Monday, 7 January 2013

Monday, By The Gods

A quick exploration of the way that the labeling of time, hidden in plain sight, creates our experience. Just one perspective that illustrates ‘The Enchantments Principle’

I am writing my book on the Enchantments Principle, this is part of my mornings stream, not yet crafted but thought I might share it, as it is, with the regulars, ie I will not be advertising it on Facebook and Twitter.

Even though we are living in the high tech corporatized world of internet and global communication we are still living under the spell of the gods. In fact the computer is also hypnotizing us. We cannot get away from the enchanting nature of reality. Look up at the stars with an open heart and you will be consciously enchanted. Everything is enchanting us, we are enchanted, knowingly or unknowingly.

The environment we walk around us is informing us of our reality, this is not an error, our choice is to either be hypnotized unconsciously or to be consciously enchanted, delighted, or in awe of the fundamental effect of creation upon the human being, which is enchantment. There is a spectrum of awareness in us all ranging from an unknowing mechanistic response led life to full awareness of the way we are being enchanted. In some areas we are conscious in others we are not. We can be in awe of modern science, which is understandable, modern science has brought us wonderful toys and facilities, however, this generally means we project the idea that all the power that creates our modern life is science based it is not. The pagan world lives on, shaping your life.

It begins with the day, we name it, we flavour time, and all of our time is flavoured by the old world. Time and the body are the fundamental contexts for experience. Time belongs to the gods and so do our bodies, the body is embedded in nature. But for now lets us quickly introduce a component of our enchantment, the seven day week. 

Remember the days of the week Sun’s Day, Moons Day, Tiu's day--Mars Day, Wodens Day--Mercury’s Day, Thors Day, Freya's day, Saturn’s Day. 

On the first day “let there be light” Sun's Day

On the second day “separate water from water”, the tidal reality, the astral firmament, Moon Day.

On the third day "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." "Let the land produce vegetation: seed—bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." Activity, separating physical from psychological, starting growth, action, physical energy, Mars Day.

On the fourth Day. "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years,  and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." Separation into life into the basic duality information, creating movement and demarcation of time and space, Mercury Day the messenger of the gods, the conveyance of light, information between things in time and space.

On the fifth Day "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky."  So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.  God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." Expansion and abundance, Jupiter’s Day.

Day Six "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. 

God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." 
 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them  (oh dear here we go and so it begins).

God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

 Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.  And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food." And it was so.

 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

Appreciation, beauty, aesthetics, fecundity, passion, sensuality, sexuality, the temptations of pleasure the great seduction of the gorgeous physical world, the joy, comfort (subdue the wilderness) of Venus Day, Friday.

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.  And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Order established from chaos Saturn’s Day, completion, the Sabbath. The Holy day was originally Saturday not originally Sunday, but Sunday also works as a whole day, being the day of light. Interesting to contemplate then when observing our weekends don’t you think?

Of course we like our semi-civilized Saturnalia on a Saturday night.

The Genesis story is derived from Sumer, the Hebrews being inspired by the Babylonians during their captivity. The Babylonian Culture sprung from the more ancient Sumerian Mythology. The Sumerians, tell us they got the story from their encounters with the Gods who made us in their image. The Gods. Whoever they were. There are multiple interpretations and investigations you can do here, but let’s not go there at the moment.

The point is we are living the seven day week, from the gods, honouring the gods, the creative principles in an orderly way. In many ways it is a natural and logical step to divide the monthly cycle into an idealized quarter. The approximate 29 days of a moon cycle is asking for it, the idealizing linear mind wants things to be ordered, in order to establish a working routine with cadence that allows for the creative cycle flow of creation including rest. More than that though there are the seven visible bodies of the immediate Solar System. So the seven day week is based on reality. Our seven day week is a pretty good fractal of creation.

Monday created for you by the gods...

Now the creative individual, the innovator, the artist, or the freedom seeking existentialist all need to break out of the mechanistic time of the social order, to some extent.

Image by Murray the Nut
On one level the mechanical order of minutes, hours, the seven day week, the Gregorian Year, is a tyranny on the creative spirit. The standard hypnotic time structure does establish civilization, but the artist is never fully civilized, for that is enslavement in comfort. Enslavement in comfort of course is the natural conclusion for the fame seeker, the ‘successful’, the moneyed, the public acclaimed figure, the media darling, the celebrity, the standard achiever. None of that is purely bad, but if you are an artist of life, it’s not what you really need.

Following the Moon Cycle with its messy 29 odd days helps you break out of the working week, together with experiential recognition of the solstices, the equinoxes and the cross quarter Celtic celebrations, gets you back in touch with real time. Real time remeber is based on actual cycles, rather than idealized social cycles. The Sacred Maya Calendar of 260 days, seems to be an enigma for it plugs you into the gestating reality.

The artist must play with time, they generally do, whether it is getting stoned or sleeping and working irregular hours, however I feel that the new art, I include free living as an artform, also needs some connection to other timeframes including natural real time.

The Time Enchantment would seem to be the core enchantment, time is the ultimate commodity.

If you have time, you are not really worrying about time at all but enjoying the natural creative flow of existence...

Image by Fractal Artist Alfred Laing


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