The pope steps down – a philosopher hunted down.
Catholic / Contemporary / Ethics / History / Medival / Religion / Spiritual

The pope steps down – a philosopher hunted down.


This is a sad day: “Der Lotse geht von Bord”. Our great spiritual and intellectual leader leaves the ship. I have respect for his decision, which must not have been an easy one for this modest man. I want to discuss the spiritual and political background of this. Spiritual consequences I pray that he has still enough time left and for his … Continue reading

Burning Ahmed Baba and Alexandrian library – Is Sufism haram?
Astrology / Contemporary / Gnostic / History / Medival / Religion / Science / Sufism

Burning Ahmed Baba and Alexandrian library – Is Sufism haram?


In another defining act of intellectual barbarism, “Islamist extremists” (term borrowed by AP – Activists, Islam fighters nor Islamists won’t do) in Mali destroyed a number of tombs in the ancient city of Timbuktu, which in the last year fell under control of a separatist insurgency. Home of the prestigious Sankore University, Timbuktu was an intellectual and spiritual capital and a centre for the propagation of Sufism (an Islam faction) throughout Africa in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its three great mosques, Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia, recall Timbuktu’s golden age. “The destruction is a divine order,” said a spokesman from Ansar Dine, a radical outfit with alleged links to al-Qaeda. Ansar Dine or “defenders of the faith” in Arabic is group led by a prominent leader of the Tuareg rebellion in the 1990s which wants the imposition of strict Sharia law across Mali.The Associated Press Posted Jan 28, 2013 @ 07:32 AMSEVARE, Mali (AP) — Islamist extremists torched a library containing historic manuscripts in Timbuktu, the mayor said today, as French and Malian forces closed in on Mali’s fabled desert city. Continue reading

Kepler’s harmonic archetypes and C.G. Jung’s spiritual wholeness
Astrology / Astronomy / C.G.Jung / History / Medival / Science

Kepler’s harmonic archetypes and C.G. Jung’s spiritual wholeness


 In the sixteenth century, the time of Johannes Kepler, fields such as alchemy, astrology, and harmonics were considered important subjects eyed suspiciously by theology which overtook metaphysics. Narrowed down to chemistry, astronomy and (some) art and a materialistic positivism, C.G. Jung gave us back an holistic and spiritual view very compatible with Kepler’s religious motivated … Continue reading

The Jesuits – Ricci, Schall, Verbiest and the ancient observatory in Beijing China.
History / Medival / Religion / Science

The Jesuits – Ricci, Schall, Verbiest and the ancient observatory in Beijing China.


The ancient observatory in Beijing China, once part of the city walls, is mounted on the battlements of a ten-meter watchtower close to the “First Ring”. As one of the oldest and famous observatories in the world, it covers an area of 10,000 square meters. The observatory dates back to Kublai Khan’s days when it … Continue reading