Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hermetic Lessons - Mind

  •  Magical Anatomy of the Self


  • Hologram of physical self in centre of perceptual cell, internal feelings - digestion, heart, etc
  • ''Clock-body'': head in future predicting, anticipating; torso in centre, heart, lungs, beating, breathing ''in the moment'; abdomen in past, dealing with the decisions of the moment, digesting, cleaning the blood, genitals preserving ''memory of the past''
  • Molecular developmental biology - as embryo divides it takes on characteristics of front/back, top/bottom, etc who (how is it?) decides which cell gets to be the ass? 
  • Each cell in the body contains this pefect copy of the DNA physical self in each nucleus, although cells only express some of this info and are thereby differentiated



  • Physical sensations and [sense of] physical reach is the first sphere of cellular consciousness, the ''nucleus'' which encloses the [sensation of] the physical self
  • When you feel the table, you feel the feeling of the table, this sphere of [the sense of] physical ''feeling'' is limited by the physical reach
  • [the sense of] ''Smell'' is the bridge between touch and the other senses, it is concentrated in the first sphere but can extend beyond it
  • Discuss psychometry



  • All sense objects are mental artefacts arising from [assumed] physical objects in a physical world
  • They are composed of mental light - light bulb exercise i) look into lightbulb ii) observe blob of light on retina iii) observe how it moves iv) observe how all objects are in the mind and composed of mental light v) make a general theory for what must follow
  • There is no size - [the sense of] the sense-objects are derived from one undifferentiated field of thought in the mind
  • Cytoplasm which surrounds the cell is a ''mental-fluid'' and which is occupied by ''organelles'' in the form of the sense-objects
  • Liken the sensed space to the structure of the biological cell - pointing out features of typical rooms- lighting, heat, information sources etc
  • There is no movement a) ''hamster-ball model'' the sensation of physical movement can be reversed, since the cell is fixed in the mental sphere instead of the physical body entering different physical events, in truth mental events enter the sphere of the mind b) ''fishbowl model'' instead of a current of events entering the cell, events arise from the natural currents and fluctuations within the fishbowl - a) and b) are the way in which this ''mental fluid'' of sense-experience is linked to the outer mental fluid of the larger consciousness in ''the bloodstream of time'' and the action of the ''mental fluid'' or cytoplasm within the cell
  • Discuss how this may interact with psychic powers like clairaudience, clairvoyance

  • All sense experience (the mental fluid) is contained with the larger sphere of the outermind and is ''membrane bound'' - discuss membrane of physical sensation, the reach of our senses, not being able to see through walls, the limits of senses when staring into space, extensions of those senses through telescopes, microscopes, etc
  • Our physical, egoic and sense experience of our self is occuring within the subconscious and is in fact held imobile within the subconsicous
  • Discuss implications for dreams, prophecy
Practices of Raja Yoga build up this awareness of magical anatomy starting from the sensation of the physical self and the physical will at the nucleus and build up into the fact that all being is held within the sphere of the mind.  To begin, the will is developed by a series of restrictions and observances.  This will is converted into poise through the asanas.  This poise is ''energized'' and harmonized/regularized by pranayama or right breathing/breath control.  [Apparently] external sense objects are then contemplated as mental artefacts and senses are withdrawn and trained by will.  Since physical objects are mental objects all is one in the sphere of the mind.  Experience bliss.
  • Restriction (stop yourself from doing certain things - i.e. eating meat, lying, playing)
  • Observance (make yourself do things - i.e.  keeping clean/organized, studying)
  • Poise (diet + fitness + yoga practice = poise)
  • Breathe (breath control, nervous cleaning)
  • Sense Objects + Mind (observe world as sense objects not physical objects)
  • Meditation (observe how you own mind infuses all sense objects)
  • All Mind
  • Bliss
n.b. The use of spheres here will be corrected here and in subsequent lessons as spheres represent a misconception.  The correct term is hyperspheres - 4spheres, or 5 spheres/ ''glomes''. Spheres are only a way into hyperspheres.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Hermetic Lessons - Maps



I am teaching a three part course at the moment - three 45min lessons for a small group of relative beginners on a) maps b) mind and c) light.  The practical sides of the course are a) qabalah b) raja yoga and c) astral projection.  My students are all intellectual, have had some spiritual experiences and have a shared complaint about the difficulties of making any headway due to the sheer amount of information on these mixed subjects and the impossibility of making choices.  In describing the lesson I will be as succinct as possible and if you want to use this plan feel free to adapt.

