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New Magicks for a New Age Volume 4: The Notebooks of a Magickian
Book Six: 9/4/95
Thrints Would it be possible to take an individual eukaryotic organism, e.g., a human being or dog or tree, and turn it into a virus? That is, could its genotype be encoded in DNA or even RNA together with other appropriate genetic material so that the result would be able to survive as a virus? If so, you could then fire the thing off into interstellar space in some sort of encystment medium, e.g., a very large chunk of rock or as part of a comet, and it might very well make the long, terrible journey to the world of another Star that way, in a sort of fossilized version of suspended animation. Upon impact on a new world, assuming there was any carbon-based life there at all and therefore a biosphere friendly to such life, it might very well be able to find itself a niche and survive, even thrive, in a viral way of life. Shades of H. P. Lovecraft and Aleister Crowley! In such form, the Old Ones could have crossed the Abysses of Space and Time many times, discovering our world on one or more of these passages, landing here to take up life among us as slaver viruses, domesticating Earthly life for their own purposes. And in this way beings we would perceive as “demons” could have come here and taken up a way of life known only too well via documented reports of possession and exorcism from numerous cultures. Further, such “demons” could grant the favor of a kind of immortality to their human pets or partners, permeating their bodies and, in the process, retro-retro-copying the latter’s human genetic information into some of their own genetic particles, which would live on after that individual human being died. Those human/virus hybrid particles, replicating many times and infecting people over a large territory, might then
come to infect a newly-conceived human embryo right at the beginning, and be “incarnated” again as a sort of genetic hitch-hiker in that child. Is this the origin of some of the extra personalities in certain cases of multiple personality syndrome – as expressions of human/virus hybrid genes that were not part of the original intranuclear complement of genes bequeathed to that child by its parents, but rather came on board in the form of viral invaders close to the moment of conception? *** “. . . [I]t occurred to [Teppic] that there was one thing left to do which he had not done. He’d never known how to before, but now he could see that it was just numbers, arranged in a special way. Everything that was magical was just a way of describing the world in words it couldn’t ignore.” – Terry Pratchett, Pyramids (New York: ROC Books, 1989), p. 221 *** Magick The “Tunnels of Set” are Qlipphotic reflections of the Paths of the Qaballah. They are associated with Tav (Trump XXI, The Universe/World), the Path connecting Sephirah 9, Yesod with Sephirah 10, Malkuth, because this Path is in turn associated with the sub-Lunar realm, the Lower Astral, encompassing a region between the Sphere of Luna and the Sphere of Earth into which ultimately, inevitably fall all the Qlippothic spill-over of Creation and Life. This realm comes under the dominion of Luna, and is therefore associated with everything else ruled by Her. Luna rules mirrors and, in general, all reflecting surfaces, i.e., all surfaces not only opaque to certain electromagnetic wavelengths but which cast those wavelengths away again, after the fashion of mirrors. This includes all those materials which reflect electromagnetic waves not in the visible spectrum, and either absorb or actually transmit visible light, e.g., lasing or masing gases which are transparent to visible light but which reflect infra-red, etc. In the ancient Greek religious story of Perseus, it is told how Perseus killed Medusa by use of mirrors. He dared not look directly at her, because if he did, he’d be turned to stone, like all her victims. So, looking at her reflection in a mirror and setting his aim by that reflection, he shot arrows back over his shoulder, killing her instantly. Could various aspects of or dwellers in the Tunnels of Set be used as Magickal Mirrors in this way, providing reflections of what the Operator dare not or cannot look at directly, so that he or she can use that reflection as a source of sighting data by which to deal with the otherwise deadly unknowable as Perseus used a mirror to kill Medusa? *** From email correspondence with a friend during July 1995 e.v. He wrote: >>>Dear Yael: >How do you find People of the Lie? Lovely portrait of certain >Billaraceous types we know, isn’t it?! :( >>>How did I find it? I just moved my mashed potatoes, and there it was!
>>>(Sorry. . .always wanted to do that. <G>) >>>Honestly? I thought it was rather tepid, but I admit my expectations were high. “I didn’t sleep with this woman, so she was evil.” Pshah. I also believe his anthropomorphisms concerning God (sex:male) and the devil (sex:neutral) are exactly backwards. I feel this reflects the pratfalls of his Christian thinking, which was sprinkled a little bit too thick in this soup. I already answered the above – forgot to respond to the following question: >>>And was I reading an earlier edition? Mine had nothing about the Indiana girls case, and I thought it would. In fact, as a first draft, I felt the work had merit. It’s a wonderful start. But it needs development, and better examples. The book about the killing of the young woman was Cruel Sacrifice, by Aphrodite Jones. It came out in 1994. As for examples – well, I suppose that the reason that Peck’s work struck such chords in me was that the destructive, devouring parents and the soul-destroying spouse all were so typical of all the people I kept getting beat up by and beat up by and beat up by from birth on (right down to the present, of which I’ve already written to you . . . .
Dear – I was a little surprised that you didn’t even seem to notice what Peck had to say about the two sets of parents that seemed hell-bent on destroying their own children for no particularly good reason, or My Lai, which many people have agreed was an apotheosis of perfect, senseless, absolute evil. The part about the woman who came to him for psychoanalysis really didn’t have much to do with sex – it had to do with issues of power and the way in which people try to connive, manipulate, and bully others into doing what they want, often rather senselessly and stupidly and without apparent good reason. It certainly isn’t only Christians who are concerned about such things as wanton child-abuse, soul-murder, mind-rape, and similar things, I assure you – for one thing, Peck does talk at some length about the horrors that occurred under Nazism, and those affected Jews, Gypsies, Christians, theosophists, and many others! What I find so striking about his book is that it deals with the Lie, Evil’s great weapon, and the way in which people manage to poison themselves and everything and everyone around them by falling into its subtle, seductive snares. It’s so easy to lie – it gets easier over time – but in the end, it proves to be utterly destructive. Rather like addiction to crack or something. I had no trouble setting aside issues peculiar to Christianity and concentrating on those Peck raised which are crucial to all of life, regardless of our beliefs. Evil isn’t just something Christians dreamed up to scare themselves senseless with – do you think the Clintons are just a mass hallucination impressed on others by telepathic Christians? And if so, if there is no evil, why object? Who cares? We all have a concept of what evil is and why it is an abomination: the thing that attacks the very heart of life, all life, regardless of denomination or even species. Peck makes that clear. He’s honest enough to warn you that he is in fact a Christian, so you aren’t getting sold a bill of goods – it’s easy enough to separate the Christianity from the meat of the book, once you’re aware of it. And there’s plenty of meat left afterwards. At any rate, I think the Clintons and whoever or whatever they front for are perfect illustrations of People of the Lie, don’t you? Peck describes such very well, and gives a good set of reasons for why those who still have hearts and souls fear and detest the Lie that make sense to anyone, regardless of their particular religion. And that’s why I liked that book. ***
Astrology From email correspondence with a friend: Dear – In your charts, there’s nothing ruling out the possibility of the two of you having children together. Summarizing what I found, while there might be some difficulty conceiving them or bearing them to term, and also the possibility of adverse effects upon your health, these are only potential problems, which could be headed off with such things as nutritional supplementation et al, and the children you could have together would be well worth the trouble and effort. His Sun, at about 13 degrees Scorpio, squares your Uranus, Moon, and Mercury, indicating potential friction or something but not much more. His 5th-House ruler, Mercury, at about 3° Sagittarius, trines your Uranus and Sun, opposes your Mars-Venus midpoint, and squares your Pluto. I.e., your Mars and Venus together form a Yod with his 5th-House ruler, which could indicate that you two are likely to have children together, perhaps fraternal twins, a boy and a girl, while the Pluto square may indicate that timing is allimportant when it comes to a successful conception and live birth (not insuperable as a problem). He has a conjunction of Pluto and Uranus in his 5th House. These square your Venus, sextile your Sun, conjoin your Part of Fortune (which is in your first House) as well as the midpoint of your Mercury and Jupiter (another testimony of fate; also, Jupiter rules your Fifth House), squares your Saturn (ruling your 6th), and quincunxes your Chiron (which is in your 6th House). The square to your Saturn indicates the possibility that gestation of his child might put a high demand for calcium and other micronutrients, especially vitamin C, on your system, so you’d need to consult with a nutritionist about that during gestation. The quincunx to Chiron also means the possibility that unless you took special pains to keep your body in the best possible shape, nutritionally and otherwise, you could become ill. But this, too, can be overcome. Everything else is positive. Your Sun, in your 11th House of hopes and dreams and wishes, trines his Saturn/Chiron conjunction, conjoins his Jupiter (his 11th ruler), sextiles his Pluto/Uranus conjunction (in his 5th House of Children), trines his Neptune (which is in his Sixth of Health), squares his 6th cusp (not insuperable, but watch for blood incompatibilities or genetically inherited allergies or something), and sextiles his 5th (positive). Your 5th-House ruler Jupiter (which conjoins Spica, a wonderful testimony for children in general), conjoins the midpoint of his 6th-House Neptune and his 5th-House Uranus/Pluto conjunction (testimony not only of fate, but also of great power – your children may be badly needed to do a job for the whole world), quincunxes his Chiron/Saturn conjunction (health or allergy or similar problems to watch for), trines his Ascendant (tends to cancel out some of the aforesaid problem tendencies), conjoins his 6th (ditto; he needs to have children with you for his well-being, I think). Your chart indicates you are both fertile and would be fortunate in any children you do have, and between your two charts there is more than enough positive stuff to make it highly likely the two of you will have at least one successful conception (twins?) between you. So go for it!! :) PS: I could also drag out the Arabian Parts book and try out some of those, but those are only afterthe-fact weighting factors, as it is. Let me know if you need those also. *** Subj: Gun Love Date: 95-07-27 15:06:17 EDT From: Polaris93 To: [Various friends on Internet] Thought y’all might enjoy the following exchange I had with a correspondent, a most aggressively passive man, a journalist of the “liberal” (=Clintinoid zomboid) school, who very much enjoys “making poems to the silver wire,” as Richard Adams puts it in Watership Down:
>>>>>Hmm, [your landlord and his employee] not being too likable unless I’m n their wavelength. . .sounds like that cracker fool Ackerman that was hanging out at Gary’s “casa” in ‘84, he probably got shot dead by a well-meaning friend one night in his own home whilst he crept to the bathroom (by the way, forget what your NRA friends might tell you, having a gun in your home now means that you, an adult woman, are at least four times more likely to be killed than you were before you bought the damn thing – I feel sorrier for you because of the attack in ‘88 than I can express but this won’t make you safer). . . Actually, no, they’re not like Ackerman. Ackerman was a functional illiterate, for one thing – these two men are well-educated, dedicated science-fiction fans, and politically rather savvy. They are also kind. They are as capable of hoof-in-mouth outbreaks as anyone else (including me ‘n’ you, brother, including me ‘n’ you), and they each their own garden of peculiarities – but so do I, and they are my friends, as Gary was, and friends are good to have. As for what my “NRA friends tell” me, they didn’t. I live in a very rough neighborhood, the cops do not protect householders here, only investigate after the fact, and the criminals avoid the places where they know householders are likely to shoot, just as they do the places from which loud barking sounds emitteth, unless they are stone crazy, which is what the gun is for, the “hot prowlers.” The sort of guns they “break in” for are collections of expensive, high-power weapons, not the little revolver I carry and know how to use well. The FBI crime statistics files also show that householders, male and female, who have a gun, know how to use it, are prepared to use it if necessary in self-defense, are something like a tenth as likely to suffer from violence done to their persons in their homes – if there are break-ins, they take care of those in short order, and they are less likely to suffer from break-ins, because they are also foresighted enough to make it harder to break in undetected and harder to break in period. We all die sometime, some way, and there is no such thing as absolute physical security, but you can sure as shit shift the odds! As for feeling sorry for me – the people who felt sorriest for me, so they said, were the radical feminists who then tried to harangue me into their thing and/or push me into committing suicide, but who sure never offered me any protection. The same is true of men who “feel sorry for me,” but do nothing either to protect me or teach me how to protect myself. So I decided, the sob’s may get me, but I’ll sure as hell go down fighting. All the gun does is give me a chance – but that’s one fuck of a lot better than the cops, most of my friends, or anybody else ever did! There’s a thing about empty sympathy that sends cold chills down my spine, too – I’ve been stalked by predators all my life, from birth on (my adoptive father and his buddies were predators), and one favorite trick predators use is to ooze sympathy for you as a way of getting inside your guard so they can then get you. It’s like “compliments.” Lots of good people give both sympathy and compliments, but I’ve been exposed to the bad ones too many times. I’ll do what I can to protect myself, thanks – it’s better than nothing at all. (Eric or Kevin, should they hear something going on here, or hear me call for help, would come to the rescue, but what if they don’t hear, or don’t have time to get here to do any good?) It wasn’t the NRA that convinced me to join the NRA – it was the perp who raped me, the cops who did nothing to catch him, all the people who made fun of me or tried to use me afterward, and so on. And where did you get the statistics on which you based your assertion that “you are four times more likely etc”? Or are you just passing on that some anti-self-defense group is pushing? Because, as I’ve said, the official US crime statistics tell a very different story – and out of curiosity, I did check those, for twenty years running! Since the FBI, BATF, and like that hate the NRA, they don’t have reason to pad the data, and if anything, they’d err on the side of whatever would hurt the NRA. So I trust these data. And of course the perps I’m really worried about are those workin’ for the US guv’mint. If they’re gonna burn me to death in my own home, don’t I at least get a pistol to fight back with? >>>>Statistics don’t make your case as far as this weapon making you and your companions safer; quite the contrary, in fact. sigh. As I said, I’m curious about where you got your statistics. The FBI collects theirs from all police precincts in this country, insofar as is possible. They may or may not dick with the data, but the data-base is quite sound, and nobody has access to a better one. I’ve also looked at independent tallies by various police organizations in this country using those same statistics, all of which say pretty much what the FBI stats do – people who are prepared to protect themselves are at less risk than those who are not, since police cannot protect citizens except by sheer accident, only precincts, and otherwise only investigate afterward. I learned long, long ago that whenever I needed protection, no one but me would ever be here to do the job. I don’t give a shit whose sensibilities I offend by my willingness to defend myself at need – I have no
