The Philosophers Secret Fire

The Philosophers  Secret Fire

They moved our bodily humours like tides ; their music set up deep resonances in the psyche . ... through the night as the archetypal images of the gods move through the collective unconscious , sky and psyche reflecting each other .

Author: Patrick Harpur

Publisher: Blue Angel Gallery

ISBN: 0980286522

Category: Imagination (Philosophy)

Page: 384

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Is there any place for the ancient myths of our ancestors in modern times? Could their shadowy presence in our common imagination be more influential than we realise? Across the globe many societies still believe in an Otherworld of spirits, gods and daimons, which the West has banished to the unconscious mind and now only visits in dreams. Yet this visionary tradition continues to subvert the rational universe, erupting out of the shadows in times of intense religious and philosophical transition. In his dazzling history of the imagination, Patrick Harpur links together fields as far apart as Greek philosophy and depth psychology, Renaissance magic and tribal ritual, Romantic poetry and the ecstasy of the shaman, to trace how myths have been used to make sense of the world. He uncovers that tradition which alchemists imagined as a Golden Chain of initiates, who passed their mysterious 'secret fire' down through the ages. As this inspiring book shows, the secret of this perennial wisdom is of an imaginative insight: a simple way of seeing that re-enchants our existence and restores us to our own true selves.
Categories: Imagination (Philosophy)

French Tapestries and Textiles in the J Paul Getty Museum

French Tapestries and Textiles in the J  Paul Getty Museum

FIGURE 1 1.4 Detail of Proserpine and Ceres, Psyché et le vannier. bridge that breaks the expanse of blue sky above Psyche. Few plants take root amid the rocks, although water reeds thrive along the bank of the stream in the foreground.

Author: Charissa Bremer-David

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 9780892363797

Category: Design

Page: 202

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French Tapestries and Textiles is a survey of the Getty Museum's seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French textiles—one of the world's finest collections. Featuring twenty-five extraordinary tapestries woven at the Gobelins and Beauvais manufactories, the catalogue also highlights three carpets, two knotted-pile screens, and two sets of embroidered bed hangings, one of which is the only complete lit à la duchesse surviving from the period. Among the magnificent textiles discussed in this lavish volume are the Emperor of China tapestry series, the whimsical Story of Don Quixote, and Boucher's cycle The Story of Psyche. A gatefold in the book opens to reveal a photograph of the stately twenty-nine-foot carpet commissioned for Louis XIV's Galerie du Bord de l'Eau at the Louvre, a piece never publicly displayed in this century. Each entry includes a listing of artists and weavers, date and place of manufacture, and materials and techniques used, followed by a complete description and a condition statement. The accompanying commentary provides information on the literary, historical, and visual source of design imagery as well as the context of the textile's commission and production. In addition, each textile shown has a complete provenance, exhibition history, and bibliography. For lovers of French decorative arts and connoisseurs of textiles, this book offers a study both of the art of tapestry- and textile-making and of the aesthetic tradition exemplified by these remarkable objects.
Categories: Design

Squadron UK

Squadron UK

Business Climbing ComputerUse Door bursting Strength Etiquette Esteem FirstAid Psyche Gambling Psyche/Esteem Impress ... Sky diving Psyche/Agility Surgery Psyche/Dexterity Weapon Smith/Repair- specific Psyche/Dexterity Weapon Skill ...

Author: Simon Burley


ISBN: 9781326369583

Category: Games

Page: 154

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What is Squadron UK? Squadron UK is THE British Superhero Role-Playing Game. Although a completely new game - this is a classic, old-school system honed to perfection by a player, referee and writer with decades of Superhero Gaming experience. What's so special about it? * Addictive character generation - the perfect blend of random rolling and design. * Fast and furious combat - that makes you feel like you're IN the comic. * Innovative campaign rules - this is a full role-playing game, not just a combat game. What's in this book? * The complete Basic game system - with simplified character creation and an example adventure to get you up and running within minutes. * Advanced rules to allow experienced players to customise the game to their tastes. * A complete example campaign "Squadron: Birmingham" - months of adventure.
Categories: Games

Squadron X

Squadron X

... Psyche Biochemistry Psyche Biology Psyche Blacksmith Strength/Dexterity Computer Programming Psyche Criminology Psyche ... Psyche/Dexterity Research Psyche Sea diving Psyche/Agility Sky diving Psyche/Agility Surgery Psyche/Dexterity ...

Author: Simon Burley


ISBN: 9781326369774

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 146

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What's Squadron: X? A campaign pack for the Squadron UK Superhero Role-playing Game and a complete RPG in its own right. Supernatural meets Alien and with you right in the middle. Why so special? * Addictive character generation - a blend of random rolling and design. Players begin as ordinary people sucked into extraordinary events. As the campaign progresses they become Special Agents and - eventually - Superheroes battling to save the planet from its Alien conquerors. * Fast and furious combat and innovative campaign rules - that make you feel like you're IN the TV series. WHICH TV series? ALL of them! What's in this book? * The Squadron UK Basic game system. Special character creation systems to allow the Heroes to develop and change as the campaign progresses. * Detailed scenarios which create an extended storyline of monsters and aliens. * Advice and material for expansion of the campaign beyond the scenarios given to create months - even years - of adventure.
Categories: Games & Activities

James Merrill Postmodern Magus

James Merrill  Postmodern Magus

Her sisters can “look once more upon pale water and clear sky,” while Psyche too looks out clearly upon the land, city, and seascapes (216). This final long free verse section (again unclipped by punctuation, with the use of double ...

