Sunday, June 10, 2012

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I came across this thread over a year ago and the point it brings to the table is the absolute crux of a larger matter I've been struggling with for the last 10 years concerning the attributions.

The Tzaddi/Star issue...

Okay... I assign Tzaddi to Atu XVII as Aquarius in the 28th path, and Heh to ATU IV as Aries in the 15th path, although I consider Atu IV to be 'the star', and XVII to be 'the man'.

Lets look at the letters:

Tzaddi (Fish-hook)= 90 or 900. Spelled in full it is Tzaddi-Daleth-Yod (104)
Mem (water) =40 or 600. Spelled in full it is Mem-Yod-Mem (90). The fish hook is matched to the waters.
Nun (fish)= 50 or 700. Spelled in full it is Nun-Vav-Nun (106).

We can do a few things here. Obviously Nun + Mem = Tzaddi (50+40=90). Fish in the water is caught by the fish hook. Perhaps Change (Nun= Atu XIII, Death), in ballance with necessity or fix-edness (Mem= Atu XII) is mediated through invention (Tzaddi=Atu XVII; the inventive man, the philosopher, scientist, or Tzaddik).

If we take Tzaddi in full (104) and compare it to Nun in full (106), it is easy to add the prefix 'Ba' (2) to Tzaddi to get the following formula. Ba-Tzaddi = Nun, or By Fish-hook=Fish

Let's back track and look at how the letters are assigned to the trumps. First of all, the letters follow the standard order of Aleph-Tau. Secondly, we divide them into three mother letters (the 'pure' elements), 7 double letters (the planets), and 12 single letters (the zodiac). The Tarot trumps which appear to have an independent origin, are then overlayed onto the alphabet. 0 is paired with Aleph, 1 with Beth, 2 with Gimel, and so on. As has been noticed, this procedes uneventfully up till number '8', which in some older decks (the Marseilles deck) is skipped, not to the next logical path in the sequence (which would be Teth on the 19th path), but rather to Lamed on on the 22nd path. This is established in the Marsellies deck, and is the form accepted by Crowley, but undone by Waite in the Rider-Waite Tarot, and also by Mathers, if the Wang tarot is accurate. Okay, following me?

Crowley takes the 'Tzaddi is not the star' thingy and uses it to create a counterballancing 'loop in the zodiac' in order to make it symmetrical with the switch between 8 and 11. The way he does this is by taking the Emperor (which sat in the 15th path, was numbered IV and assigned to Heh) and the Star (which sat on the 28th path, was numbered XVII and assigned to Tzaddi) and just exchanging their letters. Heh is now the Star, and Tzaddi is now the Emperor.

Philosophically this changes things considerably, since it 'demotes' the demiurgic potency of the Emperor (representing masculine political power: the Temple) and grants it to 'the star', representing the reaches of infinite space.

Okay, but the problem is is that the whole operation is screwy and bungles up some very key structures in the tarot...

Firstly, the first loop was made by the 8/11 switch, which was a numerical switch, while Crowley's second switch was of letters, and NOT numbers. Crowley's switch is not an adequate counter-balance of the 8/11 situation. Secondly, it creates a sort of in-elegant system when you wish to do a pathworking from 0-XXI or XXI-0, because at a certain point the sequence of the numbers, which should run parallel to the sequence of letters, breaks. It's just not straightforward. That's not a terribly big deal, though.

Prepare for relevant aside:

Some of you know that 'Frater Achad' (Charles Stanfield Jones) is infamous for 'turning the serpent of knowledge on its head'. Which means that he took the tree of life's paths, and reversed the order of the alphabet on them. So instead of Aleph on Path 11, he placed Tau, instead of Beth on Path 12, he placed Shin, and so on...

Okay, well when we look deeper at this, we will learn something. There is a qabalistic practice called 'Athbash' which derives it's name from folding the alphabet over onto itself. Aleph + Tau (Ath), Beth + Shin (Bash). Essentially, when we look at the 22 paths of the tree of life, and assume that there are two 'currents' or sequences running through it: one goes from Aleph to Tau and the other goes from Tau to Aleph. Each letter is paired with its opposite.

As an aside, some very interesting things can be discovered this way, by taking a word, and transposing all it's letters. 'Sophia' can be changed into 'Baphomet' this way, try it out!