intention of ever putting myself at risk of the sort of thing I went through in 1988 for anyone’s sentimentality, because I know very well that whoever it is whose sentiments I’d be protecting would never do jack to protect me, nor anyone else. Eric, some of us are of value to others – I was never one of them, and I’ve long since lost all illusions that I ever was. I’m not rich, I long ago lost whatever dubious physical attractions I ever had, and as far as my intellectual value goes, the fact that I’ve never been able to get my literary work, whether fiction or otherwise, commercially published says it all. We are biological creatures in a biological universe, the nature of which is pretty well summed up in that awful but all-too true phrase, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Those who have no value to others either do for themselves or go under – and people who were never valued as people, right from the very beginning, as was true of me, never have much of a chance to accrue such value later on. To put the best face on it. So you can shun me or think I’m crazy or whatever the hell for my determination to protect myself at need – without, mind you, putting innocent bystanders at risk in the process; my Bujinkan Budo taijutsu combat-arts instructor would shit if I ever did such a criminally irresponsible thing! – and it is absolutely irrelevant, because I am the only one who will ever take any responsibility for my safety and well-being. If that makes me a “gun nut” – so sue me. *** Astrology: Chiron returns The 50th anniversary of any historically important event is always important to us – for example, in the Old Testament, in Judea every 50th year in succession was a “jubilee year,” when all debts were forgiven, all servants set free, and so on. This may be because it is also the Chiron return of the event, the time when the giant planetary comet Chiron returns to the same celestial longitude at which He stood when the original event occurred, of which this is the 50th anniversary. This year, 1995, is the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II and its aftermath – of the liberation of Germany’s death-camps and the Japanese concentration camps by victorious Allied military forces, of the dropping of the Bomb upon Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and so forth. While there have been many memorials of these events, in a great variety of forms from literature and cinema to memorial statuary, paintings, and journalistic photographic portfolios, it would be expected that anything that comes out as Chiron returns to His place in the sky where He stood during those horrifying times 50 years ago will have far greater psychospiritual, legal, social, and other human impact than any that went before it. Between 1984 and the present, with Pluto’s ingress into Scorpio and Neptune’s into Capricorn, rapidly followed in 1988 by Saturn’s and Uranus into Capricorn as well (Saturn thereafter entering first Aquarius, then Pisces, remaining in mutual reception with first Uranus, then Neptune, while the latter two conjoined in Capricorn in 1993-1994), the mood of the whole world has been tumbling down into despair. Chiron’s perihelion passage in the last couple of years and, possibly, the splendid but unnerving impact of the fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy onto Jupiter during July 16-21 in 1994, last year, may well have added to that mood. Everything bad that could possibly happen, did; then it got stuck that way; then it rotted – such has been the effect of Pluto in Scorpio sextile Neptune in Capricorn. Uranus in Capricorn is like a maniac in a straight-jacket, while Saturn in Pisces (1993-1996) is Arsenic and Old Lace. With this background, what revelations are likely to come forth as Pluto goes direct on the 8th of this month (August 1995) and enters Sagittarius (November 10, 1995), followed by Uranus’s ingress into Aquarius in January of next year? Pluto in Sagittarius is the funeral pyre on which all the rot of Pluto in Scorpio is burned away; Uranus in Aquarius is the Eagle in Flight. The former brings jihads, the latter brings freedom – what revolutions will come forth now, as well? What new information will be made public about the Abombing of Hiroshima (a uranium-core version of the Bomb) and Nagasaki (a plutonium-core Bomb), Hitler’s death-camps (Pluto/Neptune/Uranus/Saturn all associated with it), the establishment at the end of WW 2 of clandestine arms of the US government such as the National Security Council that were accountable to no one, not even Congress (Neptune, Pluto, possibly Uranus), and all the rest of the worldshattering, culture-blasting end and aftermath of World War II? Anyone out there have any ideas? Anyone seen stuff come out that matches the current configuration of transiting Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Chiron and Their aspects to Their positions back in 19451946? I’d be interested in any feedback you might have, as the Outer Planets are all prominent in my natal
chart (March 20, 1945, @ 5:48 p.m. PWT, Pasadena, CA, USA) and my life has had disturbingly close synchronies with the major historical events of this century (e.g., my natural mother was born on Aug 9, 1909, exactly 36 years to the day prior to the A-bombing of Nagasaki). Be interested in anything you come up with. *** Alchemy and Astrology of Health AolMail Subj: Kombucha Tea To: [Various correspondents on Internet] After years of increasingly, frighteningly bad health, I just discovered kombucha tea – and in just 3 days, since I first began taking it, suddenly I have the energy I did 20 years ago, the symptoms of my illness are suddenly clearing up, and even things such as eyesight and hearing are better! Kombucha is a type of fungus that is made into a drink which tastes something like a good tart wine or a honeyed apple vinegar, with an admixture of “bite” to it like ginger-ale or other carbonated drink. Fungi are ruled by Pluto (Hades), Who rules regeneration, rebirth, transmutation, blacksmithing, and Alchemy, the study and practice of the process by which the Great Changes of Nature come about within the time-scale of a human life rather than over centuries or geological eras, as is usually the case. It seems I’m being given a second chance by Lord Pluto, in the form of the marvelous natural alchemy provided by this fungus, one of His subjects! Pluto has been trining my natal Sun (0° 3’ Aries Sun) since His entry into Sagittarius and return to Scorpio earlier this year, and will complete the trine early in November of this year, as He re-enters Sagittarius on November 10 and leaves Scorpio permanently (at least, as far as our lifetimes go!). Does anyone know anything about the astrology of fungi, especially with respect to Pluto? (One is reminded of the collection of the poetry of H. P. Lovecraft, Fungi from Yuggoth – “Yuggoth” was his name for Pluto, the Gateway to the Universe for the Solar System, and the beings that came from or through Pluto from other realms to terrorize us here on Earth. Apparently, as in the story of Pandora, at least one of them may not have been so bad – the good spirit “Kombucha”! <g>) I’ll keep you posted on this – it looks as if all the hype about the stuff wasn’t just hype, after all! *** The Astrology of Health AolMail Subj: The Astrology of Alchemy To: [Various correspondents on Internet] I’ve been concerned lately with the astrology of Alchemy, because Alchemy is an artificially compressed and revved-up version of Nature’s way of doing things, carried out as a spiritual discipline by human beings in order to study the spiritual aspects of the natural, physical world. Therefore Alchemy has long been concerned with the biochemistry of the body and its relationship to its environment, especially as these have to do with health. My own health having been bad for so long, I’ve been very interested in learning how biochemical function has to do with health. Since Alchemy has long studied just this aspect of nature, and the production of medicines produced by Alchemical means has probably been part of Alchemy as long as the discipline has existed, I have been interested in the relationship between the Alchemical and the astrological rulers of matters concerned with healing, health, disease, regeneration, regrowth, rejuvenation, and so on. While Mercury, in the person of Hermes Trismegistus or Djehuti Greatest of Gods, is ruler of all the esoteric Arts and Sciences, and thus the general ruler of Alchemy, as He is of astrology, Pluto (Hades) is Lord of the arts of the smith and transmutation, death and rebirth and rejuvenation, and therefore is also a
Lord of Alchemy. Between 1971 and 1989, Pluto transited through first the Sign Libra, in which He is in His detriment, then the second half of the Via Combusta (0° - 14° 59’ Scorpio), in which He, like all other Planets and the Lights, is weaker than anywhere else. Now He is finishing up His term in the second half of Scorpio, where He is in His essential dignity; on November 10 of this year, He will enter Sagittarius, where He is exalted, and in a few years He will enter Capricorn, of which He is esoteric Lord, stronger than in any other Sign save Leo, His other esoteric rulership. I find it fascinating that His influence on Earthly life during His traverse of Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Capricorn – Signs of His strength – matches the essential process of Alchemy: the Black Dragon of putrefaction (Pluto in Scorpio), Calcination (Pluto in Sagittarius), and Manifestation/Transmutation/Condensation (Pluto in Capricorn). Incidentally, Alchemy, like Thaumaturgy, is a study of the Spirit in matter and through matter, of the establishment of a scientific morality grounded in belief in God as manifest in Creation, including the physical world, and the perfection of the spirit through matter and vice-versa. Chemistry is Alchemy without Spirit (God = AL), just as modern physics and engineering are thaumaturgy without a spiritual emphasis. Science not centered on God-in-Nature inevitably produces horrors such as the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal in 1977, or Hiroshima in 1945, just as religion not centered on God-manifest-throughCreation produces horrors such as the mass burning of heretics throughout Europe during the Middle Ages. Like all other Hermetic Arts and Sciences, Alchemy is built upon astrology, which is the study of the Will of God as manifest in the Heavens. So that aspect of God ruling Alchemy is the God or Archangel we call Pluto (Hades), and it is by His Will that the natural Alchemical transmutations that we perceive as the processes of falling sick, healing, dying, birth, and so on take place. It is when we resist the Will of the Gods that life goes wrong, or so all the esoteric disciplines teach; so if one is to achieve and maintain health, Alchemical processes that replicate in the microcosm what Nature does in the macrocosm through the changing seasons and centuries and geological eras and eons, then it is necessary to conform to the Will of the Gods having to do with health. While Mercury (Hermes) rules health, Pluto (Hades) rules the most profound aspects of health, illness, and healing; Mercury is exalted in Capricorn, of which Pluto is esoteric Lord, and perhaps by research into the functions and influence of Capricorn more may be understood about these all-important aspects of our lives. If anyone has any thoughts on this, any criticism, comments, or questions, I’d like to see them, because all of it will have a bearing on the nature of health and the things that influence it, which are foremost in importance to me right now. Thanks in advance. *** From email correspondence with a friend, Summer of 1995 e.v. How long has Pluto been retrograde? Pluto R in Scorpio has go to be the height of self-transformative energies, yes? Rather like being in a cocoon? When it goes direct, then the nature of the transformation changes? Pluto has been retrograde this time since about March 2 or 3. Pluto and Neptune both do things like the pupal stage of organisms like butterflies and moths. Neptune is the cocoon itself, and the disorganized goo into which the transforming larva first breaks down, and Pluto is the seed of new form within the goo, and the process by which it becomes the imago. Pluto has His essential dignity in Scorpio, while Neptune is its diurnal esoteric Lord; both have to do with different aspects of transformation, just as they both have to do with different aspects of death, re-birth, and so on (for example, Neptune and Pisces rule the Crucifixion, Pluto and Aries rule the Resurrection). Neptune rules the breaking-down of the old form into something that Pluto can then transform into the new, but both are aspects of Scorpio. Neptune rules the rot that Pluto requires to take away the last of the Old so that the New can come into being, but Pluto does the killing off of the Old that provides the substrate for Neptune to use to produce the rot – in other words, the two are partners, sort of, at least in the “dirty work” of Nature’s Alchemy (i.e., death, rot, suppuration, and other Guh-ROSS stuff like that). Anyway, Pluto retrograde does that portion of His work that requires stillness and darkness, hiddenness, or that must take place on the Inner Planes before it can manifest on the Outer Planes; when Pluto goes direct, this work is completed and it is then made manifest unto the Light. Pluto’s
Scorpionic side is more evident when He is retrograde; His Arian side, when He is direct. Received your illos yesterday. Figures 1 through 20-C and Tables 1-11. Also cartoons, etc. Didn’t know you did covers! Do you collect them as well? Some very interesting ones in there. Well, I doodle covers. By “collect,” do you mean by others? I have a couple of coffee-table-type portfolios by Michael Whelan (did the black/white/gray/red covers for Ballantine’s reprints of Lovecraft and some stuff by Stephen King), Virgil (“Weird Science”) Finlay, et al, that contain a lot of their best, if that’s what you mean. >>>>>Perhaps it is the memory, biochemically embedded in the tissues of all modern Earthly life, of that ancient world-cracking catastrophe, the close approach of Luna to the young Earth, that accounts for so much of Luna’s power over us and Her central place in so many of our mythologies, religions, and Magickal systems. Were the echoes of that cataclysm sensed by Hans Horbiger when, inspired by the sight of molten metal falling upon frozen mud, he had the mystical vision out of which evolved his infamous Welt-Eis Lehre or “World Ice Theory”? This theory, which asserts that our world and all its life were the products of a series of catastrophic interactions between cosmic fire and cosmic ice, eventually became the quasi-official cosmological doctrine of the Nazi Party in Germany during Hitler’s chancellorship of that unhappy nation. Were Herr Doktor Horbiger and his followers, all unknowingly, acting on an ancient, ancient memory locked into the tissues of all Earth’s modern life? The ancient Greeks believed that in the beginning, Eurynome, the Goddess of All Things, was born of Chaos into the Void. Finding nothing substantial for Her feet to rest upon, She therefore divided the sea from the sky, and danced all alone on the waves of the sea for unknown Aeons. Dancing toward the South, She set in motion a wind in her wake that seemed to be something new, not part of Her, suitable as raw material for Her to begin the work of creation upon it. Wheeling about, She caught hold of this North wind, rubbed it between Her hands, and thereby created the great serpent Ophion. Coupling with Ophion, She gave birth to the Cosmos – the Sun, the Moon, all the Planets, the Stars, and the living Earth with all Her creatures, plant and animal and all else. But there was one school that believed that black-winged Night, a Goddess of Whom even Zeus stands in awe, was courted by the Wind and laid a silver egg in the Womb of Darkness. Eros, Whom some call Phanes, was hatched from this egg, and set the Cosmos in motion. This silver egg was of course the Moon, Who is thus the Grandmother of All Things.*
*Robert Graves, The Greek Myths, op. cit., Volume 1, pp. 29-31.
In such origin stories, are there echoes of an ancient, world-cracking catastrophe without which all modern forms of life could not have come to into existence? Is it possible that, knowingly or otherwise, we are able to access all the biological information in all the components of our living bodies, including all the “silent” DNA in the nuclei of our cells, or even the extra-nuclear DNA of the mitochondria and other organelles of those same cells? More and more, current biological theory holds that modern eukaryotic* cells – including those of our own bodies – are the descendants of ancient compacts among unicellular organisms of the early Earth, by which various types of cells banded together to form the first complex cells, ancestors to those in the bodies of all modern eukaryotic life.
It’s fairly-well accepted now. Here’s a quote from the latest textbook: “Both chloroplasts and mitochondria appear to be remnants of organisms that established symbiotic relationships with the ancestors of modern eukaryotic organisms. This endosymbiotic theory of the origin of these organelles postulates that chloroplasts are derived from photosynthetic cyanobacteria, whereas mitochondria are the descendants of aerobic bacteria. . . .Primitive eukaryotes lacking chloroplasts or mitochondria probably could only live in aerobic environments. Oxygen is toxic to most anaerobes and they are killed if exposed to air. The formation of a symbiotic relationship with the aerobic bacterial precursors of mitochondria enabled these organisms to live in an atmosphere containing oxygen, whereas a symbiotic relationship with a photosynthetic organism would enable the eukaryote to use light energy to drive synthetic chemical reactions. There is considerable evidence to support this theory. . . .” Plant Growth and Development. ed. Donald E. Fosket. Academic Press Inc. 1994.
