Ars, Arte et Labore translates as Art, Skill and Work. I’ve been a student of the “Magnum Opus” or “Great Work” on the Self for over 20 years, studying Alchemy and Symbolism, Hermeticism, Gnosis, Kabbalah, Ancient Philosophies, theologies, modern psychology, Mythology, Egyptology and the History of the Ancient Near East. This blog mainly deals with those subjects, and with the Arts, though I stray into other areas of interest sometimes! So you can expect history, mythology, art, illustration, music, poetry, storytelling, folklore, literature, nature …..
Years ago, while upon this journey, I read Hermann Hesse’s book The Journey to the East. The English translation of the title is misleading – it doesn’t mean The East as in The Orient. In German the title was “Die Morgenlandfahrt” which suggests a journey in the Land of the Morning, or you could say the land of the Morning Light. I’m a huge fan of Hesse’s work, especially as he covers in his books many of those subjects I’ve listed above. On first reading, I found it unhelpful and confusing. I’d had high expectations, especially as I’d learned so much from his other books. Several years later, I read it again, and on that occasion, I was ready to understand it. And it was like looking in a mirror, and being at home, all at once.
I put this blog together and keep adding to it, in the same spirit as Hesse wrote that book. Everything is out there, and you won’t see it unless and until you’re ready, including the importance of the Morning Light.
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