"According to legend, Asmodeus, the mischeivous fallen but not unkindly angel
who helped Solomon, gave the king the mysterious magical worm, the Shamir, a
puzzle to all Jewish commentators, for it cut the necessary stones for the
entire temple by magic."
- The Ancient Secret
"In the opinion of medieval authors, Rashi, Maimonides and others Shamir was a
living creature, a worm."
"Frederick was introduced to the works of Maimonides, who died in 1205, by
another scholar, Moses ben
Salomon from Salerno, who had written a commentary on the Guide of the
Perplexed. Other works of this
great Aristotelian were known to the Emperor, and some of his conversations
prove that he knew them
- Frederick II
by Ernst Kantorowicz
"An old source. The Testament of Solomon, a work written in Greek, probably in
the early third century of the present era, refers to Shamir as a “green
stone.” But how could a greenish stone cut the hardest of diamonds with its
Garden of Worm
, the "Higher Logos" of
begins to reassert itself.
"But Marduk the wargod of Babylon rises in rebellion against the Old Hag & her
Chaos-monsters, chthonic totems--Worm, Female Ogre, Great Lion, Mad Dog,
Scorpion Man, Howling Storm--dragons wearing their glory like gods--& Tiamat
herself a great sea-serpent."
"From the muck and mud of the great flood, a snake monster Python was born at
the foot of Mount Parnassus. The evil dragon lay over several acres of land at
the opening of the Temple of the Delphic Oracle--the source of earth's wisdom
The Temple had been built by the god Apollo at the center of the world and was
marked with a white stone tied with a red ribbon representing the earth's navel
and umbilical cord. The wisdom and truth of the Delphic Oracle was available to
all persons of goodwill. It was from the Delphic Oracle that civilization
learned the wise dicta: "Know thyself", "Nothing in excess" and the enigmatic
With the Python living at the gates of the Temple, people could not visit the
Oracle. So its truth, wisdom and morals were lost to civilization as long as
the Python lived. For many years while Prometheus was chained in the mountains
and the Python blocked access to the Delphic Oracle, people were deprived of
foresight, truth, wisdom and morals. They had only the hope released from
Pandora's box by her daughter Pyrrha.
For many years, Apollo--the god of the silver bow--fought to remove the Python
from Mount Parnassus. But to no avail. Thousands of arrows wounded it. None
killed it. Only when Apollo dipped an arrow into the Python's poisonous blood
and shot it into the monstous snake did it die of it's own venom."
As the final movement begins, we hear a metronome, a mechanism representing
Order or the Logos (Higher Eros) as an adjusting/tempering force upon blind
instinct, Fallen Eros. The sound represents a cadence (Order) being imposed on the cascade (Chaos). As the movement continues we hear a sound collage further
representing thought tempering feeling.
"The child mixes water and wine, for the ability to achieve a proper balance
between the two was considered in ancient times a sign of temperance (only an
intemperate person drank undiluted wine). Since wine is a symbol of fire and
spirit, the child becomes the alchemist who knows how to mix fire and water to
create the quintessence, the "damp-fiery-cold spirit" (Jung, MC 44-51). Only
the child, who is Sophia, Divine Wisdom (Sophrosune), has the experience and
patience to balance the ingredients. (Thus, Crowley calls this trump "Art.")
Psychologically, the child mixes feeling with reason, the fiery spirit with
The final confirmation of this process comes at the conclusion of
Garden of Worm
with the unambiguous return of the Crimson King , as the title theme from the
first album, representing the transcendent function.
"The reconciling "third" which emerges from the unconscious (in the form
of a symbol or a new attitude) after conflicting opposites have been
consciously differentiated, and
the tension between them held."
"The transcendent function, which is distinctly different from the other four
functions, comes into play when
...profound personality transformation ...begins to occur in the individual. It
performs a '...transformation of the opposites into a third term, a higher
synthesis', which is precisely what
equilateral triangles (such as the one in the center of the Enneagram) depict
in Gurdjieff's system, according to
But immediately upon the king's return we hear sounds suggestive of a descent
into the depths of the sea.
"The Empress can be terrifying, for she is the Queen who must devour her mate,
the Old King, reducing him to primary matter, raw material for her desire to
mold and reshape, and so beget the Young King. She is the all-consuming side of
Nature, who destroys so that she may create anew."
"Balance will be achieved when each consumes the other's
substance." (Jung, MC 308-10, 331, 357-9)
"Eros, the power of conjunction, an agent or alter-ego of the Magician, brings
about the sacred marriage of the
opposites. Here we see the Sun and Moon, representing the masculine and
feminine unconscious, greeting
each other, stripped of all deception. This is not a conscious decision, for
Eros pierces the unconscious of both
the man and the woman, so that each is compelled to acknowledge the other. In
this way all the opposites are
unified: male and female, conscious and unconscious, thought and feeling,
intuition and sensation.
This is no ordinary marriage, but an alchemical conjunction of brother and
sister. Upon its consummation the
masculine poles (consciousness, thought, intuition) will be destroyed,
dissolved in the subconscious mother
sea; this represents the dissolution that must precede the rejuvenation of the
masculine elements. The divine
child will consume the mother's substance while it grows in her womb, and she
will die in birth, thus obliterating
the feminine poles (unconsciousness, feeling, sensation). The child, however,
will survive, and manifest a
well-tempered balance of all oppositions, thus reincarnating both parents (cf.