I know. But when I first wrote up that chapter, about three years ago, I used what was then available to me. This will all (I hope! <g>) be thoroughly edited and updated before it ever gets published for real; for now, I’m getting down onto disk what I’ve got and putting backups in safety-deposit storage as well as leaving copies with friends who can critique them, to make sure it gets done in some form before I’m not around to do it any more. I may live another hundred years, who knows – but Gary’s death got through to me as nothing else ever has that I don’t have forever, that this has to get done now, because otherwise it might not get done at all. Hence some of this stuff may be a little out of date – for now. But the intention is that by the time it is published in final form, whenever that is, it will be completely revised and updated to conform with state-of-the-art/science understanding of the subject at hand, insofar as is possible. >>>>>According to the work of Lynn Margulis et alia,** the organelles of modern cells, each of which has its own compliment of DNA, separate from that of any other organelle in the cell, including the nucleus (which is an organelle in its own right), were originally free-living organisms which somehow came together to form obligate symbiotic partnerships. No. . . not all organelles have DNA. . . only mitochondria and chloroplasts. Noted – please understand, I never was able to get even my bachelor’s, in spite of some 250 quarter-hours of study at university level and, later, all my reading in various aspects of biology since, because of my long, long invalidism and all my illnesses since I was about 24. I’ve had to wing it, unfortunately <wistful sigh>, and consequently there are vast, terrible gaps in my knowledge. These are being closed up in many cases due to the very kind and helpful feedback from friends like you who do have the solid grounding in the life sciences I lack. As I said, I’m getting this down any way I can – but it all badly needs editing, and a good critic, especially someone well-educated in biology, is a Godsend! Thanks so much for pointing out errors such as these – if this tome ever makes it to the public and is well-received, it will be because of help such as yours to make sure it is as scientifically accurate and state-of-the-art as possible! >>>>>These partnerships did so well that they have persisted right down to the present day, billions of years later, comprising all modern Earthly eukaryotic life.
*Eukaryote: any organism, unicellular or multicellular, whose cells have membrane-bound nuclei and organelles. As opposed to prokaryotes, also called bacteria and monera, unicellular organisms which lack these. **There are a number of excellent sources for discussion on this theory and research behind it. These include, e.g., Lynn Margulis’s Origin of the Eukaryotic Cell: Evidence and Research Implications for a Theory of the Origin and Evolution of Microbial Plant and Animal Cells on the Precambrian Earth (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1970), Mark and Diana McMenamin’s Hypersea: Life on Land (New York: Columbia University Press, 1994), and many others. See Section 2.2.3 of Appendix 5 of Volume I (NM0CEBBC–), especially Section 18.104.22.168 (NM0CEBBC.C00, works on evolution and sociobiology), for a listing of works in the biological sciences for more sources of discussion concerning this concept.
Are some of those organelles remnants of Earth’s life that existed prior to the cataclysmic nearapproach of Luna to Earth and the world-rending trauma that were the consequences of that approach? Is it somehow possible, consciously or otherwise, to commune with the organelles in the cells of our own bodies, including those outside the envelope of our cellular nuclei, which may be the descendants from beings that existed before that unthinkable catastrophe, and learn from them something of their ancestry and history? Is it possible in this way to catch glimpses of the way our world was before Luna’s close approach to us – or of the shattering horror which destroyed Nykte, Earth’s pre-Gaian early biosphere, several billion years ago? The shattering horror? Do you mean the evolution of photosynthesis, which rusted the world’s oceans, and suffocated all the anaerobic organisms present except those that found an anaerobic niche deep within the earth or within another cell (=mitochondria)? No, actually, I was referring to the damage done to the physical body of the Earth by the close approach of Luna, and the consequences thereof, e.g., the vast outwellings of magma from the deep mantle released along huge cracks girdling Earth at 4g degrees North and South of Her equator, caused by Luna’s approach. In Gary’s last couple of years, he and I frequently discussed recent findings by planetary scientists of all types concerning revenants of Nykte, Earth’s first, pre-approach biosphere, which apparently was nothing like Gaia, the current one, except that it did possess DNA and/or RNA, and may have provided the ancestors of modern life. It seems likely, according to what has been found, that modern aerobic life was given its first start on a world-wide scale by that catastrophe, a la some of the implications of Stephen Gould’s “punctuated equilibrium” model of the evolution of life on Earth, which is now pretty much accepted as the Way Things Were by biologists, I understand (or is that just what Gould & Co. say about it? <g> – Frankly, it makes sense to me, too, so I accept it, until something more convincing comes along). In other words, those Nyktean organisms which produced oxygen and/or used it may have had a selective advantage over anaerobic ones, so they gained the edge right after Luna’s close approach, and became the ancestors of most of Earth’s life today. If I run across discussion of this among the books I inherited from Gary or my own periodicals or anything else, I’ll let you know – it’s a fascinating window on Earth’s first life and what happened to it. At any rate, truly the Oxygen Catastrophe was a very real cataclysm as far as most of Earth’s first life was concerned, but not as bad as the thing that preceded it and laid the ground for it, the close approach to the Earth of Luna, which gave the oxygen-producing aerobes the edge over the anaerobic competition, and also wiped out vast chunks of Nykte as She was then, right before Luna’s close approach. Seas boiled due to the magmatic outwellings from the mantle along the vast cracks at 45 degrees North and South of the equator, the atmosphere was made highly poisonous over much of the globe from
toxic fumes vented from those cracks, and the tectonic effects must have been horrendous, to say the least. So much or most of Nykte must have been wiped out within days of the opening of those vents, as Luna almost pulled our world apart by Her close approach – Kali Destroyer! Shiva, Shatterer of Worlds, indeed! Are those ancient Lunar Gods personifications of that primordial memory in the cells of all living things of that catastrophe? Well, be that as it may, that was the “horror” I was referring to. The advent of the Green Marauder, as Larry Niven refers to photosynthesizing life such as cyanobacteria and Kingdom Plantae, and the Oxygen Revolution it brought about only came later, a byproduct of that far greater catastrophe, the maiming and wounding of the physical Earth due to Luna’s close approach some 2 gigayears or so ago.
The true hallmark, the unmistakable signature of life is Will, by whatever name – purposiveness, intentionality, spiritedness – which from an objective, external point of view as homeostasis. Where Will and its signature trademark of homeostasis appear, there is life and spirit, two sides of one coin. You can hear brain-damage due to any cause, possession due to neuroendocrinological viral infection, or any other non-psychological dysfunction of the central nervous system in the sufferer’s voice, and always it has the signature of life, homeostasis, deliberate, willed return to a set-point – in this case, a set-point and a timing of return not willed, consciously or otherwise, by the afflicted person. So some other organism or aspect of life, if only a mechanical injury to the brain, is involved in such cases, not the person. Even possession thus has a biology, one best described by epidemiology, microbiology, and xenological psychological rather than human psychology. *** Memory is not only psychological – it is physiological, encoded in the tissues of our bodies. Scars are histological memories of injury; when they occur in the brain, those memories can seem very psychological in nature, yet are nevertheless quite physical in their origin or, at least, the source of their elicitation, as in the case of, e.g., epileptiform seizures. In auto-immune diseases, is it perhaps true in some cases, at least, that the immune system perceives the scars of old wounds – whether in the form of connective tissue, replacing tissue destroyed by a mechanical or thermal wound, or intracellular scarring inflicted on individual living cells in various tissues by chemical and/or radiological traumae and insult – as “the enemy,” thereupon attacking those inert scars as if they were live microbiological invaders? In such a case, obviously the immune system is out of whack; the body is attacking what it ought to be ignoring, cleaning out, or replacing with healthy tissue. Here, memory, ruled by Luna (neuroendocrinological or “psychological” memory, an effect, direct or indirect, of the experience of the whole organism) and Neptune (endocrine function, chemical/intra-cellular memory) are involved, as well as Mars (immune response, scar-tissue). *** From email correspondence with a friend, Summer 1995 e.v. Well yea. . . wouldn’t expect you to know all the details of mitochondrial genomes. I think your book *will* be published and well-received. That’s why I offer what tidbits I can from my particular field of expertise. Just trying to keep you honest. But don’t expect much useful critique from me in the field of astrophysics. . .
For astrophysics, we have other critics – ever had your ears pounded by a ghost because you confused a nebula with a galaxy? :) (Gary, I know that was you, dammit . . .) >>>Hope you’re doing well – hoist a few brewskies in your celebrating for me if that’s your thing, and may this be the beginning of wonderful things for you! Thanks. (Had a few last night |*) Oh, so that’s why I had that astral hangover! <G> But seriously, folks . . . >>>I’ve been concerned lately with the astrology of Alchemy, because Alchemy is an artificially compressed and revved-up version of Nature’s way of doing things, carried out as a spiritual discipline by human beings in order to study the spiritual aspects of the natural, physical world. Therefore Alchemy has long been concerned with the biochemistry of the body and its relationship to its environment, especially as these have to do with health. My own health having been bad for so long, I’ve been very interested in learning how biochemical function has to do with health. Since Alchemy has long studied just this aspect of nature, and the production of medicines produced by Alchemical means has probably been part of Alchemy as long as the discipline has existed, I have been interested in the relationship between the Alchemical and the astrological rulers of matters concerned with healing, health, disease, regeneration, regrowth, rejuvenation, and so on. While Mercury, in the person of Hermes Trismegistus or Djehuti Greatest of Gods, is ruler of all the esoteric Arts and Sciences, and thus the general ruler of Alchemy, as He is of astrology, Pluto (Hades) is Lord of the arts of the smith and transmutation, death and rebirth and rejuvenation, and therefore is also a Lord of Alchemy. Between 1971 and 1989, Pluto transited through first the Sign Libra, in which He is in His detriment, then the second half of the Via Combusta (0° - 14° 59’ Scorpio), in which He, like all other Planets and the Lights, is weaker than anywhere else. Now He is finishing up His term in the second half of Scorpio, where He is in His essential dignity; on November 10 of this year, He will enter Sagittarius, where He is exalted, and in a few years He will enter Capricorn, of which He is esoteric Lord, stronger than in any other Sign save Leo, His other esoteric rulership. I find it fascinating that His influence on Earthly life during His traverse of Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Capricorn – Signs of His strength – matches the essential process of Alchemy: the Black Dragon of putrefaction (Pluto in Scorpio), Calcination (Pluto in Sagittarius), and Manifestation/Transmutation/Condensation (Pluto in Capricorn). Incidentally, Alchemy, like Thaumaturgy, is a study of the Spirit in matter and through matter, of the establishment of a scientific morality grounded in belief in God as manifest in Creation, including the physical world, and the perfection of the spirit through matter and vice-versa. Chemistry is Alchemy without Spirit (God = AL), just as modern physics and engineering are thaumaturgy without a spiritual emphasis. Science not centered on God-in-Nature inevitably produces horrors such as the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal in 1977, or Hiroshima in 1945, just as religion not centered on God-manifest-throughCreation produces horrors such as the mass burning of heretics throughout Europe during the Middle Ages. Like all other Hermetic Arts and Sciences, Alchemy is built upon astrology, which is the study of the Will of God as manifest in the Heavens. So that aspect of God ruling Alchemy is the God or Archangel we call Pluto (Hades), and it is by His Will that the natural Alchemical transmutations that we perceive as the processes of falling sick, healing, dying, birth, and so on take place. It is when we resist the Will of the Gods that life goes wrong, or so all the esoteric disciplines teach; so if one is to achieve and maintain health, Alchemical processes that replicate in the microcosm what Nature does in the macrocosm through the changing seasons and centuries and geological eras and eons, then it is necessary to conform to the Will of the Gods having to do with health. While Mercury (Hermes) rules health, Pluto (Hades) rules the most profound aspects of health, illness, and healing; Mercury is exalted in Capricorn, of which Pluto is esoteric Lord, and perhaps by research into the functions and influence of Capricorn more may be understood about these all-important aspects of our lives. Capricorn is patient, slow growth. Pluto is radical transformation. Reconciling the two seems difficult, but I
think it’s possible. A long, slow, process which leads ultimately to major change, perhaps? Like years of physical therapy which result finally in recovering the use of a limb. An unhealthy Capricorn/Saturn is a sad thing indeed. . . depression, discouragement, loss of the will to go on. But it’s said that Saturn delays yet does not deny objectives. The trick is to keep going, despite delays, despite setbacks, to always keep moving and growing, albeit it ever so slowly. Pluto, the transforming principle. Like making compost from dung and dead weeds. A long, slow process that brings about a major transformation. The caterpillar in its cocoon. Applied to health, it could mean making many small, positive changes in one’s attitude or lifestyle over the years. Keeping a positive attitude, yet not getting caught up in trendy panaceas. Good, sensible health practices. Above all Capricorn is down-to-earth common sense. Giving the body proper nourishment, both mental and physical, in order to grow in a healthy way, ultimately to emerge transformed, as Pluto promises. What do you think? Any of this sound right? Pluto is also raw power, power in its most elemental aspect, and Capricorn is politics – the two go together like bread-and-butter! Also, think of catastrophe theory, or the way in which crystals suddenly beginning to saturate out of solution after a long time of adding solute to no apparent effect. Like toasting toast – the bread doesn’t change at all for quite a while, then suddenly goes dark, undergoes a phase-change at the moment the last of the moisture in the bread leaves due to the heating of the toaster. Pluto in Scorpio is that phase of the Alchemical process called decomposition of the original substance, during which the original material is subjected to things which detach its quantum-body essence from everything not part of that essence, not essential to its nature; Pluto in Sagittarius is the Refiner’s Fire, burning away the dross, the unessential garbage rotted away by Pluto in Scorpio; Pluto in Capricorn is the sudden appearance of new form, the result of recomposition of the mercury (essence), sulfur (energy) and salt (calcined ash) of the substance, its decomposition products. This manifestation comes at the end of the long, long, tedious, weary Alchemical process, and comes all at once – form suddenly manifesting from force and flow, like salt or sugar suddenly precipitating out of a supersaturated solution, or super-cooled water suddenly turning to ice in one overall phase-change due to a sudden loud noise or shock. The radical change (Pluto), in this case, is the virtually instantaneous transition from formlessness to form; the form (Capricorn) is the result of that change, which is proceeded by force (Sagittarius) and, before that, flow (Scorpio). – Not that I’m an alchemist, by any means, or even any sort of Alchemical scholar! But this is the basic idea. I think. :-| . . *** Comet Hale-Bopp 0195: From email correspondence during August 1995 e.v.: AolMail Subj: Comet Hale-Bopp 0195 To: [A friend on Internet] John P., you were right! Comet Hale-Bopp 0195 is quite real, and if its current apparent brightness/size aren’t just the result of temporary outgassing, it may well be one of the biggest, brightest comets in history, at least as much so as Halley’s Comet was at the latter’s best! (Q.: Why was Halley’s Comet so disappointingly dim and non-noteworthy at its last passage? – Ans.: When it came back in 1910 to pick up Mark Twain, he cussed it out so bad that he shocked the daylights out of it, and it’s only been a shadow of its former glory ever since! <g>) This new comet is currently (as of August 8, 1995, the day Pluto went direct for the last time in Scorpio in our lifetimes, just a couple of day’s after the comet’s
