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Live Pygmalion, Live!

In a text of Emmanuel Rhoides titled "Orestes and Pylades" we read a story about a sculptor named Pygmalion. He wanted to create a statue of Aphrodite. He spent a night working with the hammer.

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The Beauty and the Gods

The beauty (of the god) is unique; a beauty above any beauty. (The god) bears beauty and he makes it more beautiful with the excess of beauty flowing from him, the beginning and the end of beauty. As a source of beauty, everything that comes from him is beautiful. - Plotinos VI.7

Introduction to Stoic Philosophy

We have presented the opinions of Zenon and Epictetus in this blog, but we have not written anything on Stoic Philosophy, that great school of antiquity. We don’t often come across Philosophy in blogs about Hekate or even in blogs dealing with the broader range subject of Witchcraft and Magick. In “A Witch Alone at the Crossroads” we consider Philosophy as foundamental for understanding the cult and the mysteries of the Goddess. There is no way that an appropriate understanding of Neoplatonism and of the Chaldean Oracles can be achieved, without an understanding of the basic teachings of the systems which influenced them.

In ancient Hellas, the highest level of Philosophy was Theology and it greatly influenced the religion of that time.

Plato on Piety

Anyone who is unfair to humans cannot respect God. -Porphyry

Stoics on Piety

In the following article we will see how two main Stoic philosophers saw piety on Gods. From the blog we have also seen the opinions of Theophrastus and Plutarch on that subject.

Timaios And The Creation Of The Universe

Timaios is one of the dialogues of Plato, which the great philosopher wrote in his latest years. It is a continuation of “About Town” or “About Justice” and after that, Kritias should be read, at least the fragment that is has survived to us. Another title for Timaios is “About Nature”. It was the main text of cosmology till 13th century, when the Physics and Metaphysics of Aristotle were discovered. The first two parts have been survived in latin and the third in hellenic. Plato uses Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics, Pathology, Cosmology and Metaphysics in his dialogue.

Commentary on Philebos

In this article we will examine how the neoplatonic philosophers view the interferences of the Gods in their lives concerning good things. I read a comment from the dialogue of Plato, Philebos. The comment was saved by Damascios but it containts a teaching of Iamblichos.

Ancient Text

"As it seems to mee, Gods give a present to people, as it was done with Prometheas who brought down the ultra-bright fire." (Philebos 16c)

Viewing the Gods with Porphyry

Neoplatonic philosopher Porphyry was married old with Marcella who has seven children. He had to leave the city for a while. He wrote to her a letter to read it when she will miss him. This text has a lot of ethical teachings of neoplatonism and as philosophy was connected with theology, it contains a lot information about piety and the correct way of worshipping the gods. In this article I will provide some of the best teachings concerning honoring the gods.

Offerings to the Gods in Ancient Hellas

In this article are presented the kinds and types of offerings in ancient Hellas.

People at the very beginning used to offer greens and flowers and libation with water only. Kekrops, the king of Athens, ordered not to offer inspirited but cooked food and sweets (πέμματα). They were offering salted flour with fruits of earth, honey, olive oil and wine. They were also offering from what they were eating. Triptolemus prohibited by law the animal sacrifice in Athens. In later year people did the terrible action of sacrificing animals.

Theophrastos on Offerings

Theοphrastus informs us about the very first and later offerings to the Gods; plant and animal sacrifice as well as the ethics.

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Theurgy and Philosophy are two different methods which lead to the union with God.

 

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