it was a song of woe, an old song

it was a song of woe, an old song … sure, but a favorite for some

I like it myself sometimes

not the blues, actually, more personal

selfish perhaps, egotistic, 
and for all of that certainly ordinarily normal

feeling sorry for myself, on the days when other’s won’t

nasty job, but someone has to do it, and why not me,

experience teaches, practice makes perfect

take two and call me in the morning

tree folk and other invisible friends

The human being is nature observing and thinking about itself.

I love trees. There is a forest that starts just ten yards from the window of my shaman’s cave. The first nature spirit I talked to – regularly – was to all appearances a dead tree. Here is Herstory:

I would feel a bit out of sort, and sit on the deck overlooking Her (zone of influence). She listened to my heart, and in a still quiet voice, inside my mind, gave me comfort.

Many years ago, when I had my first and last real garden, the property had a great willow tree on it. This was a willow left behind when developers had ravaged the neighborhood, and cut most of the trees down. It was acquiring a bore (insects lay eggs under the bark) necklace. We were led to expect this would kill the tree.

The bio-dynamic gardening book I had, had advised me to go into the garden in the early morning hours, have a cup of whatever (hot chocolate for me), and listen to the spirits there, reminding his readers of Christ in the garden at Gethsemane.

One morning I was pondering the bore situation, and had an “insight”. I would make a kind of poultice or bandage of earth-substance (mud) from the bottom of the pond in the lower garden, where the ducks hung out, laying eggs most every day. The ducks were good consumers of snails and such, and excreted whenever they had the urge, which meant that the pond’s muck was seriously fertile. They also liked to hide their eggs in the ivy that was on the ground there, but … that war is a different and somewhat smelly tale.

The whole idea reminded me of Star Trek episode (original), where Dr. McCoy uses cement to bandage of rock-creature who had been wounded by a phaser, while protecting the egg nest of its young.

Duck Muck was gathered and placed all over the puffed out bark, where the insects were active. Circled the tree. Let it dry for a couple of days, and did it again.

So much for the bores.

We have another grandmother tree where we now live (see picture). Sent me a squirrel one day, to do a mime bit. First showed a limp back leg, … after getting my attention, with its limp leg it climbed the final step onto the deck. In that moment, I was in the mediation room looking onto the deck, ganja-dreaming, listening, yet worried over the future of my knees (arthritis, no cushion etc.)

After achieving contact with my attention, the squirrel dragged its limp leg right into my line of sight, but also into the sun. Calmly turned to face me, and starred.

She (the local locus – i.e. a grandmother tree) hinted in my mind – as I watched the squirrel finish his mime-dance: Put the arnica massage oil on your knees and have the sun warm them, even it Winter, whenever it rises (the deck faces just south of East).

Once I was clear on the massage, the squirrel un-limped his back leg, scampered around on the deck, having been her messenger, which is mostly what squirrels are, chittering and chattering and observing intently all the going’s on, while meanwhile sharing consciousness with the all-in-all.

A couple of days ago, a woman, who helps maintain my Lady’s plantings (neither of us bends in the right places anymore), described a hole at the base of a tree, where there was already a seriously dead branch or two. I immediately put two and three and four together, and began to make plans for another poultice.

The soil (the two) would come from a plastic barrel of compost a friend had given us last fall, and which I had used almost all of to create this year’s Fairy-Riot***. I would combine the left over with same soil into which a tree stump had decayed, with many visiting shrooms every year. Clearly this would be vital soil, and right at hand as needed – the Mother not wasting anything. (third&fourth pictures are the stump and company six years ago. Thinking stumps were wounds of the forest, we had set a large crystal on a naturally found hexagonal rock on the one on the left, and the Hopi Stone on the one on the right, which is the one almost fully decayed in our present).

This would involve some physical work, and as we had three guests visiting (mom and dad and son), I asked them to help when the time came. Concern over where the sun might be and such. Then when the time came, I added my Lady, so there were four.

First, on my own, I had taken the composted soil and added air to it with a small spade. I then added 4000 clover seeds, knowing Mom&fairies would do best with what was offered in the right way. When the team was assembled, they used the spade to dig out of the decayed tree’s area, whatever loose soil and stump fragments there might be. This was added to the well aired compost, for a mix. Once mixed, the hole where the wound had been was filled with the combined compose and active rot.

The soil was next placed in the shape of a cone (wide base, narrowing top) leaning against the damaged tree, filling the hole and creating a thick covering. Moss ordered in the mail was then well moistened, and use to cover the cone.

Done what could be done. The rest, I leave to the Elementals.

***Fairy-Riot = can only garden on deck, while sitting in a chair, so last year got a bunch of soil containers that were lying about, filled them with well developed soil, and scattered hundreds of seeds. Watered twice and day, and appreciated the changes. Faerie seemed grateful for the opportunity to go a little wild on the deck. Can’t wait to see what they do this year.

{as to the seeming distinction of fairies and Faerie, I use the first as being a type of invisible, the latter being the vital ethereal space that contains all manner of creatures, from Titans in the Whether of Weather, or the gnomes hiding stuff around my cave, just to keep me awake.}


On Abortion …

for many the situation is obvious, although to both sides that which is obvious is different …

partly the difference is between desire and fear … women want/need to be free, and deserve our sympathy …

for many others, the world has been falling apart for a long long time, and fear that is tired and worn down, can come out – as in how it appears – as a kind of madness. A last stand gesture to try to be true to something in a world of uncertainty, when from our childhood the pulpit has told us of the wages of sin ….

we assume too much everytime we try to believe there is something rational going on. we assume even more if we believe the Other, the one we seem to be at war with, are loved by the Universe less/or more than are we …

if our question is about politics, we need to know some things we might not like to know, besides that each is Loved ..

the macro social-political processes are themselves a sign of life. in the garden of social life, especially in America, people are free to hate, and free to seek to see their values inhabit the laws.

years ago, there was a sanity in understanding single issue politics as a ploy of the powerful … now, … that intercourse of a life of resolving opposites is not unlike the sperm seeking the egg. whatever happens next in America, needs to involve mutual time for gestation.

which is the abortion of the Spirit of America?

endless fighting tooth and nail?

or truly understanding that We the People are meant to be a people of Peoples, without whose leadership, the world will not know, the difficult to practice/swallow the challenging arts-political: “Out of many, One”.

Ours trials are not yet over, “The Great Unsettling & the 3rd Millennium”

the second american revolution

The Second American Revolution is for the whole World. Everything is interconnected.

A lot of folk – all over the world – strongly wish the world was different. Most of this understandable feeling is related to the individual’s personal biography. In a fundamental way, part of each human being’s natural intelligence is to go toward that which is desired, and away from that which is undesirable.

All the same, life is a mixture of both, yet still folk wish. Bring us peace some pray to the man who said: “I come not to bring peace, but a sword”.

This does not mean no help is available. Wishes are often realized, for the world is fundamentally magical and mysterious. Wisdom is everywhere: “You can’t’ always get what you what, but if you try real hard you just might get what you need”.

A lot of folks complain, justly, about America. Usually they mean the government, and, those addicted to wealth and power, who corrupt that government.

Part of what lives behind these events, both local and world-wide, is ignorance. The state of mind of someone who has not been encouraged to freely learn and understand, but folks who have been indoctrinated in the theories of un-natural science, including the idea life is a competition, not a cooperation – a natural unity. This kind of “science” holds that there is no spirit, only matter.

Many folk of faith believe otherwise. What if the people of faith were right, and the modern materialistic scientist is wrong? What would a narrative of modern life look like, if its real spiritual features were better understood?

Western Civilization is dying into a new becoming. This is a process of Centuries, being lived one tweet at a time. Trump is a kind of trickster spirit, useful when something needs to die before it can become; and, when what is dying is the two major political parties in America. Their leadership is just in denial.

Both Parties sing the same lame song. Something is wrong, and its the other guys fault. What if the spiritual reality is that something is very right, although hard to live through?

The prophecy of the Hopi Indians, from the American four corners spot on the physical map, … their spiritual prophecy is that we live in The Day of Purification. For the alleged Christian, this ought to help: John the Baptist, in Matthew 3: 11-12: “Now I bathe you in the water to change hearts, … the one who comes after me …, He will bathe you in Fire and Holy Breath”.

Every human life shares the same curse/hope. To endure the Day of Purification, to live through the baptism by Fire, and to be worthy of Holy Breath. If you need details, all is right in front of you in your own biography.

Justly, folks wonder about politics. The same god/man – as above – advised keeping separate that which we rendered unto God (our personal/private spiritual life), from that which we render unto Caesar (the State, our public life as a citizen). This is a variation of his answer as to what was the most important commandment: love god, and your neighbors as yourself.

Fairly straightforward, you would think.

Some folks like to fix forever into the pages of a Bible, what the Divine Mystery wants to say to us. Seems odd to me that something – anything – truly divine would lock his works into text, when the whole world is there from which to speak. Some say: the Genius of History.

The Second American Revolution is for all, although the battle against that which would keep us in chains is still in play. We human folk, now united globally in real time, face the shared trials of the domination by a very few, clearly addicts of the will, of wealth&power, claiming rights to far more than any single person needs.

Two hundred fifty years – or so – ago, the Americans and the French threw over those claiming blood-right of ownership over whatever their might might take from the weak. We stopped being weak, but all the same the sickness remained: the love of money, with its attendant powers. With the help of the bankers, this love was given safe harbor, so that via corruption of the legislative powers governments did not fully take care of the citizens. Mostly politics is false promises.

Why then do we keep playing the politics game at all?

A center of wealth&power is America, and in America the Citizen is the Sovereign. We can make and unmake Constitutions at will, should we, in sufficient numbers so choose. This, us – out of many one – is the power of human beings in creating the nature of the public life, which ought not to have anything to do with what we as individuals render unto our Gods, even the materialists’ gods of chance/random/probabilities.

People all over the world want less conflict, more sharing, and some degree of sanity from our religious leaders. In the meantime, let us first declare Victory, and throw a Party. We dance and sing and get intoxicated, and stop listening to the voices that tell us we ought to hate each other.

For fun, while having a party, we start to consider a rewrite of the Constitution. What might we like? How about: All elected officials have to live on the income and healthcare of the least among us? Corporations are not only not persons, they are evil, capricious, out of control and inhuman. All debt, from the moment of the requisite signatures, is forgiven. For the rich and the poor, as to debt this is no more. Not for the Corporation, however, which will owe reparations for poisoning all of us, simply in order to pursue the love of money of their officers and shareholders.

The point here is not to faint at the improbabilities, but to recognize that merely by collectively taking up the fundamental questions of a society: what are the unspoken social contract: such as work hard, play by the rules, and mind your own business.

What the Second American Revolution is about a threat from the People – to the professional jerks – to change the rules, or else. The discussion and acknowledgment of power, in the American Citizen as the Sovereign, includes that we can have any rules/laws we need and want.

Meanwhile, we party with each other, take up the power of the pen over the sword, and scare the bejesus of the bankers.

a song on the web of lies

 I met an old man by the road one day. I asked him questions and he told me stories. Here is one of his stories.

Once upon a time there was a world which lost the gods&goddesses, not knowing this was a blessing and a gift – to not believe, or need to believe.

The tragedy was that in losing the gods&goddesses they also lost themselves, being gods&goddesses in training. Spirit is immortal, and the mortal can only be made by the immortal, as a kind of passage to something even the immortal could not predict. What strange gods&goddesses then, who set their children free to be or not to be, and leave to the children the invention of what comes next.

All the same, a false assumption will lead to false conclusions, and an inability to effect reality at the primal level. For example, to conceive that Christianity destroyed the greatness of the ancient world is a mistake of thought, a minor one at that.

Here’s what really happened.

Religion was turned over to Men. There then came into existence the three monotheisms, who devoured their past – the earth goddess religions – in order to make God a male figure, and create, at a social level, the power of patriarchy. 

Meanwhile, the whole human being kept evolving – the children growing in spite of not believing.

