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 use in imagery, as adopted by not only The American Minervan, but many others. The paper explains the significant differences in the Etruscan cultural attitudes Continue reading Etruscan Visual Representations of the Birth of Athena and Minerva: A Comparative Study | Dr. Shanna Kennedy-Quigley

Classicists on the Alt-Right appropriating the Classics—Thoughts on the Classics and Modern Theosophy

THOUGHTS ON THE CLASSICS, ALT-RIGHT AND MODERN THEOSOPHY In the mid-point to the last quarter of 2018, many articles were written across platforms and the internet on how the Alt-Right and Conservatives were appropriating “the Greek and Latin Classics” to lend credibility to vicious and vindictive white supremacist and Identitarian ideology. I must state clearly, Continue reading Classicists on the Alt-Right appropriating the Classics—Thoughts on the Classics and Modern Theosophy

The Solace of Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” (No. 8: Part II & “Resurrection” Mov. 5: Part III and IV) | A Short Drama

The last of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2: Mov. 5 always brings the sounds of wedding bells, or a crowning of royalty, which brings solace. It is placed after Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major “Symphony of a Thousand”: Part II, Final Scene from Goethe’s “Faust”, Part II, Gustav Mahler (1860-1911). This is meant to be Continue reading The Solace of Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” (No. 8: Part II & “Resurrection” Mov. 5: Part III and IV) | A Short Drama

The Four Modes of Birth in the Abhidharmakosa of Buddhism

In the ancient mythologies and literature of these traditions we find accounts of human creation, or modes of birth, found in both Buddhist and Zoroastrian texts. David Reigle details the Modes of Birth in the Abhidharmakosa, and its connection to the Stanzas (Dzyan) in The Secret Doctrine (1888). We find similar doctrines in the Zoroastrian Continue reading The Four Modes of Birth in the Abhidharmakosa of Buddhism

The Initiates’ Tower of Babel and Jargon: Mystery-Language of Symbolism and Allegory

Helena P. Blavatsky asserts (not argues) there existed in antiquity ‘one knowledge and one language,’ but became limited to a few, and this knowledge was denied to subsequent generations (see Collections from The Secret Doctrine: Gleanings on the Mysteries and the Language of Mythology or Light on the Trans-Himalayan Occultists and Origins of Kabbalism – an echo Continue reading The Initiates’ Tower of Babel and Jargon: Mystery-Language of Symbolism and Allegory

Albert Pike Ponders on Lucifer in Morals and Dogma: Tells Us to Seek the Light of Knowledge

In Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (1871), Episcopalian-Freemason of the Scottish Rite, Albert Pike writes exaggeratedly and ponderously in question, “LUCIFER, the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light, and Continue reading Albert Pike Ponders on Lucifer in Morals and Dogma: Tells Us to Seek the Light of Knowledge

The Nineteenth-Century Popularization of the Desatir | Theosophists, Ishraqis, and Zoroastrianism

The Desatir or Dasātīr (Per. دساتیر lit. “Ordinances”), also known as Dasatir-i-Asmani, is a collection of writings now generally taken to be a literary forgery written in an invented or artificial language, with elements from Indian and Iranian dialects, and Persian grammar. It is recommended in “The Secret Doctrine Reference Series” for Theosophists (Theosophical Society), and is Continue reading The Nineteenth-Century Popularization of the Desatir | Theosophists, Ishraqis, and Zoroastrianism

Rant on Classics and Politics || SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE and a THEOSOPHIST

In a return to a state of political apathy I read A Rant on Classics and Politics from a classicist. Chi K’ang Tzu asked Confucius about government. The Master replied, “If you desire what is good, the people will be good. The character of a ruler is like wind and that of the people is like grass. Continue reading Rant on Classics and Politics || SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE and a THEOSOPHIST

Russian MS. of H.P.B. criticized V.S. Solovyov’s Review of Theosophy: ‘Theosophists worship the wisdom that is from Above’

‘Theosophists worship the wisdom that is from Above’ In relation to Russian Philosopher Vladimir Solovyov and Charles J. Ryan: ‘H.P.B. did not invent the Tibetan Brotherhood and Chelas’, an insightful Russian MS. (the date reads London, 1890) in H.P. Blavatsky’s handwriting was discovered in the Adyar Archives. It was H.P.B.’s critical response, or correction of V.S. Continue reading Russian MS. of H.P.B. criticized V.S. Solovyov’s Review of Theosophy: ‘Theosophists worship the wisdom that is from Above’