“We might say that the dream transforms the dreamer; that it possesses the ability to ‘initiate’, to bestow new meaning, to motivate new beginnings (Latin: initium – beginning), to permit our entrance (literally ‘en-trance’; Latin: inire init – to go in) to new orders of relation between ourselves and the ‘other’.” — Andrew D. Chumbley
Food for Thought:
“Dangers lurk in all systems. Systems incorporate the unexamined beliefs of their creators. Adopt a system, accept its beliefs, and you help strengthen the resistance to change.” — Frank Herber
I was discussing with a friend lately how any system of belief has blinds built into it even when they are unintended. I believe it possible that the biggest blinds come from those unexamined by their own creators. If you adopt someone else’s pathworking or someone else’s systems of belief and you wish to see through the blinds, it means you have to examine both the system at least as much as its creator / founder did and yourself at an even deeper level.
Social Media land of drama. Where else can you encounter so many other views of reality to challenge your own and so many people willing to tear down anybody who disagrees with them? So many voices saying listen to me and when people don’t feel obligated to do so, they attack (usually a third person) in order to get people yelling at each other. It is like a beautifully decorated and orchestrated cesspool. Come for the beauty and try not to get sucked in. It may be too late for me but save yourselves
“I believe that Magic is Art and Art whether it be music, writing, sculpture or any other, is literally magic. Art, like any magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words or images, to achieve changes in consciousness… Indeed to cast a spell is simply to manipulate words, to change people’s consciousness, and this is why I believe that an artist or a writer is the closest thing in the contemporary world to a Shaman.” -Alan Moore
I have finally reached a point in this blogging of my pictures from this last year I’ve been looking forward to sharing. Edgar Kerval writes, edits and publishes many amazing books on LHP Magick, philosophy and practice including the superlative Qliphoth Opus series. (He is also an amazing practitioner and musician). Over the years Edgar has had lots of great things to say about my art. Last summer he asked me if I would like to submit some of my work to appear in his book Sabatica Vol III – The Keys of Death Bringer and the Waters of No Return . I answered yes and subsequently had my art work published for the first time.
Since then my art has appeared in Asbjorn Torvol’s book Beyond Prophecy and in the booklet accompanying Sombre Soniks musical compilation “Thee New Ritual Movement Vol. II” — More to come on those later but Edgar published me for the first time for which I am beyond grateful.
“Be silent and listen: have you recognized your madness and do you admit it? Have you noticed that all your foundations are completely mired in madness? Do you not want to recognize your madness and welcome it in a friendly manner? You wanted to accept everything. So accept madness too. Let the light of your madness shine, and it will suddenly dawn on you. Madness is not to be despised and not to be feared, but instead you should give it life…If you want to find paths, you should also not spurn madness, since it makes up such a great part of your nature…Be glad that you can recognize it, for you will thus avoid becoming its victim. Madness is a special form of the spirit and clings to all teachings and philosophies, but even more to daily life, since life itself is full of craziness and at bottom utterly illogical. Man strives toward reason only so that he can make rules for himself. Life itself has no rules. That is its mystery and its unknown law. What you call knowledge is an attempt to impose something comprehensible on life.” ― C.G. Jung
In my perceptions, I have moved beyond standard conceptions of beauty. I find that anything that is truly itself no matter how ‘awful’ to be aesthetically pleasing. The more raw and open something is the truest expression of itself, the more beautiful it becomes
“I have an idea that some men are born out of their due place. Accident has cast them amid certain surroundings, but they have always a nostalgia for a home they know not. They are strangers in their birthplace, and the leafy lanes they have known from childhood or the populous streets in which they have played, remain but a place of passage. They may spend their whole lives aliens among their kindred and remain aloof among the only scenes they have ever known. Perhaps it is this sense of strangeness that sends men far and wide in the search for something permanent, to which they may attach themselves. Perhaps some deep-rooted atavism urges the wanderer back to lands which his ancestors left in the dim beginnings of history.” ― W. Somerset Maugham
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Through the Mist by GAR
An Abstract Collision Between Shadow and Cast by GAR
In my dreams are storm visions.
Images of vengeance and of peace cascade
deities terrible and profound
with love and hate
Innocence, wisdom, all converge together
Let it come through me and ground as I rise below
or fall above
The spiral widens outward as I widen within