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18276066 GRIMM JACOB TEUTONIC MYTHOLOGY VOL 1

and she likewise gives wise advice to morolt; mor. 40' 41^ the merminne in ulrich's lanzelet (lines 196 seq) is said to be wis (5751. 6182, she has under her 10,000 %mmarried women (dern keiniu bekande man noch mannes gezoc, they dwell on a mountain by the sea, in an ever-blooming land. in the apouonius, a benevolent merminne is queen of the sea (lines 5160. 5294; here the poet had in his mind a siren in the classical sense, but the germans must have had a merminne before they ever heard of sirens. the danish name is maremind (danske viser 1, 118. 125. norse legend has preserved for us a precisely corresponding male being, the taciturn prophetic marmennill (al. marmendill, marbendill, who is fished lip out of the sea, and requires to be let go into it again; halfssaga c. 7 (fornald. scig


ALEISTER CROWLEY MAGICK WITHOUT TEARS

of any religion is derived from its pilferings of magical doctrine; and, religious persons being by definition entirely unscrupulous, it follows that any given religion is likely to contain scraps of magical doctrine, filched more or less haphazard from one school or the other as occasion serves. let the reader, therefore, beware most seriously of trying to get a grasp of this subject by means of siren analogies. taoism has as little to do with the tao teh king as the catholic church with the gospel. the tao teh king inculcates conscious inaction, or rather unconscious inaction, with the object of minimizing the disorder of the world. a magic without tears get any book for free on: www.abika.com 86 few quotations from the text should make the essence of the doctrine clear. x 3 "here is the


ALEISTER CROWLEY THE HEART OF THE MASTER

tain to the universe. find thou thyself in every star! achieve thou every possibility! v. offer thyself virgin to the knowledge and conversation of thine holy guardian angel! all else is a snare. be thou athlete with the eight limbs of yoga; for without these thou are not disciplined for any fight. vi. the oracle of the gods is the child-voice of love in thine own soul! hear thou it! heed not the siren-voice of sense, or the phantom-voice of reason: rest in simplicity, and listen to the silence! the heart of the master get any book for free on: www.abika.com 12 vii. the issue of the vulture, two-in-one, conveyed; this is the chariot of power. trinc: the last oracle! viii. balance against each thought its exact opposite! for the marriage of these is the annihilation of illusion. ix. wander


ALEISTER CROWLEY THE I CHING

violent excess of struggle breeds remorse. wide forethoughts and shrewd tactics pledge thee prey. with steady, easy strokes apply thy force. fear, indecision, sap the last resource. 58 the tui hexagram water of water- tui: still waters may run deep and free; mistake not slackness for philosophy! appease thyself, harmonious in thy sphere! single thy will, most utterly sincere! turn not aside when siren pleasures woo! search thyself well to make thy purpose clear. too trustful customers may buy too dear 'tis pleasant to be captain of thy crew! 59 the hwan hexagram air of moon- hwan: dissipation; in the world of fools. the kingly man stands firm, divides and rules. one needs a horse in this world's mob-mellay; one needs a refuge, a secure shrewd plan. we must have knocks, nor mind them, in t


ALEISTER CROWLEY EQUINOX EQ I 2 2

to prune those woods to build me palaces? so climb, each ledge an infinite stress, lustful as light, as lechery loth, from the brutality of besz to the plumed perjury of thoth! i held him holy. holier both than aught the bearers of the bier, thoum-aesh-neith and auramoth, saw in the hiding-house of fear. the sorceries that span the sphere, the spells that harness star and sun, i whispered in his siren ear- once, twice, and thrice for every one! once, twice, and thrice- the boon's begun! with four and five and six it stirs: with seven the druid dance is done, and death drives home his silver spurs! then- the last leap. what crowning curse can bid that cup of curses brim? how may god's maniac ministers lash the last languor out of him? 203 i did it. how? so great and grim the gods are, i ma


