"From a Bible Dictionary by William Smith, L.L.D. we find: "church. 1. The
derivation of the word
is generally said to be from the Greek kuriakon, 'belonging to the Lord.' But
the derivation has
been too hastily assumed. It is probably connected with Kirk, the Latin circus
- because the
congregations were gathered in circles."
Circe is Maya, the Whore of Babylon, the physical World, the deceiver, the
Homeric witch, gave her name to the 'Circus' (a ring of animals)..."
...Animals such as the zebras, seals, fish, chameleons, elephants, lions,
stallions, baboons, german shepherds ("We're not Rin Tin Tin! "We have not been
transformed by Circe [the world] into animals!"), lizards, bears, swans and
'Circle' was her place of operation. By her bewitchment she was able to
transform all who landed on her isle into animals. This island resided in
the west and was identified with the Moon, all symbols of the Unconscious."
Note that Circe's island "resided in the west", the realm of Sensation. The
direction of Intuition is east ("Bid me face the east").
"One ought to beware of prostitutes
It is said the powers of Circe, offspring to the Sun, were
so great that she turned many men into strange
monsters. Picus, tamer of horses, is proof, likewise
biform Scylla, and the Ithacans, pigs after they drank the
wine. Circe, by her famous name, discloses the
prostitute, and whoever loves her, loses the reason of
"By casting her magic circle, the sorceress Circe circles her prey, like the
unconscious mind circling and
spiraling toward the integrated Self, which attracts it like a magnet (Jung,
P&A 217). A touch of her wand
transforms one to an animal, which ...is the ideal form for the journey to the
The demands of the Moon Mistress cannot be ignored; whereas the moon's previous
Priestess) invited quiet introspection...,"
In the Wake of Poseidon
"...17.Moon churns the unconscious depths, and calls up primitive images that
cannot be ignored, like the cold-blooded creature crawling from the sea. This
is a potent source of inspiration and creativity, but it can be overwhelming.
Truly, the situation of 17.Moon demands that we follow the
way of the animals, for this is the first trump in which no human appears.
Here, like the shape-shifting shaman...,"
The Entry of the Chameleons
"...we must become wild beasts, and make the Dionysian plunge into the waters
of the collective unconscious, newly agitated in 16.Star. (Gar 276; Pollack
As noted earlier, Circe represents the destructive aspect of the goddess which
is equivalent to Kali, the dark presence of
"Like Kali, Circe was considered the death-bird "kirkos" (a circling of
she encircles her "victims" within her home before enchanting them. A falcon's
"circ-circ", and sometimes considered Circe's magical song which controls both
(i.e. the Cycle of Necessity)
"From the same root comes the Latin word circus or cirque, orginally an
enclosure for funerary games. Her identification with birds..."
(Such as the swan and peacock.)
"...is important because birds are
said to have ability to travel freely between the realms of heaven and earth;
occult secrets, givers of omens, angelic messengers and carriers of the spirit
And so the album ends with a circus image,
, forming a circle/circe/circus connecting the end to the beginning (
) and creating an image of the ouroboros, the Great Mother from whom we came
and to whom we shall return.