On Friday night, I hit the second large chunk of text (299.21-303.23) of Proclus' Timaeus commentary that deals with the theological meat that I really enjoy reading. This morning, while scrubbing dirty things in the kitchen, cleaning the shower with an Exciting New Eco-Friendly Scrub that Actually Works As Advertised (lol adulthood), and so on, … Continue reading A Miscellany of Quotations — Proclus Discusses Prayer in Book II of the Timaeus Commentary
I have been a self-directed learner for a long time. The way I pushed myself through school was via convincing myself that everything would eventually be relevant to my creative writing. In 2019, after listening to the grades episode of The Happiness Lab podcast, I processed a lot of feelings (anger, regret, sorrow) about my … Continue reading Learning Plans and a Few Recommended Readings
four drops of bay oil three together, the fourth alonecircling as they twistedsmaller circle inspirallinguntil they pressed together in contactlike prayer hummingwithin the mindlight descending victorious When I prayed this morning, the drops of bay oil I gave to Apollon caught the light, three grouped together, the fourth alone. I watched the smaller bit inspiral … Continue reading Four Drops of Bay Oil
This post is mostly about reading Proclus' Timaeus commentary in translation, with a bit of modern science writing thrown into the mix. It all works out harmoniously.
A river flows — a town grows — a calamity happens.
In polytheism, a conversation happened several years ago that Yvonne Aburrow reminded me of recently — something about devotional versus relational polytheism. I now remember my brow furrowing when I saw it in 2015. The distinction seemed nonsensical to me, a way of slicing up and fragmenting a fundamental position about Gods being many and … Continue reading Theological Thoughts, Collated, at the End of a Gregorian Decade
First, for several days, I have had a brainworm from the Chaldean Oracles fragments. (This isn't getting a header because it's a single quotation at the beginning.) It's the phrase sober up from Fragment 15, trans. Ruth Majercik: And you do not know that every god is good. O, drudges, sober up … However, my … Continue reading A Miscellany of Quotations — Majercik, Bryant, Damascius
The only definition for this exists in my About Me or that long post I made after a summertime Twitter situation. This post will serve as a definition reference link so I can link to it whenever I mention the term in a post. The abbreviation is HeSP. Hellenistic Syncretic Polytheism, when broken down, has … Continue reading Hellenistic Syncretic Polytheism (HeSP)
I saw a question on Reddit over the weekend that I think merits further comment — what do you do if a God isn’t calling you? how can you still worship the Gods or know what to do when you don’t know whom you should worship? — and started thinking a bit more about it … Continue reading Just Do It (and other thoughts on worship)