Tag Archives: Hades

Insects: Smaller-Than-Small in Appearance, Bigger-Than-Big in Effect

Jainism, an Indian religion prescribing a path of nonviolence towards all living beings, professes a doctrine of Ahimsa (non-injury, absence of desire to harm), one expression of which is sweeping the ground with very small brushes before stepping on it … Continue reading

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Two Different Kinds of Soul

I. “The dual fate of Heracles after death, dwelling simultaneously on high with the gods and below in Hades, reflects the Greek notion that we have two different kinds of soul. Thymos is warm, emotional and red-blooded; while psyche is … Continue reading

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The Secrets of the Odyssey (7): Circe and the Underworld

J.W. Waterhouse, “Circe Invidiosa” As his journey progresses, Odysseus gradually loses all his ships and companions, all of his spoils of war, until he becomes solitary at the very end of the epic. Right after the disaster with contrary winds, … Continue reading

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Hekate: the Goddess of the Crossroads

1. “Saffron-cloaked goddess of the Heavens, The Underworld and the Sea Unconquerable Queen, Beast-roarer, Dishevelled one of compelling countenance Keyholding Mistress of the Whole World” Orphic Hymn to Hekate 2.  “Hail, many-named Mother of the Gods, Whose children are fair … Continue reading

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