is nothing accidental about the fact that we in the West are starved for some
real sense of meaning and crying out for something that, in spite of all our
apparent sophistication and material success, we are no longer even able to
name. This western civilization of ours was created for a purpose. Until we
start to discover that purpose again, our lives will be meaningless. Unless we
touch our roots and make contact again with the essence of our past, we can have
Speech is Silver, but Silence is Golden, as the Old Saying
goes, so here is another, and possibly final onslaught of information
before the end of the year. This is just to remind you that I have set up
an esoteric research group, for those with strong stomachs for details and hard
work, but you have to visit this on the web at: LUXLAPIS
RESEARCH where you join . .. . there are some
wonderful sites and discoveries in the material hyperlinked in blue, beneath .
. and though it is a bit chaotic . . . All Paths Lead to the One?
Love, Peace & Light,
Samten de Wet
science, religion and life,” Science and
Spirit seeks “to
encourage dialogue between science and religion.” Visit the website to subscribe or read selected articles from
the current issue.
of Astrology has published articles by Cape Town Author Prier Wintle, some of
which are available online.
University publishes The Papers
from the ERANOS
BY THE SEINE discover who is the Hermes by the Seine?
MYTHS AND MADNESS
MYTHOS MITYA - Who is Come Carpenter and what is his agenda?
OF DIONYSUS -
BEAZLEY ARCHIVE: ENGRAVED GEMS AND FINGER-RINGS - Oxford
University Site - excellent
A magnificent collection of
pictures of ORPHEUS, from classical sources and through Art History to
contemporary times. Brilliant collection of images - seems to be based in
- Another fix for da
Vinci Code Fans!
astrological origin of ISLAMIC GEOMANCY and:
to Islamic Heraldry by Dr. Murray Lee Eiland open up fresh
perspectives . .
- SACRED ISLAND OF THE GREAT MOTHER
"Although we still mistake the space of the mind ... for the space
outside, we are learning the former is no less powerful than the latter.
Identity, power, and historical truth have their roots in these imaginative
realms. Every individual thinks part of a tradition and therefore is thought by
it, allowing us to perceive the obscure roots of history which go back to the
dawn of Homo sapiens. And yet, the exploration of our mind space is only the
"Magic is not about disorder. On the contrary, it reestablishes a
peaceful coexistence between the conscious and unconscious when coexistence is
under attack." Ioan Culiano
Any thoughts, as we park at this crossroad? asks Debora Mattingly
Here are some Animals in Mythology
from various sources, ogres, toads, hares, and the Buraq . . .
Bartholomaeus Anglicus THE
OF THE SPIRIT & MORNING LIGHT FOUNDATION
MAGAZINE are interconnected . ..
Stunning website on ATALANTA FUGIENS . . .
wealth of material outside
my comprehension because its in French, though I can get some sense here and
there and follow clues . .
Read bio - also a
practising Buddhist - DORJE DROLOD
Libya, Byzantine Mosaics
Site of a Byzantine fort and
church dating back to the reign of the Emperor Justinian (6th century AD). A
floor of stunning mosaic panels was discovered in 1957, the majority of which
are now housed in the on-site museum.
Neathery de Safita (Neathery Batsell Fuller)
Seeing that the Tarot could not have been
printed on bone, stone or leather, I was thinking aloud, that the History of
Paper - and the places where it was produced for the first time in Europe,
may offer some clues as to the origin of cards on paper . . .
see an excellent overview where mention is made of the Bayley book on
Curiously, scholars who write about the Holy Grail, such as Margaret
Starbird have turned to a 19th century Scottish scholar, Harold Bayley who
theorized that watermarks were secret signs of pre-Reformation Protestant
mystic or gnostic groups sects known in France as Albigeois and Vaudois and
as Cathari or Patarini in Italy. (Bayley 1902, 5)
Online Discussion Forums - an absolute MUST for Graves Fans!