So we have this set up (Note that I am only using the first letter so my table lines up... if you have followed the discussion this far, and you know your Hermetic Qabalah, you shouldn't have a problem with this):

(Side note: Crowley's Liber Oz is Book 77 being that the Hebrew Gematria for the Hebrew word 'OZ' meaning 'Strength' is 77 while in Greek Gematria the value of the Greek Pan is also 77) 

Okay. Simple. Now that every letter is paired with its opposite, we can try out a simple diagnostic method with the Tarot trump numbers. Take any two letters which are lined up vertically in the above array of letters. Determine their Trump Numbers (so Aleph and Tau are the Fool and the Universe, and the trump Numbers 0 and XXI), and add them together. Do this with all of them. Notice a pattern? In every case except one, the pairs of trumps (11 in total) will add up to 21. As it is said in 777 'the universe is the hexagram'. Well 21 is of course 7+7+7, but it is also 1+2+3+4+5+6, or the mystic sum of tipareth, and correspondingly a Magen (MGN=93) Star, or Hexagram. The result of this operation is to reduce all the paths to 11 pairs, and link each of them, as a Hexagram to Tipareth itself. For those who have the eyes to see, this formula has some power. We all know an 11 lettered word that would come in VERY handy here.

So what's the snag? It's the 8/11 switch. If you assume that Teth is 11 and Lamed is 8, then the total of the alphabetical pairs will misfire and give us 18 for the yod-lamed pair and 23 for the Teth-Nun pair. Maybe someone can spin a story around that, but it is much less elegant in general than having all the pairs total 21 (also Ehieh).

But what about the Crowley switch? Switching Heh and Tzaddi actually does NOT upset this pattern since, the two letters are paired ANYWAY.... Crowleys move was in fact, quite elegant, only done to seemingly compensate for a *blind* that shouldn't have been there in the first place. (I won't go into all the stuff that happens when justice is accorded 'II', except to say that it fulfils a Graphic link between Justice and Maat, the 'Double-wanded One': ELEVEN itself is a double wanded ONE)

So what does the Crowley switch look like if you remove the 8/11 blind?

Well, it still creates a dissymetry, but of a different sort. Because Crowley only switched the letter, rather than the numbers or zodiacal signs, if you were running the tarot sequence 0-XXI, now the signs of the zodiac would appear, in sequence, and all in order, except that Aries and Aquarius would be exchanged. For example just listing out the associations to the paths would go like this:


I have Bolded the 'single letters', so you can see how the sequence is broken by Crowley's move.

Okay, so the question then is: IS IT POSSIBLE to find a solution to 'Tzaddi is not the Star' that follows from where Crowley was going with it, but which retains the natural sequence of the zodiac and preserves the mystic pairs of 21 (Which, as I eluded to could be easily represented as Hexagrams)?

This is the way that it can be done: I realized this and then shortly after discoverd a deck that actually used this sequence. I build my own shortly after. The solution is to retain Aries in the 15th path, along with Heh, just like it is in the rider-waite deck, and also retain Tzaddi in the 28th path assigned to Aquarius. The ONLY difference is that we change the tarot glyphs themselves. Atu IV, aries is now 'The Star', and Atu XVII, Aquarius is now 'the Emperor', or more accurately, the Tzaddik. Just trade the 'pictures and titles, and then re-concieve them in their new positions. Much is learned.

Okay, I know this is a huge and detailed argument, and if I failed to express parts of it properly, Iwould be happy to try and re- articulate them for anyone who is interested. I recognize that there are some VERY few people with the necessary knowledge to follow this and see what I am trying to say, whether you agree or not, so cheers to you. It is merely the tip of the iceberg, since it is just a technical argument that actually has a lot of philosophical ramifications that I don't have time to riff off at the moment, and which in fact, I am still exploring. Suffice to say that as a Thelemite, I fall into a decidedly 'Maatian' approach to it, and this is reflected in how I compose my Qabalah. I hope this qualifies as at least 'Food for thought'. Cheers! Here is the Axil-Aion Tarot, which follows the sequence I described (It was channeled quite independent from back in the early 80s (I was around 6), and which I was unaware of when I worked this thing out (in 2003)). Enjoy."

Tzaddi is not The Star

tsar |zär| (also czar or tzar)


an emperor of Russia before 1917 Tsar Nicholas II.
• a South Slav ruler in former times, esp. one reigning over Serbia in the 14th century.
tsardom |-dəm| nountsarism |-ˌizəm| nountsarist |-ist| noun adjectiveORIGIN from Russian tsar’, representing Latin Caesar.