discovery) at a celestial longitude equivalent to 18 h 33 m sidereal time, and a declination of -31° 38’ (i.e., 31° 38’ south of the celestial equator, far South of Sol’s or even Luna’s greatest southern declination, but not very far south of Pluto’s greatest southern declination). 18 h 33 m sidereal time is equivalent to about 16 degrees 30 minutes Capricorn, a little over halfway through that southern Sign. The comet is now just inside Jupiter’s orbit, and if it is as big as its current brightness indicates, it is over 100 miles across – about the size of the planetoid/cometoid Chiron, which is a comet by dint of its physical makeup, but a planetoid because it is in a true orbit around Sol, between the orbits of Uranus and Saturn. Capricorn’s mundane Lord is Saturn, and its esoteric Lord is Pluto, both Gods of Winter, death, desolation, and darkness. The Babylonians referred to everything North of the celestial equator as “the Heavens,” everything South of it as “the Hells.” These Planets – especially Pluto, with His extreme Southern declination – are thus truly Lords of the Hells, and it is out of Their frigid, desolate realm that this comet comes. At this point, it is only about 7 degrees West of Neptune, also in Capricorn, and thus technically in conjunction with the Lord of Oceans, and about 11 degrees West of Uranus, Lord of the Sky, Who is now still conjunct Neptune in Capricorn and sextile Pluto in Scorpio. Back in Spring of 1984 e.v., when I was still living in Santa Barbara, California, an outstanding astrologer who had briefly moved there from Oregon and was on the verge of moving right back to Oregon again (Santa Barbara has had that effect on a lot of people – like me, f’rinstance! <g>), gave a lecture on various astrological topics. At one point, some dear soul in the front row with too much money and time on her hands and not much sense asked the lecturer, “Ooooh, what wonderful things will Pluto in Scorpio bring us, my de-ah?” The astrologer’s answer: “Well, first, by way of background, you are of course aware that Pluto goes through Scorpio faster than any other Sign, taking just 11 years to the 30 it needs to go through, say, Taurus? – Good. Well, then, I am reminded of a quote from the Book of Matthew: ‘Save that time be shortened, not one shall be left alive.’ Essentially, as a result of Pluto’s transits, ‘Everything alive shall live – and everything dead shall die.’ . . . Any questions?” (You could have heard a pin drop. In that wonderful, totally plastic New Age community, which lived in a reality shared by nobody else on the planet, that was about like farting in church – “Trouble is only an attitude! Your mother died because she had bad thoughts! It’s only your karma! So go be here right now – over there.” For the remainder of her excellent lecture, the atmosphere in the room was, shall we say, more than a little subdued.) Well, on top of all that, in 1988, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune were all together in Capricorn, with Neptune sextile Pluto then as now. Uranus slowly moved to conjoin Neptune in Capricorn, which He did last year, while Saturn went on into Aquarius, where He was in mutual reception with Uranus, then Pisces, where He was in mutual reception with Neptune. And now, this comet, while Pluto is still in Scorpio, Uranus and Neptune are technically conjunct in Capricorn with both sextile to Pluto and Uranus exactly sextile Pluto on the day of the comet’s discovery, 8/6/95 (which is, incidentally, the 50th anniversary of the A-bombing of Hiroshima, two days before Pluto’s last direct station in Scorpio for another 237 or so years). What does it mean? Is a Great Dying yet to come before Pluto enters Sagittarius (where, perhaps, He will light the funeral pyres for the dead of that Dying), something like the Black Plague of Medieval Europe? Comets traditionally herald cataclysms and great disasters and the deaths of kings – what disasters and deaths does this one herald? It has the parabolic orbit of a true comet, but is the size of the cometoid/planetoid Chiron – is this, like Chiron, a refugee from the trans-Plutonian Kuyper Cloud of cometary bodies, but on a cometary trajectory rather than something that will take up a regular planetary orbit around Sol? If so, will it herald the sort of woundings that Chiron does, except on a collective scale? Its appearance in Capricorn, near Pluto’s southernmost declination, conjunct Neptune and, through Neptune, Uranus, argues that it might well do so. Every major body in the Solar System has a place on the Tree of Life, at least it does on my 16Sephiroth extended Tree of Life (see my file NM3BA000.000, “Magickal Applications of the New, 16Sephiroth English-Language Qaballah for more on same). Where do comets fall on that Tree? The seemingly parabolic trajectory of a true comet (which in most cases actually has a highly elongate elliptical orbit with the Sun at one focus thereof that extends far, far out beyond Pluto, perhaps into the Öort Comet Cloud, 20,000 A.U. beyond Sol, in some cases) argues that perhaps true comets are associated with Ain Soph, on the of Three Veils of the Negative or Three Zeroes, “Limitlessness,” “Without Limit,” which is associated with the parabola – that a comet is a thing beyond the bounds of our local universe of the Solar System, transcending all our Solar limits, a guide to the Stars and the true Starry Wisdom, taking us right out of the Tree of Life and into true interstellar space. In the fiction of H. P. Lovecraft, it was from interstellar space that the true horrors came to Earth, monsters and demons to which we are nothing more
than ephemeral pests – or slaves, or stock-animals. This goes well with the ancient association of comets with death, horror, destruction, devastation. Will this comet prove to be an exception? (Personally, I like to think it comes to pick up the spirit of my late friend, Gary Csillaghegyi, who was an astronomer by training and calling, who loved the Stars his life long – indeed, his name, translated from Hungarian, means “Star-Mountain.” Comets herald the death of kings – Gary was a true King, a true Thelemite, soul and spirit, for whom the Valkyries always ride, in the form of the Aurora Borealis. There should also be a comet for him, as there was for another true American King: Mark Twain. Halley’s came to pick Mark up again, 76 years after it brought him here as an infant, the comet he was born under. It would be most fitting if Comet Hale-Bopp 0195 was the great cosmic Chariot sent to pick up my friend: Because I could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for me; The carriage held but just ourselves And Immortality. We slowly drove, he knew no haste, And I had put away, My labor, and my leisure too, For his civility. We passed the school where children played At wrestling in a ring; We passed the fields of gazing grain, We passed the setting sun. We paused before a house that seemed A swelling of the ground; The roof was scarcely visible, The cornice but a mound. Since then ‘t is centuries, but each Feels shorter than the day I first surmised the horses’ heads Were toward eternity. – Emily Dickinson [1830-1886])
Anybody have any more on this comet? If you do, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I find it fascinating! AolMail Subj: Hale-Bopp boo-boos ::::blush:::: To: [Various correspondents on Internet] Everyone – ::::blush:::: Mea maxima culpa!, everybody, my report of Comet Hale-Bopp’s discovery date was off by a couple of weeks! Just got (by request) a data-sheet on the comet from the Seattle Science Center (take a bow, folks there at the Center!), which I called yesterday for info on the comet. (Gary will wring my neck when I Cross Over myself!) Here’s all the comet poop not included last time, as well as corrective on the discovery date: It was announced on July 24 that Alan Hale (Cloudcroft, NM) and Thomas Bopp (near Stanfield, AZ) had independently reported the discovery of a new comet. The comet was discovered by Hale shortly after
11 p.m. (local time) on July 22, 1995, and was independently found by Bopp about half an hour later. The comet was then in the Constellation of Sagittarius (the Sign Capricorn), not far from M70 (Messier catalog # 70). It was described as diffuse, with some condensation, and about magnitude 10.5. Daniel Green (Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams) made the announcement on IAU Circular 6187, issued on the afternoon of July 24, and followed it up with IAUC 6188 listing numerous precise positions that had been received from Australia and Japan after a confirmation request had been sent out. A prediscovery image was announced on IAUC 6198. R. H. McNaught (Anglo-Australian Observatory) found the image on a plate exposed by C. P. Cass on April 27, 1993. The comet’s total magnitude was then 18 and the coma was 0.4 arc-minutes across. The orbit given on IAUC 6198 indicates the comet was then 13.1 AU from the Sun (an AU, or Astronomical Unit, is 93 million miles, the distance of Earth from the Sun). During the first few days after discovery, the comet was between magnitudes 105 and 11. It had some condensation and a short tail or elongation toward the north. The coma was reported to be about 1-2 arc-minutes in diameter. As of the beginning of August, various observers indicate that the comet is magnitude 10.5, about 2-3 arcminutes across, and weakly condensed. There is still the trace of a tail, or a slight elongation of the coma, towards the north. CCD imaging by W. Offutt (Cloudcroft, NM) July 24-31 indicates the comet may be shrinking. JPL’s measurements show the comet may be spiral-shaped. At this time, it is believed the comet will pass perihelion in early 1997. An orbit calculated by Brian Marsden (which is still “somewhat uncertain”) has a perihelion date of April 1, 1997, and a perihelion distance of 0.9 AU. The comet likely has an orbital period of about 4,000 years, but the original orbit may have been somewhat shorter. Marsden comments that the comet “is not on its first pass from the Öort Cloud.” The orbit from IAUC 6198, based on 248 positions, is as follows (equinox 2000.0): Epoch=1995 Oct. 10.0 TT; T=1997 April 1.3922 TT; e=0.996348; q=0.916702 AU; argument of perihelion=130.4405 degrees; ascending node=282.4733 degrees; inclination of orbit=88.8797 degrees. The comet’s brightness is still a matter of question. The brightness in April 1993 is about 4 magnitudes fainter than the predicted magnitude based on the comet’s currently accepted brightness model. The comet may have been undergoing an outburst at the time of the 1993 photograph, or the current brightness model doesn’t fit this comet and might need to be revised. Additional observations are needed before an accurate brightness model can be developed. Sorry about the boo-boos! *** From email correspondence with a friend, Summer 1995 e.v. >>>>>garbage rotted away by Pluto in Scorpio; Pluto in Capricorn is the sudden appearance of new form, the result of recomposition of the mercury (essence), sulfur (energy) and salt (calcined ash) of the substance, its decomposition products. This manifestation comes at the end of the long, long, tedious, weary Alchemical process, and comes all at once – form suddenly manifesting from force and flow, like salt or sugar suddenly precipitating out of a supersaturated solution, or super-cooled water suddenly turning to ice in one overall phase-change due to a sudden loud noise or shock. The radical change (Pluto), in this case, is the virtually instantaneous transition from formlessness to form; the form (Capricorn) is the result of that change, which is proceeded by force (Sagittarius) and, before that, flow (Scorpio). – Not that I’m an alchemist, by any means, or even any sort of Alchemical scholar! But this is the basic idea. I think. :-| . . . ok, ok. But I thought we were trying to relate all this to health. . .? The Alchemist, like the ecologist, thinks of everything as a living system, all such systems governed by the name natural laws. The human body, the Alchemist’s lab set-up and the world at large all are such systems. So whatever the Planets do in the world at large, they represent the way in which processes take
place in the lab set-up, and the natural processes of the living organism, human or otherwise. Hence in terms of the human body, e.g., Pluto in Scorpio means the “putrefaction” (weakening to the point of unviability) of everything that shouldn’t be part of the body, so that all that binds it to the body is ready to fall apart; Pluto in Sagittarius makes the rotten stuff fall apart, so that it is no longer bound into the tissues, and is thus flushed away via the kidneys and bowels; and Pluto in Capricorn represents the body, now completely cleansed and purified of all contaminants and putrid/morbid conditions by the Refiner’s Fire of Sagittarius, suddenly manifested in its best, essential, healthiest form, rejuvenated, strong, virtually invulnerable to illness and wasting and aging (or at least in a lot better shape than it was before!! <g>). “As above, so below.” What the Planets do in the sky, what Their positions in the Signs represent, is mirrored by events here “below,” on Earth, Earth as a whole organism in Her own right, and among Her various types of organisms, and within the bodies of all individual organisms. Does this help? If not, let me know, I’ll give ‘er another try . . . *** From email correspondence with a friend, Summer 1995 e.v. >>>>The Alchemist, like the ecologist, thinks of everything as a living system, all such systems governed by the name natural laws. The human body, the Alchemist’s lab set-up and the world at large all are such systems. So whatever the Planets do in the world at large, they represent the way in which processes take place in the lab set-up, and the natural processes of the living organism, human or otherwise. Hence in terms of the human body, e.g., Pluto in Scorpio means the “putrefaction” (weakening to the point of unviability) of everything that shouldn’t be part of the body, so that all that binds it to the body is ready to fall apart; Pluto in Sagittarius makes the rotten stuff fall apart, so that it is no longer bound into the tissues, and is thus flushed away via the kidneys and bowels; and Pluto in Capricorn represents the body, now completely cleansed and purified of all contaminants and putrid/morbid conditions by the Refiner’s Fire of Sagittarius, suddenly manifested in its best, essential, healthiest form, rejuvenated, strong, virtually invulnerable to illness and wasting and aging (or at least in a lot better shape than it was before!! <g>). “As above, so below.” What the Planets do in the sky, what Their positions in the Signs represent, is mirrored by events here “below,” on Earth, Earth as a whole organism in Her own right, and among Her various types of organisms, and within the bodies of all individual organisms. Does this help? If not, let me know, I’ll give ‘er another try . . . I’m sorry, but having been married to a Capricorn for many years I find it hard to think of Cap. associated with anything being cleansed and purified. Strong, yes. Stubborn too. But pure and clean? Uh uh.
