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This is a really fun book I read as a youngster.  It has an extremely interesting way of presenting gnostic ideas in a particular kind of aesthetic framework.  There is also a strong tendency to the same universalism which was typified by the growing community of new age writers and artists of the time, which works to its favor (rather than diluting the essence of the truths within).

 

In particular the section on "chapel perilous" is another fascinating window into the visionary group mind as it approached the era of the 80s (and all that came along with it...)

 

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The term chapel perilous first appeared in Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur (1485)[1] as the setting for an adventure in which sorceress Hellawes unsuccessfully attempts to seduce Sir Lancelot. T. S. Eliot used it symbolically in The Waste Land (1922). Dorothy Hewett took The Chapel Perilous as the title for her autobiographical play, in which she uses "the framework of the Arthurian legend, Sir Lancelot, to create a theatrical quest of romantic and epic proportions."[2]

 

"Chapel perilous" is also a term referring to a psychological state in which an individual is uncertain whether some course of events was affected by a supernatural force, or was a product of their own imagination. It was used by writer and philosopher Robert Anton Wilson in his 1977 book Cosmic Trigger.

 

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I'm still not reading of late, no gravity for it.

But the books keep leaping into my lap while doing other things.

 

So, for my gal...

 

The Ten Thousand Doors of January

The Bear and the Nightingale

The Starless Sea

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On 2/9/2020 at 3:01 PM, Taomeow said:

 

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I'm quite curious to hear any thoughts you'd be willing to share on this.

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14 minutes ago, silent thunder said:

I'm quite curious to hear any thoughts you'd be willing to share on this.

 

Please stay tuned then, it's still on my night stand.  The other ones took precedence because of you know what.  But its time is coming. 

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Just now, Taomeow said:

 

Please stay tuned then, it's still on my night stand.  The other ones took precedence because of you know what.  But its time is coming. 

Awesome... that's like waiting for Solstice Eve... :wub:

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On 4/24/2020 at 8:31 AM, RobB said:

Blimey, this could take a while...

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Tempting...

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On 5/18/2020 at 4:58 PM, silent thunder said:

I'm quite curious to hear any thoughts you'd be willing to share on this.5e408f49d913a_51Cxbb-IU-L._SX378_BO1204203200_.jpg.0869765921fa1f51d0a9234989be9b66.jpg.cfab5c092d2a5c684ecf59da92390e7c.jpg

 

Getting back to you with the book report.  It's excellent.  I picked it up somewhere secondhand-books (as was my habit before the look-don't-touch times) based on nothing in particular except a shen qi feeling (physical books can have that, which is why I always prefer them, given a choice ),  and now I finally read some of it all the way to the blurbs on the back cover and discovered there's one by Albert Einstein, who wrote a letter to the author in 1953 (the book first came out in 1952) praising it and expressing gratitude.   So looks like we're in good company. 

 

It pretty much teaches one to orient oneself in the sky with clarity, simplicity and common sense I haven't seen in other books on astronomy, which mostly left me frustrated because the way constellations are presented therein for recognition, whether traditional or modernized, always seemed arbitrary, confusing and, with few exceptions, not particularly helpful.  This one is different and fun.

 

And has some surprises for a taoist too -- e.g. I knew (of course) that Ursa Major rotates around the Polaris and drags a good chunk of the overall taoist cognitive paradigm with it, but I had no idea that Cassiopeia rotates right across from it in the same pattern.  Together they are like end points on the spikes that hold the umbrella of the sky open ('heaven is round' -- Ta Chuan) and the North Pole Star is like the leak-proof center point of that umbrella (wiki tells me it's called a ferrule) sitting on top of its shaft... which actually made the ancient concept of the axis mundi  as clear to me as no amount of pompous mystical pronouncements ever did.  :D 

 

  So, if you like to look at the sky, this book can help you recognize and comprehend what it actually is that you're looking at.  :) 

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1 hour ago, Taomeow said:

I picked it up somewhere secondhand-books (as was my habit before the look-don't-touch times) based on nothing in particular except a shen qi feeling

This is how most of my books seems to jump into my lap these days.

and exactly how I came to ask you about this book.  That cover veritably sings to me.

 

Thanks so much for your time, particularly now.  I'm an avid Star Hound from my earliest daze, so I'll be looking for my copy.

 

And for the record... Second hand book stores are perhaps the greatest hover points for me since discovering one across the street from our home while attending University back in the 80's.  Collette was the bookstore Cat and the Captain of the Idea Ship, who chaparoned those of us who meandered the maze of shelves across two sprawling levels.  I spent countless afternoons in one of the reading nooks they provided with Collette as companion close by, smiling and nodding her approval, or sniffing in mild contempt on occasion.

 

It was over a year of regular perusing, before I finally meandered into the furthest back corner of the second floor shelving units to uncover... their secret door to the third level of rare and specialty books! 

 

Never found the door to Narnia, but probably for the best... I've had work here to do.  :)

 

Thanks again friend. 

 

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I presently have these books on my nightstand, kept on top of my prayer mat:

 

"Become the Force"

"The Four Dragons"

"White Moon on the Mountain Peak"

"The Bliss of Inner Fire"

"The Book of Joy"

 

 

I'm also recently reading or re-reading:

 

"Enter Mo Pai"

"Nei Kung: The Secret Teachings of the Warrior Sages"

"The Magus of Java"

"Neolithic Shamanism"

 

 

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Books on my nightstand,

 

I have 4,  a very bizarre blend, imho.

 

Guanzi vol 1.

The Tanya ( a Chassidic text by the Alter Rebbe Schneur Zahlman of Liadi )

The Dictionary of FreeMasonry

Dragons of Autumn Twilight, the classic Dragonlance fantasy paperback from my childhood.  I'm re-reading it.

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I'm on this paragraph:

 

"What, then, were the procedures?  Reading alchemical texts, the first thing one discovers is that there is very little unity of opinion on the subject.  Transmutation consisted in the following set of operations: purification, solution, putrefaction, distillation, sublimation, calcination, and coagulation.  However, the order and content of them is unclear, and not all alchemists employed all the techniques.  Circumstances (...) always seemed to alter the methods.  Hence what is agreed upon in terms of procedure is very general, consisting only of the basic outlines. (...) The very delicacy of the procedure meant that it could be thrown off by the slightest mistake.  Furthermore, it was central to the tradition that each student must learn this complex procedure by himself.  There was no standardized recipe that could be handed on, but rather an elaborate practice that required a profound commitment.  The variable factors were thus legion; failure rather than success was the rule."         

 

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Put this one down for a while but have picked it back up. Very exotic and inspiring.

 

 

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Fall of Gods.  I was a kickstarter supporter for this piece. 

Bought it for my mythology collection and for my son to peruse on a long road trip to Oregon last Summer.

 

It's a High Fantasy Norse mythological tale told in graphic novel style.

Fun tribute to the Old Norse Hero tales.  Though wholly predictable, the Art is of exceptional quality and detail.

As a picture book, it's outstanding.

 

It was not a hit, with my son, my gal, or myself at the time and sat unperused until yesterday...

Though I'm appreciating it now.

 

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Seems all I have gravity to read these daze, is a bit of poetry and picture books...

C'est la vie.

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Just put this one on my Kindle

 

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And this one:

 

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Edogawa Rampo is a pen name derived from the Japanese way to say Edgar Allan Poe. 

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