Caesar was a genetically altered chimpanzee whose parents, Bright Eyes and Alpha, were wild chimps in the jungles of the Congo . With Alpha shot by hunters, Bright Eyes was shipped to Gen-Sys Laboratories in San Francisco for experimental research. Dr. Will Rodman, trying to cure the Alzheimer's Disease that afflicted his father Charles, had been working with apes using 'ALZ-112' - a genetically engineered retrovirus that can get into brain tissue and restore functionality - for five years. Bright Eyes was given the ALZ-112 drug which not only repaired brain cells, but increased her mental capabilities. Much to everyone's shock, Bright Eyes went on a rampage two months into her trial, before security was forced to kill her in front of board members, thus destroying any chance of developing ALZ-112 further. It was then discovered, however, that Bright Eyes' aggression was not due to the drug, but due to her maternal instinct to protect her baby, to whom she had secretly given birth a day or two earlier. Will's boss, Steven Jacobs, ordered all the test chimpanzees put down after Bright Eyes' rampage. Robert Franklin, the chimp handler responsible for carrying out this order, could not bring himself to kill the chimpanzee baby, and instead gave it to Will, who raised him in his house and named him 'Caesar', as his father had been quoting from Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" on the day Will brought the chimp home.

Young Caesar shared the same white shooting star birthmark his father Alpha had, and was incredibly intelligent for an ape, and over time he continued to mutate and evolve.

Monkey Shines tells the story of an athlete, Alan Mann (Jason Beghe), who is rendered quadriplegic when struck by a truck. Mann fails to adjust to his condition, becoming suicidal and despondent. When Jeff, a scientist friend of his (John Pankow), who has been experimenting with the injection of human brain tissue into monkeys, learns this, he is prompted to supply one of the experimental monkeys, named "Ella" (played by Boo, whose vocal effects are provided by Frank Welker), to Alan as a helper.
Their relationship is amicable at first, with Mann's life being made much easier, and the two bond deeply, even sharing poignantmoments with moving music. But soon their interaction takes a decidedly sinister turn. The monkey seems to become a telepathic receptacle for Mann's anger at his state and his desire for revenge against friends and family for slights both real and imagined.

ELLA: Pet form of English Eleanor, meaning "foreign; the other." Compare with masculine Ella.
ELLE: Danish form of Greek Helénē, possibly meaning "torch; bright light"

One source gives its meaning as "all, completely," from German
In Greek mythology, Ella (Greek: Ἕλλα) was the daughter of Athamas and Nephele. The name cognates with Hellas (Greek: Ἑλλάς), the Greek name for Greece, which said to have been originally the name of the region round Dodona.
HELLE (Hellê), a daughter of Athainas and Nephele, and sister of Phrixus. (Apollod. i. 9. § 1; Apollon. Rhod. i. 927; Ov. Fast. iv. 909, Met. xi. 195.) When Phrixus was to be sacrificed, Nephele rescued her two children, who rode away through the air upon the ram with the golden fleece, the gift of Hermes, but, between Sigeium and the Chersonesus, Helle fell into the sea, which was hence called the sea of Helle (Hellespont; Aeschyl. Pers. 70, 875). Her tomb was shown near Pactya, on the Hellespont. (Herod. vii. 57.)

LOUIS (working on JACOB's spine like a master mechanic) You ever read Meister Eckart?
 (JACOB shakes his head "no") How did you ever get your Doctorate without reading Eckart? 
(LOUIS takes hold of JACOB's legs and yanks them swiftly)
 Good. Okay, let's turn over gently. Right side.
 JACOB turns to his left. 
LOUIS shakes his head in dismay. 
LOUIS The other "right," okay? (he helps JACOB turn over) You're a regular basket case, you know that? (he moves JACOB's arm over his head) Eckart saw Hell, too. 
LOUIS positions JACOB's other arm, bends his legs, and then pushes down on his thigh. His spine moves with a cracking sound. JACOB groans.
 LOUIS (continuing) You know what he said? The only thing that burns in Hell is the part of you that won't let go of your life; your memories, your attachments. They burn 'em all away. But they're not punish- ing you, he said. They're freeing your soul. Okay, other side. He helps JACOB and repositions him. Again he pushes and the spine cracks. 
LOUIS (continuing) Wonderful. So the way he sees it, if you're frightened of dying and hold- ing on, you'll see devils tearing your life away. But if you've made your peace then the devils are really angels freeing you from the earth. It's just a matter of how you look at it, that's all. So don't worry, okay? Relax. Wiggle your toes.

Primary Creation is called the Creation of Light (Spirit); and the Secondary—that of Darkness (matter).† Both are found in Genesis, chap. i., v. 2, and at the beginning of chapter ii. The first is the emanation of self‐born gods (Elohim); the second of physical nature. 

This is why it is said in the Zohar: ʺOh, companions, companions, man as emanation was both man and woman; as well on the side of the FATHER as on the side of the MOTHER. And this is the sense of the words: And Elohim spoke: ʹLet there be Light and it was Light!ʹ . . . And this is the ʹtwo‐fold manʹʺ Light, moreover, on our plane, is darkness in the higher spheres. 

