I have an abiding interest in the history of ideas. I've always been intrigued by the conversion of the northern European peoples to Christianity, in the Renaissance, and in the Reformation.
Over years of research, I discovered that a large piece of the historical puzzle is missing from the orthodox history of these revolutions. During my research, I periodically stumbled over references to the occult and to the Western Esoteric tradition. The strange and wonderful ideas in this tradition were elusive. I came from a very pragmatic background: an education in physics, and years of work as an engineer. Hence, it took several years of study and rumination on mythology for my thinking to shift from a merely analytical approach to a more comprehensive method of investigating the place of mankind in the universe.
There's a subtle structure to the Greek myths, the Roman myths, the Norse myths, and Egyptian mythology. These mythological ideas are, from my point of view, like a decoder ring for trying to understand the world in poetical and mystical terms. This type of understanding is a way of escaping the limitations of reason and logic.
I am just beginning to explore these ideas through fiction. I'm attempting to write stories that are entertaining and engaging, but still taps into this wellspring of knowledge.
on Feb. 11, 2016 :
Very well executed. The story starts slow, there is a well know (to the characters) event in the past, but the reader does not learn it until the time is right. Great story line and delivery. When I finished reading it was leaning towards a 4 star review, but the story kept retelling it's self in my mind over the next few days, so 5 stars.
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