The Sarabite: Towards an Aesthetic Christianity

There is a continuous attraction, beginning with God, going to the world, and ending at last with God, an attraction which returns to the same place where it began as though in a kind of circle. -Marsilio Ficino

Monday, November 19, 2007

De Vino

Onians informs us that in classical Rome it was believed that wine was the very sap of life; indeed, in the words of Petronius, "Vita vinum est" - Life is wine. Onians also observes that wine was believed to go to the head, literally, where the genius or daimon resides. Therefore, wine was not only the source of physical longevity, it was also the nourishment of the soul. The Romans had a curious custom of smearing wine on the temples, a practice Ficino recommends in The Planets. He also advises drinking wine twice a day and taking each day equal portions of wine and light, a mysterious prescription the meaning of which might be apparent when we have considered the Apollonian elements of the soul.

-Thomas Moore, The Planets Within: Marsilio Ficino's Astrological Psychology


At 7:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"In vino veritas"
so maybe you should start blogging drunk or at least a little buzzed

I don't know about your neopaganism and describing the soul through the Greek god Apollo.

The inscription written on the Temple dedicated to Apollo for the Oracle of Delphi reads:
"Know Thyself"

At 7:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are some great Ranchero songs about how great Tequila is.
The ancient indigenous peoples of Mexico had many tales on the sacredness of the aguave and other cactus plants.

At 7:25 AM, Blogger Arturo Vasquez said...

"so maybe you should start blogging drunk or at least a little buzzed"

What makes you think I don't?

At 3:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is your favorite wine?
Good wines in Argentina at the seminary?

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Arturo Vasquez said...

"Good wines in Argentina at the seminary?"

Hell no! They served us wine from a jug! It got you pretty toasted, though.

I am not a connoisseur, but I am fairly partial to a good Merlot.

At 12:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wine from a jug is sometimes the best.
My barber still makes his own (he is Sicilian)
he calls it (no insult intended)
"dago red"
it is the best


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