Tag Archives: mythology

Okeanos

“Okeanos is situated at the outermost limits of the world, which is encircled by its stream. The circular stream of the Okeanos flows eternally around the world and eternally recycles the infinite supply of fresh water that feeds upon itself … Continue reading

Posted in Quotations | Tagged , , , , , | 17 Comments

The Secrets of the Odyssey (8): the Sirens, Scylla & Charybdis, and Thrinacia

John William Waterhouse, “The Siren” Reading the Odyssey in a superb translation of Robert Fitzgerald is like listening to the most delightful music. No interpretation can possibly replace the sheer pleasure of experiencing Homer’s talent. The opening lines of Book … Continue reading

Posted in The Odyssey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 24 Comments

Your Golden Hair Margeurite: Hair as a Symbol

Rapanzel, via http://haleys-comet.deviantart.com/art/Rapunzel-Let-Down-Your-Hair-110501671 In an old pagan ritual known as the Maypole dance, on the Eve of May Day, female dancers circled the pole the counter-clockwise direction, which is sacred to women and associated with the moon while male dancers … Continue reading

Posted in Hair | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 23 Comments

Images of the Zodiac: Contemplating Pisces

Johfra Bosschart, “Pisces” One of the best novels I have read in my whole life is without any shadow of a doubt Gould’s Book of Fish: A Novel in 12 Fish by Richard Flanagan. Its narrator, William Buelow Gould, is … Continue reading

Posted in Johfra Bosschart | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 27 Comments

The Secrets of the Odyssey (3): Calypso and Phaecians

According to a well-known saying by Whitehead, all Western philosophy is a footnote to Plato. Philosophy may have begun with Plato but storytelling and literature began with minstrel poets such as Homer. Our cultural womb and cradle is ancient Greece; … Continue reading

Posted in The Odyssey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Iris: the Goddess of the Rainbow as the Harbinger of a New Era

There is a well-known saying that the rainbow comes only after the storm. In the Bible, after the Deluge, God places a rainbow in the sky and pledges solemnly not to send another flood upon the earth: “I have set … Continue reading

Posted in Iris | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 42 Comments

The Symbolism of Islands

1.“Theseus is cruel because he leaves Ariadne on the island of Naxos. … Just a beach lashed by thundering waves, an abstract place where only the seaweed moves. It is the island where no one lives, the place where obsession … Continue reading

Posted in Islands | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 37 Comments

Images of the Zodiac: Contemplating Sagittarius

Johfra Bosschart, Sagittarius 1.“The right art,” cried the Master, “is purposeless, aimless! The more obstinately you try to learn how to shoot the arrow for the sake of hitting the goal, the less you will succeed in the one and … Continue reading

Posted in Johfra Bosschart | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 39 Comments

The Modern Need of Oracles

Neo: But if you already know, how can I make a choice? The Oracle: Because you didn’t come here to make the choice, you’ve already made it. You’re here to try to understand *why* you made it. I thought you’d … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

Light and Matter: the Perseid Meteor Shower

I am going to watch the Perseid meteor shower tonight. They are very fast moving meteors and they radiate from the constellation Perseus, and Perseus happens to be one of my beloved Greek heroes. The birth of Perseus appears to … Continue reading

Posted in The Perseids | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 72 Comments