ʺMan and woman on the side of the FATHERʺ (Spirit) refers to Primary Creation; and on the side of the Mother (matter) to the secondary. The two‐fold man is Adam Kadmon, the male and female abstract prototype and the differentiated Elohim. Man proceeds from the Dhyan Chohan, and is a ʺFallen Angel,ʺ a god in exile, as will be shown.
-Helena Blavatsky from The Secret Doctrine Book 1

Gen 1:3 - "And Elohim said, 'Let there be Light.' and there was Light." (Kether)
Gen 1:6 - "And Elohim said, 'Let there be a firmament in the midst of the Waters, and let it divide the Waters from the Waters." (Chockmah)
Gen 1:9 - "And Elohim said, 'Let the Waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear.' And it was so." (Binah)
Gen 1:11 - "And Elohim said, 'Let the Earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth.' And it was so." (Chesed)
Gen 1:14-15 - "And Elohim said, 'Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth.' And it was so." (Gevurah)
Gen 1:20 - "And Elohim said, 'Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.'" (Tiphareth)
Gen 1:22 - "And Elohim Blessed them, saying, 'Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.'" (Netzach)
Gen 1:26 - "And Elohim said, 'Let us make Man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air,and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.'" (Hod)
Gen 1:28 - "And Elohim blessed them and Elohim said to them, 'Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.'" (Yesod)
Gen 1:29-30 - "And Elohim said, 'Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat.' And it was so." (Malkuth)

"It is a fact worthy of remark, that so long as the initiate kept silent "on what he knew," he was perfectly safe. So was it in days of old, and so it is now. As soon as the Christian God, emanating forth from Silence, manifested himself as the Word or Logos, the latter became the cause of his death. The serpent is the symbol of wisdom and eloquence, but it is likewise the symbol of destruction. "To dare, to know, to will, and be silent," are the cardinal axioms of the kabalist. Like Apollo and other gods, Jesus is killed by his Logos;** he rises again, kills him in his turn, and becomes his master. Can it be that this old symbol has, like the rest of ancient philosophical conceptions, more than one allegorical and never-suspected meaning? The coincidences are too strange to be results of mere chance."
-Helena Blavatsky from Isis Unveiled Vol. 2 

Every Man and Woman is a Tsar
czar |zär; (t)sär| (also tsar or tzar)
variant spelling of tsara person with great authority or power in a particular area America's new drug czar.
czardom |-dəm| nounczarism |-ˌizəm| nounczarist |-ist| noun adjective   ORIGIN from Russian tsar′, representing Latin Caesar.
 Tsar Bomba (Russian: Царь-бомба) is the nickname for the AN602 hydrogen bomb, the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated. It was also referred to as Kuz'kina Mat' (Russian: Кузькина мать, Kuzka's mother), potentially referring to Nikita Khruschev's promise to show the U.S. a "Kuz'kina Mat'" at the 1960 UN General Assembly. The famous Russian idiom, which has been problematic for translators, equates roughly with the English “We’ll show you!” in this usage meaning "something that has not been seen before". Developed by the Soviet Union, the bomb was originally designed to have a yield of about 100 megatons of TNT (420 PJ), but the yield was reduced to 50 megatons in order to reduce nuclear fallout (and also to prevent the blast from destroying the drop aircraft). This attempt was successful, as it was one of the cleanest (relative to its yield) nuclear bombs ever detonated. Only one bomb of this type was ever built and it was tested on October 30, 1961, in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago.

The remaining bomb casings are located at the Russian Atomic Weapon Museum, Sarov (Arzamas-16), and the Museum of Nuclear Weapons, All-Russian Research Institute of Technical Physics, Snezhinsk (Chelyabinsk-70). Neither of these casings has the same antenna configuration as the device that was tested.
Many names are attributed to the Tsar Bomba in the literature: Project 7000; product code 202 (Izdeliye 202); article designations RDS-220 (РДС-220), RDS-202 (РДС-202), RN202 (PH202), AN602 (AH602); codename Vanya; nicknames Big Ivan, Tsar Bomba, Kuzkina Mat'. The term "Tsar Bomba" was coined in an analogy with two other massive Russian objects: the Tsar Kolokol (Tsar Bell), the world's largest bell, and the Tsar Pushka (Tsar Cannon), the world's largest cannon. The CIA denoted the test as "JOE 111".
"My prophet is a fool with his one, one, one; [...]" (AL 1:48)
111happens to be the sum of the full spelling of aleph, the letter associated with the fool card "are they not the ox"?
Mighty Joe Young is a 1949 RKO Radio Pictures film made by the same creative team responsible for King Kong (1933).

