While there are nebulae with such names as "Pelican" and
"Swan", the Trifid can also be seen as a metaphor for alchemical
"The Trifid Nebula is a fine example of an object which combines emission
and reflection nebulosity. The striking red emission nebula surrounds a small
group of very hot stars. Energetic radiation from these stars causes part of
the enveloping but otherwise invisible hydrogen cloud to fluoresce and emit its
characteristic monochromatic red light."
The mixture of stars and hydrogen cloud is a union of opposites. As energetic
radiation from the stars results in a red emission, the "small group of
very hot stars" represent the alchemical sulfur which produces the rubedo
"The alchemists called it Rubedo, or 'reddening', and referred it symbolically
reign of the Mystic King. This King is the supreme authority. He is the
manifestation of Gods
will in man, for he is no mere autocrat but an Initiated Priest-King. A being
that has hold of
both Temporal and Spiritual power. A man who has successfully combined the
functions of both the
head and the heart, thought and feeling, inseparably into one new expression of
"Frederick II may be called an Apostle of Enlightenment, or to be more accurate
: he helped the cause by raising knowledge to the same plane as magic. For
although he began by dissolving magic and myth and miracle, he utilised and
realised them too, and even created more ; he did not destroy the miraculous,
but he placed the scientific alongside it, and thus called into existence one
of those rare and priceless transition moments in which all and everything is
valid simultaneously : myth and insight, faith and knowledge, miracle and law,
corroborating yet belying each other, co-operating yet conflicting. Such was
the atmosphere in which Frederick moved and had his being - astoundingly
learned yet childishly naive, clearsighted yet credulous : at once stark and
hard and passionate. Such too was the air which Dante breathed." (p. 248)
- Frederick II
by Ernst Kantorowicz
"This new form of consciousness allows its possessor to 'know' the totality of
his being. Not just
the outer world to which his conscious mind has given him access in the past,
but to the inner
world also, which in the past he was unconscious of. It is more than this
though too. Because now
that he understands...the Truth about his own reality, he also understands the
macrocosmic reality as well."
"Under this image is concealed the final secret of the mystic life: that
ineffable union of finite and infinite--that loving reception of the inflowing
vitality of God--from which comes forth the Magnum Opus: deified or spiritual
"Having made his way down through the Inferno and up the mount of Purgatory,
Dante entered Paradise. In the Last Canto of the entire "Comedia", Dante spoke
of his heavenly vision.
"Here my powers rest from their high fantasy, but already I could feel my being
turned- instinct and intellect balanced equally as in a wheel whose motion
nothing jars- by the Love that moves the universe."
"A treatise on Porphyry, On the Cave of the Nymphs, interprets a passage of Homer's Odyssey, viz. that of the Cave of the Naiads, in the light of Plato's Myth of Er in Republic X. We can also find there the outlines of a general Neoplatonic interpretation of the Odyssey: the nostos of Odysseus represents the homecoming to the spiritual realm of a soul cast about on the sea of materiality (water has always been a favorite representation of matter for them, because of its shapelessness)."
King Crimson put a hidden track at the end of
. It is the sound of an orchestra preparing to play a piece while the
conductor, Robert Fripp, explains "We're going to do it twice more, once with the oboe, once without it."
Eventually he begins the count: "1, 2, 3,...2,
2, 3,..." and then silence.
This "hidden" (i.e. occult) track, giving us a glimpse into the process of
creation going on behind the scenes, corresponds to the process of re-creation
experienced by the human soul after physical death. Just when you think the
album is over, this track appears. Just when you think life is over, it begins
On the CD version of the album it is clear the track is meant as a lead-in to
, beginning the album, the process, the cycle all over again. The cycle
is ongoing and eternal.
"The process of individuation is symbolized by the trinity archetype, while the
quaternity symbolizes its goal or completed state when, through the
transcendent function, integration is complete. Three is the number for
egohood; four is the number for wholeness, the self..."
And four is the number of albums in the cycle.
"...But since individuation never truly completes integration, each temporary
state of completion or wholeness must be submitted once again to the dialectic
of the trinity in order for life to go on."
"Reincarnation is a natural rather than supernatural phenomenon. The proof lies
in Nature who teaches us about the life/death/life pattern through her seasonal
cycles felt by all creatures. This cyclic nature of the universe is also the
feminine, creative energy that flows through all things and is the place where
all things are born from and eventually return to.
The sole purpose of the human-animal existence is to know the Divine, or God,
so that one will recognize him/her/it/unnamable when they die. For those who
have not yet established a relationship with the Divine, rebirth occurs in
order to provide another opportunity to forge this all-important bond. One will
remain on The Wheel of Life until they are able to gain knowledge- gnosis- of
God. The soul is our direct link to the Divine and we are a human medium for
the great cosmic mystery. Dr. Jung once said that as we become more conscious,
so does God."
"The spiral image defined for Jung the Gnostic Christian belief of a pleroma which is a void where there is nothing and everything and what exists within it is an eternal process appearing in time as a periodic sequence repeated many times in an irregular pattern (Storr, p. 334). Campbell explained that this eternal process occurring within and without gives rise again to the question of what forces are at work binding us and inspiring the ultimate need of mankind through the ages to point to an omniscient God."
"At the time of creation God revealed himself in Nature; now he wants to be more specific and become man."
Answer to Job, p. 39
"Creation is still going on,... the creative forces are as great and as active
as they have ever been, and... to-morrow's morning will be as heroic as any of
the world. Creation is here and now. So near is man to the creative pageant, so
much a part is he of the endless and incredible experiment, that any glimpse he
may have will be but the revelation of a moment, a solitary note heard in a
symphony thundering through debatable existences of time. Poetry is as
necessary to comprehension as science. It is as impossible to live without
reverence as it is without joy."
- Henry Beston The Outermost House
"On the Night of Creation I was awake.
Busy at work while everyone slept.
I was there to see the first wink
and hear the first tale told.
I was the first one caught
in the hair of the Great Imposter.
Whirling around the still-point of ecstasy
I spun like the wheel of heaven.
How can I describe this to you?--
you were born later.
I was a companion of the Ancient Lover;
Like a bowl with a broken rim
I endured his tyranny.
Why shouldn't I be as lustrous as the King's cup?--
I have lived in the room of treasures.
Why shouldn't this bubble become the sea?--
I am the secret that lies at the bottom...
Sh...No more words--
Hear only the voice within.
Remember, the first thing He said was:
We are beyond words."
- Rumi The Still Point of Ecstacy
Memory by Elihu Vedder
"Happy was I In the pearl's heart to lie
Till, lashed by life's hurricane
Like a tossed wave I ran.
The secret of the sea I uttered thunderously;
Like a spent cloud on the shore I slept,
and stirred no more."