Friday, November 11, 2011


This evening, I accidentally ran headlong into a nlcok quote by a Christian D. Larson. I have no idea who Christian D. Larson is. The block quote was half self-help hooey and half good. One sentence stood out for me, though.

"Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time left to criticize others."

I am a fan of this philosophy -- follows nicely on the heels of the "Boredom is lack of will to entertain yourself" on which I raised myself.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Phoenix and the Worm (Sturm und Drang)

They lay out my corpus,
My heart bared.
I am burned and ashes
Scattered to the winds and rains.
Each ash finds ground,

But spirit soars higher still,
To jagged pinnacles.
Spirit and clay wait apart
For the final reunion.
My heart beats once.

My heart beats twice.
I enter the room a man in black, but
My suit they replace with flowing robes of white.
The true and golden Sun gathers my clothes,
and refines them by the blood of stars.

A rose between,
To beg below and pray above,
My hands are clasped.
Life courses in me again.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Temperament Test

According to the Temperament Test on , I am "The Sanguine/Choleric". This temperment test provide a personality typing and summary, eight possible results in total, based on the four temperaments. The four temperaments are sanguine, melancholic, choleric, and phlegmatic and are based on the four classical 'humors' respectively, blood, black bile, yellow bile, and phlegm. (See the CatholicMatch Temperament Test and the Wikipedia article on the Four Temperaments.)

The Sanguine / Choleric
The sanguine-choleric is the most extraverted of all the temperament combinations. With the addition of the choleric aspect, the optimistic, impulsive, fun-loving sanguine becomes more adept at follow-through, taking significant leadership roles, and juggling many projects without unduly sacrificing productivity. This temperament tends to be a happy combination of charm and decisiveness, creativity and analytical skill, friendliness and focus.

Your ability to connect with people balances out the domineering and relentless temperament of the pure choleric. You value relationships highly and make friends easily. You are insightful, enthusiastic, and affectionate; your sanguine capacity for dealing with people, combined with the leadership skills of the choleric, make you an excellent manager of people. You are also capable of constancy, dedication, and serious undertakings — though at times you may have been underestimated, due to your often humorous and light-hearted manner. You not only are capable of creative inspiration, but also you will find within yourself the persistence and drive needed to carry out your inspirations.

The bad news is that, if intellectual, human or spiritual formation is seriously lacking, this temperament blend can exhibit the worst of the two temperaments: overly talkative, brassy, opinionated, loud, rash, swift to jump to conclusions, and forgetful. If intellectual depth is lacking, this temperament mixture can become superficial, bossy, and intolerant. The high-spirited humor of the sanguine can become biting and hurtful when combined with the unforgiving, vengeful nature of the poorly formed choleric. If pleasure-seeking and impulsivity are not contained, the sanguine-choleric may wind up with a lax conscience that justifies his weaknesses, ultimately resulting in habitual sin. Easily captivated by exciting new projects or opportunities, the sanguine-choleric should watch out for his tendency to come up with great ideas, put everyone to work, and then drop the ball when the project gets tiresome. On the other hand, the natural generosity flowing from the sanguine temperament will commit him to many good works.
For a better understanding of Sanguine-Choleric, it is recommended that you read the full descriptions of the Sanguine and the Choleric. See the following:
The Pure Sanguine,
The Pure Choleric,
The Sanguine/Phlegmatic,
and Sanguine Virtues and Vices.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A note on Isaac Newton~

Through his scientific careers, Isaac Newton's empirical work was inseparable from his alchemic work and considerations. He was known to consider and on occasion posit Hermetic ideas and occult forces as the motivation for attraction between particles. According to Westfall's biography of Newton and Edelglass' book Matter and Mind: Imaginative Participation in Science, Newton most likely would not have developed any of his theories on gravity had in not been for his belief in Hermetic forces over distance.

Newton was particularly alchemistic in his studies on light and optics, in his works Hypothesis of Light (1675) and Opticks (
1704). His answer to the question of whether light was a wave or particle was that light either cyclically transmutated across the dividing line or was particles ("subtler corpuscles") but did something akin to transmutation through the particles it illumined.

According to Westfall's biography of Newton (1983) and Edelglass' book Matter and Mind: Imaginative Participation in Science (1991), Newton most likely would not have developed any of his theories on gravity had in not been for his belief in Hermetic forces over distance. It was defense against criticism of this belief that he penned his phrase "Hyptheses non fingo", in the second edition of his Principia (1713). "I have not as yet been able to discover the reason for these properties of gravity from phenomena, and I do not feign hypotheses. For whatever is not deduced from the phenomena must be called a hypothesis; and hypotheses, whether metaphysical or physical, or based on occult qualities, or mechanical, have no place in experimental philosophy. In this philosophy particular propositions are inferred from the phenomena, and afterwards rendered general by induction."

In his work about Newton, "Newton, The Man", John Maynard Keynes wrote, "Newton was not the first of the age of reason: He was the last of the magicians."

In other news:
Aristotle was the de facto founder of alchemy, far before there was alchemy.
Alchemy fully came together in Alexandria in Hellenistic Egypt.
Alchemy was instrumental to advances made by Islamic scientists, astronomers, and mathmeticians during Europe's Middle Ages.
Other intersting know alchemists include Carl Jung, August Strindberg, Avicenna, Gerald FitzGerald the "Wizard Earl" of Kildare, Cornelis Drebbel, Agrippa, Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II, Rudolf Steiner, and Tycho Brahe.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Poignant Remarks from Authoritative Overviews of the ENTP (Extroverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving) Personality:

Poignant Remarks from Authoritative Overviews of the ENTP (Extroverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving) Personality:


"...generally love to argue--both for its own sake, and to show off their debating skills. ENTPs tend to have a perverse sense of humor as well, and enjoy playing devil's advocate. This sometimes confuses, even angers, those who don't understand or accept the concept of argument as a sport."

"'Question authority! (then do exactly what it tells you)' sums up the dilemma in which ENTPs may find themselves"

"...are the most reluctant of all the types to do things in a particular manner just because that's the way they have been done."

"...are very fond of toys--physical or intellectual, the more sophisticated the better. Once these have been solved or become too familiar, however, they’ll be replaced with new ones."

"...amount to a cosmic non sequitur"

"...are in the business of change, improvement, experimentation."

"...on occasions, outsmart themselves. Their juggling acts may simply be so over-ambitious they collapse."

"...are always on the lookout for a better way, always eyeing new projects, new enterprises, new processes."

"...are basically optimists, but in spite of this (perhaps because of it?), they can become petulant about small setbacks and inconveniences. (Major setbacks they regard as challenges, and tackle with determination.)"

"...are skilled at engineering human relationships and human systems"

"...always want to understand the people within the system rather than tell them what to do."

"...loyalty often runs high and can be hooked by those the ENTP counts as friends."

"...harness Feeling's good will in areas such as sales, service, drama, humor and art."

"...are genial, even charming, when not being harassed by life."

"...may sometimes give the impression of being largely oblivious to the rest of humanity except as an audience: good, bad, or potential. In general this is unfair – but it can be difficult to get an ENTP’s attention when they’re not immediately aware of you."

"The best approach in communicating with an ENTP is to be straightforward. No games–-they’ll win. No 'pulling rank'-–they’ll want to put you in your place. Try 'I need/want to talk to you.'"