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Thoughts on 'The Landscape' in the Arts and Quantum Thinking
Salamander by Octavio Paz; an Alchemical and Tantric Interpretation
Finnegans Wake, Quantum Awareness, the Snake Releases Its Tail
The Alchemical Transformation of Salmacis And Hermaphroditus
The Healer Aesculapius and this Immortal Coil

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Thoughts on 'The Landscape' in the Arts and Quantum Thinking

Mathius Goeritz wrote, "There is no escape from The Landscape...The word itself signifies our human need to give the chaotic outside of ourselves sense, a shape, an order, a world within worlds..." 
      The concept of The Landscape as understood in painting, music, poetry, physics, and spirituality, is very interesting to me.  Also, what role does Landscape play in our day to day interactions with our "surroundings"?  I became inspired to write this essay when my daughter called me recently from the exquisite botanical flower garden at Duke University in Raleigh-Durham.

Salamander by Octavio Paz; an Alchemical and Tantric Interpretation

     The ancient naturalist Pliney states:
"The Salamander seeks the hottest fire to breed in, but quenches it with the extreme frigidity of her body."    In this context the Salamander is an accurate symbol for the Hermetic foundation that everything exists within and in opposition to each other.   When I read the great poem Salamander by Octavio Paz, I feel that I am reading a cryptic alchemical description of the refinement of raw sexual energy through the experience of contrast within existence.

Finnegans Wake, Quantum Awareness, the Snake Releases Its Tail

           In the exploration for concepts of quantum consciousness in literature, one might not think that an old Irish drinking song would serve as inspiration for a novel about this holographic experience.  Finnegans Wake by James Joyce is an amazing epic book that is indeed based upon an old Irish Whisky ballad.  This book is a complete transcendence of the linear plane;  it is a book that cannot be read, but instead must be " looked at " to be comprehended.

The Alchemical Transformation of Salmacis And Hermaphroditus

   March 20 is The Equinox and Ovid's 2057th birthday, a perfect day to look at a story of the balance of opposites.
     This tale from book Four of Ovid's Metamorphosis gives one an opportunity to examine the concept of
 "the Quintessence Glorified in its Own Body "*
      Salmacis is a Nymph who lives in a wondrous woodland grotto, in which there is a bubbling, fountain-like spring that spurts from a rocky hillside crevice.

The Healer Aesculapius and this Immortal Coil

   "Oh , Muse...You know the Truth, and your memory cannot be dulled by time."    So begins Ovid's revealing of the alchemical journey of Aesculapius, the ancient Grecian God of Healing.   This chapter of the Metamorphosis  powerfully symbolizes the phrase, "As Above, so Below".   Aesculapius is represented by a long rod graced by a continuously spiraling snake, and I thought it would be interesting to research the different aspects of this imagery.

The Story of Arachne, and Why Spiders are Forbidden at Bohemian Grove

  In Book Six of Ovid's Metamorphosis, we find the story of Arachne, 
a Woman Artist who dares to question the "powers that be", the Gods.
 She fearlessly tells the truth, through her art, about manipulative,
 controlling overlords. 
 It is a fable of the wisdom, strength, and devotion of the true artist who
 hears the Muse.  It is also about Transparency.  Arachne knows the that the "God Program" is just a tool of the ultra- elite  conspiracy to maintain the illusion that men and women are small and helpless, and only the 'Powers that Be' are great.

Pygmalion and the Handler/Slave Agenda

Pygmalion and Galatea are characters in Book 10 of Ovid's Metamorphosis. 

 Traditionally this fable is discussed in classes and in literary circles as an

 illustration of the triumph of the artist over seeming earthly  limitations,  also

 it is seen as a victory for the artist in his pursuit to merge with the Muse.

I see a message far more important here.  Ovid is offering a metaphor for the

 handler/slave agenda.

   Briefly, the story is about a man who cannot find any beauty or worth in

Artist transforms into medicinal evergreen; the story of Apollo and Dapnne

"My mind carries me to speak of bodies changed into new forms"

  These lines from the beginning pages of Ovid's epic poem, Metamorphosis,

 carry special significance as we look at today's bizarrely morphing humans 

  and animals.  DNA is changing with new codes being unraveled,  stem cell 

production is thriving,  men are changing into women, women are changing

 into Barbie Dolls:  Humans are rocking robotic limbs on the runway, and

Comparing the creation of a Painting with the development of the Ego

  When a human being makes the decision to leave non-existence and enter into existence she has the task of solidifying her body of resonating light into a feeling, thinking form. As humans we create the solidity of our existence similarly to the way a painting is created by an artist.  The human is born basically in a state of ignorance, or unknowing.  This is the basic ground from which her ego emerges and takes form.  A blank canvas is also a basic ground, and from this place a painting emerges and takes form.
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