***SPOTLIGHT***The Great Neoplatonist, Hypatia of Alexandria

409px-Hypatia_portraitSince we are having a human experience in a female or male body, we each have a right to find the tools to help us to seek the light by digging deep under the rubble of the broken stones.Initiation of the female principle is a fundamental truth in Nature and by adding the male force completes the circle. Throughout the human experience, the one who seeks will find the ‘female mystics,’ that tied us to the Divine in us and in Nature. Most of these stories are hidden,written in stone or on papyrus and sent down from age to age by word of mouth.

***SPOTLIGHT***

Hypatia (370 – 410 CE) was the daughter of the great Theon Alexandricus, who was one of the most eminent scholars of his time—a renowned mathematician and geometrician. She  was a teacher and philosopher and did a great deal of research in astronomy. Very early on she was interested in Neoplatonic mysticism,She was a disciple of Ammonios and so surpassed the thinkers of her time (and according to various accounts, even some of those who preceded her) in knowledge and wisdom that she obtained a chair in mathematics and philosophy at the Platonic school of Alexandria. She had many disciples and instructed them in the sciences which in turn brought her many students that heard of her radiance and sublime reflections. Synesius, a Greek bishop of Ptolemais said she surpassed the apex of speculative knowledge of the day. The more she would bring out of others (or educate) the more light she would bring to her disciples and soon would receive the attention of lower spirits. Her time on the physical plane began to dim when a dissension arose between the archbishop Cyril of Alexandria, who was Hypatia’s friend. Hypatia was blamed for the dissension. One day a small group of fanatical Christians followed her while she was strolling and abducted her. She was brought to a church, beaten to death,flayed, and burned.  We will remember with libations the other women of Platonists  time, Gemina, mother and daughter (disciples of Plotinus), Amphiclea (Iamblichus’s daughter-in-law), Ahmose-Nefertari, Theano (daughter or  wife of Pythagoras).  For ages, women played a huge role in philosophy, alchemy and mysticism. These women truly illuminated their time and lighted the darkness. She once said,”Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child’s mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them.”

 


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