Okay, there’s a fundamental misunderstanding here of terms, probably my fault. Let’s see if I can clarify what I mean. No organism, including H. sapiens (? <g>), is its Sign. Nobody, ever, is a “pure anything in the Zodiac. Living beings are flesh & bone/chiton & lymph/blood & hair/scales/feathers & whatever else they are made up of; they do have fundamental, evolutionarily entrained tendencies of response to astrological phenomena, but the phenomena themselves – including placement of the Sun in a Sign at the birth of a given organism – are no more part of those organisms than a hot-point that I instinctively pull my hand away from is part of me. The reflex to do so is part of me, but not the thing reflexively reacted to. Further, no one is ever just his or her Sun Sign! He or she “is” also a Moon-Sign, an Ascendant, a Mercury placement, and so on for everything else in the native’s chart. Your husband may have “been” a Capricorn, but he had to have had Planets in other Signs, not to mention his Ascendant, Part of Fortune, and so on for everything else in his chart, nu? The point is, no person, no individual living being is ever purely one Sign and one only – he or she or it “is” everything in his/her/its chart, and, furthermore, isn’t even those, but rather a set of biologically hardwired tendencies of reaction to various astrological phenomena which are represented by his/her/its natal chart, which is in fact a (very) partial map of his/her/its genotype. Alchemy and other esoteric
sciences, on the other hand, are describing pure ideals when they talk of given Signs, substances, and so on. Just as Alchemical mercury is no more the metal Hg than I am Ozma of Oz (it’s actually the quantumbody or “essence” of any substance which has been Alchemically decomposed into a “mercury,” a “sulfur,” and a “salt”, as the “sulfur” is a sort of oil produced from it and the “salt” is the substance’s calcined ash), so your ex wasn’t “a Capricorn.” He “was” Capricorn plus . . . – and on top of that, wasn’t any of those at all in fact, but rather a rag, a bone, a mortal hank of hair, as we all are, one who happened to be born at a time when the Sun was between 0 and 30 degrees past His Winter Solstice point in the sky, who had his Moon God knows where, his Ascendant ditto, and so on, and who was about as “pure” any astrological ideal as Dorothy Parker was Queen of Romania (to borrow one of her own jokes!). So when I was talking of Pluto through the Signs Scorpio through Capricorn, I was talking about pure processes and phenomena, as they would be if this were a universe of uncontaminated ideals – which it isn’t. “Jesus was a Capricorn” – yeah, and Jesus was a God, they say, like no one else on Earth ever could be. Nobody can match the astrological ideals with perfect fit – everything is an approximation and an admixture, here in the real world. So if your husband didn’t fit the ideal Capricorn portrait – why should he? Neither he nor anyone else born at the time of year ever could. Also, remember that you and I and everyone else have Capricorn somewhere in our own charts, just as we have 10th Houses and Saturns, the former ruled by Capricorn, the latter ruling it. Yet all of us are different from one another. I used to hate Leos, because for years, the only one I knew well was this woman Ruth Haber who damned near destroyed me at one point in my life. Then I met a lot of other Leos, and found out they aren’t all alike. My adoptive mother was an Aries, I’m an Aries. My adoptive mother sickened me – but does that mean all Aries are therefore detestable, that I am detestable? My adoptive mother was crazy – does that mean all Aries people, or Aries women, anyway, are mad as hatters and March hares? Capricorn is just the first month of Winter, as well as representing a stage of Alchemical decomposition and recomposition of materials. There are a lot of good people out there with Sun in Capricorn – and a lot of bad ones, too, same as for all other Signs. But in the discussion above, I was talking about ideal processes and ideal expressions of astrologically-represented potentials, not real, live people, good or bad. Okay? If that doesn’t work, lemme know, I’ll give it another shot. *** Bacterial multicellularity: research findings AolMail Subj: Bacterial “Multicellularity” To: [Various correspondents on Internet] Everybody – I realize that DISCOVER magazine is not the be-all and end-all of scientific authority, but I found this affirmation of an aspect of my own work in the current (September ‘95) issue of that magazine to be rather comforting: . . . [R]esearchers are now discovering that everywhere you look in the bacterial world, rather than immortal life, you find death. [Regardless of what you call it,] the death of a single cell that can potentially reproduce forever appears to violate evolutionary good sense. A dead bacterium is nothing but a dead end. ‘Apoptosis doesn’t make adaptive sense for single-celled organisms,’ notes microbiologist James Shapiro of the University of Chicago. ‘But it makes lots and lots of sense for
multicelled organisms.’ If you look at each bacterium not as an individual but as a unit in a much larger organism – the microbial equivalent of a brain cell, a stem cell, a sperm cell – death takes on new meaning. ‘You tend not to think of bacteria as having differentiated populations, where one part of the population has one function, serves that function, and then dies,’ says Martin Dworkin, a microbiologist from the University of Minnesota. ‘But there are populations that behave in a coordinated fashion, that have differentiation.’ Biologists have long recognized that groups of microbes can assume a coherent form . . . . And they have long studied how populations of bacteria – often several species working together – carry out chemical processes in the environment . . . But this view of bacteria has been overshadowed by their identity as pathogens, each cell eager to cause disease single-handedly. This latter view harks back to 1880, when bacteriologist Robert Koch published his criteria for identifying disease-causing bacteria: for the identification to be certain, a culture had to be grown of a single microbial species. And to be absolutely pure, so pure that there was no question the species caused the disease, each culture had to come from the seeding of a single bacterium. ‘That was the tradition that ultimately led to molecular biology,’ says Shapiro, ‘and became the intellectually dominant tradition in the history of microbiology and bacteriology. That’s where out concept of the bacteria as single-celled organisms comes from.’ For more than a decade now, Shapiro and a small cadre of his fellow microbiologists have been working to turn that concept on its head. . . . ‘No matter how you look at an E. coli colony,’ says Shapiro, ‘you see that it is a highly differentiated structure – that there are many different kinds of cells. They have different sizes, they have different shapes, they have different enzymes in them. And you also see that it’s a highly organized structure.’ These differences – found in cells that start out as clones of one another, carrying identical DNA – come about because as a colony of bacteria grows, the cells experience different conditions. As conditions change, the bacteria change as well: some will begin to express different genes or will even pick up mutations that enable them to adapt to their new environment. Along the way, however, many cells must die; cell death is, in this way, inextricably linked to life. Ibid., p. 100.
In other words, “unicellular” life is, very often, as multicellular as well ourselves are – but its cells are distributed in different ways than those that make up our own bodies. Our inability to grasp that a
bacterium is indeed not a species of unicellular organisms, but rather a multicellular organism comprising countless clones all with the same genotype comes from a paradigm adopted by biomedical science in the 1880s initially for very understandable reasons, to enable researchers to identify unequivocally the pathogen associated with a given disease, in order to be able that much more easily to come up with a cure for that disease. But because of the runaway success of that technique and its results for biomedical science, the nature of bacteria as colonial organisms whose colonies differentiate much as the tissues of our own bodies do was forgotten – the phenomenon was there, but we forgot to pay attention to it. The article is a fascinating one, and is well worth looking up in the library, if you don’t already subscribe to DISCOVER. *** From email correspondence with a friend, Summer 1995 e.v. >>one who happened to be born at a time when the Sun was between 0 and 30 degrees past His Winter Solstice point in the sky, who had his Moon God knows where, Cancer Well, there you are! (But seriously, folks . . . <g>) >>>Capricorn is just the first month of Winter, as well as representing a stage of Alchemical decomposition and recomposition of materials. There are a lot of good people out there with Sun in Capricorn – and a lot of bad ones, too, same as for all other Signs. But in the discussion above, I was talking about ideal processes and ideal expressions of astrologically-represented potentials, not real, live people, good or bad. Okay? Yes, I know that. The original subject was, I thought, the relationship of the movement of Pluto, Alchemical processes, and health. I mentioned that Pluto in Capricorn might signify a return to basic common sense regarding matters of health. . . a movement away from panaceas and “quick cures” to fundamental issues. Health practices which take time, but which lead ultimately to major changes. For the average American examples might be eating a proper nutritious diet for years, getting regular exercise over a period of many years, etc. I’m not talking exotic diets or glitzy health clubs. I’m talking about a change in the way we care for ourselves over the long haul. It’s hard work, it isn’t glamorous, but it works. Like Capricorn. And brings about transformation. Like Pluto. Pluto in Sag., as it relates to health, probably relates to the opening up of minds to new possibilities. . . Chinese medicine, folk remedies, yoga, etc. These ideas have been bounced around in some segments of society, yes, but they’ve never been understood nor accepted by the medical profession nor the general public. There are undoubtedly many more new possibilities and ideas out there. Pluto in Scorpio was the transformation of old ideas. It was, so typically, the AIDS epidemic, an STD that stays hidden, and the way it has drastically changed society. But with Pluto in Capricorn, I think, comes the hard work of reality. . . . putting what we learn from Pluto in Sag. into practice over the long haul, using lots of common sense. Alchemically,
Pluto in Scorpio was a transformation which came about due to decomposition. Pluto in Sag. is a trial by fire. . . trying out lots of new ideas. Pluto in Cap. is the materialization, the condensation of these ideas into the earthly world. Putting them into actual, useful practice over the course of a lifetime. It seems to me that the purification process corresponds more closely to Aquarius. . . cleansing, refreshing waters and all that. Maybe it will take us that long to clean all the crap out of the medical establishment. . . wouldn’t it have been nice if the medical professionals and drug companies had cheered for the Aussie that found a 10-day, $50. cure for ulcers, rather than trying to discredit him. . . and you know even though he’s shown undeniable proof that 80% of ulcers can be cured with a simple round of antibiotics, most physicians still don’t prescribe the treatment, promoting instead a lifetime of pain and restricted diet while taking hundreds of dollars worth of Tagamet every month? I think this is the sort of new idea that will gain wider acceptance with Pluto in Sag. Back to Capricorn, I think as Capricorn represents the skeleton, Pluto in Cap. may represent the building of a new, solid framework. But I don’t think it will be all clean and pretty. I think it will be built with sheer willpower and lots of hard work. Pluto in Sagittarius, as it relates to health, might well have to do with psychospiritual beliefs and practices as these can be used to effect health and the basic workings of the body. For example, it might be a time when Westerners might become very interested in chi !kung as a therapeutic tool, and Easterners might examine Western Alchemy and Ceremonial Magick and Qaballah for the same. Sagittarius rules religion and spiritual practice and belief (e.g., Magick, Alchemy, etc.), hence: regeneration and rejuvenation (Pluto) via religious and spiritual practices and ideas (Sagittarius). As far as Pluto in Capricorn goes, by “purification” I was referring to the Alchemical ideal, that of decomposition of a material into its “mercury,” “sulfur” and “salt” and recomposition of these, after further processing to remove all (Alchemically) extraneous matter/energy, into the “ideal” form of the material, which often takes an unexpected form of some kind, condensing suddenly out of a yucky mixture that initially doesn’t seem to have anything to do with that material. The result behaves chemically and physically in a way different from the “unrefined” substance, i.e., in an ideal fashion – it has been Alchemically “purified” of everything, every influence and energy, that heretofore kept it from conforming to that ideal state. As far as this applies to human health, perhaps Pluto in Capricorn signifies a time when medicine, psychospiritual science, and biology will approach one another and come together in a grand synthesis in which the basic underlying principles that apply to all three will become the basis of a new biomedical science, one that considers body and spirit to be two aspects of one thing, biology and psychology and spirit and ecology all aspects of the functioning of any living thing, including human beings. So all the acculturated crap that has kept us from understanding what we need to do in order to stay healthy would, in that case, be purified out of our biomedical philosophy and practice. On an individual scale, I think Pluto in Capricorn represents the achievement of perfect, idealized health – not actually possible in the real world, but we can approach it asymptotically. And since Capricorn also is associated with ecology, perhaps when Pluto enters Capricorn we will all be much more willing to accept that health depends upon our relationship to everything around us, and upon the ecological dynamics within our bodies, minds, and spirits, and because of this realization and acceptance of it on a broad scale, people will become healthier because they begin to live right, in an ecologically saner manner than before. Nu? ***
From email correspondence with a friend, Summer 1995 e.v. >>>>>And since Capricorn also is associated with ecology, perhaps when Pluto enters Capricorn we will all be much more willing to accept that health depends upon our relationship to everything around us, and upon the ecological dynamics within our bodies, minds, and spirits, and because of this realization and acceptance of it on a broad scale, people will become healthier because they begin to live right, in an ecologically saner manner than before. Nu? Yes. I see what you mean. Let’s hope you’re right! The thing with Pluto is that He definitely is a “Planet of the Collective,” affecting large masses of organisms and whole generations or even epochs of them. Those individuals whom He does affect on an obvious individual, conscious level – and you and your S.O. are among these, your natal charts just scream it and you yourself demonstrate it for yourself, at least, in person or via correspondence – will at any time be strongly affected by the way in, say, society or his/her peer group or other collective to which he/she belongs is responding to Pluto transits at that time. So while in general people are affected by Pluto-inScorpio and responding to it, he is also experiencing Pluto-transiting-Sixth, as well, and his ability to make the most use with the least pain of that transit will depend upon what other people are doing around him, what resources they make for him and what obstacles, willingly or not, consciously or not. So interpreting the way in which Pluto, say, right now would affect your S.O.’s health (Pluto transit 6th) depends also upon what Pluto in general is doing (Pluto in Scorpio). Here, I’d say that until Pluto finally (thank God!!!) leaves Scorpio, he’ll experience Pluto’s Scorpio function of putrefying everything not viable to the point at which it falls apart and can then easily be flushed away from the system, which makes all the problems come to the surface and rot, rot, rot and remain, remain, remain in place until your ready to die or go mad, mad, MAD!! Entering Sagittarius, Pluto burns up all the rot, and by the time He enters Capricorn, the system is cleaned out, purified of all the rotted problems, ready to rejuvenate and achieve maximum health. So when Pluto enters Sagittarius, that begins the time when he begins to get rid of his physical problems, and to heal, and by the time Pluto leaves his Sixth, still in Sagittarius, he will likely be a good deal healthier than when it entered! The problems were there when Pluto entered his Sixth, but almost certainly not as horribly obvious as they are now. Now their roots have been exposed – waiting to be burned out when Pluto enters Sagittarius this November 10th. Does that make sense? Speaking of Pluto, Saturn, etc., I have another question for you, if you’re willing. Right now, if I’ve calculated it correctly, my SO has Saturn conjoining his natal Saturn and Chiron, coming into opposition of his natal Uranus, then Pluto. I sensed a lot of confusion and turmoil within him, looked at his transits, and thought perhaps this may be the culprit, given the close opposition in effect at his birth. Can you help me out here with your expertise? Given the positions in his natal chart, and any other things you may feel are significant, what is happening? Should I stay out of the way ‘til it’s over, or is there something I can do to help without jeopardizing our relationship? He sure seems miserable. Your help would be much appreciated by me Since he has Gemini rising, he is likely to tell you what’s wrong when he can, especially with Mercury (chart-ruler) in 6th in Sagittarius. When he can’t, he’ll be going within, trying to find a way to express what’s wrong, where it hurts, and as long as he isn’t telling you that he needs help and what kind, stand back and let him look for a way to say it as long as you can. If something obviously wrong were to happen, that’s different – but as long as he’s ambulatory and isn’t openly saying something to the effect of, “I hurt here – do this for me,” best to just stand back and stay alert and wait and see what happens. I learned from Gary not to try to “help” unless either he asked for it or I really knew what he needed, from long experience – otherwise, no matter how distressed he seemed, he’d jump down my throat if I tried to help before he was ready for it, which he’d always show or tell me. Gary had Scorpio rising, Sun in Scorpio in mutual
reception with Pluto (Who was in Leo in his 9th), Mars in Scorpio in 12th conjunct Mercury. Gary always was able to find a way to tell me what he needed – in his case, though, it was sometimes telepathic (Scorpio) and unconscious (12th House). Anyway, with 6th-House Sun in Scorpio and Mercury ruling his chart, Mercury in 6th and in Sagittarius, it’ll be something similar. He’s got a hard transit going there with that Saturn return, but as long as he doesn’t tell you he needs help, either verbally or by obvious behavior or some other obvious thing, he’s handling whatever’s going on better than anyone else could. No one else can help him usefully until he can tell them how, and that’s his problem right now: trying to figure out how to put it in words, so he can best understand it himself, and then communicate it. (His mother probably never understood that – and it may have driven him up the wall at times.) *** Astrology: Comets Comets are harbingers of catastrophic (8th House) opportunity (2nd House) (the astrological portrait of which is a Yod). What will Comet Hale-Bopp 0195 bring? *** Magick is the Art & Science of causing changes in conformity with Will – and therefore, of Life itself. For that is the very hallmark of living organisms, of the living world: changing things around to suit the needs and desires of living beings. Engineering, biology, alchemy, thaumaturgy, theology – from worms to Gods, from quarks to quasars, all these are the Arts & Sciences, theory and application of the study of one aspect of life or another. *** When a doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist, mortician, politician, minister, or any other member of the “helping” professions tells me that I’m “too suspicious of other people’s motives,” that I all I have to do is trust” (him/her/it/them) “and all will be well,” it sends cold chills up my spine. We hominidae are big animals, animals who eat meat and are known for occasional indulgence of cannibalistic or sexually predacious tendencies and thrill-killings. And there are ’way too many of us. So Nature will inevitably try to relieve the pressure on the rest of the living world by setting us to do our own population control, since we breed beyond the capacity of even Plague and Famine to do the job on us for Her. And what better occupation than one of the “helping” professions to enable a perp to get in under your guard and have a free field for his or her preferred method of feeding? *** Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu and Theology as a Teaching Method On a Qaballistic level, everything is interconnected. With a given Qaballistic Key is associated, e.g., an organ of the body, a physiological function, a Magickal Power, a God, a Planet, etc. To call on the God associated with a given Key is to call on the Spirit in everything else associated with that Key, to call on all their strengths and virtues. Hence in combat arts, body-parts, kata, etc. are called by the names of the Kami, for the Kami are each linked Qaballistically to these. *** Never Discuss Religion or . . .
