the grand duke of feng shui and the curse of hermes

Happy New Year everyone…

Every year around the world at the time of the week long Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year, Feng Shui (pronounced FOONG-SOY) practitioners look to sage advisors to dispel the wrath of the ruling so-called “Grand Duke Jupiter”. He shows up in one area of the Lo Shu square, the basis for all Feng Shui along with Hexagrammaton and Bigrammaton (the I Ching). Most people don’t think about Feng Shui beyond following the advice to not disturb the ground or make loud noises in the sector that the Grand Duke is residing in. However aside from such tantalizing superstitions, as Mutational Alchemists, it is interesting and helpful to look at the underlying mathematics of the Ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui. Twelve times five is sixty. The five elements multiplied against the twelve zodiacal mansions, or the five visible planets which were assigned to the five elements, or vice versa. Listen to the below video as Derek Walters, the translator of the most popular Tai Tsuan Ching theorizes about how the Chinese elements were assigned their colors and nature.

 

Jupiter, green in color in the sky, is associated with the Wood element. Wood, or Air as I prefer to call it, is the element of creative growth and potential. The renewing purifier of Chi, it is the element which is most like the sacred Jen element in Trigrammaton represented by the Tridosha. 

The Tridosha on the Chariot from The Mutational Alchemy Tarot.
The Tridosha on the Chariot from The Mutational Alchemy Tarot.

 In China the twelve (in the 12×5 formula) are ascribed celestial animals, whereas in the West they are the twelve celestial symbols – centaur called Sagittarius, virgin called Virgo, water bearer named Aquarius etc. There are sixty different Grand Dukes, each a famous general from China’s long and glorious history, and they extend across the span of the sixty Celestial Animal/Element combinations. 

Daoist (Taoist) symbols carved in stone: yin-yang and animals of the Chinese zodiac. Qingyanggong temple, Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Photo by Felix Andrews CC Licensing 1.2
Daoist (Taoist) symbols carved in stone: yin-yang and animals of the Chinese zodiac. Qingyanggong temple, Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Photo by Felix Andrews CC Licensing 1.2

(In a bizarre coincidence, one of China’s leading generals currently shares the same name as the ruling Tai Sui, or Grand Duke Jupiter for 2016, Guan Zhong. )

The Taoists, like the old Pythagorean mathematakoi, began their work in much the same way Abrahadabrites do today, using math, geometry, science and meditation together. Over the centuries a kind of slippage has occurred where Feng Shui practitioners and other Taoists have forgotten the origins of these methodologies completely. It isn’t discussed anywhere in the world why these methods are held in high esteem or where they came from. 

In Feng Shui belief, the Grand Duke Jupiter, which is a personality separate from the mere Celestial Animal/Element combo, is given power over Earth during his year, and that some Taoist sects hypothesized that the ordering of the cosmos included a “shadow” orbital pathway, that ran in opposition to the planet itself. This path is the path of Tai Sui. It is curious that the Chinese placed such an importance on Jupiter. 

 

If we look at Vedic astrology we find a kind of conflict between Mercury and Jupiter which isn’t found in the Western ideas of these archetypes. Here Mercury is called Budha, and Jupiter is called Brihaspati, by the Puranas the son of Agni the Lord of Fire. Luna, or Moon is called Chandra. The goddess Tara, who is a Boddhisattva in Buddhism, and a goddess or devi in Hinduism, and sometimes regarded as the supreme personality of the Earth, has an affair with Chandra and becomes pregnant with Budha. This angers Brihaspati and a great war is stopped by the wisdom of Brahma, and Tara is taken away from Chandra and given back to Brihaspati. The child Budha, the personification of the planet Mercury, feels he is left with a karmic debt, and so performs yugya (sacrifice) to Vishnu. Budha has a green tint, not unlike the physical appearance of Jupiter as was demonstrated in the Five Elements and Five Planets lecture earlier.

