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Music as a Spiritual Practice

Michael Waters: Music as a Spiritual Practice from Jordan Stratford on Vimeo.

 

“… it is completely, irrevocably clear to me that all improvising is composing. There is no difference between them, none at all.”

“… the difference between approaching any creative art, not just music, but it could be poetry or painting, writing; the difference between approaching it as a spiritual practice and approach it as a craft is that with a craft the issue is “How good can I get in my lifetime?” And, that’s what you work on. Nothing else really matters. But when you approach something as a spiritual practice, what you’re doing is, personally you are approaching in the context of from before you were born until after you are gone. And those place count. In other words, you’re whole trajectory in life, whatever you’ve encountered, is on the table when you approach that art. All of your questions and answers, challenges, accomplishments, they are all involved when you put your finger to string or your pen to paper or your foot to the dance floor. And this changes everything to approach it that way, it’s not like a craft at all.”

Marcha de las calaveras

 

“It was billed as “the first act of collective psycho-magic in Mexico.”

The call made by the cult mystic Alejandro Jodorowsky said the event would seek to “heal” the country of the cosmic weight of so many dead in the drug war, by gathering for something he called the March of the Skulls.

On Sunday, on a wet and frigid morning in this mountain capital, hundreds of Jodorowsky fans answered the open convocation.

They donned black top hats and black shawls, and carried canes and Mexican flags colored in black. They wore calavera face paint or masks to give themselves the look of stylish skeletons gathered in this often-surreal city in the name of Mexico’s tens of thousands of sometimes nameless drug war dead.

“Long live the dead!” they shouted.” [via]

 

“Jodorowsky, director of surrealist films “El Topo” and “Holy Mountain,” practices a brand of psychotherapy termed “psychomagic,” which requires that some symbolic event, whether individually or collectively, can in fact transmogrify into reality and thus heal individuals or groups therapeutically.

On November 28th, according to Los Angeles Times reporting, Jodorowsky attempted a mass demonstration of his brand of psychomagic in Mexico. The goal was to heal the souls of the dead who have fallen in Mexico’s long-running and ultra-violent drug war.

Jodorowsky called the event Marcha de las Calaveras, or, March of the Skulls.

And while nothing quite compares to tens of thousands of dead, apart from large-scale genocide, America could certainly use its own psychomagical event, not this Judeo-Christian paradigm that preaches weakness and supplication at the feet of the rich and powerful, for deliverance will be had in heaven.” [via]

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The Hermetic Library visual pool is a visual scavenger hunt for images of a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Images of your ritual or ritual space, images of sigils or tools, showing off your own library or special volume from the restricted stacks, sacred spaces and places, esoteric artefacts and installations, inspired paintings and people – these and much more are part of the culture and practice of magick.

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The Hermetic Library visual pool is a visual scavenger hunt for images of a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Images of your ritual or ritual space, images of sigils or tools, showing off your own library or special volume from the restricted stacks, sacred spaces and places, esoteric artefacts and installations, inspired paintings and people – these and much more are part of the culture and practice of magick.

Egyptian Magic in Egyptian Magic by Florence Farr.

“The seeds placed within the heart or AB may now be considered as symbolising the powers of Thought and Will: these once set in action by Theurgic practices or self-devotion to the highest aspiration of the conscious being produce a curious result.” [via]

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pre-ritual preparation, originally uploaded by Jacqueline Gomez.

 

The Hermetic Library visual pool is a visual scavenger hunt for images of a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Images of your ritual or ritual space, images of sigils or tools, showing off your own library or special volume from the restricted stacks, sacred spaces and places, esoteric artefacts and installations, inspired paintings and people – these and much more are part of the culture and practice of magick.

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I thought putting these images of gesture together created an interesting series.

 

The Hermetic Library visual pool is a visual scavenger hunt for images of a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Images of your ritual or ritual space, images of sigils or tools, showing off your own library or special volume from the restricted stacks, sacred spaces and places, esoteric artefacts and installations, inspired paintings and people – these and much more are part of the culture and practice of magick.

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Untitled, originally uploaded by Jacqueline Gomez.

 

The Hermetic Library visual pool is a visual scavenger hunt for images of a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Images of your ritual or ritual space, images of sigils or tools, showing off your own library or special volume from the restricted stacks, sacred spaces and places, esoteric artefacts and installations, inspired paintings and people – these and much more are part of the culture and practice of magick.