The 1998 remake of "MIGHTY JOE YOUNG" features a climatic scene where the giant gorilla rescues a young boy from a burning ferris wheel, at a fictitious "Palisades Ocean Park." This park is supposed to be near the Santa Monica Pier, but since the producers burned the carnival to the ground in this scene, they simply built a new "park" near the ocean. It was actually located along the south side ofShoreline Drive (at the southern end of the 710 Freeway), between the Aquarium of the Pacific and Shoreline Village in Long Beach.

 Marks the Spot


This card is attributed to the planet Jupiter, "the Greater Fortune" in astrology. 

It corresponds to the letter Kaph, which means 1Kaph 2O Pe' 8o =100, Qoph, Pisces. The initials K Ph are those of κτεις and φαλλος 

φαλλός (genitive φαλλοῦ) m, second declension; (phallos)
an image of a penis, phallus

the palm of the hand, in whose lines, according to another tradition, the fortune of the owner may be read. It would be narrow to think of Jupiter as good fortune; he represents the element of luck. The incalculable factor. 

This card thus represents the Universe in its aspect as a continual change of state. Above, the firmament of stars. These appear distorted in shape, although they are balanced, some being brilliant and some dark. From them, through the firmament, issue lightnings; they churn it into a mass of blue and violet plumes. In the midst of all this is suspended a wheel of ten spokes, according to the number of the Sephiroth, and of the sphere of Malkuth, indicating governance of physical affairs. 

On this wheel are three figures, the Sworded Sphinx, Herman ubis, and Typhon; 
they symbolize the three forms of energy which govern the movement of phenomena. 

The nature of these qualities requires careful description. In the Hindu system are three Gunas-Sattvas, Rajas and Tamas. The word "Guna" is untranslatable. It is not quite an element, a quality, a form of energy, a phase, or a potential; all of these ideas enter into it. All the qualities that can be predicated of anything may be ascribed to one or more of these Gunas: Tamas is darkness, inertia, sloth, ignorance, death and the like; Rajas is energy, excite ment, fire, brilliance, restlessness; Sattvas is calm, intelligence, hicidity and balance. They correspond to the three principal Hindu castes. 

One of the most important aphorisms of Hindu philosophy is: 

"the Gunas revolve". This means that, according to the doctrine of continual change, nothing can remain in any phase where one of these Gunas is predominant; however dense and dull that thing may be, a time will come when it begins to stir. The end and reward of the effort is a state of lucid quietude, which, however, tends ulti mately to sink into the original inertia. 

The Gunas are represented in European philosophy by the three qualities, sulphur, mercury and salt, already pictured in Atu I, III and IV. But in this card the attribution is somewhat different. The Sphinx is composed of the four Kerubs, shown in Atu V, the bull, the lion, the eagle and the man. These correspond, furthermore, 
to the four magical virtues, to Know, to Will, to Dare, and to Keep Silence.1 This Sphinx represents the element of sulphur, and is exalted, temporarily, upon the summit of the wheel. She is armed with a sword of the short Roman pattern, held upright between the paws of the lion. 

Climbing up the left-hand side of the wheel is Hermanubis, who represents the alchemical Mercury. He is a composite god; but in him 
the simian element predominates. 

On the right hand side, precipitating himself downward, is Typhon, who represents the element of salt. Yet in these figures there is also a certain degree of complexity, for Typhon was a monster of the primitive world, personifying the destructive power and fury of volcanos and typhoons. In the legend, he attempted to obtain supreme authority over both gods and men; but Zeus blasted him with a thunderbolt. He is said to be the father of stormy, hot and poisonous winds; also of the Harpies. But this card, like Atu XVI, may also be interpreted as a Unity of supreme attainment and delight. The lightnings which destroy, also beget; and the wheel may be regarded as the Eye of Shiva, 

whose opening annihilates the Universe, or as a wheel upon the Car of Jaganath, whose devotees attain perfection at the moment that it crushes them."

Aspect of Consciousness: The Law of Rotation 
Mentally, "the law of periodicity in mental activity, whereby mental states have a tendency to recur in definite rhythms." It is also the Law of Cause and Effect which enables us to be certain of reaping what we have sown. The better we grasp this law of cause and effect, the greater control we have over events. Finally, this is also the Law of Involution and Evolution. Involution is the motion of life from undifferentiated energy down into manifested form. Evolution is the motion of life in the creation of these forms into a series of finer and ever more specific and perfected forms." -Aleister Crowley
Hebrew Name: Kaph (closed, grasping hand)
"Kaph is the hand in the act of grasping. To grasp is to hold, to comprehend, to master. What can be grasped mentally is intelligible, clear, explicit, positive, definite, precise."The mental comprehension of the cyclical nature of the Universe leads to greater control over the process of creating and manifesting form.
As a double letter, Kaph is attributed to the opposites of Wealth and Poverty. "These are the extremes of property, the external signs of one's grasp of circumstances.

