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The Prophetic-Poetic Dimension of Philosophy: The Ars Poetica and Immanuel of Rome http://bit.ly/k5jwIw

Introduction to Buddhist Semiotics http://projects.chass.utoronto.ca/semiotics/cyber/ramout.pdf

MAthematical and Biblical Exegesis: Jewish Sources of Athanasius Kircher's Musical Theory http://bit.ly/j0I7Bf

Abraham Ibn Ezra and the rise of medieval Hebrew science http://bit.ly/lvjBsw By Shlomo Sela

Dozy Gary Lachman wakes from his reverie to explore the visions and brainwavess of the half-asleep. http://bit.ly/asQOsH via @kimcascone

http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2011/05/26/136578241/kurt-vonnegut-turns-cinderella-into-an-equation


"We’re all just walking each other home." ~Ram Dass

Two Tornadoes Reported On Ground Near Chico http://www.ktvu.com/news/28027813/detail.html very weird for northern California

future of Pacific Pinball Museum uncertain http://www.eastbayexpress.com/ebx/the-pinball-wizard/Content?oid=2665537

Anointing Oil & Kaneh Bosem http://khem-caigan.livejournal.com/2858.html

did Rabelais have knowledge of Cannabis Intoxication? http://gradworks.umi.com/14/72/1472886.html

P.B. Shelley: visionary experience leads to poet's curse http://bit.ly/iY4sB0

The Language of Religious Experience http://bit.ly/j6TTZk Luke Timothy Johnson, Religious Experience in Earliest Christianity:a missing dim.

Jewels of Wonder, Instruments of Delight: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Science-Fantasy as Vision-Inducing Works http://bit.ly/iLpBrG

updated: now with more ladders! http://alchemicaldiagrams.blogspot.com/2010/12/blog-post_9642.html

about to hit 50,000 page views! http://alchemicaldiagrams.blogspot.com/2011/05/like-this-blog-on-facebook.html

Zohar and Iamblichus http://www.jsri.ro/new/?download=18_JSRI_Liebes_Yehuda.pdf

Mysticism, Magic, and Shamanism http://bit.ly/mc3eML Descenders to the Chariot: The People behind the Hekhalot Literature, James R. Davila

"Mystical Modes of Awareness" http://bit.ly/l4lYvF in Exploring Unseen Worlds: William James and the Philosophy of Mysticism

Medieval visions of heaven and hell: a sourcebook http://bit.ly/j30Ej9 By Eileen Gardiner

Ancient visions: petroglyphs and pictographs from the Wind River and Bighorn country, Wyoming and Montana http://bit.ly/iujyb7

The Dream Seekers: Native American Visionary Traditions of the Great Plains http://bit.ly/lOC2zx By Lee Irwin, Vine Deloria

Visionary experience in the Golden Age of Spanish art http://bit.ly/loMvPn By Victor Ieronim Stoichiță

Rabbi Joseph Gikatilla's Hermeneutics http://bit.ly/jdbPFo By Elke Morlok

The study of 20th century Kabbalah http://bit.ly/krqbx7

Theory of Shamanism, Trance, and Modern Kabbalah http://bit.ly/jaJl8k

mason_mem @t3dy as long as you don't impair the likeness you're doing alright

Powers of Language in Kabbalah: Comparative Reflections http://bit.ly/igKjFn

Devotional, Covenental,+Yogic:3 Episodes in Religious Use of Alphabet+Letter From a Millenium of Great Vehicle Buddhism http://bit.ly/ky9fR8

"Greek Distrust of Language" in The poetics of grammar and the metaphysics of sound and sign By S. La Porta http://bit.ly/jRptJI

Adam's Naming of the Animals: Naming or Creation? http://bit.ly/lQbUQK

Shalom Shar'abi and the kabbalists of Beit El http://bit.ly/js3Va1 By Pinchas Giller

However opaque its moral, Othello does provide an object lesson in the dangers of hermeneutic tunnel vision.Michael Lablanc,Shakespeare Crit

The Existence-Bestowing Word in Islamic Mysticism http://bit.ly/kiUdMc

Jan Assman, Creation Thru Heiroglyphics: Cosmic Grammatology/Ancient Egypt http://bit.ly/kHjOLG poetics of grammar+metaphysics of sound+sign

Mind and religion: psychological and cognitive foundations of religiosity By Harvey Whitehouse, Robert N. McCauley http://bit.ly/mbZJ2p

Vision, as it is engaged by painting, has long been described as a discursive practice. http://bit.ly/lLtOHp

Savran: "Theophany narratives allow us to explore the visual representation of the divine from a unique perspective." http://bit.ly/iTS0Qt

A Seal Within a Seal: The Imprint of Sufism in Abraham Abulafia's Teachings http://www.bahaistudies.net/asma/abulafia10.pdf HArvey J. Hames

Ten Psychoanalytic Aphorisms on the Kabbalah by Daniel Abrams http://www.atlasbooks.com/marktplc/01305.htm#ten

Watched the Jerry Springer "Tantric Magus 210-timing his soror mystica" episode. Was impressed w/Springer's adherence to the Law of Thelema.

The story behind the world’s oldest museum, built by a Babylonian princess 2,500 years ago http://io9.com/5805358/ via @erik_davis

Pico was very clear about what his brand of magic was not(i.e.diabolic conjuring etc.)but his positive definition was never fully explained.


