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Plato on Piety

, 03:42

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

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As we have written again on piety, from different ancient Hellenes writers, we will continue that tradition today, by presenting a taste of platonic theology, through the book Laws, which is the last dialogue of Plato. It consists of 12 books and an additional one. In the tenth book we read about three major crimes, which are three cases of disrespect against the gods. The first case is that gods do not exist. The second case is that gods don't care about humane problems. The third case is that humans can bribe the gods with offerings so that they won't be harsh on his unjust actions. Those ideas are crimes against gods and Plato is proving that ignorance is the cause of them. He also proves why those three ideas are wrong. In the article we will see a synopsis of the tenth book, centering aroung piety.

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Introduction to Stoic Philosophy

, 03:26

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

In ancient Hellas, Philosophy’s upper part was theology and it asked much influence in the religion. So, why not?

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The Beauty and the Gods

, 11:05

Beautiful vs Fearful gods.

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Zenon and Epictetus on Piety

, 19:12

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.

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Commentary on Philibos

, 13:23

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, Philibos. The comment was saved by Damascios but it containts a teaching of Iamblichos.

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Viewing the Gods with Porphyry

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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.

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Porphyry About Angels, Gods, Depictions, Offerings

, 15:30

From the 15 books that the neoplatonic philosopher, Porphyry had written in the 3rd century a.C. in order to examine the teachings of students of Christ under the lens of logic and philosophy, nothing has been survived except some fragments from references of other writers that Professor Adolf von Harnack in 1916 collected and reconstructed a book with quotes that most of them are attributed to Porphyry. In this article I have translated a part of the book (the responses of Makarios Magnes) in which Porphyry is presenting a teaching in which angels of christianity and gods of the ancient religion are the same entities and another part from the same book with great meanings.

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Porphyry About Leto, Dog, Snake, Hekate

, 19:33

Recently Hekate lead me to the work "About Statues" of the neo-platonic philosopher Porphyry. I was meeting him, many times in references of ancient texts and modern studies. I was impressed when I started to read about him and about his teacher, Plotinos. The philosophical school of neoplatonism seems very interesting for a witch, especially for platonics. In this article we will see how Porphyry is decoding the names and the properties of Gods.

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Ancient Necromantic Practices in Averno

, 23:52

This is an extended article that I am writing before the dark moon of September as an offering to the Goddess Hekate Chthonia. I am going to present some basic information about the ancient hellenic necromancy and then a presentation of one of the four biggest death oracles in the ancient world will be presented. Averno is closely associated with Hekate and Persephone. So, our Goddess lived there and She was very active bringing the dead back to life.

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Torches in Hellenic Mythology

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One of the most well-known symbols of Goddess Hekate is the torch. Other goddesses and gods have as symbol the torch. Let's see who they are.

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