Temet Nosce

Piecing together the puzzle of mythology and the human condition

What Is “Temet Nosce?”

Posted on May 1st, 2012 by Thomas Ryan

For those who didn’t attend a Jesuit law school or never personally knew Solon of Athens, the phrase temet nosce is Latin for “Know thy self.” Well, at least according to the Wachowski Brothers.

Unfortunately, the web domain nosceteipsum.org was already registered and I never went to Marquette either, so cut me some slack.

Whatever the proper translation, it is an ancient maxim and the core teaching of all religions, mystery schools, and philosophies: the inward search for wisdom and enlightenment.

As it pertains to this website, my purpose here is to document and share my ruminations on the subjects of spirituality and alchemy, science and the occult, the ancient and the modern, the interrelations between the twain (not to be confused with Creation Science), and to open discussions thereof. And hopefully to do it all without coming off as completely kooky. My ultimate intent is that the reader will find this site both intellectually rewarding and personally uplifting.

“Know then thyself, presume not God to scan,
The proper study of mankind is man.”
— Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man