MonthJuly 2005

Reply to Zen Werewolf’s “deconstructing magickal paradigms”

[Tried to post this as a comment over at Mutato Nomine but couldn’t, so I’m posting it publicly here instead]

To reply but briefly – I was very skeptical, even embarrassed at the religious content of ceremonial magick starting out… but hey, it works. Michael and others have speculated part its power comes from using such heavily charged symbolism.

Also, I’m weary about throwing the baby out with the bathwater… for my part, the concern over religious content is dogma, and thankfully most occult programs either dispense with it or leave you free to create your own. In the case of Christianity, the symbolism was there before the religion.

And at least in hermetic kabbalah, at least as far as I’ve explored it, JHVH and Kether are not the cruel invisible monster of most of Judaeo-Christianity, but closer the Hindu concept of “aum.”

I do see the religious context as a stumbling block for a lot of people – either they are scared off from willed brain change and designer realities by the religious content, or they become so fixated with the symbolism that they forget what they’re doing in the first place. I’ll have to look up those Altar Consciousness articles, I sort of forgot about them before getting a chance to read them… I’ve had an idea for “agnostic magic” for a bit now.

Underground Stream: A Venn Diagram Connecting the Major Streams of Western Mysticism

underground stream venn diagram

It does unfortunately tend to portray those religions as somehow the by-product of Gnosticism, which is not the case.

The purpose of this is to show that, for the countless millions who feel completely disconnected from, say, Islam, that there is in fact an ancient historical relationship not only to the external theologies of Judaism and Islam, or Islam and Christianity, but also a shared, deeper meaning. A familiarity among non-Gnostics with the form and resonance of Gnosticism, I feel, can help in understanding the common ground of all religious experience, particularly among “western” religions. And Gnosticism, as younger than two of these and older than the other two, does seem to serve as a convenient meeting point for a deep-ecumenism.

Jordan Stratford: Underground Stream

(via Tim Boucher, who also has some related links).

The First Church of Galactus

galactus

Artist Coop has decided to start a religion based around Galactus. I’ve always suspected Galactus and most of the Marvel comics gods as being real, speaking through Jack Kirby.

Coop: My New Religion: THE FIRST CHURCH OF GALACTUS!

(via Post Atomic)

Lost Isaac Newton notes on alchemy found

Australian Broadcast Company report:

A collection of notes by the 17th century English mathematician and physicist Sir Isaac Newton – which scientists thought had been lost forever – have been found.

[…]

The notes will be on display at the Royal Society’s annual Summer Science Exhibition in London from the 4th of July.

Full Story: ABC: Isaac Newton’s alchemy notes found

(via LVX 23)

New process turns anything into oil

Sounds too good to be true:

Unlike other solid-to-liquid-fuel processes such as cornstarch into ethanol, this one will accept almost any carbon-based feedstock. If a 175-pound man fell into one end , he would come out the other end as 38 pounds of oil, 7 pounds of gas, and 7 pounds of minerals, as well as 123 pounds of sterilized water. While no one plans to put people into a thermal depolymerization machine, an intimate human creation could become a prime feedstock. “There is no reason why we can’t turn sewage, including human excrement, into a glorious oil,” says engineer Terry Adams, a project consultant. So the city of Philadelphia is in discussion with Changing World Technologies to begin doing exactly that.

Mindfully.org: Anything Into Oil

(via Sauceruney).

Invisible College 2

I’m not sure who’s behind it, but the late D.W. Cooper’s blog has been ressurected.

Invisible College 2

CEOs use magick

I’m trying to catch up on some links… this one made rounds a week or two ago, but in case you haven’t read it:

Self-employed professionals, small business owners and executives in major, publicly listed companies are among those joining an expanding network of “covens” organised by businesswoman and self-described witch, Stacey Demarco.

I really should use magic more deliberately at work myself.

MIT physicists create new form of matter

Via an MIT press release:

MIT scientists have brought a supercool end to a heated race among physicists: They have become the first to create a new type of matter, a gas of atoms that shows high-temperature superfluidity.

Their work, to be reported in the June 23 issue of Nature, is closely related to the superconductivity of electrons in metals. Observations of superfluids may help solve lingering questions about high-temperature superconductivity, which has widespread applications for magnets, sensors and energy-efficient transport of electricity, said Wolfgang Ketterle, a Nobel laureate who heads the MIT group and who is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Physics as well as a principal investigator in MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics.

Full Story: MIT News Office: MIT physicists create new form of matter

(via Kottke)

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