Savonarola - A.O. Spare (Pencil and watercolour on paper. Unsigned, c.1907) http://ow.ly/52kcb

Egyptian pyramids found by infra-red satellite images http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-13522957 via @kimcascone

"never anything to do in this town" http://www.avclub.com/articles/st-vincent-slays-big-blacks-kerosene,56471/

WRS | Archivist uncovers 500-year-old playing cards http://t.co/yRVa4KL via @AddThis

toastbeard Rod Naquin Ibn 'Arabi began to write books at about the age of 27, and continued to do this for the rest of his life.

Quotes from Cicero on the gods http://renaissancemagic.blogspot.com/2011/05/cicero-de-natura-deorum.html

Picard and Riker http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_vDnFIyZiQq4/TT-VwrvJ5RI/AAAAAAAAAS4/o3AA_eFCcM0/s1600/DoubleFacePalm.jpg

http://xkcd.com/902/ does Darmok and Jalad. #Metaphor

blurring the line between story and game? (I dunno) http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2011/may/11/la-noire-exclusive-interview

http://games.slashdot.org/story/11/05/18/187210/US-Government-Recognizes-Funds-Video-Games-As-Art

http://games.slashdot.org/story/11/05/18/2133207/Fable-III-Dev-Used-Game-Sales-More-Costly-Than-Piracy

emulation chatter http://ask.slashdot.org/story/11/05/18/2336204/Ask-Slashdot-DOSBox-or-DOS-Box

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/may/15/video-game-design-psychology

Alfredo Jiménez I have learned the easiest way to prevent yourself from saying dumb things on an internet forum: forget your password! // RT @nedroid

davidbmetcalfe David Metcalfe @joeysavitz I think the LRH con deserves more than just a declaration of mental instability.

Daimonic Imagination http://ow.ly/4YdXS

davidbmetcalfe David Metcalfe Alchemical Visions of Eternal Rapture - Boehme's Illuminationist Eschatology http://ow.ly/50Yz5

http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2011/05/24/does-carrying-a-firearm-make-one-safer

Valentinian Secretiveness Reconsidered http://bit.ly/knf63g in Beyond Gnosticism: Myth, Lifestyle, and Society in the School of Valentinus

Michael Allen Williams on re-thinking "Gnosticism" http://bit.ly/j53GpK

@ @eglinski I had the title wrong (from hasty notes) it's actually "Gnosis: An Esoteric Tradition of Mystical Visions and Unions."

Karen King, Why is Gnosticism so Hard to Define? http://bit.ly/jDSDXf

http://www.nerve.com/entertainment/ten-people-who-are-funnier-on-twitter-than-they-are-on-tv

Calif. county to replace headstones bearing N-word http://www.salon.com/wires/us/2011/05/24/D9NE1QT01_us_cemetery_slur/index.html #GoldRush

new book: Continuity and Innovation in the Magical Tradition, Gideon Bohak, Shaul Shaked, Yuval Harari (looks fun, if heavy and dense)

Marvin W. Meyer on the Gospel of Thomas http://bit.ly/lutuYt "it does not seem to fit with gnosticism..."

Leo Sweeney, S.J. Mani's Twin and Plotinus: Questions on "Self" http://bit.ly/irfxwZ

John D. Turner, The Final Contemplation of the Supreme Principles http://bit.ly/mhGHVI #Gnosticism

John Turner, Sethian Gnosticism Literary History http://jdt.unl.edu/lithist.html Plotinus+Platonizing Sethian Treatises http://bit.ly/mzRAaC

Birger Pearson, Alexandrian Judaism and Gnostic Origins http://bit.ly/lChKfP Biblical Exegesis in Gnostic Literature http://bit.ly/jZPtAb

Birger Pearson, Jewish Haggadic traditions in The Testimony of Truth from Nag Hammadi http://bit.ly/iiRGmo #Gnosticism

Pearson, Gnostic Ritual+Iamblichus' On the Mysteries of Egypt http://bit.ly/mJEGR5 Figure of Seth in Manichean Lit. http://bit.ly/jLO5w9

Birger Pearson, What is Gnosticism? http://bit.ly/mPFRmN on Gnostic Iconography http://bit.ly/mbjwPH Figure of Seth http://bit.ly/lXA35X

John McWhorter on Bono's use of "fucking brilliant" http://www.tnr.com/article/put-differently/85504/curse-words-pop-music-cee-lo

I'm not sure if it's to Janeane Garofolo's credit that she seems to believe her crappy lines in Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.

IanniX: great graphical open-source sequencer, based on Xenakis works. Will take time learning to use > http://iannix.org/ (via @kimcascone)

"I just was after some meaningless sex and it turned into something sleazy." -Sam Malone (Cheers)

Cloisonné https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jYGTawnmCI new They Might Be Giants

http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/bob-dylan-sings-charles-in-charge-theme-31711/1314713/

read the scene where gravity is pulling me around

"like" my alchemy blog on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alchemical-Emblems-Occult-Diagrams-and-Memory-Arts/121638884584283

@ @mason_mem "is he to be reached? ...maybe these maps and legends have been misunderstood."

Paschal Beverly Randolph: Sexual Magic in the 19th Century http://hermetic.com/sabazius/randolph.htm

Zonker marshals Scripture vs. Eschatologists http://www.doonesbury.com/strip/archive/2011/05/21

watching cheers, coach started singing "I've got spurs/jingle jangle jingle" (a synchronicity b/c I'm still geeking out to Fallout music)

Paschal Beverly Randolph thought he had the cure for what ails horny stoner mystics, but it took an Aleister Crowley to Patent the Medicine!

Pirate utopias: Moorish corsairs & European Renegadoes, By Peter Lamborn Wilson (AKA Hakim Bey) http://bit.ly/jtdneO

What's worse, a hipster who doesn't actually read the William S. Burroughs books on his shelf, or one who does actually read them?

