A conversation with myself and The Devil

fancy_letter_i_28329 think if the Devil doesn’t exist, and man has created him, he had done so in his own image and likeness.

Is he real? He is as real as anything in a world of unrealities. People believe he is unreal. The Devil laughs and admits it. All is unreal! Being? What is it? A perception? What you see exists for you. If I am a delusion of your mind, you are also a delusion of mine, the Devil tells him. Each man exists in a solipsist universe in which he treats his delusions as realities. The logic suddenly explodes. Reason, tired of proceeding forward, tries to erupt out of the page.

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Summoning – “With Doom We Come”. Album review and an in-depth philosophical and scholarly look from a NON-METAL HEAD perspective.

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FIRST AND FOREMOST:

This is NOT going to be your run-of-the-mill “TRVE BLACK METAL” review of the year. If you are looking for something of that sort, I suggest you seek elsewhere! So please keep that in mind. This is an in-depth “study” and overview of their glorious work “With Doom We Come”, and a personal explanation of each song and musical and lyrical structure. I personally never even have considered Summoning to be a metal band to begin with, and I don’t think that they follow any trendy paths and stick to genres, fancy labels and what not. This is my personal opinion of course, and please read the review with respect and humility. Now please allow me, to allow you to throw away any preconceived notions and acquire some TRVE knowledge and wisdom.

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All Goblins are Pagans

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Irish Fairies by W. B. Yeats (1890)

When I tell people that the Irish peasantry still believe in fairies, I am often doubted. They think that I am merely trying to weave a forlorn piece of gilt thread into the dull grey worsted of this century. They do not imagine it possible that our highly thought of philosophies so soon grow silent outside the walls of the lecture room, or that any kind of ghost or goblin can live within the range of our daily papers. If the papers and the lectures have not done it, they think, surely at any rate the steam-whistle has scared the whole tribe out of the world. They are quite wrong. The ghosts and goblins do still live and rule in the imaginations of the innumerable Irish men and women, and not merely in remote places, but close even to big cities.

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Carl Gustav Jung – The 20th Century Personification of Gnosis

Carl Jung

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July 26, 1875 – June 6, 1961

Illuminated letter C arl Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and founder of a neopsychoanalytic school of psychology, which he named Analytical Psychology.

Jung’s unique and broadly influential approach to psychology has emphasized understanding the psyche through exploring the worlds of dreams, art, mythology, world religion and philosophy. Although he was a theoretical psychologist and practicing clinician for most of his life, much of his life’s work was spent exploring other realms, including Eastern and Western philosophy, alchemy, astrology, sociology, as well as literature and the arts.

His most notable contributions include his concept of the psychological archetype, his theory of synchronicity and the collective unconscious – also known as “a reservoir of the experiences of our species.”

Jung emphasized the importance of balance and harmony. He cautioned that modern humans rely too heavily on science and logic and would benefit from integrating spirituality and appreciation of the unconscious realm. Jungian ideas are not typically included in curriculum of most major universities’ psychology departments, but are occasionally explored in humanities departments.

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We Are The Raven-Fed

Just what is it about the making of pictures? Endless pondering on the nature of image-making, of the desire and the need to make images, has left me no closer to that mirage despite all the assiduous musing.

From where do images come – for they must have an origin – and how do we make sense of them and, through them, make sense of ourselves?

The images we make are not mirrors – or if they are, they are imperfect ones at best. They reflect those things we cannot clearly behold except by the imperfect process of drawing and painting.

The process is of course inspiration, a will o’ the wisp disguised as a discipline, the elusive resource upon which all depends. By the flickering light of that ignis fatuus masquerading as a profession, the midnight oil of the small hours of the mind, artists the world over sketch, draw, paint… create.raven-transparent-16

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