The Spider’s Song: I Made an Offering of Wind…

I made an offering of wind upon the altar of dust.  ~Grimr

In the beginning was a song.  The song.  The only song there ever was, and ever will be.  It was a love song, and a song of loneliness.  It was a song of joy and sorrow, of love and loss, of peace and war, of life and death.  It was the song of creation, the song of all things.  It was the spider’s song.

It began with one note, ringing out through the outer darkness, like a single bell rang in a place of silence, or a the first harp string plucked.  It was a pure note, perfect, the only note that could pierce that silence, the silence of the outer dark.  It was the voice of the Nagara, the single note that was all, the love song of the Nagara to the Nagara, deep calling out to deep.  And it hung there in the darkness like a spark of light, like a seed, like a single harp string, or a single thread.  It was the first thread of the web, a single thread in the abyss of the outer darkness, a note ringing for none to hear.

And it echoed.  That single note reflected back on itself, reflecting off that which is not, the dark curve of the darkness.  It echoed back and in doing so, it changed, not the same as it was going out.  It rang in harmony with itself, a perfect harmonic, a perfect fifth.  The danced, round and round, catalyst and nexus, nexus and catalyst.  And so, one note became two, one thread became two, both vibrating in the darkness of the abyss, in the outer darkness, the first two threads of the web.  Two notes, hearing each other, responding to each other, first in dissonance, then in consonance, the dance of the twins.

From their play a third note arose.  It vibrated between them, both notes moving the third, the perfect third, a chord in the silence of the dark.  Three notes ringing out, moving, shifting.  A perfect chord.  Three mothers, three weavers each moving each other.  Three threads hanging in the abyss, the first three threads of the web.

But the song wasn’t finished.  The chord grew and the perfect seventh came forth, four notes, four threads, stretching out into the abyss in four directions, four winds.  And still the song grew, for where there’s a first, a third, a fifth, a seventh, there, too, there’s a second, a fourth, and a sixth.  Seven notes ringing out through the darkness, and a melody formed, the vibrations of the web.  Seven builders, seven keepers, seven guardians.

Breath.  What is breath?  Breath is life, for even many one celled life take in oxygen and need it to live.  Breath is wind, for it is the movement of gas, in or out.  There is no breath in a vacuum.

Breath.  What is breath?  Breath is the most basic of sounds.  From it comes the vowel sounds in all oral languages, the sounds made without obstruction, without build up.  Sound passing through only changed in sound by the narrowness or movement of the side it passes between.  It is outward moving air, unblocked, unfettered, unbound, loosed.

Breath, vowels, are the first notes of music, pure sound, untempered.  They are the notes of the sound of the music, of a song, the song, the first song.  They are the beginning.

Breath bound, tied, constrained, blocked, fettered, becomes consonants.  As the vowels are given form, as the tent pole is raised, the bound vowels becomes first Three Mothers, then Seven Doubles, then Twelve Singles.  22 consonants, 22 letter.  Two Dancers, Three Weavers, Seven Builders, twelve in all, twelve notes, twelve threads, Twelve Watchers.

And consonants gather around vowels, the bound around the loosed, and words form.  Words, symbols of ideas.  And the complexity grows, the song grows.  Three Mothers, Seven Doubles, Twelve Singles, 22 consonants, 29 sounds, become 231 Gates, each gate a pair of consonants, the first and the fifth.  And the 231 Gates are joined by others, 20 consonants added to the beginning, to the middle, to the end, 13,860 roots if none repeat.  And roots combine to be words, and words combine to form sentences, and sentences combine to form paragraphs, and paragraphs combine to form chapters, and chapters combine to form books, and books combine to form sets and series, and sets and series combine to form shelves, and shelves combine to form racks, and racks combine to form rows, and rows combine to form stacks, and stacks combine to form floors, that the whole world is a library, the 10,000 things.

Every note holds power.  Every breath holds power.  Every vowel holds power.  Every sound holds power.  Every consonant holds power.  Every word holds power, every sentence, every paragraph.  And the longer they exist, the more they are used, the more their power grows.

