The Uncanny Art of Léon Spilliaert via Apollo Magazine, with link to virtual tour of current exhibition at Royal Academy of Arts

From Apollo Magazine 25/03/2020 It is the sense of the uncanny working hand in glove with the familiar that sets Spilliaert apart from Symbolist precursors such as Edvard Munch or Odilon Redon. Spilliaert was close to the Belgian Symbolist poets in his younger years. In 1903 he was commissioned to illustrate by hand the publisher … Continue reading The Uncanny Art of Léon Spilliaert via Apollo Magazine, with link to virtual tour of current exhibition at Royal Academy of Arts

William James’s influential papers on ‘The Varieties of Religious Experience’

William James (1842–1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist. James was a leading thinker of the late nineteenth century, one of the most influential U.S. philosophers; his groundbreaking papers and discussions known as "The Varieties of Religious Experience" would influence both Carl Jung and Aldous Huxley.   Along with Charles Sanders Peirce, James established the … Continue reading William James’s influential papers on ‘The Varieties of Religious Experience’

The inner guide is the archetypal manifestation of knowing: The ‘Alam al-Mithal; Henry Corbin & the Sufi Ibn ‘Arabi

  "Self awareness and mastery arises only through a direct participatory process. There can be no authority, even if that authority is simply the fixed authority of objectivity that inhibits such a mutual knowing. Corbin writes: “Each human being is oriented toward a quest for his personal invisible guide, or he entrusts himself to the … Continue reading The inner guide is the archetypal manifestation of knowing: The ‘Alam al-Mithal; Henry Corbin & the Sufi Ibn ‘Arabi

The Rose of The World – The Metaphilosophy of History by Daniil Andreev

Gamayun is a prophetic bird of Russian folklore. It is a symbol of wisdom and knowledge and lives on an island in the east, close to paradise. Like the Sirin and the Alkonost, the Gamayun is normally depicted as a large bird with a woman’s head. In his esoteric Christian-Buddhist cosmography Roza Mira, Daniil Andreev … Continue reading The Rose of The World – The Metaphilosophy of History by Daniil Andreev

The Black Sophia and the Black Madonna

The Black Sophia, Aurora Consurgens The black figure represents the LUNAR Sophia, who has decended into matter and become caught in it. "The black depths have covered my face and the earth is corrupt and sullied in my works, and darkness has fallen upon it, as I am sunk in the mire of the depths, … Continue reading The Black Sophia and the Black Madonna