alchemy

An Analysis of the Alchemical Tradition Behind BOOK OF THE NEW SUN, Part IV: Hethor, Typhon and the Temptation of Severian

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The Ishtar Sonnets

Mea Culpa, dear readers, but I don’t have an essay for you this week. After getting whipped up in a high-synchronicity birthday trip to San Francisco (a very good time, might I add, and magically vivifying) and completing a third full-length play for me to submit around, I am now roughly 45% done with the novel and will be taking another couple of weeks off from non-fiction in order to

The Devil in Hannibal Lecter, Part I: The Hands of A Dark Godhead

Here’s an interesting notion: Hannibal Lecter wants to save your soul. No? No takers? Well, bear with me here, because we’re about to delve into what’s likely to be a multi-part journey into one of the most plastic, evil, and enduring fictional characters existing in the American literary canon. So plastic, evil, and enduring, in fact, that Robert Anton Wilson was compelled to add his name to the end of

Mercury, Jung, And The Magical Girl Part I: The Alchemy of Rayearth OVA

[This week’s essay is part one of a two-parter covering first RAYEARTH OVA and then Puella Magic Madoka Magica; however, Part II will be posted in three weeks rather than the standard two due to the holiday season. I may or may not do a shorter essay about the film Arrival in the meantime, so be sure to follow the blog if you aren’t already, or send me an email

Building A Ladder To God: The Consciousness-Expanding Music of Michael Gira

I have never known a band to prove so divisive as SWANS—assuming, of course, one has heard of them before, which is a surprisingly big ‘if’ considering their eponymous EP was released in 1982 and, since then, Michael Gira has been feverishly producing music under his own name, SWANS, and Angels of Light with admirable consistency. A New York orchestration of sound whose New York noise will never entirely leave

Shall I Project A World: A Hermetic Analysis of The Crying of Lot 49

You can put together clues, develop a thesis, or several, about why characters reacted to the Trystero possibility the way they did, why the assassins came on, why the black costumes. You could waste your life that way and never touch the truth. –Randolph Driblette to Oedipa Maas The inherent difficulty with analyzing The Crying of Lot 49 is that, the further one goes down the rabbit hole of analysis,

The Xanthosis of Tobit: The Hidden Alchemy of The Bible’s Most Under-Appreciated Book

Have you ever read The Book of Tobit? If you’re a Protestant, the answer is probably no, because it was rendered apocryphal; if you’re a Catholic, the odds are higher, but it’s increasingly hard to find a practicing Catholic these days who’s actually read the book outside of what was proscribed to them in Sunday school. Considered non-canonical also by Judaism, it’s tucked away amid more popular Biblical books, coincidentally

Here I Am, Not Quite Dying: An Analysis of the Esoteric Catalog of Musical Magus, David Bowie

Growing up, I wasn’t allowed to listen to David Bowie. Though my father listened to all manner of punk, goth and progressive rock, the Buddha of suburbia was too esoteric for his Catholic tastes. I distinctly recall once sitting at the coffee table when, prompted, I am certain, by some commercial or television show, my father announced in reference to the song ‘Oh! You Pretty Things’ something to the snide

The Alchemical Devilry Finale, Part IV: The Symbols of Alchemy, Practical Applications, and the Mathematics of the Psyche

When we discuss alchemy, what we are really discussing is not the process of making vulgar gold, as common thought would have it; what we are instead discussing is a psycho-spiritual phenomenon which is experienced by way of projection. It makes use of the idea that man is a microcosm representing the macrocosm, and that the universe is a macrocosm which represents the microcosm. Because of the language of alchemy

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