Friday, December 17, 2010

Who is the Green Man?

A Riddle
I am born on May Morning - by sticks, bells, and ribbons I am the sap - in the dark root
I am the dancer - with his six fools
I am the tump - behind the old church
I am the lost soul - under the misericord
I am the oak - against the stars

I am the face - that peers through the leaves
I am the fear - in a child' s mind
I am the demon - on the roof-boss

I am killed in October - and laid on church altars
I am the guiser - on the bright bonfire
I am the old grain - sown with the seed
I am the flame - in the pumpkin ' s grin
I am the spirit - in the kern-baby's bosom

Who is the Green Man?

Quadrangle #1


1. a plane figure having four angles and four sides, as a square. 

2. a square or quadrangular space or court that is surrounded by a building or buildings, as on a college campus.

3. the building or buildings around such a space or court.

My thoughts are starlight
Through broken glass
And when that splintered light
Falls upon me
I will walk one side only

I will walk in shadow
Quietly crying, "I am here! I am here!"
Like a small child
Lost on a beach

Untitled (Et In Arcadia Ego)

Untitled (Et In Arcadia Ego)

Charcoal on mounted paper
60 x 114 inches/152.4 x 289.6 cm

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

thatwhichfalls #1

But while a tree doesn’t fall to crush a flower, it also doesn’t fall because its a tree! Things other than trees fall, even though it seems pretty clear that a tree is always concomitant with “that which falls”.

Just Thomism

3. Of the making of the Chrystal and the Form of Preparation for a Vision. - Trithemius

Then place the vessel for the perfumes between thy circle and the holy table on which the crystal stands, and, having fire therein, cast in thy perfumes, saying,
"I conjure thee, oh thou creature of fire! by him who created all things both in heaven and earth, and in the sea, and in every other place whatever, that forthwith thou cast away every phantasm from thee, that no hurt whatsoever shall be done in any thing. Bless, oh Lord, this creature of fire, and sanctify it that it may be blessed, and that they may fill tip the power and virtue of their odours; so neither the enemy, nor any false imagination, may enter into them, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen."
Now, this being done in the order prescribed, take out thy little book, which must be made about seven inches long, of pure white virgin vellum or paper, likewise pen and ink must be ready to write down the name, character, and office, likewise the seal or image of whatever spirit may appear (for this I must tell you that it does not happen that the same spirit you call will always appear, for you must try the spirit to know whether he be a pure or impure being, and this thou shalt easily know by a firm and undoubted faith in God.)

At giving the Fire.
And there were seven Lamps of Fire burning before the Throne which are the Seven Spirits of God. Take this Creature of Fire and as Fire purifieth all things so mayst thou be thoroughly purified from all Vanity and filthy Lucre and be set on fire with divine love so as to love the great, One, Eternal, Unalterable God above all things and thy Neighbour as thyself and be for Ever inflamed with the fire of that Spirit of God, that dovelike brooded upon the face of the Waters and with its amatorial genial heat gives out to the world celestial Fire of which this terrestrial Fire is only a faint Type or Figure.

 Ars quatuor coronatorum: being the transactions of the Quatuor, By Freemasons. Quatuor Coronati Lodge, No. 2076 (London, England

[Consecration of ritual implements]

And now we come to treat of the Consecrations which, men ought to make upon all instruments and things necessary to be used in this Art: and the vertue of this Consecration most chiefly consists in two things; to wit, in the power of the person consecrating, and by the vertue of the prayer by which the Consecration is made. For in the person consecrating, there is required holiness of Life, and power of sanctifying: both which are acquired by Dignification and Initiation. And that the person himself should with a firm and undoubted faith believe the vertue, power, and efficacie hereof. And then in the Prayer it self by which this Consecration is made, there is required the like holiness; which either solely consisteth in the prayer it self, as, if it be by divine inspiration ordained to this purpose, such as we have in many places of the holy Bible; or that it be hereunto instituted through the power of the Holy Spirit, in the ordination of the Church. Otherwise there is in the Prayer a Sanctimony, which is not onely by it self, but by the commemoration of holy things; as, the commemoration of holy Scriptures, Histories, Works, Miracles, Effects, Graces, Promises, Sacraments and Sacramental things, and the like. Which things, by a certain similitude, do seem properly or improperly to appertain to the thing consecrated.

