Who is Ptero?

Dear Reader,

Blogs are plentiful these days and I so appreciate that anyone would spend time reading my ramblings when there’s so much available on the net.

Ptero9 is a screen name I chose back in the mid-90’s after purchasing my first personal computer and began participating in lively discussions in the AOL Philosophy group. I call this blog The Ptero Card in hopes that the pronunciation of Ptero would more obviously resemble the greek prefix for wingedness, as in pterodactyl. So, you don’t have to pronounce the “P,” unless you never heard of a pterodactyl and like to say puh-teronine. 🙂

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Me, at one of my favorite Oregon beaches

My earlier posts tend to be a bit more autobiographical, as I recall the most influential ideas, writers and transformational periods of my life. You will notice that I am huge fan of James Hillman, and you’ll get no apologies from me for that. No matter the subject, I remain a contrarian by nature, happy to challenge anyone’s assumptions, including my own.

The first thirty something years of my life were spent on Long Island, a place that remains near and dear to my heart. Currently, home is the Pacific Northwest where I live with my husband and our four cats. I am blessed with many friends, a family who loves me, and a wonderful job working at a Monastery.

Thank you for stopping by!

Debra King

78 thoughts on “Who is Ptero?

  1. Ptero,

    Thanks for the follow! I am extremely happy that I found your blog. I’ve spend the last couple hours perusing a few of your posts, and I’ve be enjoyed every one immensely. I recently discovered Henry Corbin, and through Tom Cheetham I’m starting to look into Hillman. I’ve been blown away by the work of all three, and I’m saddened that they are not better known. Corbin in particular showed me a new world of Western spirituality that I personally prefer to the Eastern spirituality I’ve spent so much time with. I feel like India in particular has become so associated with mysticism In Western minds that our culture is somewhat blind to the equally extraordinary spirituality of places like Iran.

    As for me, I’m coming from a background primarily based off of the work of Jane Roberts and the Seth Material, work which I believe has been largely and unfortunately appropriated by the plastic smiles and flimsiness of modern pop spirituality. I think her writing belongs more with Blake, Emerson, Whitehead, and Corbin than with the Dyers and Tolles of the world.

    I am very much looking forward to reading more of you work,

    Lee

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    • Hello Lee!

      I found your blog through searching the WP Reader tags under Corbin. Sounds like we have a lot in common in our beliefs and attraction to western spirituality. I found Corbin through Hillman, and Hillman through Jung, and Jung through Alan Watts.

      I have never read any of the Seth material, but have heard of the works. I very much sense that each of us, more or less consciously, channels what Hillman and Corbin might call the invisibles.

      I am grateful for the Follow and the reblog, and most especially to meet you here. I look forward to reading more of your posts as well.
      Debra

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    • Hello Meg (let me know if I am not getting your name right :)),

      Thanks so much for stopping by and reading here.

      I am the Development Database Administrator here at the Abbey. It’s a wonderful job at a beautiful location.

      Thanks so much for your kind words! I have been on a hiatus from writing here and hope to get back to it in the next few weeks.

      Blessings,
      Debra

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  2. Hi. Thanks for visiting my blog today and choosing to follow it. I try not to get crazy following blogs (a rabbit hole, for sure), but your post on Alchemy caught my attention. Also, I lived on Long Island for a while 😉 Anyway, looking forward to reading your future posts. Cheers!

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    • Hi Jeff,
      Thanks for the follow back. I followed you over from Monika’s blog where I’ve always enjoy your insights in the comments.

      Love the two posts I read, one on Blake and one on Dr. Seuss.

      I, too, go easy on following people, but I enjoy reading and writing about reading, symbolism and anything to do with James Hillman, as noted above. 🙂

      Nice to meet you here.
      Cheers,
      Debra

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  3. Hi Debra,
    I’m not sure where else to post this comment! I love your blog and enjoy reading anything from that beautiful mind of yours. Thank you for ALL of your challenging posts. Your intellect is both intimidating and inspiring. I am always excited to read a new post from you 🙂

    I am so fascinated to see (from your “Good Reads” sidebar) that you are reading Corbin’s Swedenborg and Esoteric Islam!! I would LOVE for you to do a review on this when you finish. Having grown up in Saudi, I have a very keen interest in Islam and I attend weekly Qur’an readings – one of the most stimulating ways to spend a Sunday evening, if I do say so! The readings are held at my interfaith church and facilitated by two men, one of which is a traditional Islamic healer. His vibrations are literally out of this world, and when we meditated together, I was almost moved to tears. His presence at the meetings has allowed me to see the spiritual depth and beauty of a religion I have always felt is misunderstood by plenty of the world, myself included. Anyway, I know you are also very fascinated by Sufism and this is just a little personal jukebox request for more posts from you!! 🙂

    xoxo
    Amanda

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    • Hi Amanda,

      Thank you for your very kind words. It really moves me to know that there’s interest in these subjects and that somehow, something is being communicated in what I write. Most of the time, the posts seem to write themselves, once I commit to a topic. It’s the editing that seems to take forever, lol 🙂

      “His presence at the meetings has allowed me to see the spiritual depth and beauty of a religion I have always felt is misunderstood by plenty of the world, myself included.”

