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Date:2019-06-15 05:54
Subject:Fire in the Reed
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Date:2019-03-08 10:51
Subject:Raise the Spell Trailer
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Date:2019-02-28 17:50
Subject:my next book
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Date:2019-01-29 14:57
Subject:The Feast of H.L. Mencken
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"Man will never be wholly civilized until he ceases to intrude his snout into the shy, mysterious, highly private recesses of his brother's soul."

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Date:2019-01-25 18:06
Subject:Thelema for the People publishing soon!
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Date:2018-10-27 13:46
Subject:Mysteries of Aleister Crowley
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Date:2018-10-14 07:37
Subject:observed
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The ubiquity of leaf-blowers is in fact a tell-tale sign of the imminent demise of civilization.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/10/12/the-menace-of-leafblowers-a-careless-technology-in-our-own-backyard/

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Date:2018-10-06 09:59
Subject:"very thorough" FBI report
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Date:2018-09-16 10:56
Subject:Double Binds and Identity Politics
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Haydar Khan writes:

The way “intersectionality” is used today reminds me of Inigo Montoya, the character in the movie The Princess Bride. “You keep using that word,” he says. “I do not think it means what you think it means.”

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/09/14/set-theory-of-the-left/

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Date:2018-08-21 15:09
Subject:Where Social Behavior Modification Meets Epistemic Closure
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https://caucus99percent.com/content/another-dystopian-scifi-becoming-reality

If you are preceived to be connected to those who are deemed (by establishment authorities) to traffic in "conspiracy theories or false information," you will be judged a hazard and marginalized, with efficiently automated soft banning, de-indexing, and so forth. Jack in to digital totalitarianism and kiss reality goodbye.

The alternative path for our society, succinctly expressed:
https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/03/22/how-to-get-rid-of-paranoid-conspiracy-theorists/

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Date:2018-08-20 10:18
Subject:Planetary Trial and Human Error
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"We’re the experiment that the biosphere is running now." --Adam Frank

If our planet isn't already past a critical tipping point for anthropogenic global warming, we're certainly not going to avoid it with solar panels and electric cars. Decades ago, I knew the dinosaurs would have their revenge, but I didn't expect it would be so soon or so severe. Still, humanity has choices. We could perish in a nuclear winter, or frack our way to an eruption of the Yosemite supervolcano.

This experiment doesn't have much longer to run. We are twilight people.

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Date:2018-05-28 14:54
Subject:A History of O.T.O.
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I'm gradually youtubifying a lot of content that I've previously shared in smaller, more initiated venues. Here's a wide-angle O.T.O. history talk.

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Date:2018-05-18 09:52
Subject:intertextuality
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" Be not contented with the image. I who am the Image of an Image say this. Debate not of the image, saying Beyond! Beyond!" --Liber LXV I:7-9

"The universe is the image of God and man is the image of nature. Man is therefore, so to say, the image of the image; in other words a Microcosmos or little world." --Franz Hartmann, In the Pronaos of the Temple of Wisdom (27), glossing Henry Cornelius Agrippa

"This shall regenerate the world, the little world my sister, my heart & my tongue, unto whom I send this kiss." --Liber CCXX I:53

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Date:2018-01-06 21:17
Subject:The Feast of Max Heindel
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Today is the anniversary of the death of the "Rosicrucian" Max Heindel (1865–1919), an erstwhile Theosophist who lectured, published, and organized in the US in the early decades of the 20th century. My first significant reading in his instructions was the book Freemasonry and Catholicism. When I acquired the volume, I supposed that it would be some sort of fanciful history regarding the two institutions that have occasioned the most absurd aspirations and paranoia in the modern West. Or perhaps it would have something to do with comparative liturgy from an esoteric perspective, like one might get from C.W. Leadbeater. But no, it treats "The Cosmic Facts Underlying These Two Great Institutions As Determined by Occult Investigation"!

