Chapter 11 Acknowledgments and Further Reading

11.1 Acknowledgments

When I started praying to Bast at the age of nine, and at ten when my parents first brought me to Circle, the world was very different. As a kid, my dad would take me to the mall to Waldenbooks, where I perused the spirituality section (all four shelves) and the discount books on display at the front of the store. My mother would take me to the Opened Book in Hannibal, MO, where I purchased ritual supplies and books.

As most children do, I acquired most of those early items by pleading; when I was 15 and able to work, I used my pocket money. The community in the Hannibal, MO, area was the best thing that happened to me as a child, a bright star. I dearly hope that everyone who knew me as a child, teen, and young adult forgives my embarrassing flaws and accepts my gratitude. I am extremely thankful for the communities of affinity I have fallen into over the past few years — while many have lamented the pandemic for a lack of closeness, Zoom has brought me to so many amazing people. You know who you are if you are reading this. I also acknowledge my more recent interlocutors on the blogosphere and other text-based online venues — we are all taking a journey together, as parasocial as it may be, regardless of how well we know each other. Growth by fire.

Outside of family and community, I have the authors of the books I have devoured over the course of my life to thank. Most of these books are long gone, decluttered when I downsized to move to my current city. The items below are the best I have to offer by way of a reference list, as a supplement to the direct hyperlinks I made in the Soul’s Inner Statues itself. The works hyperlinked in the text or referenced below represent what was most on my mind while I was writing. The core scaffolding of the Soul’s Inner Statues came from blog posts published on KALLISTI and its predecessor (also named KALLISTI) between 2009 and 2022.

Link rot is real, so if any of the links go somewhere else, please use the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine at https://archive.org

11.2 References

ACRL. “Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.” Text. Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), February 9, 2015. https://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework

Addey, Tim. The Unfolding Wings: The Way of Perfection in the Platonic Tradition. Westbury, 2011.

Anonymous. Anonymous Prolegomena to Platonic Philosophy. Translated by L. G. Westerink. 1994th edition. Dilton Marsh, Westbury: Prometheus Trust, 1753. https://kindredstarbooks.com/products/anonymous-prolegomena-to-platonic-philosophy

Aristotle. Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. University of Chicago Press, 2012.

Avins, Jenni, and Quartz. “The Dos and Don’ts of Cultural Appropriation.” The Atlantic (blog), October 20, 2015. https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/10/the-dos-and-donts-of-cultural-appropriation/411292/

Bernstein, Frances. Classical Living: A Month to Month Guide to Ancient Rituals for Heart and Home. 1st edition. San Francisco: HarperOne, 2000.

Bryant, Edwin F. Yoga Sutras of Patañjali. First edition. New York: North Point Press, 2009.

Butler, Edward P. “Noēseis Archives.” Polytheist.Com: Noēsis (blog). Accessed March 8, 2022. http://polytheist.com/noeseis/

——— “On Gods ‘Behaving Badly.’” Endymion’s Bower (blog), May 10, 2019. https://endymions-bower.dreamwidth.org/57262.html

———. The Way of the Gods: Polytheism(s) Around the World, Forthcoming.

Clarke, Emma C., John M. Dillon, and Jackson P. Hershbell. Iamblichus: On the Mysteries. Bilingual edition. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2003.

Clear, James. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones. Illustrated edition. New York: Avery, 2018.

Gaifman, Milette. The Art of Libation in Classical Athens. Illustrated edition. New Haven Connecticut: Yale University Press, 2018.

Gerson, Lloyd P., George Boys-Stones, John M. Dillon, R. A. H. King, Andrew Smith, and James Wilberding, trans. Plotinus: The Enneads. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Harland, Philip A. “Graffito for Apollo by the Boreikian Society (ca. 300 BCE).” Associations in the Greco-Roman World: An Expanding Collection of Inscriptions, Papyri, and Other Sources in Translation (blog). Accessed July 16, 2022. http://philipharland.com/greco-roman-associations/dedication-to-bios-life-by-the-boreikian-society-300-bce/

Rugnetta, Mike and Kornhaber Brown. Hell Is Quoting Other People | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios, 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzYPUP6LR5Y

Hermias. Hermias: On Plato Phaedrus 227A–245E. Translated by Michael Share and Dirk Baltzly. Ancient Commentators on Aristotle. Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.

