I've been using ChatGPT over the past week to supplement Duolingo's Modern Greek track, as one of the drawbacks of Duolingo is that it isn't that great at reinforcing or providing grammatical infrastructure scaffolding. (I love grammar.) It's also difficult for me to think about how words are actually spelled or where the accents are … Continue reading AI-generated passages to learn prayer-related Greek vocab
Proclus was born in 412 CE on 8 February. We have his birth chart (amazingly), so he's one of the few ancient Platonists whom we can honor on a birthday. I am posting this a few days early so that anyone who might want to honor him has the heads up and can think about … Continue reading Remember, Proclus’ Birthday Is On 8 February
A few years ago, I posted a short story on my writing blog called "Longing for Water" — a slice-of-life study related to some of my polytheistic speculative worldbuilding. One of the things that does interest me is how to mythologize unions between Goddesses in a way that is tasteful and reverential. You see this … Continue reading Hymning Fiction
I am briefly picking up on a thread from my end-of-January update: Very few of us are ever remembered, and even for those who are, you will likely reincarnate not knowing that you were that person. Meditating on Apollon, the Lord of Abiding Compassion, and tacitly dedicating my compassion meditation practice to him, I’m starting … Continue reading We need to work hard to build the world that we want to be born into.
Along the lines of the Simplicius passage I mentioned in my January update, today, my Discover Weekly updated. One of the pieces, "What Fills the Gap" (Will Cady) features passages from an Alan Watts lecture — Part 2 of "Out of Your Mind." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmT3t2Kdr3I There's a lot of Phaedrus and Timaeus energy here, especially in … Continue reading “At first the soul was united with the Gods …”
This post begins with Apollon, the Lord of Abiding Compassion. Apollon is the God who harmonizes all things together. He pulls us into unity from division; he gathered, and does gather, and will gather, the parts of Dionysos — for we are cut apart much as he was by our interactions with the world — … Continue reading Deity-Focused Compassion Meditation
One of the things I appreciate about this time of year is how neon-navy the sky is when I leave work. The sky coaxes itself lighter every day, and soon the sun will still be up when I leave my basement office. One day late in the month, I caught a glimpse of the young-crescent … Continue reading January 2023: Happy, Calm Things
When I pray to Dionysos, I usually read Orphic Hymn 30 or the verses from the Bacchae in the Grene & Lattimore-edited translation that start a few lines after line 70. The section is translated beautifully, with the kind of presence that works well for recitation before doing prayer beads or something. Blessèd, blessèd are … Continue reading Did K.T. Tunstall Read the Bacchae?
These are six of the seven prayers that I wrote for Nantosuelta for the nights that I was praying to her, and in the spirit of devotional offerings, I am making them available here. "Six Prayers for Nantosuelta" (this specific set of poems) by Kaye Boesme is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International … Continue reading Six Prayers to Nantosuelta