Category: Theodor Adorno

Art & Magic

I’m going to get at this from over-educated nerd territory. In regards to the ontology of art, Heidegger discusses that an artist produces a work of art, and that work of art has its Thingness and is itself an instrument or tool. He and Adorno both get into this territory, with Adorno building on Heidegger […] … Continue reading…Art & Magic

[NB] Worlding Self

[This post draws on notions I get at in terms of aesthetics, worlding, and etc. via Heidegger, Adorno, and Berque.] While engaging in some reductionist and sexist ponderings about tantra, Kenneth Grant offers the notion of tantra (& trance) as getting the object of consciousness (ego) to diffuse itself into the field of consciousness. In a sense, […] … Continue reading…[NB] Worlding Self

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)

Counter ôl-vala, Rites, Chakra Notes, Bridging

That projection of vividly imagined—things, sights, sounds, sensations, is something everyone suggests as starting point or as kick-starter to magic. Thorn does so. So do others. I’ve found myself wondering about my disbelief and others’, and what I think happens—with worry about whether or not I’m being paid on the first, this revisits old anxieties […] … Continue reading…Counter ôl-vala, Rites, Chakra Notes, Bridging

Ôl-Vala, Adorno, Bruno

It’s a beautiful day—a breeze, sun and clouds, mild here in the shade. I find myself craning my neck high to see the boughs of Elethis. And sometimes the Otherworlds are close, and I can feel them and the—“Otherworldly power,” the closeness, the sense of my and the potentiality in the Otherworlds, the beliefs and […] … Continue reading…Ôl-Vala, Adorno, Bruno

Hurur, Charting a Path, and Considering Silent Goddesses

Elaith—it doesn’t seem quite right—the “tower”—elaith-tir maybe? Hurur, Lies, these include the shells of identity that cling to us and which trick us into seeing them as true expressions or egos of self. Self-identification, especially reified, commodified selfhood. They come from without, imposed upon you and accepted—or they’re shells we fashion and adopt defensively or […] … Continue reading…Hurur, Charting a Path, and Considering Silent Goddesses