Perhaps b/c I got into microblogging via Livejournal, I've always seen Facebook+Twitter more as writing tools than toys, tho' I play plenty.

How many more Pirates movies before they use Burroughs' Cities of the Red Night as a source text? (or Peter Lamborn Wilson!)

"Cruelty should be cruelly mocked." -Dan Savage

I'm deeply skeptical that we can reconstruct ancient thought, especially esoterica, from texts alone. No modern witness to power they had.

rational soul derived from intelligible+participates in power of demiurge/means of which we ascend with aid of theurgy. http://bit.ly/lmVA12

Musical Theory and Ancient Cosmology http://www.new-universe.com/pythagoras/mcclain.html

Fowden: Once theurgy was vindicated and accepted, there was no further need to worry about its sources http://bit.ly/m3vO5s

@ @Demon_Writer We run into big problems using texts to try and prove these big theories, especially texts already so poorly understood

@ @Demon_Writer of course Shaw has criticized Idel for a theory of theurgy that owes too much to Dodds, problems with using the term abound...

@ @Demon_Writer Yeah. I've met Lehrich and dig his work, but since I'm not on the same theory trip I can't always follow let alone nod my head

Demon_Writer Jeffrey S. Kupperman @t3dy This, perhaps: http://bit.ly/l8xtSd

@ @Demon_Writer ah, that recently published! thanks. definitely looking forward to reading it

@ @Demon_Writer right. instructive on what not to do. so much of the intellectual content of esotericism overlooked as a result.

The Pythagorean Theory of Music and Color http://www.sacred-texts.com/eso/sta/sta19.htm Manly Palmer Hall, Secret Teachings of All Ages

@ @Demon_Writer why is that? Dodds is an amazing example of brilliant understanding co-existing with unthinking misunderstanding

http://theoryofmusic.wordpress.com/2008/08/04/music-in-platos-republic/

@ @Demon_Writer I read some online writeup but hadn't seen the book mind grabbing me the reference?

@ @Demon_Writer Yeah Greg Shaw's work is the foundation of lots of great stuff going on these days in theurgy studies

Practical Philosophy - Telestic http://bit.ly/ljvGLO in Hierocles of Alexandria By Hermann Sadun Schibli

Lewy: "Theurgical elevation...is the chief mystery of the Chaldaean sacramental community...its goal being the immortalization of the soul."

George Luck, "Theurgy and Forms of Worship in Neoplatonism" http://bit.ly/kNIPRb

music for theurgy in Music of the Warao of Venezuela: song people of the rain forest By Dale Alan Olsen http://bit.ly/j2X2q1

theurgy in The philosophy of the commentators, 200-600 AD: a sourcebook, Volume 1 By Richard Sorabji http://bit.ly/m3QiMi

Moshe Idel on three types of Kabbalistic theurgy http://bit.ly/ma5gYo

@ @Demon_Writer I think it's an oversimplification to say that theurgy is merely practice for Iamblichus-it's a discourse as well as a ritual.

@ @Demon_Writer Yes, Majercik's idea of theurgy owes much to Iamblichus, although she's trying to understand pre-Iamblichean Chaldean Oracles.

It's hard to find the time to write much on the blog projects but getting all this traffic, as well as interesting comments, certainly helps

"Theurgy as praxis, then, can be distinguished from theology as speculation..." ibid

difficulties in defining the term "theurgy" http://bit.ly/lxWYeS Majercik on the Chaldean Oracles

Uzdavinys:traditional myth(as the Neoplatonists maintained)is the symbolic expression of metaphysics, as metaphysics is the exegesis of myth

I started my blog as a museum of alchemical emblems+links to readings http://alchemicaldiagrams.blogspot.com/ hope to write more on it soon.

I often get into trouble when I try to write on weird literature as testing philosophical points, rather than depicting them as narratives.

I'm fascinated by speculation in effort to fill gaps in our knowledge, but prefer models that stay close to the text

I'm super down with this recent research on Plato as having structured his texts in Pythagorean manner, hitting octave resonances telling it

Plato of course included revolutionary amounts of hardcore analytic philosophy as topics, but discussions go further, mean much more/have fx

It's a mistake to look to Egypt for origin of what logic-choppers call analytic phil. Plato didn't redefine mystic philosophy as rationality

I'm not interested in Plato as founder of what Analytic Philosophy departments call philosophy, but as author of real, mystic/literary stuff

I think interesting esoteric/mystical insights of Egypt didn't translate as philosophy, work better as subtle allegorical hints in Plato

I want to see researchers interested in questions of ancient hermetica delving into scholarship/questions of M.L.West,Yan Assman,G.Fowden...

I liked Lachman on egyptian shamanism, which I think worthy study as influence on Plato, but I'm skeptical of Egypt as source of Philosophy.

I seek to understand what medieval+renaissance alchemists/magi actually thought--on their own terms--not to fit an occult system.

I don't deny uses modern occultists make of medieval thought but recognize that most are pure anachronism (this can be a key to their power)

'With games, learning is the drug,' writes Raph Koster

MorganScorpion Julia Morgan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vytIq2sq0BE The Nightmare Lake by H P Lovecraft, read by me.

helacious Hilary Joyce Held Impecunious? In me cups; IOU! #anagram #artwiculate

In studying alchemy/magic in the contxt of the history of ideas, I have to take 19th+20th century interpretations with much care+skepticism.

Pico's philosophical angelology has been unjustly neglected in scholarship on the history of ideas/Huge influence on 16th-17th cent. cosmos!

Peter Serafinowicz “@DudeWabiSabi: How does Yoda have sex? #PSQA” Yoda does not have sex. He just masturbates.

