Monthly Archives: April 2012

How Lady Philospher  blog was born.

Greetings…. Welcome to my first acual post. I created the Lady Philosopher blog a year ago. It began as a sanctuary, a cloister scented with bergamot and ancient roses. A place for the Late Saint George the misguided  and diabolical butterfly to flutter. A chess board to battle his skin cancer.   A  year ago his cancer was merely a small thorn in his paw. We tried to travel the labyrinthian forest of soul to find alternative cures.

The olympian effort to mine his dastardly Chinese checker confetti filled field of Qi.   Lady Philosopher’s Blog began as a place to stop and have a cup of magical leaves and find inspiration and healing.  A place to find his magical sword of alchemy to fight this multi-headed malignant beast.  Instead I  focused on creating  a gallery called ” Survivor Gumbo”  on facebook  instead, chockfull of  soul vitamins, poetry, mystical alternative healing modalities.

Hoping for a healing butterfly affect. A shrine to pray to the gods to dispel his cancer. Survivor Gumbo was  full of mumbo jumbo!    Lot’s  spells and artful dodger ways to outsmart this determined serial cell killer.   Alas he succumbed to this colorless, tasteless, faceless  oceanic disease .  A Homeric medusa.  He would write to me strangely addressing me as  “Lady Philosopher”  When I die do you think i will become a star in the heavens ?  “Lady Philosopher” can  I become a phoenix and live again?  How heartbreaking. 

I feel somehow as a n homage and oracle to him,  I shall take up this blog just the same  and pray that others thru soul-smithing and diamond cutting the mind into a beautiful jewel, perhaps we can one day in his honor beat this disease? Cancer seems a  senseless meteorite from  a malignant planet.    Knots in the form of medusa  from the deep depths of the sea where there is little warmth.

  I pray for the muses to bless me and help me create a place for thirsty souls to thrive, strategize with healthful recipes, mystical ancient soul spirits. Ancient wisdom, laughter and spice. ART in memory of Saint George the tatooed butterfly. He wore on his shoulder a tattoo of the Blessed Madonna and a lucky fairy on his calve.  He lost his magical dna unscrambling sword  his gaurdian angel gave him . Bless us from above or below and if I am lucky I can find the alchemical words.

I had the idea … How Lady Philosopher blog was born.

Famous artist Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli grew up in the neighborhood of medieval Dominican convent of Santa Maria Novella where he observed one of the first works of the Florentine Renaissance painting the fresco of the Trinity by Masaccio in Santa Maria Novella, completed in 1427, the first work to apply the laws of central perspective, the lines of the work that converge at a single point, bring a new and unified open space in which the figures are arranged accordingly. People are characterized by a realistic embodiment reveal the growing interest in presenting the human figure emerge again at the time. With its great figures, Masaccio departs from the ideal of late Gothic painting prevailing, and seeks its models in the paintings of Giotto, made one hundred years earlier, his work represents the beginning of the Quattrocento Florentine painting, culminating in Botticelli and his contemporaries, two generations later, in the transition from the sixteenth century.

Botticelli is open to reveal the achievements of the Renaissance, introduced by Masaccio and the late Gothic tendencies (which enhanced the beauty and elegance line of gentle movements of the figures) use the rules of central perspective and studied the sculptures of the Age, whose ideal of the human body is evident primarily in his nudes, and also reveals the grace and elegance of his figures, his approach to the late Gothic style.

via Famous artist Sandro Botticelli.

Freya’s Florence: April 2010

I have always lovedthe Spanish chapel in the Santa Maria Novella Dominican convent. It is one of those places however that is rarely visited in Florence . I have always loved colour & busyness and maybe that is why I love it. I appreciate the organised space and the calm that pervades from Massaccio’s frescoes in the Brancacci chapel from the early Renaissance period in the 1420’s, but I just dig the 1300’s Gothic love for the horror vaccui (filling up of space), the naturalistic elements of the landscape, attention to minute detail, the elegance of the fabric & the awesome hell scenes with the devils who are often in shades of fuscia and red –and the Spanish chapel offers all of this.

It is pretty as well as being a massive visual overview of Dominican theology & church hierarchical structure.

