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ON BEAUTY - To see with the soul's sight

“Withdraw into yourself and look. And if you do not find yourself beautiful yet, act as does the creator of a statue that is to be made beautiful: he cuts away here, he smoothes there, he makes this line lighter, the other purer, until a lovely face has grown upon his work. 90 more words

Philosophy

Botticelli - Birth of Venus

According to Edgar Wind the Venus pictured by Sandro Botticelli is the Celestial Venus, the ‘Venere celeste’ (as opposed to the Earthly Venus, the ‘Venere vulgare’, depicted in Botticelli’s Primavera). 106 more words

Art

CFPapers: Prometheus Trust Eleventh Annual Conferences

Via the ISNS mailing list:

PROMETHEUS TRUST ELEVENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

TO BE HELD ON

24-26 JUNE 2016

AT PURLEY CHASE CENTRE, MANCETTER, WARWICKSHIRE CV9 2RQ… 1,116 more words

Conference

[NB] Being Time

Sometimes Tumblr does a nice job of churning up just the right set of quotes to start me thinking toward a topic. I want to sit these two quotes together here so that I come back to them more easily than digging back through Tumblr history. 249 more words

Rethinking Old Ideas

BEING IN TIMELESSNESS - An Eternal Present

WELL-BEING AND THE EXTENSION OF TIME

We discover in this tractate that Well-Being resides in an actual present state and not in memory or anticipation, the past or the future. 50 more words

Philosophy

Theurgy and Knowledge in the Chaldean Oracles, IAO and Hekate

First and foremost, what is theurgy? It is essentially a sacramental mystery rite that overlaps into the realm of magic and the occult. It is a ritual process in which the initiate’s mind and vision is purified so that they might behold and “see” the majesty of the gods, through consecrations, prayers, unintelligible incantations (like the Christian charisma of speaking in tongues), and various meditative practices. 7,374 more words

Gnosis

Ennead I, Tractate 4: Well-Being

In this tractate, Plotinus is concerned with what is called in Greek, eudaimonia.  There is no accurate translation of this word in English.  ‘Happiness’ is hardly adequate, but Armstrong perhaps comes closer (though even more abstractly) by calling it ‘well-being’.  1,347 more words

Plotinus