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Found in the web edition of Jakob Boehmes Aurora

Feb. 16th, 2011 | 08:43 am

Very interesting....

The above five Notes are in the 1656 German ed., with
the exception of the words in the last one, "therefore the
transcriber of the High Dutch copy," etc. The fifth Note,
literally translated, reads: "It is not without a certain
mystical purpose that the author pronounced [and wrote]
the word Mercurius as if spelt with an A, i.e. Marcurius;
though selfwise reason would consider it as mere boorish
simplicity."


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At the roundabout, take the second exit...

Nov. 15th, 2010 | 10:40 am
mood: accomplishedaccomplished

espiritkat and I spent the weekend going to Rotorua on a whim. All up we probably dropped at least $700 on the weekend, if not more. But it was worth it just to get away and to check out the thermal pools.

Sometimes our telepathy scares both of us :P. Neither of us really know who had the idea first, all I know is that I brought it up after Kiana had been thinking about it for a while. Synchronistic signs on the way home convinced us that this was a good thing to do, so after a little research we plopped clothes into a bag, toothbrush, vitamins, reading material and togs; and booked a car right then, drove the 4 hour drive to Rotorua where we checked into a motel which "by random chance" (ne pas!) just happened to have located our room right outside a prime view of the blowholes, where we could drink a nice bottle of Merlot, eat a pizza, and meditate with the spirits of the region.

I found myself getting all sorts of insights into the Arte I study, as well as being able to inaugurate my second set of rosary beads through dipping them in various sulphur pools, and infusing them with the wisdom of the area. We spent at least an hour and a half walking through the 50 acres of park at Hell's Gate (where Sir George Bernard Shaw once sojourned and named the place... his theologian friends believed he would pass through Hell's Gate if he did not repent, and so thus he named the area). The history of the area is fascinating... Maoris used the area to heal their wounds after battle, and at least one Maori lady from history ended their life there in protest of her father's disapproval of her. The tohunga or high priests used to value the waters and the muds and claim their powers of foresight were derived from bathing in the waters. And so on.

I found myself getting a deeper level of insight into the words of Hermes who said that "The Water of the Air, which is between Heaven and Earth, is the Life of Everything; for by means of its Moisture and Warmth, it is the medium between the two opposites, as Fire and Water, and
therefore it rains water on earth, Heaven has opened itself, and sent its Dew on earth, making as sweet as honey, and moist. Therefore the Earth flowers and bears manifold coloured blooms and fruits, and in her interior has grown a large Tree with a silver stem, stretching itself out to the earth's surface." I also felt renewed by the beauty of the area, and the mud bath didnt hurt either :P

All in all I'd recommend doing something like that again :)

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Heidegger and Aristotle

Nov. 6th, 2010 | 09:05 am
mood: thoughtfulthoughtful

http://www.sunypress.edu/p-4142-heidegger-and-aristotle.aspx

Yesterday I was talking to Kiana on the phone as I walked home, and I commented that it seemed like Heidegger drew a lot from Aristotle (I was reading Aristotle's text on Generation and Corruption). Turns out I was right. Reading this text, I was bemused by the number of Greek words relating to being that were only translated by hyphenated English words :).

I was also feeling thoughtful about how much of alchemystical philosophy derived from the concourse between these old Greek philosophers, as is evident in Aristotle's discourse about Fire and Earth, levels of subtlety as they relate to our terms for "passing away" and "coming into being", etc. Ultimately Aristotle argued, thousands of years ago, that we say something exists because it is perceptible to our senses, and this is ultimately an incorrect assumption, an illusion of sense... that, for instance, the Wind is just as much an entity with a sense of being/essence as something more tangible such as a stone. Nowadays we think nothing of this as we understand that the air around us has an existence, but we still do not grasp this fundamental concept (most of us at least) of the existence of "unqualified Being" existing undetected by our senses. Science so far can only approach it via the very philosophically shaky concepts of dark matter and dark energy. This seminal text is just as important today as it was thousands of years ago... I don't think Heidegger really added anything new to the table, he really just presented Aristotle in a new light.

