French Symbolist painter, mystic and philosopher Maurice Chabas (1862-1947) By Dr. Myriam de Palma

"French Symbolist painter Maurice Chabas came from a family of painters, including brother Paul Chabas. Maurice Chabas was born on September 26th 1862, in Nantes, in a cultured and scholarly family. The eldest boy, according to the customs of the time, Chabas took over the family business as an adult despite the fact that he … Continue reading French Symbolist painter, mystic and philosopher Maurice Chabas (1862-1947) By Dr. Myriam de Palma

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Marcus Aurelius: On opinions

There is a popular quote from Marcus Aurelius: "Remember that all is but opinion" being continuously shared online, usually in attempt to claim that there are no such things as facts, but when taken in the context in which he wrote he wrote it, we can see that clearly, he was writing about the power … Continue reading Marcus Aurelius: On opinions

Titus Burckhardt: Alchemy – Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul

I thought I'd share a link where you can download pdf files of 7 works by Titus Burckhardt. (or you can read them online, as above) Titus Burckhardt at Archive.org As an example, here's the Table of Contents for his work "Alchemy - Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul." At the link there … Continue reading Titus Burckhardt: Alchemy – Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul

Poetry, Music, Duende: Federico Garcia Lorca

(I've taken the liberty of adding photos and videos ~ArsArteEtLabore) Excerpt from: Desolation Row - Colm Tóibín In his late teens, Federico García Lorca’s main interest was music and song. He was steeped not only in the Andalusian folk tradition but also in the European art song. He loved the work of Schubert and Beethoven.Lorca’s … Continue reading Poetry, Music, Duende: Federico Garcia Lorca

Donkey-Skin by Charles Perraut, illustrated by Gustave Dore, Harry Clarke, and others

  Donkey Skin (French: Peau d’Âne) is a French literary fairytale written in verse by Charles Perrault. It was first published in 1695 in a small volume and republished in 1697 in Perrault’s Histoires ou contes du temps passé. It’s an unsettling tale of a King who wanted to marry his daughter, after his wife’s … Continue reading Donkey-Skin by Charles Perraut, illustrated by Gustave Dore, Harry Clarke, and others

Bird Gods (1898) by Charles De Kay

"DeKay’s linguistic background is apparent in the book as he traces the various cultures and mythologies that the different birds appear in. He presents the idea that, rather than the more distant celestial objects, it is the animals that have surrounded us which have been the root of religious ideas. Each chapter in the book … Continue reading Bird Gods (1898) by Charles De Kay

Al-Khidr, The Green Man and the Vegetation gods

To Sufis, al-Khiḍr holds a distinguished position. Although amongst the Sunni scholars there is a difference of opinion about him being still alive, amongst Sunni Sufis there is almost a consensus that al-Khiḍr is still alive, with many respected figures and shaykhs, and prominent leaders claiming having had personal encounters with him. In Sufi tradition, … Continue reading Al-Khidr, The Green Man and the Vegetation gods