(5mins) Draw map of the earth free hand
 
(5 mins) Draw timemap of human civilization 

(5mins) Discuss results.  Point out eurocentrism of the maps that students have drawn.  Use globe to show that effectively half of the planet is blue so they have only drawn half the planet.  Point out terra centrism. 



(5 mins) Using the results discuss usefulness and limitations of map(s) and shared language.

(20 mins) Dimensions - lecture and Q/A, elicit answers where possible

- Discuss physical and connotative meanings for the 5 dimensions

  • East - Sunrise, hope, rebirth, awaking
  • West - Sunset, end of things, dreams, sleeping
  • North - cold, contract
  • South - warmth, expand

- If we continue north in a straight line and not follow the curvature of the earth we would head into space.  At what point do the spatial directions lose their meaning in infinity?  If the universe is finite what happens to that line?  If the universe is infinite what happens to that line?

- Point out the usefulness of a certain kind of ''geocentrism'' that puts you in the middle of the dimensions.

- What does it mean if someone is ''warm'' or ''cold''?  The connotative meanings are important and will make sense of the Tree of Life as you look at it later for it is not only a map of space/time but it also a map of the psyche.* 

- Magnetite - studies have shown humans have magnetite in their brain in the same way other animals do who use it to navigate.  What would be the effect of calibrating the organism by spending some time in the north-south, east-west position meditating?  What ''powers'' could we have from the magnetite that animals have that our egoes drown out with their incessant noise about shoe shopping, etc?  If such powers are working unconsciously anyway then would our calibration have the effect of helping us to hear them?

- Use the location of the Pacific ocean to make points about the cultures of California and Japan.  If we suggest that the Pacific Ocean is like the unconscious mind of the Earth what does this say about those two places?  Do other parts of the world fill roles like this or not?  What does this say about the dimensions?  How useful is this idea what are the limitations/dangers?

  • Up - out, rise, lift, ascent, superior
  • Down - in, falling, descent, drop, inferior
- There is no such thing as a precise up and down they are more like in and out from our position in space.

- Why is the ''Fall'' bad, why is ''Down'' bad?  Side discussion on why down would be considered bad from the view point of evolutionary ancestors - down would indicate a journey to the jungle/forest floor with all the predators etc that this involves, falling would be bad in case the monkey breaks a limb.  Ask students to think about other evolutionarily built-in responses to dimensions as they continue to reflect.

- Point out that science as a rule tends to ''look down'' on things and break them into smaller parts in order to understand and that art/architecture as a rule tends to ''build up'' from smaller things to make larger creative structures.**

  • Good - nutrition, excellence/virtue
  • Evil  - poison, ineptitude/lack of skill 
  • Past - birth
  • Future - death

- Move students away from purely ethical understanding of the terms good and evil by asking them to think about what good and evil mean in art and what good and evil mean to a bacteria - think about our own instinctive reponses to eating vomit.  What is bad art? In general terms discuss at what point all dimensions either reverse in their meaning i.e. when does too much nutrition become ''bad'', when does too much warmth become ''bad''?



- (5 mins) Introduce students to sphere of the mind.  Ask students to meditate on the dimensions and insist that this should be pushed to the point where it becomes disorientating.


 
H/W - learn traditional order for elements, planets and zodiac signs

Notes for next lesson - discuss dangers of spheres in thinking

*For instance our Sefirah of Love and Compassion would be Warm and our Sefirah of Judgement/Fear/Strength would be Cold.
**This ties into an understanding of Hod and Netzach later on.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The WMT - Chaos Magic and Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable


Somewhere between lies and truth lies the truth.

Damien Hirst, Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable

When I was in Venice I had the fortune to find myself in Damien Hirst's exhibition ''Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable'' at the Palazzo Grassi and was provided with ample opportunity to reflect on Chaos Magic, its efficacy (or lack thereof) and its absorption by the mainstream.