This event (the three monotheisms etc.) left a footprint in history as it were. But it was not until the male-religions lost hold, that the free act of the intellect arrived, which let individual human beings begin to acquire the “abstractions” they came to love (in the same way a child is first fascinated by the excrement it introduces into the world). The problem comes when we get old enough to get serious about knowing more, and not needing to make our own, (possibly excremental) “truths”, more important than discovering what reality actually had to say.

At this point in time, the next big event was turning everything, including the new religion (natural science), back over to women. The men’s messes becoming a burden to life, and someone needs to seriously care about fixing that.

This brings us back around to the Very Beginning, and the Father (the blinding light) and the Mother (the luminous darkness). Remember Her? The centerfold of classical antiquity?

Fools were sent to help the Rite of Passage the Hopi call The Day of Purification.…/

Letters about Magic

A cogent article in the New York Times – SUNDAY REVIEW

Even Physicists Don’t Understand Quantum Mechanics

Worse, they don’t seem to want to understand it. By Sean Carroll. Dr. Carroll is a physicist.

. The link is repeated at the end of these Letters.

Letters About Magic #1

guess who

Something profound is happening in the World, yet remains unremarked in the common narrative of modern media institutions. To see this we need to remember how magical the world is, as we saw it once upon a time, when we were children.

Let us be children again, and remember … together.

Yesterday was Easter Sunday, and twice during the day I saw a fat rabbit, dining in the yard’s fresh April rain’s grass. She seemed pregnant, or perhaps recently so. She was not a baby rabbit by any measure. Like the daily wonder of sunrise and sunset, a wild animal gracing the yard is magical, … always magical.

In the 1960’s the world was hit broadside with a cultural revolution that was itself magical, from the LSD, to the remarkable world-wide explosion of rock ‘n roll, to the New Age of yoga masters, wizards, Tibetan and Zen Masters, Sufi dancers, and not the least strange, such as Osho (aka Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh), Rev. Moon, and, L. Ron Hubbard.

Christ – as Lord of the Dance – was everywhere, although few Christian religions recognized Him. Hermetic Science (the magic of the ancient Egyptians) is unfolding odd gifts, and making shamans and seers, all manner of psychic talent – within the individual biography. It is that – the individual biography – which is the core locus of Love, … what we call history, news, current events, wars, and all other kinds of folly is secondary, and merely context for the needs of the individual biography … a great and magical aspect of human existence on a personal level.

The Mother is back as well, for a time having been eclipsed in the public consciousness by the three male-dominated monotheisms, that participated in the birth of Western Civilization. As that Civilization dies into a new becoming, the previously unimaginable magical nature of reality will appear … everywhere. The trans-rational, i.e. the bridge between the rational and irrational, will appear inside human beings as a natural gift. People instinctively know that the ancients were far wiser than are we. We still only guess at how the Age of Megaliths, from Easter Island, to Central America, to Egypt, and to Stonehenge, happened: yes, via the oldest science: Magic.

That coming back rides in on the Return of the Moon wisdoms, more commonly known as actual Magic. What is happening is nothing less than the very change in consciousness the New Age anticipated, albeit more dramatic, the Mother not afraid to make us face Justice, as well as the Love from Her Son.

All weather is delivered by Her, and Her adoring minions, the elemental kingdoms of Nature, the fire-folk, the water-folk, the air-folk, and, the earth-folk.

Knowledge of magic varies according to geographical and cultural eras. In the true West, the Americans, it is more apt to use the term “shaman” to denote a devotee of magic-knowing. Yogis and masters in the East, and magicians and initiates in the cultural Center work as well. Each place has a reality in which all their greatest Myths turn out to be true. Follow your local oldest earth religions, and that will renew the Way for the modern era.

Magic is the science of learning to find the right relationship to the Elemental Kingdoms, which ultimately needs to be a love affair. From a certain point of view, every individual biography is its own shamanistic path. If we are surviving life, we are surviving because of something in us that will not give up or give in. Survivors master their world, even in the darkest times.

In Her Scheme of Life, we are all shamans in training, for our essential personal intelligence is also Our Way. That individual Way is personal, and each day is a labyrinth of choices, not always navigated satisfactorily.

Each is to have their own talents. This person hears ghosts. That person makes sense doing astrology. Another brings herbal wisdom alive in their kitchen. A fourth studies the arcane, and finds wonder in the hermetic ideas of the electrical (fire/will) and magnetic (water/feeling) fluids.

Consider the storms, floods, earthquakes, wars, famine, … the Four Horseman work for Her, and Death includes that which we must see as Her Arts, as She has the whole world in His Hands.

Essentially cataclysmic events happen, some die, and She catches them as in the Pieta. The survivors, the shamans in training, have choices. Do I help just myself, or do I join with and help others? These storms are part of the divine world order, and we need to connect with that. “the Great Unsettling & the 3rd Millennium” “Medicine Woman is Here”“Americans among the Lost: notes from inner space, the true Final Frontier”

If the most ancient magical science, Hermetics, uses the words electrical and magnetic “fluids”, what is it about that aspect of physical reality that makes such a “metaphor” work? Perhaps modern science is clueless about just what lives in the so-called four fundamental forces of nature:

“In physics, the fundamental interactions, also known as fundamental forces, are the interactions that do not appear to be reducible to more basic interactions. There are four fundamental interactions known to exist: the gravitational and electromagnetic interactions, which produce significant long-range forces whose effects can be seen directly in everyday life, and the strong and weak interactions, which produce forces at minuscule, subatomic distances and govern nuclear interactions. Some scientists[1][2][3] hypothesize that a fifth force might exist, but the hypotheses remain speculative.”

As these Letters about Magic continue, the mysterious/magical relationship between these “four” interactions, and the four classical elements: fire, air, water, earth, will be investigated, as well as the “fifth”, known in certain circles as the “akasha” or the Source of Manifestation.

I will also reference works from my personal library. The main mistakes of classical physics, and even quantum mechanics, will be covered, although a cursory preview looks like this:

There is nothing existing that is not rooted in the wills of invisible to the senses Beings.

Letter About Magic #2

where we left the work, in Letter #1 …

“If the most ancient magical science, Hermetics, uses the words electrical and magnetic “fluids”, what is it about that aspect of physical reality that makes such a “metaphor” work? Perhaps modern science is clueless about just what lives in the so-called four fundamental forces of nature:

“In physics, the fundamental interactions, also known as fundamental forces, are the interactions that do not appear to be reducible to more basic interactions. There are four fundamental interactions known to exist: the gravitational and electromagnetic interactions, which produce significant long-range forces whose effects can be seen directly in everyday life, and the strong and weak interactions, which produce forces at minuscule, subatomic distances and govern nuclear interactions. Some scientists[1][2][3] hypothesize that a fifth force might exist, but the hypotheses remain speculative.”

“As these Letters about Magic continue, the mysterious/magical relationship between these “four” interactions, and the four classical elements: fire, air, water, earth, will be investigated, as well as the “fifth”, known in certain circles as the “akasha” or the Source of Manifestation.

“I will also reference works from my personal library. The main mistakes of classical physics, and even quantum mechanics, will be covered, although a cursory preview looks like this:

“There is nothing existing that is not rooted in the wills of invisible to the senses Beings.”

Which leads us where?

the traditional kabbalistic worlds of Emanation, Creation, Formation & Existence”, or as Rudolf Steiner has it: “Saturn, Sun, Moon, and, finally, the surface world of Nature, all inhabited at their core and in every particle by divinity in its immanent maternal aspect. Thus the Father God is One, the Mother God is Many.” For essential details:

Notice the Four aspect. repeated even in religious teachings. In the deeps of ancient religious ideas, there are four, and in the deeps of physics there are four as well.

The physicist imagines a big-bang, while Genesis says: Let there be Light. Emanation.

The biologist imagines life emerging from the lifeless, which they call Evolution, and the ancients: Creation, Formation, and Existence.

One imagination leaves no room for invisible to the senses Beings, the other Imagination knows and meets these Folk directly. No theory necessary. To get to know the Beings behind/within Nature, involves a love affair, for the fundamental relationship is I&Thou.

Consider that for the last 500 years the Copernican Revolution took a path (for most) of taking Nature apart, and from the parts imagining the whole is made. The problem is that we experience the whole directly. Along side that historical Fall into Matter, no reality which is not us – not a human being – is, by modern scientific theory, allowed to have an interior life. A rather arrogant presumption, rooted in the arrogant fancy that modern materialistic science comes even close to “explaining” the human reality – the experiences through which we suffer

If we look at Nature as having the same interior existence as do we, then everything changes.

Can this be proved? Sure. Here, we come at such proof via the Hermetic Sciences, aka Magic.

Existence is. How does Existence work?

Consider getting up in the morning. We all have some aspect of the Labyrinth of the (Groundhog) Day to bear. Alarm clocks, coffee and carbs, routine, or not. We are not – in our essence – the same ~!~spirit/style~!~ … we are individuals having our own biography.

Where comes the power to start the Day? The ancient Egyptians had ideas like “primal fire”, to describe the Will through which we move through time, seeing the element of fire/will inside everything, not just in us. These – the classical Elements – have meanings buried and lost, for those, who are critical of these ideas, have never actually understood that they refer to aspects of existence we directly experience.

Fire/Will; Water/Feeling; Air/Intellect; and Earth/Consciousness. Nor do we know these as “pieces”. We and our experience are an indivisible whole. Not parts. Whole.

Part of the Fall into Matter ended in an Era of Existence in which our human consciousness more and more experienced itself as separate. I am over here, behind the typing of these words, and you are over there, reading with care or not. This “evolution” of consciousness is the real (non-material) evolution. “I am not my brain – the map is not the territory.”

At the center of the confusion, is a long term habit of un-natural materialistic-only science, which took apart “things” (easier to do if you don’t consider the “feelings” of the objects of experimentation and dissection). The quest was for the smallest entities, thus the four “interactions”: gravitation; electromagnetic; strong; and, weak.

The virtue of those studies is that mathematics was necessary to find an exact and precise way to describe what is observed. The folly/danger is to imagine that these are separate from each other. They are always together, until we break them into pieces (Cern), by applying forces not observable in Nature. We imagine such forces forging what happens in the Sun, but that is theory and speculation.

Put down what you are reading this with, and get up and move around a bit. We know gravity in its wholeness state, as it grips us as a totality, and much of our behaviors are built around knowing the consequences of messing around with the gravity field authored by … What? Easily a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts.

At present, there is a kind of war going on between modern physics and certain aspects of philosophy. Physics wants to pretend “qualia” (qualities) don’t have the same level of concrete existence as the quantitative … i.e. “things” we can count and measure. The taste of a ripe fruit, the thrill of a first kiss, and pain of birth – if it can’t be measured, it doesn’t exist – to physics.

To us? The qualitative is whole meaning of life. The ancient Egyptians knew that the qualitative was the essence of everything, and in the qualitative nature of the doctrine of the elements they hid their greatest secrets. Fire/Will; Water/Feelings; Air/Intellect; Earth/Consciousness.

Study those qualities in yourself, and miracles arise.

From my essay: “Medicine Woman is Here” which concerns the active presence of the Mother (Herself, also more than a part)

“ … in the “light” of Rudolf Steiner’s remarks regarding the future return of the Moon (Magic) back into the Earth, and in the light of the Emerald Tablet: “The above from the below, and the below from the above – the work of the miracle of the One. And things have been from this primal substance through a single act. How wonderful is this work! It is the main (principle) of the world and is its maintainer. Its father is the sun and its mother the moon; …

Letter about Magic #3

We are going to approach this relationship between the Four classical Elements, and the Four Interactions known to modern physics, from both directions. Here – in this Letter – we expand our qualitative ideas about the Elements. The main sources, besides our own observations, will be:

Ernst Lehrs’ book “Man or Matter – introduction to a spiritual understanding of Nature on the basis of Goethe’s method of training observation and thought”

… and Franz Bardon’s “Initiation into Hermetics – a course of instruction in magic theory and practice”

Lehrs, in the Chapter XI: “Matter as Part of Nature’s Alphabet”, points out that the elements involve eight qualitative ideas, for example: Water and Earth share the same quality: cold. Fire and Air share the same quality warm. Water and Air share the same quality moist, while Earth and Fire share the same quality: dry. Keep in mind that these are not separate aspects of Nature’s Alphabet, but relationships making a single whole.

