To gaze upon beauty is to gaze upon the Divine itself…

30 04 2008

-Pas de deux from Maurice Bejart’s Romeo and Juliet

Hence it always happens that lovers fear and worship in some way the sight of the beloved. Let me even say, although I fear that some of you will blush when you hear these things, that even brave and wise men, I say, have been accustomed to suffer in the presence of the beloved, however inferior. Certainly it is not anything human that frightens them, which breaks them, which seizes them. For a human power is always stronger in braver and wiser men. But that splendor of divinity, shining in the beautiful like a statue of God, compels lovers to marvel, to be afraid, and to worship.

Marsilio Ficino, Commentary on Plato’s Symposium on Love

El futuro que se acerca y el pasado que nos hechiza

29 04 2008

On Holy Dirt, Mi abuelita (que Dios la tenga en Su gloria), religious atavism and why I write this blog (with a footnote on telenovelas)

The soil is kept in a small, dry, shallow well in a side chapel of the church, and the faithful queue to collect it, using a children’s plastic beach shovel to pour it into containers brought from home. They touch samples of the soil to affected areas, they offer it to dying relatives, they ask priests to bless their sample. And they believe.
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On Love

28 04 2008

Si me quieres, quiéreme entera,
no por zonas de luz o sombra…
Si me quieres, quiéreme negra
y blanca. Y gris, y verde, y rubia,
y morena…
Quiéreme día,
quiéreme noche…
¡Y madrugada en la ventana abierta!
Si me quieres, no me recortes:
¡Quiéreme toda… O no me quieras!

Dulce María Loynaz


If you love me, love me whole
not by zones of light or shadow…
if you love me, love me black
and white, and gray and green and blond,
and dark…
love me day,
love me night…
and in the morning with the windows open!
If you love me, don’t break me in pieces:
love me whole… or not at all.

Christus Sol Invictus

25 04 2008

On Time, Orientation, Liturgical Rationalism, and the Traditionalist Movement

The lotus also demonstrates the workings of Sympathy. Its petals are closed before the appearance of the sun’s rays, but it gradually opens them as the sun begins to rise, unfolding them as it reaches its zenith and curling them up again as it descends. What then is the difference between the human manner of hymning the sun, by opening and closing the mouth and lips, and that of the lotus by opening and closing its petals? For those are its lips and that is its natural hymn.

-Proclus Diadochus, On the Hieratic Art
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De Sole

24 04 2008

the Sun completely fills with light clear and pure natures everywhere, as if they are now, for a moment, heavenly; while those opaque and material natures it first warms and kindles with its light, then refines, and soon illuminates. And sometimes it elevates to the heights through heat and light this matter now made light and accessible. Hence Apollo pierces the dense body of the Python with the strings of his rays, purges it, dissolves it, and raises it up. Nor must we forget that in whatever manner we hope that Christ will finally come into His kingdom, resurrecting human bodies from the earth with the splendor of His own body, similarily after the yearly dead winter, we look forward to the Sun’s reign in Aries, which will recall to life seeds of things on earth as if suddenly reviving dead or half-alive animals to life and beauty.

-Marsilio Ficino, Liber de Sole

AG reviewed this Terry Riley string quartet, Sun Rings, on her blog a few months back, and I added some commentary here. I thought recalling these things would be a good prelude/contrast to my next long post, which will probably be up tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Vinculum Vinculorum

23 04 2008

Out of this love for propagation, all things are created by Him. Therefore our Dionysius says, “Divine Love did not permit the king of all things to remain in Himself without issue.” The same instinct for propagation is infused into all things by that first author. Through this instinct holy spirits move the heavens and distribute their gifts to all inferior beings. Through this, stars scatter their light through the elements. Through this, fire moves air by communicating its own heat, air moves water, and water, earth. And vice versa, earth attracts water to itself, and water air, and air fire; and all herbs and plants, desiring to propagate their own seed, bear things like themselves. Brute animals also, and men, are led to procreate progeny by the enticements of the same desire.

-Marsilio Ficino, Commentary on Plato’s Symposium On Love


22 04 2008


Iba, en un paso rítmico y felino
a avances dulces, ágiles o rudos,
con algo de animal y de divino
la bailarina de los pies desnudos.

Su falda era la falda de las rosas,
en sus pechos había dos escudos…
Constelada de casos y de cosas…
La bailarina de los pies desnudos.

Bajaban mil deleites de los senos
hacia la perla hundida del ombligo,
e iniciaban propósitos obscenos
azúcares de fresa y miel de higo.

A un lago de la silla gestatoria
estaban mis bufones y mis mudos…
¡Y era toda Selene y Anactoria
la bailarina de los pies desnudos!

-Rubén Darío


The Dancer with the Naked Feet

She went, in a step rhythmic and feline
In advances brisk, agile, and incomplete
With something both animal and divine
The dancer with the naked feet.

Her skirt was that of violent rose
And on her chest two shields meet
With starry things and cases clothed
The dancer with the naked feet.

A thousand delights from her breasts descend
Towards the pearl-belly’s sunkeness
And there began a thousand plans that will offend
The honey fig and the strawberry’s sweetness.

At the lake of my moving throne
Was my mutes’ and jesters’ abject fleet
All was Selene and Anactoria alone:
The dancer with the naked feet!

-translated by Arturo Vasquez

My Theory of Everything – Part II

21 04 2008

God is Merciful, but He’s Not Nice

The biggest theological cottage industry the Catholic Church has right now is the “culture of life”. It is such a big industry since it is an easy-sell and in and of itself a very worthy cause. After all, a culture that cannot stop killing its own children in the womb and has no idea what sexual intercourse is really for is in big trouble, and the Church is doing a great service to mankind for pointing this out. From all of this rhetoric, however, one can assume that the greatest sins man can commit all go against human life, and that is simply not the case. If we are living is such “dark ages”, if God is punishing us for something, it may not be for the heinous crimes of abortion and euthanasia. Indeed, it is possible that we are being punished for a much more terrible crime of which these are just a symptom.
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New Link

19 04 2008

The featured link of this week is Biblioteca Arcana: a one-stop site for all of your inquiries into late pagan Roman and Greek theology and philosophy, as run by John Opsopaus. I especially recommend his extended essay, A Summary of Pythagorean Theology. Good stuff. The artwork shown above and below is also by the author, found on his site.

My Theory of Everything…

18 04 2008

Well not everything…

I think that the crisis in the Church has nothing to do with modernity, Vatican II, the traditional Latin Mass, or anything of that sort, at least directly.

I think it has to do with sacreligious Communions. If, as the Apostle writes, bad Communions can be eating one’s own judgment, maybe a lot of bad Communions result in the harming of the health of the Church. Maybe we are eating our own punishment. And this may be the result of all the movements, from St. Pius X onward, to encourage frequent Communion, which is a good in itself, but has since made Holy Communion into a communal ritual without any implications of holiness in many places.  

Just a theory. Feel free to weigh in.

Sancta sanctis.