register blueIn Love with The Mystery: Thinking both Magically and Critically

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Erin Sullivan explores the quality of magical and critical thinking - especially as it applies to astrology and its philosophy. Focusing on the origins of ideas as eidolon - thought forms, and their evolution toward tangible "things" - this is a most stimulating and fascinating class. The class will see the unfolding of the eidolon through the horoscope of Marie Curie, 2x Nobel Prize winner, daughter, sister, wife, mother, scholar, scientist, and who was "In Love With the Mystery" - discoverer of radium and polonium.

Eidolon comes to us from ancient Greek. It is a word that originally meant an image, an apparition or ghost - a type of spirit-image of the living or dead, but it can also represent an image of an ideal. Eidolons show up in the work of Homer on the Trojan War, as well as in the plays of Euripdes. Fast forward two thousand years and Walt Whitman explores apparitions of thought and body in his 1876 poem entitled Eidolons.

I met a seer,
Passing the hues and objects of the world,
The fields of art and learning, pleasure, sense,
To glean eidolons.

Put in thy chants said he,
No more the puzzling hour nor day, nor segments, parts, put in,
Put first before the rest as light for all and entrance-song of all,
That of eidolons.

Ever the dim beginning,
Ever the growth, the rounding of the circle,
Ever the summit and the merge at last, (to surely start again,)
Eidolons! eidolons!

Click here for the complete poem.

One hundred years later, eidolons still capture our attention. The concept enlivens many role playing games, as well as the world of music, corporations, and the imaginative mind.