Desire for Truth, by Roger Hawkins | Parabola

Creation delights in the recognition of itself "There is in the body a current of energy, affection and intelligence, which guides, maintains and energizes the body. Discover that current, and hold onto it unswervingly. Be aware of the spark of life that weaves the tissues of your body and stay with it. It is the … Continue reading Desire for Truth, by Roger Hawkins | Parabola

The Imagery of Alchemical Art as a Method of Communication – Samuel Scarborough

"A key is needed to break the obscure cipher used by the alchemists of old if there is to be any understanding, and work done using their techniques and methods to achieve the Magnum Opus or Great Work. Like all ciphers or codes, there has to be a key to understanding and decoding the cipher. … Continue reading The Imagery of Alchemical Art as a Method of Communication – Samuel Scarborough

Steppenwolf: “The Genius of Suffering” by Hassan M. Malik

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Steppenwolf: “The Genius of Suffering” by Hassan M. Malik

“Like Goethe, a Hesse novel is an integral part of a broader paradigm, which reflects the author’s maturing thought, morals, and ideas at that particular point in his life. Hesse wrote Steppenwolf when he was about fifty years old. His health was on a decline, and he had divorced out of a failed second marriage in a relatively short period of time (Ziolkowski, 108). He was also visiting Dr. Carl Gustav Jung for psychoanalysis (Ziolkowski, 109). Hesse’s opposition to the upcoming Second World War, his failed marriage, his search for self, his deteriorating social life, and a strong influence of Jungian ideas it appears, have contributed to the development of this novel.  Hesse elaborates how the road to realization of the self can fill up with extreme pain, suffering, misery, affliction, and twinge, if the multiple aspects of self are ignored…

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“…to have a soul for stones, metals, water and plants” (Passage from Büchner’s Lenz)

“…to have a soul for stones, metals, water and plants”
(Passage from Büchner’s Lenz)”


The following morning he came down, he very calmly told Oberlin how his mother had appeared to him in the night; she had emerged from the dark churchyard wall in a white dress and had a white and a red rose pinned to her chest; she had then sunk into a corner and the roses had slowly grown over her, she had no doubt died; he had felt quite calm about this. Oberlin then remarked that when his father died he was alone in the fields and then heard a voice so that he knew his father was dead when he came back home this was indeed so. This led them further, Oberlin spoke of the mountain people, of girls who could detect water and metal under the ground, of men who had been possessed on certain peaks and wrestled with spirits; he also told of how he had once…

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Unexpected Intrusions of Beauty

"Unexpected intrusions of beauty. That is what life is." - Saul Bellow Artist Gustave Klimt

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

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”

Iacchus and The Green Language of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela – Iacchus and The Green Language, re-blogged by request

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Iacchus and The Green Language of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela

 ‘Iacchus was the torch bearer of the procession from Eleusis, sometimes regarded as the herald of the ‘divine child’ of the Goddess, born in the underworld, and sometimes as the child itself.’
Iacchus is an epithet of Dionysus, particularly associated with the Mysteries at Eleusis, where he was considered to be the son of Zeus and Demeter. In a Paean to Dionysus discovered at Delphi, the god is described as being named Iacchos at Eleusis, where he “brings salvation”.
Iakkhos bearing a torch, seen here with Hekate

 The name Iacchus is often associated with the modern name Giacomo, but when we look at the Spanish name, Iago (St. Iago), other links become apparent. Iacchus was considered the ‘Light Bearing Star of the nocturnal mysteries’ and some of the earliest pre-Christian pilgrimages were…

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You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens

The Image We Long For

At the Still Point

We are like sculptors, constantly carving out of others the image we long for, need, love or desire, often against reality, against their benefit, and always, in the end, a disappointment, because it does not fit them.

— Anaïs Nin


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