We can say its sanity as well. . .
THE AMERICAN MINERVAN WAS FIRST CREATED AS A THEOSOPHICAL-CENTERED BLOG TO DIRECTLY CONFRONT THE FALSE NOTIONS ABOUT THE NATURE AND IMPLICATIONS OF THEOSOPHY AND OCCULTISM. IT DELVES INTO THE HISTORY OF THE ANCIENT MYSTERY TRADITIONS, INTERPRETS AND COMPARES MYTHOLOGY AND FOLKLORE, STUDIES AND SKETCHES THE HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHIES ABOUT WESTERN ESOTERIC CURRENTS FROM THE MEDIEVAL ALCHEMISTS, RENAISSANCE PLATONISTS, FREEMASONS, FRENCH AND SPANISH ILLUMINISTS, THE GERMAN ROSICRUCIANS AND BAVARIAN ILLUMINATI, THE SWEDENBORGIANS AND OTHER PROTESTANT MYSTICS, AND THE THEOSOPHISTS.
Hey! It’s Dominique. I am the author. The goal or objective of my blog is to complete my Writing Projects and articles are related to the stated goals.
THE ACADEMICIAN THEOSOPHICAL became THE AMERICAN MINERVAN when I decided to delve into the history of America and the origins of LIBERALISM and the Republican School 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. The primary focus is not politics, or religion in general. Along with my special interests in East Asian history and philosophy, everything else I focus on my blog is actually specific (such as understanding the origins of the Mysteries), and therefore the history of all these subjects intertwine. There are dramatist elements to my writing-style, and I try as much to avoid writing from an impersonal and academic style. It would not make writing this blog fun for me otherwise. We are here to propagate a number of ideas and perspectives, explain the history of them, and challenge some accepted-notions. As to political philosophy, I will go through the origins and principles of republicanism and democracy before liberalism in Classical Greece through personages since the time of the early and late Stoics of Greece, other thinkers in Rome, and the originators of Athenian Democracy. This will be capable of restoring the integrity of the ideal, to minds prepared to progress them in our American political life and thought, thereby establishing a new school of thought.
The intent is to appeal to Americans of all class, politic and manner. Hence, here, republicanism doesn’t refer to the French, or American political party under that name; and when discussing Liberalism, it is not in reference to the left-wing of the Democratic Party and Progressive point of view, but to the liberal tradition as crystallized and encapsulated in the seventeenth century in the Lockean view of freedom and in Democratic Theory. 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. The American Minervan rejects the conspiracy theories and defend our ideas. It does not approach the study of Fascism from that of an Anti-Fascist, but neither as an adherent of Fascism. 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, literature and teachers.
MINERVA AND MARS IN GRECO-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 Greek meaning of THEO-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).
Ovid describes our role and attitude:
“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
MINERVA IN ANCIENT MYTHOLOGY, AMERICAN SYMBOLISM AND ARCHITECTURE
Resurrection of the DEAD and the Liberation of MAN in the MYSTERIES. Ipsa scientia potestas est “Knowledge itself is power.” (Francis Bacon, Meditationes Sacrae, 1597) The Drama of Graduation in the Mysteries Think only the Greeks and […]
Etruscan Visual Representations of the Birth of Athena and Minerva: A Comparative Study | Dr. Shanna Kennedy-Quigley
Dr. Shanna Kennedy-Quigley’s paper from the Etruscan Studies Journal on the Etruscan visual representations of the Birth of Athena and Minerva provides historical, artistic, and cultural perspective of its common […]
Columbia (American Minerva) and the Fasces in “Reconstruction” for Equal Rights (1868), Harper’s Weekly | Artist Thomas Nast
“Reconstruction” by German-born American political cartoonist, Thomas Nast illustrates the Southern states being brought back into order with the North under the ancient symbol of collective power, authority and fraternity, […]
MINERVA, Goddess of Wisdom leads America in “The Apotheosis of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington.” The Apotheosis of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington is a copperplate-printed toile fabric produced in […]
“In this time, when the games and abuses of secret societies were without end, I wanted to make use of this human weakness for a real and worthy goal, the […]
Dr. Jean-Louis Siémons article Theosofia in Neo-Platonic and Christian Literature (2nd to 6th Century A.D.), Theosophical History Centre, London, 1988, pp. 24-26. Dr. Siémons was an Associate of the United Lodge […]
EARLY BLOG IDEA, ATTITUDE & INSPIRATION
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 this 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.