An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for March 15, 2019
- Of Cosmogonic Eros from Theion Publishing
“Theion Publishing is proud to release the first-ever English translation of one of the most important metaphysical works of the 20th century: Of Cosmogonic Eros by the German pagan philosopher and Gnostic Ludwig Klages. This monograph is dedicated entirely to an in-depth examination of the nature of Eros and states of ecstasies as they relate to a gnostic return to primordial states of experience. Here Klages presents a pandaemonic vision of becoming which is inextricably linked to an Eros whose elemental power shatters everyday consciousness and mates the individual to the secrets of the cosmos. The author seeks to restore Eros to his true status and function by carefully distilling his essence against all falsifications and distortions. Showing how Eros is related to Thanatos and integral to every true cultus of the dead and ancestral worship, Klages leaves no doubt that only the Eroto-Gnostic holds the keys to authentic Life and the daemonic empowerment of the Cosmos.
Of Cosmogonic Eros is an indispensable work for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the nature of Eros and ecstasies and the metaphysical conflicts we face in modern times. For researchers and practitioners of sexual esoteric mysteries and Eroto-Gnostic systems of attainment this book must be considered a treasure chest of insights and knowledge. It is a true rune of an Eros of whom Klages says that
“He can be roused while awake as if in the most stupefying dream. He celebrates his orgies beneath the breeze of spring storms, in the light of a star-studded heaven, in a hailstone shower, on a flaming mountain ridge, in the raging surf, in the lightning flash of “first love”, but not least in the embrace of fate that smites its carrier.”
Of Cosmogonic Eros greatly impressed and influenced thinkers and artists like Walter Benjamin and Alfred Kubin but also German esoteric circles and literaries such as the great Hermann Hesse who wrote that in this book “the nearly unutterable has been forged into words”. Spiritual teachers like the Tibetan Buddhist Anagarika Govinda and occult masters like David Beth received important impulses from this empowering work.
This first English edition of Of Cosmogonic Eros will also feature a substantial contextualized introduction by Professor Paul Bishop of the University of Glasgow and the first-ever English translation of parts of Alfred Schuler’s esoteric talks on the nature and essence of the spiritual light directly relevant to Of Cosmogonic Eros. Alfred Schuler, who formed the core of the Kosmiker-Kreis with Klages, was a magician and mystagogue whose oracular language and visions provided much of the esoteric symbolism of Klages’ work. It was this vilified, feared but also admired correspondent of Papus and self-confessed ‘ultimus paganaorum’ (last pagan) who brought forth such mysterious concepts as Blutleuchte, the blood-lamp. The Auric ‘deluxe’ edition will include an exclusive booklet with an essay by David Beth entitled “Katabasis and Eroto-Gnosis: A short consideration.””
- American Gods, Season 2, premieres March 10 on STARZ
“The epic war of the gods begins when American Gods premieres March 10 on STARZ. Where will you stand?”
- The Commonplace Deck, a limited-edition set of hand-printed oracle cards, crowdfunding effort by Nell Latimer, limited to 50 decks
“This set of 30 cards originates from a commonplace book. That is to say it was formed from a collection of interlinked illustrations, sketches, old photographs, notes and observations gathered and brought together here for divinatory purpose and transformed into a set of small handmade lino prints. It is named ‘commonplace’ after the method of collation and as the pictures you will find on the cards, at first glance, may seem every day or ordinary. “
- Séance by Tyu Orphinae
“A minimalistic card game for 4 to 6 players.
Your group has summoned a dangerous spirit, and the only way to banish it is to sacrifice a person among you. Your goal as a player is therefore to survive, and make sure someone else takes the blow.”
- “Sound Waves May Fall Up in Gravity Instead of Down. New findings suggest that ordinary sound has negative gravitational mass.” — Charles Q Choi, Inside Science [HT Wes Unruh]
“The sound of a sonic boom may produce about the same magnitude of gravitational pull as a 10-milligram weight, a new study finds. Oddly, the findings also suggest the pull is in the opposite direction of the gravitational pull generated by normal matter, meaning sound waves might fall up instead of down in Earth’s gravitational field.”
- “A quantum experiment suggests there’s no such thing as objective reality. Physicists have long suspected that quantum mechanics allows two observers to experience different, conflicting realities. Now they’ve performed the first experiment that proves it.” — Emerging Technology from the arXiv, MIT Technology Review
“Last year, however, physicists noticed that recent advances in quantum technologies have made it possible to reproduce the Wigner’s Friend test in a real experiment. In other words, it ought to be possible to create different realities and compare them in the lab to find out whether they can be reconciled.
And today, Massimiliano Proietti at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and a few colleagues say they have performed this experiment for the first time: they have created different realities and compared them. Their conclusion is that Wigner was correct—these realities can be made irreconcilable so that it is impossible to agree on objective facts about an experiment.”
