The strongest agalma is the amalgam of the mind contemplating divine images with the senses. Here we mix the prayers, thoughts, and offerings. A god is the lock; the mind-in-pattern its key. The images the mind makes welcome in the Twins drawing back their bows or the keen-sited Guide. A god flows into any space … Continue reading What Images We Make
On the night of March 12, I had a dream about my middle sister. We were both trying to catch the train to Northampton, MA, and didn't have much time. There was a parking garage, and we needed to park the car, but there weren't spaces. I was praying to Hermes. Then, my sister started … Continue reading Why I’ve Been (Somewhat) Quiet
In the Enchiridion, Epictetus says that we control opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and our own actions. How true is this in an era when social media exploits the vulnerable cracks in our human psyches? What of ourselves do we actually control?
This post will be short, but I have a piece in the Eternal Haunted Summer Winter Solstice issue and am doing the requisite "hmm, I have a poem out" self-promotion PSAs. I have also been posting dictionary entries for my conlang Tveshi on Twitter and making roundups of them on my Pangrammatikê blog. Vocabulary terms … Continue reading Happy Solstice! (… and updates)
I thought hard this morning about what my response has been to prior natural disasters, so I went back to the Old KALLISTI to see what I said there. The words I wrote in 2010 — so long ago now — don't completely match my current worldview. For Pagan Values Month (June 2010), I wrote … Continue reading The Natural World, the Gods, and Ethics
Friendship is very important — and by this I don't mean casual friendships of affinity. Friendship has changed a lot since antiquity. I came across a book review (for something I haven't read). The review made me look at some web clippings I've made across the years, in addition to some old KALLISTI posts and … Continue reading Friendship: Magic? Yesssss.
The Delphic Maxims, Tenets of Solon, and the complexity of ethics.