Stand in a used bookstore or library.  Look at all those books.  How many are there?  How many words do they contain? How many letters do those words contain?  Each sound is a note in the song, the song of creation.  Each sound is a vibration in the web that is all, stretched across the face of the deep, the abyss, the outer darkness.  How much power is in those pages?  What secrets?  What notes?

Now think of the world.  How many books are in the world?  Right now.  And how many words in each one?

Now think of all time.  How many books have there been?  How many will there be?  And how many words in each one?

Now realize that books are just the ideas, the thoughts, the words that have been written down.  They are written language.  They have meaning because of the oral language that spawned them, the consonants with bound flow, the vowels with looses flow.  The power is in that oral language, the written is only that small piece that was written down, loosed power bound into a page.  How many words are spoken that are never recorded?  Each is a note in the song, the song of creation, the spider’s song.

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  Now the earth was unformed and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters.  And God said: ‘Let there be light.’ And there was light.” ~Genesis 1:1-3 JPS 1917 Edition of the Hebrew Bible in English

“darkness was upon the face of the deep” – וּ וְחֹשֶׁךְ עַל-פְּנֵי תְהוֹם – v choshek ‘al-peniy tehowm

וּ – v – and

וְחֹשֶׁךְ – choshek – darkness, obscurity, secret place

עַל-פְּנֵי – ‘al-peniy – the face, the presence, the person, the surface of, that which is in front of, before, toward

תְהוֹם – tehowm – deep, depths, deep places, abyss, sea, ocean, abyss, grave

“spirit of God” – וְרוּחַ אֱלֹהִים – Ruwach ‘elohiym – Ruach Elohim

רוּחַ – Ruwach, Ruach – breath, wind, air, gas, spirit, vivacity, vigour, courage, temper, anger, desire, sorrow, will, energy of life

אֱלֹהִים – ‘elohiym, Elohim – rulers, judges, divine ones, angels, gods, god, goddess, godlike one, G-d

“hovered over the face of the waters” – מְרַחֶפֶת עַל-פְּנֵי הַמָּיִם – mrachaphit ‘al-peniy mayim

מְ – m – from

רַחֶפֶת – rachaphit – to grow soft, relax, to hover

עַל-פְּנֵי – ‘al-peniy – the face, the presense, the person, the surface of, that which is in front of, before, toward

הַמָּיִם – mayim – water, waters, urine, springs, fountains, flood

So we could read is as:

“and the secret place was upon the surface of the ocean, and the breath of the rulers settled upon the surface of the water.”

or:

“and that which hides the face of the abyss, the wind of the gods, from the face of the water.”

or:

“and darkness was the presence of the grave, the temper of the gods toward the flood.”

But, a bit of a tangent.

Ruach is breath, but also wind and life.  Ruach is also, in Kabbalah, part of the soul.  In this way, it is the emotions, will, and energy of life.

The Breath.  The Soul.  The Wind.  Life.  Ruach, hovering above the waters of the abyss, in the darkness, is the notes of the song, which are also the threads of the web.

In the beginning was a song.
The song.
The only song there ever was, and ever will be.
It was a love song, and a song of loneliness.
It was a song of joy and sorrow, of love and loss, of peace and war, of life and death.
It was the song of creation, the song of all things.
It was the spider’s song.

I made an offering of wind upon the altar of dust.

FFF,
~Muninn’s Kiss

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Grimr Reading List

The following is an incomplete reading list.  I put this together randomly over the last two hours.  There is no particular order to it, and it is missing the authors currently.  Additionally, to make it a complete list, I would want to provide a summary of each book, my opinion of them, and a link either to a place it is available to read online in the case of older books, or a place to purchase them for the newer books, if either of these exist.  Some of these are easily obtained.  Others are out of print but not out of copyright and very hard to find, especially at a reasonable price.  The first section is a list of books.  The second is a list of magazines and periodicals.  Anything on either of these list, I recommend or it wouldn’t be on here.  Some, however, I have not read and/or do not currently have access to.  I have included some that are highly recommended by people I respect.  I have included some that I know the author and the author’s work, and hence know the book listed will be good.  I have included some that I haven’t finished reading but recommend it based on what I’ve read so far.  I have included fiction and non-fiction, history and myth, religious texts and magic texts, esoteric and exoteric texts.  Some people will like some things on this list, others will not, but will like other things.  Some of these are based on years of research, some completely intuitive.  Some are very intellectual, some are very mystical.  Some are very practical, some are purely theoretical.  But all are related to my path, my walk, my stream, and I recommend all of them, just not to everyone.  Take it for what it is.  Your mileage may very.