- “Polish Catholics attended Marina Abramović’s exhibition opening to pray in protest.” — Wallace Ludel, Artsy
“Marina Abramović’s touring retrospective has arrived at Poland’s Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, and some locals aren’t happy about it. A Polish Facebook group called Zawierzam Maryi, which translates to “I Entrust to Mary,” published a post last week attacking Abramović’s “Satanic vernissage” and urging Catholics around the country to protest the exhibition.”
- “Visualize pitch like John Coltrane with this mystical image” — Peter Kirn, CDM
“Some musicians see Islamic mysticism; some the metaphysics of Einstein. But whether spiritual, theoretical, or both, even one John Coltrane pitch wheel is full of musical inspiration.”
- “Hilma af Klint and the birth of abstract art” — Sam Ben-Meir, San Diego Jewish World
“Af Klint was a formally trained and respected portrait and landscape painter in Stockholm, who as a young woman became involved in spiritualism, theosophy, as well as Rosicrucianism. By 1906, af Klint was creating abstract paintings, many years before Vasily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian – however she kept them private, maintaining that the world was not yet ready to see her work; and in fact she requested that they not be seen for twenty years following her death. We can see the Rosicrucian influence in this decision: a guiding principle of the spiritual movement was its anticipation of a “universal reformation of mankind,” when a long hidden, secret science will finally be received by humanity.”
- “Thich Nhat Hanh’s final mindfulness lesson: how to die peacefully. ‘Letting go is also the practice of letting in, letting your teacher be alive in you,’ says a senior disciple of the celebrity Buddhist monk and author.” — Eliza Barclay, VOX; in conversation with Phap Dung
“It’s a beautiful message, to see ourselves as a stream, as a lineage, and it is the deepest teaching in Buddhism: non-self. We are empty of a separate self, and yet at the same time, we are full of our ancestors.
Letting go is a practice not only when you reach 90. It’s one of the highest practices. This can move you toward equanimity, a state of freedom, a form of peace. Waking up each day as a rebirth, now that is a practice.”
- “À Tarbes, des Gilets jaunes saccagent le temple des Francs-Maçons” — Delphine Pereira, La Dépêche
“Dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche, en marche de la mobilisation nocturne, des Gilets jaunes ont violemment dégradé le temple maçonnique de Tarbes. Ils ont notamment dérobé, puis restitué des épées et cassé du mobilier.”
In the night from Saturday to Sunday, in the march of the nocturnal mobilization, yellow Vests violently degraded the Masonic temple of Tarbes. In particular, they stole, then returned swords and broke furniture.
- “High Glamour; Magical Clothing and Talismanic Fashion” — Charlotte Rogers [HT Scarlet Imprint]
“So why the appropriation of magical symbolism at this particular point in time?
Occult glamour tends to be prestige orientated. The mainstream and less well heeled can affect traditional or folk magic influenced imagery but only the immensely wealthy could afford the fashionable high luxe translation of the occult and high magic. From the bohemian middle classes and the intelligentsia who were beautifully robed members of the last century’s legendary occult group The Golden Dawn, to the later parading of counter cultural heroes such as filmmaker Kenneth Anger, singer Marianne Faithful and cult author Anais Nin, they all represented people who stood apart from the proverbial ‘common man’ and for various reasons could be seen to be elevated above them.
I’d tend to agree that using pagan and magical symbolism in commercial areas such as fashion is a surface level affectation but I also view this as being symptomatic of something deeper; an indication of the switching roles of what constitutes the outsider and what constitutes the norm. Perhaps this symbolism is representative of empowerment for the little people and lends itself well to being used as banner, much as the anonymous mask did for protesters, albeit with more dogma attached.
The fact that financial megaliths such as the fashion industry have got in on the act is a sign that they see that this symbolism smacks of cool, anarchy and individuality, and this may well have the knock on effect of rendering perception of these beliefs to be malleable, visual superficialities.”
- “Witchcraft writings” — Roy Booth, Talking Humanities [HT The Warburg Institute]
“The European witchcraft panic began alongside and was fuelled by the new medium of printed books.”
- “7 Forgotten Women Surrealists Who Deserve To Be Remembered. Always cherchez la femme, people.” — Priscilla Frank, Huffington Post; written “in anticipation of” Sotheby’s Cherchez la femme: Women and Surrealism exhibition from 2015
“The names most often associated with surrealism, the avant-garde cultural movement born in the 1920s, include Max Ernst, Salvador Dalí, Man Ray, Hans Arp, Marcel Duchamp and Yves Tanguy, among others.
Surprise, surprise, they’re all men.
In anticipation of this much-needed exhibition, here are seven forgotten surrealist artists who deserve to be remembered.
1. Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012)
2. Bridget Bate Tichenor (1917-1990)
3. Toyen (1902-1980)
4. Kay Sage (1898-1963)
5. Leonor Fini (1907-1996)
6. Dora Maar (1907-1997)
7. Stella Snead (1910-2006)”