  In probability theory, φX(t) = E[eitX] is the characteristic function of a random variable X.
In probability theory and statistics, the characteristic function of any real-valued random variable completely defines its probability distribution...

The final deportation began on the eve of Passover, 19 April 1943. The streets of the ghetto were vacant; most of the remaining 30,000 Jews were hiding in carefully prepared bunkers including their headquarters located in Ulica Miła 18, many of which had electricity and running water, however they offered no route of escape. 
When the Germans marched into the ghetto, they met fierce armed resistance from fighters attacking from open windows in vacated apartments. The defenders of the ghetto utilized guerrilla warfare tactics and had the strategic advantage not only of surprise but also of being able to look down on their opponents. This advantage was lost when the Germans began systematically burning all of the buildings of the ghetto forcing the fighters to leave their positions and seek cover in the underground bunkers. The fires above consumed much of the available oxygen below ground, turning the bunkers into suffocating death traps.

Hofmann became an employee of the pharmaceutical-chemical department of Sandoz Laboratories (now a subsidiary of Novartis), located in Basel as a co-worker with professor Jordan Jake, founder and director of the pharmaceutical department. He began studying the medicinal plant squill and the fungus ergot as part of a program to purify and synthesize active constituents for use as pharmaceuticals. His main contribution was to elucidate the chemical structure of the common nucleus of Scilla glycosides (an active principal of Mediterranean Squill). While researching lysergic acid derivatives, Hofmann first synthesized LSD on November 16, 1938. The main intention of the synthesis was to obtain a respiratory and circulatory stimulant (an analeptic) with no effects on the uterus in analogy to nikethamide (which is also a diethylamide) by introducing this moiety to lysergic acid. It was set aside for five years, until April 19, 1943, when Hofmann decided to reexamine it. While re-synthesizing LSD, he accidentally absorbed a small quantity through his fingertips and fortuitously discovered its powerful effects.

Cecil B DeMille's The King of Kings was released April 19th 1927... 

Empire State
a nickname for the state of New York .
Empire: ORIGIN Middle English : via Old French from Latin imperium, related to imperare ‘to command’ (see emperor ).


This card is attributed to the letter Tzaddi, and it refers to the sign of Aries in the Zodiac. This sign is ruled by Mars, and therein the Sun is exalted. The sign is thus a combination of energy in its most material form with the idea of authority. The sign TZ or TS implies this in the original, onomatopoetic form of language. It is derived from Sanskrit roots meaning Head and Age, and is found to-day in words like Cæsar, Tsar, Sirdar, Senate, Senior, Signor, Sefior, Seigneur.

A snippet from the movie Gilda was shown during the channel surfing scene in The Monkees' movie Head.

In 1946, the news spread that the image of Rita Hayworth in the role of Gilda was imprinted on the first nuclear bomb to be tested after the Second World War, as part of Operation Crossroads. However, recent research has suggested that what was shown on the bomb was only the word "Gilda".

In the film, Rita Hayworth wore a black dress made by American costume designer Jean Louis. It was used in one of the most famous scenes of the film: one in which the character of Gilda sings the song Put The Blame On Mame, improvising a quick striptease, choreographed by Jack Cole.

To create clothes for Gilda, Jean Louis was inspired by Portrait of Madame X, the famous socialite in Paris. Madame X or Portrait of Madame X is the informal title of a portrait painting by John Singer Sargent of a young socialite namedVirginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau, wife of Pierre Gautreau. The model was an American expatriate who married a French banker, and became notorious in Parisian high society for her beauty and rumored infidelities... Renowned for her beauty, Gautreau represented the parisienne, a new type of Frenchwoman recognized for her sophistication. The English term 'professional beauty', referring to a woman who uses personal skills to advance to elite status, was also used to describe her.Classical sources, such as the figures in a fresco by Francesco de' Rossi (Il Salviati), have been suggested as inspiration for the pose. The painting features several subtle classical references: sirens of Greek mythology adorn the table's legs, and the crescent tiara worn by Gautreau symbolizes the goddess Diana. The latter was not contrived by the artist, but was part of Gautreau's self-display.

