Hegel: Neoplatonist, Hermeticist, prose poet, concealed priest – part 3

materialism, mysticism and art

The rose  in the Rosicrucian cross represents unfolding consciousness. ‘To recognise reason as the rose in the cross of the present and thereby to enjoy the present, this is the rational insight which reconciles us to the actual…’ Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, Preface. The rose in the Rosicrucian cross represents unfolding consciousness. ‘To recognise reason as the rose in the cross of the present and thereby to enjoy the present, this is the rational insight which reconciles us to the actual…’ Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, Preface.

Hegel was true to his mystical heritage even in his advocacy for philosophy as a sanctuary for an isolated order of priests, in retreat from the world, from what Hegel believed to be the failures of the Enlightenment and religious leadership.1 The final paragraph of the Enneads is ‘This is the life of gods and of the godlike and blessed among men, liberation from the alien that besets us here, a life taking no pleasure in the things of earth, the passing of solitary to solitary.’ Armstrong referred to this as ‘the flight of the alone to the Alone.’2

As Proclus did to Plotinus, so…

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