Goddess Murder (Episode 3)

V. Burgled By the will of Fortune all things are conscious. . . . At times Love makes one out of many; at others, Strife makes many out of one.  EmpedoclesAfter the Jesuit community Mass in Bob's honor, I went up to my office. Opening the door, I gazed upon chaos. All the drawers in the desk and file cabinet were open. Paper was strewn everywhere. All the books on my shelves had been swept onto the floor. At least paint and ink hadn’t been poured on everything.I went downstairs, told Sh … [Read more...]

Goddess Murder: A Tale of Love, Witches, and Gnostics (Episode 2)

II. Destruction[From the Poetic Epistemologies of Apollo.]They tied her to the tree, and lit the fire.You taste its ashes in your mouth.No one tree escapes the forest fire.Abandoned hills erode, stones topple,No one dances, and fires are not allowed. Not just the tree, not just the seed:The ground itself has been destroyed.The smoking silence pales the barren sun. Summer solstice comes and, measured, goes.Midsummer brings no terror, … [Read more...]

Goddess Murder: A Tale of Love, Witches, and Gnostics (Episode 1)

 [I’ve been posting on here only about once a week recently. I enjoy this, I’m able to have people see my writing, I think what I’m writing is important, but it is hard to find or justify the time when I’m dealing with issues like, “It’s more sensible to pay the electric bill rather than the cable bill. Internet won’t work anyway without electricity.” In theory I could earn money from this—if I had three times as many hits per month. But, of course, what I write doesn’t have the entertainment val … [Read more...]

More Wisdom & Wisecracks of the Old Ones

Hermes Trismegistos, X, 24-25: Humans are being divine in nature,  comparable not to other living creatures on the Earth, but to the Gods in Heaven. Indeed, if we speak truly and fearlessly, a person who is indeed truly human is superior to the Gods in Heaven, or at least equal to them in power. None of the Gods of Heaven will ever quit Heaven, pass its boundaries, or come down to Earth, but humans ascend to Heaven and measure it. What’s more, they mount to Heaven without quitting the Earth, to … [Read more...]

Wisdom & Wisecracks of the Old Ones

“No Greek sacrifices an elephant or a camel to the Gods—because Greece does not produce camels or elephants.” That’s Porphyry, quoting someone much smarter than himself. It explains a great deal about religion in general.Once someone asked Victor Anderson why he used a red tablecloth on the altar. He replied, “Because I had a red tablecloth.” “Beware lest these teachings be divulged to uneducated people. For dew teachings sound more ridiculous to the ignorant  . . . or more profound to the … [Read more...]

On My Love for Sophia, Our Lady of Wisdom and Mercy

It is common to suppose that knowledge is not wisdom, but just what is the difference between them? Mapping knowledge is easy enough: mathematics, science, humanities, social studies (they should be scholarly, but they are not sciences), then dividing them into categories, subcategories, and so on, down to a subncategory small enough that one can know everything relevant to that tiny slice of reality. That is the ambition of almost every academic researcher. But as a result, said researcher … [Read more...]

Wisdom Is Sold in the Desolate Market

What is the price of experience? do men buy it for a song?Or wisdom for a dance in the street? No, it is bought with the priceOf all that a man hath, his house, his wife, his children.Wisdom is sold in the desolate market where none come to buyAnd in the wither’d field where the farmer plows for bread in vain. . . .It is an easy thing to talk of patience to the afflicted,To speak the laws of prudence to the houseless wanderer . . .It is an easy thing to rejoice in the … [Read more...]

Blogging as Dedication to the Search

I miss the lively conversations I and my friends had on my Gardnerians All Yahoo group a few years back. For that matter, I miss lively conversations via email in general. There seems to have been a shift in American communication styles over the last few years. I’m seeing far more use of social media like Facebook and Twitter, and much less personal communication.  Facebook has reconnected me with dear friends I thought I’d never be able to find again, and I can get messages to many people when … [Read more...]

A Prayer That I Hope Many More Can Say

After I came to AA in September 1976, I began to assemble a litany of morning prayers as a tool for maintaining myself in a fit spiritual condition. I began that litany with the “Lord’s Prayer,” the “Our Father,” the Paternoster, because I know it is a truly Jewish prayer, as taught by that tragic Rabbi. I have found every thought in it stated in other words somewhere in the Talmud.AA is a simple program, simple but not easy. All you need to do is change yourself, change everything you have e … [Read more...]

The Problem of Consciousness, Part II

I have derived what I hope are some valid insights into the nature of time and consciousness from thinking about Blake’s descriptions of his eidetic imagery, which I did not know about, despite having done Blake for one of my Master’s orals, until I saw Jacob Bronowski’s episode about Blake done as an addendum to his Ascent of Man series. Bronowski said that he expected to be reading about an amusing English eccentric, but instead found himself looking into one of the most profound intellects he … [Read more...]


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