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The Wine & The Will

The Wine and the Will: Rabelais’s Bacchic Christianity by Florence M Weinberg, the 1972 first edition hardcover from Wayne State University Press, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Florence M Weinberg The Wine & The Will from Wayne State University Press

“In a solid contribution to the field of French Renaissance literature, this study follows the trends of criticism initiated by the revolutionary discoveries of Glison, Febvre, and Screech, focusing on two major emblematic aspects of Rabelais’s novels. Using primary Renaissance iconological material, the author reconstructs the processes by which Renaissance authors (and Rabelais) coded their teachings in symbols that were both entertaining and useful to the learned reader of the time.

The author investigates two major Christian and humanistic aspects of Rabelais’s novels which were meant to test the ingenuity of a learned audience. She takes into account Hellenic and Hellenistic traditions of hermetism—numerology and symbolic iconology in their medieval and Renaissance transformations. The study is designed to show how Rabelais, a Renaissance humanist, fuses comic popular and pagan traditions to convey an evangelical Christian message. It reveals hidden meanings of episodes in Rabelais’s work previously dismissed as simply amusing, and conveys how humor and irony combined in ‘folly’ becomes the vehicle for wisdom.

The symbolism of the wine and the will, explored and understood in all its theological and humanistic complexity, deepens our understanding of Rabelais’s work and Renaissance thought in general.”

 

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Zoroaster’s Telescope

Zoroaster’s Telescope, or, The Key to the great divinatory Kabbala of the Magi, originally written in 1796 by André-Robert Andrea de Nerciat, available from Ouroboros Press in its first English translation by Jennifer Zahrt.

André-Robert Andrea de Nerciat and Jennifer Zarht's Zoroaster's Telescope from Ouroboros Press

“The Zoroaster’s Telescope claims to be The Key to the Great Divinatory Kabbala of the Magi, and indeed within the text we find an eclectic mix of Angel Magic, Astrology, Divination, twenty-eight Mansions of the Moon, Kabbala, Zoroastrianism, Sacred Geometry, Numerology, reminiscent of the syncretism MacGregor Mathers employed in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn at the close of the 19th century. As a system of divination, Zoroaster’s Telescope is unique in the genre employing diverse magical methods layout very much along the lines of the grimoires of occult tradition. The book features several wood engraved plates, charts and tables and a large folding plate THE URN wherein the sigla of this art are exemplified. Typographical treatment and design for Zoroaster’s Telescope was executed by Joseph Uccello and the translation was rendered by Dr. Jennifer Zahrt, PhD.” [via]

Intùiti Creative Cards

Intùiti Creative Cards is a new kickstarter campaign to create “a deck of cards for Creativity born in the Polytechnic University of Milan. A synthesis of Design, Tarot and Gestalt Psychology,” which may be of interest. [HT Jonathan Korman]

Intuiti creative cards kickstarter

“Intùiti is a deck of cards for Creativity.

It was born as a project of the Polytechnic University of Milan and it represents a new way of living the subject of creativity, an issue that is often superficially tackled. Instead of forcing the user to find an idea, as it happens with some techniques like brainstorming or the mind map, Intùiti invites to sit calmly and to feel what one has to give, remembering that creating must be a source of joy and satisfaction.

Intùiti proposes pointed suggestions, obtained from the analysis of classic tarots, that are a rich collection of archetypes. It has not an esoteric purpose: each card is related to a thinking model that belongs to our culture, a powerful incentive that can put in motion creative and inspirational processes.

Intùiti is a synthesis of Design, Tarots, Numerology and Gestalt Psychology. At the same time it is a serious game and a powerful tool that doesn’t treat the creative act according to rigid schemas, but it brings out its bright side.” [via]