“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Übermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarī, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.

“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Allegory of Philosophy - School of Albrecht Dürer (1504)

Here we have the Allegory of Philosophy engraving from Conradus Celtes, Quatuor libri amorum (1502). Sophia of course being the central figure, the laurel garland and vines shoots crowning her represent the different branches of knowledge she personifies. The four winds depicted in each corner are equated with the four elements and four humors; Eurus/Fire/Choleric, Zephir/Air/Sanguine, Auster/Water/Phlegmatic, Boreas/Earth/Melancholic. The medallions surrounding her represent the principal Hermetic traditions from antiquity to the time of the figure; Egypt & Chaldea, Greek, Latin, and Germanic. The letters inscribed or represented in the ray emanating from the heart are in all the languages of the wisdom tradition; Egyptian hieroglyphs, Hebrew characters, and Greek and Latin letters. The central figure of wisdom depicted as a mature woman holding the scepter and book may be iconographically derived from De consolatione Philosophiae of Severinus Boethius. She is surrounded by a wreath in the shape of the vesica piscies or mandorla, akin to that appearing in various iconographic representations of Phanes and Christ. It is easy to see the confluence of iconology and symbolism reflected in Trumps II. La Papesse, and XXI. Le Monde, in the Traditional Tarots of Marseille, as well as earlier Tarots emerging from a similar milieu. -- JDS.

Allegory of Philosophy - School of Albrecht Dürer (1504)

Nicholas Conver Tarot (c. 1760)

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