From time to time, I will toss out the phrase ‘Black Iron Prison.’ I picked it up from Philip K. Dick’s take on gnosticism and my use of it is sympathetic with his. It might be useful to unpack that a bit here because I’m also dialoging with his usage, remaking his meaning for my own.
i have talked about this indirectly by way of things like the Yeatisan Vision materials, but it seems like the sort of thing that is worth saying straightforwardly. It feels like we are between eras, in some transitional period where the spiritual powers that regulate this world are changing, that there is a changing of the guard in the celestial court.
So, I chewed through chunks of Joe Fisher’s The Siren Call of Hungry Ghosts and while I have precious few things that I identify as ‘required reading,’ this might be one of them. I say that with some qualifications, because while Fisher does give the appropriate nods to cross-cultural warnings about working with these spirits, he doesn’t see those traditions which seem to have found effective ways of working with them. His survey of spiritualists are notably absent the most sophisticated spiritualisms that developed in tandem with practices like Palo, Ocha, Candomble, and Quimbanda.
A truly proper notebook post here, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick in my lap for this one. I have yet to read through it, I just crack it open and move around within it, see how it plays against or with what is going on in my work. That isn’t to say I haven’t read some big chunks of it doing that…