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Mount Purgatory

After a great week of reading and a new website, the substance of the Purgatory is really sinking in.. especially the Seven Terraces as a deeply spiritual Journey for repentance in the sense of the Greek word “metanoia”, the changing … Continue reading

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The Free Will, grown in the Climb.

One of the main points in Virgil’s final Crowning speech is that the Pilgrim has matured in his understanding of the world and of human nature through his climb of the Mount, and that he’s now capable of managing his … Continue reading

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Increased insight, increased capacity of Light.

A theme introduced already in chapter 15 of the Purgatory is how the capacity for more intuitive and transcendent knowledge increases rapidly with learning, once the process has started. The Pilgrim is almost blinded by the light of an Angel … Continue reading

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Notes from Opening The Paradiso, the Second Time!

The saying goes that after reading the whole Divine Comedy by Dante, one is ready to start reading the Divine Comedy – so now we’re starting our second Journey through Paradiso, and we’ll write about the new discoveries and greatest … Continue reading

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Reading Guide to Dante’s Inferno Chap 18-34

Sometimes it’s a bit of a challenge to keep going in the Inferno once you have reached half way into the book, and the fast pace slows down a bit after the first seven circles. So here’s a little guide … Continue reading

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Lyceum, July 29th

Today the topics of our Nature Ramblings are all from the Book of Purgatory – about the Mercy of the Divine, bridging Science and Reason with the Spiritual, and the massive arrival of Beatrice in chapter 30, which is also … Continue reading

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End of Circle 8, and a Bright Point!

We’ve just finished making Episode 30 (Out Monday July 27th!), which marks the end of the Tenth Valley and the Circle of Fraud! And as the Middle of Circle 8 in many ways describes the Heart of Fraud, swarming with … Continue reading

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Gates of Dis, as limitations of Reason

Today we had another great conversation about the deeper significance of the Gates of Dis, and the rejection of the futile efforts of Virgil to open them, as Reason. On a Journey into the deep and into Knowledge as well … Continue reading

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Inferno 26 – Ulysses and Hubris

This morning we’ve just finished making Episode 26 on the Podcast – out next Wednesday July the 22nd- which is a deep dive into Dante’s own psyche and his relationship to his own work and writings! At the deep of … Continue reading

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Dante Seminar

Thanks to everyone for a great Seminar on the first half of Inferno this weekend! Especially the thoughts on what happens at the Gates of the City of Dis added several new ideas and perspectives to the symbolic understanding of … Continue reading

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