ALEISTER CROWLEY EQUINOX EQ I 3

e stain all its starless horoscope. last, let it be content, twice void; not to be suffered or enjoyed; motionless, blind and deaf and dumb- so may it to its kingdom come! olympas. dear master, can this be? the wine embittered with dark discipline? for the soul loves her mate, the sense. marsyas. this bed is sterile. thou must fence thy soul from all her foes, the creatures that by their soft and siren natures lure thee to shipwreck! olympas. thou hast said "god is in all" marsyas. in sooth. olympas. why dread the godhood? 16 marsyas. only as the thought is god, adore it. but the soul creates misshapen fiends, incestuous mates. slay these: they are false shadows of the never-waning moon of love. olympas. what thought is worthy? marsyas. truly none save one, in that it is but one. keep the


ALEISTER CROWLEY EQUINOX EQ I 4

dhi with kumbhaka. test kumbhaka 85 seconds, p.m. p.m. 1 minute 25 seconds. pain (or concentration of pr na) in the back of head, loevel with eyes. 3rd. sunset. suddhi in the jungle. concentration on anahata, but did not go to sleep.157 heart the following sounds (1) a noise as of blood filtering through (2) the tramp of armed men. this grew more distant on closing ears (3) the noise of a distant siren. this grew stronger on closing ears (for a short time i distinctly saw the head of a nun in the centre of the chakkra) september 5th. 12.15-12.52 fifty-two suddhi-kumbhakas or pr n y mas. 5. 10. 20 for p.m. p.m. 30 minutes. 10. 15. 30 for 6 minutes. 5.25-6.26 pr n y ma. 5. 10. 20 for 31 minutes without any 257 dh ran on ajna prevents sleep: ditto on anahata causes it. 258 in practising pr n

ons to begin suddhi with ida. forgot that i had been doing dh ran; but i felt quite pleased and a conviction that my thoughts had been very important. 10th. 7.12-7.34 pr n y ma. seven minutes 5. 10. 20; and 10 minutes a.m. a.m. 10. 20. 30. the last was very good and regular. 11.50-12.5 pr n y ma. fourteen minutes 5. 10. 20. ida stopped up. a.m. a.m. 6.15-6.50 dh ran on nose. during this i heard a siren-cooing p.m. p.m. n da; it sounded very audible and continuous; but loudest during rechaka. 1.23 a.m. i awoke, lying on left side. this being unusual. i did not know i had been asleep, and the time much surprised 160 me. the one dominant thought in my brain was: that is it "i.e, dhy na. the characteristic perspiration which marks the first stage of success in pr n y ma possesses the odour, se


ALEISTER CROWLEY EQUINOX EQ I 6 2

hymns are of mine offering to the lord. leo. let us bury her in the consecrated mountain! scorpio-apophis. but in the earth the worms would devour my flesh; and this flesh is of mine offering to the lord. oh lord, let thy servants return unto their thrones that i may worship thee as i will. sol. 22-1-1-22 [aries "and" leo "return to their thrones [scorpio-apophis "plays her passionate melody, her siren melody, her despairing "venus in tannhauser" melody< she clasps the feet and knees of" sol "but he gives no sign of life["at the end "aries "and" leo "rise from their thrones- a pause] aries("loudly. 333-333. leo("louder. 333-333. aries. the hour of sacrifice is past. scorpio-apophis. the hour of sacrifice is to come. 69 leo. the sacrifice is not ac


BLUE EQUINOX

on solitude; yet god hath made it to befriend pilgrims, that his peace may pend, a dove upon the dire and dark waters that assail the ark, and lure their less love to his own. life is a song, a speech, a groan, as may be; none of these have part in the silence of his heart. lapsed in that unwean d air, i awaited, unaware, what might fall. the silence wrapped veil on veil about me, trapped by the siren night, whose words the sevenfold sacrament 189 were the river and the birds. so close it swaddled me, and bound my being to the pure profound of its own stealthy intimacy, had artemis come panting by, silver-shod with bow and quiver hunting along the reedy river, and called me to the chase, i should have neither heard nor understood. or had zeus his dangerous daughter, aphrodite, from the wa