The whole space is set up like the British Museum and the conceit is that Team Hirst have rescued and restored the antiquities recovered from a sunken wreck - there are numerous films whch show their work in action, exploring a seabed littered with glimmering treasure in the form of golden coins, weapons, ornaments and statuary - shoals of fish swimming by.  One of the first things I noticed was how everyone was really into it, they entered that headspace as if they were in a museum studying genuine relics and artefacts and only after a while did people seem to snap out of it and well... get the joke.



It was at this point in the exhibition that I reflected on the relative lack of success chaos magicians had had with working with thought-forms such as Mickey Mouse or Batman and how they tended to resort in the end to working with saints or ancient spirits.  From my understanding the post-chaos argument (that leads into the grimoire revival) seemed to be that older entities had had longer to gestate in some kind of astral womb or had been fed more by sacrifice and prayer and were therefore more capable of granting boons and inflicting banes than Scooby Doo was.  I wondered for a moment whether this was down to the presentist perception that is dominant amongst magicians, and whether there was an eternalist approach to the conjuring of cartoon characters that took into account that they would exist for centuries and therefore would grow stronger as belief in the older Gods waned.  Could you tap into that from the present, summon them from the future?


 As I reflected I attempted to sense some kind of eternal something emanating from these ''treasures'' but there was nothing there. It made me wonder that whether the connection that some people claim to have with antiquities at museums is more to do with their own mind than any kind of ''energy'' or ''spirit'' resting in the statue or tool itself.  In the end I concluded that it might be the case that in this timeline the relics of the modern world are brutally swept away by some catastrophe and so never have the time to ''gestate'' or ''feed'' in the astral even from an eternalist perspective.  Perhaps these cultural trinkets are only here for a brief moment, never amount to much and the inheritors or our civilization, human or otherwise, have no further interest in archaeology.  They might symbolise a culture that doomed the Earth and there may be another great iconoclasm?



Although the reverential air to the sacred past was broken after the first encounter with Mickey and other Disney characters the majority of the exhibition is made up of a selection of statues of deities and mystical figures from around the world - so it is very much like the British Museum.  Was it possible to connect with spirit/memory through these artworks or only to admire them aesthetically?   It seemed like there was nothing in these statues either apart from great beauty, and although surely noone had conjured spirits into them (Damien...?) it was impossible even to connect with the idea of the spirit through them.


Later in my pathwalking I ended up in the Temple of Zeus in Olympia and the Parthenon in Athens so I had a lot to compare and contrast with the exhibition and although the experience of Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable was spiritually underwhelming it was really very very funny.  A lot like Chaos Magic in that respect.  Let's hope it doesn't start taking itself too seriously.






Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The WMT - Twin Peaks, Painting by Numbers IV - This is the Chair, Chesed

After Twin Peaks Episode 8 I made a prediction (according to the Kircher Tree hypothesis) that the following episode would be the ''Chesed'' one and predicted it would feature a lot of blue and be a comedy.  Lets see how well that stacks up and subject the episode to some deeper qabalistic analysis.


The magical image of Chesed is a man seated on a throne and the episode is called ''This is the Chair''.  The ''chair'' or throne ends up being revealed as the Chair of Major Briggs, one of the nicest, gentlest, kindest characters of the Twin Peaks saga always dressed in his distinctive navy blue and suitably representative of the forces of Jupiter both in his characteristics but also by dint of the fact that he is a major in the USAF.

This is the Chair
The major theme of the episode established (Briggs and Mercy/Loving-Kindness) lets look step by step as the characters walk the paths of the Tree of Life and Lynch continues to Paint by Numbers.  Evil Cooper takes the red kercheif from the fence (Chet - path of chariot, Binah to Gev. mentioned at beginning of Ep. 8) then enters farm - here we see him treated mercifully by his minions and his red shirt is juxtaposed between the blue of their costumes.  Evil Cooper then calls his agent in Vegas who is wearing a blue suit with squares (the shape of Chesed - 4).  The conclusion of this sequence shows Cooper between the two blue minions but now instead of red he is also wearing blue.








