Category Archives: Philosophy

On the Arbitrary Appellation of Magic in Antiquity

ar·bi·trary adjective \ˈär-bə-ˌtrer-ē, -ˌtre-rē\ 1: depending on individual discretion (as of a judge) and not fixed by law 2 a: not restrained or limited in the exercise of power; ruling by absolute authority b: marked by or resulting from the … Continue reading

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Mysteria Misc. Maxima: August 23rd, 2013

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. A Creationist puts on his wizard hat, argues for the existence of dragons. (Jezebel) Jewish palm reading, or chiromancy if you … Continue reading

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Mysteria Misc. Maxima: May 24th, 2013

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. Saudi Arabia says the road to Hell is paved with Twitter. (NPR) Why doesn’t God live on a cloud anymore? (BBC) … Continue reading

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Paper: Orientalism in The Mysteries

Many of you know that this year I undertook a directed reading project on the Hermetica. My initial intent was to focus on ascent experiences in these texts and get into ideas of  gnosis in antiquity. However, an offhand comment … Continue reading

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Platonic Dualism and Gender

It seems dualism has become a bit of a side hobby for me. It’s one that can keep a gal busy as dualism is everywhere—we found it in the Hermetica as well as the Gnostic Book of Baruch. But I … Continue reading

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Mysteria Misc. Maxima: March 1st, 2013

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. China says “Yes” to Christian missionaries in Tibet because they are less disruptive than those rowdy Buddhists. (Guardian) Those who identify … Continue reading

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Mysteria Misc. Maxima: February 22nd, 2013

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. Ghosts are more likely to do their hauntings when its dark. Boo! (Epiphenom) The Canadian government opens its Office of Religious … Continue reading

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