Belief and faith constitute the pivot of the Will; Magick constitutes the machinery by which Will is turned on that pivot. To take away a man’s belief, his faith – in short, his religion – is to destroy the focus in him necessary for the exercise of his Will; while making him lose his faith in his Magick, his Knowledge and Understanding, is to destroy that by which his Will is fulfilled, whether it be the “meaningless” gestures and babbling of a lunatic or the pinnacle of late-20th century technological sophistication. It is for this reason that religious wars are the deadliest of all, for the aggressors are trying to destroy all obstacles to the free exercise of their Wills, while the defenders are fighting to repel extreme threats to the exercise of their own Wills. Will is the essential signature, the essence of Life; that which impedes it, or threatens to destroy it, thus threatens Life’s extinction, body and soul and spirit, and therefore triggers jihads of all flavors. *** On the Real Location of Mind and Memory Most of our memory and intelligence lie outside our bodies, in cueing processes and phenomena everywhere in our environment. Hence the jet-lag syndrome, the reason that cats are confused after a move away from their accustomed home. A spider’s mind and soul are manifest as her web, though their true throne is in her genes; a mammal’s is in its home territory and its accustomed range, in the same way. *** Thrints and Astrology Are thrints – slaver viruses – creatures of an astrology of long ago and far away? If so, all their lifecycles and phases will be off by so much – our advantage over them. Astrological phenomena are just one more set of selective pressures on life, the cosmos acting through its effects upon the Sun’s electromagnetic field on all living things. “Only through a broken heart / Can Lord Christ enter in” (Oscar Wilde, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol”). The only way you can get your soul (psyche) back once it’s stolen (so that everything in it of any psychospiritual importance is completely repressed) is to feel. What you feel is pain, underneath it all, especially emotional pain, compounded by repression. When the heart breaks, it all comes back up at you at once – and you thereby gain back your soul. *** Thrints and Racism The combination of phenotypical attributes including blond hair, blue eyes and fair skin predisposes their owners to greater susceptibility to damage from the ultraviolet and other hypervisible portions of the Solar spectrum, including a lowered resistance to viral and other infections. Therefore blond, blue-eyed, fair-skinned human beings would be more susceptible to possession by thrints (slaver/possessor viruses) than dark-skinned, dark-haired, dark-eyed ones, all other things being equal. Were thrints behind the notion of “racial supremacy” of fair-skinned, blond, blue-eyed human beings? Did they push this idea on many of us by way of trying to get us to breed for such traits and thus ensure them with a steady supply to susceptible hosts for them? ***
Human microbiology A case of a possible evolutionary link between human physiology and microbial commensals of Homo sapiens, as reported in the January 1994 (Vol. IX, Number 5, No. 101) issue of Elle: [Margie] Profet recently won a $225,000 MacArthur “genius” grant . . . for coming up with a theory of menstruation that makes beautiful Darwinian logic of what strikes many women as a senseless monthly mess. Textbooks define menstruation as a sloughing off of blood and tissue when the body signals that they’re not needed to nurture an embryo. Profet . . . posits that the purpose of uterine bleeding is to fight bacteria that hitch rides on sperm. She also says . . . that most, if not all, mammals menstruate. . . . and there has to be a reason. ‘Natural selection works,’ Profet says. ‘If menstruation didn’t serve a purpose, it would’ve been eliminated long ago. Losing a lot of blood and tissue every month is so costly – especially for our huntergatherer ancestors . . . Sloppiness isn’t tolerated.’ ... [Concerning the contention of the Center for Disease Control] that sperm don’t transmit many pathogens, Profet says: ‘That’s like saying there’s a shuttle bus and all it does year after year is go up and down Frat Row at different colleges for 200 million years, with a giant sign that says, “Free Beer and Babes,” and not once has anyone hopped on. I mean, pathogens exploit what they can – that’s how they get to be pathogens.” She cites electron-microscope photographs that show various pathogens riding sperm to the fallopian tubes. ‘They’ve been caught in the act,’ she says. ‘Look, the vagina of a seventeen-year-old virgin is full of microorganisms, but they’re not riding up! The girl in class who’s got to go to the clinic to get antibiotics because she has terrible pain in the ovaries – she’s the one who was out with the boys Saturday night. When a woman begins to get sexually active, that’s when she’s at risk for bacterial infection of the uterus and fallopian tubes. Instead of viewing menstruation as a potential cause of infection, Profet contends that it and other forms of uterine bleeding could be signs of infection. She’s already won over at least one convert in the medical community. ‘One ob/gyn told me he’s going to change what he does,’ Profet says. ‘When women come in with a sudden onset of heavy bleeding, he’s not going to automatically prescribe hormones to curtail the bleeding. He’s going to check for infection and treat the infection, not the bleeding. It may save someone’s fertility.’
Ibid., pp. 150-151 Concerning the menstruation of non-primates, Profet says: ‘Four species of bat are very well documented to menstruate in dissection studies . . . . A lot of animals menstruate covertly rather than overtly, so it can be overlooked.’ Ibid., p. 151 In response, gynecologist David Grimes, a distinguished professor of medicine at UC San Francisco, observed that ‘[I]f you can’t measure it . . . it’s hard to document it’s happening, isn’t it? There may be covert aliens governing my thoughts right now.’ Ibid., p. 151 Thrints, anyone? :) *** Magick and the Second Amendment The “anti-witchcraft” pogroms of many times and cultures have in some sense been the esoteric equivalents of the current “anti-gun” and “anti-self-defense” movements now in full cry in the USA. Or perhaps it is more accurate that the “anti-gun” movement in this country at this time is a secular analog of all “anti-witchcraft” movements, and that both are just different expressions in different times and places of “anti-self-defense movements” and laws and official penalties of all kinds the intent of which is to restrict, hinder, even ban outright any and all forms of self-defense, especially citizen self-defense against oppressions visited upon them by statist, religious, or other authority. Magick is just a generalized form of engineering and technology that includes biophysical – psychic and telekinetic – applications as well as strictly physical ones, and can be used to produce very effective methods of self-defense against any and all comers. Aleister Crowley was just the Ned Buntline or the Winchester of esoteric Art and Science; Anton Szandor LaVey is their Gatling – or maybe their J. Robert Oppenheimer or Leo Szilard or Enrico Fermi. Whosoever is truly serious about banning Magick – or any of the other disciplines upon which it dependent for its theory and techniques, such as astrology or Alchemy – is therefore just another manifestation of the same spirit that would cripple or destroy the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. This Amendment was put in place so that the people would be able to guard the other rights guaranteed them by the Bill of Rights, especially those covered by the First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;
or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. It is only by exercise of the First Amendment that men’s souls are kept alive. If a man’s* soul is dead, not all the guns in the world will give him the Will to take charge of his life or act of his own initiative, for his own reasons, in his own behalf or those he loves. And if his soul and Will are dead, Magick is impossible for him – for Magick is the Art and Science of causing change in conformity with Will, and is only possible for live-souled men with healthy hearts and Wills. The First Amendment is to esoteric engineering and technology – Magick – what the Second is to physical engineering and technology: an end-product of weapons technology by which men are capable of defending themselves, their loved ones, and all else they hold dear – especially their liberty, their right and ability to determine their own destinies, free of interference by tyranny of any sort. The right to Magick springs from the same roots that the right to possession and responsible use of physical weapons of all kinds does: the love of liberty and the determination to defend it from any and all would-be tyrants and oppressors, whatever it may take, whatever does the job best. Pagans, neo-Pagans, and occultists of all kinds therefore are on the same side of the political fence as those dedicated to defending and preserving the Second Amendment, whether either realizes it or not: for all of them are dedicated to preservation, study, development, and application of technologies which can enable anyone, of any age or gender or ethnic background, to defend him- or herself against oppressors of any kind. I therefore think we’d better hang together, gang, whether we are “evil sorcerous nigger-lovin’ queerboy Jewboy nerd wimp bra-burnin’” occultists/Pagans/Neopagans/etc and/or “religious right-wing Fundamentalist gun-nuts” promoting the Second Amendment – because otherwise, one of these days the Conspiracy is gonna hang us all separately (assuming that they don’t just do a mass barbecue trip on us, instead, or blow us to smithereens with a pocket nuke that CNN then tells everyone was a “fertilizer bomb” . . .).
*Nota bene: “Man” here is meant generically, the same word used in German to mean “one,” “any designated sentient individual of either sex and any age,” etc., rather than “adult male human being.”