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Union and warring of opposites

Nov. 3rd, 2010 | 10:23 am

The candle flame reveals the pure nature of fire - from the warring of two natures, life is compressed into a single space, and radiates out from this. The flame reveals the 3 dimensionsal vesica piscis which is the meeting point of opposite spherical forces, pushing against one another, concentrating in that 3 dimensional center space which is the fish, the lens, the eye, and the candle flame. A symbol and phenomenon worthy of contemplation :D

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Urine, and the metaphor of autophagy in alchemy

Oct. 25th, 2010 | 01:57 pm
mood: thoughtfulthoughtful

In images such as Plate 2 and Plate 3 of the Splendor Solis, and in other alchemical texts, there is an allegory that is well known, involving various fluids, represented as urine, milk, and blood; as well as other metaphors on the concept of feces ("the wise man will find our Stone even in the dung heap", a metaphor for Our Sulphur). These allegorical statements and metaphors provide an insight into the alchemical process, linking it to Psalm 118:22 - "the Stone that the builders rejected", as well as to the ouroboros.

Alchemy harps on the idea of the marvellous spring which gushes forth from the rock, the volatile principle represented by the bird (French oiseau = eau soi, water itself). This spring which gushes forth from the rock, depending on its state of preparation, is seen as various fluids: Virgins milk, blood, urine. The idea put forth by the allegory of urine is one of a matter which has not yet been fixed, which has not been incorporated into the body. It is a waste matter, something unable to be fully digested by the body's powers of assimilation as yet.

The musical art of alchemy describes a constant redigestion of the rejected nature, such that it becomes a part of ones being. This is symbolized in part by the serpent who eats his own tail, a metaphor for self-digestion or fixation... autophagy. Michael Maier describes a similar situation in Atalanta Fugiens, in emblem 7, where a young eaglet attempts to fly from its nest and falls back into it again... metaphor in one way for the hydrological cycle which links the earth with the sky and which gradually brings "the kingdom of the Father" (Zeus?) to Earth. The unfixed moisture of a thing ascends to its ring-pass-not, then cools, and descends, in a constant spiral flux...

The apotheosis of the tendency to the use of the urine metaphor in alchemy comes in the text known as "The Secret of the Immortal Liquor called the Alkahest, or Ignis-Aqua" (http://www.sacred-texts.com/alc/cc/cc03.htm). Here, the concept of urine is wholly literalized, a consequence of hermetic drift, where the author deliberately omits to note that the digestion requires a secret fire which is of the same Nature as the thing being digested, or at the very least the end product desired. (Incidentally, it was also Eirenaeus Philalethes who wrote that the wise man will discover the Stone even in the dung heap).

What is the point of such speculations? I answer: the formation of crystals perfected for the reception and transmission of specific frequency bands, and thus: the continuance of life as we know it. Thus, emeralds and rubys, etc, are in a way the frozen urine of the entities of the mineral kingdom, on their way towards eventual evolution into gold: the frequency band which sustains this kingdom. Every precious stone is in potential gold or silver.

One is reminded of the practice of Amaroli in the Sanskrit translation, the wisdom that may lie behind the constant reintroduction of frequencies one cannot entertain. Crowley suggested as much silently in his so called Liber Aleph: the constant uniting with those things which cause one repulsion, as a way to salvation. Or in other words: the stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone of the temple. One could almost look upon this as the physical manifestation of Jung's process of individuation, the making conscious of the contents of the unconscious.

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More quotes

Oct. 25th, 2010 | 08:42 am
mood: cheerfulcheerful

My favourite so far:

"The last word is with the philosopher who maintains against Aristotle, and with Hermes Trismegistus, that the earth moves because it is alive." -- Giordano Bruno

(from http://www.scholarisland.org/magic.htm)

Kind of paints a picture of Bruno that is less the modern-day scientist that the popular press makes him out to be, and more an alchemist and a magician who understood the workings of Nature.