Of Occult Philosophy,
Of Magical Ceremonies:
The Fourth Book.
Written by Henry Cornelius Agrippa.
Translated into English by Robert Turner.
London. 1655.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The World Behind the Sky #5

The Face

If we could tear down the sky like the cheap
Drapery it really is we would see
All these things and more, but behind it all,
We would see a face - huge, asymmetrical
Broken like a boxers at careers end
Eyes red with blood, blurred with tears, filled with rage
Look from a face like an ancient mask of
Terracotta, cracked by time, unglazed
Dusty red, wet lips move, slow syllables
Make out the word of unmaking, one word
An eon, a mad god unwinds the threads that
Hold together the world behind the sky

Connection #3 - Maimonides to Averroes

"jDABBI MOSES Ben Maimon or Maimonides, called alsoRAMBAM from the initials of his name, and Moses the Egyptian from his long residence in Egypt, was bom at Cordova in Spain, in the year 1131, or according to some 1138, of the Christian era. His father, who was descended from an illustrious line of ancestors, sustained the office of judge among his own nation; and by his knowledge of jurisprudence, and the ability and integrity with which he executed the difficult and important duties of the magistracy, secured the respect of Christians as well as Jews.
The education of young Maimonides appears to have been conducted,at first, under the immediate superintendence of his father ; but a series of domestic quarrels having subsequently obliged him to quit the paternal roof, he placed himself under the care of the most learned Jewish teachers, and studied, with sedulous attention, the Mosaic Law, and its various Talmudical and Rabbinical commentaries. After devoting some years to the pursuit of Hebrew learning, he attached himself to the great Arabian philosopher and physician Averroes, as one of his pupils and disciples. With these advantages, and possessing a mind vigorous, penetrating, and acute, he not only made uncommon progress in Rabbinical literature, but excelled also in the mathematical, metaphysical, and medical sciences; and added to a knowledge of the Hebrew and Arabic languages, an acquaintance with the Chaldee, Turkish, and Greek, beside the other more modern dialects of the countries in which he resided. As his knowledge was profound, so his reading was extensive and various, having read not only the works of the most celebrated Rabbins of his own nation, but also the writings of Plato, Aristotle, Themistius, Galen, and of the Philosophers in general.

Monday, December 13, 2010

The World Behind the Sky #4

The Machines

In other places hidden by the sky
There were cascades of machinery
Turned, powered by paddles pushed by super-
Sonic waterfalls, pistons and cogs moved
Together in relays as long as
A continent, as high as a house. engines
That carried coils of data upward to
The inaccessible peaks where, under
Loops of light, reality becomes real
And flows downhill in vast cataracts to
Infect worlds below with consistency

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Connection #2 - Baruch Spinoza to Maimonides

Born at Amsterdam, 24 Nov., 1632; died at The Hague, 21 Feb., 1677. He belonged to a family of Jewish merchants of moderate means, and was originally called Baruch, a name that he later translated into its Latin equivalent Benedict. His father's name was Michael, his mother, Michael's second wife, was called Hana Debora. In 1641 Michael married a third wife who was named Hester de Espinosa. The family probably had some connexion with the little town of Espino in Spanish Galicia, and with the celebrated Marrano family there called Espinosa. (The Marranos were Spanish Jews compelled to conform outwardly to Christianity.) Baruch attracted attention in the school for Portuguese Jews at Amsterdam by his talents and application to study. He made rapid progress in Hebrew and the study of the Talmud, and his teachers, especially Rabbi Saul Levi Morteira, had the greatest hopes of his future. It was intended that he should become a rabbi. The subtle methods of the teachers of the Talmud undoubtedly trained his intellect and led it particularly to reasoning by analogy. The moral teaching of the Haggada had a great and permanent influence upon his code of living. However, the difficulties in regard to the Scriptures, which he deduced from what he read, made a stronger impression upon him than their solutions. Thus he was a troublesome and critical pupil, although at the same time a modest one. He read and despised the Cabalists; yet traces of their influence are recognizable in his philosophy; mention should here be particularly made of the book called "Zohar" and of Herrera's work "Porta cæli". He studied industriously the Jewish writers on the philosophy of religion, especially Maimonides, Gersonides, Chasdai Kreskas, and Ibn Esra, and later adopted much from them. The writings of the Arabian philosopher Al Farabi and of his commentator Ismail show striking similarities, even in the smallest details, with the later system of Spinoza. There are also clear evidences of connexion between the strange work of Ibn Tofail, the story of "Hai Ibn Joktan", and the conceptions of Spinoza.

The Catholic Encyclopedia

The World Behind the Sky #3

The Cities

There were cities up there, intricately
Carved into living rock, up and down a
Thousand feet, fifteen feet deep, elegant
Homes, one room after another, shallow
Caverns containing formal gardens, scents
Of mountain flowers drifting over rocks that
Were encrusted with lichen, pale gray, rose
Red grey, washed out pastels against the
Dark grey of the rock, there were farms, six inch
Wide terraces of pounded rock mixed with
Excrement. There were vertical hunts for
Nests of giant birds or the lizards of
The High Cliffs where loops and curtains of light
Crash against jagged black rocks forever