I had not planned to blog today, but rather to sit in my easy chair reading. So far I have read part of the New York Times, and the Washington Post, worked in the garden, and made a smoothie with my new blender. With any luck I will make the rounds today and read other posts.
Searching high and low, I have finally found a couple of books of interest. In the process of fumbling around the web, I rediscovered Philology, the study of language in written historical sources; it is a combination of literary studies, history and linguistics. Now, I am no linguist and literary studies were not my forte either. I am, however a historian and as such interested in old written sources.
I became interested in Philology because I was a Church School teacher years ago when I was a better Christian than I am now. I loved reading the Bible and other religious books. I got to thinking about this again because my granddaughter Amelia the new environmental scientist and I were talking about what she learned in her minor in religion which was really more history than anything else. Our discussion reminded me of how much I have missed reading esoteric books. I am very fond of most things occult. I say most because I am not into the Dark side of the Force, whatever that is. And, don’t tell me it does not exist, because it does. You don’t have to look far to see it.
Yes, I know Esoterica is a moth, a face cream and a rock band. However, Esoterica, defined by Wikipedia is:
Esotericism signifies the holding of esoteric opinions or beliefs, that is, ideas preserved or understood by a small group or those specially initiated, or of rare or unusual interest. The term derives from the Greek ἐσωτερικός (esôterikos), a compound of ἔσω (esô): “within“, thus “pertaining to the more inward”, mystic. Its antonym is “exoteric“.
The term can also refer to the academic study of esoteric religious movements and philosophies, or more generally of alternative or marginalized religious movements or philosophies whose proponents distinguish their beliefs, practices, and experiences from mainstream institutionalized traditions.
Examples of esoteric religious movements and philosophies include Alchemy, Astrology, Anthroposophy, early Christian mysticism, Magic, Mesmerism, Rosicrucianism, Swedenborgianism, Spiritualism, the Alawites, the Christian Theosophy of Jacob Böhme and his followers, and the Theosophical currents associated with Helena Blavatsky and her followers. There are competing views regarding the common traits uniting these currents, not all of which involve “inwardness”, mystery, occultism or secrecy as a crucial trait.