What that means is that it presents an anthropogony and spiritual typology in which there are two complementary, yet antagonistic, human alignments, each represented in the sphere of Western polity by one of these "Great Institutions." Freemasonry is made up of the "Sons of Cain," who are governmental, rational, magical, and masculine, operating under the Martial presidency of Lucifer and his angels. Catholicism is the vehicle of the "Sons of Seth," who are ecclesiastical, contemplative, mystical, and feminine, operating under the Lunar presidency of Jehovah and his angels. All of this is worked into a baroque Theosophical dispensationalism, summed in a gloriously crazy chart of "Evolution Under Human and Superhuman Rulers" between pages 56 and 57. That chart shows humanity developing from a hermaphroditic vegetative state, through the sexual division idealized in the masculine Hiram Abiff and feminine Virgin Mary, to a future post-sexual New Jerusalem.

While Heindel disclaims any formal Masonic initiation on his own part, he professes a greater sympathy with the Masonic alignment than the Catholic one. Much of the book is given over to his recounting of a myth that he attributes to Masonic lore, a variant on biblical narratives in which Eve was prior to Adam, and mother to Cain by Lucifer. Cain was thus "the widow's son" because of Lucifer's desertion of Eve. King Solomon and Hiram Abiff are presented as the chief agents of Jehovah and Lucifer, respectively, in a story regarding Solomon's sexual jealousy for the Queen of Sheba. Solomon is reincarnated as Jesus of Nazareth, but has to vacate that body for the career of the Christ who takes over at his Jordan baptism. And Lazarus is the reincarnated Hiram Abiff, raised by Christ. (Got all that?)

Along the way, Heindel also discusses certain notions of practical occultism, particularly a reading of alchemy focused on psychology and diet. At one point, he indicates that Rosicrucian adepts can take on new bodies, somewhat like Time Lords regenerate in Doctor Who (63-65).

I cannot credit this book with much value in terms of fact, sentiment, or potential to inspire, but it was sufficiently novel and entertaining that I cannot say I will never read further in the works of its author.

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Date:2017-12-20 16:46
Subject:Solstice Greetings
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Audio from NOTOCON X, now with a new slide show.

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Date:2017-10-16 08:43
Subject:The Feast of Dame Ida Craddock
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Lunar and Sex Worship is an initial, long-posthumous publication of two chapters of a projected larger work on comparative religion by the American sex-reformer and mystic Ida Craddock. As it is, these two chapters make a hefty book. Barely 50% of the verbiage is Craddock's own, since she quotes at length from her preferred sources, who include Thomas Inman, J.G.R. Forlong, and most prominently Gerald Massey (who is probably the least credible of the lot, alas). For those familiar with the earlier works on which Craddock depends, there may not be much new here, other than her particular feminist perspective on the material. The book does stand as a pretty accurate and accessible digest of 19th-century solar-phallic theory of religion, however.

Surprisingly, Craddock has interesting contributions to make on the topic of "aeonics," or the historical succession of global magical formulae. She uses a novel strategy in an attempt to pinpoint what Thelemites will understand as the transition between the Aeons of Isis and Osiris (19-21). She also discusses the messianic moment corresponding to the advent of the Aeon of Horus (264).

Editor Vere Chappell has been a relentless 21st-century researcher and champion of Craddock, and his introduction contextualizes Lunar and Sex Worship well enough for contemporary readers. I am grateful that he also furnished the book with an index: considering the wide range of topics that it covers, with no subheadings within its two enormously long chapters, the index is a crucial feature--even if it fails to have an entry for "ass" (Craddock's passage on lunar onolatry may be found on 94-95)!

The best part of the book is the closing pages, where she decries the sexual repression of modern Christianity, and calls for a return of phallic religious sensibility. She holds out hope that the "storehouse of symbolism" in Catholic Christianity may yet contribute to a restored worship of the generative power, enhanced by scientific knowledge and an ethic of universal brotherhood (252).

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Date:2017-09-01 19:03
Subject:triangular hosts
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I've long endorsed the option of triangular hosts for the Gnostic Mass by virtue of their status as the special symbol of RHK. There's another way to think about this shape, though.

Jeremiah 44:19 Darby Version:
And when we burned incense to the queen of the heavens and poured out drink-offerings to her, did we make for her cakes to portray her, and pour out drink-offerings to her, without our husbands?

