SYMBOL AND IMAGINATION

We investigate the nature of imagination and its function as a bridge between sense-perception and spiritual or noetic modes of consciousness. Questions of the revelatory function of the symbolic image are explored using the framework of neoplatonic theurgy and Jungian active imagination.

Below are papers and short articles related to the subject of symbol and imagination.

Wilson, S. “The Grail Utopia in Southern Germany

Abstract: In the article, originally published in the Temenos Academy Review 14, I look at the mysterious links between the Grail Chapel of the romances and a church in Bavaria. What happens when esoteric symbols from literature are given concrete physical form?...

Wilson, S. “A Religion of Black and White

Abstract: In this article, originally published in the Temenos Academy Review (2012), I explore different levels of the sacred symbolism of black and white. I trace them to their highest meaning, beyond all form, beyond all colour, and even beyond the reach of the...

Wilson, S. ‘René Guénon and the Heart of the Grail’

Abstract: In this paper, originally published in the Temenos Academy Review 18, I explore the central role played by the symbolism of the Grail in the thought of the great Perennialist René Guénon, and suggest a new way of understanding both the Grail and the...

Storytelling: Parzival and the Quest for the Grail

STORYTELLING: PARZIVAL AND THE QUEST FOR THE GRAIL (AFTER WOLFRAM VON ESCHENBACH) Philippe Sibaud Storytelling   In astrological parlance I suffer from the affliction of a Saturn/Mercury conjunction. In layman’s terms, joining together Saturn (contraction) and Mercury...

The Falcon and the Falconer

There are myriad birds scattered throughout William Butler Yeats’s plays and poetry. In the lyric poems alone there are over 90 references to birds of one type or another, ranging from familiar native wildfowl—jackdaws, ravens, doves, sparrows, moorhens—to the famous golden bird of Byzantium that was “Planted on the starlit golden bough” to “scorn aloud / In glory of changeless metal”.

Recognising Kairos and the Opportune Moment

The ancient Greeks had two words for time: chronos and kairos. Chronos was personified as the deity, represented similarly by Saturn to the Romans and Kali to Hindu’s. He is the master of sequential clock time, time that can be measured in seconds, minutes, hours,...

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