Hoffner, Cynthia A., and Bradley J. Bond. “Parasocial Relationships, Social Media, & Well-Being.” Current Opinion in Psychology 45 (June 1, 2022): 101306. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2022.101306

“Household Deity.” In Wikipedia, July 9, 2022. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Household_deity&oldid=1097197400

Iamblichus. Iamblichus’ Life of Pythagoras, or Pythagoric Life Accompanied by Fragments of the Ethical Writings of Certain Pythagoreans in the Doric Dialect; and a Collection of Pythagoric Sentences from Stobaeus and Others, Which Are Omitted by Gale in His Opuscula Mythologica, and Have Not Been Noticed by Any Editor. Translated by Thomas Taylor, 2020. https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/63300

Jarzyna, Carol Laurent. “Parasocial Interaction, the COVID-19 Quarantine, and Digital Age Media.” Human Arenas 4, no. 3 (September 1, 2021): 413–29. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42087-020-00156-0

Johnsen, Linda. Lost Masters: Sages of Ancient Greece. Honesdale, PA: Himalayan Institute Press, 2007.

Laërtius, Diogenes. “Lives of the Eminent Philosophers.” Translated by Robert Drew Hicks, 1925. Wikisource.

Layne, Danielle A. “The Anonymous Prolegomena to Platonic Philosophy.” Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Plato in Antiquity, October 11, 2017, 533–54. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004355385_031

Layne, Danielle A. “The Character of Socrates and the Good of Dialogue Form: Neoplatonic Hermeneutics.” In The Neoplatonic Socrates, edited by Harold Tarrant and Danielle A Layne, 80–96. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014.

Mandell, Mindy. Discovering the Beauty of Wisdom. Prometheus Trust, 2020.

Meshi, Dar, and Morgan E. Ellithorpe. “Problematic Social Media Use and Social Support Received in Real-Life versus on Social Media: Associations with Depression, Anxiety and Social Isolation.” Addictive Behaviors 119 (August 1, 2021): 106949. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2021.106949

Moore, Meido. Hidden Zen: Practices for Sudden Awakening and Embodied Realization. Boulder, Colorado: Shambhala, 2020.

Nabarz, Payam. Stellar Magic: A Practical Guide to the Rites of the Moon, Planets, Stars and Constellations. London: Avalonia, 2009.

Newport, Cal. Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World. New York: Portfolio, 2019.

Nordvig, Mathias. Ásatrú for Beginners: A Modern Heathen’s Guide to the Ancient Northern Way. Emeryville, CA: Rockridge Press, 2020.

Olympiodorus. Olympiodorus : Life of Plato and On Plato First Alcibiades 1-9. Edited by Richard Sorabji and Michael Griffin. Translated by Michael Griffin. Ancient Commentators on Aristotle. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015. https://doi.org/10.5040/9781474220286

Petrovic, Andrej, and Ivana Petrovic. Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion: Volume I: Early Greek Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198768043.001.0001

Plato. Plato: Laws. Edited by Malcolm Schofield. Translated by Tom Griffith. First Edition. Cambridge, United Kingdom; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Proclus. On the Existence of Evils. Translated by Jan Opsomer and Carlos G. Steel. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003.

———. Proclus: Commentary on Plato’s Timaeus: Volume 5, Book 4. Translated by Dirk Baltzly. Cambridge University Press, 2013.

———. The Six Books of Proclus, the Platonic Successor, on the Theology of Plato. Translated by Thomas Taylor. Frome, Somerset, UK: Prometheus Trust, 1995. https://kindredstarbooks.com/products/proclus-theology-of-plato-thomas-taylor-series-volume-viii

———. Ten Problems Concerning Providence. Translated by Jan Opsomer and Carlos G. Steel. London: Bristol Classical Press, 2012. https://doi.org/10.5040/9781472552143

———. On Providence. Translated by Carlos G. Steel Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2007. http://books.google.com/books?id=ZV8EAQAAIAAJ

Raheem, Octavia F. Pause, Rest, Be: Stillness Practices for Courage in Times of Change. Boulder, Colorado: Shambhala, 2022.

