APRIL 26th & 27th, 2014


This is part of the series of Philosophical Forums in Connecticut begun in May and November 2001,
and continued in June 2004, December 2007, and October 2010. Video lectures:

This program consistedt of a two day open forum presenting individual essays and discussion mixed with formal Presentations on
Philosophical, Metaphysical, Literary, Poetic, and Art Historical subjects.


Saturday, April 26th, 2014 -- 11 am - 7pm - presentations
Location: Kasbah Garden Cafe'. 105 Howe Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Julianne Davidow, Author: "Outer Beauty, Inner Joy: Contemplating the Soul of the Renaissance"
foreword by Thomas Moore
Julianne Davidow has an enduring fascination with the art and philosophy of the Italian Renaissance. Since 1990, she has spent time living in both Rome and Venice, and has worked many years as a teacher, editor, translator, freelance writer, photographer, tutor, and coach. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College in Comparative Literature and Religion, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Education, her interests also include mythology, psychology, Eastern philosophy, and pre-20th century and historical fiction. She is a practitioner of yoga and Buddhist meditation. Her workshops focus on how we can use these wisdom teachings to find beauty in our daily lives, forge a greater connection to the world around us, and open portals to our inner source of guidance and inspiration.

Renaissance Humanism: Listening to our Callings: The Daimon and Beyond.
During the Renaissance each person was said to be born with a guiding spirit called a daimon. This spirit or angel urges us onward through thoughts, feelings, signs, and symbols. This talk will look at some of the writings on the daimon, talk about the lives of some of the great Renaissance artists and see how they followed their daimons, and then move on to some others who followed them. We will also discuss some of the threads in our own lives, and observe how synchronicities, hunches, and urges have moved us in creative ways. (Video: by Scott Olsen.)

Scott Olsen, PhD. Professor of Philosophy at the College of Central Florida, Ocala, FL.  Author: "The Golden Section : Nature's Greatest Secret."

Plato’s Secret Doctrine & the Logic of Discovery.
Examining the Pythagorean Plato’s geometric mysteries in light of his profound epistemological method of Abduction.  This unveiling of his Logic of Discovery will refer to puzzles surrounding Anamnesis & Dialectic, the Cave & Divided Line, the One & Indefinite Dyad, and the Platonic Solids. (Video: by David Clapperton.)

Gary Lee, Texas historian & scholar of Hermetic Science:

The Visconti-Sforza Tarot as a Periodic Table of Creation and a Path to the Soul's Redemption.
click to listen
(Video: by Scott Olsen.)

Sunday, April 27th, 11 am - 7pm - presentations
Location: Kasbah Garden Cafe'. 105 Howe Street, New Haven, CT 06511
Kathleen Damiani, PhD Humanities/Philosophy, Union Inst. & University; MA Humanities, Certificate in Jung Studies, Phi Kappa Phi, Old Dominion University :

Philosophy's Angel: The Mystery of Sophia's Origins and Disappearance

Philosophers, poets and visionaries personified wisdom as a powerful female who nourished their spiritual imagination and philosophical insight: The heavenly Sophia is the philosopher's Angel, "his initiator and tutor, the object and secret of all philosophy, the dominant figure in the Sage's personal religion." She is the form of light, "conjoined with his star, which rules him and opens the doors of wisdom for him, teaches him what is difficult, reveals to him what is right, in sleeping as in waking."
Sophia, the "person" in the word "philosophy," was named after the Greek word for wisdom, the subject of ancient traditions concerned with integrity in the marketplace, politics, and the royal court. Because the teachings were rooted in life instead of doctrine and spoken by a divine female, Sophia became problematical and excluded from the religious formulations of monotheism, disappearing from the development of mainstream theological tradition in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In this talk, the etymology and meanings of Sophia will be examined from an archetypal perspective; and the wisdom traditions she personifies discussed in their political, collective and occult dimensions. The mystery surrounding her disappearance will raise the issue of her return as awakening a shift in the Western collective psyche. (Video: by Scott Olsen.)

Steve Bass, Architect, Fellow of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, New York, NY:

"Symbolic Geometry and Architectural Forms in Ancient Egypt."
listen to Part 1

Dee Rapposelli, medical editor, postmodern occultist, artist, and author of The Seal of Secrets of the World Adventures in Astral Magic and the “Sorcerers and Magi” fantasy fiction series, Stamford, CT:

The Seal of Secrets of the World: A Cube of Space Hidden in the Arbatel.  
Under the pen name "Soror ZSD23," Ms. Rapposelli is the author of the Sorcerers and Magi fantasy fiction series, including La Maga A Story about Sorcerers and Magi, The Sex Lives of Sorcerers, and The Savior at the En d of Time as well as the nonfiction book on astral magic The Seal of Secrets of the World.
Author web page:

Ebenezer Sunder Singh, Fulbright Scholar of Fine Arts, originally from Chennai, India, studio and residence in Park Slope Brooklyn, NY:

Jungian Mandalas and Indian Mandalas.
Carl Gustav Jung is a latecomer from the western hemisphere to the world of Mandalas. Mandalas are the unified whole of a ‘being’ in a diagram. Since the western science and empirical thinking evolved along side the development of human brain, the study of psychology became the yardstick to measure the mind. When Carl Jung applied the science of reading mind into the art of Mandala, he supposedly thought that he has found a way to fathom the heart of the matter, the mind. But are the Indian Mandalas and Jungian Mandalas one and the same thing? What are the commonalities and dissimilarities in the philosophical and psychological evolution of the western-mind and the Spiritual and Personal evolution of the Eastern (Indian) mind?

How the abstract and minimalist art of the western contemporary art practice reached its present position from traditional Judeo-Christian symbolic routes and practices? How Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, Donald Judd and Dan Graham are psychologically closer to the artistic self of Indian Mandala artists yet far from the ‘being’ of their art making processes? If Carl Jung came closer to the psychological self of his patient through a Mandala drawing, why psychoanalysis never fathomed eastern religious practices (leave alone tribal religious practices)?

How science is ‘being’ personified, to an Indian Mandala artist? How the art of geometry is the extension of his inner body?

What is a Temple in India? Why do the erotic sculptures of a Hindu temple outside of the Temple and the Linga inside? What is Sri Yantra? Are sex and creativity one and the same thing? Sex is an artistic release to
a western artist and to a Mandala painter, yet how do they differ in their art making processes?

One thousand questions, ….and the answer is the creative art workshop, slide lecture and video presentation by E. Singh, a multidisciplinary artist from India living and practicing his art in New York. Come and join the ‘visual art rendezvous with E. Singh’ in knowing the similarities and differences between Indian Mandalas and Jungian Mandalas.

Participants in this Forum included Ray Coutant, Philosopher, PhD. Communications, Delaware; Prof. Robert J. Cuneo MFA, arts educator, University of Bridgeport (retired); Mariellen Champdelaine, artist.
  For further information and email subscription, please contact:
Project organizer: Johnes Ruta, independent curator,
Art Director New Haven Free Public Library.
  Go to 2010 Symposium page

This is the 5th in a series of symposia which began in May, 2001:
Gnosis in the Western esoteric tradition

A Philosophical Forum - lectures on video & audio
Sunday, October 24, 2010

Alchemist's Brunch -- Sunday, December 2, 2007
Philosophy Mythology Science

"Ancient Forum 2004": Sunday June 20, 2004

PART ONE -- Saturday & Sunday, May 26-27, 2001

PART TWO -- Saturday & Sunday, November 3 -4, 2001