Saturday, July 07, 2007
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Here are a few more that I put together today. First up is “The Corpsoration.”
He’s basically the corporate zombie. I was thinking in particular about how corporations legally have some of the same rights as individual real live humans, and how that’s sort of fucked up. That got me thinking about how people sometimes “become” sort of zombies when they are working for a corporation. They lose their head, or sort of stumble around trying to “eat your brains”… that kind of thing. The little globes represent the corporate zombie trying to take over the world. I originally had him standing on the globe. But didn’t want to give him that kind of power. Instead, I depicted several alternate worlds, none of which is fully dominated by him. Also, I wanted to include within the card a protection against it, or it’s own undoing. So if you flip the card upside down, you will see the little girl. Innocence, the life-source. Above her is a sign indicating protection from the Corpsoration - invoked in the ill-dignified position of the card.
This card is just called “100 Dollars” or the Hundred Dollar Bill, or something like that. I wanted to leave it slightly ambiguous as far as the wording. This card was inspired by something in a Hakim Bey lecture I listened to yesterday. He said that money was the “sexuality of the dead.” It only begets itself, and it is itself not alive. I also combined that with the idea classically of Pluto or Hades as being the lord of both the underworld and of money. I guess the underworld god was in charge of money since precious metal was mined from the earth, and the earth both presents and preserves all other kinds of treasures - including our dead bodies. There’s also a reference to the Voodoo figure, Baron Samedi. And he has on his hat the classic pentacle of the Tarot deck - sometimes understood as “coins or money.” I thought maybe this would make a good equivalent or alternative to the Ace of Pentacles. Aces often signify the sort of impulse into existence of a force, which develops through particular suit. I also included the disney dog Pluto upside down for the ill-dignified position. It looks like he’s descending from heaven this way. It’s a play on the Roman Pluto, the expression “all dogs go to heaven” and various other mythological dogs of the dead. In the regular Tarot, there are also cards which support one another. I imagine this card would support The Corpsoration, and vice versa. You might be able to say something like this card is the impulse which gives “life” to the Corpsoration. But since it’s an underworld impulse, the best it can do is to create a sort of inauthentic, incomplete version of an entity, thus the corporate zombie.
This is a reworking of an image I made a while ago. It’s called “Surveillance” and the pyramids reference the seal on the back of the dollar bill, with the All-Seeing Masonic Eye. They are also sort of satellites that can see and hear everything - even into your thoughts. It could also be translated maybe as “omnipotence”. Or you could look at the card as meaning something like watching and waiting for the right moment - gathering information before you make your move. It doesn’t necessarily need to be sinister in its connotations. Although it could also indicate something like you feel like you’re under too much scrutiny right now, and you just need a break.
If anybody has alternate or additional interpretations of ideas about these cards and what they could mean, feel free to add them. Oh, and also if anybody has a better name than “Celebrity Tarot” to describe the deck that we’re building, I’m all ears. It originally was going to be all celebrities, but it maybe should have a broader name than that.
One other point I want to make: people talk about how the purpose of the Tarot partially was to transmit “secret teachings” but do it using the cloak of symbols which were common at the time. Seems like we ought to consider this. Obviously, all of us in the “counter-culture” have pretty strong views about what’s right and what’s not, and these ideas are not usually expressed by mainstream culture. So it’s a nice “Fuck you to the Old Man” if we can take images from what he dishes out, and warp them to meet our own ends. People call this sort of thing “culture-jamming” sometimes, but I find most of that stuff to be pretty masturbatory. Anyway, all I’m trying to say is that don’t feel like you shouldn’t be “pushing an agenda” with your cards and their meanings. It’s obviously already headed pretty strongly in that direction, so let’s run with it and see what we can build out of the “ruins of the dying civilization”.
Speaking of dying civilizations, I just thought of another one! Check it out: The Wildman!
