WHY CASTALIAN VISIONS ?

The world of the Gods is a bizarre one. On the one hand, they have very human goals and desires, on the other hand they lack the human option to evolve. Born perfect - from a human point of view - they will eventually perish in that same state.
Allow me to tell you a story from Greek Mythology:

For as far as love matters were concerned, Phoibos Apolloon, the God of solar light and energy, was not always very succesful . One day, he fell in love with Kastalia, a beautiful nymph who lived not far from what was later known as Delphi. Because she knew the fate of women loved by the Gods all too well, she refused his wooing. When He insisted and she saw no other way to escape her fate, she threw herself into a spring.
To Apolloon this meant yet another unrequited love. ( on a sidenote: being also the Father of the Mousai - Muses - and the God of music, could this perhaps be the reason so much music is about longing, desire and love? ) But wanting to show his affection for her, he proclaimed that the spring be named after her and he bestowed upon it the gift of prophecy: everyone who would come in touch with its waters would be inspired by the realms where time is no longer linear and cannot be measured. The Mousai - Muses - are also known as the Kastalides. It is said that the Pythia, the famous oracle of Delphi, bathed in the Kastalian Spring before she started to prophesise.



As I see inspiration as something that lies beyond all possible understanding, it is easy to see why I chose for Castalian Visions.

For those of you who are wondering: there is absolutely no link whatsoever with Timothy Leary's Castalian Foundation. Although I like his "Turn on, tune in, drop out" , I have no special interest in mind-altering chemicals or entheogenics. All they show are the workings of the mind. What we can achieve with, we can also achieve without.

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This ninth incarnation of Castalian Visions was designed, created and hand-coded by Erik Heyninck, except for the javascript items and some code which were found on the Internet on a free to use basis. All images were scanned or photographed by Erik Heyninck except when specifically mentioned. In that case all copyrights belong to their creators.

THANK YOU :

I wish to thank everyone who inspired me with their words, deeds or works, especially all artists who delighted me with their creations.

Special thanks goes to all people who helped me with my bodily survival on this sub-lunar plane.

And a super special thank you goes to the people from my inner circle (you know who you are) and to my friends and soulmates in Bro Ar Re Yaouank, Shamballah and the Makaroon Nesoi, especially Omar Heyninck, Achilles De Vogelaer, Joanna Van Averbeke, Geneviève Gourivaud, Jean-Claude Vialard and Paul Lamberts,...who are now nomads on their way to....
And last but not least: my thanks to you, dear visitor! It is for you that I created this site.
May you be blessed with joy and never ending awesomeness!