Eros brings the High Priest..."
In the Court of the CrimsonKing
"...and High Priestess..."
In the Wake of Poseidon
"...together in Love, virgin no more. He is the middle term in the
Pythagorean Triad, joining (harmozein) the extremes. (cf. Nichols 136) This
Hieros Gamos (Sacred Marriage)
must be incestuous, for it represents "a combination of things which are
related but of unlike nature" (Jung, Mys.
Con. 466). In fact, they are really the two sides of one unity, like the
uroboros serpent which in the twilight of
consciousness appears as two individuals; indeed, the bride and groom are both
disguises of Mercury (the
Magician). This marriage is the first unification of the Yin and Yang in the
Tao. As Wei Po-yang says, "The Way
[Tao] is long and obscurely mystical, at the end of which the Ch'ien [Father =
II.Emperor] and K'un [Mother =
III.Empress] come together." (Jung, MC 294-5, 304, 359-60)
VI.Love represents the marriage of IV.High Priestess and V.High Priest; that
is the Alchemical Wedding between the silver Queen of
(The "Midnight Queen" of
In the Wake of Poseidon
"...and the golden
King of the Day...,"
(The Crimson King)
"...for the anima wants a man and the animus wants a woman; they
yearn for the coniunctio. The King and Queen are at
the ends of their reigns; the
King is becoming senile and the Queen has put aside
her green gown and donned
the livid purple, which portends the immanent
Love-death of the couple. Hermes
appears in the form of Eros; they both throw the dart and are called "archers
who shoot without bowstrings." He
is Mercury, which unites the Sulphur and Salt, and presides over this Hermetic
Marriage by which the light of
Moon is emptied into the Sun, and the light of the Sun is emptied into the
Moon, and from them both light fills the
In the marriage of heaven and earth, the King's downward thrust meets the
Queen's upward arch, and the
newlyweds tangle violently, like fighting lions, dogs, dragons or wolves.
Indeed the King must die at the moment
of consummation: Some say Cupid's dart, the telum passionis, pierces his heart.
Others say the groom's head
is bitten off by the Bride-snake. Yet others say he is torn by black dogs of
Hecate, as Actaeon was after he
feasted on the naked form of Artemis, for such is the fate of whoever is
Betrothed to the Moon (Lunae Sponsus).
The Bride of the Sun (Soli Sponsa) in turn is fated to die in childbirth, and
so the two souls of the parents yield to
the one soul of the Child. King Consciousness loses his absolute authority, as
in turn does Queen
Unconsciousness; with the Child there will be a balance of psychic powers.
(Jung, MC 29-34, 295, 304, 360,
VI.Love represents the Triumph of Love, that is, the triumphal procession of
Eros. In his
Trionfi (Triumphs) Petrarch describes the scene: Cupidus rides
in a fiery chariot leading his
enslaved captives: emperors and empresses, priests and
priestesses, gods and mortals -
none are exempt."
"But now the fiery god Mars, whose color is red and who
wields the force of Eris (Strife), couples with the sea-born goddess
Venus, whose color is green and who wields the force of Eros (Love);
from their union Harmonia is born."
"In Bali the highest aspect of divinity is known as Tintya (inspired by the dancing form of
Shiva-Natarajah). Tintya is often depicted in sacred paintings as an agile, elvish figure on a
chakra (wheel of cosmic energy) - flanked by two dragons (one green, the other red) representing
the ida and pingala - or the positive and negative poles of the planet's electromagnetic field.
Now, this is truly significant. The green and the red, the positive and the negative, the
yang and the yin, the male and the female, electricity and magnetism.... herein lies the most
important clue to the grand mystery of the Dragon's Song."
"This trump represents the "right order" of the universe, especially balance,
whether in the physical world, such
as the equilibrium of forces, or in the spiritual world, such as the
complementarity of the conscious and
unconscious, of reason and emotion, of logic and intuition, and so forth.
Achieving such balance is not a simple
matter of numerical equality, for fair (just) use of the scales requires a
steady hand and a good eye. This skill is
finely honed, like the sword, and like the fulcrum of the balance, which must
be razor sharp in a sensitive
True justice tempers measurement with wisdom, and masculine discrimination with
feminine compassion: fire
with water. Athena achieves this by combining blade, beam and scales: Although
the scales are separated
and pull in opposite directions, the beam connects them ("love") and converts
their "strife" into a higher order
of cooperation, which leads to equilibrium ("harmony"). Wisdom constructs such
a balance whenever she finds
differences, whether in head or heart, or in psyche or society.
The scales show that balance requires both separation and connection...,"
(The "separation" of the Logos in album one and the "connection" of Eros in
"...for the scales could not function
without separate cups, nor could it function without a connection between the
cups. We can see that although
the cups are opposed, they are not antagonistic, and that their opposition is a
deeper form of cooperation.
"Opposites can be united only in the form of compromise, or irrationally, some
new thing arising between them
which, though different from both, yet has the power to take up their energies
in equal measure as an expression
of both 'and of neither. Such an expression cannot be contrived by reason, it
can only be created
- C. G. Jung, Psychological Types
In summary, the process depicted in
The Devil's Triangle
"the transcendence of opposites: the passing beyond prejudicial judgments of
good and evil, of male and female, of eros and logos, of need and satiation, of
conflict and repose. There is no more Yin and Yang. The distinctions are