Book List

  • The White Goddess
  • The Golden Bough
  • Tubelo’s Green Fire
  • Riding Windhorses
  • Drawing Down the Spirits: The Traditions and Techniques of Spirit Possession
  • Share My Insanity
  • Goddess Initiation
  • Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition
  • Etheric Anatomy
  • The White Wand
  • Evolutionary Witchcraft
  • Kissing the Limitless
  • Spiral Dance
  • Magic and Witchcraft
  • The Zohar
  • Practical Chinese Medicine
  • The Web That Has No Weaver
  • Tao Te Ching
  • I Ching
  • The Herb Book
  • A History of Medieval Christianity: Prophecy and Order
  • Religious Dissent in the Middle Ages
  • Witchcraft in the Middle Ages
  • A History of Witchcraft: Sorcerers, Heretics, Pagans
  • Satan: The Early Christian Tradition
  • Dissent and Reform in the Early Middle Ages
  • Lucifer: The Devil in the Middle Ages
  • Mephistopheles: The Devil in the Modern World
  • The Prince of Darkness: Evil and the Power of Good of History
  • Dissent and Order in the Middle Ages: The Search for Legitimate Authority
  • A History of Heaven: The Singing Silence
  • Paradise Mislaid
  • Inquisition
  • I Asked For Wonder
  • Plants of Life, Plants of Death
  • Primal Myths
  • Goddess of the North
  • The God of the Witches
  • The Elements of the Grail Tradition
  • The Jewish Book of Days
  • The Kabbalah: The Essential Texts From the Zohar
  • The Book of Qualities
  • Witches, Werewolves, and Fairies
  • Stillness Speaks
  • Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, and Goblins: An Encyclopedia
  • Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy
  • The Elements of the Runes
  • The Art of War
  • Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
  • A Field Guide to Irish Fairies
  • The Encyclopaedia of Celtic Myth and Legend: A Definitive Sourcebook of Magic, Vision, and Lore
  • The Return of the Dead: Ghosts, Ancestors, and the Transparent Veil of the Pagan Mind
  • Magic that Works
  • Aradia: Gospel of the Witches
  • Roles of the Northern Goddess
  • Pillars of Tubal Cain
  • Thorns of the Blood Rose
  • The Formation Of A Persecuting Society: Power And Deviance In Western Europe, 950-1250
  • Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation
  • The Origins of European Dissent
  • Diodorus Siculus: Library of History
  • Lilith’s Garden
  • Azoetia
  • Qutub
  • The Roebuck in the Thicket
  • The Robert Cochrane Letters
  • The Complete Brother Grimm Fairy Tales
  • The Book of Fallen Angels
  • Masks of Misrule
  • The Lesser Key of Solomon
  • The Greater Key of Solomon
  • Witchcraft: A Tradition Renewed
  • History of the Kings of Britain
  • Book of Invasions
  • Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism
  • The Middle Pillar
  • Chicken Qabalah
  • The DustBunnies/MarchHares Big Damn Handout Volume I
  • Black Book of the Yezidi
  • Drawing Down the Moon
  • The Religion of the Teutons
  • The Guide for the Perplexed
  • The Book of Lies
  • The Book of Thoth
  • The Book of the Law
  • 231 Gates of Initiation
  • The Cloud of Unknowing
  • Little Flowers of St. Francis
  • Miracles and Pilgrims: Popular Beliefs in Medieval England
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Living with Contradiction
  • The White Hart
  • Taleisen
  • Merlin
  • Arthur
  • Pendragon
  • Grail
  • Avalon: the Return of King Arthur
  • The Crystal Cave
  • The Hollow Hills
  • The Last Enchantment
  • The Wicked Day
  • The Prince and the Pilgrim
  • One Thousand and One Arabian Nights
  • Aesop’s Fables
  • Andersen’s Fairy Tales
  • The Traveler
  • The Dark River
  • The Golden City
  • Vellum
  • Ink
  • The Interior Castle

