About the Book
About the Author
Traditionally, the mountains are from whence wisdom is found and dispensed, the homes of the gods,
places we look up to for aspiration and inspiration. Yet there is another direction
emanating insight, which involves a katabasis, from the Ancient Greek,
meaning ‘to go down’, to travel from this world to the underworld. There, the
chthonic gods and goddesses are just as real, just as powerful, and maybe just
a little edgy from being neglected for so long. It is the journey of the
initiate, to die before you die, thence to live twice-born: once of the flesh,
and again of wisdom, sophia.
Katabatic Wind is an inspired collection of essays drawn from the lost unknown
sacred tradition of the West. Using the lens of mythology, pre-Socratic Greek
thought, sacred geometry, and a long essay comparing the West with the Indian
tradition through the characters of Hamlet and Arjuna of the Bhagavad Gita, the
book illumines how these traditions shadow life lived today. The kernel of
these essays is loss, longing for return, and the grief of living in a society
without an inkling of its original sacred origin story.
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