Culture

Crowley’s Dinner Grace

Knock on the table, in the pattern 3, 5, 3.

Say: “Do what thou wilt shall be the Whole of the Law.”
Reply: “What is thy Will?”
“It is my will to eat and drink”
“To what end?”
“That my body may be fortified thereby.”
“To what end?”
“That I may accomplish the Great Work.”
“Love is the Law, Love under Will.”

Knock once more.

“Fall to…”

Some Kind Moot

(to be sung)

by Penelope Sayles

(more…)

Latin of the Finding

Per monstra ad astra – the Gods have placed the Monster on the path to the Idea.

Pluuia defit, causa Christiani sunt – It’s raining again, it must be the Christians’ fault.

Fearsome Email

“Hi, it’s me.

Look, I don’t know how to tell you this best. The fact is, it has started. It is begun.

You won’t hear about it for weeks in the papers, if I know how they work. But it has definitely started. Look around – you’ll see the cracks appearing – just look around, and feel inside yourself too.

Get out now. Get out, with what you need, right now. Tell your loved ones, and take them with you. There is no more time here. It has begun.

From a friend.”

Herbs in the Bedroom

The room fumigated by burning the fruit and leaves of bramble.

Verbena, Marjoram, Meadowsweet, Mint, Thyme, Valerian and Violet – sacred to Venus

Basil and Broom – sacred to Mars

Use the 4th finger of the left hand to stir pot pourri

Perfume sheets with Marjoram

Put Verbena in pillows

Mandrake at the bed-head

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Riddles

1.

Are the clothes in the wash dirty, and the clothes on your back clean?
Or are the clothes in the wash clean, and those on your back dirty?

2.

I have a bed, but I do not sleep in it.
I have no legs, but I run.
I am without money, but what I have is held in banks
What am I?

3.

What is better than all the Gods and Ancestors,
Worse than the cruellest, greediest human leader,
Always being eaten by dead men,
And eaten by the living as they slowly die?

Why Biology is Culture

Some of our earliest history is written on papyrus, in ink made of shells and veg oils.

Capitalism is justified by global awareness of unavailable commodities – “get a job, get a pineapple”

Cotton made Martin Luther King an American.

Potatoes made JFK an American.

Herbs for Love

The doctrine of signs – that each plants bears a mark of the use to which it can be put.

For Male Virility – satyrion root, lupin, carrot, Orchis Mas (Long Purples)

Powdered periwinkles, houseleeks, and a dried powdered earthworm, eaten for love.

Roots of asparagus saturis, boiled in wine.

White dead nettle fried in butter

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Magpies and Clover

MAGPIE COUNTING: 1 for sorrow, 2 for mirth, 3 for a wedding, 4 for a birth, 5 for silver, 6 for gold, 7 for a secret that has never been told.

FOUR LEAF CLOVER: 1 leaf for fame, 1 for wealth, 1 for a faithful lover, 1 to bring you glorious health, and all in 4 leaf clover.

Words of the Reading #1

Words of the Reading #1

Floccinaucinihilipilification – the action or habit of estimating something as worthless

Gynotikolobomassophile – one who likes to nibble a woman’s earlobes

Ultracrepidarianism – the giving of opinions outside of one’s knowledge

Idiogamy – to be sexually potent with some, but impotent with others

Uxoravalence – to be potent with many women, but not one’s wife

Aposiopesis – to leave a statement incomplete, in order to imply a threat (and if you don’t understand…)

Cisvestitism – to only wear clothing of ones own gender.

Exoteric – ordinary/simple/obvious – as opposed to esoteric, meaning hidden/secret/inner

Hamartia – the tragic flaw – that gaping weakness that’s going to kill you.

Tachyphagia –eating very quickly

Tychism – To believe chance/luck to be the sole agent of action in the universe.

Univocalics – poems with one vowel

Pangrams – one sentence with every letter of the alphabet:
Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs;
How quickly daft jumping zebras vex

Palindromes – sentences that say the same forwards as backwards:
Was it a car or a cat I saw?
A man, a plan, a canal, panama
Step on no pets