Showing 511 articles

The Gothic Cathedral : A Vessel of Light on Earth

Author: Florimond Krins

April 18, 2022

The Gothic period started at the beginning of the 12th century – in 1128, to be precise – when 9 knights came back from Jerusalem after spending 10 years in the Temple of Solomon.  They were the first Knights Templar (from the Temple of Solomon). From that moment, in France and all over Europe, Gothic [...]

Iconology, the Magical World of Emblems

Author: Istvan Orban

April 18, 2022

Iconology uses images and symbols to express a meaning or an idea. For many centuries, it helped to transmit religious and philosophical messages in an artistic way, when film or photography did not exist. Iconology is closely connected to iconography, which on the one hand is a branch of art history researching the interpretation of [...]

Other ways of “Thinking”

Author: Sabine Leitner

April 18, 2022

In recent years, philosophy has become more popular as a school subject because of its usefulness for teaching logic and reasoning. In some cases, the subject of philosophy has become almost completely reduced to the sole purpose of ‘critical thinking’. Which is quite funny because, apparently (according to AskPhilosophy), philosophy had previously been avoided in [...]

Thought Forms

Author: Julian Scott

April 18, 2022

What is thought? From a materialistic point of view it is just an accidental result of biological evolution, the reaction of the brain to certain stimuli from the environment. But for many thinkers, such an explanation is inadequate, in view of the immense richness and complexity of human thought. An alternative explanation of the mysteries [...]

The Myth of Atlantis and the Universal Flood

Author: Antonio Belda

April 18, 2022

The myth of Atlantis is one of the most famous and controversial myths of all time. Ever since the myth began – with the Greek philosopher Plato – people have been asking whether or not his story of a sunken continent was a historical fact. It is fair to assume that Plato did intend his [...]

The Way of the Warrior – Embracing the ‘Inner Battle’

Author: Agostino Dominici       

April 18, 2022

I am imagining depicted on a Renaissance tapestry the scene of a ‘battle’. This tapestry is woven together by four threads or themes: war (and the warrior), initiation, Kali Yuga and askesis. War and the warrior Since the beginning of recorded history the theme of war has always occupied an important place in the minds [...]

How do we know what we (think) we know?

Author: Florimond Krins

April 18, 2022

This is a question that Etienne Klein asked his students when they were mocking people who thought the earth was flat. We know that the earth is round, an almost perfect sphere, it is a scientific fact. And it is easier to say that now as we have been to space and seen it. It [...]

Towards Permanent Co-existence: Lessons from Permaculture

Author: Trishya Screwvala

March 28, 2022

The word ‘Permaculture’ was coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the 1970s to refer to the “consciously designed landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships in nature, while yielding an abundance of food, fibre and energy for provision of local needs” . What began as an ecological movement towards ‘Permanent Agriculture’, over time, [...]

Dionysus – The Mystical and the Heroic

Author: Svetlana Kiruta

March 28, 2022

“The myths about the god Dionysus tell us about the mysterious connection that exists between the mortal and the immortal in man. He is a symbol of the inner path, the return to the centre, to the throne of Zeus, a symbol of the heroic enthusiasm that inspires a disciple to walk the path, and [...]

The METAVERSE, A Philosophical Perspective

Author: Ilanit Adar

March 28, 2022

The Challenges of our Current Reality Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, many aspects of the reality that we have been accustomed to, have changed. All at once, reality has become an unstable and inconvenient place to live in. Many of our basic needs for social gathering and human interaction became very limited. This [...]

ART AS A JOURNEY WITHIN – An Interview with Olivia Fraser

Author: Acropolitan Editorial team

March 28, 2022

For centuries art has been a natural means to express one’s inner journey – be it as a community or as an individual search. So has it been for Olivia Fraser, who has used her art to uplift, to produce wonder and beauty, and to find the ‘inner essence’ of things. Olivia Fraser moved to [...]

Stones of Time

Author: Zarina Screwvala

March 28, 2022

“Sometimes there’s only a hint, a possibility. What’s magical, sometimes, has deeper roots than reason.” – Mary Oliver, Such Silence   If you have visited Stonehenge on the Salisbury plains of England, perhaps you sensed a powerful feeling of mystery, of something hard to define. To the eye they are a series of immense standing [...]