The physicist, for his imagination of the Four Interactions, has to smash stuff together in a hadron super-collider, making the debris of these high energy collisions into his fantasy that first come the parts, then the whole. Matter is killed/broken leaving behind a corpse, and its pieces thought to be that out of which it was made.

Consider this, paraphrased from Rudolf Hauschka’s “The Nature of Substance – spirit and matter” :

When we take apart water, through forceful physical interventions (electrical or chemical), we get hydrogen and oxygen. To Hauschka’s way of seeing/thinking these two are the corpse of water, i.e. what is left after we kill the water. In addition, when we kill the water via these violent means, we also liberate heat and light.

Physics misreads the phenomena, not realizing that heat and light are additional corpse parts, but in their function/nature are aspects of spirit. In George Adams’ “Universal Forces in Mechanics” (out of print, try the Steiner Library) Adams writes: “In all mechanical systems, be they at rest, be they in motion, elastic forces are involved … with every displacement of elastic balance, however small, shades of warmth arise …. [leading to] … revelation of the dynamic interplay of space and counter-space elastic resistant forces of matter have to do with something ethereal.” (Adams, pp. 2, “Universal Forces In Mechanics”).

We all have a direct experience of this when we take a wire hanger and bend it back and forth until it breaks. The broken ends will be warm, and there will be changes in the color of the metal as well. This color and this warmth are the arts of the materialization powers of Faeries. Beings. Rudolf Steiner called these Beings, collectively and abstractly, ethereal formative forces.

Bardon’s work is very organized, and consists of instructive exercises. In the beginning section Theory, we are first introduced to a symbolic picture (see below). This is followed with explanatory materials, included remarkable discussions on The Principles of Fire (will); Water (feeling); Air (intellect); and, Earth (consciousness). All of which Principles we can self-observe in action in our own souls, in the course of the Practices. Keep in mind that these Practices and Principles are part of the fundamental organism of the Creation. There is, essentially, neither white or black magic. The deed belongs to the doer. The magical Laws (Steiner’s Third Force) exist because of the Divine.

For Steiner students, please keep in mind that from his knowledge we get this kind of statement (I paraphrase): The physical body is not the matter. The physical body is the Laws that govern the matter.

Emanation (Saturn-warmth will), Creation (Sun-light feeling), Formations (Moon-order intellect) & Existence (Earth-the What-Is consciousness. All that-is shares the same fundamental nature, where due to the Mother/Father Principle, everything is One. No parts.

These rules are universal. In the Indian doctrine (as explained by Bardon), there is the idea of the succession of the tattwas:
akasha – principle of the ether

tejas – principle of the fire

waju – principle of the air

apas – principle of the water

prithivi – principle of the earth

Bardon writes: “In accordance with the Indian doctrine, it has been said that the four somehow grosser tattwas have been descended from the fifth tattwa, the akasha-principle. Consequently akasha is the cause ultimate and to be regarded as the fifth power, the so called quintessence.”

Picture of the Magician: The First Tarot Card – Interpretation of the Symbolism

Below you will find the mineral, vegetable and animal kingdoms expressed in a symbolic manner.

The female on the left side and the male on the right side are the plus (positive) and the minus (negative) in every human being. 

In their middle is seen a hermaphrodite, a creature personifying the male and female combined in one as the sign of concinnity between the male and female principle 

The electrical and magnetical fluids are shown in red and blue colors, electrical fluid being red, magnetical fluid blue. 

The head region of the female is electrical, therefore red, the region of the genitals is magnetical, consequently blue. As for the male, it happens to be in inverted order. 

Above the hermaphrodite there is a globe as a sign of the earth sphere, above which the magician is illustrated with the four elements. 

Above the male, there are the active elements, that of the fire in red and the air element in blue color. Above the female there are the passive elements, the water element in green and the element of the earth in yellow color. The middle along the magician up to the globe is dark purple, representing the sign of the akasha principle 

Above the magician’s head, with an invisible ribbon for a crown, there is a gold-edged silvery white lotus flower as a sign of the divinity. In the inside there is the ruby red philosophers’ stone symbolizing the quintessence of the whole hermetic science. On the right side in the background there is the sun, yellow like gold and on the left side we see the moon, silvery-white, expressing plus and minus in the macro- and microcosm, the electrical and magnetical fluids. 

Above the lotus flower, Creation has been symbolized by a ball, in the interior of which are represented the procreative positive and negative forces which stand for the creating act of the universe. 

The eternal, the infinite, the boundless, and the uncreated have been expressed symbolically by the word AUM and the dark purple to black color.

Letter about Magic #4

Books. If you don’t have them, you won’t learn their many secrets. Let us consider fairies.

The world of occupied space, full of things to some, is actually the results of the work of elemental Beings. Above we have Marjorie Spock’s Fairy Worlds and Workers: A Natural History of Fairyland. Helps to have good maps, given that part of the struggle, to learn to do&understand magic, runs against what has been instilled by us, from unnatural science: There is Only Matter. There is No Spirit.

It is within the hearts of human beings to re-ensoul the world of things, and start to treat all matter as involving real invisible beings, who will give us greater secrets than we can imagine, if we just … well that’s the trick, isn’t it. How do you treat the table at which you sit, and the machine on which you see these words, and perhaps type? Blessed are They who do not See, and Yet Believe.

Get this book: “the Slow Regard of Silent Things”

It is not possible to describe, although the link to Faerie goes like this: Auri lives beneath a great and ancient magic school … she seems lost, but her heart sees objects and places in all manner of imaginative and inventive Ways … and to point out that the character [Auri] in the above is a wonderful feature of two of the best/modern fantasy/magical journeys in recent years. “The Name of the Wind” and “The Wise Man Fears”, by Patrick Rothfuss

About which, Ursula K. LeGuin, award-winning author of Earthsea remarked

“It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing…with true music in the words.”

All magic libraries need to have LeGuin’s “The Dispossessed – an ambiguous utopia”. For Steiner fans she imagines into existence a world where the anarchy of personal liberty Steiner urged, has come to the ground of real human natures. At the same time, her discussions of whether or not a physics of sequential events needs to be joined by a physics of the simultaneous, are wonderfully inspiring for those understanding how we actually live in the prison/opportunity of the Now.

In support of the questions of “physics”, there is this journey into the nature of music and the physics of light: “The Memory of Whiteness – a scientific romance”, by Kim Stanley Robinson

As all good things come in threes, there is this: “The Roads of Heaven”, by Melissa Scott, where it is imagined that if a ship had a keel, made according to the rules of Alchemy, this tinctured keel could be made to vibrate (via a harmonium) in such a way that gravity wells repelled the ship. The stronger the “music” in the keel, the more de-materialized are both ship and passengers. Once at the level – four/fifths of Heaven – the Roads are like complex images similar to Tarot symbols. A navigator of the ships has to see into the non-material in order to find roads leading to other worlds.

Speaking of Tarot, every magical library should have this book, attributed to Saint Germain: “Practical Astrology”. A personal book-fairy – that sat on my shoulders whenever I wandered/wondered into serious used book stores, during my 14 years in the mystery school that was the San Francisco/Berkeley cultural landscape, – advised excitedly that I purchase this book. This is the only astrology book that combines into a single system: Tarot, Astrology, and, Numerology.

Keep in mind that we are studying the ancient Egyptian Hermetic Sciences, and this is their book about the starry heavens and the reading of their signs. The world is – at its fundamental nature – quite accurately described in terms of certain principles of order. Here is Saint Germain’s book on Palmistry, another fun read, especially important for any magician who desires an easy way to learn about people. Who doesn’t like their palm read?

And, certainly/finally last, but not least, Catherine MacCoun’s remarkable book, which I sometimes call: “a Gospel of the Soul”, wherein she combines Christian and Tibetan Alchemy into a single whole: “On Becoming an Alchemist – a guide for the modern magician”


Then, for the adventuresome, lengthy challenges, or books I have read many times: All the “Dune” books by Frank Herbert (there are six). Herbert was an instinctive Goethean scientist of social life. He saw the living in religions, societies, mystic practices, and more.

The three volume, 2700 page, “Baroque Cycle”, by Neal Stephenson. An adventure yarn, a history of modern money, a contemplation of the most important issues of science, the word amazing does not begin to grasp the scope and the beauty.

Letter about Magic #5

Modern physics can be scary to a mind which believes there ought to be something “there”, or at least – since I can’t put my fist through a wall – the idea of there being no there there is a most curious mental affectation.

From Wikipedia:

“Each of the known fundamental interactions can be described mathematically as a field. The gravitational force is attributed to the curvature of spacetime, described by Einstein’s general theory of relativity. The other three are discrete quantum fields, and their interactions are mediated by elementary particles described by the Standard Model[4] of particle physics.”

“In physics, a field is a physical quantity, represented by a number or tensor, that has a value for each point in space-time.

In order not to get too lost, lets weave a thread through this by attending to E. Lehrs distinction between matter which alert, and matter which is inert. Alert matter reacts to outside stimuli (the mosquito that won’t let you sleep), while inert matter takes a good kick to get it to move (no, not the dog, or the cat, any stone will do, … for the moment. Please remember alert/inert are qualitative aspects of reality, not quantitative. No numbers need apply.

The above picture uses four colors: green, purple, orange, and, gold. The gold one is the famous “Higgs Boson” Google sez: “In 2012, scientists confirmed the detection of the long-sought Higgs boson, also known by its nickname the “God particle,” at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the most powerful particle accelerator on the planet. This particle helps give mass to all elementary particles that have mass, such as electrons and protons.”

The names are so cool, … who know physicists has such a neat sense of humor. The Purples (Quarks) are named: up, charm, top, down, strange, bottom. The Greens (Leptons) are more boring: electron, muon, tau, electron neutrino, muon neutrino, tau neutrino. The Oranges (Gauge or Vector Bosons) gluon, photon, z-boson. The one Gold (scalar bosons): Higgs boson.

We might just notice bits of symmetry as well: There are two sets of six each (Quarks and Leptons), and bosons divided into two kinds (Vector or Scalar), while the Higgs biggest claim to fame is that some still disagree that it was found, but perhaps all the more mysterious for being coy, and secret.

Keep in mind here, that if we do this carefully we can peel away the dramatic mathematical fuzz, and see that these physicists were trying to “describe” something. What they saw is real. Which is made all the more occult, when we realize the role that “consciousness” is said to play in quantum theory.

We are trying to get beyond the assumptions of what modern physics research means, and to take a look ourselves at the phenomena, without prejudice. For example particle detectors have evolved, becoming bubble detectors, then wire chambers, spark chambers, after which we have drift chambers and silicon detectors. What is the object of all these means of “detection”?

Wikipedia: “A hadron collider is a very large particle accelerator built to test the predictions of various theories in particle physics, high-energy physics or nuclear physics by colliding hadrons. A hadron collider uses underground tunnels to accelerate, store, and collide two particle beams”.

“In particle physics, a hadron is a composite particle made of two or more quarks held together by the strong force in a similar way as molecules are held together by the electromagnetic force. Most of the mass of ordinary matter comes from two hadrons, the proton and the neutron.”

Let us skip a beat here, and add a theme: “ …, for physics has entered a realm of a type of magic, dealing with the sub-sensible.” from the last paragraphs of Georg Unger’s “On Nuclear Energy”, where he, Unger, also quotes Steiner this way: “ … and we must carefully distinguish in our thoughts the difference between sub-sensible appearances and the sub-natural”. There is a second essay with the above – “The Nature of Sub-sensible Forces”, that can be read on-line here:

Google sez: “A hydrogen atom is about 99.9999999999996% empty space. Put another way, if a hydrogen atom were the size of the earth, the proton at its center would be about 200 meters (600 feet) across.”

