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Aerden [userpic]
Lessons Professor Snape Taught Me

I'm in love. I have found the works of .logospilgrim.

How can I not love essays on mysticism and Severus Snape, all in one package? I wonder if sistermagpie has read these? I can't wait until payday, when I will buy them! Alas, they are not in the Kindle. *whines*

hp_snape should read these, if he hasn't, already. I think he would appreciate them a lot.

Current Mood: enthralledenthralled

Goodness... Thank you so much for your very kind words. I hardly know what to say! :-)

I am hopeful that my next book of rambles, The Severus Snape Paradigm: Outcast, Rebel, Hero will be, um, not too bad... My mysticism seems to expand and become more radical as the years go by!

I was so very stunned to find your books. I read The Cloud of Unknowing in my twenties, and it was revelatory for me. It answered all the questions I had ever had about religion in so clear, simple, and beautiful a way that I was breath-taken. To this day, it remains my very favorite book, and it is, in my opinion, the best book ever written on this planet.

The Cloud fueled my desire to learn more about mysticism. I explored Elaine Pagels, some of Meister Eckhart, Paul Evdokimov, Dionysius the Areopagite, Julian of Norwich, and Angela of Foligno. All of these books are filled with beauty and wisdom which ring true for me, and I know that they describe the path I want to follow, even though I am nominally Wiccan. Fortunately, both Wicca and mysticism are on friendly terms with each other.

But, among all of this high-falutin' stuff, I am also an admirer of Severus Snape, so I was over-joyed to find that someone more knowledgeable about mysticism than I had written books and delved into the deeper layers of him. I'm really looking forward to December 1. It's hell getting paid only once a month.

Welcome to my journal!

Chantal, aka Aerden

I think we would have many fascinating conversations were we ever to meet, most beloved! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your warm welcome, and thank you for sharing part of your journey with me :-)

I hope that my scribblings will be a source of comfort to you... I am not sure I am more knowledgeable than you, though! I just cannot help rambling when it comes to hope and love... I ramble and hope for the best!

When I wrote my two first books of essays, I was Orthodox, but after almost ten years, my own spiritual journey took me elsewhere... My mysticism demanded a more pluralistic outlook. The beauty of Orthodox theology, in particular its emphasis upon spiritual healing, remains with me, but my ardent desire for universal Oneness led me to embrace religious syncretism. My greatest influences are Taoism (I quoted from the Tao Te Ching at length in both Bring forth the best robes and The flawed master, actually), Wicca (this is a recent development!) and Gnosticism (especially in the sense that I believe esoteric understanding is more vital than surface exotericism, which I find limiting, divisive and incomplete).

I wish to be at One with everything and everyone, and comfort the broken-hearted :-)

I so love to write about Professor Snape and the mystical truth he embodies... He is an ever flowing fount of inspiration to me. Throughout all my struggles, he has taught me a lot, and helped me hold on to my vision. I am very much looking forward to writing my next book, which will reflect all that I have experienced these past two years or so.