 


The first image we then see of Douggie Cooper is him against a blue flag, then we have the three heavy set cops (weight gain is indicator of Jupiterian expansion) where the central laughing policeman is wearing a blue suit, blue tie with white circles and on one side is the cop with Green tie (Netzach)  and on the other is the red tie (Gevurah) both with diagonal lines.  In the Kircher Tree the path leading from Netzach (7) to Chesed (4) is the hebrew letter Kaph, the palm, and this symbol is rendered into the film when the police (the boys in blue) catch ''Ike the Spike'' the line is: ''we have your palm print, in fact we have your whole palm'' - more laughter ensues.  The use of ''palm-reading'' is also seen earlier in this sequence when the policeman conspire to get Douggie Cooper's prints in one of the opening scenes.  This use of palm is very clear evidence of the Kircher Tree Hypothesis that I have been exploring here.





 Then we have a brief scene of Johnny Horne wearing blue pyjamas running into a wall and lying next to a picture of  a water fall.  In the Hermetic Qabalah Lynch is using the elemental correspondence of Chesed is water.



The examination of Major Briggs' body follows next and note the identical blue ties with their distinctive diagonal (now indicating the diagonal path of Yod from Tiphereth to Chesed - the ring and the reference to marbles might link to the seed concept here - we also have the fusion of male and female, and the headless rite) stripes.  Note that Diane was established as Tifereth (yellow - HGA) in a previous epsiode and the agents are now moving to Chesed.  Note Tammy in blue making the diagonal line with Diane on the steps outside whilst Gordon Cole smokes (in putting himelf into this drama to what extent is Lynch really walking the paths himself here...?  The writer/director is search of his characters)  The final long scene of this sequence is Hastings, a man whose actions have been motivated by loving kindness (his love of his lover and his obsessive search for other dimensions), begging for mercy from Agent Preston and who just wants to go to the sea (water).




Since this is one long film the overlap is not exact and I would argue that the Chesed sequences ends with this interrogation and we begin the next sequence which should either be Binah (where I expect we will see Audrey who will be the Dark Mother) or Douggie Cooper crossing the abyss.  Due to these two rather rough characters in the bar one of which has a rash from drug use, I am expecting us to head into Binah - we might see the drug mother from the first few episodes show up again plus a whole bunch of other dark mothers (AIMA, AMA themes - path details a relationship between Diane and the Dark Mother, Tifereth to Binah, path symbolism is ''the Lovers'' and ''a sword/weapon'' Zayin).  ''Chesed'' was not as funny as I thought it would be but the laughing policeman was pretty damn funny, Gordon smoking was funny awkward and the final interrogation was hilarious and harrowing at the same time.  What we have discovered if we didn't know already is that Gordon Cole is effectively the new/old Cooper and he is ''initiating'' himself by putting himself through the paths as actor, director, sound designer and writer.  Its also clear that the symbolism relates mainly to the characters outside of Twin Peaks so Twin Peaks is Kether, the White Lodge and where all the paths eventually converge.

I am about to leave on a pathwalking of the Adriatic so I won't be updating for a couple of weeks and I want to remind people that I do not use the Kircher Tree system that David Lynch is and these posts are no endorsement of that system just an analysis from someone who once practiced it but then got access to superior sources.  Although people are sometimes critical of the way I am detail oriented about the paths on the Tree of Life this is to get perspective and subject my Qabalah to where it is situated now i.e. with far greater access to superior sources than the G.D. boys had.  I think it is Kircherites, who aren't aware of other versions of the ToL, who are more likely ''to miss the wood for the trees'' than someone who at least does some comparison - maybe we can eventually argue that about David Lynch, who knows?  Don't get me wrong I love the magickal artistry of Twin Peaks but I think the Kircher Tree can be dangerously unstable and is based on a fundamental design flaw.  Part of my evidence for this is the amount of suicides and megalomaniacal psychotic breaks it seems to be inevitably involved in throughout its history of use in the West.  Maybe magick just attracts these kind of folks, maybe they are wiring themselves up wrong, maybe both.  Lynch may surprise me by resolving/rectifying the Tree in the course of the saga (in a kind of ''Tree of Return'' fashion argument sometimes deployed to allow for the starting error which is Kircher) but I think it is more likely this is going to play out in a very G.D./Thelema type way.  Again I am not condemning the whole thing, there are lots of good things, esp. in the AA curriculum of reading and their analysis of the ''grades'' but the tree itself is faulty as AC himself pointed out and that Charles Stansfield Jones attempted to correct for but made it worse.  At the very least modern qabalistic circles should adopt a Tree of Gates type approach where the paths begin as flexible to the letters (start them in the woods) as opposed to starting people down a false path and then forcing them to correct! - the whole thing is barbarically wasteful.


