january newsletter

This is going to be a very short newsletter with a very big announcement. Actually, two very big announcements! We have launched the class registration for the class of 2019. The links on the sidebar will take you there, otherwise just visit the store’s curriculum section for the lowdown. Classes begin March 1st, but registration for the 2019 year is open until June 1st

The other big news is the entirety of the full Book of Mirrors in its original HTML form (including our retro cool old splash page) has been uploaded. Visit the forums under Abrahadabra, Book of Mirrors to visit it.

http://abrahadabra.freeforums.net/thread/427/link-book-mirrors

Well, maybe not the ORIGINAL original version. That site is shown in the screenshot below, two years after launch, when we were (very briefly) the Abrahadabra Foundation during the first inception of the splash screen. I’m glad he changed it, TAF is nowhere near as stylin’ as TAI!

Register on the Forums 

Keep in mind, Abrahadabra members, you need a forum account! Many of you have not registered and you will miss out on quite a lot without it. Registrations are handled manually so give it up to 24 hours or just call me at 360-688-1242 to let me know you’re trying to get in and I can take care of it right then and there.

 

La Belle Dame sans Merci
(The Beautiful Woman Without Mercy)
John William Waterhouse
1893

Speke coude he nat, but upon her beautè 
He loked stil, with right a pitous face. 

With that, his heed he tourned at the last 
For to behold the ladies everichon; 
But ever in oon he set his ey stedfast 
On her, the which his thought was most upon. 
And of his eyen the shot I knew anon
Which federed was with right humble requestes.
Than to my-self I sayd, `By god aloon, 
Suche oon was I, or that I saw these gestes.’

Out of the prees he went ful esely 
To make stable his hevy countenaunce; 
And, wit ye wel, he syghed tenderly 
For his sorowes and woful remembraunce. 
Than in him-self he made his ordinaunce, 
And forth-withal com to bringe in the mes;
But, for to juge his most ruful semblaunce, 
God wot, it was a pitous entremes!

After diner, anon they hem avaunced 
To daunce about, these folkes everichoon; 
And forth-withal this hevy lover daunced 
Somtyme with twayn, and somtyme but with oon. 
Unto hem al his chere was after oon,
Now here, now there, as fel by aventure; 
But ever among, he drew to her aloon 
Which he most dredde of living creature. 

Sir Richard Ros, La Belle Dame sans Mercy
Trans. from the French of Alain Chartier (mid 15th cent.)

#PAS MOI 

At least some French ladies have a very different opinion of much of this “Me Too” stuff that has been rampaging across Hollywood. Seeing a garbage heap of a person like Weinstein get his for cockblocking suitable talent from their rightful place just because they wouldn’t slob all over his knob was satisfying, but many of the accusations are unfair and bordering on libel.

 France has always been a shrugging world weary chain smoking cafe philosopher about something or other for at least a thousand years now, but this one is notable since it touches on some vividly important sexual topics that will define humanity a long time from now – for better or worse. The Atlantic reports on the French #PasMoi anti-movement.

99 very notable French women signed a document that relayed the following:

“Rape is a crime, but trying to seduce someone, even awkwardly, is not. Nor is being gallant a macho aggression.” They continued: “It is the nature of puritanism to borrow, in the name of the supposed collective good, the arguments of the protection of women and of their emancipation to better chain them to their status as eternal victims; poor little things under the control of demonic phallocrats, like in the good old days of witchcraft.”

“We defend the right to seduce, which is indispensable to sexual freedom,” the women continued. “We’re aware enough today to admit that the sex drive is by nature offensive and savage, but we’re also clear-eyed enough not to confuse an awkward pickup with sexual aggression.” The signatories also said they regretted that men had been “punished summarily, forced out of their jobs, for touching a knee, trying to steal a kiss, talking about ‘intimate’ things in a professional dinner or for having sent messages with a sexual connotation to a woman who didn’t reciprocate his affections.”

