Anima, Soul, Psyche

Being that has soul is living being. Soul is the living thing in man, that which lives of itself and causes life.... With her cunning  play of illusions the soul lures into life the inertness of matter that does not want to live. She makes us believe incredible things, that life may be lived. She …

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Anima Rising

"I've got a head full of quandary And a mighty, mighty thirst" Joni Mitchell "We think we can congratulate ourselves on having already reached such a pinnacle of clarity, imagining that we have left all these phantasmal gods far behind. But what we have left behind are only verbal spectres, not the psychic facts that …

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Imaginal Love

[Although I never planned to take this long of a break from WordPress, I have been finding it difficult to make time for writing and reading here. I can't, not that you are asking, offer any good reason for my prolonged absence. If I don't find time to make the rounds, please know that you …

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Alchemy Class Notes – Session Twelve

"Enter alchemy – thing-words, image-words, craft-words. The five supposed sources of alchemy are each a technology. Each is a handwork physically grappling with sensate materials: (1) Metallurgy and Jewelry: mining, heating, smelting, forging, annealing; (2) Cloth and Fiber Dyeing: dipping, coloring, drying; (3) Embalming the Dead: dismembering, evacuating, infusing, preserving; (4) Perfumery and Cosmetics: grinding, mixing, distilling, diluting, evaporating; …

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Crazy

"Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be breakthrough." —Psychologist R. D. Laing. crazy (adj.)1570s, "diseased, sickly," from craze + -y (2). Meaning "full of cracks or flaws" is from 1580s; that of "unsound mind," or behaving so, is from 1610s. If by defining someone as crazy, we mean they're cracked, the cracks might …

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