NOVEMBER, 2004 E.V.
With Thanksgiving on the way, sandwiched as it is between the Feast of the Burning Lamps in Egypt in honor of Isis and Osiris, and the Tibetan Festival of Lights, in a time to give thanks for the generous resources of our land, and a time for sharing this abundance with others, keeping in mind that the date (November 25th) on the pagan calendar also marks the ancient Roman Festival of the Goddess Fortuna, she with underworld associations, here's some food for thought (although I'll bet most readers are content with turkey with all the trimmings).
From The Qabalistic Tarot by Robert Wang
In the October 2004 REVOLVER-MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL list of the best metal videos of the new millennium (so far), the readers/viewers selected TOOL's PARABOL/PARABOLA as number 10. According to the article, the highlight of the video (which was directed by Adam Jones) is the scene in which "Three dudes levitate over a table, start to rotate, and then throw up black goo that creates a perfect circle." Even though it is written in Sepher Yetzirah that "Ten are the numbers of the ineffable Sephiroth, ten and not nine, ten and not eleven", too bad that "Parabol/Parabola didn't come in number 11, as that number is perhaps more fitting to the wealth of occult symbolism openly displayed in the video, with eleven being the number of the so-called "false" or "hidden" Sephira of the Qabalistic Tree of Life, it representing the Sphere of Daath (knowledge of higher dimensions). (NOTE: The central sphere of the Tree of Life, Tiphereth (the sixth qabalistic power-zone), represents Ra-Hoor-KHUit, the ever-lasting son within Kether/Nuit and Malkuth/Hadit (i.e. Horus - the Beauty in the Beast), or, as Frater Achad reminds us in his book entitled "The Anatomy of the Body of God", Tiphereth "is a sphere halfway between the Center and the Circumference."
This said, located' on the Middle Pillar in the center of the upper hexagram of the mystical diagram, Daath (which could be said to be both existing and non-existing), is the gateway to the shadow-side (back) of the Tree of Life, whose fruit, according to Kenneth Grant , "is unattainable by man as man." It is also via the accursed Sephira, Daath, after crossing the abyss (Grant's Mauve Zone or others' Divine Twilight), that nightside travelers can access, enter and traverse the 22 tunnels of the qliphoth. And speaking of the qliphoth or shells, the black goo, as the writer of the article refers to the stuff thrown up by three dudes (played in earlier scenes by Maynard, Blair and Lilo), in exoteric terms could be described as the zcrra of the record business. However, in more esoteric terms, it could be seen as Manna from Heaven, or the shit of the gods.
EATERS OF THE OPAL OF ZRA'D
(Treasure Blooms from the Black Garden)
"Many a true word spoken in jest"
Much of the symbolism in the video for Parabol/Parabola, in particular the animated sequences created by visionary artist Alex Grey* such as the flaming eye, bonelayer/sawblade, prismatic diamond and occult anatomy in general, mirrors certain esoteric themes in my book, IJYNX (available in a revised second edition on this website) - that concerning the 'mining' of a mysterious post-mortem substance known variously as "Occultum of Harlequin", "The Residuum of Paradise", "The Glitter of the Sleepers" and "The Dream of the Dreamless."
In keeping with the theme of Thanksgiving - that of being thankful for a bountiful harvest and a plentiful feast to be shared with others, I am here reminded of something that Aleister Crowley wrote in his mystical treatise "Atlantis: The Lost Continent (Liber LI)." In speaking of the inhabitants of Atlas, the Great Beast offers yet another cryptic hint as to the true nature of the work (as opposed to being solely a "high jinx" treatise of left-hand path sex-magick) when he writes "Every man saved all his earnings and died rich. At his death his savings went back into the community." If, as I believe, by "savings" and "earnings" he is referring to "The Residuum of Paradise", than consider this statement when pondering such mysterious objects as The Philosophers' Stone of alchemical tradition and The Holy Grail as a horn of plenty.
When I first sent Kenneth Grant (who was a disciple of Crowley and who now is The Outer Head of the Typhonian O.T.O.) the magical verses which would later become the book, Ijynx, in a letter from him dated November 9, 2001 e.v., he responded to the prose-poems by describing them as "... Glittering word-play... dazzling in their jeweled splendour. The sheer torrent of brilliance suggests to me a cascade arrested (italics mine), carved in rock-hard and unyielding prose..." to which he added: "Thank you for a sumptuous feast." In light of what I've said, I took this last line to be particularly revealing.
* Likewise, some of this arcane symbolism is touched upon in an interview that Alex conducted with the members of the band that, last I heard, is planned to be released at some point.
"DA VINCI CODE PRIEST IS DUG UP,