Mar 30, 2014

The High Priestess' Secret

image of La Papesse or Female Pope card from Marseilles Tarot deck

In examining The Fool and The Magus, we've introduced the concept of three Paths simultaneously emanating from Kether's appearance. One of these is The High Priestess, which is the first Path on the Tree of Life to connect the Supernal Triad (Kether, Chockmah, Binah) to the Sephiroth below and the only direct Path between Kether and the lower Tree. This journey traverses The Abyss that separates Modes of Consciousness accessible to humans from those purely theoretical; the Veil of Maya.

The High Priestess is also the first Trump to depict a gendered form. Here is Divine Feminine Intuition. The Hebrew letter assigned to the card, Gimel, translates to "Camel," the pack animal capable of traveling the desert with cargo intact. Here, more than anywhere on The Tree, lie The Great Mysteries of Life and Death; here is where The Seeker of Knowledge meets She Who Knows That Which Never Is Known.

Mar 23, 2014

Best Band Ever: The Jesus & Mary Chain

image of Scottish noise-pop group Jesus and Mary Chain

"Good artists borrow. Great artists steal." - Unknown
Musicians have been copying The Jesus and Mary Chain for a very long time now. Or, well, copying copies of copies, which, as we all know, deteriorates the quality of information as rapidly as a game of Telephone. [It is entirely likely that a large percentage of the present-day JaMC copycats have never heard of the band.] I'm not naming names here but that's only because I don't know them... Because copyists aren't worth knowing, not really. 

Ah, but thieves bring something to the table! 

The Jesus and Mary Chain belonged to the highest caste of pickpockets, slipping their hands into the pockets of The Beach Boys for melodies, The Velvet Underground for dissonance and The Stooges for pure sinister vibes, thus combining the furthest extremes of what could be called "cool": bottle blondes and jocks playing volleyball on the sunny shores of California / pale kids with shitty haircuts in leather jackets and blacked-out sunglasses / burnouts huffing glue under the bleachers. It's almost a joke, really, and there definitely is a strong comedic element, frequently unrecognized, in JaMC's music but impossible to miss in the deadpan braggadocio of their (hilarious) interviews. 

If Miles Davis was The Birth of The Cool, then Jesus and Mary Chain were the Rebirth.

Mar 16, 2014

The Magus Speaks

image of Le Bateleur from Marseilles Tarot deck

The Fool of Tarot has been introduced as the Main Player upon the stage of The World, the One (or None) beneath the disguise that is every other human form of the Major Arcana. Travelling through the cards "in order," the first of these Masqueraders we meet is The Magus (or Magician, or Juggler.)

To properly understand this Trump, we will first need to investigate The Tree of Life (or Otz Chim) of Qabalah, which fully incorporates and organizes the subsets of symbols necessary to our aims. Next, language itself must be considered. Many occultists regard the spoken/written Word as one of only two forms of true magick available to human beings, the other being sexual energy, of course.

Mar 9, 2014

Ghee: Very Good Dairy

Baby Black Widows Ghee header image

Have you been keeping up to date with your ever-vigilant Facebook Food Crusader Friends' posts on what you're supposed to feel bad for eating this month? I know I have! As you may remember from BABY BLACK WIDOWS' post on health myths, I don't mind doing the research and/or self-experimentation required to call "BS" on a new fad. [I even tried oil pulling for a month. No, that's not what oil pulling is, pervert. Look it up so we can make jokes about it in the comments below.] The opposite of that statement also holds true, though!

It's surprising more people don't know about ghee, considering A) much like oil pulling, it has deep roots in Ayurveda, for which New Agers have a colossal boner, and B) the evils of milk, cheese and other dairy products are topics of daily conversation. [To be fair, I did tell you a little about this in my article on Bulletproof Coffee.] Obviously, due to Ayurvedic involvement, ghee is presented as nothing short of a miraculous cure-all for skin, digestion, allergies, soul, etc.

More benefits than coconut oil, everyone's mega-fave!

But is ghee really all that? What's it actually good for? Well, I'll tell you! I'll even show you how to make it, since, duh, I wouldn't be writing this article if it sucked...

Mar 2, 2014

The Fool of the Abyss

image of The Fool of the Marseilles Tarot Deck

When I walk by neon PSYCHIC READINGS signs, I think, "If the person opens the door and motions like they've been expecting me, then I'll go inside."

So, I've never seen a fortune teller.

Divination in general seems rather silly, whether derived from so-called astrology, numerology, palm reading, Tarot or whatever-else-have-you. Mind you, this isn't to say that these organizational systems are without merit, because some of them are quite useful when not profaned by cold reading con artists in the role of spiritual guide to the lonely and gullible of Earth.

Whether you believe Consciousness to be the primum mobile of existence or the culmination to-date of Evolutionary process, the inherent link between Mind and Matter seems stupefyingly obvious. Therefore, the notion of a Secret Language of Consciousness, or Logos, behind the veil of Maya, or buried in the genetic code of the species, is not so outrageous.

Adepts of Hermetic Qabalah and its countless bastard children propose to have stumbled upon The Lexicon of such a pictorial language in Tarot: that pre-Jungian blueprint of the House of Consciousness which incorporates the symbology of The Zodiac, numerology and the Tree of Life, built by a hand seemingly extraterrestrial/superhuman in skill, ostensibly with no greater purpose than to play a little game...