In Jewish folklore, a golem is an animated anthropomorphic being, created entirely from inanimate matter.
The most famous golem narrative involves Judah Loew ben Bezalel, the late 16th century chief rabbi of Prague, who reportedly created a golem to defend the Prague ghetto from antisemitic attacks. Depending on the version of the legend, the Jews in Prague were to be either expelled or killed under the rule of Rudolf II, the Holy Roman Emperor. To protect the Jewish community, the rabbi constructed the Golem out of clay from the banks of the Vltava river, and brought it to life through rituals and Hebrew incantations. As this golem grew, it became increasingly violent, killing gentiles and spreading fear. A different story tells of a golem that fell in love, and when rejected, became the violent monster seen in most accounts. Some versions have the golem eventually turning on its creator or attacking other Jews.
The Emperor begged Rabbi Loew to destroy the Golem, promising to stop the persecution of the Jews. To deactivate the Golem, the rabbi rubbed out the first letter of the word “emet” (truth or reality) from the creature’s forehead leaving the Hebrew word “met”, meaning dead. The Golem’s body was stored in the attic genizah of the Old New Synagogue, where it would be restored to life again if needed. According to legend, the body of Rabbi Loew’s Golem still lies in the synagogue’s attic. Some versions of the tale state that the Golem was stolen from the genizah and entombed in a graveyard in Prague’s Žižkov district, where the Žižkov Television Tower now stands. A recent legend tells of a Nazi agent ascending to the synagogue attic during World War II and trying to stab the Golem, but he died instead.
[with thanks to the-black-emporium for bringing this particular oddment to my attention and providing the photograph of Rabbi Loew and his Golem at a museum in Prague]
Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer is the antimony of a fallen protagonist, torn between the holy and murderous, possessing both power and fragility, a being abrupt and tender at the same time, contradictory on the innermost level… yet complementary. My protagonist is the pendulum swinging between these extremes – unceasingly propelled by the powers they release, harvesting the momentum of their jolly dances. Lack of inner drama, lack of inhibition against falling in love with the volatile relieves me from consistency and allows an obliteration of established moral and social behavior patters. E viva l’arte! Viva Blasfemia!
Anti-Intellectualism in Spiritual/Occult Practice
When I first started out investigating alternative spiritual practices, before I knew I would end up with a devoted practice of my own, I remember reading in Cunningham’s, Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner that “the mysteries” cannot be understood via the intellect—that true understanding of them defies the intellect and is gained by direct experience only. As a hardcore Intellect groupie, my natural reaction was, “Bullshit, Mr. Cunningham!” and years of practice have not changed my opinion. (I pick on Cunningham here, but this spirit of anti-intellectualism is rampant.)
Experience is nothing without intellect to process it, derive meaning from it, apply that meaning forward, and move the experiencer to future action based on that meaning and application. There are times you must discipline your intellect to listen rather than talk, and there are absolutely things you will not be able to describe, but just because you can’t describe something doesn’t mean you are not intellectualizing it.
Anti-intellectualism in spiritual/occult practice is destructive and dangerous. If you aren’t doing the thinking, you can be damn sure someone or some thing is doing the thinking for you.
Lux Aeterna is a piece for 16 solo singers, written by György Ligeti in 1966. It is most famous for its use in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
This person must have been pissed when they came back to this manuscript.
Azores Pyramid the Lost Island of Atlantis?
Sailor Diocleciano Smith has discovered, based on bathymetry readings, a 60 meters high and 8000 square meters underwater pyramid near the Bank De João de Castro, between the islands of Terceira and São Miguel. The mysterious building is around forty meters below water and aligned with the four cardinal compass directions, similar to the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Is this newly discovered underwater pyramid man-made or natural?
The discoverer doesn’t believe the pyramid is of natural origin. This matter is already being investigated with the support of the Portuguese Navy.
Are these the remains of the lost City of Atlantis?
Legends of an advanced prehistoric civilization known as Atlantis have been around since the beginning of history, but previously those who searched for it were divided whether or not it was located near the Azores, South America or elsewhere. From as far back as Plato it was suggested the original builders of the pyramids lived west of Gibraltar, but findings of Machu Picchu, and other curiosities in the Mediterranean, led people to believe it was on the other side of the Atlantic.
The Azores are a chain of nine volcanic islands in three main groups that are 930 miles west of Lisbon. They are above what is known as a geological triple junction where the North American, Eurasian, and African tectonic plates meet. They were recolonized in 1941, but artifacts have been found suggesting they had been previously inhabited. Those artifacts are thought to have predated Christ by a few thousand years, but the location of the pyramid has been below water for 20,000 years since the last ice age.