*** Virgo/Pisces & Health Just a short :) note concerning the Virgo/Pisces-6th House/12th House rulerships: Traditionally, Virgo and Mercury rule sickness and health, while Pisces and Neptune rule epidemic diseases. It may be possible to refine that still further. First, Virgo, Mercury, and Persephone, the hypothetical first trans-Plutonian Planet Who shares the rulership of Virgo with Mercury, may have dominion over viruses of all kinds, whether associated with illness or not, and DNA and RNA, the molecules in which the genetic code of all Earthly life is carried. Second, Pisces and Neptune may rule all bacterial and other unicellular forms of life, whether or not they are associated with disease. The first assignment turns partly on a pun that may also, however, be a memo from the Collective Unconscious: the fact that the words virus and Virgo share their first syllable, vir-, etymologically linked to the Latin word virtus, meaning “strength” or “vital essence.” DNA and RNA are in fact the vital essence of all Earthly life, the heart of every living cell, whether an organism in its own right or part of a multicellular one. They are Life’s “handwriting,” as it were, its signature – and it is Mercury who rules writing and communication, and therefore all the information sciences. Today the biological sciences are evolving into information sciences themselves, since the principles of their disciplines are becoming more and more based on molecular biochemistry and the behavior of the genes. So Mercury rules genetics as a branch of the information sciences as well as its implications for biomedical science. Persephone, as an Outer Planet also ruling Virgo, therefore rules all these as expressed at the level of whole populations or even Gaia, our
living world, as a whole. In addition, viruses, which are little more than naked RNA themselves, chunks of genetic information passed around the biosphere from desk to desk like Ghidarillions of office memos sent from desk to desk or department to department in a gigantic, world-spanning mega-corporation, love-letters mailed by Life to itself as if every second were Valentine’s Second, almost invariably hate water, which tends to kill them rather quickly. Virgo is a dry Sign, and therefore more suitable for rulership of viruses than Pisces, Sign of the Ocean Sea, would be. And while cellular life had to have begun in water, because of its internal chemistry, RNA and/or DNA may have first come into existence in clay, a slightly dampened mineral formation with a crystalline infrastructure that many now thing would be perfect for service as a template on which long, complex molecules, even self-replicating organic ones such as RNA or DNA, could be assembled relatively quickly and easily. Pisces and Neptune, on the other hand, are much more suitable as rulers of cells of all kinds, since cells essentially comprise outer envelopes made of fatty acids, which enclose intracellular media that are mostly water, together with some fatty acids and carbohydrate molecules, including the genetic templates of DNA and RNA within.. Pisces rules liquids of all kinds, and therefore is much more suitable as ruler of the mostly-liquid cell than is the dry, clay-ey Sign of Virgo. It and its ruler Pisces are therefore also much more suitable as rulers of bacteria, whole one-celled organisms, not just DNA or RNA scantily clad in protein panties as viruses are. This applies not only to bacteria associated with disease, such as tuberculosis or syphilis, but to all others as well, including benign ones such as Lactobacillus bulgaricus. As far as illness of any kind goes, though, Mercury is much more suitable as ruler of its expression on the level of the individual, while Neptune, ruler of the Collective Unconscious, is much more suitable as Lord of epidemics of any kind, bacterial or viral, as well as of public-health organizations and institutions which deal with them, while Persephone, Lord of Natural Selection, another Planet of the Collective, would be most likely ruler of all wisdom associated with health and sickness and the processes and institutions by which these are passed on from generation to generation. She would therefore be the likely Lord of the nutritional sciences, herbal remedies, and orthomolecular psychiatry, which use such wisdom to treat and prevent disease in individuals and at a population level. Finally, we come to poor little Chiron. Chiron seems to specifically rule “cool” viruses which prefer the mammalian central nervous system for their vital medium, allergies, irritations, and other problems connected with which sometimes drive people infected with them into endlessly repeated episodes of selfdestructive, apparently obsessive/compulsive, sometimes downright criminal and evil behavior that seems totally senseless until it is realized that it is by this behavior that the poor, benighted, ill-used host of the virus, usually all unawares, vectors the damned thing on to new hosts. Chiron also rules the paradigm shifts necessary for diagnostician and sufferer to realize that that is the problem and do what is necessary to get rid of the virus, generally long, unbroken courses of anti-viral herbs and tinctures, ascorbate therapy, and anything else suitable. If Virgo is an electron microscope and Mercury is the One using it to study microbiological life, Persephone is the head of the entire research project that ties all the results of the study together and hands them on to the public. Chiron, for his part, is the lensing or other focusing mechanism in the microscope that does the actual work of enlargement and makes clear the real nature of the thing under study. *** The following letter was just emailed today (August 31, 1995), to the editor of the Atlantic Monthly, concerning the article by George McKenna n the current issue of AM, “On Abortion: A Lincolnian Position.” Pagans, neo-Pagans and others who are concerned about the rights of women and children, the damage which human overpopulation is doing to this living world and to human beings themselves, and all related issues, might find the following of interest. (I myself am an Elevener, a follower of the 11th Commandment [“Thou shalt not devastate the Earth nor Her life”] as well as of Bujinkan Budo taijutsu, and a Ceremonial Magickian. I am also female. So my views on this subject are not disinterested.) Dear editor of Atlantic Monthly, I just read with great interest George McKenna’s article, “On Abortion:
Lincolnian Position” in the current issue of Atlantic Monthly (Sept. 1995,p p. 51-68). I have a problem with his assertion that abortion is to be opposed “because it is an absolute evil.” It is – but I don’t much like the alternatives to it, either. And it may be that banning abortion promotes other absolute evils, evils that must likewise be unequivocally opposed by anyone with any moral sensibility at all. Last year, CNN did a special on organ-legging in South America. As they showed, in many areas of South America, where birth-control of any kind is generally unavailable, at least officially, because of Roman Catholic opposition to it, there is a lucrative trade in organs taken from living human beings – “organ-legged” – by roving bands of off-duty police. These gangs, consisting of otherwise terribly underpaid police who engage in this sort of thing to supplement their incomes, roam the back-alleys of the streets of the big cities of S.A., looking for indigents, homeless people, especially street-urchins who have no one at all to protect them or care. Way-laying these as they catch them, they drag them into dark alleys and simply carve out one or more of their living organs, usually kidneys (which command high prices on the black market and can be sold quickly, a boon because the organs tend to go bad in a few hours), without benefit of anesthetic or anything else, toss the organs into containers and run off with them, leaving their prey to die in bloody agony behind them. They prefer to take the organs of adolescent homeless orphans, since these are usually much healthier than those of the older homeless people, or else the organs of younger urchins, because these also command high prices from medical establishments which do transplants for the children of the wealthy who are ailing from various things. One sometimes wonders: is the stiff official opposition to birth-control in any form, especially abortions, due at least in part to the protection it affords to this grisly traffic and the profits that accrue from it? Jonathon Swift’s “modest proposal” was the soul of kindness and charity themselves, compared to such traffic. Yet in an ever-more overpopulated world, something has to be done to relieve the human population pressure and stop the damage our sheer numbers do to our living world and one another. If Mother Nature and the Hand of God aren’t to do it by loosing the traditional 4 Horsemen, are we to send our surplus young to organranches, perhaps? Of course, all absolute evils are indeed absolute, and therefore to be repudiated absolutely – but some absolute evils seem to be somewhat more absolute than others, e.g. letting children be born who will then become a sort of roving organ-bank stock, to be regularly and ruthlessly harvested by entrepreneurial (or statist?) teams of organ-leggers, as an alternative to aborting them by, say, the end of the first trimester of pregnancy. Somehow, I don’t find this to be all that desirable or charitable an alternative to abortion, and there seems to be more than a hint of lobbying by vested economic interests in the anti-abortion rhetoric I hear these days: they don’t want their source of supply threatened, whether the demand be for live, healthy organs, or disposable sex-toys for the rich, or indentured slaves, or whatever. Is the motive of the anti-abortionist simply to prevent murder of an unborn child? Or is it to protect a vested interest of some kind? That’s an ugly question to raise – but history itself is replete with examples of the ranching of people by other people for purposes of varying degrees of evil, so one has to ask. If we could guarantee that every child who was born would be loved and adequately cared for by someone, protected from predators of any kinds, then we’d damned well also guarantee an absolutely fool-proof form of birth-control, and make sure that everyone who needs it, gets it. Or else Nature and Nature’s God will take care of the resultant ever-increasing overpopulation crisis their own way, as they always have: via War, Famine, Plague, and Death in every other conceivable form. Where the anti-abortionists err – whether unknowingly or deliberately – is in not making clear to the public the other absolute, absolutely intolerable evils, the ones that will come about if the alternatives we have for abortion are inadequate. Mr. McKenna? What do you say about that? (By the way, I am absolutely opposed to state support of – or intervention in, or opposition to – abortion or birth control of any kind, including tacit opposition in
supporting all women’s clinics except those that practice abortion-on-demand. The state has no business meddling in anyone’s lives – male, female, of whatever age. The state was made to serve humanity, not the other way around. Like fire, it’s a great servant – and a horrible master. Give it the ability to fund abortions and soon it will demand the right to impose abortions on those it deems “genetically undesirable.” Give it the ability to fund women’s clinics and deny it the ability to fund abortions, soon it will demand the “right” to refuse funding to women’s clinics that practice abortion. The hell with the state –any state. As a woman, I don’t want to have to account to any state for my life, liberty, or pursuit of happiness, dammit! I believe that each of us has the right to swing his fist any way he wants – except that that right stops where someone else’s jaw begins. And that goes double for the state. I don’t want the state to have any control over my body, either by funding abortions or refusing to fund any other medical care unless abortions are denied. I’m not Lincolnian. I’m libertarian. We won one war in 1865, over individual liberty, but lost another, just as important, that over states’ rights. The South was wrong to promote chattel or any other sort of slavery of individuals – but right in insisting on states’ rights, the main check against ever-increasing concentration of political power in the hands of a central federal government. And I think we have the same sort of “heads I win tails you lose” situation here: the idea that the state has any business running our lives, any state, whether it’s a confederacy or a federal government, any aspect of our lives, whether the lives of men or lives of women.) – Sincerely, Lovag (Ms.) Yael R. Dragwyla *** Notes on possible Qaballistic and mythological correspondences for astronomical systems and other phenomena both within and outside the Solar System The meaning of celestial phenomena – Planets, Stars, Signs, Houses – and the import of their everchanging configurations is drawn from their correlations with other things that have meaning for us, such as the Seasons, birth and sex and death, and everything else to which they have resemblance. This should extend as well to astronomical systems, their meaning for us also being drawn from the systems and collectivities in our mythologies. For example, in the Greek Underworld (Tartaros) there is a great river, the Styx (“Hateful”), whose waters are deadly poison; it is across this river that the dead are ferried to the banks of Tartaros by Charon, Hades’ ferryman. This river, whose west bank bounds Tartaros, has five tributaries: Acheron (“Woeful”), Phlegethon (“Burning” or “Fiery”), Cocytus (“Wailing”), Avernus, and Lethe (“Forgetfulness”). Another river, Erebus (“Covered” or “Hidden”), runs near the palace of Hades and Persephone.* Tartaros itself is either a vast land West of the Straits of Gibraltar and/or the land below the surface of the Earth, comprising a system of gigantic caverns and caves that may be old magma-tubes, some of them containing great oceans filled with strange life. (For more on which, see Robert Graves, The Greek Myths, Chapter 31, “The Gods of the Underworld” (NY: Pelican Books, 1960), pp. 120-125; Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, Vol. 1, Inferno (a good translation is, e.g., John Ciardi’s 1954 translation, published by American Library/Signet); Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle, Inferno (NY: Pocket Books, 1976); Michael Shea, Nifft the Lean (NY: DAW, 1982); the series of paperback anthologies & novels edited/written by Janet Morris, beginning with Heroes in Hell (NY: Baen Books, 1986); Yael Dragwyla, Club Vesta, The Basement Rooms, Hellmall (what there is so far of them) (unfinished novels-in-progress); etc.)
*It isn’t commonly known, but Hades and Persephone have a pied-a-terre in the Capitol Hill district of Seattle; They delight in riding around Seattle at 2 a.m. on Hades’ big Harley-Davidson hog, scaring Hell out of hapless motorists they happen to pass (They wear Their death-masks on these occasions,
especially crafted for them by Baron Samedhi’s young Rasta nephew, “Bob” X, of course), Persephone riding pillion behind Hades, He in his midnight-black irons, She in Her full-Moon white ones . . .
Rivers are dynamic systems made up of a great many particles; Tartaros is imagined as either a vast, open land or a vast underground cavern or series of caverns. What celestial phenomena do we know of that would fit such descriptions? How about the Kuyper Cometary Disk, between Pluto out to the Öort Comet Cloud (from about 200 to 20,000 A.U.), comprising a family of cometary bodies of which the planetoid Chiron and perhaps even the Pluto/Charon double-Planet might be runaway members? How about the Öort Cloud itself, the far boundary of the Solar System, 20,000 Astronomical Units out from Sol and more? What better name for the Öort Cloud than the Styx, an icy-cold (about -255 degrees C) stream of poisonous particles (in this case, cometary bodies, each made up of highly toxic frozen gases and water-ice mixed in with frigid rock)? How about, e.g., Charon for the Kuyper Disk? Then there is the region bounded Solward by Saturn and Starward by Uranus, in which the orbit of Chiron lies. On the Tree of Life of Qaballah, between Sephirah 4, Chesed, associated with the Planet Jupiter, and Sephirah 3, Binah, associated with Uranus, lies a gap, the Abyss, associated with the “11th Sephirah,” Da’ath, which is sometimes associated with Saturn and sometimes with the vital energy of the entire Tree (i.e., the Solar System) as a living thing in its own right. Astronomically, it is here that both Saturn and Chiron fit, having Their orbits between Jupiter and Uranus. Both are associated with pain and woe, and it must be remembered that Saturn, after His death, went to the Elysian Fields, a part of the Underworld given to the Heroes, Great Kings, and the Saints. Obviously this region should be associated with the mythological realm of Tartaros, Saturn (Kronos) being Lord over the Elysian Fields, Chiron associated with the rest of Tartaros. Chiron after His posthumous ascent to the Stars (Zeus, after granting Him death as relief from His agonizing, unhealing wound, set Him in the heavens as a constellation in His own right, Centaurus) is of course associated with Uranus (Freedom) and Binah (Understanding, Knowledge, Enlightenment, Magick); before His death, He is associated with Saturn (pain and woe); His death itself is associated with Tartaros and the Abyss between Chesed and Binah. So astromythologically, the region between Jupiter (Chesed) and Uranus (Binah) is associated with Tartaros, personified by Saturn and Chiron, and the Abyss of the Tree of Life. What mythological system, from what mythology, should the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter be associated? About the system of asteroids called “Earth-crossers,” because their orbits literally cross those of the Earth at various points? How about the region between Mercury and Sol – is this “Phlegethon”? How about whole systems of deep-sky objects, such as galactic clusters, the Great Wall of Stars, nearby galaxies such as the Clouds of Magellan, and so on? To what do they correspond mythologically – and in what mythologies? Qaballistically, these all are in the region of the “Three Veils of the Negative” which gave birth to the Tree of Life itself: Ain (“Nothing”), Ain Soph (“The Endless”), and Ain Soph Aur (“Limitless Light”), Ain giving birth to Ain Soph, Ain Soph to Ain Soph Aur, Ain Soph Aur to Kether, Sephirah 1, “Crown”, the first Sephirah of the Tree of Life, from which all the rest evolved. The Tree of Life is associated with the Solar System as a living system, and with that within every living thing that reflects the Solar System, our biologically and culturally programmed responses to the every-changing heavens. The Three Veils of the Negative are associated with everything beyond its far boundary, the Öort Cloud. Kether is associated with Pluto. And Pluto/Persephone are the Lords of the Underworld, Pluto being the judge of the dead and their King, Persephone being the One who decides what life each dead soul shall have next, dispensing justice in all cases in which justice has not yet been done at the time of death. These are the Lords of Birth and Death and Rebirth. How fitting that all deep-sky objects be named after the landmarks of Their vast, awesome domain? I propose, then, that the great systems of astronomical objects at the far boundaries of the Solar System, and the deep-sky objects beyond, be named after the landmarks of the dominion of Persephone and Hades, while the region between the orbits of Jupiter and Uranus, including Saturn, Chiron, and all else therein, as an astromythological system be named Tartaros, associated with the Abyss on the Tree of Life. Nota bene: The Abyss of Qaballah corresponds to the Void Element of the Japanese Zen version of Chinese Taoist alchemy, so important in Bujinkan Budo taijutsu combat arts and philosophy. It is out of
