[NB] Exploded Cosmologies

“Fragments of a vessel which are to be glued together must match one another in the smallest details, although they need not be like another. In the same way a translation, instead of resembling the meaning of the original, must lovingly and in detail incorporate the original’s mode of signification, thus making both the original and the translation recognizable as fragments of a greater language, just as fragments are part of a vessel.”—Walter Benjamin, “The Task of the Translator” in Illuminations (78)

I fondly recall discovering Milorad Pavić’s Dictionary of the Khazars in an airport bookshop in Atlanta, probably not long before or after I was accused by a classmate of being a “closet Jewish mystic” for the way I read Benjamin’s work. The text was a marvel of weaving together the discontinuous threads of Eastern European religious experience, juxtaposing Christian, Islamic, and Jewish conceptions of the sacred through an ablative rather than conjunctive methodology.

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Mars Won’t Judge You

I finished my first index and it helped me to notice a lacuna in my discussion of the planets. I haven’t given Mars much attention at all and that is quite an oversight. Let me start rectifying that now with this little post.

John Michael Greer notes that the mathematical operations that you use to generate a geomantic shield chart constrains the number of figures that can occupy the 15th position of the chart, the Judge. If you are in an astrological or Kabbalistic mood, you’ll notice that of all the planets with sefirotic associations have at least one sign that can play the Judge, except Mars-Geburah. Neither Puer nor Rubeus can ever appear there.

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