This article sketches the framework in terms of the New Age movement, the
Ancient Wisdom tradition and the astrological background in which a `New Age'
interpretation of the Bible is made by esotericist Corinne Heline. Her
interpretation of the Christ and his mission on earth is explored and
attention is given to the concept of salvation in this context. In conclusion,
the necessary presuppositions for the validity of this type of exegesis are
Zodiac signs and Labors of the Months on the
Central Portal in Narthex
ABBEY OF SAINT-DENIS West Facade: Left Portal, Jamb Reliefs:
Signs of the Zodiac
- A very nice page to introduce children to medieval illuminated
manuscripts . . . . .
Proserpina abducted by Pluto, who carries her on his shoulder into Hades. Ovidius, Métamorphoses (anonymous translation)
Bibliothèque nationale, français 137
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, 488 D 8
- Willem den Elger, Zinne-beelden der liefde
Love in a chariot drawn by Mars, Jupiter, Netpune and Pluto
Den Haag, MMW,
10 A 11 - Augustinus, La Cité de Dieu, Boek I-X (vertaling uit het Latijn by
Raoul de Presles)
Boek 7, 20. Proserpina plukt bloemen met haar metgezellinnen; Ceres
bezorgd over haar dochter Proserpina die door Pluto is meegevoerd ~ de
roof van Proserpina (achtergrond)
Den Haag, MMW,
10 A 11 - Augustinus, La Cité de Dieu, Boek I-X (vertaling from the Latin by
Raoul de Presles)
Boek 7, 22. Landschap met rivier en zee; Salacia (godin van de diepe
zee) bedreigt Neptunus (met het bijschrijft 'Vulcanus'); duivels
Tombs of Alexandria, Part I
& Part II
by Jimmy Dunn
Investigation Concerning the Nature of the Sun and Moon - Michael
SOME STUNNING ARTICLES:
Borchardt, F.L., The
Magus as Renaissance Man, Sixteenth Century Journal, Volume 21,
Issue 1, Spring 1990, 57-76.
Juan Battista Villalpando
This is a Spanish Jesuit of the sixteenth century, is famous
for a powerful study about Salomon’s original temple rebuiding that had a big
influence on European architecture and culture, he is an Hebraism student and a
lover of Ars Magna by Raimondo Lullo. His mind about architecture is
firm: as the architecture of Vitruvio is the only rational, is also the only
possible architecture about the divine revelation and for that he lounchs into
parallelism between the text of Vitruvio and the Writing. His influence reached
five or six architects generations. In 1657 a polyglot Bible was published in
London where there were included the thesis by Villalpando. In 1741 John Wood
was expressly inspired by Villalpando for his building origins. A track to go
deep, isn’t right?
CITY AS ARCHETYPE
have always been of the opinion, that the City, is an archetype in its own
right. And following the indications, or should we say, indicators, of
Horary Astrology, each city has its astrological ruler. Now according to
semi-established opinion, Johannesburg is ruled by Leo [obviously, the City
of Gold] and Cape Town by Pisces [obviously, the Two Fish, the Two Oceans].
Johannesburg is very centrifugal, as a result, and Cape Town very
again, brings us to the fact, that in our personal Natal Charts, certain
cities would be beneficial to the advancement of our pure motivations, and
others would be detrimental. Some
flourish in certain cities, others perish. This becomes even more amplified,
when the City in question has a history of initiatory activity. Sometimes
the City closes its gates, other times, the Red Carpet is rolled out. After
all, if a City is an Organic Being, as well, it may or may not want its
frequencies to be tampered with . . . or it may extend a warm invitation to
the difficulties in the beginning should not discourage one . .
but should be seen as a test. Those not worthy of entering, will be
discouraged to do so, not knowing of course, that some destiny awaits them
behind & beyond the obstacles.
of Culture: Alfonso
X the Learned of Castile and His Thirteenth-Century Renaissance
by Robert I. Burns, S.J. THE
LIBRARY OF IBERIAN RESOURCES ONLINE
Ludovico Lazzarelli (late 16th century), Italian
Musica Ludovico Lazzarelli (late 16th century). Rome:
Vatican Library, Urb. Lat. 717. Ref. Frings (1999: 268, pl. 9 – b&w).
