“The Head Of A Pin” was an attempt to re-create a magickal working, and became a sound-collage ritual all its own, in the making. It’s part of an on-going series (first started here at the occult anthology with “Strange Angels”, under a different name) of rituals, that have spanned recordings, live performances, and private investigation. It’s a refining fire; the bones peek through the skin. It’s getting thin…
Dessicant uses analog and electronic devices to conduct sonic rituals, a portable portal into strange, grey realms with twitching blurred outlines. Its like peering into a dirty fishbowl, with a human head in it. Inspired by anyone who has ever aspired to blend magick and art.
“IN middle music of Apollo’s corn
She stood, the reaper, challenging a kiss;
The lips of her were fresher than the morn,
The perfume of her skin was ambergris;
The sun had kissed her body into brown;
Ripe breasts thrown forward to the summer breeze;
Warm tints of red lead fancy to the crown,
Her coils of chestnut, in abundant ease,
That bound the stately head. What joy of youth
Lifted her nostril to respire the wind?
What pride of being? What triumphal truth
Acclaimed her queen to her imperial mind?” [via]
“I see, beyond all seas and star,
The gates of hell, the paths of death
Open: unclasp the surly bars
Before the voice of him that saith:
“I will!” Droop lower to my knees!
Sink gently to the leopard’s skin!1” [via]
Crowley note on this quote: 1. An actual rug: not a symbol.
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.