Start studying philosophy with the platonic dialogue Axiochos!
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 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?
Socrates explains that death is not an experience accompanied with the loss of someone's existence. The real human is the soul which is immortal.
Philosophy of Life is a series of lectures given by a modern Hellene, legendary, philologist, Ioannes Sykoutres, around 1930. Foreign scholars wrote that modern Hellas met a second presence from ancient Hellas, meaning him. He was a professor at the university of Athens and he studied at the Universities of Athens, Berlin and Leipzig, entering the circle of Willamowitz and Jaeger. He founded philological societies for students, writers and professors and the school Askraios. He also participated in any attempt of bringing the ancient and the modern civilization to the surface.
This article has not any real connection with the Goddess, but it shows from the eyes and the mind of a philosopher, how we should think about life and how to be a hero of life, if we chose that role. In the text that follows, I have chosen the main teachings based on his book "The Philosophy of Life", divided in categories. His philosophy seems to be heavily influenced by the stoic philosophy (expect an article soon).
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.
In the following article, excerpts of the dialogue will be presented which have to do with the creation of the universe by the one God-Creator, the creation of the Soul of the Universe, and lastly the creation of humans by gods and how important is the part of their soul.
The neoplatonist philosopher Porphyry divided virtues in four categories in his work Sententiae. Political virtues, kathartikes (cleansing) virtues, mental virtues, paradigmatic virtues. The political virtues set boundaries to the passions of the soul. The cleansing virtues help the removal of those passions. The mental virtues help to the removal of the passions which do not think of the mental energy. The paradigmatic virtues help to the removal of the essense of the passions of the mind(?), here the ancient text is missing. The human who practices the kathartikes virtues is becoming a daemon or a agathos daemon, a good daemon, something like the guardian angel of the christianity. The one who will obtain the mental virtues becomes a god. Let's see the kathartic virtues of Porphyrios.