A personification of Music sits playing a cylindrical recorder with paired
holes for the lowermost finger. An organetto, lute, harp, rebec and some
ambiguous wind instruments lie scattered at her feet. Cf. the so-called
"Tarocchi Cards of Mantegna".
Poesia Ludovico Lazzarelli (late 16th century). Rome:
Vatican Library, Urb. Lat. 717. Ref. Frings (1999: 268, pl. 9 – b&w).
A personification of Poetry sits before a fountain playing a recorder
one-handed. The instrument is slender with a flared bell and paired (offset)
holes for the lowermost finger. Cf. the so-called "Tarocchi Cards of
in the Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua
WOODBLOCKS OF THE
Simon Wintle has hand block printed some pretty cards - though not Tarot, useful for the technique:
Around 1987 I decided to make a pack of playing cards from woodblocks and coloured with stencils. The purpose of the exercise was to
acquire insight and practical experience into the circumstantial problems of printing playing cards from woodblocks, their
design, colouring with stencils, etc. I was carrying out my 'apprenticeship'.
Interesting piece by the late Alan Watts:
The Cross of Cards by Alan Watts
Check out the frescos at
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our lives more meaningful through supporting our study, practice and
realization. The more we orient ourselves in this direction, the more we reap
the fruit of our effort, dedication and longing. In this life as well as the
next we progress toward our ultimate goal - the ability to bring true and
lasting benefit to all beings.
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when she became a student of the late Vidyadhara the Ven. Chögyam Trungpa,
Rinpoche. She is a meditation instructor in the Shambhala Buddhist organization
he founded and a director in its secular sister track, Shambhala Training. As
the Wisdom Centre's resident teacher, Jennifer facilitates all aspects of our
three major focus areas: meditation instruction, Buddhist studies and the
Shambala Training programmes.
Jennifer grew up
in Cape Town. She recently returned from the United States, where she has spent
the past 30 years. As a member of the Boulder, Colorado Shambhala and
Nalandabodhi communities (the sanghas of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Ponlop
Rinpoche, respectively), she has been privileged to receive teachings from some
of the pre-eminent teachers of our time, including H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche,
H.E. Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein. Jennifer is
a writer and editor by profession. She is currently engaged in helping a number
of Buddhist authors bring their teachings to print.
Jennifer's Teachers: Jennifer's current teachers are The
Seventh Dzogchen Ponlop, Rinpoche and Bhikshuni
Pema Chödrön. It is from their inspiration and guidance
that Jennifer's practice and teaching approach derive.
very important to take notes, to listen, contemplate and meditate, but all the
while remain aware that the essence is contained within. The search is simply to
help you perceive your nature. When you see your nature for the first time, it
will really be something to marvel at. It will astound you. It will be such an
amazing discovery you just will not believe it. It is the greatest gift and has
been within you all the time.
of online audio files of teachings and chants by Thrangu Rinpoche
- Symbol of the Nature of Mind by
TIBET FESTIVAL OF
The Office of Tibet, Pretoria, in collaboration with Tibet Society of South
Africa is organizing Tibet Festival of Compassion in celebration of His Holiness
the Dalai Lama's 70th Birthday in July 2005.
The festival will be the biggest event on Tibetan cultural heritage ever held in
South African. The festival will showcase the creation of Sand Mandala by
Tibetan Buddhist Monks; Traditional Tibetan Music & Dance Performances by
artistes from the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, a professional Tibetan
Thangka painter will demonstrate and explain the art of Thangka painting and
Exhibitions on Tibetan Medicine, Thangka Paintings and a Photo Journey to Tibet.
There will also be screening of movies like Compassion in Exile, Story of the
14th Dalai Lama, Yogis of Tibet and Compassionate Healing, about the Traditional
Tibetan Medicine. Teachings and talks on Tibetan Buddhism and Culture will also
feature during the festival and you can also browse lots of esoteric stalls.
The festival will be held in Durban Jewish Club on July 17, Cape Town Novalis
Ubuntu Centre on July 23 & 24 and Johannesburg Lamrim Buddhist Centre on
July 30 & 31. For further information, Contact: Office of Tibet: 012-664
1193 /4 Email: email@example.com
or visit: www.officeoftibet.com
If you don't understand that whatever appears is meditation,
What can you achieve by applying an antidote?