Void that all genius springs; Void is the ultimate source of the Kami, the Spirits and Gods. In Melanie Reinhart’s Chiron and the Healing Journey (1986), she analyzes in great deal the relationship between the sorts of trauma associated with Chiron in the natal chart and Shamanic initiation and gifts. In our culture, those with very prominent Chiron in the natal chart also are the ones most likely to become greater healers, Magi, shamans of all kind – that is, they are the ones who are likely to develop strong bonds with the Kami or Gods and to gain spiritual power. By analogy, they are like the knights of old who were crazy enough to go into the dragon’s cave to try to kill the damned thing, which had been ravaging the countryside and generally raising merry hell all over the land. A few of these actually lived to tell the tale – and, dragging themselves burned, bruised, and battered from the cave where lay the dragon’s dead body, later went back in again to take the dragon’s head to prove it was dead . . . which was how they found out that all those terrible years, the great dragon that had so wounded their land had also been guarding a vast, priceless hoard of treasure, which was now theirs to keep. The Void, the Abyss is the home of Dragons, such as the great, terrifying daemon Choronzon – but it is also the place of almost incomprehensibly great treasures of both the mundane and the spiritual world. And it is this with which Chiron and Saturn and the region between the orbits of Jupiter and Saturn are associated. With what, by the way, is Chaos associated? As the Quintessence of European alchemy is associated with chi, so the Void and the Abyss are, to some extent, associated with Chaos, whose Lord is Eris, Goddess of Chaos and Discord. But Chaos, I think, corresponds more closely with the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, whereas the Void and the Abyss correspond more closely, astromythologically speaking, with Chiron, Saturn, and the vast gap between Jupiter and Uranus that holds Them both. With what is Bifrost of Norse Mythology associated? Or Jotenheim? What correspondences do we find between the angelologies and hagiographies of Judeochristianity, including the infernal ones, and astrological phenomena, both in and beyond the Solar system? How about Tibetan and Hindu mythologies? I think these and other culture can be mined profitably for correspondences for astrological phenomena of all kinds, including those far beyond the bounds of the Solar System. *** On the Goddess Eris and the Asteroid Belt Between Mars and Jupiter The belt of asteroids lying between Mars and Jupiter is truly the domain of Eris. For it is just there that one of humanity’s first great extra-terrestrial civilizations may form, distributed throughout artificially maintained terrestrial-normal environments on the asteroids that make up the belt. Living in low-gravity conditions, facing appalling environmental exigencies on a quotidian basis, as a matter of course that everyone in their civilizations takes for granted, Belters (a term coined by Larry Niven as a nickname for people living on and in those asteroids in his Known Worlds science-fiction series) will grow up in conditions unlike anything which human young have ever known before. From Day 1 – which means from conception on – their entire psychological set will develop in ways that differ markedly from the human normal today, simply as a matter of survival. Their cultures and societies will therefore develop along lines we really can’t yet begin to foresee, in spite of all our future-history scenarios and science-fiction novels and cinematic productions. On top of everything else, the Belters will have available to them Hades’ own treasure-house of mineral and other essential wealth and a gravity-free environment to process it in. Even their need for water, oxygen, nitrogen, and other essentials of life can be satisfied rather easily by mining the asteroids themselves for water-ices, frozen gases, and minerals. What can’t be found there will be available to them from the Moons of the great gas-giants – and since they will be as used to moving from asteroid to asteroid via personal jet and/or small “scooter”-type vehicles as we are to climbing into our cars and going from, say, Los Angeles to San Diego or New York City to Washington, DC, or taking a plane from San Francisco, CA to Denver, CO or Bangor, ME. Such a Belter civilization will provide a constant source of uncertainty and discord for Planetary civilizations, whether on Old Earth, Luna, or Mars. Their incredible, progressive technology and manufacturing, freed of all gravity’s restraints, having a ready supply of every raw material needed by their industry and for their agriculture, would serendipitously spin off new principles of engineering, new scientific breakthroughs on a continuous basis, driving an endless technological and industrial revolution that would ultimately become evolutionary in its effects on and meaning for humanity and all other Earthly life. And, of course, eventually there would be wars between the Belters and the Dirtsiders, whether those
of Old Earth or Luna or Mars or Planets of other Stars. All these would combine over time to present an endless source of uncertainty, insecurity, and, ultimately sheer chaos for Earth and Her colonial offspring of other worlds and Stars – the chaos which, in the long run, is the driving force of all evolution, the endless source of that challenge to living beings which evokes from them their ultimate strengths, the tests of the Gods themselves as a result of transcendence of which at least some of Their creatures will themselves finally attain to some species of divinity, the true children of the Gods. The Givers of the Tests have many names in many cultures, some sacred, some of opprobrium, from Saturn to Satan to Entropy. But they are the ultimate sine qua non of life, for without the challenges which They continuously present to living organisms, Life would still be in the forms in which it first appeared, billions of years ago, hanging out here as fat, dumb, and happy as a Kobe steer – until the inevitable Planetwide disaster hit, in the form of a Great Extinctor comet or meteor, or some other agent of Doom, and Life here would have been as dead as that Kobe steer is the day after being slaughtered out. The Lord of all of those Tester Gods is Eris, Goddess of Chaos and Discord, Lord of the Tests of Life. Surely, then, the trans-Martian/sub-Jovian asteroid belt, which even exhibits strange attractors and other chaotic patterns among the orbitals of its component asteroids, is the true domain of Eris. For someday it will harbor a flourishing Belter civilization that will stir Life’s pot more than it has ever been stirred before, the true Sons and Daughters of Uncertainty and Discord. Eris therefore rules no one world – but rather a whole system of worldlets, the potential collective home of a great extraterrestrial human civilization and countless transplanted, artificially maintained terrestrial microenvironments: the great belt of asteroids spanning the region between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. *** Definitions of “Natural” vs. “Supernatural” These words have meant different things to different people. The occultist uses them somewhat – at least! – differently than the religionist, and both use them very differently than many lay-persons. The resultant ambiguities in their meaning reveal fascinating things about the intellectual history of our species. Ultimately these words refer to will – to the will or spirit animating or responsible for a phenomenon. There is the Will or Spirit of Nature, which men of the Enlightenment theorized was behind Natural Law, the more-or-less mechanistic tendency of things to behave in a certain completely predictable ways unless some outside agency, e.g., a God or a man or some other living being, interfered – a sort of Universal Momentum of Things, if you will, left over from the first moment of Creation, when the Great Watchmaker, having wound everything up, set it all going and stepped back to watch the show. Newton’s Laws of Motion, for example, were seen as expressions of the Natural Will. There is the Mineral Will, the Vegetable Will, the Animal Will – the basic nature and purposes of the types of entities falling into these categories. These are one step more articulated or individuated than Natural Will, and can interfere with the Primordial Will of Nature, at least to some extent. For example, water does not, of its own accord, flow uphill; it seeks the lowest level, if left alone. But plants can draw water uphill via osmosis; animals such as beavers can dam water, and make it back up for long miles, or, as men do, make pipes to conduct it up hill and down dale far from its origins. There are the wills, the intentions and purposes of individual entities, from rocks and volcanoes to bushes and trees to human beings and all other animal life. Not only can they subvert Nature’s purposes, they can interfere with the will of one another, and even subvert their own basic natures and True Wills. And there is the Will of God or the Gods, which set all things going and can, at any time, interfere with the way things are and make them all go differently. Divine Will can intervene in the lives of individual entities, or the Elemental nature of animal, vegetative, or mineral being, or even the cosmos as a whole. It is this last that medieval theologians and modern occultists referred to when using the terms “supernatural” or “preternatural.” They did not and do not actually mean “going against nature and natural law”; the Gods are the origin and ground of all nature and the laws that govern it, and cannot subvert Their own natures. But They can change Their unfathomable minds, and such changes are exactly equivalent to changes in the cosmos and the basic laws that regulate all things that occur within it, since it from those minds that Creation itself came in the first place. Thus in a sense there is nothing that is supernatural, for all things come from the Gods, and take their nature from the nature of divinity itself, which nothing can
transcend or subvert. But the latter can individuate, in the Jungian Sense, e unus pluribum, and can then contend among themselves in true Darwinian competition, the will of one sometimes being uppermost, the will of others other times taking precedence. And when this situation arises, we can thus speak of “natural,” the pure mechanistic, non-sentient tendency of things to go on as they have unless interfered with by some outside agency, versus “supernatural,” phenomena which are the result of interference by some outside agency with otherwise non-sentient processes. The distinction is simply that between “sentient,” or “directed by sentience,” and “non-sentient,” without the presence and will of a sentient agency, rather than between “that which is or could be” and “the impossible.” Yet many of us today, as in the past, assume the latter distinction to be the case, rather than the former. Many an argument – or outright battle – has turned on misunderstandings based on lack of agreement over definitions of these terms coupled with lack of awareness of the lack of agreement. Such misunderstandings are part of the driving-engine of History. How much of what the world is today is so, because of them? In the dichotomy of natural-vs.-supernatural is an abyss filled with the rubble of lives and even whole cultures, not to mention that of formerly thriving ecosystems since destroyed to serve the purposes of industrialists, politicians, and religious fanatics, all of whom have seen in the “natural” world something less than the “supernatural” purposes of God – and the “more than natural” human being created by that God – and therefore have found no reason not to ravage and loot and destroy the first for the whims and greed of the second and third. *** AolMail Subj: Scurrilous Gossip To: [Various confederates on Internet <g>] One the media will probably never present (but if they do, please send me a clipping!!!) When last Slick Willie came to town, several months ago, our mayor, Norm (“Normie” AKA “Wormie”) Rice, who is a Staunch Democrat and a Good Token Negro (by the way, he is cheerfully hated by the entire Black community of Seattle, an absolute first for any Seattle mayor, Black or otherwise), of course went out to glad-hand the s.o.b., which he did, in front of God and everybody, at the Westlake Center here, not to mention other places (ahem!). At the time, Normie was wearing a big bandage on his arm, which, he explained, was for a wound “due to a household accident.” The accident, it turns out, was that he was accidentally found by his wife in bed. With another dude. She shot him. Unfortunately, she missed the centerline and only gave him a flesh-wound in the arm (she has since sworn to practice every day until her aim improves; the citizens are passing the hat to purchase her a target-range for this purpose). Thought you might enjoy this. [Is the Bear Catholic? Does a wild Pole . . . <VBG.] (By the way, here at Hydro-House we’re of the opinion that American Memorial Cemetery over there in Renton – remember them? The ones that may have cremated Gary after taking money to bury him – are part of our local political scene, here . . . Hey! Haven’t you heard of the Graveyard Vote? <g>) Yours for restoration of the hemp (rope) vote, Lovag Yael R. Dragwyla *** Dream (9/2/95 @ 11:20 a.m. This morning I had a long dream complete with background music, which happened to be a lovely instrumental version of “Put Your Hands on the Radio” (a SubGenial hymn by the Texas Jewboys, a group that performed in night-clubs around Dallas back in the 1980s), in a minor key (the instrument, by the way, was a calliope). The dream itself had to do with a Halloween weekend house-party at a friend’s estate (the
Addams family?). Just before the party broke up and everyone went home, we all gathered in the livingroom in our party-clothes one last time, to sing together, and I was wearing a lovely gown with a long, long, flowing, bright-orange skirt decorated with black-and-yellow bats, pumpkins, etc.; a black, longsleeved bodice; bright yellow gauze petticoats; and a black shawl. A friend of mine who was there with me was telling me in disgust about her mother, who was stupid enough to flaunt her tattoos while committing a crime, or else to try to conceal her tattoos with something even more flamboyant than the tattoos themselves . . . One wonders if I had had too much Halloween candy that evening before going to bed, maybe. *** The Real Difference Between Men and Women It’s in the walk. Women walk around their uteruses, a kind of combat-ready walk that is not only unconscious, but hard-wired somewhere in the mammalian biochemistry, because female mammals in general have either a four-legged or two-legged version of it: the psychospiritual center of mass of the body, as it were, is deep in the lower abdomen, inside the uterus. Even female mammals which have been neutered walk this way, uterus or no uterus – they all walk as if their emotional, spiritual, and physical center, the origin-point of the will, is where the center of the uterus is or would be if they still had a uterus. Most men, on the other hand, walk either from the sternum, the head of their dicks, or some other place in the body well away from the center of their mass. The only men who even approach the normal motion of women are the U.S. Marines, combat vets who tend to walk that way because, just incidentally, it’s part of a gut-protective reflex you learn under heavy fire. Female mammals are the combat veterans of Life; like the Marines, they are there to protect something – in the case of the female, children and the equipment that produces those children, most of the second of which is located right in the middle of the lower abdomen. Fertile male mammals are programmed to sire as many offspring as possible, to “vote early and often,” producing at least 2 offspring before getting done in or sterilized by something. Because this requires taking a great many risks that the female should not take if she is to produce sufficient healthy carriers of her genes, the psychology associated with it is normally better off not built around that gut-protecting reflex. Hence males not experienced in open combat tend not to move in that “coiled around the center,” pantheroid way, while combat-trained ones, like females, do. I know a couple of people who are both part of the transsexual community, theoretically women in male bodies who are trying to get their bodies changed to match their psychospiritual makeup. One is a very good risk for the operation, psychologically speaking, and one isn’t – and it’s clear from their respective walks which is which. The one who really does seem to be a true transsexual, female in a male body, walks like a woman, moves like a woman, always has, in a way that clearly isn’t an act and never was learned as one, even as a very little girl. The other walks like a man, and even when he is “walking like a woman,” it’s very clearly an act – one which, by the way, doesn’t hold up when he is stressed, tired, angry, or otherwise not paying attention to the act he is putting on. He is clearly a dude in a dude’s body, and always will be, whatever his motives for “wanting to be a woman.” His movements and actions so much of the time look like cruel parodies and caricatures of women – which may be, at least unconsciously, because this whole thing may have had its origins in his long-standing hatred of his father. He is definitely somewhat androgynous, but not female, and would be far better off not going through the operation to change his physical gender, unlike the first person, who really is female, regardless of the shape of the body. It’s all in the walk – and combat experience. *** PsyOps and the Will PsyOps is short for “Psychological Operations,” psychospiritual technology used by military and other
intelligence communities to sabotage, subvert, or destroy outright the will of whoever the enemy is, and thereby rendering the latter unwilling and/or unable to resist invasion, takeover, whatever. Its techniques include shaming, humiliation, guilting, to cripple it; persuasion, subliminal seduction, brainwashing, to turn and shape it; and a host of others. In other words, this is a psychospiritual technology for both defeating and co-opting Magick, the Art and Science of Causing Change in Conformity with Will – to defeat the will of the enemy and turn it to one’s own purposes. Is it entirely beyond belief that therefore a great many members of the world intelligence community are themselves occultists, having become so as a consequence of checking out the occult for ways to improve their technology, or being recruited for PsyOps because of their knowledge of and experience with the occult?
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