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Giordano Bruno quote

Oct. 25th, 2010 | 08:16 am
mood: thoughtfulthoughtful

Read this quote by Bruno last night and thought it was worth sharing:

It is not unreasonable to believe that any part of the world is without a soul life, sensation and organic structure. From this infinite All, full of beauty and splendour, from the vast worlds which circle above us to the sparkling dust of stars beyond, the conclusion is drawn that there are an infinity of creatures, a vast multitude, which, each in its degree, mirrors forth the splendour, wisdom and excellence of the divine beauty.

The heavens are a picture, a book, a mirror, wherein man can behold and read the form and the laws of supreme goodness, the plan and total of perfection.... From this Spirit, which is One, all being flows; there is one truth and one goodness penetrating and governing all things.... We are surrounded by eternity and by the uniting of love. There is but one centre from which all species issue, as rays from a sun and to which all species return. There is but one celestial expanse, where the stars choir forth unbroken harmony. From this spirit, which is called the life of the Universe, proceeds the life and soul of everything which has soul and life, the which life however, I understand to be immortal, as well in bodies as in their souls, there being no other death than division and congregation.

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Interesting Crowley quote

Oct. 4th, 2010 | 08:56 am
mood: awakeawake

“Charity and love are here used in their technical sense, Agapé. “Love is the law, love under will.” Both Agapé and Thelema (“will”) add to 93, which identifies them qabalistically. This love is not a sloppy feeling of maudlin sentimental kindness. The majority of people of the Christian Science, Theosophical, New Thought type, think that a lot of flabby thoughts, sending out streams of love in the Six Quarters, and so on, will help them. It won’t. Love is a pure flame, as swift and deadly as the lightning. This is the kind of love that the Student needs.”
-- The Voice of the Silence

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"Fear of the Lord" in alchemical texts

Sep. 24th, 2010 | 09:18 am
mood: thoughtfulthoughtful

The original word translated as "fear" in the OT ("The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom") is the word Yirah.

http://www.inner.org/powers/powyirah.htm

And from another text:
"The word “fear” in the this verse is the noun hary yirah [H:3374], derived from the verb yarah. The common understanding of this verse is if one is afraid of or in great awe of Yahweh, he will have wisdom, but as we shall see, this is not consistent with its use in the Hebrew language. (my emphasis) The Hebrew for “fear of the LORD” (as found in the verse above) is written with two nouns, hwhy tary yirat1 Yahweh. When a noun precedes another noun, the first noun is in the construct state, meaning it is connected to the second noun—two words together forming one concept.

The text goes on to say that such constructs indicate the "fear" (yirah) belongs to the noun (Yahweh) itself, and then goes on to explain the root of this word comes from yara, "to flow out of the gut" (a charming metaphor no doubt). This goes on to explain that the emanations of Yahweh are "teachings". This old Hebrew text of Proverbs is actually teaching the idea of receiving the outflowing of the Creator, of listening attentively to the divine outpourings. We can see this interpretation is a lot more expressive.

Or, as my partner mentioned from a song on the radio "Nature is a language, can't you read?"

The text of Sirach XXXIII confirms this, despite its hoary prose. It describes the wise man as one who is not afraid of the idea of "laws of nature" but studies them and applies them to their own life, rather than frivolously spending their energy on more short lived joys, in order to achieve their own silent success. And in a way, this is exactly what was spoken of the Fraters R.'.C.'. back in the 18th century. They were silent investigators of the expressive text of Nature, the outpourings of YHWH. What better expression of our secret science?

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Jul. 24th, 2010 | 08:13 am
mood: groggygroggy

so very glad today is a saturday and I can sleep in.

wait, whuh? What am I doing up at 8am in the morning? damn those diurnal rhythms that make me get up at sunrise :P. I'm going back to bed.

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