The ACADEMICIAN THEOSOPHICAL is a THEOSOPHICAL web-blog, that goes in-depth into the history and theory underlying Theosophical and Occult Teachings. The main areas we focus are therefore:
- ᴄʟᴀssɪᴄɪsᴍ — classics, language, culture, history, art, &
- ‘OCCULT ᴘʜɪʟᴏsᴏᴘʜʏ’
“Nothing better than those MYSTERIES, by which, from a rough and fierce life, we are polished to gentleness (humanity, kindness), and softened”—Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Legibus.
What Does Theosophy Mean
THEOSOPHY means Divine Wisdom, but does not imply in it a belief in a personal god, but ONE immutable, eternal, omnipresent, boundless ABSOLUTE DEITY, a modern Theosophist says, as was held by the Theosophists of the Neo-Platonic Alexandrian School, believing in the daimonia (“gods” and “demons”). It is therefore, not “the Wisdom of God” that is meant except within Christian theology, but divine occult wisdom as is held by (or of) [and is intelligible to] ‘the gods.’
What Modern Theosophists Have To Do With Neo-Platonists And Greek Esotericism
The origins of the known Greek Gnosis, or theosophy through say, Neo-Platonists were traced to times antedating the Ptolemaic dynasties according to Diogenes Laertius (Diogenes Laërtius); and were passed down and meant for those their contemporaries styled “theodidaktoi” (god-taught). October 1, 1879, Helena P. Blavatsky of the 1875 Theosophical Society stated, that it is high time for Theosophists to explain the traditional side, or primitive system of Theosophy, that in antiquity was essentially alike in all countries and nations. The disciples of Ammonius Saccas, who revived the Wisdom-philosophy, were known as philaletheians (lovers of truth); and the modern Theosophists claimed to be their successors.
The Master, Kong Fuzi captures our sentiment when he said:
“I believe in and love the ancients” (Analects 7.1)
The Neo-Platonists like Theosophists were Analogeticists —
“on account of their method of interpreting all sacred legends, symbolical myths and mysteries, by a rule of analogy or correspondence, so that events which had occurred in the external world were regarded as expressing operations and experiences of the human soul” (H.P.B., What Is Theosophy).
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Minerva’s Symbolism And The Ideal Of The New Academician
The Roman MINERVA/ATHENA (a Universal-PRINCIPLE), who signified the Deity of DIVINE WISDOM (or Jove’s/Zeus’s INTELLIGENCE) is our symbol. It is synonymous with the Greek meaning of THEOSOPHIA. The Roman MINERVA was represented in art and myth as a warrior with: — Valour, Wisdom-Intelligence, and Grace tempering her opposing principle of the aggressive warlike deity — MARS/Ares.
“New Academicians” alludes to Plato’s Academy, and “the Garden,” — a category for the Schools of Classical Greek Philosophical studies. The “Academy” alludes to initiatory colleges of old, and the perfectibilism (advance in virtue and intelligence) upon which those colleges were based, in antiquity.
‘Real theosophy is altruism. It is brotherly love, mutual help,
unswerving devotion to truth.’ (Blavatsky, 1889).
We want to get rid of the stereotype of Western Philosophy as merely cold, analytical, and objective. As one sage focused on creating men of suitable behaviour and cultivated character in government, or gentlemen (chun tzu), the same ideal is envisioned; and to return to Philosophy its rightful, noble esteem.
The central attitude and themes of ᴛʜᴇ ᴀᴄᴀᴅ —
ɢɴᴏsɪs (spiritual knowledge) ɪs sᴛʀᴇɴɢᴛʜ
ʀᴇɴᴀɪssᴀɴᴄᴇ, Brotherhood-Sisterhood, ᴀɴᴅ ᴜɴɪꜰɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴ
ᴄᴜʟᴛᴜʀᴀʟ ᴀɴᴅ ᴍᴏʀᴀʟ ʀᴇɢᴇɴᴇʀᴀᴛɪᴏɴ