the Mothers. -Mephistopheles, from Goethe’s Faust, Part II In Goethe’s mysterious tale of Faust, there is a very interesting scene which relates to the discussion of Husserlian phenomenology. Faust, Part II, Act I,  takes place in a dark gallery. Faust and Mephistopheles converse in private concerning Faust’s promise to the emperor to bring forth Paris and Helen in apparitional form: Faust. The Emperor orders— straightway must it be— Both Helena and Paris will…

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Rudolf Steiner, Spiritual Monist

Rudolf Steiner, Spiritual Monist

I’ve known of Rudolf Steiner since about 1993. My brother had acquired a copy of An Outline of Occult Science around that time. After perusing through it, I knew I had to buy it for myself. I had been reading C.G. Jung for about two years at the time. The book proved very difficult, especially for one so new to this type of thinking. But, somehow, I knew there were important ideas contained therein. Since then, I’ve read several of…

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