Blog Name change; Supersede is now Ars, Arte et Labore

In 2002 I built a website "Arte et Labore" which was hosted by BT. It was built very painstakingly in Dreamweaver and featured Art, Poetry, and The Great Work in all its guises. It never occurred to me that when I changed service providers, my website would be lost without a trace! But indeed it … Continue reading Blog Name change; Supersede is now Ars, Arte et Labore

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The Curious Case of Hermetic Graffiti in Valladolid Cathedral

The Curious Case of Hermetic Graffiti in Valladolid Cathedral -  Eric W. Vogt "Turning now to closely examine the frontispiece of Valladolid ms. 40/8 (Figure A), the investigator meets a wonderful confluence of related hermetic symbols. The total number of sides (twelve), the interpretation of the two symbols, the title and lyrics, form a complete … Continue reading The Curious Case of Hermetic Graffiti in Valladolid Cathedral

Withdraw into yourself and look..

Plotinus: 'Withdraw into yourself and look; and if you do not find yourself beautiful as yet, do as does the sculptor of a statue ... cut away all that is excessive, straighten all that is crooked, bring light to all that is shadowed ... do not cease until there shall shine out on you the … Continue reading Withdraw into yourself and look..

The Poetry of Dafydd Ap Gwilym – The Nightingale of Dyfed

Dafydd ap Gwilym was described by his fellow-poet Madog Benfras as Eos Dyfed, "the nightingale of Dyfed". Dafydd was born sometime between 1320 and 1330 and died around 1380. He was a member of one of the most influential families in South Wales, and was buried at Strata Florida like many of the princes of … Continue reading The Poetry of Dafydd Ap Gwilym – The Nightingale of Dyfed

The Tarocchi de Mantegna

The Tarocchi of Mantegna is one of the earliest known tarot or Tarocchi packs, "being dated to c.1465, contemporary with the Visconti-Sforza deck of the mid-fifteenth century which is recognised as the earliest tarot." In the words of Adam McLean: The symbolism of these cards, or perhaps we should say 'emblematic figures', would seem to … Continue reading The Tarocchi de Mantegna

The Kibbo Kift – “Intellectual Barbarians”

"The Kibbo Kift (archaic Kentish dialect for 'proof of great strength') has been described as 'the only genuine English national movement of modern times' and was certainly very different from Baden-Powell's Boy Scouts. Based on the woodcraft principles of naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton that had been a key part of the early Scout programme, the … Continue reading The Kibbo Kift – “Intellectual Barbarians”