A number of years ago, my father gave me a small pendent of an anchor. I wore it on a necklace, similar to the way Christians wear crosses. I never felt comfortable wearing a cross, none of them ever felt "right" and I never had a Christian Science "cross and crown" pendent, although for a … Continue reading My Inner Quiet
The sing-song voice of Kid1 floated into the kitchen: Give thanks to the Mother Earth.Give thanks to the Father Sun. These lines were repeated a few times, and then there was a crash of blocks as they moved on to something else. I asked Kid1 about the song later and was told "we sing at … Continue reading Steiner’s Verses: Mother Earth, Father Sun
The following is a guest post from regular reader and commenter realscience. If a fundamentalist Bible college were to establish an “Institute for Creation Science Studies” and use it to contort geology and paleontology in order to “prove” that the planet is only six thousand years old and life forms are the product of design, … Continue reading Guest Post & A Few Thoughts: Principia’s Institute for the Metaphysics of Physics
The other morning Kid1's teacher cheerfully greeted us with the news that the children would be celebrating the festival of Michaelmas. The children would be polishing their golden swords in perpetration for the event, and dyeing golden capes. There would be a great pageant, and Archangel Michael would come and slay a dragon. She was … Continue reading Archangel Michael, Dragon Slayer
People see religious imagery in food all the time, and Jesus regularly appears in the most random places. This morning at the park, I found a different kind of image: one of our Alien Overlords appeared on a piece of bark mulch. Well, either it is an image of our Alien Overlords, or Cthulhu, the … Continue reading Image of our Alien Overlord appears in bark mulch
Ms. Eddy has an oft-quoted saying about how "trials are proof of God's care." While I've talked about this idea a little in previous posts, it has been a while since I've touched on the topic. As these things often work, the other night this showed up on my facebook feed: It made me very … Continue reading behold, I’m a bad-ass
From "The Elephant in the Eurythmy Room, Is Waldorf Education Christian." Warren Lee Cohen, MEd. Renewal, Volume 21, Number 2, Fall/Winter 2012, pages 34-36 For Steiner, the Christ is a high cosmic being who plays a central spiritual role in the development of human consciousness and the evolution of all humanity. The Christ as a universal spirit … Continue reading Christ as a “Representative of Humanity”
My husband, while not a physicist, is also an alchemist of sorts: he manages to take coffee beans and through some sort of magic make the worlds most amazing iced mocha. Like alchemy a good iced mocha liberates my morning from it’s temporal existence, achieving (albeit temporarily) some relief from the morning tedium.
When we think of Isaac Newton, most of us probably return to high school physics. Laws of motion, gravity, incline experiments, and lists of equations come to mind. Newton was a great scientist and collective thought has enshrined him this way. But this is a very modern way to see him and casts aside and discards him as a spiritual being, for Newton was an alchemist. Sir Isaac wrote more on Biblical hermeneutics and occult studies than on math and science. He placed great emphasis on rediscovering the occult wisdom of the ancients and probably considered his scientific work to be of much less importance.
Although alchemy is generally viewed as a precursor to science (and it has that role), it was so much more. Alchemy incorporates Hermetic principles which include ideas from mythology, religion, and spirituality. Below HJ Sheppard outlines the dualistic nature of alchemy as both external (in…
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