The Eleusinian Mysteries as Illuminated by Diotima’s Spiral of Love The secret teachings of the Eleusinian Mysteries — celebrated annually every Autumn in ancient Greeceto honor Demeter and Persephone — are illuminated by Diotima’s teaching to Sokrates in Plato’s Symposium. Diotima combines the erotic love of beauty with the philosophical love of wisdom in order to illuminate the lesser mysteries of procreation and the greater mysteries of universal love. I compare what I name Diotima’s “Spiral of Love” to Plato’s “Ladder of Love,” to emphasize an embodied knowing which unites not only eros and wisdom, but spiritual ascent with descent, transcendence with immanence, the universal with the individual.
Keller, Mara Lynn, "The Eleusinian Mysteries as Illuminated by Diotima’s Spiral of Love" (2011). Founders Symposium. 61.