There a five models of the atom: John Dalton’s atomic model: [1803] Dalton´s Billiard Ball (Solid Sphere) Model; [1904] J.J. Thomson’s model: Plum Pudding model; [1911] Ernest Rutherford’s model: Nuclear model; [1913] Niels Bohr’s model: Planetary model; and, [1926] Erwin Schrödinger’s model: Electron Cloud Model/Quantum Model.

Did something happen in 1926? Quantum Theories and Mechanics happened. All in all, is suspect that the minds of physicists feel of the edge of a kind of flat earth type idea. No real, but all the more dangerous because of the sense it seems to make.

More needs to be illuminated, but too much at one time asks too much of the reader, so let me pause this discourse on modern physics, and the elemental kingdom of nature, with this little tale:

Years ago when I was wondering/wandering in the Mystery School of the San Francisco/Berkeley culture, I came upon a little booklet, entitled: “On the Absence of Disorder in Nature”. I lost the booklet, remembered the author’s name wrong, but providence led to his latest book-sized version about ten years ago: “God Does Not Play Dice”, by David Shiang

“I, in any case, am convinced He does not play dicewith the universe.” It wasaddressed by Einsteinto Max Born (one of the fathers of Quantum Mechanics) in a letter that he wrote to Born in 1926. The “Old one” and “He” Einsteinrefers to is God.” Google

Essentially Shiang debunks quantum probability theories. An MIT engineer takes a look at his brother theorists, and finds there a complete failure of empirical thinking.

To be continued …

Letter about Magic #6

In the last letter it was pointed out that the “modeling” of the nature of the “atom”, stopped evolving in 1926, with the: “Erwin Schrödinger’s model: Electron Cloud Model/Quantum Model”. In Georg Unger’s “The Nature of Sub-Sensible Forces”, he described a change in the approach of physics toward the smallest entities. Up to and through the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries, physics was trying to find out what was “there”, and that question morphed into “can we prove a theoretical (not ‘there’ yet) entity exists. The mind of the physicist imagines possible entities, based on the ideas of quantum-style thinking, and creates a device to see if what they fancy can be proven.

Let me say this again, because it is crucial to understand this. The physicist was no longer looking at the stuff, in order to “know” its secrets, but he/she is looking to blow particles up in a super collider, where photons are “smashed” together at near light speeds, producing in the observing “chamber” (which was also evolving) momentary traces (short half-life) of various kinds of “objects”, or more accurately the debris of an event that is not clearly observable until we (not nature) create the event being observed.

We assume the Sun and the Stars work that way, but that is “theory”, not empirical observation of the “inside” of these celestial objects. [For strange details, this: “the Misconception of Cosmic Space as Appears in the Ideas of Modern Astronomy”

“The total operating budget of the LHC runs to about $1 billionper year. The Large Hadron Collider was first turned on in August of 2008, then stopped for repairs in September until November 2009. Taking all of those costs into consideration, the total cost of finding the Higgs boson ran about $13.25 billion.” Google

In the Fall season of 2017, the comedy show “The Big Bang Theory” did a story about how depressed the scientist characters were, because they had to admit that Cern was a failure and physics had not advanced in the last 50 years. Lots of theories, but no proofs. This theme was repeated in the first show of 2018. Keep in mind that these “seemingly impossible” to prove theories were derived from human thinking, and not empirical nature. Physics had run into a wall, which Rudolf Steiner had characterized as a problem with our concepts of the “atom”.

The beginning of this difficulty for the physicist arose when they ran into an odd phenomena, where the instruments the “observer” was using could not “measure” positions of a smallest “entities” at the same time as their velocity. The instruments’ “looking features” touch the phenomena and disturb it by this contact. An electron microscope is like a Star Trek Klingon disruptor-weapon, pointed at stuff.

This physical limit of our instruments was then seen as a problem with “nature”, and not with us. We could not determine what we wished to determine, and this was not accepted as evidence of our limits, but rather evidence of matter’s own indeterminate nature. Out of this assumption, that nature is indeterminate, probabilistic theories were generated/created in the minds of scientists.

Erwin Schrodinger’s cat in a box analogy was born, where the state of the object is indeterminate until we open the box (by seeking to measure a tiny entity’s position and/or velocity). We touch it, and the effect of this takes a probability and brings it into concrete manifestation. Physics basically acquires/invents its own religion about Nature (aka, looking for the God Particle – the particle that imparts mass to the object of investigation).

Georg Unger makes this analogy: stuff is not made up of parts, but like “safety glass” fractures along stress lines, as designed. As Designed. At the same time this thinking was developing in physics, Franz Bardon published, in the 1950’s, his remarkable three volumn teachings on the Hermetic Science of the ancient Egyptians. A science of how to work consciously with “the light”, and the four elements, out of which everything created proceeds to manifestation.

We, human beings, are basically a potential (to ourselves) science experiment. Among the most serious Bardon students, Steiner is the next in line to be studied. This happened in my own biography, by “accident”. First, seven years of spiritual studies that soon led to Bardon practices/exercises, at the level of being able to “breathe in the fire element”. Only then met Steiner through his books. A Moon (and Saturn via shamanistic studies) wisdom foundation, followed by the meeting of the New Sun Mysteries.

In Letter #5, I wrote: “Years ago when I was wondering/wandering in the Mystery School of the San Francisco/Berkeley culture, I came upon a little booklet, entitled: “On the Absence of Disorder in Nature”. I lost the booklet, remembered the author’s name wrong, but providence led to his latest book-sized version about ten years ago: “God Does Not Play Dice”, by David Shiang

Shiang begins with a discussion of the ideas of probability and potential, in the simplest way: coin flipping. We flip a nickle 1000 times, and it comes up heads 512 times and tails 488 times. If we repeat the experiment several times, perhaps the average gap will narrow, but still there is always the potential for an indefinite result – at least in our minds.

That physicists self-created jedi-mind-trick – a world of probability – remains a mental ghost (not in the real world) … is what Shiang points out. Whatever the number we invent, the scientific fact is our action will produce an actual empirical event. There will be a result even if we can’t predict it. Just because our limit is the inability to predict, does mean Nature is not predictable. Our limit is only Nature’s limit, to the degree it lives in us. In the actual physical world, empirical results always happen. That these are preceded by a probabilistic state is our invention.

We (non-physicists) hear stories of what it all means, and many times a TV show, or other resource, talks about split screen experiments. Later in these shows, references are made to the obscure mathematics quantum theory produces, alleging it proves their point of view. Except for the anomalous situations, which are also in the popular culture, such as two entities/particles are separated (after being united), and if we touch one, the other one also reacts. Einstein called this “spooky action at a distance”.

The question is not the experimental result, but rather the quality of thought which interprets the meaning of the results.

There is an important book to own: Catching the Light: the Entwined History of Light and Mind, by Arthur Zajonc, physicist and a former leader in the Anthroposphical Society in America.

We might grasp our differences here, from Zajonc’s work, as involving the question of the Karma of Platonists and Aristotelians. For example, I studied magic (also theology and law) practices, ultimately to become a pagan Christian, as it were. The index to the above book briefly mentions Egypt, but neither magic, or elemental beings, or David Shiang’s book. There is more than one way of seeing, but in terms of historical perspective, informed with the inspirations of Rudolf Steiner’s indications, this book is excellent.

Overall, historically, natural science – starting about 500 years ago – began taking things apart, things that were assumed to lack consciousnesses or will (except Leibniz’s monads). In the beginning spirit was assumed as necessary to what we are as human beings, expressed by our animation, … that is we are alert-matter, not inert-matter.

“I cannot define the real problem, therefore I suspect there’s no real problem, but I’m not sure there’s no real problem.”

“The American physicist Richard Feynman said this about the notorious puzzles and paradoxes of quantum mechanics, the theory physicists use to describe the tiniest objects in the Universe. But he might as well have been talking about the equally knotty problem of consciousness.” By Philip Ball, 16 February 2017,

So, physics runs into a limit of our ability as scientists to penetrate matter’s secrets, about the same time the science of consciousness becomes less and less sure what consciousness is, all the while assuming an absence of spirit, given that we believe (science as religion) we can explain it all as a condition of matter. [See my: “I am not my brain – the map is not the territory” ]

Physicists at Cern, not realizing matter could have will and consciousness (as they do), shreds/devours/miss-imagines the real entities, such that the elemental kingdoms have ability to provide all the needed consciousness, by which nature is empirically determined. Just because We cannot Yet know this, does not mean there is a reality to probability physics. Cern is an altar on which the elemental kingdom is sacrificed, by the unconscious minions of Ahriman and Lucifer. None of the theories has been proved, although …

The claim is made that there are experimental results, which can mathematically be seen as proving aspects of the “theory” (tale/story/tragic delusion). So the math becomes (possibly) significant. To crack this nut, we have Godel’s Incompleteness Theorems:

“Gödel’s incompleteness theoremsare two theorems of mathematical logic that demonstrate the inherent limitations of every formal axiomatic system capable of modelling basic arithmetic. These results, published by Kurt Gödel in 1931, are important both in mathematical logic and in the philosophy of mathematics. The theorems are widely, but not universally, interpreted as showing that Hilbert’s program to find a complete and consistent set of axioms for all mathematics is impossible.” Wikipedia:

This comes down to: You can’t use math to prove anything, because all maths require unprovable assumptions – i.e. it is a system, defined into/with limits (yes, … limits again). Limits in the study of matter, of consciousness, and of mathematics.

For our purposes, we might think this: When a scientist proclaims, that his version of experimental probability theory is proven mathematically, we have the classic causal paradox: of a man lifting himself up by his own bootstraps.

Can Cern become a consciously chosen altar, where scientists meditate, study Goethean Science, and practice magic? Do we care? Magic is best known and understood by our own – personal/individual – experimental explorations. These are next … but first a mystery message from our Sponsor: Rudolf Steiner: “Think on it: how the point becomes a sphere and yet remains itself. Hast thou understood how the infinite sphere may be only a point, and then come again, for then the Infinite will shine forth for thee in the finite.”

Letter about Magic #7

Given the nature of “number”, which is very mysterious in a way, let us look again at the actor: Ourselves. Do we wish to do magic? What would that mean?

The deeper connections of the Four Elements (fire, earth, air, and, water), the four types of particles (Leptons, Quarks, Vector bosons, and Scalar bosons, and, the four interactions (gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces) need to be illuminated through self-observation.

The Universe made us in its own imagine, the Hermetic Idea being that we are the microcosm, which is an exact analogue of the Macrocosm. Part of which means that the Elementals know the most about the nature of matter, playing the role of the last trial/passage on the Way to Manifestation. At the same time, this elemental “activity” is closer in our own “makeup”, than it is in the allegedly outside world of things. That is true, but not simple in practice.

Our sense of dis-connectedness is an illusion – of sorts, which some may in the future seek to maintain. That is the final choice we get to make: individuality or community, or perhaps individuality&community – if we understand this basic Egyptian credo:

“ … in the “light” of Rudolf Steiner’s remarks regarding the future return of the Moon back into the Earth, and in the light of the Emerald Tablet: “The above from the below, and the below from the above – the work of the miracle of the One. And things have been from this primal substance through a single act. How wonderful is this work! It is the main (principle) of the world and is its maintainer. Its father is the sun and its mother the moon; …

[Taken from my essay about the Return of the Mother: “Medicine Woman is Here” ]

Imagine you could see the future (a lot Steiner readers believe they can – a personal tragedy, a dear friend of mine calls: being doomed from this knowing) … anyway, imagine you could (and you would – in so imagining – join a few billion people that like science fiction), and what you imagined was the human race splitting into two races, one more “good/beautiful/heavenly” in form, because of its (moral superiority), the other “dark/ugly/earthly” in form, because of its “immorality”.

If you carried this imagination into the spirit world you would come upon this: the bodhisattva vow.

Wikipedia says this ( “The Bodhisattva vowis the vow taken by Mahayana Buddhists to liberate all sentient beings.” Oddly, according to my oral-given understanding/transmission, a major aspect of the vow [not generally mentioned] is the sacrifice of leaving the wheel of life (achieve the state of Nirvana). Even tho’ enlightened (able to not again reincarnate) the Vow involves the sacrifice of going to that state-of-being until all can “liberated” from the need for corporeal existence.

