The most prominent real-life magus of the Renaissance was Doctor John Dee.
John Dee was an English polymath of the 1500s. Doctor Dee was an accomplished mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, occultist, and alchemist.
Dee is one of the most respected Elizabethan scientists. Still, he has been denounced as a quack because he had been actively interested in astrology and alchemy.
Dee’s interest and skill in astrology made him Queen Elizabeth’s astrologer and advisor. This status gave him the ability to build a well-equipped laboratory. There he conducted many scientific experiments. …
Hermes Trismegistus was an Egyptian sage. He is the custodian of wisdom, learning, and literature.
He is known as “Thrice-Greatest” due to his immense learning and rank as Philosopher, Priest, and King. The ancient Greeks considered him the Egyptian God Thoth.
His teachings deal with astrology, education, ritual, and medicine.
He is the author of the Hermetic Corpus. These are the sacred texts that are the basis of Hermeticism. These mystical texts describe how, through self-knowledge, a person can ascend to the divine.
Hermeticism is the esoteric tradition based primarily upon writings of thrice-great Hermes. His writings have greatly influenced the Western intellectual tradition and provided crucial inspiration during both the Renaissance and the Reformation. …
Henry Kaiser was the greatest industrialist of the 20th century.
He built the Hoover Dam, one of the most incredible construction projects ever, that electrified the west and made Las Vegas possible.
He was in charge of building the Liberty Ships during World War II and turned out ships in record number by creating innovative build processes with pre-fabricated sections. These ships turned the tide of WWII.
He salvaged trolley systems for his shipyards to transport workers efficiently from the housing he created.
These trolley car public transportation systems were languishing until Kaiser repurposed them. They had been bought up from corrupt city officials by General Motors. GM then removed them. They planned to eradicate public transportation and increase demand for their cars (an amazing tale in its own right!). …
I am fascinated by the idea of lost knowledge. There were ways of understanding and manipulating the world that once were prized and practiced.
The Repositories and Practitioners of Occult Knowledge are fascinating.
We have much to be grateful for living in the modern world. Science and technology have brought us great benefits. Life is no longer need be nasty, brutish, and short.
We live in times where we wield unprecedented power over our surroundings, and much seems possible in the future.
In 1962 science fiction writer Arthur C. …
There is no limit on being better. Natural talent is unfairly distributed, but there is no limit on how much we can improve wherever we start.
“Do not think that what is hard for you to master is humanly impossible; and if it is humanly possible, consider it to be within your reach.” — Marcus Aurelius
“Small steps have no competition in personal development — their unflinching effectiveness embarrasses every other strategy,” writes Stephen Guise.
It’s important not to compare yourself to others. Comparison is the death of joy. There will always be someone you think is “better.” …
The pursuit of self actualization.
How do we pick the course of our lives? How do we know where to put our efforts? What will make the most significant contribution to society and personal success?
Life is lived forward but is only understood in retrospect, looking back. We can only connect the dots looking back.
In retrospect, every profound discovery looks obvious.
How do we choose what to pursue in life if we aspire to do something meaningful and fulfill our purpose?
These big questions have always concerned thoughtful searching people.
“Every moment of one’s existence, one is growing into more or retreating into less.” …
There is a popular acronym for keeping it simple: KISS.
KISS stands for: Keep It Simple Stupid
I never understood or liked the stupid at the end. Is it to scold you for not keeping it simple? It just seems like it’s bolted on to make the acronym work.
You don’t need to fill in that last “s” in KISS. I like to make it even simpler and remove the bullying critical negativity: just KIS: Keep It Simple. (and also keep it kind.)
Keeping things simple can help us get over the inertia of starting something. …
We talk a lot here about making money on this platform and how to monetize our social media. This pragmatism is all well and good. We all need to eat, and if we can support ourselves with the products of our minds and ideas, then the world can become a better place. I wanted to shift the focus for a moment to the satisfaction we receive that transcends cash.
I got a comment the other day on one of my posts, and it stuck with me. It elevated me. Every comment I receive sticks with me.
Most of my comments are positive. I don’t tend to attract trolls. I guess it’s because I don’t write about controversial topics. I think about them, but I don’t write about them. …
Let’s examine interpersonal skills. You will need the help of others in order to fulfill your dreams.
Here is a question for you:
Who can you collaborate with to make things easier?
Leadership and management skills are how to conduct the orchestra of your life.
• Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible.
• The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.
• The manager operates within the status quo; the leader challenges it.
• The manager has his eye on the bottom line; the leader has his eye on the horizon. …
Keep it simple.
There are four areas to keep in mind when you are analyzing a business proposal or business performance, or when questioning the direction of your destiny for that matter:
Strategy: develop and articulate clear and compelling goals.
Structure: are we organized to fulfill those goals?
People: do we have the right people and capabilities to meet our goals
Process: do we have the operations and supply chains we need to meet our target goals. Can we improve them?
Keep it Simple. Keep it Clear.
Much of effective communication and leadership hinges on clarity.