For it is a Human Number

“Pythagoras and his followers wrote the precepts of their doctrines in cubical arrangement,” we read in Vitruvius’ De Architectura (Book V, Preface), “the cube containing two hundred and sixteen verses, of which they thought that not more than three should be allotted to any one precept.”

Notably, 216 is the result of 6 raised to the third power. Ever since the ancient Chaldeans, the number 6 represented the act of creation, so it was considered to be the perfect number. Again, among the Platonic Solids described in Timaeus is the Cube, a congruent and regular six-square-face polygon, is representative of “Earth” though with a deeper significance. Continue reading “For it is a Human Number”

The Return of Odin — An Interview With author Richard Rudgley

In the latest Phalanx podcast we speak with author and TV presenter Richard Rudgley on his latest book, The Return of Odin: The Modern Renaissance of Pagan Imagination (Inner Traditions 2018 — note: this is a revised edition of his earlier work Pagan Resurrection: A Force for Evil or the Future of Western Spirituality?).

You can find The Return of Odin here. Richard’s other books include The Alchemy of Culture: Intoxicants in SocietyThe Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age and Barbarians. Continue reading “The Return of Odin — An Interview With author Richard Rudgley”

Three Ancient Greek Texts for the Warrior-Philosopher

Within the vast surviving body of ancient Greek texts, the philosopher-warrior can find a wealth of knowledge on the art of war and self-initiation through philosophy. Since the Greeks are not known to have written manuals or how-to books, but intentionally veiled their secrets and truths across multiple texts, I have carefully selected three that when put together meaningfully contribute towards both the warrior and the philosophical path. In approaching this vast topic, I categorized the material not in a chronological, but in a dramatic order. This order also follows the Platonic thought of the three parts of the human soul (appetite, spirit and reason), with the aim to cultivate the corresponding virtues (temperance, courage, and wisdom) and for the mutual harmony between soul and body. Continue reading “Three Ancient Greek Texts for the Warrior-Philosopher”