So in the Academic world, they have all these conferences about very specific things. And you wouldn’t think they’d have a conference about certain things, but they do. Occasionally I get word of one, and if I think it’s something you might be interested in, I’ll post it here.
If you would like to go to an academic conference, you must submit whatever the Call is asking for, usually an abstract with a certain word length on a range of topics. If you submit it to them like they ask for, you might get in! Remember to only submit abstracts or submissions to conferences you will actually be able to attend–they don’t pay for your transportation or anything.
That said, consider this conference:
CALL FOR POEMS for the
ESOTERIC POETRY INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION email@example.com
YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND short poems of up to eight lines (not including the title) on an esoteric subject. These may refer in a general sense to `inner’ knowledge, this may be esoteric in the sense of inner knowledge as in:
but may also be understood in relation to the experience of seeking an understanding of an unending number of life’s challenges or disciplines: justice, plumbing, child rearing and the perfect omelette spring to mind.
Poems may for example reveal hitherto unknown secrets, conceal them, or relate to the subject matter in another way. All poems will be judged solely on literary merit
Competition sponsored by
The Cambridge Centre for the study of Western Esotericism
In conjunction with Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge, UK
and Waterloo Press www.waterloopresshove.co.uk
ENTRY PAGE for details of terms and conditions and how to enter.
SEE RESULTS AND PRIZE GIVING PAGE
Prize winners will be announced at Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge, UK
Thursday 18th November 2010 and on this website later that evening and by email the following day. Winners unable to attend the heffers prize-giving evening at heffers will be sent their prizes via paypal in GBP.
CLOSING DATE FOR ONLINE ENTRIES: 15 SEPTEMBER, 2010 midnight GMT
see JUDGES PAGE for details of the judges
contact: Sophia Wellbeloved: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director, The Cambridge Centre for the study of Western Esotericism
CCWE is independent of any academic or esoteric communities, the co-ordinators share an interest in the need for a wider dialogue between scholars and practitioners in the field of Western Esotericism and in the establishment of a secular space in which an interdisciplinary network can thrive. . From 2009 CCWE has operated within Lighthouse editions Limited, a small publishing company Directors: Dr Sophia Wellbeloved, Jeremy Cranswick – see http://gurdjieffbooks.wordpress.com
Since Valentine was a Saint, I always thought it was weird that Pagans celebrate his holiday. But I suppose it is so secularized that one hardly recognizes it as having any kind of religious overtones.
As a dedicant to Aphrodite (you can’t un-dedicate to her, by the way…), I thought it would be more appropriate to give Her honor. Much of Her traditional worship liturgy has been lost, although she gladly accepts bedroom noises as part of Her worship!
Still, there are more traditional ways. Here are some pieces She remembers:
Strong like the ocean
Gentle as the rain
Wash our tears away
Sea song, sea spray
Love us, we pray
|Throned in splendor, deathless, O Aphrodite,
child of Zeus, charm-fashioner, I entreat you
not with griefs and bitternesses to break my
spirit, O goddess;
standing by me rather, if once before now
chariot to sparrows, who fairly drew you
Swiftly then they came, and you, blessed lady,
what beyond all else I would have befall my
Though she now escape you, she soon will follow;
In such guise come even again and set me
By Sappho, trans. R. Lattimore