If I could again direct people to study the following posts which are about the biological cross-overs between ''qabalistic alchemy'' and modern science - your time won't be wasted in a deeper understanding of your own microcosm.  For the twelve zodiac signs it is enough to compare and contrast the zodiac glyph with the diagram I have given you from basic genetic rhythms and let those ideas percolate, don't worry about the scientific details but feel free to explore in depth if you want to get into them.






The Three Elements
The Seven Planets
The Seven Planets

The Twelve Zodiac Signs
The Twelve Zodiac Signs
The Twelve Zodiac Signs


Sunday, July 2, 2017

The WMT - Twin Peaks and the Abyss


What is the stage? Its a place baby where people play at being serious, a place where they act comedies.  We've got to act a comedy now, dead serious.

The Step-Daughter, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Luigi Pirandello



The Roots of the Shattering (origin story of Bob) are in Din (Gevurah) - the unparalleled forces of destruction in the nuclear blast.  In Shattering the Vessels only the Supernal Triad survive, Malkuth (The Fallen Daughter/Laura Palmer) landing on top of the Klippot (Shells/Husks - the broadcasting skullcrushing Woodsmen), the rest of the Sefiroth 'scattered to the four winds'' (''Lost'' in the (Lesser) Time and Space of Zeir Anpin, the central six Sefirot, the small countenance/the mushroom cloud).  The Fallen Daughter is the Shekinah/Sofia the ''feminine'' presence of God on Earth and restoring her (to Binah) is the means to repair the universe, reconnect to the unshattered source of consciousness.  The Vessels are repaired through the use of Partzufim, personifications (the characters of the Show) which allow the Vessels to communicate/interrelate - share the light and not shatter.  In order to achieve this each broken Sefirah is given form and voice - becoming characters which ''talk'' and which have ''secrets''.  The Abyss is said to be the ''dividing line'' between dichotomy, Above the Abyss, in the Unshattered Trinity, opposites merge (something, something else and their context are as one), below the Abyss the world is separated/shattered into dualities - up, down, male, female, front, back, east, west, etc and perhaps most importantly for Lynch Good and Evil, represented in the WMT by the Black/White Brotherhoods or the Sitra Achra/Tov and in Agent Cooper(s) - this duality will ''merge'' above the Abyss, in the same way the White Lodge becomes/is the Black Lodge.



As I understand it a shattered individual exists as a delusional 3d entity in a world they take to observe directly, the repaired individual exists within a cell of consciousness and knows that all the phenomena they are surrounded by are in fact composed of mental light.  Restoring the consciousness involves separating out the archetypes/personifications from the rubble of the creative/destructive process, and understanding that since the people around us exist in our consciousnesses and are composed of pure thought that we are always in a dialogue with our own soul.  Seeing people this way allows us to access the secrets of their dialogues and understand that they represent the shattered Sefirot for us, as much as we do for them.  Although all individuals must repair all Sefirot, your role in the world of the other is very rarely one of them (a pure type) but more commonly a blend of two (a spectrum or path). From the fallen state of Malkuth, i.e. seeing ourselves as separate objects in a physical world, the Fallen Daughter of our consciousness is restored to Daath i.e. the experience of the moment becomes one of a direct observation of the shadows on the wall and the realisation that the people around you are characterizing different aspects of your mind and the larger mind in general and are composed of light as opposed to thinking that you experience physical reality directly.