Just as there is more philosophical content in Pico's angelology than occultist readings have allowed, there's more philosophy in his magic.

xenophrenia "...those who do not make human beings the center of their concern soon lose the capacity to make any ethical choices .." Dwight Macdonald

chaoflux Danny Chaoflux good things are happening

Cannes: The Talmud scholarship comedy of the year! http://www.salon.com/entertainment/movies/andrew_ohehir/2011/05/20/footnote/index.html

I live in California and I have barely woken up yet; I certainly don't appreciate these articles saying "May 21 came and went"

The tale of the rose http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/the_tls/article7175082.ece #symbolism

http://necropolisnow.blogspot.com/2011/05/interview-with-professor-ronald-hutton.html expert on pagan studies

The twitter stream is a surrealist's heaven and an organization freak's hell. Nonlinear, stream-of-consciousness, cutup. Oh but such a wash!

@ @soundhunter @torreybird http://pkdreligion.blogspot.com/2011/01/philip-k-dick-and-alchemy-of.html http://t3dy.livejournal.com/1691163.html

@ @soundhunter @torreybird PKD Exegesis stuff soon to be published will shed more light on his esoteric interests. he wrote very little on alc

Sigil to allow myself a gratuitous grace now and again: ibid ibid ibid ibid ibid ibid ibid ibid cf cf QED cf cf ibid ibid ibid ibid ibid

@ @clerestories I appreciated that "Villa Incognito" was(ironically)such an explicit effort at myth making, demands allegorical interpretation

@ @clerestories The "eye game" in Skinny Legs and All is another, gives me insight on how to gaze at visionary weirdness of alchemical emblems

@ @clerestories JP-Great example. I was thinking about how it works great as literal narrative, straight up advice, but also resonates deeper.

http://www.philosophynow.org/issue84/Mathematical_Platonism

Chase:"In Ismaili thought, the Intellect is described as "sorrowful", since it longs to return to the ineffable One, but cannot cognize it."

I haven't tweeted much about Tom Robbins yet but I sure do love his stories, rich mystical+psychedelic allegories as well as empowering fun.

To what degree did #PKD buy into the Jungian version of gnosis + alchemy? How far did he depart? Is his reality breakdown gnostic rebellion?

making friends with astral faces ain't just trading places or getting between spaces

@ @davidbmetcalfe When I talked with Zeke Mazur I told him about my difficulties; he thinks we can still use "gnosis" + get the gnostics right

@ @davidbmetcalfe I've been scratching my head about Voss vs. Merkur. She defends "alchemy is like tantra" saying they're both doing unity.

@ @davidbmetcalfe true weird+distinctive nature of Gnostics isn't captured in Jonas' typology any more than Faivre's Western Esotericism model

@ @davidbmetcalfe I think the New Gnostics are often great, but don't buy this emphasis on gnosis as an "experiential knowledge" category.

@ @davidbmetcalfe I'm still very skeptical of the notion that there's a "gnostic attitude" that is distinguishable from xtian spirituality.

sigil for allowing myself a gratuitous grace UAITNONEGUGRACENCUCUITTYYITIYYIT

"Don't say gay ... say Takei!" http://www.salon.com/life/gender/index.html?story=/ent/tv/feature/2011/05/19/george_takei_gay_bill

"Poets do not go mad, but chess players do." -G.K. Chesterton

Demon_Writer Jeffrey S. Kupperman
@ @t3dy Have you read "Giordano Bruno: Neoplatonism and the Wheel of Memory in De Umbris Idearum" by Alessandro G. Farinella in Ren Quarterly?

@ @Demon_Writer Yeah that paper and Clucas' "Simulacra et Signacula" have been a huge inspiration, got me heavy into Plotinus and Proclus

Certain People I Could Name - They Might Be Giants http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsDWl3xDMOU

"As time went by, the pillars became smaller, simpler, and were mounted with less and less care."


world’s oldest temple suggests the urge to worship sparked civilization http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/06/gobekli-tepe/mann-text/1

http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2011/05/picasso-mistress-201105?currentPage=all

Dalai Lama HHDL recalls his early childhood in this clip from his talk at the University of Minnesota on May 8, 2011. http://youtu.be/_zln3n27ZdY

zota Jason Brown "It's either Proust or Hoarders." http://goo.gl/ELt6b

http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2009/dec/03/when-heaven-was-more-interesting-than-hell/

@ @Demon_Writer sounds interesting thanks for the tip. I want to one day write a play about Bruno's Process, inquisition vs. his memory texts.

articles by Renaissance historian Ingrid Rowland http://www.nybooks.com/contributors/ingrid-d-rowland/#tab-blog

Those Bad Borgias, Ingrid D. Rowland http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2011/may/16/those-bad-borgias/ (a great Giordano Bruno scholar)

tiferetjournal Tiferet Journal You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.~Buddha

SOUNDMAGICK DAMON COOK I liked a @YouTube video http://youtu.be/iYB0VW5x8fI?a Terence McKenna: Culture is not your friend

rdonoghue Rob Donoghue Moment of confusion as my son pipes up "Hollah!" - takes a second to realize he's enthusing about his piece of bread.

@ @WeiserBooks Crowley wasn't notorious for being easy to work with--what Harris pulled off is an astonishing artistic/magical accomplishment!

Weiser Books Women & The Occult - Lady Frieda Harris: Artist of the Thoth Tarot http://wp.me/pZiw6-uZ

did a little work on my reading/translation of Bruno's De Umbris Idearum, a text I have neglected for too long

Power and Magic in Italy by Thomas Hauschild http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title.php?rowtag=HauschildPower

the sound of running water is very comforting

signification blues

@ @davidbmetcalfe Having RTFA my opinion of Pagels actually improved. I'm definitely with her on "open question" emphasis, respect for mystery

@ @davidbmetcalfe Yeah I like that Pagels emphasizes the Christianity of gnostics (who weren't heretics YET!), but other influences important.

