Notes on the Historic Context of Saracen Chivalry

Notes on the Historic Context of Saracen Chivalry: Counsels on Valor, Generosity, and the Mystical Quest by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan
. Notes on the Historic Context of Saracen Chivalry: Counsels on Valor, Generosity, and the Mystical Quest by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan
. I.  The Fourth Europe A. Europe’s Crescent A veritable crescent, the fourth Europe in true…

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Seven Pillars Local Salon

Official Flier: On Friday September 28th, 2012, from 7 until 10pm, join Seven Pillars’ Guiding Voices, Robin Becker and Christopher Bamford, for an evening exploration of wisdom, and the challenges we face in our quest to cultivate wisdom for our time. To return to the main event page, please click here. An Evening Exploration of…

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“Mocktail” Recipes

Interested in throwing your own “mocktail” party? Here are the recipes for our famous, homemade “mocktails,” Sans-gria and No-hitos, as seen at our Open House on June 15th, 2012. Enjoy! No-hito *    2 cups water*    1 1/2 cups white sugar*    2 cups mint leaves, coarsely chopped*    2 cups prepared limeade (prepare from frozen concentrate as…

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Goethe in Marienbad

Appropriately, if only by name, the legendary Bohemian Spa of Marienbad is a place of alchemical associations, harking back as it does to the legendary alchemist Maria the Jewess, “divine Maria” or Maria Prophetissa, the supposed sister of Moses, who was the inventor, among other alchemical apparatuses, of the celebrated balneum Mariae or the bain…

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Recent Readings

Pir Zia Inayat-Khan A collection of 5 short reviews of significant works, including Elemental Philosophy: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water as Environmental Ideas by David Macauley, The Crucifixion and the Qur’an: A Study in the History of Muslim Thought by Todd Lawson, Morals and Mysticism in Persian Sufism: A history of Sufi-futuwwat in Iran by…

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Gone to Earth and Sufism

Pir Zia Inayat-Khan In her richly imagined biography of Mary Webb, Gladys Mary Coles notes the similarity of Webb’s mystical love to that of the Sufi poets. To compare Webb’s rapturous animism with the God-centered esotericism of the Sufi tradition might at first seem incongruous, but I think that Dr. Coles’ perception of a resemblance…

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Untold: A History of the Wives of Prophet Muhammad: Demystifying Islam’s First Women

Dr. Susan Corso The Prophet Muhammad didn’t start out as a prophet; neither was Jesus the Christ from day one. These divinely inspired men became what they were meant to be. And right alongside both, there were women. Untold: A History of the Wives of Prophet Muhammad is a mystical demystification of the women who…

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Arrow to the Soul

Dr. Edward Tick Peter Kingsley’s work is so unique, urgent, demanding and liberating, that I find it difficult to conjure the best metaphors for who he is and what gifts he brings us. I think of him as a renegade philosopher preaching in the marketplace rather than teaching in academia, an alchemist, a poet of…

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The Great Bay: Chronicles of the Collapse

Gyrus I can’t say where The Great Bay: Chronicles of the Collapse, an ambitious new novel by poet and psychoactive plant pioneer Dale Pendell, fits into the apocalyptic literary landscape, but it certainly demands the attention of anyone concerned with how we imagine the future, and how these visions affect the present. I’ve not read, or even…

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Back Story

William Irwin Thompson Lucifer first indicted God for the crime of Creation; that is what the War in Heaven was really all about, not Christ and Lucifer’s envy of him as Dissenting Milton would have us believe in Paradise Lost. Lucifer claimed that Creation was an ego trip completely without compassion for others, for their…

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