 Recognizing that one has been sitting in that chair in the Black Lodge their whole life is the first step and most terrifying realization and one that has been traditionally seen as Saturnian (death of 3d self), but seen from after the fact it looks Lunar (birth of 5d self).  From the perspective of the mental bubble of representations based (we assume) on signals from physical objects in a physical world, the laws of reality are in fact the reverse of what they appear.  I have never moved, although everything seems to be moving all the time, in fact the world moves through me.  Everything is composed of mental light/thought, and there is no depth.  I have never moved my head, I am chained down to face one way all the time (looking at the screen/''astrally'' tesselated floor of the lodge) - the desire to turn my neck although feeling like my neck has turned has actually swung the world around me.  Realising this is different from knowing it which is different still from contemplating and understanding it.  Only through praxis can we aquire knowledge therefore we run and return reflect on the absolute stillness of our own mind and that we are mired in illusion, an incredibly disorienting experience, we practice accepting that we are in the Black Lodge and always have been - we search for a light. One of the keys is that we have never experienced the present, only the past because the future already exists.


This world is populated by projections of our own inner self which appear to be in a network of malfunctioning circuits - paranoia, megalomania, delusions of grandeur, anxiety, depression, anger, jealousy, hatred.  Through ''spiritual'' ''logotherapy'' we can question in ourselves/other people the nature of the source of meaning that feeds these malfunctions - by communicating with them on a secret level you can build the connections and circuits that are necessary to make the electricity flow again. Genuine repair is an experience of miracles of healing.  Only by confronting the ego in ourselves (I don't need, I want), our doppleganger, which is the desire to keep things separate (and therefore acquirable) can we have (mentally) objective transactions with others and seek this miracle - the miracle which emerges from the Unification of the Sefirot.  However, from ''Above the Abyss'' these dysfunctions appear like functions - the paranoia, the desire for revenge, for power, whatever, anxiety, worry, love, etc fuels/feeds the story below the Abyss i.e. people hang on to their suffering because it defines them and gives them character - the Greater Axis of Time from Luna to Saturn is ultimately sustained by the darkness.  The Black Lodge is the White Lodge.  You are the woodsmen.  And I wouldn't be surprised if the daughter with the roachfrog is the mother of Dale Cooper.

Do you want to be healed?


Nowhere!  It is merely to show you that one is born to life in many forms, in many shapes, as tree, or as stone, as butterfly or as woman . So one may also be born a character in a play.

The Father, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Luigi Pirandello

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The WMT - Ares and Mars, War Aims

Shed down a kindly ray from above upon my life, and strength of war, that I may be able to drive away bitter cowardice from my head and crush down the deceitful impulses of my soul. Restrain also the keen fury of my heart which provokes me to tread the blood curdling ways of strife.  Rather o' blessed one give me boldness to abide within the harmless laws of peace, avoiding strife and hatred and the violent fiends of death.

Homeric Hymn to Ares #8, Lines 15-17

Magic From Scratch is an excellent blog which showcases the kind of work more practitioners in the WMT should be doing and sharing.  The visions and dialogues with various entities largely ring true. The author of the blog also made a post about Ares the other day, like myself, and I just want to address some of the points they raise and use this as a way to extend my own thoughts.



Firstly I want to say that I am a highly privileged individual who is ''neurotypical'', straight, white, male, well-off and generally lucky.  With the focus of the WMT on Identity Politics over the last decade and more it can sometimes feel like my voice isn't welcome, that the WMT and Paganism in general is really the domain of discussing intersectionality, the evolving worlds of checking our privilege, microagressions, safe spaces, etc and that ''there is no room for my sort here''.  Regardless of my own charitable endeavours or my support of the LGBTQA+ community in the local arts scene (which is extensive) I sometimes feel hated because of what I represent at a physical social level  i.e. this particularly coloured privileged bag of water animated by reincarnating information spirals as opposed to less fortunate animated bags of water.  It is extremely difficult to remain positive and supportive in the face of such obvious hostility so I can understand where some of the moaning Magick From Scratch talks about might be coming from.

In the post Never Stop Being Offended Magick From Scratch echoes the sentiment I hear widely on social media esp. from my progressive Pagan/Esoteric LGBTQA+ friends, that that outrage is not something that is going away, that that fire will keep burning and burning until the revolution has been successfully completed and society has been radically changed into being a fairer, more equitable place for all. Having been to the future I would like to add that the fire does not burn out and this revolution does succeed but because of climate change and scientific advance (and the various manoeuvres of the Deep State) the world we live in and the challenges we face as humans move way beyond what we are dealing with right now.  Skin colour becomes something people change on a whim and cybernetic advances/gene therapy actually reverse ''able privilege'' for a while - i.e. some of the creations of Hephaistos end up giving him a significant advantage over Ares, until of course it gets really crazy.  This is soon as well.