@ @davidbmetcalfe I actually think that Pagels should be more highly regarded by scholars, but her import is popularizing new Gnostic studies.

http://visionarymagic.blogspot.com/2011/05/elaine-pagels-on-gnosticism-great.html

starsorceror David Rankine "There is above the celestial lights an incorruptible flame always sparkling; the spring of life, the formation of all beings" - Porphyry

The Shamans of Egypt by @garylachman http://ow.ly/4VKFc via @realitysandwich

David Metcalfe "the terms Gnosticism & Gnostic hijack (the) ability to...retrieve the bounty...in the formative stages of Christianity" http://ow.ly/4WlQE

@ @davidbmetcalfe I like this notion of gnostic concept "light pollution," although this guy vastly overstates Pagels' scholarly importance.

"I'm sorry, but we can't send a search and rescue team into Plato's Cave." http://xkcd.com/876/

it's rare to see a retelling of the Arabian Nights with an appropriate amount of sleaziness http://xkcd.com/879/

I have barely gotten started with http://pkdreligion.blogspot.com/ but already received some excellent comments; hope to post much more soon

My most difficult blog is http://theurgystudies.blogspot.com/ -- looks at academic study+theory of theurgy, especially the Neoplatonic kind.

looking forward to seeing my first Rivercats game this weekend, celebrating a good friend's 30th.

Probably my blog I most unjustly neglect is http://atonalitybargain.blogspot.com/ repurposing art+magic to illustrate music theory problems.

I have been posting excerpts from Latin texts dealing with magic on my blog http://renaissancemagic.blogspot.com/ any questions welcome!

My alchemy blog http://alchemicaldiagrams.blogspot.com/ had a 500-hit day recently + has made $50 in ads this year. Thanks for your support!

"truth is satire's spermatozoon" http://bit.ly/jMqn17 Bill Moyers interviews Jon Stewart (excerpt)

How the Brain Got Its Buttocks: Sixteenth-century anatomists couldn't keep their minds out of the gutter. http://www.slate.com/id/2294833/

amazingly weak defense from a celebrity philosopher http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/scocca/

According to Yates, Bruno knew Lullism better than its inventor.(if also thru renaissance lenses) Saw uses better, or a radical repurposing?

Frances Yates was on to something with her research into "magical religion" +inward magic post-Ficino+Pico, although debatable on details.

@ @kimcascone Topkapı Sarayı'ndaki şifalı gömlekler by Hülya Tezcan -- "sifali gömlekler"="healing shirts". "Topkapi Sarayi"=Topkapi palace.

http://img.slate.com/blogs/blogs/browbeat/archive/2011/05/17/a-short-history-of-lady-pirates.aspx

Scored a copy of The Art of Memory by Frances Yates at Borders going out of business 80% off sale

today I looked at a book of medieval Turkish Talismanic Shirts. amazing how much magic is out there

http://pkdreligion.blogspot.com/2011/05/ubik-graffiti-in-el-cerrito.html

crocodile autopsy. no not some surrealist mystical metaphor this time it's what they put on the tv

@ @soundhunter I didn't know about that thanks--haven't seen a Burton film since Sleepy Hollow, but my wife liked Coraline so I'll try it..

Stephen Colbert starting a Political Action Committee http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0511/54946.html

sigil for composing statistically improbable phrasesnP+++ARG+-+-+FA---R+++-GLE++NBAR++HEN+++AB+-++RGL++-ET-AOR++GN-U-EY++KDL-AH----T-I+-EO++

Watching the Giants game with my wife, she exclaims "oh honey it's cubs versus pandas."

http://weiserbooksblog.com/2011/05/13/field-guide-friday-charles-fort-master-of-mysterious-factoids/

Paschal Bev.Randolph was right http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21028124.600-sex-on-the-brain-orgasms-unlock-altered-consciousness.html

headline too far but interesting findings nevertheless http://medicalxpress.com/news/2011-05-artificial-grammar-reveals-inborn-language.html

geartooth syncopation blues

Watched Candyman for Friday the 13th horror movie night, nice to finally get around to stuff like that.

Role-Playing Game manuals are often compelling works of art even without needing to put the game into practice/art can relate to play or not

Thorndike: Solomon and the Ars Notoria http://www.esotericarchives.com/solomon/mes49.htm

Roger Bacon in Lynn Thorndike, History of Magic and Experimental Science http://bit.ly/kwtbTB

Full Text of Roger Bacon (1953) http://www.archive.org/stream/rogerbacon032106mbp/rogerbacon032106mbp_djvu.txt

From Magic To Chemistry And Physics. http://www.infidels.org/library/historical/andrew_white/Chapter12.html

Roger Bacon https://eee.uci.edu/clients/bjbecker/SpinningWeb/week3a.html #Medieval #Alchemy + #Magic

art and magic quotes http://quote.robertgenn.com/getquotes.php?catid=339 nice one by Tom Robbins

"I see painting as an evocative magic, +there must always be a random factor in magic, one which must be constantly changed and renewed."WSB

"Many secrets of art and nature are thought by the unlearned to be magical." -Roger Bacon (anticipating Arthur C. Clarke by ~800 years)

http://esotericscholarship.blogspot.com/2011/05/dan-merkur-on-mystical-experience.html

"This is not a normal world." -Batman

@ @louddetective I was a big Douglas Adams fan as a kid, really appreciated TFTFB showing me how to do systems for weird physics/drinking etc.

