31 May 2006

...for the letter kills, but the spirit giveth life.

To: letters@nytimes.com

To the Editor,

Re "Moses' Top Ten
Published: July 16, 2005


Aside the greater question of keeping Caesars and Gods in separate corners, Christians intent to affix "Ten Commandments" in American government venues (or anywhere else) should reread its second command which proscribes "graven images" (Exodus 20.4). Twenty ton granite monuments featuring the Ten Commandments would certainly qualify as "graven images" as well as "lithographs" (stone writings) hung on walls - in homes or in court houses. (The point was that any image is forbidden which substitutes attention, to any degree, from the invisible Divinity! - do we need to draw you a picture? or will WORDS suffice? [trick question])

The prophet Jeremiah (Jer. 31.31ff, cf: Heb. 8.6-13) stated that "the days will come that (the Lord) will make a NEW COVENANT, not according to the covenant...made with their Fathers...out of Egypt, but a covenant (He) will...write in their hearts." Well, this has not happened yet - in 2900 years.

This echoed by the apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 3.6,2 NRSV)that "God has made us competent to be ministers of a NEW COVENANT - written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tables of stone, but on tablets of human hearts - for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life." Still, not happening yet - 1960 years later.

As water is to fish, WORDS (yes, words!) themselves are the very invisible "graven idols" of bigots. (One does well to read ones own Book!)

28 May 2006

Why does the rancher put boots on fence posts?

The good Frater Holme's raison d’être is to physically demonstrate the premise (theorem) that "sacred" symbols so peculate into [and out of] mundane and profane everyday objects; that such phenomena / relationships refute both Protestantism' literalism [univocation, i.e., "my way or the highway"] AND Catholic scholasticism; "both which are exterminators of symbolism" [Norman O. Brown, "Love's Body", 1966, pg 199]; meaning that there is no escape from the overwhelming superiority of symbolism mediating within the human psyche - "put down your weapons [words, idols and other third party meditations] and step away from your [expensive] vehicle!" "For the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life." 2 Cor 3.6   Cf Carl Jung's "Numinosum".

Patmos, the Island of the Apocalypse

This unlearning project begins with a visit with my friend, Babis Alexandrou, to the island of Patmos in 1995 during the Eastern Orthodox celebration of the 1900th anniversary of the writing of the Book of the Apocalypse, commonly called "Revelation" by St. John the Divine. John was said to have been exiled by the emperor Domitian (81-96 ce) on a deserted desert island of Patmos. However, Patmos was hardly a deserted island. In 95 ce, the island was a maritime trading point between Asia Minor and Europe with at least 4000 inhabitants and one of the largest temples to the asian goddess Artemis (Diana) - complete with officiating hierodulic priestesses - located outside of the cult center of Artemis, the seaport city of Ephesus, only some 55 miles away - see Acts 19.24-35. This temple was about 20 minutes walk from the grotto where John and his disiple, Prochorus, are said to have been writing their Revelations. In 1088ce, the temple was destroyed by the Orthodox monk, Hosios Christodoulous of Latra. On its ruins, Christodoulous built the present fortress- monastery (below - more of my Patmos photos).

This changes everything. John the Divine could have said, "Prochorus, I'm exhausted by dictating this dream. You tidy up some of the syntax. I met a priestess in the bar last night - see you in a couple of days." Time to re-read the Book of Revelation - especially the references to women - especially, to the Artemis-related woman clothed with the sun, standing on the moon, about to give birth, fighting a dragon - who features in the twelfth chapter - as her story is the inversion of the pre-existing Greek myth of the twins, Apollo (sun) and his sister, Artemis (moon) killing the she-dragon, Python, because the dragon attacked their mother, Leto, while they were invitro. Strange Christian window into "pagan" feminine mythos. Something, no protestant preacher ever preached at me.

27 May 2006

Solstice in Avebury, 2005 ce

An accidental "holyday" following a week's work last June at the Venice Biennale 2005 found me in Avebury Circle - geographical center of England (how did they know?) - on June 21, summer solstice - me and lots of the Goddesses' children - Silbury Hill in the distance, from atop the West Kennet Long Barrow.


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