Movie Review Agora by Dawn Thomas
Hypatia , Imbolc , Movie , Rachel Weisz , The Oracle , Uncategorized / February 1, 2014

Movie Review Agora by Dawn ThomasReleased: 2010Production Co: Mod Producciones, Himenóptero, Telecinco CinemaRuntime: 127 minutes Cast:Rachel Weisz as HypatiaOscar Isaac as OrestesRupert Evans as SynesiusManuel Cauchi as TheophilusMax Minghella as DavusMichael Lonsdale as TheonSami Samir as Cyril The movie begins in the year 391 CE. Hypatia (Rachel Weisz) was teaching a class of young male mathematics and astronomy in the Library of Alexandria. Several of her students had converted to Christianity. During class we hear one student, Orestes (played by Oscar Isaac), confronting a Christian student, Syneisus (played by Rupert Evans). Hypatia puts an end to the disagreement. She tells them they are all the same. Outside of the library a conflict is growing. One of the Parabalani (a Christian brotherhood), Theophilus (played by Manuel Cauchi), challenged a Pagan to walk through fire. He said his God would protect him if we walked through so why should the Pagan be afraid to walk through the fire. He asks the man if he is afraid his Gods would not protect him. The Christian walks quickly through the fire but when the Pagan is pushed into the fire, he stumbles and flames ignite his robes and he gets burned. The crowd did…

Book Review The Wisdom of Hypatia by Bruce J. MacLennan, PhD

Book Review The Wisdom of Hypatia by Bruce J. MacLennan, PhD 384 pages Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (December 8, 2013) ISBN-10: 073873599X ISBN-13: 978-0738735993 Nonfiction (adult), Religion & Spirituality In following the theme of Hypatia, I was excited to include this book. I enjoy reading books on philosophy and this book did not disappoint me. The book is divided into four parts and is designed to be used as a nine-month program. Each part includes different subjects along with exercises. The exercises are meant to be practices before moving to the next topic. The author compares training for an Ironman competition to practicing the exercises. He states you wouldn’t begin the competition without the necessary training and the exercises should be approached in the same manner. Below are the four parts. Part I Preliminaries This section of the book goes into detail about the three degrees of wisdom—The Garden, the Porch, and the Grove along with a brief history of philosophy. The author mentions several times this book is not written to be a history of philosophy. He mentions several books for more information on the subject. Part II. The First Degree of Wisdom is represented by Epicureanism which seeks tranquility…

Book Review: The Undiscovered Goddess by Michelle Colston
Fiction , Imbolc , Literature , Spirituality , Uncategorized / February 1, 2014

The Undiscovered Goddess by Michelle ColstonBook Review by Dawn Thomas 326 pagesPublisher: Michelle Colston (August 13, 2012)ISBN-10: 0985323906ISBN-13: 978-0985323905Literature/Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction When I read the blurb about the book I knew it was going to be great. The story opens with a glass of wine and a quiz in a magazine. The result of the quiz was just the beginning of the story. She finds out she is “stylish but shallow.” Who would want to have those results? This leads her on a life changing quest which takes place over the course of a year. We travel with her through the book exploring the 16 Lessons in the workbook, Discover Your Inner Goddess! A beginner’s Guide to Getting in Touch with Your True Self by Devi Phoenix. Each lesson gives instructions for the reader to follow. I found myself following along and although I didn’t participate in a juice cleanse or take up yoga; I could see myself making small changes in my life. I took my time reading the book so I could spend time with each lesson. In the book, the writer makes daily journal entries. Reading her thoughts and comments, whether sarcastic or sincere, make the…