“The pain of our corruption must be healed by virtue, knowledge,
and eloquence.”—Giambattista Vico (1668-1744)
THE AMERICAN MINERVAN researches and publishes news, essays and commentary on Esoteric Currents (Worldly) and Comparative Religion in the Academy, American Political History, its Ideological Roots and Foreign Policy & Affairs, which includes studies on Cultures. MINVRA, short for The American Minervan, was first formed to confront false and misled perceptions in the public about occult philosophy in the current of the Theosophical Enlightenment. Further research and the political circumstances of the times yielded to new information and idea of a mission of its own, that articulates the history of these things, and ideas the author has studied, to educate, and contest with the established institutions of religious and political influence.
We would like such a vision to react on the public and intellectuals, so introducing the work of others is key.
Initial projects and writings:
The Origins of Classical Education, Secret Societies and The Mysteries
History and Profiles of Adepts
History and Profiles of Female Philosophers and Disciples of Ancient Sages
History, Aim, Theory, and Dissection of Occult Philosophy, Theurgy, and Magic
History of Selection of Currents and Schools of Thought
Defenses and Refutations of the prevailing public consensus and conspiracies
Johann Adam Weishaupt’s Ideas
Arguments for the Revival of the Perfectibilist Ideal
A Selection of Asian Philosophy, Eastern Esotericism, Political Theory & History
The Ideological Roots of American Political Thought and Party Politics
- North, Central, and South American History, Cultures, Populations, and Politics
- Issues of Modern Politics in the United States
- Arguing the case for, or defending certain policies and (if so) mobilizers, organizations, and leaders
The Ideological Roots of Fascism and Contrasts with Classical and Neo-Republicanism (Enlightenment Ideology).
Minerva and P.M.C.V. — Lovers of Education
Per Me Caeci Vident (Through me the blind become sighted).
P.M.C.V. was one of the acronyms on the seal of the Perfectibilists (Illuminati), written on an open book, held by an owl, signifying learning. It is surrounded by a laurel wreath, symbolizing graduation.
MINERVA, The God’s Intelligence (Divine Reason), the Nous, the deliverer, liberator, and savior serves a befitting representation to use; and since it is already a common goddess symbolic in the republican symbolism of the U.S., or in its early Graeco-Roman neoclassical art.
The Roman MINERVA or Greek Athena is a Deity of DIVINE WISDOM (Jove’s INTELLIGENCE), and it is the idea chosen to represent MINVRA’s mission. It is synonymous with the Greek meaning of THEOSOPHIA. The Roman MINERVA was represented in art and myth as a warrior with: — Valor, Wisdom-Intelligence, and Grace. In myth and art, we find her tempering her opposing principle: the aggressive warlike deity — MARS (Ares). We want to inspire a class of “new academicians” in civil society and academia. It alludes to Plato’s Academy, and “the Garden,” — a category for the Schools of Classical Greek Philosophical studies. The “Academy” refers to initiatory colleges, and the love for education upon which those colleges were based in antiquity.
What Does Theosophy Mean?
THEOSOPHY means Divine Wisdom, but does not imply in it a belief in a personal god as only understood in common religious traditions, but simply to belief in the daimonia (“gods” and “demons”). We can briefly explain. It implies that there is ONE immutable, eternal, omnipresent, boundless ABSOLUTE PRINCIPLE, upon which all depends a modern Theosophist says, “as was held by the Theosophists of the Neo-Platonic Alexandrian School,” but is much more than this. It is therefore, not “the Wisdom of God” that is meant except in the context of mostly Christian theology; but divine occult wisdom as is held by [or is intelligible to] ‘the gods,’ which mortal humans are said to be capable of attaining to, or communing with.
Neo-Platonists and the term’s (Theosophy) Greek Origin
Regarding mythography and under-meanings (hyponoia), the Neo-Platonists were Analogeticists — “on account of their method of interpreting all sacred legends, symbolical myths and mysteries, by a rule of analogy or correspondence, so that events which had occurred in the external world were regarded as expressing operations and experiences of the human soul” (Helena Blavatsky, What Is Theosophy). The origins of the known Greek gnosis, or theosophy through say, Neo-Platonists were traced to times antedating the Ptolemaic dynasties according to Diogenes Laertius (Diogenes Laërtius); and were passed down and meant for those their contemporaries styled “theodidaktoi” (god-taught).
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