 "Put the Blame on Mame" is a song by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher, originally made for the film Gilda in 1946 - where it was sung by the title character, played by Rita Hayworth and with the singing voice actually that of Anita Kert Ellis.

In keeping with the film character Gilda being "the ultimate femme fatale", the song sung by her at two scenes facetiously credits the amorous activities of a woman named "Mame" (the name evidently chosen to rhyme with "blame") as the true cause of three well-known cataclysmic events in American history: The Great Chicago Fire of 1871, Great Blizzard of 1888 in New York City and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Mame is also credited with causing the fictional Shooting of Dan McGrew during the Yukon Gold Rush - an event derived from a short narrative poem published in 1907 by Robert W. Service.

It was J. Robert Oppenheimer himself who chose the code name "Trinity" for the 1945 test of the atom bomb he had done so much to create. He would say later that he was inspired by a line from the poet John Donne: "Batter my heart, three-personed God."

"Oh, no, it wasn't the 'air planes' was Beauty killed the Beast."

"Here is wisdom. He that hath understanding, let him count the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man: and his number is Six hundred and sixty and six."
-Revelations 13:18

A palisade (sometimes called a stakewall) is typically a fence or wall made from wooden stakes or tree trunks and used as a defensive structure.

 King Kong
Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Top-billed actors: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot
Total body count: 33
- Various prehistoric reptiles: 5
- Sailors: 10
- Villagers: 11
- New Yorkers: 4
- Biplane crew: 2
- King Kong: 1
Ch. 25: Village rampage
11 bodies
King Kong tosses a hut at two villagers and then tramples them.
There are five villagers on a palisade tossing spears at King Kong. He swats one of them off with a branch, then tosses the branch at a fleeing villager. He then bites the spearman, and demolishes the palisade, crushing the other four other spearmen.
King Kong flattens a hut, then grabs a fleeing villager and bites him. Another fleeing villager is stomped on, and a third is grabbed from his hut, thrown, and stomped on.

Joe King (February 9, 1883 – April 11, 1951) was an American actor of silent films and talkies as well as a director and writer.

He was born in Austin, Texas as Joseph Sayer King and acted in 211 films from 1912 to 1946. He appeared in his later years mainly in minor, uncredited roles. He directed two films, both in 1916 and wrote one script in 1915. Joe King was married to actress Hazel Buckham and he died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Big Timber (1917)
The Big Shot (1942)

"The god Hermes was the son of Zeus and Maia. Being best known probably as "the messenger of the gods," perhaps it is not surprising that Hermes' name (Mercury in Roman mythology) came to the English language in the word hermeneutic, which has to do of course with linguistic studies and interpretation and translation, most often associated with biblical exegesis.
However, Hermes was also the conductor of the souls of the dead to Hades, the place in Greek mythology where dead peoples' souls go to wander around in boredom.
Pan---the Greek word for "all"--- was among other things the guardian of thresholds. His job was to frighten you when you reached a threshold in life. That is where we get the word pan-ic! It was his job to panic anyone approaching a threshold, especially that of a cave.
Putting this together, in the Cave of Pan at Caesarea Philippi stands a statue of Pan, guarding the threshold to the cave. This cave is in Mt. Hermon, named for Hermes, the conductor of souls to Hades. The Cave of Pan logically came to be known as the "gateway to Hades." So, if you were to die and you did not get panicked by Pan, your soul would cross the threshold of the cave, and Hermes would take you to Hades from there! That was the mythology of this beautiful, natural setting. Interestingly, Pan was also the god of the pastoral and natural, thus our theological terms pantheism and panentheism...

 Is it a coincidence that it is on Hermon, named for the messenger god, that Jesus got the message from Moses and Elijah that steeled his nerve and sent him on his way, and three disciples got the message, from the highest source, of who Jesus was and that they should "listen" to him? Is it a coincidence that as Jesus stood at thethreshold of his own fate, he struggled and hesitated six days before the Temple of Pan, the god of panic and thresholds? Is it a coincidence in Matthew, that in the vicinity of that cave known as the gateway to Hades, Jesus gave the keys to the kingdom to Peter, proclaiming that the gates of hell would not prevail against it? Is it a coincidence that Jesus would ponder his own death at "the gateway to Hades," a cavern yawning before him like a tomb? And is it a coincidence that during the reign of Tiberias, Pan was not the only "god" to have died, but in fact God incarnate, Jesus Christ, also died, and he is proclaimed by the Church as the living and eternal Lord of Pan/All?"