That said I am not sure to what extent Magick from Scratch is projecting a little on to Ares here. The tone of the post throughout I think is fairly balanced until the end when suddenly Ares looks like a violent jock bully again.  If we are going to go back here, like any stereotypes I have seen, this one is challenged incredibly frequently. Many of my peers from college, who were fair minded good hearted rugby jocks, now solidly fight the good fight for the Labour Party; the idea of PC Bro is brilliantly lampooned on South Park but the support of those bros is clear.

I happen to be good at ''War'' - I have spent a lot of time throughout my life being focused on strategy and tactics and this focus allows me to prosper in the various situations that these principles can be applied to.  In some ways I am often a victim of my own success and am always tempted to continue the ''War'' beyond my aims leaving me over-extended and under-supplied.  The justification is always to ''just finish this off once and for all'', ''put this thing to rest'', ''drive them into the sea'' etc but when I give into that temptation the war ends up continuing and continuing. So over the last year I have become almost obsessed with having clear war aims.  Although I understand criticism is almost entirely unwelcome, especially from my quarters, in some ways the mistake being made at the moment by the #outrage approach is exactly the misconception I was trying to approach in my post on Mars and Ares.  Pure rage is not going to win this war - it will just continue it.  The rage drives the alienation which ends up doing things like electing Trump.  Cool clear headed strategic thinking are what is needed.  When emotionality is the driving force, as opposed to logic supported by clear aims, the war will continue without end and the movement will become over extended, ridiculed and tangled in contradictions.  Fortunately for everyone concerned there are cool heads within that movement beginning to assert themselves and channel some of that rage a little more strategically. That is why it wins but sadly for all of us there ends up being a sting in this tale.

A final point to reflect upon. Magick from Scratch suggests praying for the reconciliation of Hephaistos and Ares is to pray for ''perfect inclusion'' but doesn't comment on the relationship between Ares and Aphrodite and how that may interfere.  Aphrodite is one of the two Gods that I have used the rituals in Liber Astarte vel Berylli to become incredibly close to.  The other is Enlil.  I have worked with many many Gods through various techniques including those used by Magick From Scratch methinks, which is why I value the work done on that site and why I would be interested in reflections upon the role of Aphrodite in all this...


The WMT - Twin Peaks Season 3, Painting by Numbers III


As I suspected David Lynch is using the Kircher Tree *and* the misaligned Tarot paths.  I didn't comment on the Gevurah episode (episode 7) but the symbolism was strong, the evil Coop ('"Set''), the prison and justice system (cops everywhere), the red balloon, the pentagon officials (pentagon is sacred to Gevurah) and the ''right arm''.


I still want to avoid making this blog a popular Occulture blog so I will be very brief as I do appreciate there is a hunger for info.  In the mind blowing episode 8 we have crossed the Abyss! The scene opens with Doppledale driving in the car (path of the Chariot) and very quickly turns into an Abyss sequence.  Amongst many other things revealed in this journey through time Laura Palmer is very clearly identified as the fallen daughter (Malkuth) whose Fall leaves her lying atop the Shells/Husks (Qliphoth).

But why did we skip Chesed?  If you look at the Kircher Tree (and the Snakes and Ladders approach Lynch is using) you will see going to Gevurah necessitated a choice for Lynch as there is no direct route from 4 to 3.  So Lynch either sends the character across the Abyss from 5 to 3 (where the ''dark mother'' Binah will prob. be revealed as Audrey), or goes from 5 to 4 to 2 to 3.    What I suspect will happen is that Doopledale having crossed the Abyss from 5 to 3 (Sitra Achra) will mean Dougie Cooper will cross from 4 to 2 (Sitra Tov). So next episode should be the Chesed one which I imagine will have a lot of blue and be a comedy but maybe I am wrong.  As I said previously this Snakes and Ladders game played by the adherents of the faulty Kircher Tree tends to lead to disaster and although I am hugely enjoying this show I am beginning to seriously worry about the effects of the massive ritual he is working.