"Budha Graha" by EA Rodrigues retrieved from Wikipedia, originally from "The complete Hindoo Pantheon, comprising the principal deities worshipped by the Natives of British India throughout Hindoostan"
“Budha Graha” by EA Rodrigues retrieved from Wikipedia, originally from “The complete Hindoo Pantheon, comprising the principal deities worshipped by the Natives of British India throughout Hindoostan”

Tara is said to have begun her journey to Boddhisattva status millions of years ago on another planet, and she is significant in that she made sure to always incarnate as a woman from the time of her earliest relationship with her chosen Ishta-dev on this other planet, because she was encouraged to be reborn as a man by foolish monks. It was then she realized that there were less Buddhas who chose to manifest in the Yin form.

Green Tara, Nepal, fourteenth century. Gilt copper inset with precious and semiprecious stones, H20.25 in, (51.4 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Louis V. Bell Fund, 1966, 66.179. Public Domain  his work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less.
Green Tara, Nepal, fourteenth century. Gilt copper inset with precious and semiprecious stones, H20.25 in, (51.4 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Louis V. Bell Fund, 1966, 66.179. Public Domain his work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 70 years or less.

It is easy to see for the experienced occultist the hint of the hidden but obvious affliction of the Magus in this world. Mercury is of course the Great Magus, the patron of Alchemy himself, his symbol is of the rooster and the dolphin (via his child by Aphrodite, Eros), two animals intimately linked with Abraxas and Logos, those two great Heavenly Yang principles. While not entirely a match, the affair between Hermes the intelligence of Orange Hod and Venus, Green Netzach arranged by Zeus, Blue Chesed is interesting in comparison to the Vedic planetary myth.

“Mercurius [Hermes] stirred by Venus’s [Aphrodite’s] beauty, fell in love with her, and when she permitted no favours, became greatly downcast, as if in disgrace. Jove [Zeus] pitied him, and when Venus [Aphrodite] was bathing in the river Achelous he sent and eagle to take her sandal to Amythaonia of the Egyptians and give it to Mercurius [Hermes]. Venus [Aphrodite], in seeking for it, came to him who loved her, and so he, on attaining his desire, as a reward put the eagle in the sky [as the constellation Aquilla].”

Pseudo-Hyginus, Astronomica 2. 16 (trans. Grant) (Roman mythographer C 2nd A.D.) retrieved 2/9/2016 <http://www.theoi.com/Olympios/HermesLoves.html#Aphrodite>

Hermes
Hermes at the Grand Central Terminal, New York, 1914

Various people have attempted to reason around the problem, to grapple with the hows and whys of it, but I, someone who has wanted to be an occultist all of my life and who was raised in the tradition of a globally aware Magus, have known a great deal of well travelled and educated Mages, none of them exceed both in wealth and knowledge and wisdom. Aleister Crowley himself is a great example of someone well-heeled and funded who worked very hard all of his life and fell to the curse. 

In 2009 m1thr0s explained his theory that it had something to do with Jupiter, not just from the physical manifestation in his own life but from performing readings, scrying the worlds and so on. I didn’t agree that it was universal, but he didn’t either. Was it possible that there were unwritten rules we could never be consciously aware of until encountering them, and which could not be proven? The only thing that could easily explain it is the Computer Program Universe theory, which is both attractive and horrifying, if not merely cheap and easy. 

But who knows? Infinity is a long time and there’s all kinds of weird games one might invent along the way to stave off the most deadly threat: boredom. Could we be playing on a two sided game, with the “Gods” or “Higher Selves” on the other side merely partners on our team, and “Demons” on the enemy team? We may never know. But more compelling to me personally is the idea that the universe is examining itself through us, that we are the computing power. Also comforting and sensible is the idea that none of this has ever been done before, which is why it all seems so painful at times. That’s the only kind of evil I can bear to accept: that which is unintentional and non-repeating.  At the level of Yin and Yang at their purest most sacred form anyways. Even a vicious and unrelenting sorceress like myself cannot see a point to suffering past Victory. That is the code of Budo. 

