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  • 2020/04/07Holy Days Art Challenge – The Chariot

    ATU VII. Liber Cheth. The Chariot.

    1. This is the secret of the Holy Graal, that is the sacred vessel of our Lady the Scarlet Woman, Babalon the Mother of Abominations, the bride of Chaos, that rideth upon our Lord the Beast.
    2. Thou shalt drain out thy blood that is thy life into the golden cup of her fornications.
    3. Thou shalt mingle thy life with the universal life. Thou shalt keep not back one drop.
    4. Then shall thy brain be dumb, and thy heart beat no more, and all thy life shall go from thee; and thou shalt be cast out upon the midden, and the birds of the air shall feast upon thy flesh, and thy bones shall whiten in the sun.

    This series has been a collaborative continual project shot during the Thelemic Holy Days, coinciding also with quarantine. Stay creative, continue to thrive for every moment.
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  • 2020/04/07Holy Day Art Challenge – The Lovers

    Atu VI – THE LOVERS

    “The hooded figure which occupies the centre of the Card is another form of The Hermit, who is further explained in Atu IX. He is himself a form of the god Mercury, described in Atu I; he is closely shrouded, as if to signify that the ultimate reason of things lies in a realm beyond manifestation and intellect. (As elsewhere explained, only two operations are ultimately possible—analysis and synthesis). He is standing in the Sign of the Enterer, as if projecting the mysterious forces of creation. About his arms is a scroll, in dicative of the Word which is alike his essence and his message. But the Sign of the Enterer is also the Sign of Benediction and of Consecration; thus his action in this card is the Celebration of the Hermetic Marriage. Behind him are the figures of Eve, Lilith and Cupid.”

    “His shafts are quanta of Will. It is thus shown that this fundamental formula of magical working, analysis and synthesis, persists through the Aeons.”

    “But the essence of the analysis is the continuous see-saw of contradictory ideas. It is a glyph of duality.”

    Art by Meysam Zakaria zadeh/Iran


  • 2020/04/06Holy Day Art Challenge – Fortune

    ATU X. Liber VII Ch III. Fortune.

    47. O Thou delicious God, smile sinister!
    48. I pluck Thee, O my God, like a purple plum upon a sunny tree. How Thou
    dost melt in my mouth, Thou consecrated sugar of the Stars!
    49. The world is all grey before mine eyes; it is like an old worn wine-skin.
    50. All the wine of it is on these lips.
    51. Thou hast begotten me upon a marble Statue, O my God!
    52. The body is icy cold with the coldness of a million moons; it is harder than
    the adamant of eternity. How shall I come forth into the light?

    This series has been a collaborative continual project shot during the Thelemic Holy Days, coinciding also with quarantine. Stay creative, continue to thrive for every moment.

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  • 2020/04/06Holy Day Art Challenge – Entry From Iran

    Atu XIII – DEATH

    “It is formally divided into three parts; the lowest is symbolized by the Scorpion, which was supposed by early observers of Nature to commit suicide when finding itself ringed with fire, or otherwise in a desperate situation. This represents putrefaction in its lowest form. The strain of environ ment has become intolerable, and the attacked element willingly subjects itself to change; thus, potassium thrown upon water becomes ignited, and accepts the embrace of the hydroxyl radicle.”

    “The middle interpretation of this sign is given by the serpent, who is, moreover, the main theme of the sign.1 The serpent is sacred, Lord of Life and Death, and its method of progression suggests the rhythmical undulation of those twin phases of life which we Call respectively life and death.”

    “The card itself represents the dance of death; the figure is a skeleton bearing a scythe, and both the skeleton and the scythe are importantly Saturnian symbols.”

    “he is crowned with the crown of Osiris; he represents Osiris in the waters of Amennti. Yet more, he is the original secret male creative God: see Atu XV. “Redeunt Saturnia regna.”

    “With the sweep of his scythe he creates bubbles in which are.”

    “the doctrine reappears in slightly different symbolism as the story of the Flood.”

    “This card must then be considered as of greater importance and catholicity than would be expected from the plain Zodiacal attribution. It is even a compendium of universal energy in its most secret form.”

    Art by Meysam Zakaria zadeh/Iran


  • 2020/04/03Sonny Rollins on Mysticism, Etc.

    Some of you olde curmudgeons likely know who Sonny Rollins in, but most of you – likely not. Well here’s an interview in the NY Times where he discusses trading licks with John Coltrane and admitting he did so half heartedly coz Coltrane – at that time was an up and coming nobody. SO THERE. I’m sharing this because of the various spiritual insights and experiences that Rollins cites — kind of inspiring and frankly I wasn’t expecting so much of his discourse to lean towards mysticism. The online version is much longer than what appeared in print:

    “I can hear music that elevates me, but on the other hand there’s martial music that’s made to make people go to war. So music is neutral. It has nothing to do with ethics. Music is not on the same level as trying to understand life. We’re here for 80-something years. One lifetime is not enough to get it right. I’ll be back in another body. I’m not interested in trying to get that technical about that because I don’t need to know. What I need to know is that being a person who understands that giving is better than getting is the proper way to live. Live your life now in a positive way. Help people if you can. Don’t hurt people. That works perfectly for me, man.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/02/24/magazine/sonny-rollins-interview.html.

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