The Many Sacred Veils: Language and Esotericism in Initiation

The significance of a word in translation is often the consequence of a considered and deliberate attempt to either metaphrase or paraphrase a given text. C.D.C Reeve states in his preface to G.M.A Grube’s 1974 translation of Plato’s Republic that ‘one and the same Greek word may have many different meanings and different Greek words […]

Darwin vs Morality: Part II

In The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins attempts to describe the biological roots of morality. He begins by saying: “Natural selection favors genes that predispose individuals, in relationships of asymmetric need and opportunity, to give when they can, and to solicit giving when they can’t. It also favors tendencies to remember obligations, bear grudges, police exchange […]

Azsacramerica: Book Review

Azsacramerica: The Future of Rebellion and the Rebellion of the Future seeks to explain the ideas and positions of the contemporary Russian philosopher Azsacra Zarathustra, whose work has largely been expounded through abstract Zen koan-like statements, in his previous books. While Zarathustra’s own writing (Nihillihin & And Absolute Break of the Spirit) is included in the […]

Culture, Meaning, and The Metaphysics of Ancient Memory

Ancient peoples regarded memory as divine or supernatural.  Memory is thoroughly bound up in Antiquity with the Cult of the Dead, whose constituency cries out for commemoration.  In ten-thousand-year-old Çatal Hüyük in Central Anatolia the dwellers lived in apartments built over the sepulchers of their ancestors.  The past – in the form of the dead […]

Will Europe Follow Atlantis? Part III: The Modern West

Lewis Spence and the revolt against the modern world

Spence himself invokes William Blake, in Will Europe Follow Atlantis, by references to the Lambeth seer’s America a Prophecy (1793) and Europe a Prophecy (1794).  Spence understands Blake in the context of Bardic Poetry and the Grail Saga, describing him as “of the lineage of the Sons of the Grail” and as enjoying “the birthright […]

Will Europe Follow Atlantis? Part II: Lewis Spence and The Occult War

Of all the interpreters of the Atlantis Myth since Plato, Lewis Spence (1874 – 1955), founder of the Scottish National Movement and folklorist-mythographer extraordinaire, most closely grasped the story’s cosmological-moral theme.  Although critics tend to treat Spence’s many books on Atlantis as falling into the archeological-literalist camp, their tenor, even in the earliest of them, […]

Will Europe Follow Atlantis? Part I: True Myth

The true myth of Atlantis

The phrases “true myth” and “probable myth” – in Greek, alethinos muthos and eikos muthos – come from Plato’s dialogues. They designate a rhetorical gesture in the dialogues that has to do, on the one hand, with the limits of definition and syllogism, and on the other with the validity of image and symbol. From […]

From Romanticism to Political Correctness: Modernity and Emotional Illiteracy

Emotions are part of our very being; we are our emotions, at least to the extent that we are egos. Like music or a river, they tend to have a certain temporal continuity, changing and flowing one into another. Thoughts, by comparison, are more like bubbles, rising to the surface and bursting. Unregulated thoughts lead, through […]