Welcome to Logocentric Orrery
My online writing laboratory
Saturday of the Dead, 2022
This journal was formerly known as the Apophatic Astronomy Blog, but I decided, since I’m already using that branding for my art (both fine art and decorative art), my writing should be named something different. Wonder expresses itself differently between the written word and visual art, and I wanted to reflect this.
Thus was Logocentric Orrery born. The name perfectly reflects the ongoing concerns (some might say, hyperfixations or obsessions) of my writing: the cosmos, the things in the cosmos, and the patterns in the cosmos that point to the Cosmokrator Himself.
Logos refers to the Divine Logos, initially intimated in the writings of the ancient Greeks (λόγος) as the root of what we now call “logic,” prior to being fully fleshed out, quite literally, in the person of Jesus Christ who walked among His own creation 2000 years ago. I also take logos, in its meaning as “word,” as referring to the threefold revelation of divinity in the world: first as “written” across the heavens themselves, then as written down in inspired scripture, then as the eternal Word Who became flesh as Jesus of Nazareth.
What is an orrery? An orrery is a model of the movement of the planets around a given point, usually the sun. But the oldest extant orrery, the Antikythera mechanism, is a geocentric orrery, dated to anywhere between 205 BC and 87 BC. The depth of complexity of the mechanism was not to be seen again until the fourteenth century.
Thus an orrery is an instrument for discerning the writing in Nature, both above and below, of the Prime Author as He manifests His own profound perfection and order for the benefit of His creation: us humans made in his image to attain His likeness. This becomes especially evident in the beautiful and profound relationship between music and astronomy, which used to be taught as part of a classical liberal arts education (music and astronomy were two related disciplines in the quadrivium).
Formerly I was using my art as writing prompts; Logocentric Orrery marks a change in direction as the art will still be here, but won’t form the focus anymore.
I have multiple writing projects, some of them book-length, that have been occupying me for several years now, which I will be using this space to “prototype,” in a sense, and very likely to publish to paid subscribers in the future. These projects include:
A User’s Guide to Nothingness;
a science fiction novel called Black Dwarf set in a very dark, very distant future, turning the story of the Garden of Eden on its head;
a short story exploring the imaginary Gothic architecture of Black Dwarf; and
a long-format essay on the use of photography as a means of peering into paradisiacal perfection;
and much more.
The hope is that paid subscriptions will free me to devote more time to my writing.
Welcome, and I do hope you enjoy your stay in my imagination.