I’m working through some shit, and probably won’t be doing much writing until the process is complete. Until then, here are some articles of possible interest:
The Vine engrafted me,
And I clung to the tree,
And the Blood gave life,
To the branches of the Tree,
And the Blood was the price,
That set the captives free,
And the numbers that came,
Through the fire and the flood clung to the Tree,
And were redeemed … by the Blood.
I was down with this German sexiness until I saw the rainbow xylophone. Don’t you know? In the current year rainbows are racist.
Over the last couple months: the Black Sun has manifested. There has been an increase in volcanic and tectonic activity in Italy, especially around Etna and Vesuvius. A bunch of churches in France and the American South have suffered attacks and blasphemous defilement. On the same day as the Notre Dame conflagration Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque burned. Mainstream media, big tech and big government are conspiring to suppress political dissenters in the United States, Europe, China and Latin America even as riots, coups and violent clashes are taking place throughout much of the world. Societal norms are dissolving and divisive politics are rampant. Diseases long vanquished are returning and new highly resistant viruses are emerging. Coulrophobia has reached record levels.
Why, it’s almost as if we’re living through one of my poetry books.
Porphyry, fragment of On the Philosophy to be derived from Oracles preserved in Eusebius, Praeparatio Evangelica 4.22
Among the Egyptians also, and the Phoenicians, and generally among those who are wise in divine things, thongs are violently cracked in the temples, and animals are dashed against the ground before worshipping the Gods, the priests thus driving away these daemons by giving them the breath or blood of animals, and by the beating of the air, in order that on their departure the presence of the God may be granted.
Every house also is full of them, and on this account, when they are going to call down (katakalôsin) the Gods, they purify the house first (prokathairousin), and cast these daemons out (ekballousi). Our bodies also are full of them, for they especially delight in certain kinds of food. So when we are eating they approach and sit close to our body; and this is the reason of the purifications (haigneiai), not chiefly on account of the Gods, but in order that these evil daemons may depart. But most of all they delight in blood and in impure meats, and enjoy these by entering into those who use them.
For universally the vehemence of the desire towards anything, and the impulse of the lust of the spirit, is intensified from no other cause than their presence: and they also force men to fall into inarticulate noises and flatulence by sharing the same enjoyment with them.
For where there is a drawing in of much breath, either because the stomach has been inflated by indulgence, or because eagerness from the intensity of pleasure breathes much out and draws in much of the outer air, let this be a clear proof to you of the presence of such spirits (pneumatôn) there. So far human nature ventures to investigate the snares that are set about it: for when the deity (ho theos) enters in, the breathing (pneuma) is much increased.
Well this video sure has a lot of Starry Bear symbolism.
Speaking of White supremacist clowns I was reading Kenaz Filan’s dismantling of Cyndi Brannen’s article on White advantage within contemporary Witchcraft traditions when I got bored and decided to see what’s been going on at Patheos Pagan since I haven’t bothered visiting in a while. And boy was there a lot of stuff advocating segregation and treating people differently based on race and political affiliation; stuff on collective guilt, blood debt and quotas; bizarre conspiracy theories and paranoid thinking, as well as a generally paternalistic and condescending tone taken towards minorities. (Examples of which can be found here, here, here, here, and here – and that’s all within the last month or so, as I got nauseous reading this shit and didn’t bother digging any deeper.) I mean it’s all dressed up in acceptable leftist icing and the buzzwords du jour but the core ideas (and much of the language, in the more explicit of the bunch) within these Patheos articles are the same as you’d find on 4chan, reddit, Breitbart or the Daily Stormer. I know there’s the whole horseshoe theory to account for this, but it’s quite something to see it with your own eyes. We really do need to be wary of infiltration from radical, hate-filled identitarians who would steal our symbols and traditions and twist them out of true – whether they are wearing Hugo Boss or Birkenstocks and balaklavas.