I have not been fully convinced, but I do think that the TwinStar or Tetraktys of the Decad is the Tao, as it meets all of the qualifications for it. You can ask it yourself, but it tells me that while there are rules to life, it isn’t a game, and it’s as real as anything, no computer simulation. But there are still a great many mysteries humans cannot afford the solutions to yet. 

free tibet chosen as the abrahadabra institute’s sister cause

m1thr0s and I are excited to announce that The Abrahadabra Institute will be adopting Free Tibet as its focus charity organization. To start with we will carry a permanent badge on our website which links to information on the Free Tibet cause, and a link to Free Tibet’s website. In the future we’ll continue to focus on Tibet, encouraging support for the cause broadly across the entire organization, with a portion of all membership dues going towards this charity, signifying our absolute support and appreciation for everything Tibet has done for the world and the occult.

Tibet is the beautiful home of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism, the unbroken lineage of the Dalai Lama boddhisattva, ancient monasteries that are part of the human heritage, the rare and mystical Snow Leopard and the pristine wilderness of the Himalayas. Instead of opening free trade between their nations and respecting the rights of Tibetans, a morally bankrupt China violently invaded Tibet in 1950, taking away their freedom and enforcing totalitarian atheism and tyrannical laws. Laws punishing music, art, dance, religion, traditional clothing, Tibetan language, homosexuality and human rights were violently enforced on a tortured populace. 

Schneeleopard
Schneeleopard oder Irbis (Snow Leopard) photo by Gunnar Ries. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license. Retrieved from <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Schneeleopard.jpg> 1/28/2016

 

The industrialized theft of Tibet’s natural resources has decimated the formerly pristine wilderness, and Tibet’s fragile ecosystem has begun to turn into desert wasteland. Rare plants and animals are in danger of being lost forever, including the precious Snow Leopard, the national animal of Tibet shown on their flag. This is one of the rarest big cats in the world and also the loveliest.

Now more than ever, as China begins to explore the values of freedom in their markets, it is important that freedom loving people everywhere remain vocal about the campaign of torture and terror that has been ongoing in Tibet over the last 65 years. People need to be aware of the differences between this occupation and others which set it apart from conflicts elsewhere in the world. First of all China is not an inclusive nation, it isn’t a democracy. Collectivism dictates that sacrifices including death and poverty must be made for the greater good, even if these sacrifices are irrational and stupid, such as Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” which killed forty-five million people in four years. Combine this doctrine of laissez-faire human sacrifice with the subconscious  cultural ideology of a stratified society, and you are left with the antithesis of freedom and justice, the torture and systematic genocide of anyone who is not sacrificing themselves to China’s warlords, the Communist Party. 

China isn’t providing education, jobs or technology to Tibetans. They are stealing their rich resources, worth billions, and trying to wipe them out both culturally and genetically. The work that the Tibetans have done over the years on The Body of Light and the I Ching has been invaluable to The Abrahadabra Institute. The Dalai Lama is a shining example of one who has been a light of inspiration to a broad audience in the West, yet has not caved to consensus or “new” age Buddhist interests. He still practices and preaches real authentic Tantric Buddhism. In this  he is a very worthy role model for occultists. 

It is possible to free Tibet and give her sovereignity back to her people and to the Dalai Lama, or we wouldn’t take up this banner. Mongolia managed to destroy its communist government in 1991, restoring its religious freedoms and freedom of speech. China itself has made some small steps already, decriminalizing homosexuality in 1997 and allowing some free market trade, which predictably has lead to an explosion in economic fortune.  Historically we see that reversals of mistakes can happen. India was once occupied by Britain and gained its freedom through passive resistance, and today stands as a rare democracy in Asia. Israel was once occupied by totalitarian Islam during the Islamic crusades and today it is a multi-cultural, multi religious high tech democracy with a huge yearly gay pride parade, a sty in the eye of Sharia everywhere. The damages that go down when a freedom loving nation loses its sovereignity to violence and collectivist ideology are incalculable, and any reversals that can be made should be made.  Diversity is a good thing. What is good for the health of stars individually is also good on a national level. “There is a word to say about the Hierophantic task. Behold! there are three ordeals in one, and it may be given in three ways. The gross must pass through fire; let the fine be tried in intellect, and the lofty chosen ones in the highest. Thus ye have star & star, system & system; let not one know well the other!” – Liber al Vel Legis, or The Book of the Law

