Category: directionality

Cardinals

It is hot and bright, and ordinarily I would wear my shades, but I let my eyes adjust to where I don’t need to squint anymore, and I enjoy the colors and sky and clouds, the trees still green at this point. I have a bottle full of ice and water, and as I walk, […] … Continue reading…Cardinals

Dreaming Cities

In Timothy Knab’s A War of Witches, dreaming plays a central role, though I imagine it can seem peripheral and atmospheric for most westerners on a first read. A kind of memoir of Knab’s time as an anthropologist in rural Mexico, the book represents Knab’s seemingly incidental apprenticeship under two curanderos and the version of […] … Continue reading…Dreaming Cities

Mirrors & Spheres

A couple of years back, I had been working with various entities, and I called up one, and She gave me a sigil, symbol, pictograph. At the time, I began reflecting on that symbol in my mind, and I had an experience in which—bam—I started seeing a coiling mass of serpents (I always say wyrms, […] … Continue reading…Mirrors & Spheres

[NB: Notes on Eliade, Politics, Sacred & Profane]

Sundry notions below– I read Mircea Eliade recently—Myths, Dreams, & Mysteries and The Sacred & The Profane. I feel Eliade offers interesting notions that need grounding in political realities. Indeed, the kinds of arguments that Eliade makes about sacralization and ritual reflect what many others make, all the while folks claiming that, because their religions […] … Continue reading…[NB: Notes on Eliade, Politics, Sacred & Profane]

Light, Shadow, Darkness (5)

Berque, Adorno, and Heidegger articulate a view of human experience that reflects a (mostly) non-spiritual version of what many mystics and magical types already know in some way. For Heidegger and Adorno, art creates other worlds, other worlds that have reality and significance, and we apprehend those worlds and imagine/immerse ourselves into them. Berque points to how we do so as well in living in this world: we imagine the world we live in, make it a “human world.” … Continue reading…Light, Shadow, Darkness (5)