So, here we are in a world with folk who want to hang around until everyone can get it, and maybe we forget to ask the question: Which race (of the light and dark races hinted at by Steiner) would Bodhisattvas enter? The ones already going up, or the ones falling down?

Just asking.

In an earlier letter I pointed out this: Fire-Will; Water-Feeling; Air-Intellect; and, Earth-Consciousness. In Bardon the exercises are designed to teach us – in practice – a deeper direct experience of these primal elements of all that is&has been created, yet. What I found most wonderful, in my Bardon studies, was that he hid important stuff in plain sight. This is a trope in magic fiction, but to find an actual magic-guru, whose mind was so subtle, in order to get it, some playful attentiveness is needed.

There are three books: Initiation into Hermetics; The Practice of Magical Evocation; and, The True Key to the Quabbalah. They contain many ideas about how to do such stuff as make a talisman, and invest it with powers akin to Fire. How to create a beautiful circle to stand in for the evocation of otherwise invisible beings, into the … well, read the books if you must. The Quabbalah book is fascinating, and has some remarkable exercises, relating the powers of the Word, via letters/sounds/colors/and feelings.

The most important stuff, in each case, is right in the beginning. The first set of exercises concerns: on a Mental level = thought-control, discipline of thoughts, subordination of thoughts; on a Psychic level: introspection or self knowledge, and the creation of the black and white mirrors of the soul; and, for the Physical level: the Mystery of Breathing, The Magic of Water, and the conscious reception of food.

The background understanding is that thought is everywhere, and we are not isolated, such that for breathe, water, and, food, there is a practice in which our self-chosen thoughts can impregnate the matter which surrounds us. All theses practices then can be fit into all lives, because they are the stuff of daily life. What happens is we learn to see the sacred in the mundane, and take our routine and redefine it as ritual.

Then, depending upon our magical ambitions, we can learn all manner of typical magic powers stuff, although progress depends upon mastering the ability to do some work everyday. Let me repeat: everyday practice is crucial, even if it just a moment of prayer on going to sleep or on waking. Force-of-habit will take care of itself after a time. Life as a personally designed Rite, keeping in mind, if inner judgments of failure were to try to dominate, its all manure for the field of Bodhi. Don’t seize the Day, seize the moment, one moment at a time.

For another example of an in plain sight secret, … in The Practice of Magical Evocation, after spending many pages describing how elaborate we could make our temple and our circle, he writes: “The magician will always find that the magic circle is, in every respect, the highest symbol in his hand.” Without directly saying, that these teachings of the summoning or communing with spirits requires – only – that we sit still, making – when seeking contact with beings – circles of our thumb and first finger, while practicing our exercises.

Everyone already leads a magic life. We are all shamans in the making, because our basic intellectual activity is about survival. Each person has different circumstances, in which to survive, not only physically, but more crucially in our Age, that our personality/style/spirit-individuality survive.

Shamanism also has a geographical aspect. The Earth is differentiated – spiritually/astrally/ethereally – and this means that a local region has import. We would do well to consider our own rooms as a locus-unique. We might, but ought not to, perform the Catholic Mass in a Hebrew Temple. The more we learn about magic, the more we need to respect what we can’t yet “see”.

Now this “seeing” is kind of a trick. There are many systems, or points of view. Some more ancient than others. Bardon modernized (since he did it in the 20th Century) the ancient Egyptian Hermetic Science, but other literature is deeply connected to the Age in which was authored. The crucial matter is to recognize the evolution of consciousness – our inward nature has/is changing considerably. Owen Barfield needs to be read here, e.g. Speaker’s Meaning mentioned previously.

For example, a lot of literature, with an Eastern heritage, refers to “mind” and “ego” in a way that only worked for the stage of the evolution of consciousness dominant at the time those ideas were generated. I wrote a long essay on this: “West and East, or Wendt’s critique of Osho’s critique of Rudolf Steiner”

For the magician, the central question (as for all of us) is: What am I as a human being? In Hermetic Science we study that question from the standpoint of the four elements, by a study of our own will (fire), our own feeling (water), our own mind (air), and the combination of those three in our consciousness (earth). Keep in mind that these are never separate, although magic exercises can make it possible to attend to various “parts”, by magnifying our inner/soul/self perceptions through Bardon practice.

When we know fire in our Self, we know fire in the universe.

For some fun, as we end this letter, let us consider gnomes, they being close at hand as it were. Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet believe.

The process of manifestation isn’t really in parts, but we can name an unfolding in different stages. Wherever matter is involved, we have to do with a process whose final stage is gnomish. Something becomes fixed, having found its rightful place.

Modern human beings have a trait now being called: porous mind. Our mind is not separate from spirit, but swims in spirit as it were. Thoughts are spirit. Real thinking/cognition is the creation of spirit form. All the same we are surrounded by other-presences, invisible and quiet. Not speechless, quiet. To meet/hear in your porous mind the thoughts of gnomes, find that mess of clutter in your living space and clean it. Carefully. Thoughtfully. Is this object, now less dusty and unkempt, in its right place. Thinking as listening. Thought/ideas/pictures and even feelings will be there, the more we keep our inner chatter silent. We hold the object, we care about it, and wonder – as shown: “in Slow Regard of Silent Things”, a book suggested in Letter #4.

The gnomes will bring/being insights surprising. They are, by the way, a bit fussy. What I mean is the taste of the insight might not be to our liking. Gnomes doesn’t think like us, but at the same time know a great deal. Lose an object in your house? Loudly call out to the gnomes for some help in finding it. They will know where it is.

Remember the bits above about matter which is alert, and matter which is inert? Consciousness is everywhere, and the elemental beings are the leading edge of what we experience through the senses. Once you start to trust that, your porous mind will make everyday a way of learning something new.

You don’t see color without the salamanders (fire spirits). You don’t hear sounds without the sylphs. The medium for perception is not through space empty of being. The cool beauty of water/undines is seen whenever you wash your hands or take a shower. And, the gnomes, busy and a bit grumpy for our failures to keep the place orderly, within reasonably aesthetic impulses.

Do you apologize when you hit an object against another object, that produces a tone you know means substance was harmed (dropped and broke a glass)? Will the physicists at Cern ever be grateful for the sacrifices of the little people on the altar of their atheist/agnosticism? Knowledge, of mutual intercourse with Elementals, was common in the times of the Goddess religions, for the little people ruled over the magics of garden, hearth, water-well, and a not too leaky roof. Hex signs were not superstitions. For details, check out any good books on Wicca.

Are Leptons and Quarks the corpse of elemental beings?

Next letter will give it a try ….

Letter about Magic #8

A particle accelerator is “an apparatus for accelerating subatomic particles to high velocities by means of electric or electromagnetic fields. The accelerated particles are generally made to collide with other particles, either as a research technique or for the generation of high-energy X-rays and gamma rays. “ Google

“The aim of the LHC’s detectors is to allow physicists to test the predictions of different theories of particle physics, including measuring the properties of the Higgs boson[9] and searching for the large family of new particles predicted by supersymmetric theories,[10] as well as other unsolved questions of physics.” Wikipedia

These practices are the result of mental activity. Nature didn’t do this. We do it. Is our mental activity in need of some accelerated thoughts, crashing into each other, until we … what?

I’m trying to shift the scale here. Big machine, lots of money, sort of a toy for folks who … at the least believe they are doing no harm. Sure is a lot of stuff they don’t know, although they also act as if they are on the right track, and asking the right questions.

Without a doubt the basic misconception in physics is that only the human being has an interior consciousness and free will, maybe – lot of uncertainty about that in some circles of brain science.

Certainly they (the “they” that tries to act as if they can explain the finer points of existence) don’t have room in their “theories” for spirit. The above document of “questions” is huge, and when I did a “find” search for the word “spirit”, it was not there. Same with “mind”, “thinking”, “meditation”, and, “prayer”.

Really, … follow the link and gaze lightly over the list. At the least it is a story in a language-mysterious. Sort of like when the Catholic Church didn’t want the Bible to be in any other language than Latin. Keep the membership from discovering that the whole field of Biblical meaning was a war zone of intrigue. Once regular folk could read the Gospels for themselves the whole situation started to change – history called it “the Reformation”.

The level of disagreements in science is huge, and not always hidden. Rupert Sheldrake does a good send up of the whole mess, on a TED talk that some had tried to censor. “The Science Delusion” [Watch it!]

Are there Gospels of Science? Should there be? Well, if we admit spirit into the conversation, what happens … what changes?

Everything. A gospel of physics: “Man or Matter”, by Ernst Lehrs; a gospel of organic chemistry: “The Nature of Substance”, by Rudolf Hauschka; a gospel of “The Plant” (two volumes): Gerbert Grohmann; a gospel of water: “Sensitive Chaos”, by Theodore Schwenk; a gospel of “Man and Mammals”: towards a biology of form”, Wolfgang Schad; a gospel of the soul: “On Becoming an Alchemist – a guide for the modern magician”, by Catherine MacCoun; a gospel of the imagination: “Poetic Diction”, by Owen Barfield; for starters.

Please note the repeated phrase: “a gospel”, for there are many, not just these. As to Rudolf Steiner, a dangerous mind because of being so all encompassing. Didn’t run into a situation for which he didn’t have an answer. A lot of his students, are not very good at that – using Steiner to answer their questions, instead of their own minds.

All the same, without his inspiration, I could not have written my “gospel of theory”: “The Art of God: an actual theory of Everything.” My basic idea was to take the religious/spiritual question, and frame it as a theory, to compete with the neo-darwinian theory of evolution, and big bang cosmology, through The Art of God’s superior explanatory power. Does a theory of God better explain the mysteries of human existence?

A friend of mine wrote a review, and a bit more at the same time:

Another friend, a different review, … of my take on Anthroposophy, a la American:

Commercial over … let us return to the Slow Regard of Silent Things, and wonder about that “nature” of which they are made. Elementals, or the imaginary wet dreams of materialists, with their leptons, quarks, bosons, and …. and what? Is there a there there? Let us revisit, a bit more deeply then, David Shiang’s: God Does Not Play Dice.

(This is not a perfect work by the way, for Shiang has his own confusion in play, still being a bit of a materialist, and by re-enlivening the vanity of fixed determinism. That, however, is a whole other story, which a reader of the book can themselves take with a grain of salt.)

In Chapter Five he quotes in detail the essential trains of thought which led to the fantasy world of quantum delusions. While we approach these thoughts, let us keep in mind the efforts behind them – the lives and thoughts of many have offered what they could. These incursions into the deep structure of “things” are not to be thrown away. The language and ideas are real, and it would be helpful if we could imagine that the pieces of the substances, we destroy in a particle accelerator, might very well contain the most crucial of Nature’s open in plain sight magical secrets.

The threshold between the material and non-material worlds is breached by these experiments, which morally weak thinking resulted in the atomic bomb. In the first nano-seconds of such an event, some rules are shredded, and entities not otherwise belonging to this world enter ours. However, the laws of the world of matter, require that an entity from the non-material realms become clothed in matter, once forced across this threshold. We call the related phenomena: flying saucers, and when folk otherwise not awake enough to fully encounter such beings we get: alien abductions. Spiritual experiences are given materialistic coloration by our minds, having been misdirected for generations by a matter only physics.

In the formation of authenticate crop circles, the elemental community (gnomes), ask of the “carbon” beings, that they swoon, while the aesthetics of the visible form are devised by guiding angels. Carbon, being necessary for structure, weeps out of the green wholeness, and falling through the well of gravity that is the Mother’s Love, become those crystals found among the stalks that bend but not break – a very female gesture, yet separation leaves tears. Like the teaching of the speech of clouds, hidden in the inspiration of the movie Arrival, the “crop” circles are meant to be taken into the imagination and felt. A kind of class in the education of the human mind for a magical future, whose excesses will ultimately lead to the infamous War of All Against All, when everyone’s a witch/wizard/shaman.