A Tibetan Sand Painting by Tibetan Buddhist Monks by G.G. Vlad. This file is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication
A Tibetan Sand Painting by Tibetan Buddhist Monks by G.G. Vlad. This file is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mandala_zel-tary.jpg>

The longer an occupation goes on the more difficult it is to overturn it, and the damages are horrible, both for Tibet and for China. Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the American Indian nations are a few nations in the same boat. They don’t have to undergo torture for their beliefs, but the soft racism and discrimination of classism is hard to erase, and it makes life uncomfortable for both the controlled and the controller.  It isn’t too late for Tibet if people speak out for her. The citizens of Tibet can be arrested for sending an email internationally, using words like “human rights” or for owning a photograph of the Dalai Lama. These arrests often lead to brutal torture, and no one can speak out from behind bars. Us freedom loving peoples in democratic nations must speak out for the silenced. 

Article Featured Image: The People of Tibet (Kids in the Kham) photo by Antoine Taveneaux, Image is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Retrieved from <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tibet#/media/File:People_of_Tibet46.jpg> 1/28/2016

 

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news update 1.26.2016

News update: UPS and Fedex both charge $90 for shipping the Mutational Alchemy Tarot to our extra long distance customers in AU, EU and Asia, sorry guys looks like we’ll still be using USPS and Ebay to handle international sales. It’s a 14% price hike at USPS across the board. I’ll try to come up with a value pack of some kind to make the S&H cost more worthwhile. 

In other news we’ve had a number of odd delays with the I Ching Beginner kits which I know a few people have been asking me about. The publisher switched distributors and the ISBN appears to have been mixed up with another good I Ching book, not the one we need. At first the new distributor  claimed they did not carry it, Princeton contacted me and assured me that they did, and gave me the ISBN, assuring me it was the Wilhelm/Baynes, but I now have a pile of another book that fortunately we’ll be using in the coursework this year anyways. We’re working with them to solve it. This set will be included in the first year coursework which we hope to release soon so when I do get them back in stock I’ll try to coordinate with our coursework and membership for those who would like to become Mutational Alchemists as well as masters of the I Ching.

Until then for those interested in what we are doing, Mutational Alchemy Essentials 001 is always a good start to see if we have what you are looking for.

http://abrahadabra.com/mutational-alchemy-essentials-001/

Header: Blue Racer Snake photo by Rick L Hansen for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Public Domain 2011

a meaningful coincidence…

 

!gridproofs002One of the ways of knowing you’re on the right track with theoretical magick of any kind is that even random hunches will tend to pay off at an accelerated pace. In this example I have taken the word Abrahadabra and written it 6 times forward to forward, each letter taking up one of the 66 points that make up the Abrahadabra Grid. I have then gone in and colored those letters that would correspond to Tree of Life sephiroth in red. Daath is not included according to the argument that Daath is not a sephiroth, but the Highest Crown is included whose corresponding number is 0.  This would be significant in itself but the hunch has something more to reveal!

!gridproofs002A

Next I remove all the letters save for the ones in red. What remains is an encrypted Abrahadabra with no omissions or duplications, stretching all the way to 0! Embedded in the letters is an unexpected egg-drop. It amounts to another proof that the Tree of Life is a physical subset of Abrahadabra and not the other way ’round. Proofs of this kind mean a little taken by themselves but when added to the pile of harder hitting proofs are profoundly significant. It’s a novelty but novelties have their place.  The whole of gematria is rooted in just this kind of  meaningful “coincidence”.

m1thr0s