Orphic – Ludic – Kalon


The first is “orphic,” defined as “having an importance or meaning not apparent to the senses nor comprehensible to the intellect; beyond ordinary understanding.”  Of or relating to Orpheus or the rites or doctrines ascribed to him. 2 : mystic, oracular. 3 : fascinating, entrancing.

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“To Selene (Moon)

Hear, Goddess queen, diffusing silver light, bull-horn’d and wand’ring thro’ the gloom of Night.
With stars surrounded, and with circuit wide Night’s torch extending, thro’ the heav’ns you ride:
Female and Male with borrow’d rays you shine, and now full-orb’d, now tending to decline.
Mother of ages, fruit-producing Moon [Mene], whose amber orb makes Night’s reflected noon:
Lover of horses, splendid, queen of Night, all-seeing pow’r bedeck’d with starry light.
Lover of vigilance, the foe of strife, in peace rejoicing, and a prudent life:
Fair lamp of Night, its ornament and friend, who giv’st to Nature’s works their destin’d end.
Queen of the stars, all-wife Diana hail! Deck’d with a graceful robe and shining veil;
Come, blessed Goddess, prudent, starry, bright, come moony-lamp with chaste and splendid light,
Shine on these sacred rites with prosp’rous rays, and pleas’d accept thy suppliant’s mystic praise.”
― Orpheus

Here’s the second word: “ludic,” which means “playful; full of fun and high spirits.”  ludic \LOO-dik\ adjective. : of, relating to, or characterized by play : playful.

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“Non-instrumental, playful behavior thrives on a continuing negotiation with the various forms of discipline, exploitation and spectacle which constitute the contemporary city. Play concentrates attention on practices which have a dialectical relation to the order, fixity and functional and semiotic determinism of built form.”
― Quentin Stevens, The Ludic City: Exploring the Potential of Public Spaces

The third word is “kalon,” which refers to “profound, thorough beauty.”  the ideal of physical and moral beauty especially as conceived by the philosophers of classical Greece.

The branches of the trees that wave to me in the subtle winds make me rejoice and feel at one with Mother Nature. Mark J. Stevens, Luisa’s Nature

“When the inner beauty exceeds the outward beauty–it creates a magical dance in the heart.”  ~~ Angie Karan.

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attitude, experiments, adventures: Playful; The Mystic Cave; MYSTIC ORB; mystic waters; Playful Sea Lions; Listening to the silence; Know; Mystic Castle; Mystic Reinefjorden; The strong yet playful wind; Soothe Mystics; Her Worth!Be curious.  Be genuine.  Be playful.; Decisions in nature; The Short Tale of Lo Zu and the Toad Warts…; Message from light to color of life; moths; I’ve Been Doing Even More Thinking about Thinking

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