Welcome to the Foyer of The Thinker’s Garden. We invite you to errantly explore the Garden’s grounds, which are loosely modelled after the mnemonic ‘”memory palaces” used by ancient and Early Modern thinkers. There are three main areas: The Salon, The Parlour, and The Cabinet of Sojourns. The Salon is a room of historical miscellany. Here you will find tales of enthusiasts, rogues, and unsung heroes. The Parlour is a cabinet of glamours and spectacles; a showcase chamber of contemporary artists and dreamers. The Cabinet of Sojourns is a map room of voyages for the intrepid and enquiring traveller.

Karl Friedrich Lessing, Castle on a Rock (date unknown)

Karl Friedrich Lessing, Castle on a Rock (date unknown)

Our Sensibilities

We are friends of the Rational, and yet we readily indulge in the raptures of the imaginative spirit. We are, above all, fascinators who want to conjure you into our magic circle of narratives. Naturally, our inspiration for the Garden’s temenos of friendship comes from Epicurus, but we also love Plotinus and the Renaissance Platonists, as well as the Transcendentalists and Romantics. We are also drawn to the peculiarities of the Theosophists and hermeticists of the nineteenth century.

Our Patrons

Schwur auf dem Rütli by Jean Renggli (1891)-The Thinker's Garden
Schwur auf dem Rütli by Jean Renggli (1891)

We take as our patrons Prometheus, Mercury, and Trophonius. Each one is an initiator in his own right and symbolises an aspect of our garden.

Prometheus the Titan represents the creative Spark; the indomitable Genius electrifying the Minds of Humankind.

Mercury The Olympian is the Preceptor and Sustainer of all Arts and Letters.

Trophonius the Hero denotes the mystic Profundities of Experience which have fascinated Humanity from time immemorial.

The Thinker's Garden Emblem

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