fake WSB criticism below generatev with http://www.elsewhere.org/pomo/

"the characteristic theme of the works of Burroughs is not narrative, as semioticist subdeconstructive theory suggests, but postnarrative. "

ST.Aug.+Hermes--English translation+Latin original http://renaissancemagic.blogspot.com/2011/05/saint-augustine-on-hermes-trismegistus.html

http://alchemicaldiagrams.blogspot.com/2011/05/hugh-urban-on-paracelsus-imagination.html #Paracelsus on Imagination, #Magic and #Alchemy

http://alchemicaldiagrams.blogspot.com/2011/05/frater-achads-alchemical-pedagogy.html

http://renaissancemagic.blogspot.com/2011/05/reuchlin-on-kabbalah-techniquesnames.html

Crowley: "The average man cannot believe that an artist may be as serious + highminded an observer of life as the professed man of science."

Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction http://www.indiana.edu/~jofr/review.php?id=1150 review

geometric and musical analysis of Enochian letters http://www.jwmt.org/v2n18/ophanic.html

more John #Dee #007 #debunking http://jeremyduns.blogspot.com/2011/02/licence-to-hoax.html

Things Done Wisely by a Wise Enchanter: Negotiating the Power of Words in the Thirteenth Century http://www.esoteric.msu.edu/Fanger.html

Were the Bard’s Occult Themes Directed from Behind the Scenes? http://atlantisrisingmagazine.com/2009/05/01/shakespeare-and-dr-dee/

Did Edward Kelley write an alchemical poem to Shakespeare? http://www.jwmt.org/v2n15/kelley.html

@toastbeard Shakespeare+magic(not Sonnets specifically but lots of historical context and references) http://www.jwmt.org/v2n15/garland.html

tons of John Dee commentary http://www.john007dee.com/commentary.html

John Dee and Edward Kelley’s Great Table (or, What’s This Grid For, Anyway?) http://www.jwmt.org/v2n18/tablets.html

I love it when the bit I like fits perfectly into a tweet with authorname+quote marks intact.

Teresa Burns: "Who came up with this? We don't know. What is the logic? That's a good question for any practitioner who uses it to answer."

BC p.151 to find the statues of the Asclepius in Plotinus was important for Ficino, who was always looking for harmonies among the ancients.

Augustine on Hermes Trismegistus http://ls.poly.edu/~jbain/mms/texts/mmsaugustine.htm

Copenhaver: "In the City of God Saint Augustine himself had condemned Hermes for using sinful demonic magic." http://bit.ly/kmraGF

Copenhaver:De Vita mentions Hermes seldom+treats him ambiguously... leaves reader puzzled about moral status of theurgy http://bit.ly/kmraGF

p. 531 Ficino noted that Albertus Magnus approved talismans carved w/figures+letters if they attracted celestial rather than demonic powers.

Copenhaver:When Ficino attempts to save the phenomena by setting them in context of theory...he deserves our attention. http://bit.ly/jCZh7P

Copenhaver: In his Apology Ficino says that De Vita grew out of his commentary on the Enneads Plotinus http://bit.ly/jCZh7P Schol.phil+magic

"These stories,histories+pseudo-histories go beyond legitimizing strategies.As a kind of myth making they are,in fact,beyond any individual"

Myth, History and Mytho-History: An Essayby J. S. Kupperman http://www.jwmt.org/v2n19/myth.html

@ @Demon_Writer Yeah I think all that extra clicking to convert would be a waste of your talents. I don't have any need or preference for PDF.

Kelley's end http://www.voynich.net/Arch/2002/08/msg00052.html (John Dee's alchemist skrying partner)

@ @Demon_Writer Thanks for the link. I liked the article on the Heiroglyphic Monad, been meaning to print out the whole JWMT archive...

Bad History! http://www.jwmt.org/v2n19/index.html Western #Esotericism John #Dee #Angel #Magic #Myth

@ @Demon_Writer ah right on. I'm always happy to hear corrections and input like this. I'm interested in "Dee 007" as a rhetorical strategy.

Giania Georgene @ @t3dy that's one of the prettiest, least dorky esoterically themed websites I've seen in a while

@ @Demon_Writer the book to read on Dee's science is still Clulee. I post these silly web articles b/c I study them, not as valuable sources!

@ @Demon_Writer I like this guy's approach http://www.amazon.com/John-Dee-Politics-Renaissance-Massachusetts/dp/1558490701

@ @Demon_Writer Yeah I've never seen anything persuasive; better to look at the real work he did rather than speculate about secret activities

The First Science - popular science history book on Roger Bacon http://www.brianclegg.net/firstscientist.html

http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/occult/roger-bacon.html

another one on the ethics of killing Bin Laden http://dissentmagazine.org/online.php?id=484#smoler

A Bond for All the Ages : Sir Francis Bacon and John Dee : the Original 007 http://www.sirbacon.org/links/dblohseven.html

I have always understood the Beastie Boys "Brass Monkey" song as a coded allegory about Hermetic statue animation or homonculus/golem-craft.

http://marklord.info/2010/07/31/albertus-magnus-roger-bacon-thomas-aquinas-and-robert-grossteste-all-loved-their-brass-robots/

Roger Bacon, An Appreciation http://www.darksites.com/souls/pagan/wraith/texts/bygone/partB/chap11.html

http://www.unexplainedstuff.com/Magic-and-Sorcery/Alchemy-Roger-bacon-c-1220-1292.html

Roger Bacon http://www.strangescience.net/rbacon.htm

Friar Bacon His Discovery of the Miracles of Art, Nature, And Magick. http://www.sacred-texts.com/aor/bacon/miracle.htm

@ @Giania I've made a couple of those http://www.livejournal.com/allpics.bml?user=gdorn RT "Where's the goddamn animated gifs?!"

