Working through Depression with Alchemy

"More than a school of thought, alchemy is a gnosis, a "way" of knowing. It is a deliberate attempt to grasp immortality in which the process is paramount. We all embody the archetypal journey of life, consciously or unconsciously. We are born in our essential nature but it quickly becomes covered with a hard-shelled core … Continue reading Working through Depression with Alchemy

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“”The ancestors. They are in our bones. Remember.”

"When societies lose their initiation practices, new ones emerge, for rites of passage are hardwired in the human psychological formula." "The classic tarot deck is a great representation of this, as it parallels the esoteric Jewish Kabbalah, in symbolically showing us the four levels of magickal morphogenesis through the suits of the wands, cups, swords, … Continue reading “”The ancestors. They are in our bones. Remember.”

P.D. Ouspensky: Strange Life of Ivan Osokin – Ivan-Osokin.pdf

"At six years of age Ouspensky was reading on an adult level. Two books made a strong impression on him—Lermontov's A Hero for Our Time and Turgenev's A Sportsman's Notebook. Lermontov's book is noteworthy since the ideas it expresses—the plasticity of time and questions of predestination, fate and recurrence—are those that would occupy Ouspensky throughout … Continue reading P.D. Ouspensky: Strange Life of Ivan Osokin – Ivan-Osokin.pdf

The Glass Bead Game

"Anyway, in the isolation of Castalia, a new art or science will be perfected. It will arise first in the music academies, where a system of glass beads of different sizes and colors, strung on a frame like an abacus, is used to represent musical themes and the rules of counterpoint, allowing themes to be … Continue reading The Glass Bead Game

Alchemical Psychology – Old Recipes for Living in a New World

"An alchemist is seen in physical form below this magnificent scene wearing a coat of stars, white one side and dark on the other. He stands in a grove of trees, each of which bears a symbol of the planetary metals and twelve fundamental substances. The alchemist holds a twin-bladed axe in either hand reinforcing … Continue reading Alchemical Psychology – Old Recipes for Living in a New World

Who am I? The False Self and the True Self by Jaq White

Continuing on from my previous blog post Who Am I? All the World's a Stage and All the Men and Women Merely Players In the Natural World, we can observe a harmony that is at the same time both simple, and yet sophisticated.  We see different insects, plants, trees and creatures evolving into their own … Continue reading Who am I? The False Self and the True Self by Jaq White

The Dignity of Daring

In the film, "Withnail & I",  we see a pair of actor friends who are both down on their luck. They support each other, and though they bicker constantly, they are also deeply dependent on each other. This film has achieved cult status in the UK - the clever script has many quotable expressions, the … Continue reading The Dignity of Daring