Magick

  • Rene Daumal

     

    La grande beuverie (A Night of Serious Drinking)

    “Words are made for a certain exactness of thought, as tears are for a certain degree of pain. What is least distinct cannot be named; what is clearest is unutterable. “

    “It is still not enough for language to have clarity and content … it must also have a goal and an imperative. Otherwise from language we descend to chatter, from chatter to babble and from babble to confusion.”

    “Common experience is the gold reserve which confers an exchange value on the currency which words are; without this reserve of shared experiences, all our pronouncements are cheques drawn on insufficient funds.”

    These are the words of Rene Daumal, spiritualist, poet and inspiration behind Jadorowsky's epic film The Holy Mountain.

     

    René Daumal  was a French spiritual surrealist writer and poet.  In his late teens his avant-garde poetry was published in France's leading journals, and in his early twenties, although courted by André Breton co-founded, as a counter to Surrealism and Dada, a literary journal, "Le Grand Jeu" with three friends, collectively known as the Simplists, including poet Roger Gilbert-Lecomte . He is known best in the U.S. for two novels A Night of Serious Drinking and the allegorical novel Mount Analogue: A Novel of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing both based upon his friendship with Alexander de Salzmann, a pupil of G. I. Gurdjieff.

    Daumal was self-taught in the Sanskrit language and translated some of the Tripitaka Buddhist canon into the French language, as well as translating the literature of the Japanese Zen scholar D.T. Suzuki into French.

    Daumal's sudden and premature death of tuberculosis on May 21, 1944 in Paris may have been hastened by youthful experiments with drugs and psychoactive chemicals, including carbon tetrachloride. He died leaving his novel Mount Analogue unfinished, having worked on it until the day of his death.

    The motion picture The Holy Mountain by Alejandro Jodorowsky is based largely on Daumal's Mount Analogue.

    poems

    One cannot stay on the summit forever -
    One has to come down again.
    So why bother in the first place? Just this.
    What is above knows what is below -
    But what is below does not know what is above

    One climb, one sees-
    One descends and sees no longer
    But one has seen!

    There is an art of conducting one’s self in
    The lower regions by the memory of
    What one saw higher up.

    When one can no longer see,
    One does at least still know.

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    I am dead because I lack desire,
    I lack desire because I think I possess.
    I think I possess because I do not try to give.
    In trying to give, you see that you have nothing;
    Seeing that you have nothing, you try to give of yourself;
    Trying to give of yourself, you see that you are nothing:
    Seeing that you are nothing, you desire to become;
    In desiring to become, you begin to live.

      

  • Sally Eaton | Psychedelic High Priestess & Hippie Goddess

     

    Sally Eaton is a Wiccan High Priestess, liturgist, singer and actress, whose credits include creating and playing the role of Jeanie in the stage production of the hit Broadway musical Hair, and, as a
    member of Doric Wilson's professional theater company TOSOS (The Other Side of Silence), acting in the Doric Wilson plays Now She Dances and Street Theater.

    In the mid-70’s she migrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, becoming a third degree Priestess in NewReformed Orthodox Order of the Golden Dawn, and was heavily involved in the West Coast Craft Tradition and the California revival of the Ordo Templi Orientis. With these and many other organizations Eaton sharedher knowledge of acting and stagecraft— writing and directing dramatic rituals and presenting workshops on Acting as Magick.

    She contributed to many of the early ADF ritualsand published material, and to the music and lyrics of the songs on the album, Avalon is Rising! Her eclectic magical background ranges from Golden Dawn and O.T.O. material to Wiccan and Druidic styles, and she has presented lectures, rituals and performances at Neo-Pagan events. Her Coven WillowStar has been active since 1986. She is pursuing studies in Santeria, and in 2005 was crowned Priestess of Ochun in a traditional Cuban Ilé. Eaton remains a professional singer, best known for her rendition of the song “Air” in the hit Broadway musical Hair, and sings the blues professionally.

     

     

     

    Album available at Red Telephone 66

  • Speaking of Genesis P-Orridge & Magick

    Here is great podcast of Genesis P-Orridge speaking about the Crowlien philosophy known as Thelema.

     

     

    "Here is a special treat, featured on U.S. Grand Lodge, Ordo Templi Orientis web site as part of the "Thelema Now" podcast series, an interesting interview with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge hawking his new book "30 Years of Being Cut Up'. It's quite interesting to hear GBP-O take us through his evolution through magick. As well as his own evolution through his pandrogyny. Listening to Genesis talk through this interview and explain the process of what he has gone through is quite fascinating and validating to a career that continues to be important."

    The OTO web site offers the follwing write up;

    Musician and artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge talks about using magick to make the world a better place, challenging the status quo and the power of the cut-up style of art.

    Visit Thee Brad Miller Blog to hear it.

    Thanks Mike!

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