April 21 2013

* pink moon

"A single advantage is worth a thousand sorceries. Short shooting looses the game. The arrow often hits the shooter."
(the Hunter)

The material world is in a way feminine to the perceiver; it is the body which receives the seed of his imagination and the works of the imagination which are the artist's children are drawn from that body. We think of Nature as feminine, and so she is. But as the artist develops he becomes more and more interested in the art and more and more impatient of the help he receives from nature. In the world of Eden there is only energy incorporating itself in form, creator and creature. Which means that somewhere this permanent objective body which nourishes and incubates the imaginative form drops out. Nature, in simpler language, is mother nature, and in the perfectly imaginative state there is no mother. The fall of man began with the appearance of an independent object world, and continued into this state of Generation, where we begin life in helpless dependence on mother nature for all our ideas. This independent nourishing force in nature, William Blake calls the female will. The worship of a female principle, therefore, specifically a maternal principle, is not imaginative and is only possible to natural religion.

In the more highly developed religions, God is always the supreme Male, the creator for whom the distinction between the beloved female and created child has disappeared.

The reappearance of the Madonna in Christianity is thus a corruption of that religion, and is in direct contradiction to Jesus own teachings. Mother worship is womb worship a desire to prolong the helplessness of the perceiver and his dependency on the body of nature which surrounds him.

(Northern Frye, Fearful Symmetry)



FREEMAN: As the world becomes more technically efficient, it seems increasingly necessary for people to behave communally and collectively, now do you think it's possible that the highest development of man may be to submerge his own individuality in a kind of collective consciousness?



JUNG: That's hardly possible. I think there will be a reaction - a reaction will set in against this communal dissociation. You know, man doesn't stand forever, his nullification. Once, there will be a reaction, and I see it setting in, you know, when I think of my patients, they all seek their own existence and to assure their existence against that complete atomization into nothingness or into meaninglessness. Man cannot stand a meaningless life.

Nobodaddy

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"Then old Nobodaddy aloft Farted and belched and coughed, And said, "I love hanging and drawing and quartering Every bit as well as war and slaughtering."

Sexual abstinence is more melodramatic than autoeroticism: Nobodaddy is a jealous God, and the killing of love is as dear to him as the killing of life, which of course, it includes. Here again the myth of a higher soul and a lower body rears its foolish head. The latter we are told is tainted and corrupt; the former becomes pure when separated fro the body and purged of fleshly desires. As the body is the soul seen from the perspective of this world, it is easy to see how murderous this denial of those simple desire which are imaginative needs must be.

The sunflower wistfully follows the sun across the sky all day, a perfect symbol of the vegetable life rooted in this world and longing to be free. William Blakes Songs of experience are deeply acid bitten.
(Northrup Frye, Fearful Symmetry)







"Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy."
(Aristotle)



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Carl Jung on Accepting the Darkness of Self and Others



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Nobodaddy: the unforgiving and cruel Old Testament God.

Sun Flower

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Ah Sun-flower! weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the Sun:
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the travellers journey is done.

Where the Youth
pined away with desire,
And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow:
Arise from their graves and aspire,
Where my Sun-flower wishes to go.
(William Blake)




To avoid running this gauntlet, I break off the head of the sunflower, press its face to my chest like a baby's, and jog on toward Wilmersdorf.

I try to climb into a bus, but the conductor can't help entertaining the passengers with stupid remarks about me and my sunflower. They roar with mirth. I leap off the moving bus.

The street becomes more and more unbearable. I'm so bewildered and offended by the brutality and narrowmindedness of these people who laugh at me and my sunflower that, surrounded by all these pedestrians, I see no other solution than to tear the yellow sunflower head to pieces and run away."

(Klaus Kinski, Kinski Uncut)








"The Golden Flower is the Elixir of Life (Chin-tan, golden pill). All changes of spiritual consciousness depend upon the heart. There is a secret charm which, although it works very accurately, is yet so fluid that it needs extreme intelligence and clarity, and the most complete absorption and tranquility. Only through contemplation and quietness does true intuition arise: for that the backward-flowing method is necessary. Only after concentrated work of a hundred days will the light be genuine, then only will it become spirit-fire. After a hundred days there develops by itself in the midst of the light a point of the true light-pole (yang). Then suddenly there develops the seed pearl. It is as if man and woman embraced and a conception took place. Then one must be quite still and wait. The circulation of the light is the epoch of fire."

(10 Most Meaningful Passages - The Secret of the Golden Flower)