Not quite Aleister Crowley, but bold, brave, and more than a little “Thelemic” though we hate the moniker. In the words of the little beast:

“I want none of your faint approval or faint dispraise; I want blasphemy, murder, rape
, revolution, anything, bad or good, but strong.” – Aleister Crowley

Read the whole story at the link below:

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/01/france-me-too/550124/

And just when you thought it could not get more weird, Margaret Atwood, you know, the author of the massively pro-lesbian pro-woman dystopian horror story The Handmaiden’s Tale? Yeah basically a mega-feminist? She’s been labelled a “bad” feminist for defending a male professor’s rights to due process. 

https://reason.com/blog/2018/01/14/handmaids-tale-margaret-atwood-feminism

Christians Re-iterate That They Hate the Tarot with a Passion. Us: “This is Fine.”

A bunch of Christians are freaked out because other Christians are trying to convert people with “Destiny Cards” which “Draw on the Power of Christ” to predict the future. Other Christians are alarmed, because reasons, and tarot cards are bad. We’re just glad we don’t have to live in their heads.

https://www.christianpost.com/news/calif-megachurch-accused-of-practicing-occult-in-use-of-destiny-cards-211143/


19,000-lb Space Station Plummeting to Earth Soon. Thanks, China. 

The unmanned space lab named Tiangong-1 is expected to crash back down to Earth at some point in March. China reportedly lost control of the lab nearly two years ago, in June of 2016. The Chinese government later released an estimate that predicted Tiangong-1 would come down at some point in late 2017. The vague guess has led experts to conclude that the country’s space agency has lost all ability to direct the crashing station’s course or know where it will land. Very unprofessional.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/19000-pound-space-lab-falling-uncontrolled-back-to-earth/ar-BBHPuDl?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp

Malaysians are Superstitious Idiots and It’s Driving the Police Crazy

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2127325/malaysian-police-haunted-complaints-about-occult

“a 51-year-old man lodged a police report in Negri Sembilan on December 19, alleging that a female relative had used witchcraft to make him ejaculate all of a sudden.”

Right. 

How America’s National Parks Became Hotbeds of Paranormal Activity

A lot of people are going missing in America’s National Forests, and nobody is tracking them. Vice News reports:

“Arras told her father that she wanted to photograph a nearby lake. It wasn’t terribly far, just over a bluff. He declined to accompany his daughter, 14 at the time, but an elderly man from their group would tag along. At some point, the 77-year-old man grew tired, and sat down to rest. Arras, seemingly determined to reach the water, trekked onward.

Back at the camp, the group’s tour guide remembered noticing her from afar. She was “standing on a rock about 50 yards south of the trail.” According to a summary of her official cold case file, that was the last time anyone saw Arras—or the last time anyone is known to have seen her. She vanished that day, without a trace, leaving only her camera lens behind.”

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/gyjvdx/missing-persons-national-parks-paranormal-bigfoot-aliens

The OTO Amends its By-Laws

Last year the single most…something…piece of news to come out of the OTO was the declaration that they were going to institute anti-discrimination by-laws. In January their first news was that they had indeed instituted those anti-discrimination by-laws after a period of deliberation. Their second order of business was a declaration that they were officially okay with weed. Because an organization that was radicalized by a flaming bisexual who wrote Diary of a Drug Fiend needs to really make sure no homophobes set up shop in their organization, and that they are on the right side of history now that the weed train has…left the station a long time ago. Right? Keep up the incredible groundbreaking innovation fellas…

Kek. 

Satanists are Still Doing Weird Shit in L.A.

This is fine.

“On this altar we consecrate swords to direct the fire of our unholy will,” she said. “A human skull, symbol of death. The great mother Lilith created us all, and will destroy us all.” – Alexandra James, in the LA Times article

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-satanism-music-20180105-story.html

True Detective Season 3 is to Explore Ozarks’ Occult Scene

Season 2 was a little bit of  a drag at times, but those of us who were drawn in by the intense, dark and innovative first season which explored a ultra-dark storyline weaving in black witchcraft, druidry, pedophilia and pitting it against the intense Matthew Mcconaughey are always going to be willing to give this HBO series another chance. 
      The writer of the entire show will be making his directorial debut, so we’re hoping that’s a good thing. Den of Geek has an extensive article on the upcoming Season 3.