This map is that of Jesuit Priest Athanasius Kircher depicting the location and shape of Infula Atlantis, complete with volcano projections atop it.
His map is from Mundus Subterraneus, a book published in 1669. It is shown on Wikipedia here: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantis
The map is oriented with south at the top.
Here is the map inverted, now oriented with north at the top.
Compare this with the image of the Azores.
(A = Supposed location of the pyramid.)
The initials of the Latin sentence which was placed upon the cross: Jesus Nazarenus Rex Judaeorum, meaning Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews. The Rosicrucians used them as the initials of one of their Hermetic secrets: Igne Natura Renovatur Integra meaning that By fire, nature is perfectly renewed. They also adopted them to express the names of their three elementary principles salt, sulphur, and mercury by making them the initials of the sentence, Igne Nitrum Roris Invenitur. Ragon finds in the equivalent Hebrew letters nor the initials of the Hebrew names of the ancient elements: Iaminim, water; Nour, fire; Ruach, air; and Iebschah, earth.
— Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry
Aramaic Incantation Bowl: Scorpion Rider
An ancient Judeo-Aramaic incantation bowl with a seven line inscription spiraling around the interior, invoking protection from demons for Abba and his family. At the center a figure brandishing a spear is mounted on a scorpion like quadruped.
Inscription translation by J.N. Ford:
(1) May there be healing from Heaven for the threshold of Abba son of Imma and may he be guarded from everything evil. F[urthermore], sealed and doubly sealed are the house and the dwelling (2) and the threshold and the household and the sons and the daughters and the wife and the possessions and the body of Abba son of Imma, from idol-spirits, (3) and from evil fiends, and from evil dreams, and from evil and severe visions, and from demons, and from d vs, and from satans, and from liliths, and from banned ones, and from (4) mevakkaltas, male and female, by seven bonds and by seven seals. Sealed, bound and sealed is the threshold of Abba son of Imma, by the Yes, by the great Throne of Kingship, (5) by the first seal of Michael and Saniel, by the second seal of wkyzyl and sngy l, by the third seal of the mighty ssngy l, by the fourth seal of the great dyrmsys, by the fifth seal (6) of nkyzryt, by the sixth seal of zbwrwn son of rgy , by the seventh seal of rgy son of pwry, by the great stone (of a ring) of the earth and by this mystery of heaven, which no one can transgress, (7) which is sound and established and their words are sound. Amen, Amen, Selah.
Relatively Simple: Explaining the Theory of General Relativity
Published in 1916, Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity is one of the towering accomplishments of 20th-century physics, completely changing our picture of the universe. While formulating his theory of special relativity, Einstein found that space and time are one and the same thing—they’re woven together into a single fabric called space-time. Everything that happens in the universe affects space-time, and space-time affects everything in the universe. Matter is embedded within this fabric, and so it warps, bends and distorts the space-time. Imagine setting a basketball on a trampoline—its mass will make a dent in the springy sheet. If you then rolled a marble around the basketball, the dent would cause the marble to spiral inwards towards the larger ball, much the same way as the gravity of the sun pulls at the Earth—like the basketball, the sun curves and warps the space around it. Newton postulates that smaller masses travel towards larger ones because of a force of attraction between them, but Einstein theorises that actually, massive objects cause a distortion in space-time, which is felt as gravitational influence. It’s a cool thought—that matter makes space-time stretch and warp, forming mountains and valleys that create ‘paths’ for objects to move through. The planets travelling around the sun are simply following the curvature of space-time. As theoretical physicist John Archibald Wheeler said, “Matter tells space-time how to curve, and curved space tells matter how to move.” Although we can’t actually see or measure space-time, it’s been confirmed by observing phenomena like gravitation lensing, which is the way light bends around massive objects such as black holes because of the warped space-time around them. Newton wasn’t wrong—matter is the source of gravity, and his equations still hold up most of the time—Einstein just delved further into how and why gravity exists.
(Image Credit: Wonders of the Universe)
A circle of dots, but every dot alone is just moving in a straight line.
What we term ‘esoteric’ is not really a term for something that is unknowable or can only be known by a few. The term more generally means simply a continuing knowledge of reality which is rejected. That it is esoteric not because it cannot be known but because we refuse to recognize it. Therefore it remains a profound secret.
— Manly P. Hall