'Do not change the nomina barbara;'that is, the names handed down by the gods to each people have ineffable power in the initiation rites.Chaldean Oracles, Fragment 150, trans. Majercik, where it appears in context from Psellus Nisha Ramayya’s States of the Body Produced By Love is the best experimental poetry book I have read in a … Continue reading The Ineffable Power of Syllable and Sound
Reading one of Proclus' hymns and relating it to passages in the Platonic Theology was my very unexpected (unofficial) winter break hobby.
I came across this passage this morning in the fifth the volume of the translation of Proclus' Commentary on Plato's Timaeus, Book 4: Proclus on Time and the Stars. I really liked this passage because it's yet another one that backs up the ideas about receptivity within theurgy and worship, or the concept that highly … Continue reading A Quotation from Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s TIMAEUS, Book 4
I'm working my way through G. Shaw's Theurgy and the Soul (2nd ed.) While at the laundromat yesterday, I read the chapters "Ritual and the Human Hierarchy" and "Ritual as Cosmogony." The chapters rely on De Mysteriis, with injections of De Anima and some other texts. Essentially, human souls are divided into three groups, with different types of … Continue reading Returning to the Lojong Slogans (with Iamblichus This Time)
In my blog post about reading Iamblichus’ On the Mysteries, I said that theurgy is “basically a fancy word for traditional cultus.” The post has gotten a lot of reach, with most referrals from Facebook (where I can’t see anything), but it was also posted to a Reddit board called r/Occult by someone. A Reddit … Continue reading In Which Some Comments Are Made About the Word Theurgy