“Everything is determined … by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect as well as for a star. Human beings, vegetables, or comic dust – we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper” Albert Einstein, Saturday Evening Post, 1929

“A common measure can now be applied to all forms of organization. Any loss of organization is equitably measured by the chance against its recovery by an accidental coincidence. The chance is absurd regarded as a contingency, but it is precise as a measure. The practical measure of the random element which can increase in the universe but never decreases is called entropy” Sir Arthur Eddington: The Nature of the Physical World.

“ … the scientific world view contains the highly speculative, anti-factual belief that the “possible” could be the “actual”” D. Shiang.

It has been said – by materialists – that Nature prefers disorder over order. Eddington speaks above of the “random element”, at the same time using the words: accidental coincidence; chance, and contingency. Shiang is arguing that whatever and however Nature does it, there ends up being an actual empirical event. No “chance” is involved.

Of course, we here are better informed, for even in just considering that the “Universe” is a co-participant in our lives, we have overcome the random, for which better proof is our own biography. We are story tellers, sailing seas uncharted, being beyond the edge of the world.

Letters on Magic #11

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In a certain sense we are all shamans in making. If we survive, it is we who survived, and remarkable skills are thus acquired. For details: “Americans … among the Lost: notes from inner space – the true Final Frontier.”

The hardest lesson, for a shaman in maturity, is to accept the fact that if something exists, it has been approved from the highest and deepest spiritual communities. Bardon writes: “there is nothing unclean in the whole of the Creation.”

My studies of Magic have led me to finding wonder in the hermetic ideas of the electrical (fire/will) and magnetic (water/feeling) fluids. Electromagnetism is one of the fundamental transformations in materialistic physics, so what did Bardon mean in using those words in the context of magic? A metaphor, of sorts?

Some Internet venues – on which these Letters on Magic are first published – are on Facebook (e.g. “Anthroposophy”; and, “Anthroposophy & Mechanical Occultism” = A&MO). These groups have a strong relationship to Rudolf Steiner’s works. When it comes to our technological civilization, A&MO is taking a deep interest in these very questions: What is electricity? What is technology? Where are these aspects of existences going? Are these aspects of existences good for human beings, or very dangerous? What should be opposed? What should be encouraged?

Certain concepts/ideas discussed on A&MO have always bothered me. I have written these Letters about Magic in order to lay out the reasoning and experiences that lie at the root of my disquiet. At a basic level it comes down to this: the quality of the “how” of the thinking. “How” is quite different than “What”, and much in Steiner communities is based of forgetting that fact. Reading Steiner gives us a concept/idea not rooted in experience. We need to increase the nature/disciplines of the How, drawing our cognitions not from words on a page, but directly from our own experineces.

In preparation, we need to add a couple of other Ideas, from Tomberg’s “Meditations on the Tarot: a journey into Christian Hermeticism”, in his letter on the Arcanum #11 Force. There he discusses the differences between Bios & Zoe, aka the terrestrial fires-electrical (Bios), and the transcendent fires-electrical (Zoe). Keeping in mind that Elemental Fire is also known as: the Will.

Bios is about the force=lawfulness/order of fire/will at the material level. Ernst Lehrs names this power: cohesion, … matter coheres … we have to kill it to find the parts. The father-powers of order giving are seen in the phenomena of electricity. No material universe without the power that holds matter in place. Taking stuff out of is “place” generally leads to trouble. We also need to better understand how “place” is maintained.

The force=amelioration is about fire/will, at the purely spiritual level. Amelioration: the act of making something better; improvement. Smooth over. Pacify. Succor. Hold dear. Accept. Receive.

The Tarot Symbolism is of a Woman seemingly holding open the Jaws of a Lion. Not by Her “command” is the animality gentled, but rather by the “the force of all forces, for it overcometh every subtle thing, and doth penetrate every solid substance.” (Tabula Smaragdina).

Recall S. Clarke: “the traditional kabbalistic worlds of Emanation, Creation, Formation & Existence”, or as Rudolf Steiner has it: “Saturn, Sun, Moon, and, finally, the surface world of Nature, all inhabited at their core and in every particle by divinity in its immanent maternal aspect. Thus the Father God is One, the Mother God is Many.” For essential details:

“…all inhabited at their core and in every particle by divinity in its immanent maternal aspect.” (emphasis added)

Mom is Every-Where/When. Not in the sense of a collection of discrete objects, but “collectively” as in/via Wholeness. Her Consciousness penetrates All, and we gain some of the beauty here with this: She has the Whole World in His Hands. Christ is the unity of Mother&Father. Lawfulness&Holding Dear. Karma&Justice. Levity&Gravity. Stephen Clarke, in his “Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind”*** makes this conceptual array:

Table of Complements:

God the Mother God the Father

multifarious unitary

luminous darkness blinding light

questions answers

spontaneous playfulness fixity of purpose

fractal centripetal

below above

grief bliss

relaxation striving

immovable irresistible

forms life

mercy justice

chaos logos

[***Someone should see to having this published, for among many other aspects, there is deep work here regarding “flying saucers” and “alien” abductions. Also, Stephen’s critique of the Anthroposophical Society: “Short Circuit”, needs to be made available.]

Steiner, the esoteric Idealist (the best possible imaginary outcome is the one to pursue), was not perfect, although far too many treat his words as divine certainties. A folly he fostered by having points of view about everything spiritual.

In this regard, Andrew Linnell, in referring to a recent pdf file uploaded to the A&MO group, wrote this: “
I feel this article from New View summarizes the best insights from Paul Emberson’s voluminous works” I have no such faith in Emberson’s work. For details, this link of my review – A well intended* very flawed Book” – of his: From Gondhishapur to Silicon Valley”

From my own considerations of certain phenomena, these next links are must reads given that the Letters about Magic cannot even begin to cover every nuance:
“Electricity and the Spirit in Nature”

THERE IS NO “FREE” ENERGY: Space and “field” phenomena; Nature and sub-nature

Why must reads? Read them and compare them to Emberson, and if not, don’t pretend to being a scientist of the spiritual.

The title of the pdf file is: “Working with the Forces of Life”. It contains many of the general defects I referred to in the above review. This new work also contains some very curious sidelights, which are good examples of an untrained imagination, coupled with too much antipathy toward the world which does not accord with Emberson’s – or Steiner’s – hopeful/dreams/idealism, planted in a garden of worry about the far-side future.

Emberson wrote: “In machine technology we are developing our own future physical bodies, because man will be “forged together” with his machines, to use Steiner’s expression. What this means in a concrete sense, if we take only our present technology into consideration, is that, increasingly, artificial devices will be incorporated into our physical organism until our body has finally become a machine. It is not a question of being for or against developments of this kind: they have to come, Steiner said. The real question is whether they come in the right way or not. “

He also wrote this, referring to Life/Nature as she: “What we do not know is how she does it. In spite of all our scientific and technical prowess we are bound to admit that we have so far failed completely in our endeavors to discover what life is”.

I assume the “we” he is referring to is materialistic science, for a spiritual science would know this theological poetry for truth, even at the level of physics: “In It (the Word) was Life, and the Life was the Light of the World.”

One curiosity is where Emberson references in a positive way the wet dreams of Ray Kurzweil, of “The Singularity is Near” fame. The idea of artificial intelligence is by RK expected to end up with computers designing new computers, until “they” take over the world. My essay: “I am not my brain – the map is not the territory” can be antidote to Kurzweil’s confusion. The fusion of soul/mind with tech is more complex that folk realize, which is why the Platonist’s experiences are a crucial help.

Some writings/statements of Steiner could be interpreted
to mean that such a possibilities exist, yet even among the starkest probabilities, the world is not designed to become the dark&dry nightmare/dreams of anthroposophists devoted to Steinerism, and unable or unwilling to think the situation through for themselves.

In order to grasp “electricity”, with the mind, we have to go to the limits of the imagination and try to find and hold to the Idea, that electricity, in its essential nature, is a whole, not parts. We must try to see/intuit/understand that everywhere when there is “order” is due to the Father’s sacrifice. Elemental Fire is a Being-Divine, and it (godly will) is everywhere, and – note – every when.

Steiner has described electricity as fallen light. In fact, there are several ethereal aspects of Reality given this characterization as “fallen”. All that is “fallen” in the Creation takes this characteristic from what? There is, in the Creation, only one place to “fall”, and this is into material existence. Christ’s incarnation is a “fall” into materiality, which as we have been working out, the nearest spiritual aspect of Reality is the Elemental Kingdoms, aka Faerie.

Let me add some Steiner for the die-hards who are yet unable to know the moral nature of “Elemental Fire”.

“…electricity in Nature is not merely a current, but that electricity in Nature is, at the same time, a moral element.” … “… when we transform an atom into an electron, we do not transform it into a moral, but into an immoral entity.” Lecture by Steiner, on Jan. 28, 1923

Electricity in Nature is not the same as the “electricity” grasped by the mind in the form of an electron attached to an atom. The former is moral by nature, while the latter is an ahrimanic abstraction, totally in denial of the Father and the Son, i.e. something born out of the spirit of the anti-Christ, via an untempered by the heart intellect.

Our technological future will leave a corpse. This is not news. Everything living in matter, abandons at some point the material. A lot of anthroposophists spend time worrying over milk that has not only not yet been spilled, but not yet created. Folks need to live now, not the imagined future of universal ahrimanic possession. Now is the only time we can do anything about the future. Will we tell worrisome stories, or find a way to illuminate why Steiner asked us to trust the future?

The world works in a certain Way …. we need to think in wholes, Reality is not parts.

A basic knowledge of modern human existence has to be founded on the recognition that the world is designed around the needs of the spirits&souls of individuals. Love cares more about us having the biographical experiences we need/want, than the “this to shall pass” of fashions in science, religion, art, education, politics, economics and so forth.

We are loved by Folk acting from Eternity. Long enough to love each one of us – who are doomed to materialism – with personal art and care. “
The Art of God: an actual theory of Everything”

Another curiosity, which I remarked upon in my Emberson review, and which is mentioned in the latest report, is that folk in Europe are seeking to know the How of the Strader machine, which mechanical occultism Steiner characterized as a gift possessed by Americans, or folk of the soul-West, via the streams of talents-genetic, flowing through our material-genetic ancestors. Work in Europe – the soul-Center – won’t succeed for the simple reason that a Strader machine is put in motion by a magical gesture, which requires knowing a lot more about the beings of Faerie. To do that you have to go down, into chaos and the spontaneous playfulness of the luminous darkness. Not up toward the idealistic as modeled by Steiner.

Emberson writes: “In order to become the master-craftsman of the living the human being has to develop a moral, etheric technology based on the forces given to the Earth by Christ through the Mystery of Golgotha

[the Death and Resurrection of Christ]

. These are the Grail forces

[the substance of profound refreshment and renewal]

. If we think deeply enough about these things, we soon realize how vitally important it is for humanity to develop that moral technology before electronics, nanotechnology and robotics sweep the board. But how do we go about developing it?”

… then later: “Could acoustic resonance itself become a source of motor power if etheric forces were somehow involved? If you had a million identical tuning-forks set on their resonance boxes and you struck one of them, might they not all sound in unison by resonance if the conditions were right, producing waves of acoustic energy far greater than the small amount of energy required to strike the first tuning-fork?”

Remember the Platonists?

Everywhere Steiner, and his quote lovers, uses the word forces, they are using an ahrimanic abstraction that is disconnected in the thought-ethereal-world from the actual beings involved. They deserved to be named and honored. If we (inspired by Steiner) want to find ways to help the future unfold in positive ways means that the Aristotelians need to listen to their brothers and sisters who are devoted to She, to the Mother.

To know the elemental spirits of existence is not a head-trip – for magic is simultaneously science&art&religion, but done in the mood of a heart filled with child-like curiosity, while on a romantic journey to wander among wonders, unafraid of caves, and moonless nights.

Ultimately, it is a question of starting to teach children to respect a world/universe/planetary system that is everywhere alive and self-conscious. Defeat scientific materialism on its own level by studying the Goethean scientists, and the pagan shaman/wizards.