Author: Evans Lansing Smith

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9781587297649

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 276

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One of the unique voices in our century, James Merrill was known for his mastery of prosody; his ability to write books that were not just collected poems but unified works in which each individual poem contributed to the whole; and his astonishing evolution from the formalist lyric tradition that influenced his early work to the spiritual epics of his later career. Merrill's accomplishments were recognized with a Pulitzer Prize in 1977 for Divine Comedies and a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1983 for The Changing Light at Sandover. In this meticulously researched, carefully argued work, Evans Lansing Smith argues that the nekyia, the circular Homeric narrative describing the descent into the underworld and reemergence in the same or similar place, confers shape and significance upon the entirety of James Merrill’s poetry. Smith illustrates how pervasive this myth is in Merrill’s work – not just in The Changing Light at Sandover, where it naturally serves as the central premise of the entire trilogy, but in all of the poet’s books, before and after that central text. By focusing on the details of versification and prosody, Smith demonstrates the ingenious fusion of form and content that distinguishes Merrill as a poet. Moving beyond purely literary interpretations of the poetry, Smith illuminates the numerous allusions to music, art, theology, philosophy, religion, and mythology found throughout Merrill’s work.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Teaching Through the Ill Body

Teaching Through the Ill Body

Does psyche crack open to the big blue sky? Does psyche stay intact enough to witness organ deterioration? The psychoanalytic response suggests that psyche pulls the organs in the direction of deterioration. Psyche makes body ill.

Author: Marla Morris

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789087904319

Category: Education


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This book raises questions around pedagogy and illness. Morris explores two large issues that run through the text. What does the ill body teach? What does the teacher do through the ill body?
Categories: Education

Classical Mythology More

Classical Mythology   More

When they had left, Psyche was torn apart by her conflicting feelings. ... Psyche uses a lamp to look at her husband and sees Eros, who abandons her as punishment. ... off into the sky. regards the sleeping Eros. Psyche thought of a way ...

Author: Marianthe Colakis

Publisher: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers

ISBN: 9780865165731

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 459

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Designed as an introduction to classical mythology for middle and high-school students, presents retellings of favorite myths, sidebar summaries, and review exercises with the answers at the back of the book.
Categories: Foreign Language Study



As his wings gently patted against the wind, Eros, just ten feet above Psyche, reached out for her hand. ... with fear for the first time in his existence, his eyes grew wide and mouth fell open as he turned toward the grumbling sky.

Author: Kurt Knittel

Publisher: Kurt Knittel


Category: Fiction

Page: 282

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Walking with the gods, Elias rediscovers a beautiful yet traumatic past. He was once in love, joined a dangerous Cuban revolutionary group and was left to die. Now these higher beings demand revenge but does more death give Elias a second chance at life or does it condemn him? For fans of literary fiction and magical realism. Bedlam poetically examines the fragile soul of a man who has experienced the beauty of love and the inhumanity of those that seek power at any cost. The debut novel spans over thirty years during three tumultuous periods in Cuban history: the Cuban revolution, the Castro dictatorship and the fall of the Soviet Union. Blending mythology with a tragic story of love and loss, Bedlam is a 77,000-word novel. Excerpt 1: Ignacio’s cheeks rose in disgust as he knelt to leer straight into my eyes. “What are you looking at you dirty thing?” At that moment, I wasn’t interested in engaging him, instead, I was too distracted. That strange erratic light had now come closer. The size of a baseball, the orb moved like a wild bumble bee just twenty feet away. It fluttered to and fro, up and over as it streamed across the palm trees, floor and sky. Was it a large firefly? A group of fireflies? Stranger yet, it seemed like I was the only one distracted by its presence. Everyone else ignored the pulsating orb while it repeatedly, and hectically, flew right past or hovered near them. At an angle above the water it suddenly stopped. The object spiraled and turned in place until it grew still. For some reason, I got the feeling that it was staring right at me. Eventually, I became more certain as it slowly moved in my direction. Excerpt 2: For you see, my muse is pink hair bouncing off the sun. Tender kisses that hum’” I love you,” long after they’re gone. It’s a song, a beat, a rhythm. It’s a butterfly that speaks pigeon in a world full of penguins. Mine is the fantastic; it’s the world when it skips a beat: click, click, ti-click. And me? All I wanted was to rip you away, steal you from some beautiful reverie only to see the expression I must have had so long ago. About the author: A first generation American, Kurt's family emigrated from Cuba and Germany. He grew up immersed in American, Cuban and German culture. Bedlam is his first novel.
Categories: Fiction

Perpetual Adolescence

Perpetual Adolescence

Unsurprisingly, the human psyche needs both sky father and earth mother modes of consciousness if it is to be healthy. Unfortunately, Western modernity itself is constructed from a long overvaluing of sky father consciousness with its ...

Author: Sally Porterfield

Publisher: State University of New York Press

ISBN: 9781438428031

Category: Social Science

Page: 241

View: 892

Explores the arrested development of American culture.
Categories: Social Science

The Tibetan Book of Healing

The Tibetan Book of Healing

Author: Lobsang Rapgay


ISBN: UCSC:32106019577128

Category: Alternative medicine

Page: 212

View: 742

The Book Contains Many Helpful Practices, Going Into Diet, Herbs, And Meditation And Providing A Number Of Methods And Techniques To Follow For Self-Healing Purposes.
Categories: Alternative medicine