Here’s your typical Bigfoot character. But if you look carefully, he’s standing amidst the ruins of a vanished civilization, which has been overgrown by forest. He’s your anti-civilization urge. He’s your “You know to survive after the Apocalypse hits” instincts. He’s your “grow your hair long and run through the forest naked” impulse. You’ll also notice that inside his stomach is a beer keg. I added that because I think for most people nowadays, their Wildman archetype is unfortunately mostly unleashed only during kegstands and other drunken frat-house rituals. There’s also a recycling symbol in the trees as the ecological movement in a lot of ways stems from reconnecting with him on a social scale. He also has a little wolf companion and guide, who’s standing deeper into the woods, also playing atop the ruins of civilization. He’s sort of the antithesis of the Corpsoration.
Oh, one more thing: Don’t worry about overlapping or repeating anybody else’s symbolism or imagery when you’re designing your cards. The way I see it is we have the possibility to do hundreds of these cards. And it only makes sense that some of them are gonna be pretty similar, but with slightly different connotations…
- Love is the source of spiritual reality.
- Truth reveals Love into our reality.
- Beauty is our perceptual response to the in-breaking of Truth.
- Joy is the soul’s recognition of and reunion with spiritual reality.
The simple act of †Telling the Truth† is literally the only thing which effects real and lasting changes upon our reality, because it †transmutes the Fake into the Real. The act of Prophesy¤ is the speaking forward of †transformative Truths Into Reality™. Avarah K’Davarah - I will create as I speak.
Actually, “Abracadabra” isn’t a bad (evil) term. Yet it isn’t a word to play around with either. Some sources attribute it to the Aramaic language spoken by Christ and the people of His days on earth: “Avarah K’Davarah,” meaning “I will create as I speak.” Kabbalistic and Gnostic literature refer to it also with those meanings. Other sources trace it to the Hebrew phrase “ha brachah dabarah” or “Speak the blessing”. Used as an amulet to heal afflictions and rid oneself of evil, it was chanted, each successive verse reducing the phrase letter by letter until reaching the beginning (and the end), the Alpha.
Perhaps you knew all this or are wondering why I am introducing it to you if you don’t. The meaning of words, along with their sounds, contain great power and so we best be acquainted with them. A very common example is the use of “Amen.” Many use it as “The End” to prayers, but it means “It is the truth” or “So be this truth.” So in some scriptural translations, when Jesus begins with, “Amen, Amen I say to you…” He is, in a way, using the meaning of Abracadabra: “I am creating as I speak, for this is Truth.” “Amen” is sacred language…
“In the beginning, God said…” (Genesis 1). Those words reflect the meaning of abracadabra: I create by speaking; I speak a blessing into physical existence.” “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…Through him [the Word] all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:1, 3).
There are two kinds of suffering: the first is caused by ignorance of the Truth. For one must first learn how to recognize the Truth. This is the gift of discernment and originates within the heart. The Truth is recognized by the rapid and spontaneous beating of one’s heart (your heart “leaps into your throat”) and the consequent clamping down as your autonomic systems try to reassert normal control. Your body’s equilibrium is thrown off, you get hot, sweaty, goosebumps, etc. This is typically pretty similar to the fear/panic response of your body: because when something scares you or suddenly threatens you, it’s because it reflects some kind of truth or the truth of some immediate danger. And the Truth is of course dangerous and scary because it tears down illusions. (And how do you like that, as I described those states within the body, I experienced them and unlocked Truth behind an uncomfortable illusion I myself was holding on to.)
The second kind of suffering is caused by knowledge of the Truth and willful rejection of it. I think, but am not sure, that this is what they are talking about in terms of Venial versus Mortal Sin. Venial sins I guess are the “better” ones:
According to Roman Catholicism, a venial sin (meaning “forgivable” sin) is a lesser sin which does not result in a complete separation from God and eternal damnation in Hell… Each venial sin that one commits adds to the penance that one must do. Penance left undone during life converts to punishment in purgatory. A venial sin can be left unconfessed.
