Sunday, May 12, 2013

Blavatsky News

*  Another indicator of Blavatsky’s permeation in contemporary culture can be seen in the following reference to her in a sports column. Yahoo Sports, under the headline, “Behind the Box Score, where the playoffs have begun and the Clippers are up one,” carried a report on the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks which ended with New York winning 85, Boston 78.

And because this was a Boston/New York game, both teams regressed in a way that would make Helena Blavatsky proud. 

Occult Notebook of Xul Solar
*  An exhibition in New York on the Argentine artist Xul Solar (Oscar Agustín Alejandro Schulz Solari), “Xul Solar and Jorge Luis Borges: The Art of Friendship,” looks at “the intellectual exchange between the mystic artist Xul Solar (1887-1963) and the writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1985.) The Art of Friendship focuses on the fraternal dialogue and collaborations between Solar and Borges, the most singular cultural figures in Buenos Aires in the twentieth century who contributed to the philosophical and aesthetic renewal in Argentina in the 1920s by cultivating a form of ‘fluid nationalism’.”  The program notes: 

Xul Solar lived in Europe between the years 1918 and 1923 and during this time he studied the works of H. P. Blavatsky, Emanuel Swedenborg and William Blake among others who informed his interest in theosophy, spiritualism and astrology.

The exhibition at the Americas Society in New York runs from April 18 to July 20, 2013.

* A number of recent programs in the U.S. relating to the Blavatsky are worth noting: Paul Ivey’s presentation on his book Radiance from Halcyon, a history of the Temple of the People, at the historic IOOF Hall at 128 Bridge Street in Arroyo Grande, California, on Friday May 3. Michael Gomes’s weeklong seminar at the Krotona School of Theosophy, May 7 to 10, on Blavatsky’s Esoteric Instructions, commemorating the 125 anniversary of her School. David and Nancy Reigle will be giving a three day workshop, June 14-16, 2013, on the Book of Dzyan at the Ozark Theosophical Camp and Education Center in Sulphur Springs, Arkansas. The Reigles have spent the past 30 years looking into the origins of the Book of Dzyan and have contributed enormously to our understanding of the matter. Their program can be seen here.

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