+Seraphim (seraphimsigrist) wrote,
+Seraphim
seraphimsigrist

WHY ATLANTIS?

Friends,
Tomorrow evening expect I may visit a Greek restaurant nearby
named Santorini. This is one of the names of an island,also called
Thera or Thira, which is a possible source of Atlantis via the
Platonic myth in the Timaeus. Its lagoon having been created by a
volcanic eruption still remembered in Plato's time.

1.In 2005 I thought to visit Santorini but got diverted, through travel
with friends from Moscow, to Ragusa in Sicily. I doubt very much now
that I will ever visit Santorini... money lacking if nothing else. to be
direct on it. I do not understand it to be an inexpensive place to spend
some days...

2. Of pilgrimage places I suppose I had thought of it as after Glastonbury
which I did visit for a week... that as in relation to the Grail literature.

3.But what can Atlantis represent to the mind and heart? I am thinking
that it represents the Grail of what might have been....

4."[we descended]"...lower still into the winding crypts,
where lay the seven tables of stone found
by Hermes in the Valley of Hebron. On these is
written all the knowledge of the antediluvian
race--the decrees of the stars from the
beginning of time,the annals of a still
earlier world, and all the marvellous
secrets,both of heaven and of earth, which
would have been..."
Thomas Moore. Epicurus.

5."Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden..."
Eliot.

Is that Atlantis for us?

6. and we may consider...
"What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present."

7. Photograph "the Vessel" by James Nicholls.
taken on Santorini.

8.Vessel is Grail isnt it. In this Grail of Atlantis are blended and
reconciled maybe what was and what might have been and what might yet be
and what is ..the redemption of Time. we have maybe sought journeying long
"au recherche du temps perdu". in search of lost Time...

Anyway today this as vision of a Santorini of the heart.
+Seraphim

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  • 7 comments
Lovely piece. Hope you find your Atlantis.
and you, yours :)
The Santorini of the heart is well known for its affordable accommodations. :)
indeed !
Have you seen Umberto Eco's relatively new book on legendary lands? It's a beautiful production, full of color plates, with Eco being his usual interesting self.
no. the last eco I read was foucault's pendulum
which is...25 years? ago
Yeah, it has been a while. I loved that book, probably because my brain naturally looks for surprising connections between disparate things.

The Book of Legendary Lands is a whole other genre of writing, almost encyclopedic in nature. Another good (and recent) book of his is The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, which explores some of the ways in which childhood experiences shape our thinking as adults.