Venial sins usually remain venial no matter how many one commits. They cannot “add up” to collectively constitute a mortal sin, except in certain cases of theft, where one steals a very small amount of money or goods many times.
Which makes Mortal sins the really crappy ones:
According to the beliefs of Roman Catholicism, a mortal sin is a sin that, unless confessed and absolved (or at least sacramental confession is willed if not available), condemns a person’s soul to Hell after death… Sin is defined by St. Augustine as something said, done or desired contrary to the eternal law.
So I guess if you’re in Purgatory then that means you are just doing penance for the small shit. And if you’re in Hell then it’s because you did something really bad: that you knew was bad and did anyway. That I think is the second kind of suffering. The way out is through “confession” which simply means speaking Truth to whomever it needs to be spoken to (usually yourself and at least one other person for a “TRUTH EXCHANGE”), because Truth is a corrective for both illusion and for suffering. Forgive is for to give. Forget is for to get.
I think “suffering” is a more useful word than “sin” here, because sin is so, well, tainted. I mean, I guess that’s the point, but oh well. (Incidentally, the way to get to Heaven is to align yourself utterly with the Truth, especially when it directly contradicts perceptual and rational reality: “Two doctors contradicting each other are a pair of docs paradox”. The Truth cannot contradict itself, but it regular contradicts reality.)
I think the real point of all this - in my experience - is that to know the Truth and to not Tell it into existence through right action and right speech (Prophecy) is to allow yourself to be destroyed piece by piece and yet find no peace. You gradually float out of existenzce as your heart downgives in to an institutional illusion within. Remember. Repentence. Repermanence. Forgive is for to give. Forget is for to get. Say these phrases as my mad mantras, Samaritan, Shantaram:
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”
The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?”
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?
Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?”
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
The “Living Water” is poison which must be transmuted. (I am speculating but it feels right)
It doesn’t matter what is “real.” It only matters what is True, because Truth is the foundation and wellspring of reality, and not the other way around. You cannot always trust your eyes or your other senses to tell you what is real, but you may always trust your heart to tell you what is True, because it knows. It itself is made of Truth and so it recognizes itself.
You write your wish and it re-writes reality. Write wright, right?
The Lord said: “Tell them you’re not real, you’re me.”
Don’t bother trying to write “original songs.” Write songs we all know in our hearts are about our origins.
We are only a rendition in a repetition expedition tradition. When I asked it the question I asked you it said “Eternal” which is what my heart already knew as True and Beautiful.
The Truth hides itself so that it may be recognized and thereby ignite Joy in our souls.
The purpose of Time is allow us to ceaselessly recognize the Beauty in each single moment, each configuration of souls upon the stage and the beautiful frequencies the various instruments have when arranged differently. The illusion of Time is only held together by dramatic tension. When tension falls to zero, time ceases. When tension slows down considerably, your physical eyes adjust focus and you’re likely to see ghosts, and the shades of overlapping time periods laminated across your own. This is spiritual apperception of time as opposed to ordinary.
It’s not that the world is flat, but that the screen is flat. If you look hard you can see the smarticles. This is where UFO’s come from. This is how you can tune the moon, once you can see astrological charts in the sky.
The way they heal people in Christian Science is by Telling the Truth to illnesses that they are not real, but more importantly revealing to a person’s heart and soul that they are healthy and well. Truth is always phrased in the positive. Recursion ends when Truth is spoken forward¤
Raphael = God Has Healed = RA¤ FA¤ EL¤ = RFL = RFLMAO = Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Ass Off = Rolling Stones’ “Exile On Main Street.”
If your hopes should start to fade, just kinda pretend you’ll get them again…
A thank you thank you to Thank You Thank You for revealing these elements of Truth.
[Some games you win no matter the outcome. The female mannequin is back again. I wouldn’t have thought of that as good news until now. It’s going to be a moon money monkey month, apparently!]
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