Letters about Magic #12 {of twelve}

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Last sentence of Letters about Magic #11: “Ultimately, it is a question of starting to teach children to respect a world/universe/planetary system that is everywhere alive and conscious. Defeat scientific materialism on its own level by studying the Goethean scientists, and the Platonist pagan shaman/wizards.”

The Divine Mystery multitasks on levels beyond our capacity to imagine. A case in point is taking place in the river systems in the heartland of America. First there is what I have been calling: The Great Unsettling & the 3rd Millennium, which is the signature art of karmically/harmonically displacing folks from their stuck-habits of life-routine, through the Four Horseman, who work for the Mother when She is using Her Broom to clean the floors of the alchemical kitchen of Existence, especially the dark places left in our wake – the moral children playing with elemental fires. Keep in mind that angels help children to fall down, go boom, wake up, and notice the flowers.

Then there is Her Way of agriculture, which is to use great floods to distribute nutrients to the elemental kingdoms for their work with the future agricultural vitality of the American heartland. We’ve tried to dam Her water-ways, and harmed the land with poisons. Upending agribusiness is important, as an aspect of the metamorphosis of Western Civilization – a dying making possible a new becoming.

Human beings need to leave the cities and become farmers once again. Agri-Culture needs a reboot. One that is hands on, given that there is a divinity in the human being, which is on its personal Path to self-expression. Truly nutritious food is labor intensive, and a lot of people would like the life next to the earth, and the ancient rhythms built into all our systems

To do this redistribution/reawakening of humanity in a sane way, would seem to require political arts&crafts. Some of these are already in play, what with the anti-corruption work fostered by Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Silver of RepresentUS.

Meanwhile, Mother&Son released the Kraken (a legendary sea monster) of a Trickster/Trump into the stew of American political life. America’s founders had it right, in the original Declaration of Independence:

“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience has shown, that human beings are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. —Such has been the patient sufferance of the American People; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.”

In Letters about Magic #10, I wrote of the thrice-bordered sphere, and the usefulness of teaching the own picture-thinking imagination to see changes over time, and review them. How does modern technology get here?

One way to see this is that humanity has an instinct to liberate itself from the Natural world. A modern city is the beginning of such a liberation. City light banishes from sight the starry heavens, and people not maintaining the prior ancient relationships (forgetting, and not truly knowing their own story – which is not about being an accidental animal) end up sleeping, drugging our Way across that landscape made of concrete, wearing shoes, breathing pollution, eating unwholesome foods.

The soil needs our attention.

A city needs what we have come to call: infrastructure. I am white-privileged. I live in a community where there are almost no minorities, the medium income is probably very middle class (no rich folk here, but still), little crime, the houses have indoor plumbing (we have four fire places, four TVs hooked up to cable. Our house is made of wood, as is a lot of the furniture. The wood was once in the forest I get to watch every day from my study.

Cities tame nature, control the flows of water, and eat electricity so densely that most of us on our block have generators, for when the power goes out. We have smart phones that are like Aladdin’s magical lamp. Not like Hati, or Syria are the lives of the American middle-class. No wonder folk want to come here, for the movies on the smart phone shows how we live.

Have you ever wondered why – when a sub-station directing “electricity” fails – all the lights in the affected region go out together?

There are a lot of people, these days, who see a world full of woe and danger, of deprivation and abuse, with governments and businesses basically insane. The technology tail seems to be wagging the grounded earth-nature of humanity, what with people starring at smart phones. Everywhere are the imaginations / fancies of bad things coming from machines. History teaches that those who hunger for power and wealth will weaponize anything, including sending children and women into village squares with C-4 strapped to their bodies.

Early on, when I began to seek for a living understanding of the world, I learned to see that given the liquid nature of the flows of wealth and currency, there would naturally be places where wealth coagulated. As well, the Americas are a very strange places, and the U.S. of A. more so all by itself.

The Genius of History cultivated the conditions that led to the U.S. Constitution, which was a seed formed from decades of mostly European political thought. Americans are becoming a People of Peoples (Steiner said peoples and cultures go here to die). A person comes here, and by the third generation much of the where they were from has disappeared. A melting-pot mosaic built from peoples hearts.

What is most special about the Constitution, is that the “people” emancipated themselves from a sovereign aristocracy, so that the individual citizen was to be seen then as the sovereign: “We the people … “ begins this act. As the Kraken further helps weaken the two political parties, we can – at best – content ourselves with understanding that the metamorphosis of Western Civilization will involve a lot of chaos, and into that functional disorder, something new can be (and is being) born.

How extreme that transformation will be – if we read the handwriting on the wall of the Weather, and pay attention to our prophets – these changes will be very violent. If folks only knew the real relationship between Weather and our feeling life of soul, the minds eye would better be able to see what’s coming, with some sanity.

Chaos is an opening into the unknown future, with potential yet to be created.

If we are astute in our reading of history, it should be clear that change over time always involves a lot of drama. Wars and such. Many wish this was otherwise, but nothing about life suggests it is fair or perfect, forcing on the individual the necessity to author choices. All over the world, so seemingly filled with conflict, death, disease, people see “evil”. But, is what is going on actually evil? Would the Cosmic Christ and the Holy Mother tolerate that? Are They so passive and/or uninvolved?

Out technological system requires moving around the world a lot of mineral wealth. When the basic systems of finance and governance begin to fail, that will put big obstacles in the ability to sustain high development on the current scale which technological advances require.

When the soul doesn’t like something, the natural tendency is to find fault. If you see fault everywhere, you need to make an adjustment to “How” you thinking. See my “pragmatic moral psychology”, for some help waking up to the own thinking, all based upon the Gospels:

Our reasons are the same
But there’s no-one we can blame
For there’s nowhere we need go
And the only truth we know comes so easily

Moody Blues: The Actor.

Experience is Mystery. Who do you want yourself to be? I used to think, given all the various spiritual development systems, that there was something I was not, and which I ought to become. The world posits many different kind of “attainments”, such as: enlightenment, initiation, shamanism, and the teachers of such “paths” do a pretty good job of making folks feel a bit not enough.

During my lifetime (which began when this physical body, astral body, and ethereal body – in its 31st year – was given to another – me, by a remarkable young man. } … anyway, once I was in, and Joey was out, I started having spiritual experiences, although I did not understand this in the beginning. I’ve had many, some of which are as shattering as what happened to Paul on the Road to Damascus.

It is as if one’s soul is a flute, which usually we play, often not as well as we might, but still the soul/flute can be “played” by Other-Presences. Eventually is was clear that these folk (the Cosmic Christ and the Holy Mother) had no need for me to be anything other than myself. The ambitiousness to be uber-spiritual was a driver from our own hungers, not from the Divine Mystery.

Except … in our age the Divine Mystery is “distributed”. As the actor in our own biography, we are the artists of our choices. We are the microcosm. As above, so below.

This does not mean to not strive. We are also the part of god that is curious, playful, and on occasion a bit lost in space – out of it. When we get intoxicated, the goddess within is intoxicated. When we become obsessed, it is the god&goddess that is us, which is obsessed.

Freedom is only real if it is possible to screw things up gloriously.

and this too shall pass


The Mystery of Quantum Mechanics:

Time, as we tend to think of it, does not exist. Our picture is of us moving through time, from past to future, but the reality is only Now; and, we – our self-consciousness – which itself is never truly “at rest” (we die when we stop breathing and feeling), can reset & reboot our sense of our relationship to this condition of constant change, and grace these movements with a better name: the Eternal Now*. No one escapes this, and this present moment (seize the moment, not just the day) is always dying into a new becoming. The past is only in memory, and the future only in day dreams: “Strange Fire – a wizard’s compendium of Ideas in the Light of Eros”

*[ Moody Blues: “Forever Now”.]

In Ursula K. LeGuin’s remarkable novel on freedom, “the Dispossessed”, she posits the need for a unification of our present sequential physics with a physics of the simultaneous. The old isn’t so much wrong, as incomplete.

Arthur C. Clarke: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”. Although I do not believe he expected Magic itself to be the advanced technology. Yet, the Gate to the Future is through the Past Remembered – a past of the demon haunted ancient Earth religions, the world of gods&goddesses and elemental spirits everywhere/when.

The Quantum Confusion begins with the idea that if we can’t predict an empirical result, there exists a pre-condition and/or state of reality that is not yet there, but only in potential. We take a limit in our ability to know as a condition of Nature, which as suggested above is a view of reality with an essential aspect missing: i.e. that we are not the only qualitative condition of reality with an interior self-aware consciousness.

Once we confess to the unreality of space-time, and the illusory nature of the quantum world, and then seek to know Nature through an I and Thou relationship, miracles appear. Do we want a way to deal with nuclear waste, and other poisons with which we have been killing the Life Sphere (the Cosmic Christ) of our Holy Mother, the Planet on which we are nurtured through material-plane existence, in between resting states as pure spirit?

Time to bend the knee to that which Created All, and ask for some help. Just keep in mind that we are a part of that All; and, we are the right people, in the right place, at the right moment.

At the same time, the world of particle physics is not without meaning. Again, an adventure in knowledge seeking, only troubled by our not recognizing we are missing attending to the direct knowing of reality. The condition of modern consciousness, with us seemingly as spectators and on-lookers, … that is not reality. Everything is interconnected. Porous mind is Everywhere = the Collective Imagination.

Still, is the quantum world real? Yes, tragically. Physics went from an art and craft of investigation, to an act of thought and fanciful imagination, lacking a sacramental quality. This broken and incomplete view of reality exists in the world of thought, which is real. The question, however, is are these human-thought creations good and true.

The Mystery of Quantum Mechanics is a trial for humanity. A trial of what/which truth will we follow, as we experience that the changes we call events-in-time are only a part of the Whole. The future, however explicit are the visions of someone like Rudolf Steiner, does not exist. Yet. For anthroposophists, a little humility might be of use, given that Reality Itself is Magical and in the magical world nothing is impossible. Unsure? Our existence is the most obvious magical fact, starring us in the face, in a presently unknown world of invisible beings, waiting for the return of Their prodigal children.

Another SIGN (Spiritual Intuitively Grounded News)

Another SIGN (Spiritual Intuitively Grounded News): The Collective Imagination

“The enemy is real, its always been real.”

[Jon Snow, King of the North, to Daenerys Stormborn, Mother of Dragons, in the Dragon Glass cave, after showing her the cave paintings revealing who/where the real dangers lie – the Army of the Dead, and the White Walkers … from Game of Thrones season the 7th]

Are artists of the scale of this work in tune with the world in a way many are not. Does it mean anything, or is it just escapism? Art has more meaning in its middle finger then the whole body of abstract reasoning buried in untranslatable – allegedly higher – mathematics.

Winter is coming. It will last a while. Details are here: “The Great Unsettling & the 3rd Millennium” This is not about fire or ice, but about a world succumbing to hearts too cold and distant, from each other, themselves, or the Old Gods, and the New = the Consciousness of Nature (which is everywhere) gifted to the Three Eyed Raven in all of us.

A culture which does not honor and follow its artists, has lost its heart. Most politicians, and far too many of their owners, the Lords of Finance, are abandoning their responsibilities for … Who owns us? If our hearts are free to sing our songs, and know our poets – the Leonard Cohens; the Marshal Mathers; the Bob Marleys; pick your favorite.

Most every educated person knows of the terms: “the collective unconscious”. “ … a form of the unconscious(that part of the mind containing memories and impulses of which the individual is not aware”

Is this the aboriginal Australian dreamtime? The hallowed halls of the primal archetypes? Where you can go, awake, if you follow a path so old its memories live anyway, in many names, and in many hearts. Does enlightening the world mean the end of kundalini yoga, tantric sex, and tales of Faerie, or the Underworld; another name for the land of the Dead, where Christ is said to have gone on a Saturday not so long ago.

