The Romantic Symbolism of Trees

Caspar David Friedrich, “Abbey among Oak Trees” (1809-10) The Romantic Symbolism of Trees by Allison Meier "As with the Victorian language of flowers, specific trees have their own symbolism. Reverend William Gilpin, an artist and cleric, stated it “is no exaggerated praise to call a tree the grandest, and most beautiful of all products of the earth.” In … Continue reading The Romantic Symbolism of Trees

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Those heights are not conceivable or comprehensible by minds not completely free

I'm re-posting this old nugget as it is directly related to the 2 most recent that I have posted; Know Thyself: self-observation for the purpose of understanding ourselves "both as Individuals and Part of the Whole." This was Tavaglione's introduction to his tarot deck. In creating the Stairs of Gold Tarot, he was inspired by … Continue reading Those heights are not conceivable or comprehensible by minds not completely free

The Beatus of Facundus, or Beatus of Liebana

Towards the end of the eighth century Beatus, a monk in the monastery of San Martin de Turieno, near present day Santander, compiled a Commentary on the Book of Revelation, or Apocalypse, from the writings dedicated to the topic by such patristic authors as Jerome, Augustine, Ambrose and Irenaeus. Recognition of Beatus of Liébana has … Continue reading The Beatus of Facundus, or Beatus of Liebana

Kitab al-Bulhan, or the Book of Wonders

(flick through the readable version above) Kitab al-Bulhan, or Book of Wonders, is an Arabic manuscript dating mainly from the late 14th century A.D. and probably bound together in Baghdad during the reign of Jalayirid Sultan Ahmad (1382-1410). The manuscript is made up of astrological, astronomical and geomantic texts compiled by Abd al-Hasan Al-Isfahani, as … Continue reading Kitab al-Bulhan, or the Book of Wonders

Kometenbuch (1587)

Kometenbuch, a handwritten and handpainted book with beautiful illustrations and explanations on the meaning of comets, from 1587 http://orka.bibliothek.uni-kassel.de/viewer/!thumbs/1336039708836/1/

The Language of Birds in Old Norse Tradition

Special individuals capable of understanding the language of birds are spread throughout the medieval Icelandic literary corpus.This phenomenon has received surprisingly little academic attention and is deserving of detailed, extensive, and interdisciplinary study. Capable of flight and song, birds universally hold a special place in human experience. Their effective communication to people in Old Norse … Continue reading The Language of Birds in Old Norse Tradition

Synesius – A letter to Hypatia: On Dreams

In a letter to Hypatia of Alexandria, of whom he was a student, Synesius of Cyrene wrote that his essay, or as he called it "book" was: "[...] set up as a thank-offering to the imaginative faculties. It contains an inquiry into the whole imaginative soul, and into some other points which have not yet … Continue reading Synesius – A letter to Hypatia: On Dreams