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Monthly Archives : March 31, 2012

Achetypal Brain Part II

Uncategorized / March 31, 2012 / No Comments

In my discussion of Adam Kadmon, or The Cosmic Man, I failed to mention that this symbolic representation of the divine protoplastus should really not be taken as a strictly masculine symbol. It is not. This figure has traditionally been viewed as androgynous: The yearning to return to an original condition of life has as presupposition the belief that man descends from a divine hermaphrodite thought to have been the progenitor and paradigm of all creation. In the first treatise of the Corpus Hermeticum (“The Poimandres”), a collection of sacred documents attributed to Hermes Trismegistus, the reputed father of the alchemical art, the archetypal androgyne appears as the macrocosmic Primal …..

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Archetypal Brain Part I

Uncategorized / March 29, 2012 / No Comments

The human brain is an image, just like all material objects. There seems to be this idea in science that, if we could only understand everything about the brain, all the secrets of human psychology would unveil themselves to us. They will need to think more deeply, for the physical brain has correspondence to that which it mirrors. Only that which it mirrors can bring about true understanding. Just as the heart has been raised to mythological significance by countless references to its being the center of a human being and even of God, so the brain also has a mythical story to tell. For example, there is the story …..

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Nature’s Way

Uncategorized / March 25, 2012 / 2 Comments

Nature has a way of thinking which is very different from the type of thinking that is predominant in our world. First of all, Nature does not think using the concepts of time and space. These are created by the human mind. We say things like, “It was,” and “You were;” but, for Nature, all is. . . .what was, was always so; what will be is virtually in what is, in such a way that what was “is” virtually what will be and has itself only been the essence of the future( R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz, Nature Word). If we are to become, we must vanquish our limited, dichotomous …..

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Spring

Uncategorized / March 24, 2012 / No Comments

The Return of Persephone, by Frederic Leighton Lately, I find that I am becoming more conscious of Nature. We, here, are enjoying an early Spring this year, which makes it very conducive to contemplation, as one walks through the park or in the forest. Life is exploding all around! There is no better therapy than to walk in natural surroundings. While in the park today, I thought about how good the air felt, how pleasant the blossoming trees and flowers smelled, and how the colors were beginning to burst all around me. The birds were sweetly singing and the animals were busy running about gathering food. Spring is my favorite …..

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Death and Initiation

Uncategorized / March 22, 2012 / No Comments

“Death and the Gravedigger” by Carlos Schwabe, 1890s Death is change, transformation, passing from one state to another. In the Perennial Philosophy, as Leibniz (and later Aldous Huxley) called it, death is closely associated with esoteric initiation into the Higher Mysteries. Plutarch wrote At first there is wandering, and wearisome roaming, and fearful traveling through darkness with no end to be found. Then there is every sort of terror, shuddering and trembling and perspiring and being alarmed. But after this a marvelous light appears, and open places and meadows await, with voices and dances and the solemnities of sacred utterances and holy visions. In that place one walks about at …..

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The Emerald Tablet

Uncategorized / March 21, 2012 / 2 Comments

Known to scholars since the 7th-10th century, the Emerald Tablet of Hermes is the point of origin for Hermetic philosophy and alchemy. Legend has it that the text was carved by the Thrice-Great One himself (Hermes a.k.a. Thoth) from a single piece of green crystal. Supposedly, it was placed in the king’s chamber of the Great Pyramid of Cheops. According to www.alchemylab.com, The Emerald Tablet is an ancient artifact that reveals a profound spiritual technology, which has survived to this day despite centuries of effort to suppress it. Encoded within the tablet’s mysterious wording is a powerful formula that works in very specific and comprehensible steps on all levels of …..

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Zombies

Uncategorized / March 18, 2012 / No Comments

Today, I ventured out to the local You-Know-What “superstore.” I wouldn’t have journeyed there myself, but Mrs. Zeteticus wanted to go because of the “low prices.” Walking in, I thought about the people who have been brainwashed into thinking that this establishment is the best place to shop. I suppose it depends on what sort of shopping atmosphere you prefer. Me, I would be perfectly happy at the local hippie grocery. The prices may be a little higher, but so what? The quality is much better. The people working there are actually polite most of the time. Hippies love everybody, even one such as I. The store has soul, whereas …..

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The Loss of Myth

archetypal / March 17, 2012 / 2 Comments

Medusa by Arnold Böcklin, circa 1878 . . .the individual who wishes to have an answer to the problem of evil, as it is posed today, has need, first and foremost of self-knowledge, that is, the utmost possible knowledge of his own wholeness. He must know relentlessly how much good he can do, and what crimes he is capable of, and must beware of regarding the one as real and the other as illusion. Both are elements within his nature, and both are bound to come to light in him, should he wish — as he ought — to live without self deception or self-delusion (C.G. Jung, MDR, pg 330). …..

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Ciphers of Nature

archetypal / March 12, 2012 / No Comments

Photo by Pauk…initial imaginative operation is to typify (tamthll) the immaterial and spiritual realties  in  external or sensuous  forms,  which  then  become  “ciphers”  for  what they manifest. After that the Imagination remains the motive force of the ta’wil which is  the continuous ascent of the soul In short, because there is imagination there is  ta ‘wll; because there is  ta ‘wll,  there is symbolism;  and because there is symbolism, beings have two dimensions (Alone with the Alone, by Henry Corbin).Could it be that we, in this material world of self-aggrandizement, are really asleep? In our humdrum day-to-day existence of relying on the physical senses to perceive this world, truly a …..

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Eyes of the Soul

Uncategorized / March 10, 2012 / No Comments

We’ve all heard that the eye is the window to the soul. But what ideas does it really refer to? As everything else in this manifested world, the eyes are powerful symbols that point to higher Truths. Since the dawn of mankind, the act of seeing has been associated with spiritual understanding. To the ancients, the eye is one the most important symbols used to convey spiritual truth. The eye is a multifaceted symbol that would takes volumes to describe. For this short article, I will deal with just one aspect of the image. The symbol I would like to talk about today is called a mandorla, which means “almond.” …..

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Living Water

archetypal / March 6, 2012 / No Comments

  . . . the alchemists gave the name of ‘water’ to quicksilver in its  first stage of transmutation and, by analogy, also to the ‘fluid body’ of Man. This ‘fluid body’ is interpreted by modern psychology as a symbol of the unconscious, that is, of the non-formal, dynamic, motivating, female side of the personality. The projection of the mother-imago into the waters endows them with various numinous properties characteristic of the mother (Cirlot, Dictionary of Symbols). Water is our mother. It is one of the most perfect symbols we have available to us in this realm of existence. We can learn many deep things from it if we apply …..

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Snowflakes

archetypal / March 4, 2012 / 5 Comments

Watching the snow softly fall this morning, I am reminded that each snowflake is exquisitely unique, each falling to earth in shapes that speak to the sacredness of our planet and the universe. The shapes are truly amazing.Snowflakes are powerful symbols that point to the sacred individuality of each human being. Snow flakes descend from the heavens, from clouds. According to Cirlot’s Dictionary of Symbols,There are two principal aspects to cloud-symbolism: on the one hand they are related to the symbolism of mist, signifying the intermediate world between the formal and the non-formal; and on the other hand they are associated with the ‘Upper Waters’—the realm of the antique Neptune. …..

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