Sunday, 29 July 2012



Beautiful... this artist understands the essence of life.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Servitor Ludi: Glass Bead Pairings: Fire and Ice

Servitor Ludi: Glass Bead Pairings: Fire and Ice: My previous Glass Bead Game related post left some frayed loose ends in my brain, so... anal-retentive chef that I am, I've got to tie the...

Sunday, 15 July 2012

HANGRIES (Contraction of Angry and Hungry) - MARC HERMITTE

This is art. It may be disturbing and provoking. It should make you think and discuss. I am amazed at the misinterpretation by some viewers of the in your face symbolism. Damn, It's more than obvious, some of it is labeled - IMF and WORLD BANK. It's about crown and gown (government and religion), duality, inequality, technology, propaganda , war, racism, eugenics, excess and waste. This is greater than any leader, nation or ism (political/economic/religious system). This is GREED and it could be argued the other six sins, a great depiction by Hermitte. This represents the apex of millenia of civilization. The more things change the more they stay the same.

Saturday, 14 July 2012


Friday, 13 July 2012

Friday the 13 October 1307 - The day that changed the world

In 1305, the new Pope Clement V, based in France, sent letters to both the Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay and the Hospitaller Grand Master Fulk de Villaret to discuss the possibility of merging the two Orders. Neither was amenable to the idea but Pope Clement persisted, and in 1306 he invited both Grand Masters to France to discuss the matter.

De Molay arrived first in early 1307. Villaret was delayed for several months. While waiting, De Molay and Clement discussed charges that had been made two years prior by an ousted Templar. It was generally agreed that the charges were false but Clement sent King Philip IV of France a written request for assistance in the investigation. King Philip was already deeply in debt to the Templars from his war with the English and seized upon these rumours for his own purposes. 

Philip began pressuring the Church to take action against the Order, as a way of freeing himself from his debts. On Friday October 13, 1307 Philip ordered de Molay and scores of other French Templars to be simultaneously arrested. The Templars were charged with numerous heresies and tortured to extract false confessions. The confessions, despite having been obtained under duress, caused a scandal in Paris. Again under pressure from Philip, Pope Clement issued the bull Pastoralis praeeminentiae on November 22, 1307, which instructed all Christian monarchs throughout Europe to arrest all Templars and seize their assets.

Pope Clement called for papal hearings to determine the Templars' guilt or innocence. Once freed of the Inquisitors' torture, many Templars recanted their confessions. Some had sufficient legal experience to defend themselves in the trials, but in 1310 Philip blocked this attempt, using the earlier forced confessions to have dozens of Templars burned at the stake in Paris.
With Philip threatening military action unless the Pope complied with his wishes, Pope Clement agreed to disband the Order, citing the public scandal that had been generated by the confessions. At the Council of Vienne in 1312, he issued a series of papal bulls, including Vox in excelso, which officially dissolved the Order, and Ad providam, which turned over most Templar assets to the Hospitallers.

The elderly Grand Master Jacques de Molay, had confessed under torture, but retracted his confession. Geoffrey de Charney, Preceptor of Normandy, followed de Molay's example, and insisted on his innocence. Both men were declared guilty of being relapsed heretics, and they were sentenced to burn alive at the stake in Paris on March 18, 1314.

According to legend, he called out from the flames that both Pope Clement and King Philip would soon meet him before God. Pope Clement died a month later, and King Philip died in a hunting accident within the year.

With the Order's leaders killed, remaining Templars around Europe were either arrested and tried under the Papal investigation, absorbed into other monastic military orders, or pensioned off and allowed to live out their days peacefully. Some may have fled to other territories outside Papal control, such as Scotland (then under excommunication) or to Switzerland. Templar organisations in Portugal escaped lightly through the imaginative expedient of changing their name from Knights Templar to Knights of Christ.

In 2001, a document known as the "Chinon Parchment" was found in the Vatican Secret Archives, supposedly after having been misfiled in 1628. It is a record of the trial of the Templars, and shows that Clement absolved the Templars of all heresies in 1308, before formally disbanding the Order in 1312. (In October 2007, the Scrinium publishing house published secret documents about the trial of the Knights Templar, including the Chinon Parchment.)

It is now the Roman Catholic Church's position that the medieval persecution of the Knights Templar was unjust; that there was nothing inherently wrong with the Order or its Rule; and that Pope Clement was pressured into his actions by the magnitude of the public scandal and the dominating influence of King Philip IV. As on other occasions, it has not expressed an opinion as to how the highest moral authority on earth could have colluded in the torture and killing of innocent men.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012



"Sabbatic Goat" image drawn by Eliphas Lévi.

The chief deities of Mendes were the ram deity Banebdjedet (lit. Ba of the Lord of Djedet), who was the Ba of Osiris, and his consort, the fish goddess Hatmehit. With their child Har-pa-khered ("Horus the Child"), they formed the triad of Mendes.

The Cube 
The grinding down of a natural stone, an "imperfect Ashlar" into a "Stone of Perfection." This Squared form of six sides and three diensions has been the symbol of repression of the human soul since the very beginning.

Cryptically asserted to be the "number of man" - New Testament, the Book of Revelation (13:17-18)

 Associated with the beast, an antagonistic creature that appears briefly about two-thirds into the apocalyptic vision.

The sum of the first 36 natural numbers, and thus a triangular number.

Those who control the world from the shadows using blood/death and wealth.  

"Thus cursed steel, and more accursed gold, 
Gave mischief birth, and made that mischief bold: 
And double death did wretched Man invade, 
By steel assaulted, and by gold betray'd."

The Iron Age, Metamorphoses by Ovid - 8 CE

On the morning of September 11, 2001, George Bush was reading the story along with a group of schoolchildren at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota County, Florida, when White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card informed him that a second airplane had just hit the World Trade Center. Bush remained seated for roughly seven minutes, and followed along as the children read the book.

"The left-right puppet and additional layer of disenfranchisement, keeping you distracted while Drako weaves his web." - Heliofant