Perceptions are not abandoned by discarding them
But are spontaneously freed when recognized as illusory.
C.G. Jung Centre. The S A Association of Jungian Analysts Public Program has
pleasure in hosting a talk by
his words: " I’m a Jungian analyst from Sydney, formerly from
Cambridge, Mass. My specialty is embodied dream imagery, a method that combines
imagination and body in psychotherapy, the treatment of physical illness, and
the arts. My work is currently applied in a variety of different areas, notably
in theatre and medicine. I’m working with the Royal Shakespeare Company in
Stratford, where they have taken our techniques as a rehearsal method. I teach
in Australia, the United States, Europe, China and Japan."
8th July 2005, 8pm, Venue: C G Jung Centre, Rosebank; parking on the Main Road.
R25 members; R35 non-members Numbers will be limited. Please book and pay in
further information telephone 689-6090
thought you might be interested in reading the attached article on Dr. Ian
McCallum's new book. It has just been published and it sounds as though it
has much needed food for the soul. Enjoy the read. Sincerely,
Judy Bell. Admin. Officer - C.G. Jung Centre
Ian McCallum’s groundbreaking new book suggests that human beings are
currently in a phase of rapid psychological evolution which, if well directed,
will make a fundamental difference to our relationship with the earth. Di Paice
spoke to him.
does one come across an idea that is exciting, new and fresh. Even more rarely
does one come across a dedicated naturalist who believes that human
beings have it in themselves to reverse what would appear to be a headlong rush
towards their own extinction. Ian
McCallum is one of those people, and his book, Ecological
Intelligence: Rediscovering ourselves in nature,
introduces such an idea. McCallum is a modern
Renaissance man. A psychiatrist, writer, poet, a serious amateur
naturalist and a former rugby Springbok, he connects the dots from Copernicus
through quantum theory to Jung and
Freud. With his wife, Sharon, he has spent the past seven years commuting
between the bush and his home in
Cape Town, trying to see where city and wilderness meet and balance each other.
The central thesis of the book is that human beings slowly evolved biologically,
and, with the consciousness that is humankind’s special gift, we are now
evolving psychologically. This evolution is being fashioned by our
environment every bit as much as
our biological evolution was. The author draws attention to the existence of
what he refers to as a ‘mindfield’ – a field of information,
signals and activities in which all life is interconnected. To understand this is to
understand the meaning of soul – to deny it is to become psychologically
Although he is grounded in
medical science and biology, McCallum argues that the
language of poetry will reach people more effectively than the language
of science. The creative energy of
science and poetry is from the same reservoir, he says, but people understand
poetry instinctively. It expresses directly to ordinary folk what
physicists express in phrases such as Einstein’s E = mc². This equation is a good example of science describing what people
have always known intuitively –
that energy, mass, space and time are interdep endent. It introduces the
concept of an invisible ‘field’ not dissimilar to the web of life
that McCallum explores. It is in this way that he uses much of the available
knowledge about the world to help the reader
to think differently. The miracle is that he makes it easy. Perhaps the
accessibility of his writing has its origins in the lightness with which he
takes himself – an ease that emerges in anecdotes as he talks about his work.
His experiences with troubled adolescents
and then as a wilderness guide played a significant role in his
conceptualisation of ecological intelligence and the writing of this book.
McCallum is good friends with the internationally respected
conservationist Ian Player, who started the Wilderness Leadership programme, and
in the 1980s a small group with McCallum as chairman established the Cape
programme. Having later qualified as a psychiatrist and knowing that wilderness
is its own therapy, he decided to take his in-patients camping in the Steenbras
Nature Reserve in the Southern Cape. ‘I headed the child, family and
adolescent unit at Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital in Cape Town from 1991 to 1997
and part of my programme with teenagers was getting them into areas where
“Nature” could speak to them,’ he says.