All the old things are returningCosmic circles ever turningAll the truth we’ve been yearning forLife is our saviour, saviour, saviour, save your soul… Moody Blues “On Step into the Light”

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” [Einstein]

I ‘n I’s magi c nation coming. We are the future becoming. We make inner pictures and embrace the world with our art. Nothing stops the music. Nothing, not even the black-hole in a bankers heart.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the poet (kubla khan and rime of the ancient mariner), a very learned man and familiar with the intoxicants of the poppy, wrote amazing stuff about everything. Here we just notice what he said about the primary and the secondary imagination:

“The Imagination then I consider either as primary, or secondary. The primary Imagination I hold to be the living Power and prime Agent of all human Perception, and as a repetition in the finite mind of the eternal act of creation in the infinite I Am. The secondary I consider as an echo of the former, co-existing with the conscious will, yet still as identical with the primary in the kind of its agency, and differing only in degree, and in the mode of its operation. It dissolves, diffuses, dissipates, in order to re-create; or where this process is rendered impossible, yet still at all events it struggles to idealize and to unify. It is essentially vital, even as all objects (as objects) are essentially fixed and dead.”

Reality is a nested Russian doll, consisting of Creator/created, an endless hall of mirrors that teaches. When Rey (in Star Wars 8), while studying with Luke to be a Jedi, has to go Down, inside the Earth, and see herself infinitely reflected, … where do the writers get this idea?

“Everything is both simpler than we can imagine and more entangled than we can conceive.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Is imagination the collective consciousness, and in that wise distinct from the collective unconscious?

Recently I’ve been noticing a pattern in certain film arts. A kind of dark subject gets unusual expression, for example: “Stranger Things”, which posits an upsidedown underneath conscious of itself and inhabited. Try to imagine this: Suppose more and more people seem to get in contact with Faerie, such that heartless scientists modify children who may have “powers”. Governments want to weaponize the Underworld. Still, there’s a wonderful cautionary tale in Susanna Clarke’s novel: Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.

Chem-trails, and weather modification aside, our Atmosphere is a locus of invisible Beings, not only making forced adjustments because of our arrogant ignorance, but They too touch the Collective Imagination and inspire such films as: Arrival: “A linguist is recruited by the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecrafts land around the world.” IMDB

What do the writers’ imaginations reveal in this film: Beings who can manipulate gravity (space) and the experience of time, whose way of writing consists of feathered circles, and who have come to tell us they will need our help in 3000 years. See Ruskin’s “the Queen of the Air”. If you grok this film rightly, you will never look at clouds the old way, … never.

Nature spirits, of various intentions, participate in the Collective Imagination. Wanting human beings to begin another love affair with the Mother, artists are inspired, and each Age has its markers and signs. But the Old Moon Ways, of magic and mysticism, involve powers older (H.P. Lovecraft) than Old. “All the old things are returning.”

Then there is the film: Annihilation. Watch it. Hard to imagine a better fore-reckoning of what happens when our response to the Unknown aspects of Faerie is to stand outside and observe, after which we send in the soldiers to die – or perhaps join – with the deconstruction, which Eros induces, as the primal power of generation. No broken eggs, no omelet … is the folk saying.

“One attains Inspiration, which can be experienced when one performs mathematics in the right way, when this performance of mathematics itself becomes an experience that can then be developed further into that which one finds in the Vedanta. Inspiration is complemented at the other pole by Imagination, and only through Imagination does one arrive at something enabling one to comprehend man.” Rudolf Steiner, generator of a Goethean Science, a science were the image building aspect of the mind learns to see in wholes, as exactly as the phenomena needing study behaves.

The World is Speech, which the most ancient ones well knew how to read. Try your hand at Listening to the World Song. “The primary Imagination I hold to be the living Power and prime Agent of all human Perception, … “ STC

“ … when one performs mathematics in the right way, when this performance of mathematics itself becomes an experience that can then be developed further … “

This is the best book for training the image creating power, in the light of Projective Geometry (the geometry of the endlessly living) Own a copy. “Physical and Ethereal Spaces”, by George Adams.

SIGN “porn”

SIGN “porn”

Years ago – nearly 20 in fact – I was 60, and certain natural functions ceased. I was on high blood pressure medication. When I started to go bald in my early 30’s, I had decided to just accept it, and not let “that” be on my regular plate of worries. This latest sign of aging was approached in the same Way. What did it teach?

Around that time I had a wonderful, yet short, dalliance with a part-Mohawk shamaness. She explained to me that anglos (white folk) didn’t know a sane thing about sex. She shared with me personal stories about how her family (people) taught her to understand her own desires and the desires of a man. These desires were natural, never sinful, and what I needed to do was to accept my desires, and to not be Not-Okay about this core mystery of being a human being.

Being a writer eventually led to many explorations of the Way of Love the ancient Greeks named Eros, otherwise know as erotic&sensual love. Erotic is of the mind, and the sensual is of the body. One of my more recent explorations led to the writing of a poem about Lust, and that poem can be found here, along with accompanying commentary: “Sex, Porn, and the Return of the Divine Feminine”,porn.html

A few years earlier on, I made several videos for YouTube, on the subject of the redemption of Eros, under the title: Misery Loves Company: This being, for a philosopher/shaman, a complex topic, there are 34 just under ten minute videos. Watch one or two of them with a close friend, once in a while …

When I sat down to write about SIGN porn, I asked Alexa to shuffle my 110 favorite songs playlist, and that random generator popped up: “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”. Right now its playing Jeff Buckley’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s: “Hallelujah”

A lot of folk do not have pleasant sexual experiences. Yet, if we accept that most songs are love songs in one fashion or another, for many people there is something to be found in surrendering to the siren songs of erotic&sensual attraction. Its natural, and if you read Tom Cowan’s remarkable: Human Heart, Cosmic Heart, you will find an “alternative” medical landscape which includes recognizing the importance of sexual love for health.

This is a matter of being human that transcends our racial/political/irrational separation from other human beings. Love adventures transcend our differences. We all have that need/want.

Porn is just one manifestation of this basic human confusion. In corporate towers men and women compete, with one “sex” required to dress erotically, thus constantly generating desire. In the Hopi Prophecy for this “Day of Purification” is this bit (along with wars, storms, whatever Mother Nature has in store for us): “ … people will corrupt the good ways of life, bringing about the same life as that from which we fled in the underworld. The sacred body of the female will no longer be hidden, for the shield of protection will be uplifted, an act of temptation toward sexual license, which will also be enjoyed.”

As Western Civilization dies into its new becoming, social dissonance concerning how young men are raised as regards their sexuality is … fundamentally not sane. It would be too much to expect this failing social order to address such questions in any depth or wisdom. All the same …

Women have a power here. Recall I was taught to wake up by a shamaness. When I was later studying Eros, I ran into a remark (by a woman) who recognized that a special aspect of the erotic is that it be socially forbidden in some fashion or other.

In a certain sense #metoo has to morph into #ustoo. We are all in this together.

Whatever change, … will be introduced one encounter at a time, … we can’t resolve personal issues of this delicacy with a government program.

I don’t know if it is happening, but women need to discuss more than what screw-ups and pigs men can be. The more intimate question is the one most needed to be answered: how do I tell my lover to be what I need him/her to be? Scary worries always there, even in casual hookups.

Think of our cultural language here. How do we frame this in a healthy way? Who should led the re-framing?

Having been one, men/AS/boys are pretty much very screwed up by the time they begin to even date. They have all the wrong ideas, including how they conceive of themselves. This is true whatever the out of box, neither male or female, reality now emerging. Finding a life partner can be a maze of wrong turns, and many drop out of that struggle.

There is a virtue to living alone.

In either circumstance, one odd fact remains: erotic art has always been with us, and at one time was known to holy. Yet, here we are in a world in which an un-natural science tries to convince us we are just animals, born from random process out of pieces of dead matter, none of which has any consciousness … In the Beginning.

Maybe that bull-pucky is why our time is so out of touch with itself.

SIGN: the Hopi Prophecy of the True White Brother.

SIGN: the Hopi Prophecy of the True White Brother.

The Americas are a place where European civilization seized so-called “ownership” of lands already lived in by millions of aboriginal peoples.

The Hopi Prophecy expected this to happen, … that a white race would come and claim the land as their own. All the same, something else was expected, … among these white people there will some who are “true”, a “true”: white brother, who is also called in certain places the Elder Brother.

To what would such people be “true”? How are we to understand that?

In the Prophecy we find this symbolic representation of what the “true” white brother would do, during the time of crisis called in the Prophecy: the Day of Purification:

“This third event will depend upon the Red Symbol, which will take command, setting the four forces of nature (Meha) in motion for the benefit of the Sun.”

As we all know today, we live in an Age of Scientific Materialism – all is matter there is no spirit. For the Hopi spirit is as real as breathing, and this then was what was hoped for: a white brother that was true to the spirit.

The first time I wrote of this, in very small article that was published in Carl Stegmann’s anthroposophical research letter: “America in the Threefold World”, around 1984, a part Cherokee woman sought me out.

She was at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA, studying Waldorf Education, and upon our meeting she advised me to as soon as possible go to the Hopi Mesas, and seek out an elder there named David Monogye.

This I did over the Easter Weekend of 1985. Various details about that visit are in the attached materials.

In the beginning, I thought this Red Symbol was Anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner, and the Anthroposophical Society. Those are seeds planted in the last years of Western Civilization. They have grown considerably, and a good review of this growth can be found here: “Anthroposophy and the History and Future of Environmentalism”, by Dan McKanan.

Keep in mind that seeds need the soil (the heart’s richness of feeling), the sun (the mind, lighting up the meaning), and water (the adaptable will). All Rudolf Steiner did was open a gate to the Mysteries of Spirit. Inspiring others to do this without losing the connection to the Way of Knowledge of our Age, natural Science.

Meanwhile, all over the world, folks for various reasons (a needed sanity) worried over the Mother’s health, and fought again for life, in the fields of death created everywhere by modern industrial civilization.

The True “White” Brother loves the Mother, and doesn’t have to be white, or know anything other then to be true to what is in their own heart, mind, and hands.

To repeat, keeping your own heart in mind, for many people living today, just in being true to their hearts are able to sympathize with aboriginal peoples everywhere, and see this truth: No one can own the Mother.

“This third event will depend upon the Red Symbol, which will take command, setting the four forces of nature (Meha) in motion for the benefit of the Sun.”

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this is the first offering of a new news network, aka SIGN: Spiritually Intuitively Grounded News.

A most significant matter is the flooding in the heartland of America. This is, of course, a SIGN, but how to read it, that’s the trick is it not?

Clearly it is part of this dynamic: The Great Unsettling & the 3rd Millennium, otherwise known as the dying and becoming of Western Civilization.

All over the world folk are being displaced by events beyond their control. Some fleeing seems forced, while others try to choose where and when to go.

Everyone is experience life changing events. Not peace, but a sword during the purifying descent into anarchy. Everything happens for a reason, but to See we need to change the scale of our perspective.

From the point of view of the Mystery, what happens in any individual biography is the key. Love manifests in all lives, although during the Ahrimanic Enchantment …

(the forgetting of our spiritual nature that came when the human intellect, in its scientific pursuits, ended up dividing the world into parts, smaller and smaller parts, until the religion of Scientific Materialism [all is matter, there is no spirit] decided all we human beings are is meat, run by a randomly created living computer, and having no real Being)

… such that all that we feel and know is an illusion, is the scientific conclusion confusion. The East warned us that the sense world is not real, not of the essence, and Western science sees our inner life to be an illusion as well.

An Enchantment, remember that point.

The inner life activities of all human biographies – all thoughts and feelings, as well as impulses of the will – that invisible to the senses inwardness – that survives death, and the meaning of one’s owns existence is personal.

The Great Unsettling cuts our ties and habits, our personal ruts; and, if we die, She receives us (see the Pieta).

The majority, who live, become the receivers of this lesson: we need each other to survive. In the case of America (each catastrophic event has a geographical social-political effect), heartland Trump voters are in the same fix as the citified neo-socialist liberals. They are hanging out together in gyms, with no other place to go, sharing the same trial.

While the politicians divide us, the Mother shoves us together. What we do is still up to us, and apparently this is the whole point of modern existence.