WHAT IS MINVRA
I initially created THE AMERICAN MINERVAN as a Theosophical-focused blog to directly confront, dissect and dismantle the false notions about the nature of Occult Philosophy and about the controversies and characters in the history of the nineteenth-century Theosophical Movement. A task, which requires a complete re-interpretation of our understanding of what religion is, means, and its place in human affairs. I am a theosophist, trying to give shape to new research and culture. Being American, the affairs and conditions of my own country, its history and future is of vital interest to me. Conspiracy theory is interwoven into the history of America, and intimately involves calumny and theories related to the influence of Theosophy, the actual historical Bavarian Order of the Illuminati, the New Age Movement, and others, that MINVRA (a short-hand name for the blog) challenges, because they are obstructions to students learning their real history. The American Minervan delves into the relation of Theosophy, Magic and Science, the roots of the American political tradition, Fascism and its origins, the history of the Ancient Mystery Traditions, interpretations of Folklore and Mythology, studies and sketches the history of “The Hidden West” (Western Esoteric Currents), with biographies of Occultists and Adepts from the Medieval Alchemists, Renaissance Platonists, Freemasons, French, German and Spanish Mystics and the Theosophists. It should not be mistaken, that these things are all separate subjects, but they are in-fact interwoven. I want to challenge uncomfortable and apathetic attitudes toward these topics and generate genuine interest.
CONSPIRACY, POLITICS & HISTORY
Initially called The Academician Theosophical, it became The American Minervan when I decided to delve into the history of America and the origins of American political tradition initially as a critical reaction to Manly P. Hall’s “The Secret Destiny of America,” and the correspondences between Helena P. Blavatsky, William Q. Judge and Chhabigram Dolatram on the question were Adepts involved in the American Revolution. The aims of the German Rosicrucians and Bavarian Illuminati, in addition to Thomas Jefferson’s brief thoughts about them and the French Revolution led me to want to address this; and to an idea upon which to build on the original idea and purpose. Along with my special interests in the history of East Asian religions and philosophy, my writing-style has dramatist elements, and I try as much to avoid writing from an impersonal, boring and academic style and approach. As to political philosophy, I explain how the U.S. constructed its tradition of representative democracy, the origins of republicanism as not only a form of government but a spiritual philosophy and civil religion, and democracy before liberalism in Classical Greece through personages since the time of the early and late Stoics of Greece, and the originators of Athenian Democracy and Western civilization. Our purposes for studying Fascism is mainly to a) compare with Republicanism — both being, or claiming the Heritage and Legacy of Rome; and b) resolve out-dated and conflicting information that relate Theosophy to Communism and Socialism, Fascism or National Socialism. The history we cover eventually brings Mazzini, the Carbonari and the Risorgimento, then the Fascists, their alliances, and the Anti-Masonry conspiracy into the picture. It lays the study of Fascism out bare for our objective. As the author, I say boldly, it is also because I admire the particular precursors and influences (from the Stoics to Italian Philosophy and Japanese Philosophy in the culture of the Samurai and Zen Buddhism) of Fascist Philosophy, that bear a strength other philosophies do not, which makes it worthy of close study. These traditions, cultures, and schools of thought all possess aspects and outlooks capable of building strong minds and bodies, which should be adapted, practiced and embodied. From it will spring new culture and new human-beings, and hopefully, new schools of thought, literature, teachers, i.e., a renaissance.
MIINERVA AND MARS IN ROMAN MYTHOLOGY
The idea of MINVRA embodies the human struggle, through the myth of Minerva and Mars, the Roman god of war and protector of Rome, second only to Jupiter. Mars was seen as a virtuous figure by the more martial-oriented Romans; and the image and influence of Minerva as the goddess of wisdom still survives today, used on the seal or logo of many institutes of higher learning. Minerva is an allusion to Republican Philosophy and Mars to Fascist Philosophy. It tries to encourage the adopting of a sincere martial attitude towards life, spiritual and moral discipline. MINERVA as The God’s Intelligence (Divine Reason), the NOUS, the deliverer, liberator, and savior is a befitting representation to use. Minerva is commonly used in the early American republican symbolism, inspired by early Graeco-Roman neoclassical art. The Roman MINERVA or Greek Athena is a Deity of DIVINE WISDOM (Jove’s INTELLIGENCE). It is synonymous with the combined Greek meaning of THEOS and SOPHIA. The Roman MINERVA was represented in art and myth as a warrior with: — Valor, Wisdom-Intelligence, and Grace. In myth and art, we find Minerva tempering her opposing principle: the aggressive warlike deity — MARS (Ares).
“I reigned in days when earth could bear with gods, and divinities moved freely in the abodes of men. The sin of mortals had not yet put Justice to flight (she was the last of the celestials to forsake the earth): honour’s self, not fear, ruled the people without appeal to force: toil there was none to expound the right to righteous men. I had naught to do with war: guardian was I of peace and doorways, and these,” quoth he, showing the key, “these be the arms I bear.” The god now closed his lips. Then I thus opened mine, using my voice to lure the voice divine.”OVID, FASTI BOOK I
Circle of Asia was my first blog that began it all. I was on a quest to find my voice and an audience. My idea for ‘Circle of Asia’ had come from a favorite old film, titled Dongfang Bubai, with its antagonist of the same name in English known as ‘Asia the East’ or ‘Asia the Invincible,’ with her Sun-Moon Holy Sect (Rì Yuè Shén Jiào), an unorthodox martial arts sect. Dongfang Bubai seizes control of this sect, secretly plotting with some Japanese rōnin to rebel against the Ming Empire and conquer China. With the Sun-Moon Holy sect in control of the Master, he wishes to rule all wulin (the world of martial artists). Dongfang Bubai was a character created by Jin Yong in his wuxia novels The Smiling and Proud Wanderer, which are unrelated to the third film, The East is Red. Mainly, Bubai wanted to learn a secret martial arts, and discovered the Kuíhuā Bǎodiǎn, or The Yellowflower Manual which required that he castrate himself to learn its skill. The Master learned that in studying these secrets, his body would gradually transform into an androgynous body, or a woman. I identified with the character’s obsessive and even crude ambition in pursuit of knowledge, with the attitude: by all means and self-sacrifice. In the film, Bubai often philosophizes about life, loss and pain. Although, Bubai in the novel would represent a person (or villain) on a ruthless path to selfish gain of knowledge, Bubai finds love, loses it, and returns to a life of loneliness and commitment to attaining the highest knowledge by becoming the highest kung-fu practitioner (or nuxia), and invincible in the world of martial arts. We find in the symbol of her sect and fan, the union of the Sun and Moon. Is it a mere film? To me, it captured my aspirations and contemplation I had made on life, especially inspired by East Asian philosophy. It relates, because it mirrors my life-long quest for real knowledge and cultivation.