English Standard Version:
And the women said, “When we made offerings to the queen of heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, was it without our husbands' approval that we made cakes for her bearing her image and poured out drink offerings to her?”

New International Version:
The women added, “When we burned incense to the Queen of Heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, did not our husbands know that we were making cakes impressed with her image and pouring out drink offerings to her?”

New Revised Standard Version:
And the women said, “Indeed we will go on making offerings to the queen of heaven and pouring out libations to her; do you think that we made cakes for her, marked with her image, and poured out libations to her without our husbands’ being involved?”

Now, the King James Version is representative of a conflicting custom of translation, where the phrase that appears bolded above is instead translated as "to worship her," or other relatively bland words to that effect. However, the idea of the cakes being iconically representative of the Queen of Heaven is present in at least half of the English translations, and the Darby translation is notable for its effort to include the denotative sense of the original Hebrew.

Asherah was often represented by a pubic triangle, as were other Ancient Near Eastern goddesses. I relate this goddess-shaped-cake to an identification of the cake as the Demeter-grain element of the Eucharist, while the wine is the Dionysos-grape element. The cake ("body") is thus oriented to the feminine divine and the female-produced gamete, while the wine ("blood") is oriented to the masculine divine and the male-produced gamete (and/or its seminal "vehicle").

A paten with both triangular and circular hosts necessarily evokes Liber A'ash v. 36.

Note, though, that there is one intriguing outlier translation of Jeremiah 44:19. The Amplified Bible reads thus:
[And the wives said] When we burned incense to the queen of heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, did we make cakes [in the shape of a star] to represent and honor her and pour out drink offerings to her without [the knowledge and approval of] our husbands?

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Date:2017-08-30 08:58
Subject:The Feast of Wayne Dyer
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According to LibraryThing, today is the second anniversary of the death of Wayne Dyer. According to Wikipedia, it was yesterday. I have to admit, my few attempts to appreciate Dyer's work (via his PBS programs) were unsuccessful, and I view him mostly as a conspicuous proponent of the "spiritual-not-religious" school to which I am in many respects opposed. However, yesterday I happened to be reading Br. DuQuette's Low Magick, where he gives props to Dyer "for bringing to a wider audience of seekers the fundamental secrets of true magick in ways that are understandable and acceptable to people of all spiritual backgrounds. Perhaps you don't think that such fluffy New Age pundits could actually be tossing around the supreme secret of the ages on public television sandwiched between cooking shows and reruns of Masterpiece Theater ... but they are!" (31-32).

Dyer, it may be noted, can be counted among the mystical teachers whose names are associated with the production of textiles, such as al-Hallaj ("the Carder" of wool) and John Webster. Weaving was a trade favored by the Cathars, and weavers were thereafter associated with heresy and insurrection in European culture.

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Date:2017-08-25 13:24
Subject:The Feast of Saint Friedrich Nietzsche
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Because I never tire of Section 19 of Beyond Good and Evil:


“Freedom of Will”–-that is the expression for the complex state of delight of the person exercising volition, who commands and at the same time identifies himself with the executor of the order–-who, as such, enjoys also the triumph over obstacles, but thinks within himself that it was really his own will that overcame them. In this way the person exercising volition adds the feelings of delight of his successful executive instruments, the useful “underwills” or under-souls–-indeed, our body is but a social structure composed of many souls-–to his feelings of delight as commander. L'effet c'est moi. What happens here is what happens in every well-constructed and happy commonwealth, namely, that the governing class identifies itself with the successes of the commonwealth. In all willing it is absolutely a question of commanding and obeying, on the basis, as already said, of a social structure composed of many “souls,” on which account a philosopher should claim the right to include willing-as-such within the sphere of morals–-regarded as the doctrine of the relations of supremacy under which the phenomenon of “life” manifests itself.

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Date:2017-06-27 06:24
Subject:The Feast of Malcolm Lowry
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[T]he Consul at one point identifies himself with the infant Horus, about which or whom the less said the better; some mystics believe him responsible for this last war, but I need another language I guess to explain what I mean.

(Sursum Corda!, vol. I, 514--Letter 210, to Jonathan Cape, referring to Under the Volcano, 128)

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