When embarking on an undertaking of getting to know Platonism and its commentary tradition, and especially when one is determined to deeply engage in it as one’s primary spiritual path, it can seem like a lot. “Writing is a sea / its reeds are a shore,” as Thoth says in the Conversations in the House of Life scribal initiation text. It takes courage, conviction, and good sense to penetrate into those waters and learn how to swim in them.
To the Heliacal Gods
An example (from my actual practice) of a daily prayer to the Sun and the Gods who vibe heliacal.
In the House of Apollon
This poem was inspired by thinking about the Metamorphoses of Apuleius, and specifically the myth therein of Eros and Psyche, and by thinking about the process of becoming as Godlike as possible.
We Must Unmake to Make Again
At my shrine a few days ago, I asked Apollon what to do because I was feeling angry, frustrated, and without direction. I had been listening to Thenmozhi Soundararajan's The Trauma of Caste (I finished it; go read the review here, and do read/listen to the book if you can; I also made a few … Continue reading We Must Unmake to Make Again
Generation is Warfare, and the World is Without End
Rather than reaching for fantasies about the end of the world, we should all figure out what we actually want to contribute to the world.
Anthesteria 2023, Day Two
Last night, I covered my shrines for the second night of the Anthesteria (and I use HMEPA for calculating this; we're in the 700th Olympiad, so click on that bracket). I always take PTO for Anthesteria. In the teens of our current century, every time I didn't set the time aside, a snowstorm would do … Continue reading Anthesteria 2023, Day Two
Deity-Focused Compassion Meditation
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
Bringing the Gods Into a Meditation Practice
Readers may or may not know this, but I sometimes do self-care modules in the Fabulous app. It isn't my favorite self-care app (Calm is currently the front runner for me), but it certainly does win at pestering one with phone notifications. Some of the things the Fabulous modules ask people to do make my … Continue reading Bringing the Gods Into a Meditation Practice
As night deepens her caresses, as the sun inflectssouthward, each decline of lightbrings with it sudden shock, a yearningfor illumination now sunk beneath the western rocks.In the inky sweetness of fast-descending night,I am torn in two, hungering for summerwhile yearning for the lightlessness to yawn deeperbecause within myself I feel the stir of light.Somehow a … Continue reading Apollon, Abiding