"You can hit a golf ball farther with a howitzer on the Moon." -Jubelum Jaynes, KSC

@ @Giania heh heh yeah I've seen way too many of that other kind, I like that this one is so detailed in expositing+illustrating the method

What is a sigil and what is a sigilhouse? A personal perspective. http://www.sigilhouse.net/library_texts/sigils.htm

impressive sigils http://www.divinearchitect.com/windows-divine-architect/holy-cities.html

"Advertising Arts Magic" http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_BctymMyK_Nw/SiVbUs23tfI/AAAAAAAAAtg/gBqicNYyZ50/s1600-h/triad-sigil.jpg

How to Create the Sigil for Practical Alchemy http://www.appliedmysticism.com/alchemy/alchemy-sigil/

@ @louddetective @catvincent what no Tales from the Floating Vagabond?

brainpicker Maria Popova The Ancient Book of Myth and War – Pixar animators explore the mythology of heroics http://j.mp/fT7MPh

thinkgeek thinkgeek A D&D comedy about an out-of-control DM? Yep, we'd pay to see that. "Zero Charisma" teaser looks good: http://j.mp/jkVSdI

clerestories Sienna Latham Great post from @TheAVClub on how the energy we devote to seeking out new music wanes with age : http://avc.lu/mjxkm3

Walter Pagel--Jung’s Views on Alchemy. Isis, May 1948,44-48 http://www.compilerpress.ca/Competitiveness/Anno/Anno Pagel Jung on Alchemy.htm

Reverse Transmutations:De Verville's Parody of Paracelsus in le Moyen De Parvenir An Alchemical Language of Skepticism in the French Baroque

http://www.forteantimes.com/features/articles/248/paracelsus_the_mercurial_mage.html

http://www.themystica.com/mystica/articles/h/homunculus_the_definition.html

Mysticism at the Dawn of the Modern Age -- Agrippa of Nettesheim and Theophrastus Paracelsus http://bit.ly/lNUPRS

The Book of the Revelations of Hermes - Concerning the Supreme Secret of the World, Theophrastus Paracelsus http://bit.ly/knbHKR

The Alchemical Allure of Herbology:Transformation and the Copper Still http://www.herbalenergetics.com/id26.html

The Hermetic + Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus http://www.archive.org/stream/hermeticandalch00paragoog/hermeticandalch00paragoog_djvu.txt

Robert Browning's "Paracelsus" http://www.blavatsky.net/magazine/theosophy/ww/setting/browningone.html

Epilepsy--Modern Insights from Paracelsian Medicine http://www.anthromed.org/Article.aspx?artpk=504 Bertram von Zabern, MD

Paracelsus By Harry A. Curtis, Eta Reprinted from The Hexagon, November 1939, Vol. 30, No. 2 https://www.alphachisigma.org/page.aspx?pid=345

Paracelsus: Adam was the first inventor of arts, b/c he had knowledge of all things as well after the Fall as before. http://bit.ly/mIoiLj

http://www.shamanicjourney.com/article/6050/alchemy-shamanism-organic-food-and-the-doctrine-of-signatures

Waite on Michael Maier, Rosicrucian Apologist, his Atalanta Fugiens http://www.sacred-texts.com/sro/rhr/rhr20.htm#page_268 #Alchemy

http://studiahermetica.com/uncategorized/secret-of-state-magic-politics-and-secret-communication-in-renaissance/

new journal http://studiahermetica.com/

@ @Demon_Writer which Zambelli you reading? I'm working on a review of White+Black Magic in the European Renaissance.

Charles Webster. From Paracelsus to Newton: Magic and the Making of Modern Science http://bit.ly/lmkcF3

Paul Weiss vs. Peter Singer on Scarry http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/1986/jun/12/the-body-in-pain/

For the record, I've not yet seen Thor. Rather, I've actually read the Eddas.

Famous Alchemists http://www.chm.bris.ac.uk/webprojects2002/crabb/famous.html Zosimos Geber Magnus Paracelsus Newton

Is power evil? Thoughts on the ethics of power. http://moralmindfield.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/is-power-evil-the-ethics-of-power/

TheMoralMindfield St. Thomas Aquinas music video. Every philosopher should have one! http://moralmindfield.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/philosophical-music-video/

TheMoralMindfield Bin Laden is dead, but is it good? now what? http://moralmindfield.wordpress.com/2011/05/01/the-ethics-of-killing-osama-bin-laden/

blogging William S. #Burroughs http://vakrokti.blogspot.com/2009/08/reading-nova-trilogy.html anybody know some more good WSB blog links?

@ @Giania yeah nova trilogy is quite difficult, but some of my favorite stuff. "who monopolized cosmic consciousness?"

SuitePhilosophy Thais C. Mozart – Alchemical Symbols in Mozart's Magic Flute http://t.co/UQuakFZ #music #masonry #freemasonry #alchemy #suite101 #occult

had a yellowjacket stuck in my hair for a couple minutes without noticing. by some undeserved grace I didn't get stung, but boy did I freak!

#FF @moralmindfield ethics, science and religion

Paracelsus' theory of mental illness http://alchemy-forums.forumotion.com/t262-how-to-cure-mental-illness#1920

Paracelsus on Alchemy as a Pillar of Medicine http://alchemicaldiagrams.blogspot.com/2011/05/paracelsus-on-alchemy-as-pillar-of.html

@ @Giania Junky is interesting because it's such straight prose, but still brilliant. He could have written great mainstream novels.

