Today is the Dark Moon — a day (or evening) for praying to Chthonic Gods, ancestors, and others. It's also Memorial Day in the United States, an interesting accidental meetup of the common and lunar calendars. I pray to both the ancestors of my family and to intellectual ancestors — blood relations are not the … Continue reading Working through a few thoughts on ancestor veneration
May has been an eventful month: the end of the semester, an in-between time both seasonally and professionally. It involved a lease renewal (yes, like everyone else, my rent went up — and my security deposit, ugh, which is ... not not legal?). I had to get a dental filling and go back get the … Continue reading May 2022 Update
In early May, I received a plastic transparent plaque from my workplace in honor of my ten-year service anniversary, which is coming up in late June. Also in the box was a card linking me to the website where I could redeem a gift. There had been no gift for my five-year anniversary, just a … Continue reading Why Is the Home Decor Crowd Trying to Sell Us All On “Cluttercore”?
After the Ecstasy, the Laundry (Jack Kornfield) was published in 2000, the year I turned 13. I ordered the book in January 2021 on Alibris from ThriftBooks, fully intending to read it at some point when I wasn't reading Platonic commentaries. That never happened — until now. Here is the description on Goodreads (note: I'm … Continue reading After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: A Review
Know thyself is the maxim that is given to us by the God at Delphi. Plato’s Alcibiades I and the commentary tradition surrounding it establish that the self is the soul, hereafter interchangeably described as the soul or the psūkhe (IPA: /psiˈçi/), which is using the body as an instrument. Plato’s Republic and the Platonic … Continue reading On the soul’s descent; or, a cosmic web of thoughts and ideas, barely arranged
And now for the text version, which might be better here — WordPress degraded the image quality of the infographic. Why Worship Gods? Platonists are fond of saying that the world is full of Gods, quoting from a pre-Socratic philosopher named Thales. Platonists like Proclus add that everything prays, each in its own way, just … Continue reading Why worship Gods?