Esoteric Quests
sponsored by The New York Open Center
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ESOTERIC QUEST 2013
Ancient, Arabic, & Medieval Sicily
13-18 Giugno 2013
Introductory Greeting
Ralph White, Executive Director
New York Open Center
6:00 PM 13 June
Consorzio Plemmirio
Via Gaetano, 2 Ortigia, Sicily
ESOTERIC QUEST 2013
Ancient, Arabic, & Medieval Sicily
13-18 Giugno 2013
Conference Presenters' Introductions
6:30 PM 13 June
 
 
Pythagoras Through the Ages
JOSCELYN GODWIN, PhD.

Department of Music Studies,
Colgate University, NY
Plenary 14 June, 2013
ESOTERIC QUEST 2013
Ancient, Arabic, & Medieval Sicily
Pythagoras stands like a prophetic oak at the
dawn of the Western Esoteric Tradition,
dropping acorns from which saplings have sprouted
ever since. The theme is the reconciliation
of spirituality and science.
Into the Volcano:
The Teachings of EMPEDOCLES
Leonard George, PhD.

University of British Columbia, Canada
Plenary 14 June, 2013
ESOTERIC QUEST 2013
Ancient, Arabic, & Medieval Sicily
Empedocles of Akragas (Agrigento) was a
shamanic figure renowned for his prophesies and
healings. He promised his students the power to
rescue departed souls. Empedocles taught that
we are spirits, endlessly reborn, caught in a vortex
of Earth, Water, Air, and Fire.
 
 
Archimedes and the 13 Semi-Regular Solids
Scott Olsen, PhD.

Professor of Philosopy and Comparitive Religion
University of Florida, Ocala
Plenary 15 June, 2013
ESOTERIC QUEST 2013
Ancient, Arabic, & Medieval Sicily
The great Arkimedes of Siracusa is recorded by Pappus
in his Collectio of mathematical works as having
discovered the 13 semi-regular solids. The mathematical
ratios present in these and the 5 Platonic Solids
are the scaffolding upon which Nathure and the
Cosmos itself are built.
Muslim Sicily
LEONARD CHIARELLI, PhD
.
Librarian of the Aziz S. Atiya Library
for Middle East Studies
Plenary 16 June, 2013
ESOTERIC QUEST 2013
Ancient, Arabic, & Medieval Sicily
The years of Arab rule had a far-reaching
impact upon Sicily's ethnic and social
character. The peoples who came to
Sicily in the 10th and 11th centuries
reflected the inhabitants that comprised
the Muslim world from Spain to Persia.
   
 
Norman Sicily
and the Arthurian Dream
PAUL BEMBRIDGE, M.Phil, RSA

Center for Esoteric Studies
University of Exeter, UK
Plenary 16 June, 2013
ESOTERIC QUEST 2013
Ancient, Arabic, & Medieval Sicily
The Norman conquest of Italy and Sicily
in the late 11th century, and the continuing
quest for the GRAIL in Sicilian art & literature.
Part 1
Part 2
The Land Speaks its Stories
Douglas Kenning, PhD.

Professor of History
University of California, San Francisco
Plenary 16 June, 2013
ESOTERIC QUEST 2013
Ancient, Arabic, & Medieval Sicily
Classical allegory and myth describe our lives: its
archetypes inhabit our dreams and our art museums.
Sicels, Elymians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans
all felt the land and sea to be alive with story,
and through myth they maintained a sacred
relationship to them.
 
 

The Wonder of the World:
Frederick II of Hohenstauffen
and
his Sicilian Court
Christopher McIntosh, D.Phil.

Teaches at the University of Exeter UK,
Center for the Study of Esotericism.
His books include "The Rose Cross and the
Age of Reason,"
and "Gardens of the Gods."
Plenary 16 June, 2013
ESOTERIC QUEST 2013
Ancient, Arabic, & Medieval Sicily
The amazing Court of Frederick II (11-94-1250),
was
known as "Stupor Mundi" (wonder of the world).
Frederick spoke six languages and defied the Pope
by crowning himself the King of Jerusalem. He ruled
mainly from his Sicilian kingdon, which he made into
a thriving center of art, science, and learning
embracing Islamic, Jewsish, and Christian culture.

Sufism in Italy during the
Medieval Period
Alessandra Marchi, PhD.

Studied Sufism at the Ecole des Hautes en
Sciences Sociales
in Paris. She is working
on the history of the Italian community in Egypt
at the Center for Alexandrian Studies in
Alexandria.
Plenary 16 June, 2013
ESOTERIC QUEST 2013
Ancient, Arabic, & Medieval Sicily
The Arab/Muslim conquest of Sicily and the south
of Italy began in the 7th century, and the Islamic
presence continued for centuries, giving Sicily
the appearance of a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural
state. This talk will discuss the mystical traditions,
literature and poetry of Sufism in Sicily.
 
 
Pythagorean Music Theory
in Practice
Joscelyn Godwin, PhD.


Workshop 15 June, 2013
ESOTERIC QUEST 2013
Ancient, Arabic, & Medieval Sicily
This workshop will work with a MONOCHORD
to understand the basic insight that Pythagoras
brought brought to the West: that musical harmony
is simple numbers made audible. This workshop
will illustrate how Plato applied this doctrine to
cosmology, and how it generates the scales of
all music.
The Enigma of Frederick II
Malcolm Kennard, PhD.

Kennard has a diverse career as an academic
with many peer reviewed publications in both
science and the arts.
Workshop 17 June, 2013
ESOTERIC QUEST 2013
Ancient, Arabic, & Medieval Sicily
Although a Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II was
born into a unique cultural mix provided by his mother
Constance of Sicily and his German father Henry VI.
Sent to Palermo to be educated in the Sicilian way,
he was considered brilliant but unusual. Strongly
influenced by Islamic, Hebrew, and Christian scholars,
included in his court, he was also a student of
mathematics, philosophy, natural history, medicinem
and architecture.
 
 
 

The Prophetic Kaballah in the
13th century: Rabbi Abraham Abulafiya
a short introductory talk by
Gary Lee
Abulafiya's search for the Sambatyon River brought
him from the Saragossa in Spain to Messina in
Sicily, where impelled by an "inner voice" he
wrote a numer of mystical essays before
proceeding to Rome to confront the Pope.

Food and Festivities:
Sicily's Classical Heritage
Mary Taylor Simeti

Plenary 18 June, 2013
ESOTERIC QUEST 2013
Ancient, Arabic, & Medieval Sicily
Sicily was sacred to Persephone, and the
seasonal rhythms of agriculture which her myth
represent, still exert a strong influence upon the
daily life of the island.

Esoteric Quest post-conference
transit dinner group - Catania, Sicily
evening of 18 June, 2013
Scott Glenn, Ph. D, Univ. of Florica, Ocala
Jane Olenger, Irvine, CA
Anne Graaff, artist, Paris
Kevin Walters, fengshuiplanning.com
Johnes Ruta, AzothGallery.com
Part 1
Part 2
 
The Rosicrucian Enlightenment Conference
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
September 1995
Alchemical Prague
Prague, Czech Republic
September 1997
 
Ficino's Florence
September 2000


Bohemia & Weimar
September 2008


Ralph White's lecture on FICINO'S FLORENCE
March 15, 2010
The New York Open Center, NYC
 

Esoteric Gathering
(For Upcoming ALEXANDRIA Conference June 2012)
August 28, 29, 2010
The New York Open Center, NYC

August 28 Alvin Holm

August 28 Richard Geldard

August 29 Ralph White -1 -2

August 29 Steve Bass


August 29 Julianne Davidow