Paracelsus quotes - medical alchemy, God's help http://alchemicaldiagrams.blogspot.com/2011/05/from-paracelsus-on-invisible-diseases.html

@ @FNORDLORD "if you don't see the timewave it can't immanentize you."

can't sleep? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unsolved_problems_in_philosophy

Paracelsus and the Light of Nature http://www.naturasophia.com/Paracelsus.html

http://renaissance-astrology.blogspot.com/2011/04/renaissance-natal-astrology-course.html

review of Mathers' last secret http://gyllenegryningen.blogspot.com/2011/04/historical-revisionism-in-golden-dawn.html

@ @Giania I started that recently, in fact I was talking about it the other day (my friend asked when an honest pirate movie will be made)

PARACELSUS AND THE RENEWED IMAGE OF GOD http://www.psychovision.ch/rfr/gs4htm.htm

@ @Giania it's an excremeditation. all great sentences are. (the WSB quote is from Junky)

"What makes Seals special is that we can be thoughtful, disciplined and proportional in our use of force.” http://nyti.ms/lYY8ZC

@ @Giania "People who talk about their bowel movements are as inexorable as the motions they describe" -William S. Burroughs (paraphrased)

philo_quotes Philosophers quotes Wisdom is learning what to overlook. ~ William James http://bit.ly/philq

@ @Giania sounds like a worthy experiment for that website that will print and sell your t-shirt design

DavidHolzmer David Holzmer The “Twitterbrain” Is Just Like The Human Brain… And Retweets Are Synapses? - AllTwitter http://ow.ly/4SH55

Music for Silenced Voices: Shostakovitch and his Quartets http://nyti.ms/jnIw4l review

erik_davis Erik Davis "equating angels with transistors." RT @RichardMetzger: Microworld: William Shatner on microprocessors (1976) http://is.gd/Gjyeh1

erik_davis Erik Davis Death is an event horizon: Me talking to Terence McKenna: http://is.gd/20VRrX

@ @erik_davis I really liked Duclow's work on Cusa.

erik_davis Erik Davis @ @mpesce A philosophical question: how do you know when you have been studying too much philosophy?

Erik Davis @ @al_robertson Cyclonopedia is an amazing work: the ultimate myth of today: Oil is an evil ancient djinn who wants to desertify the earth.

erik_davis Erik Davis Why can't I get enough of this kinda thing? RT @waldemaringdahl: The Hergé/Lovecraft connection http://tinyurl.com/TintininRyleh

The Ideas of Terence and Dennis McKenna http://evolverintensives.com/upcoming/psychedelic-adventures-at-the-edge-of-the-abyss.html

sigil to build up nervous circuits vs.delay discounting OZARGNARGLARGARZ__++_+++__+++_+___+++++_+ http://www.physorg.com/news140173735.html

@SuitePhilosophy Dan Merkur's work has been a big influence on my theoretical thinking+cleared up lots of questions about spiritual alchemy.

Edison: "We are already on the verge of discovering the secret of transmuting metals, which are all substantially the same in matter, ...1/2

...though combined in different proportions." 2/2 http://www.paleofuture.com/blog/2011/1/18/edisons-predictions-for-the-year-2011-1911.html

Thegreatone35 Derrick Hudson "The future is already here - it's just not very evenly distributed." Author: William Gibson.

@ @EPButler or "not yet put into play" vs. "unplayable?"

@ @SuitePhilosophy thanks for letting me know, I'm always happy to help. Check out the links on my alchemy blog for more: http://bit.ly/fg9RDz

Happy birthday Plato! (according to somebody on the Neoplatonism list)

Response to “Methodology + the Study of Western Spiritual Alchemy” http://www.istanbul-yes-istanbul.co.uk/alchemy/responsetoMerkurJames.htm

The Tabula Smaragdina Revisited http://www.istanbul-yes-istanbul.co.uk/alchemy/TSpaper.htm Karen-Claire Voss

The Angelic Stone in English Alchemy http://www.danmerkur.com/onlinewritings/Stone.PDF

Western Esotericism and the Science of Religion. reviewed by Fanger http://www.esoteric.msu.edu/VolumeIII/HTML/Fanger.htm

@ @LalySky at least the top guy always does. RT "He won't let go of his divinity."

is bitly an adverb?

Podcast--Alchemy and Manna: interview with Dan Merkur http://bit.ly/mzcVgb

Stages of Ascension in Hermetic Rebirth http://www.esoteric.msu.edu/Merkur.html

Met a Discordian who was convinced that Cpt. Mal from Firefly is named after the Malkavian clan from V:TM. Looking forward to the manifesto!

Akermann responds to Merkur in a thread http://www.alchemywebsite.com/a-archive_dec00.html

discussion of alchemy and gnosis problems (lots of references) http://www.levity.com/alchemy/t_gnosis.html

http://www.facebook.com/notes/henry-corbin/hermeneutics-and-imagination/160574030672669

Veg-Stone: Elizabethan Psychoactive Alchemical Substance? http://alchemicaldiagrams.blogspot.com/2011/05/were-alchemists-medieval-heads.html

@ @kimcascone Synchronicity is an altered state, ain't it? I'd be interested to read more: so much to be learned about music producing ASC's.

@ @Bebejax A bit. Great story that. I'm a big fan of Michael Drout who lectures on those two very well for Teaching Company...

@ @tonhoberlinense Proclus will put one to sleep.

tonhoberlinense Antonio Vargas "I read Proclus for my opium" RT @t3dy Proclus and Emerson http://www.scribd.com/doc/54284626/9/Proclus-Americanus
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