http://www.denofgeek.com/us/tv/true-detective/267368/true-detective-season-3-a-history-of-the-occult-in-the-ozarks

eve online project discovery to harness players for exoplanet analysis

CCP’s Eve Online made the news last year when “Project Discovery” was introduced to players who performed scientific analysis on human cell maps in order to speed up research. Players are rewarded with in game items in exchange for performing analysis of real cell charts.
      CCP’s Team Psycho Sisters announced the next project being released. Eve players will assist scientists in sorting and analyzing exoplanets, contributing to the important goal of reaching space, and, a habitable world. The data is sourced from the COROT mission spearheaded by France and based in Europe.
      The COROT website states “COROT is the first mission capable of detecting rocky planets, several times larger than Earth, around nearby stars.”
      Eve Online is free to play, so get in there and start finding planets!

Original Article: https://community.eveonline.com/news/dev-blogs/exoplanets-the-next-phase-of-project-discovery/

every star may be born as a pair, scientists at UC Berkeley find

Sarah Sadavoy (primary) and Steven Stahler (secondary) of UC Berkeley have recently released data and a hypothesis suggesting that most if not all stars in the universe are born as a binary pair. 

“The key here is that no one looked before in a systematic way at the relation of real young stars to the clouds that spawn them. Our work is a step forward in understanding both how binaries form and also the role that binaries play in early stellar evolution. We now believe that most stars, which are quite similar to our own sun, form as binaries. I think we have the strongest evidence to date for such an assertion.”  

– Stahler

     Our own star’s birth companion spun off into parts unknown early on in their life, the scientists say. 

    The full statement is available at the link below:

New evidence that all stars are born in pairs

light moves as a liquid, scientists find

The flow of polaritons encounters an obstacle in the supersonic (top) and superfluid (bottom) regime. Credit: Polytechnique Montreal “Works of Professor Stéphane Kéna-Cohen of Polytechnique Montréal demonstrated the ability of light to flow without friction when encountering an object, under special conditions.”

Giovanni Lerario, Antonio Fieramosca, Dario Ballarini,  Lorenzo Dominici   Milena De Giorgi, Giuseppe Gigli and Daniele Sanvitto of the NANOTEC Institute of Nanotechnology, Fabio Barachati and Stéphane Kéna-Cohen of the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Konstantinos S. Daskalakis of Finland’s Aalto University, Stefan A. Maier of Imperial College London were among the scientists gracing the endorsements section of a paper titled “Room-temperature super fluidity in a polaritoncondensate” released on June 5th, 2017 by the scientific journal, Nature. 
      My first thought was initially interested in the French and Italian names gracing the paper. Any classically trained (ie, European lineaged) artist will tell you that light flows around the form, and that Italy and France stand at the apex of the art world historically. The exact words of my teacher, Kathryn Manzo, after explaining the curving of light around form were “Physics might disagree with us but that’s irrelevant, just observe the light.” 
       With that being said, I have to warn that I don’t mention this because I am the sort of person who is surprised or remotely indignant when scientists investigate if mice like cheese. Doing the actual lab work, no matter how obvious it seems, is crucial to the integrity of science and technology. I just thought it was interesting that this has been observed historically by a mankind far more in the dark about physics than us. The European Academic Tradition dates back formally to Michelangelo, the art world’s Einstein. The views on how light moves would date back at least to his time period. 
      As a side note for followers of Judaic Kabbalah and Hermetic Qabbalah, if light was a mere wave, it wouldn’t agree with Kabbalistic theory, which purports that the light of Ain Soph Aur, particularly in Lurianic Kabbalah, flows “like water” through the Sephira, which are layered like “the layers of an onion” as Luria put it. (The Tree of Life, The Palace of Adam Kadmon)
      Confirming that light flows like this will significantly increase technological advancements in solar panels, so friends of energy alternatives should be very excited about these findings.
      The initial discovery appears to have been credited to one man, Dr. Stéphane Kéna-Cohen of Polytechnique Montréal, the world class engineering institution. He wrote an article titled “
A stream of superfluid light” available at http://www.polymtl.ca/carrefour-actualite/en/news/stream-superfluid-light.

The original Nature PDF is available at https://www.nature.com/articles/nphys4147.epdf.