      Ditto here. Although I was a member of the Baha’i faith as a teenager, and met many wonderful American-Iranians there, I never warmed much to Islam until I read Corbin and learned more about Sufism.

      It’s great to know that you too have this interest. Have you done any reading yourself? Sounds like a wonderful opportunity to attend the Qur’an readings and meditations.

      I will finish the Corbin book and write a post, eventually! The Alchemy class has kept me from writing a lot about other topics, but it ends in May, so we’re in the homestretch.
      xxx
      Debra

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      • Hi Debra,

        Thank you for the Ibn’Arabi link! I have a copy of the film “The Physician” but unfortunately I cannot speak German and the English subtitles have proved totally impossible to find! As far as reading, I have dabbled in Huston Smith and Rene Guenon but I have trouble swallowing the Traditionalism pill.

        I do not know that I am intellectually prepared for more Fons Vitae stuff, let alone Corbin yet. I would like to know more about the fundamentals of the Imaginal realm, alchemy and Sufi symbology before diving head first into Corbin. What did you read re: Sufism prior to Corbin?

        For now, I’ve decided to focus on something a little more at my current speed, so I am reading William Chittick’s “The Sufi path of Love: the Spiritual Teachings of Rumi.” Are you familiar with him? Chittick is an American who moved to Iran to pursue his PhD in Persian Studies and Arabic and now teaches at SUNY still, I think. I am really drawn to the idea of reading translations of Rumi from a Westerner who actually studied under Hossein Nasr and is able to literally translate Rumi’s works himself, thanks to his linguistic training.

        I have brought up Rumi’s “Universal Message of Love” at past Quran readings and that only served to spark plenty of talk about how Rumi’s poems and teachings have been bastardized by New Agers who “strip his poems of their inherent Islam.” It is really interesting to talk to practicing Muslims who are willing to even attend a reading at an Interfaith church. It has been a really wonderfully expansive experience for me.

        This is all very new territory really, as all of my spiritual and deep growth began in the bliss of silence, so the marriage of intellect and spirituality is still something I am very actively working to resolve. Connecting with spirit without total disconnection of the mind is still something I struggle with! In that sense, I very much admire your tenacity in tackling such demanding reads.

        Yikes this is a really long rambling comment – thanks for reading. I feel deeply grateful that I get to have this dialogue with you, Debra.

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      • Hi Amanda,

        I have been on a similar path. Rumi, yes, mostly his poems that have been popularized by westerners. I am aware of the complaint, and try to respect the eastern, more orthodox view.

        I highly recommend Tom Cheetham’s book on Corbin and Sufism. It’s fairly readable and gives a good sense for westerners the different approaches to Sufism through Jung, Hillman and Corbin. The book is called All the World an Icon. I wrote a post about awhile ago here: https://ptero9.com/2013/12/22/tawil-and-the-ideas-of-henry-corbin/

        Cheetham has a blog too that you might enjoy:
        http://henrycorbinproject.blogspot.com/

        This is new territory for me too. Hillman references Corbin a lot in his writings and Corbin is a bit intimidating, so Cheetham is a good place to start. Here is a link to an audio talk of his. It is excellent! http://tns.commonweal.org/podcasts/tom-cheetham/#.U00_6E9OXyQ

        I am thrilled to have these conversations with you! An interest in Sufism is a great thing to share! Thank you.
        Debra

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      • Wow! THANK YOU so much for all of the references. You’re a little like a Mama Bear with a deep, deep jar of honey for the (rather insatiable) howling cub. Lots of love to you, Amanda

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  4. I just want to say Happy Holidays and thank you so much for following my blog Jungian Imaginings! You have followed me from the very beginning. Thank you! I may take a breather so that I can see more clearly where I am going with it. My last piece about a fictional therapist makes me think that perhaps I’m moving in a different direction. I’m not sure. But I want to say, again, thank you so much for reading everything I’ve posted! And I look forward very much to continuing following your work here!!