Andrea di Buonaiuto frescoed the chapter house in the 1360’s, paid for by the Guidaliotti’s, a cashed up Florentine family who wanted to be buried in there with sermons said when they were in Purgatory. It earns it’s current name as it was given to the Spanish entourage of the Grand Duchess of Tuscany, Eleonara da Toledo, in the middle of the 1500’s.

All four walls are entirely frescoed & in fabulous condition. The wall opposite the entrance is where the cycle begins & is dedicated to Christ the saviour of mankind. Then comes the church militant & church triumphant with portraits of famous Florentines such as Dante, Boccaccio & Giotto, who mingle with the pilgrims and the Pope and the dogs of the Lord (a play on words of the Dominicans who are the Dominis canes or dogs / guardians of the faith). Then there is the Triumph of Christian Doctrine personified in Thomas of Aquinas, who is surrounded by the seven virtues, seven Liberal Arts & the seven Sacred Sciences. This scene underlines the Dominican’s intellectual role in the church. Finally the last wall shows scenes of St Peter the Martyr.

St Dominic, around at the same time as St Francis at the beginning of the 1200’s, had combatting heresy as his main aim. He was a very good preacher and soon gathered quite a following. He dispatched his followers to the cities in order to teach the true or orthodox view, as well as helping the poor. In order to be able to preach well and combat heretical views, the followers had to know theology in great depth and hence this particular order placed much emphasis on study and learning, which led to great libraries, schools & a principal role in the Inquisitions.

Symbolism, theology, beauty – the Spanish chapel has it all, so make room on your next jaunt to this side of the city

via Freya’s Florence: April 2010.

Kimiya-yi sa’ādat

Kimiya-yi Sa’ādat #Persian: كيمياى سعادت‎, English: The Alchemy of Happiness# was written by Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Ghazālī, a Persian theologian, philosopher, and prolific Sunni author regarded as one of the greatest systematic Persian thinkers of Islam.[1] The Kimiya-yi Sa’ādat was written towards the end of his life hortly before 499/1105.[2] During the time before it was written the Muslim world was considered to be in a state of political as well as intellectual unrest. Al-Ghazālī, noted that there were constant disputes regarding the role of philosophy and scholastic theology, and that Sufi’s became chastised for their neglect of the ritual obligations of Islam.[3] Upon its release, the Kimiya-yi sa’ādat allowed al-Ghazali to considerably reduce the tensions between the scholars and mystics.[3] Kimiya-yi sa’ādat emphasized the importance of observing the ritual requirements of Islam, the actions that would lead to salvation, and avoidance of sin. The factor that set the Kimiya-yi sa’ādat apart from other theological works at the time was its mystical emphasis on self-discipline and asceticism.[3] Al-Ghazālī, had succeeded in gaining widespread acceptance for Sufism, however, he did so at the expense of the philosophers, despite the fact that his goal was to refute them.[clarification

via Kimiya-yi sa’ādat – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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We learned this on our most recent spiritual and culinary adventure in South India in January 2012. When I first saw it being made in front of me I thought to myself that this takes a lot of work and I was hesitant to try it. But having tried it a week ago and realized how fairly simple it is I’ve made it twice now.

Here’s the recipe and I hope you’ll give it a go. Photos below are from cooking class during our culinary tour in South India.

Ingredients for Kola Urundai (Lentil balls)

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meditation retreat » Travel Photography Blog on Yoga, Meditation and Hinduism | Vedic Odyssey Spiritual Adventures

The inner jewels.... Visit them often I remind myself*

We learned this on our most recent spiritual and culinary adventure in South India in January 2012. When I first saw it being made in front of me I thought to myself that this takes a lot of work and I was hesitant to try it. But having tried it a week ago and realized how fairly simple it is I’ve made it twice now.

Here’s the recipe and I hope you’ll give it a go. Photos below are from cooking class during our culinary tour in South India.

Ingredients for Kola Urundai (Lentil balls)

via meditation retreat » Travel Photography Blog on Yoga, Meditation and Hinduism | Vedic Odyssey Spiritual Adventures.

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