Tuesday, April 19, 2005

starting out

To start with, I want to explain the site name and the themes I want to explore. AlchemiZade is a concatenation of alchemy and Scheherazade (or Shahrazad), the storyteller of the 1001 Arabian Nights. My interest in alchemy stems from the work of Carl Jung, so I approach it as a psychospiritual discipline. I view Scheherazade as a kind of soror mystica or femme inspiratrice to her husband the king. That is, she guided him, through a long series of tales, out of the cruel and tyrannical state of mind that would have each new bride executed after just one wedding night.


male and female alchemists working together
male and female alchemists
working together


Scheherazade telling her stories to the Sultan and her sister Dinarzade
Scheherazade telling her
stories to the Sultan
and her sister Dinarzade


I also have an interest in gnosticism and in sufism, especially as expressed by Jalal al-Din Rumi in his poetic works, so the Arab or Islamic connection also resonates for me. Spiritually, I consider myself to be a neo-gnostic.

Finally, I am a woman and a feminist and I continue to struggle to make sense of a woman's place in the world. I ask questions but I have no neat answers.



This blog was begun as a project to explore Story-Systems.
 

2 Comments:

At Sunday, 07 November, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's pretty crazy, Before I found this blog, I started reading arabian nights entertainments, and I also had an interest in sufi poetry by Rumi and Hafiz. I also bought the nag hammadi scriptures and was getting interested in Gnosticism.

 
At Sunday, 07 November, 2010, Blogger Arizona said...

Good luck with your reading in these areas. I'm sure you'll find it most rewarding.

 

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