    Paul

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    • Thanks Paul. I enjoy your unique voicing in your writing. It reads like a mystery, which a good part of life is, yes?
      Happy Holidays to you and thanks for being here! Hope to see more of you in the future, in whatever shape you shift to.
      Peace,
      Debra

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  5. Hey, Debra…Thanks for the Like and Follow. I’m pretty much a lowbrow lurker. I really enjoy your perspective…and glad to run into you over at Julien’s place.

    Peace…

    T

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  6. Hi Debra, I wanted to stop by your blog in order to introduce myself and to thank you for stopping by my blog and for wanting to follow along. By your background, I am humbled that you took the time and decided to follow along on the ramblings of a retired educator. Like you I am often amazed by the amount of blogging going on in the world, anyone finds my little piece of the pie, but opts to want to follow.
    Your blog looks quite interesting. My son is finishing a degree in Poli Sci with a minor in Philosophy, I have heard of James Hillman.
    I visited Oregon this past summer with my husband and fell in love with the area–what a beautiful area to call home—be it Washington, Oregon or Northern California.
    Again thank you for stopping in and it is I who now look forward to what you have to share–blessing and peace–Julie

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    • Thank you Julie! You have a lovely blog, your ramblings are very enjoyable to me. Found your blog through Sir William of Ockham’s blog.
      Yes, I write a lot about Hillman. His ideas and sense of language are quite meaningful to me.
      Oregon is truly a beautiful place, especially if you enjoy the outdoors. Glad you got a chance to visit.
      I am looking forward to reading more of your insightful posts. 🙂
      Blessings,
      Debra

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    • Thank you! That is very kind Barbara. Likewise, let’s do that. I so much enjoy the friends here on WordPress. It is a lovely community of people brought together by our writing, artwork and all that we share here.
      Debra

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    • Lolo, no I had not read that post of yours yet. I can relate to that and this:
      “I don’t think you’d be happy as a nun. It demands obedience, and that’s not something you’re good at, is it?”
      🙂

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      • Yeah, in some I am not good at obedience for obedience sake. 🙂
        I think I can be disciplined when I’m motivated, but that’s obedience to my own path.
        Obedience is a difficult idea and might imply submitting to the will of another. If that other is someone I love and respect, perhaps I do “obey.”

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    • I was born in Patchogue and lived there until 1991 when I moved out to Oregon.
      Both of my parents have roots there back to pre-Revolutionary war through Nathaniel Woodhull on one side and the Bakers on the other side.
      My dad also served in the Korean war in the mid 1950’s.
      Thank you for the note!
      Debra

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  7. Thank you for visiting my blog and thank you for adding me. You have such an interesting and pretty blog. Can’t wait to dig in and read through your thoughts.

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  8. Debra,

    You seem to have a dream job, a wonderful life, and great blog! I’m pretty sure you are someone I can relate to well.

    I appreciate your attention to my writing, and hope to share more as time progresses.

    Warm regards…..John H.

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    • Thanks for the very kind words John! Yes, looking forward to reading more of your writing and so appreciate meeting many wonderful people who share the love of writing here.
      Debra

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  9. Thanks for your “like” – now I’ve discovered your blog. Man – I never get tired of how this all works 🙂

    A glimpse about me if you’re interested….

    http://notestoponder.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/recollections/

    http://notestoponder.wordpress.com/2012/11/28/regret/

    http://notestoponder.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/shoebox/

    http://notestoponder.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/cuba-on-my-mind/

    Looking forward to exploring your world 🙂

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      • I’m honoured – since my daughter set this up for me as a mother’s day present in 2012 (she thought I needed an outlet for all that rattled about my head) I’ve put up 350 posts. Friends who read it know me better than they did after years of “coffee” 🙂

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      • Wow, that’s a lot of writing! That’s admirable.
        Yes, this is a great medium for exchange and for listening.
        Although I started my blog a few years ago, I did not discover the community here until very recently. There’s a lot of great writers and great ideas flowing amongst the bloggers on WordPress.
        My husband’s hobby is mountain biking, which he does while I take some time to write. Writing is deeply satisfying, but very challenging.
        Again, thanks for stopping by and saying hello!

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      • Awesome!! You might be the only one I know of who has used the wing reference. I thought about using Pterie, but decided Ptero was more recognizable as being related to wings (fool that I am).

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  10. How wonderful that you live in Oregon, Debra. How cool is that! I spent a year on Long Island, some time ago near Garden City. But I grew up in Oregon. And lived there again, until a few years ago (in Washington now) and I miss Oregon like crazy! It does sound like you are surrounded with love, blessed indeed and 5 cats too, excellent! 🙂

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