Saturday, March 24, 2012

Maybe Valis

Borders (1989)

A philosophical flume ride through the physical, political and moral borders that inhibit the free movement of people and ideas. Mixing commentary, computer graphics, dramatisations, and investigative journalism, "BORDERS" probes the unsettling paradoxes behind immigration, drugs, Star Wars, and other topics.

Staring: Robert Anton Wilson, Michio Kaku, Margaret Randell, Juanita Kreps, Brian Freemantle & Steve Buscemi.

Written/Produced/Directed by: Merrill Alidighieri & Joe Tripician

4 Chesed (ake Chedulah/Gedulah) - Mercy (Love)

Second Trinity: Chesed, Geburah, Tiphareth - Ethical

Jupiter, lawgiver and beneficent ruler on throne. Ordering and preserving, organised force.
Planet: Jupiter. Gods: Zeus, Thord, Indra, and other Sky Gods. Day: Thursday.
Color: Blue. Jewel: Sapphire. Plant Olive: Shamrock. Perfume: Cedar. Animal: Unicorn.
TITLE: Chesed, Mercy. (Hebrew spelling: Cheth, Samech, Daleth.)
MAGICAL IMAGE: A mighty crowned and throned king. (he is seated in stability in a kingdom at peace, not going forth in his chariot to war, as is suggested by the magical image of Geburah.)
SITUATION ON THE TREE: In the centre of the Pillar of Mercy.
YETZIRATIC TEXT: The Fourth Path is called the Cohesive or Receptive
Intelligence because it contains all the Holy Powers, and from it emanate all the spiritual virtues with the most exalted essences. They emanate one from another by virtue of the Primordial Emanation, the Highest Crown, Kether.
TITLES GIVEN TO CHESED: Gedulah. Love. Majesty.
ARCHANGEL: Tzadkiel.
ORDER OF ANGELS: Chasmalim, Brilliant Ones.
MUNDANE CHAKRA: Tzedek, Jupiter.
VIRTUE: Obedience
VICE: Bigotry. Hypocrisy. Gluttony. Tyranny.
SYMBOLS: The solid figure - Tetrahedron. Pyramid. Equal armed Cross. Orb.
Wand. Sceptre. Crook.
TAROT CARDS: The four Fours.
FOUR OF WANDS : Perfected work.
FOUR OF CUPS: Pleasure.
FOUR OF SWORDS: Rest from strife.
FOUR OF PENTACLES: Earthly power.
BRIAH: Blue.
YETZIRAH: Deep purple.
ASSIAH: Deep azure, flecked yellow.
Seeing the big picture, see ahead, the formulation of the archetypal idea.
Chesed, then, reflects into Hod through the Christcentre of Tiphareth, just as Geburah reflects into Netzach. This teaches us a great deal, for it indicates that for consciousness to rise from form to force, and for force to descend to form, it must pass through the Centre of Equilibrium and Redemption, to which are assigned the Mysteries of the Crucifixion.
It is to the Sphere of Chesed that the exalted consciousness of the adept rises in his occult meditations; it is here that he receives the inspirations which he works uut on the planes of form. It is here that he meets the Masters as spiritual influences contacted telepathically, without any intermingling of personality. This is the true, and the highest,mode of contact with the Masters, contact with them as mind to mind in their own sphere of exalted consciousness.
The left arm, left hand, holds the orb, which signifies the orb itself and shows that all is held secure in the firm grasp of the ruler. Firmness. Chesed "Contains all the Holy Powers, and from it emanate all the spiritual virtues with the most exalted Essences."

Chesed and Geburah are both represented as Crowned figures.
We need Geburah's realism to balance Gedulah's idealism quite as much as we need to temper justice with mercy.

The analogy of physiology gives us a clear understanding of the significance of these two Sephiroth. Metabolism consists of anabolism, or the ingesting and assimilating of food and its building up into tissue, and katabolism, or the breaking down of tissue in active work and the output of energy. The by-products of katabolism are the fatigue-poisons which have to be eliminated from the blood by rest. The life-process is an everlasting uphuilding and downbreaking, and Geburah and Gedulah (another name for Chesed) represent these two processes in the Macrocosm.

Daath - Knowledge

"In this book it is spoken of the Sephiroth, and the Paths, of Spirits and Conjurations; of Gods, Spheres, Planes and many other things which may or may not exist. It is immaterial whether they exist or not. By doing certain things certain results follow ; students are most earnestly warned against attributing objective reality or philosophic validity to any of them."
— Aleister Crowley, Liber O vel Manus et Sagittae, reprinted in Magick
Issue 20 of Alan Moore's comic Promethea is devoted to Daath and the Abyss. In Moore's version there used to be a Sephira Daath and back then the Tree and the world were perfect. Something happened to Daath, it blew up, fell off the Tree or fell into disrepair. This is why the world is a bit of a disaster area. Moore includes two now defunct paths The Beggar and The Fountain, joining Chesed to Daath to Binah.
Moore develops the idea of a hole or a rip in the fabric of reality — The Crack. This was an idea developed by Grant Morrison in his comic The Filth. From The Filth : "The crack runs through evrything. And everyone. Without it we would be perfect, like angels, and as dull."
Grant Morrison said his Abyss experience was harrowing. He was physically and mentally ill and attempted suicide more than once.
The Abyss is where the magician meets himself. Hidden behind the veil of the Abyss is Daath, which means knowledge. Self-knowledge, higher knowledge, knowledge about knowledge.

Whatever it was the magician built on to climb this high, it was all arbitrary. The magician realises that a lot of human knowledge and activity are similiar. A lot of human knowledge and activity is 'made up'.

Traditionally Choronzon is associated with the Abyss. He is not a fanged, horned demon. He could be a TV programme, or a daydream. Choronzon represents wandering thoughts, which cause the magician to lose focus.

Conscious awareness or apprehension. The Mysterious, invisible Sephirah, which is never marked up on the Tree, is associated in the Western system with the nape of the neck, the point where the spine meets the skull, the spot at which the development of the brain from the notochord took place in our primeval ancestors. Daath is usually held to represent the consciousness of another dimension, or the consciousness of another level or plane; it essentially represens the idea of change of key.The Abyss, the gulf fixed between Macroprosopos and Microprosopos, marks a demarcation in the nature of being, in the type of existence prevailing upon the two levels. It is in the Abyss that Daath, the Invisible Sephirah, has its station, and it might aptly be named the Sephirah of Becoming. It is also called Understanding, which might be further interpreted as Perception, Apprehension, Consciousness.

Visuddhu Chakra, Larynx, Binah - & - Ajna Chakra, Pineal Gland, Chokmah
uniting for function in Daath at the base of the skull