So, I have a few plans for the coming weeks for this blog and I want to just give readers a little heads up on that. They may entail a little slow down in new material being posted and some restructuring of the pages. The blog as such shouldn’t change dramatically.
So, the last post was post 500. I probably wouldn’t have noticed it right away, except WordPress kindly throws that up as a notification. This blog has grown organically, messily, by accretion, and I have relied on links between posts to fill in the gaps in discussion that occur within a post. At 500 posts, though, I’m starting to wonder how much of that linking has turned into something of a tangle. It’s not like 500 posts in just under three years is all that dramatic, but it is enough to get fairly cluttered.
I am going to start moving through my archives her and thinking about where I have been and about the trajectories taken and untaken. I am not quite sure where that will go, but I’m still turning, turning, turning, and I am thinking about how to keep this site in sympathy with that. I am sorely tempted to start dropping some posts out of public rotation if they seem more signal than noise, but I am equally fond of keeping the mess around for the sake of fidelity. You may notice some changes or the work may remain entirely invisible from the outside.
All of this to say that you may see some changes going on here. If there is something you are looking for, something you saw but seems to have dropped away, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line and ask after it.
I have talked a little here and there about the way in which each of Jung’s core functions (Intuition, Thinking, Feeling, and Sensation) can be mapped onto traditional elemental correspondences, but lately I have been thinking that the better comparison may be the elemental lines within the tree of life diagram. Admittedly, I have been thinking about them an awful lot, but there is a logic there that carries between the two systems and encourages me to think that Jung’s psychological types might flourish better in an occult or magical account of the psyche than in an academic psychology.
Working through the Elemental lines of the Sefer Yetzirah made clear that I needed to update one of the geomancy pages a bit. I haven’t quite gotten a full revision done, but I’ve done some work toward that end. It’s a bit messy, really, updating as I learn, but I like having stable pages where that gets reflected, so for now I’m sticking to the plan of having stable pages that get edited to reflect improvements in my understanding.
This revision also saw the addition of diagrams. They are just photos of hand drawn material, but they are definitely an improvement over the wall of text. One of the three images is included below. It represents my current take of how to map a number of kabbalistic concepts onto the Gra diagram. Inset to the right are diagrams of each of the three kinds of lines (Elemental, Double, Mother) on their own, with the sefirot and klippot dotted in for reference.
I’m keenly aware of being on another cusp in my work, both in my personal practice and in my expression of that practice here. I’m not sure where that is going to lead (I rarely do), though I have come to trust that it will be less dramatic in many of the ways I imagine it could be and more dramatic in the ways that I don’t expect it to be. Funny, that.
Okay, Iago asked after some sources on the recent pages, for interested readers to run down and I figured at the very least I could do a few things very quickly. I added a tiny bit of bibliography to the Sefer Yetzirah page (a kiss and a promise, nothing more, but hopefully useful in the sense of pointing at interesting materials) and a full bibliography page for the geomancy section of the site.
The geomancy bibliography…I really hesitated on it. I am a little embarrassed by it. A lot of that reading comes from a place of distrust and while I wouldn’t discourage anyone from reading and thinking hard about the history of anything, it’s really something quite else to just sit down and work geomancy. It isn’t even a complete record of the time I spent running through the archives!
Still, it may serve an interested reader and it does reflect something of my personal trajectory, so let this be in the spirit of honesty, even if somewhat uncomfortable honesty.
Blogos’s comment on my last post suggested to me that there might be some room on this site for more dense philosophical work, so I figured that I would throw up a category for that (‘Big Ideas’) and kick it off with a page discussion a couple of sense of the term ‘virtual’ and their ramifications for thinking about occult work.
I hope it is useful for someone!
This is just an fyi. I am in the process of updating this site in order to explore some new ways of talking about all of this material I care so dearly about. I have created a static front page, with the blog now one step away from that with a simple click of a link in the toolbar.
I am planning to build out some more pages where I can develop some of the observations and discussions that I have had here into more useful and immediately accessible summaries. I have just the outlines of what I want to do at present, so it may take some time for some of the bigger chunks of this to come online, but I want to make the commitment to change now.
I am still going to be blogging away, but as the year unfolds I want to provide visitors with more than the short, networked observations I have to date and I would like to challenge myself to do something more expansive.
I just wanted to take a moment to thank anyone who has taken the time to drop by and read through some of my work here; I am a terrible hermit and not always good at saying it, but I appreciate it and I hope the new year brings you the mixture of joy and hardship that your work requires.
For some time, I have drawn an intuitive distinction between Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn on the one hand and the Moon, Venus, and Mercury on the other. That fits in fairly neatly with our post-Copernican understanding of the movements of the planets around the sun and of the Earth as the dividing line between these upper and lower heavens. It’s nagged at me, though, whether this might be a strange interposition between traditional astrology that puts the Earth at the center, with all of the planetary heavens above.
Reading Star Gods of the Maya provided me with an answer as to why this contemporary division sits well with traditional understandings of the planets. Mildebrath makes an obvious statement about naked eye astronomy which affirms the division between Jupiter-Mars-Saturn (JMS) and Moon-Venus-Mercury (MVM). Because Venus and Mercury are between us and the Sun, they can sometimes be seen to come between us and the Sun. Similarly, the orbit of the Moon can eclipse the Sun. The JMS planets, though, cannot pass in front of the Sun.
That is a small thing, I know, but it says something about the potencies of MVM planets that they can mediate the relationship between the Sun and the Earth as well as the cosmic potencies that define the outer planets.