Rumi, Jalaluddin. “The Guest House by Jalaluddin Rumi.” Scottish Poetry Library (blog). Accessed July 16, 2022. https://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poem/guest-house/

Sallustius. “Sallustius On the Gods and the World.” Translated by Thomas Taylor, n.d. Wikisource.

Syrianus. Syrianus: On Aristotle Metaphysics 13-14. Edited by Richard Sorabji. Translated by John Dillon. London: Bristol Classical Press, 2007.

Upadhyaya, Nidhi. “Young Hindus Get Creative with Home Temples in Cramped Apartments.” Religion News Service (blog), October 13, 2021. https://religionnews.com/2021/10/13/millennial-hindus-get-creative-with-home-temples-in-cramped-apartments/

Valkenburg, Patti M. “Social Media Use and Well-Being: What We Know and What We Need to Know.” Current Opinion in Psychology 45 (June 1, 2022): 101294. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2021.12.006

Wijeyakumar, Anusha. Meditation with Intention: Quick & Easy Ways to Create Lasting Peace. Woodbury, Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications, 2021.

Wildermuth, Rhyd. “A Plague of Gods: Cultural Appropriation and the Resurgent Left Sacred.” A Beautiful Resistance (blog), June 3, 2021. https://abeautifulresistance.org/site/2021/6/03/plague-of-gods

11.3 Further Reading

In library science, we do something called “reader’s advisory” — a jargon term for connecting readers to books they want. The list below includes resources from the bibliography above that are useful for further reading for a newcomer, in addition to some things that I have not read that seem like they would be a helpful next step for someone beginning a ritual practice. These include books, websites, and some video media.

Addey, Tim. The Unfolding Wings: The Way of Perfection in the Platonic Tradition. Westbury: Prometheus Trust, 2011.

Bernstein, Frances. Classical Living: A Month to Month Guide to Ancient Rituals for Heart and Home. 1st edition. San Francisco: HarperOne, 2000.

Epstein, Nadine, and Rosita Arvigo. Spiritual Bathing: Healing Rituals and Traditions from Around the World. Reprint, Revised ed. edition. Echo Point Books & Media, 2018.

Heidi. “Smoke Cleansing Around the World.” Mountain Rose Herbs (blog), July 26, 2021. https://blog.mountainroseherbs.com/smoke-cleansing

“Household Deity.” In Wikipedia, July 9, 2022. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Household_deity&oldid=1097197400

Johnsen, Linda. Lost Masters: Sages of Ancient Greece. Honesdale, PA: Himalayan Institute Press, 2007.

Mandell, Mindy. Discovering the Beauty of Wisdom. Prometheus Trust, 2020.

Nolan, Barbara. A Year of Pagan Prayer: A Sourcebook of Poems, Hymns, and Invocations from Four Thousand Years of Pagan History. Woodbury, Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications, 2021.

Nordvig, Mathias. Ásatrú for Beginners: A Modern Heathen’s Guide to the Ancient Northern Way. Emeryville, CA: Rockridge Press, 2020.

Pennick, Nigel. The Pagan Book of Days: A Guide to the Festivals, Traditions, and Sacred Days of the Year. Revised edition. Rochester, Vt: Destiny Books, 2001.

Raheem, Octavia F. Pause, Rest, Be: Stillness Practices for Courage in Times of Change. Boulder, Colorado: Shambhala, 2022.

Omland, Correne. Smoke Cleansing: What It Is and How to Perform It, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oFzD2ByB4o

Solstice. The Earth Spirit Hearth and Home: A Seasonal Guide for a Nature-Based Home. Grove City: Earth Spirit Press, 2022.

Temperance, Elani. “Khernips Purification Masterpost.” Baring the Aegis (blog), May 2016. http://baringtheaegis.blogspot.com/2016/05/khernips-masterpost.html

Wijeyakumar, Anusha. Meditation with Intention: Quick & Easy Ways to Create Lasting Peace. Woodbury, Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications, 2021.

Wildermuth, Rhyd. Being Pagan: A Guide to Re-Enchant Your Life. Ritona, 2021.