"Palisades Park" is a song written by Chuck Barris and recorded by Freddy Boom Boom Cannon. A tribute to New Jersey's Palisades Amusement Park, the song is an up-tempo tune led by a distinctive organ part. It also incorporates amusement park sound effects.
Barris wrote a song about an amusement and it was suggested he use the name of an amusement park as the title. One night he was in Manhattan when he looked toward the New Jersey Palisades Cliffs, on which the amusement park sat. That was when inspiration hit and the title was added. The Palisades Amusement Park closed on September 12, 1971.

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is a 2002 biographical spy film depicting the life of popular game show host and producer Chuck Barris, who claimed to have also been an assassin for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Sam Rockwell portrays Barris and the film was directed by actor George Clooney and written by Charlie Kaufman.

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"I thought everyone loved Vanna?"

    George of the Jungle:

Watch out for that Tree


"This card in the old pack was called Justice. This word has none but a purely human and therefore relative sense; so it is not to be considered as one of the facts of Nature. Nature is not just, according to any theological or ethical idea; but Nature is exact. 

This card represents the sign of Libra, ruled by Venus; in it Saturn is exalted. The equilibrium of all things is hereby symbolized. It is the final adjustment in the formula of Tetragrammaton, when the daughter, redeemed by her marriage with the Son, is thereby set up on the throne of the mother; thus, finally, she "awakens the Eld of the All-Father." In the greatest symbolism of all, however, the symbolism beyond all planetary and Zodiacal considerations, this card is the feminine complement of the Fool, for the letters Aleph Lamed constitute the secret key of the Book of the Law, and this is the basis of a complete qabalistic system of greater depth and sublimity than any other. The details of this system have not yet been revealed. It has been thought right, nevertheless, to hint at its existence by equating the designs of these two cards. Not only therefore, because Libra is a sign of Venus, but because she is the partner of the Fool, is the Goddess represented as dancing, with the suggestion of Harlequin"
-Crowley from the Book of Thoth

Adjustment's corresponding Hebrew letter is Lamed, as seen in the lower left of the card; as a pictograph it is the 'OX Goad', while the corresponding letter of the Fool, Aleph, means 'OX'. The figure in this card, Adjustment, is said to be the female counterpart to The Fool. Yet it can be deduced that they are a meant to be single entity, but the Tree of Life itself is the split Adam. She is ultimately the Shekinah but is here substituted by the Lamed Lamed, or Lilith. Aleph means the 'life breath' while the Lamed Lamed means ''wind'. The word Fool from the latin actually translates as bellows, the tool used to help start a fire through the compression of air. Lilith is taken to be a succubus spawned from the flaming sword protects the Tree of Life along with the 4 Kherubim which are taken to correspond to the Seraphim by European Occultists such as Crowley. These can be seen at the 4 corners of 'Fortune' and 'The Universe'. These are the 4 fixed signs of the Zodiac mentioned earlier. The sword is the pictograph corresponding to the letter Zion and this corresponds to the Lovers card. The Lovers depicts the 2 sides of a singularity meeting as supposed strangers. 

'She will take it back some (sunny) day'

"We now come to the central theme of Durer's "Melencolia." The alchemist's lot was such that he was often depicted as a melancholy and frustrated being, as, for example, by Chaucer, Weiditz, Brueghel, and Teniers. In a wider sense, melancholy was held to be an attribute of students or seekers after knowledge. The doctrine of melancholy, moreover, is inseparable from the Saturnine mysticism that permeates alchemy. This association, which was widely recognized in the early sixteenth century, finds many reflections in Durer's masterpiece. One of the elements of Saturnine mysticism is measurement, typified by the compasses, balance, and hour-glass.

The polyhedron lying beside the foot of the ladder (representing the base metal, lead) may be an image of the Philosopher's Stone, or more immediately, of the so-called " Stone of Saturn," which Saturn (or Kronos), "swallowed and spewed up instead of Jupiter." Saturn, who is often represented in alchemy as an old man with an hour-glass upon his head, was addicted to swallowing his own children; for this reason, infants, usually shown at play, enter into the Saturnine elements of alchemy.

It is frequently stated in the esoteric writings on alchemy that once the primitive materials of the Stone have been obtained, the rest of the operations of the Great Work are only a labor fit for women or "child's play." This ludus puerorum (child's play) motive often comes to the surface in sixteenth century art, as, for example, in the work of Durer's contemporary, Cranach. The infants may be linked on the one hand with the alchemical idea of regeneration, and on the other with the mythological story of Saturn and thus with the idea of melancholy."

"The Stone which the Builders rejected shall be the Keystone of the Temple"

"How many Holes are on our golf course?"

One more thing

Thank you oh lord
For the white blind light
Thank you oh lord
For the white blind light

A city rises from the sea
I had a splitting headache
From which the future's made"

-James Morrison