Magazines and Periodicals

  • The Cauldron
  • Witch Eye: A Journal of Feri Uprising 
  • Circle Magazine
  • Witch’s Almanac
FFF,
~Muninn’s Kiss

Book Reviews – Evolutionary Witchcraft, Kissing the Limitless, the Chicken Qabalah…

A while ago, I finished reading both Evolutionary Witchcraft and Kissing the Limitless by T. Thorne Coyle.  Until recently Thorn taught Feri Witchcraft.

Evolutionary Witchcraft is basically a primer on Feri Witchcraft with a bunch of things specific to Thorne thrown in.  None of the material was new to me (except the parts specific to Thorn), but it gave me a new perspective, because Thorne comes at the Feri material from a different angle than the other sources and teachers I’ve had interaction with.  The book is well written and would be a good book for anyone interested in Feri but not having access to a Teacher.  It is written to let the solo practitioner have access to the non-initiarary Feri teachings.

Kissing the Limitless is more of a guide to mysticism (primarily pagan mysticism) in general.  Thorne makes an effort to make the book accessible to people of many traditions, though much of it is coloured by a Feri perspective (I don’t consider this a bad thing).  Though it needs better editing, this book is also well written.  I enjoyed it more than Evolutionary Witchcraft, mostly because it was more imagery and lore than a howto.  It has three sections, represented by the Star Goddess, the Divine Twins, and the Peacock God, thesis, antithesis, and synthesis.  The first section talks about the Nothingness of the creator, the Great Zero, and coming to know this Limitless.  The second section talks about the duality of the Divine Twins, and the duality in our lives.  The third section talks about the Twins coming back together to form the Peacock God, creature of Self and Beauty, and about us bringing our dualities back into oneness within us.  It was a great book.

Yesterday, I finished reading the Chicken Qabalah by Lon Milo Duquette.  It is a good summary of Qabalah (Kabbalah) from a Ceremonial Magic and pagan point of view.  It covers the basics, but leaves out a lot of things that I find important.  I’ll name a few, and some personal preferences of mine.  The talk of the souls leaves out the Yechidah (this lack is mentioned in the introduction), which is the highest part of the soul, the Divine Spark, the piece of the Divine within us, the upper part of the Yod (he includes the Chiah and relates it to the whole of the Yod instead of the lower part of the Yod).  I rather like the discussion of the Yechidah.  🙂  In the discussion of the Sepher Yetzirah, I thought he simplified it a little too much.  I liked the Ten Command-Rants.  In the discussion of the Hebrew alphabet (Aleph-Beth) he used the Western layout of the Hebrew letters on the Tree (of course!  This is from a Ceremonial Magic point of view, and they use that layout.); I prefer the Hebrew layout.  I like having the three Mothers be the three horizontal paths, laid out so fire is at the top, the air, then water.  I like Heh being the first path, connecting Kether and Cohkmah, breath from breath, and Vev (And) connecting Kether to Binah, creating the duality with the And.  I like Daleth and Gimel, the poor man and the rich man chasing after the poor man to give to him, being opposite one another.  Over all, it was a good book and worth the read.  There were some very humorous parts, and some very enlightening parts.  I’m glad I read it.

FFF,
~Muninn’s Kiss

Etheric Anatomy…

I just finished reading Etheric Anatomy: the Three Selves and Astral Travel by Victor and Cora Anderson.  Victor and Cora were the founders of Feri Witchcraft.  It’s a very good book, if a little strange.  I’m glad I read it.

The first section is Victor’s description of the three souls.  The second section is Cora’s description of the three souls, the Ha Prayer and Kala, and of out-of-body experiences.  The final section is Victor’s description of Astral sex.  That is the strange part.

The book gives the most detailed description of the three souls that I’ve ever read, whether in Feri or in Kabbalah.  It’s a great description and one everyone should read.

FFF
~Muninn’s Kiss