The Spenta book series is an ambitious literary project that I hope to write over the course of my life. It explores spiritual, technological, and societal questions -- rooted in Zoroastrian symbolism as it interacts with other spiritual traditions and intellectual systems. Specifically, the seven books of the series map onto the seven-fold symbolic system at the heart of the Zoroastrian religion, known as the Amesha Spentas , or "Holy Immortals." Each book is grounded in a central metaphor belonging to each Amesha Spenta (e.g., plants, fire, or water). This metaphor provides the basis for each book's exploration of a far-reaching societal topic (e.g. discontents of tech society, American society and politics, wellness and digital vulnerabilities). In the chart below, you will find this larger symbolic system elaborated on in more detail, including the following attributes: the title of each book, the symbol for the book, the quality associated with the symbol, the shadow associated it, the kind of inspiration the book comes from, the embodiment of the spirit of the book, and the area that the book touches upon.
|The Symbolic System of the Spenta Book Series|
|The Flora that Grew from the Wasteland||Plants||Vitality||Depression||Dream||Friend||Disenchantment with Tech Society|
|The Spark that Became the Fire||Fire||Trust||Fear||Story||Community||American Society & Politics|
|The Potion that Merged with the Ocean||Water||Wellness||Addiction||Magic||Psychiatrist||Wellness & Digital Vulnerabilities|
|The Earth that Prayed for her Children||Earth||Humility||Hubris||Odyssey||Heroine||Climate Change & Environment|
|The Pack that Saved the Rat||Animal||Virtue||Delusion||Fable||Practitioner||Mental Illness & Culture|
|The Jewel that Reflected the Gem Sky||Gem||Compassion||Indifference||Visions||Artist||The Artistic Temperament|
|The Song that Flowed from the Heart||Human||Wisdom||Desire||Flow||Healer||Dying & Death|
Please note, the above text has been adapted from The Flora that Grew from the Wasteland.