Friday, April 24, 2020
This is one of the best works I have edited thus far; and since I am rapidly approaching 280 edited works in total, that's not insubstantial.
Max Heindel, a Rosicrucian when he wrote this work, needs little introduction since his name is up in the ranks of Crowley or Steiner in terms of notoriety; suffice to say this little volume provides interesting- it not always invariably accurate- analysis of the symbolic and spiritual meaning of five significant operas according to a generally Rosicrucian and always occult frame of mind.
These operas are all explicitly and objectively spiritual anyways, and Heindel has managed to show their symbolic overlap with his own metaphor-rich spiritual system.
Thursday, April 16, 2020
This little book is one of dozens of Creation Series titles made available in the early 20th century. I have edited about half a dozen prior; this one is definitely more academic even than the prior few, and delves at several points into the difference between Greek religion as conceived of in the then-recent past, and the then-modern period according to archaeology. Zeus here is just Zeus; not Jupiter, not an interchangeable deity from latter days as many modern voices believed.
It contains a fairly lengthy exposition on the major deities of Greek religion and their basic back-stories and is invaluable, potentially, to any pagan delving into the same.
Thursday, April 9, 2020
This is yet another of the works from the creation series of the early 20th century. It is as rigorous and dense as the prior edition on Assyria and Babylon; much of the content is a very detailed list of major deities, their basic histories, and a bit of their evolution over time (Egyptian religion is far from homogeneous- it continued to develop longer than any other system because of the longevity of Egypt as a various empire and regional power.)
Some detail on sacred writings and home practice involved with daily Egyptian life is also given.