My hope was that the animals, insects, trees, and even the weather
patterns would help them to understand wild areas, including their responsibility to these places. Adolescents
love to take responsibility. The programme included keeping diaries and
exercises like bringing me things they found in the wild and explaining why they
had chosen specific tokens. At the end they
were asked to name the highlight of their adventure. Seventy per cent said it
was the food,’ he says with a wry grin. He
quickly points out that powerful psychological experiences reverberate
down the years, lasting much longer than lunch. How could a man like that write a book that was anything but
totally accessible to people who are hungry for help? Try it – it could change
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Merwede van der Merwe Film Producer-Director,
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details are on the website
Go to Retreats, click on Merwede¡¯s name and that will take you
to her page.
send out the message of how we can each contribute to making this a more humane
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affect a profound change and create a more humane society.
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THE RULE OF FOUR
Group-of-students mystery a Da Vinci Code
for people with brains
Rule of Four
(Jan Caldwell and Dustin Thomason) which claims to unlock codes, ciphers and
hidden secrets, is enjoying a vogue.
Roland Barthes identified this as one of his modern
"Mythologies": the belief that the universe is a kind of safe which
humanity could open if we could only find the combination.
The Hypnerotomachia, or "The Strife of Love in a
Dream"', seems to Jan Caldwell and Dustin Thomason to be such a key. It is
one of the principal texts of Renaissance culture, consisting of erotic reveries
and arcane discourses on subjects such as sex, architecture, gardening, music,
pyramids and nymphs.
Published in a superbly illustrated Aldine folio in 1499, the Hypnerotomachia
was one of the most beautiful books ever to leave a press. Most scholars believe
it was collected from classical and possibly Arabic sources by Francesco
Colonna, a sophisticated Venetian priest who lived to the age of 94.
The Rule of Four is a thriller based on the symbols and fantasies
of the Hypnerotomachia.
This fiction purports to unlock a great secret of the past, which brings
a deadly pursuit to the students who have discovered it. Caldwell and Thomason
have turned Colonna into a Roman nobleman to suit their purpose which involves a
mysterious cargo of immense value arriving, in Genoa. Its subsequent history is
unravelled by working out ciphers in the text. I hate to spoil the fun by
pointing out that the original, far from being the unattainable mystery the
authors claim, was published by Thames & Hudson in an excellent version by
Joscelyn Godwin in 1999. So their assertion that there has been no English
translation since the 16th century is quite misleading.
Still, as they say “a riddle is a castle built on air", and the
plot keeps bubbling along. This is a group-of-students mystery of the Donna
Tartt kind. Clever Paul is doing a thesis on the Hypnerotomachia;
handsome, black Charlie is a medic; Gil, a rich sophisticate; and Tom, the
narrator, the son of an academic who became obsessed with Colonna's story. They
discover an old diary and their decipherment of its secrets, they claim, results
in death and danger, The four are studying at Princeton where the student
society has rituals as impenetrable as anything in the Hypnerotomachia.
There is much oak-panelling and running around with no trousers on. The
bitcheries of academic life are immaculately observed in a fascinating glimpse
into a secretive modem world: that of the American over-class.
a thriller, The Rule of Four is not especially fast-paced, but the
personalities and relationships are well handled, as is the narrator's conflict
between his desire for a normal relationship with his girlfriend and the sense
that he is being dragged into dangerous obsession.
is good entertainment, a Da Vinci Code for people with brains. But the authors
must know about Godwin's translation and should acknowledge it, even if only in
The picture above is the ceiling
view of the zodiac of Denderah (Egypt site by Camillo
Trevisan whose Figure 5a is from the book by Denon Description
de l'Egypte, vol. IV, pl. 21, Dendera, the grand temple.
ROUND ZODIAC CEILING OF THE TEMPLE
OF HATHOR AT DENDERAH
OF THE SPIRIT
The Assembly of the
Birds: Page from a
manuscript of the Mantiq al-tair (The Language of the Birds) of Farid al-Din
cAttar, ca. 1600; Safavid. Painted by Habib Allah, Iran (Isfahan), Ink, colors, and gold on paper;
ANGELS AND DEMONS
THE OCCULT An Exhibition of material from the
Monash University Library Rare Book Collection - 4 June-24 July 1998
THE STONE IN THE COCK'S HEAD from: Tim Sheppard’s Storytelling Resources