ENCYCLOPEDIA OF OCCULTISM AND PARAPSYCHOLOGY VOL 1

ragon house, 1991. krippner, stanley. dreamworking: how to use your dreams for creative problem solving. buffalo, n.y: bearly ltd, 1988. human possibilities: mind exploration in the ussr and eastern europe. garden city, n.y: anchor press/doubleday, 1980. psychoenergetic systems: the interaction of consciousness, energy, and matter. new york: gordon and breach science publishers, 1979. song of the siren: a parapsychological odyssey. new york: harper& row, 1975. krippner, stanley, and daniel rubin. galaxies of life: the human aura in acupuncture and kirlian photography. gordon& breach, 1973. reprinted as the kirlian aura: photographing the galaxies of life. garden city, n.y: doubleday anchor, 1974. reprinted as energies of consciousness: exploration in acupuncture, auras, and kirlian photogr

of events. these adepts are not permanent inhabitants of the earth, and, while a few remain, most of them have already returned to venus, the time of crisis during which they assisted having now passed. lorelei name of the tall rock on the right bank of the river rhine, near st. goar, germany, that is noted for its remarkable echo. it has given rise to the legend of the lorelei water nymph, whose siren song lures sailors to their doom. in turn, this story has affinity with the legend of holda, queen of the elves, who fascinates men, who become doomed to wander with her forever. the lorelei legend is of comparatively recent origin, a creation of the writer klemens brentano in his ballad story lore lay (1800) and retold in heine s famous poem die lorelei. lorian association new age organizat


ENCYCLOPEDIA OF OCCULTISM AND PARAPSYCHOLOGY VOL 2

by three sailors on a ship off the coast of denmark, near landscrona; the witnesses made a deposition on oath. in another book, poissons, ecrevisses et crabes de diverses couleurs et figures extraordinaires, que l on trouve autour des isles moluques (published in 1717 by louis renard, amsterdam, there is an illustration of a mermaid with the following description: see-wyf. a monster resembling a siren, caught near the island of borne, or boeren, in the department of amboine. it was 59 inches long, and in proportion as an eel. it lived on land, in a vat full of water, during four days seven hours. from time to time it uttered little cries like those of a mouse. it would not eat, though it was offered small fish, shells, crabs, lobsters, etc. after its death, some excrement was discovered i

erism. boston: houghton, mifflin, 1892. sirens the sea nymphs of greek mythology whose hypnotically sweet song lured mariners to their deaths. the island of the sirens had a meadow strewn with the bones of the victims of these deadly nymphs. in homer s odyssey, odysseus has to steer his vessel past the island and takes the precaution of having his men fill their ears with wax to avoid hearing the siren song, while he himself is lashed to the vessel s mast. jason and his band of heroes also had to sail past that island, but orpheus sang so sweetly that he drowned out the song of the sirens. after orpheus s song vanquished them, the sirens sprang into the sea and became rocks. the sirens, two or three in number, were said to be the offspring of phorcys or achelous, and were part women, part


HELENA BLAVATSKY NIGHTMARE TALES

d allure a nymph into my beloved violin- he often cried, after awakening from one of hisday-dreams "oh, that i could only span in spirit flight the abyss of time! oh, that i could find myself forone short day a partaker of the secret arts of the gods, a god myself, in the sight and hearing of enrapturedhumanity; and, having learned the mystery of the lyre of orpheus, or secured within my violin a siren,thereby benefit mortals to my own glory" thus, having for long years dreamed in the company of the gods of his fancy, he now took to dreaming ofthe transitory glories of fame upon this earth. but at this time he was suddenly called home by his widowed nightmare talesthe ensouled violin62 mother from one of the german universities where he had lived for the last year or two. this was an event


HP LOVECRAFT AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS

e dangerous crossing between pinnacles; and when i made motions to change seats and take over his duties he did not protest. i tried to keep all my skill and self-possession about me, and stared at the sector of reddish farther sky betwixt the walls of the pass-resolutely refusing to pay attention to the puffs of mountain-top vapor, and wishing that i had wax-stopped ears like ulysses men off the siren s coast to keep that disturbing windpiping from my consciousness. but danforth, released from his piloting and keyed up to a dangerous nervous pitch, could not keep quiet. i felt him turning and wriggling about as he looked back at the terrible receding city, ahead at the cave-riddled, cube-barnacled peaks, sidewise at the bleak sea of snowy, rampart-strewn foothills, and upward at the seeth


JENNINGS HARGRAVE ROSICRUCIANS RITES MYSTERIES

ian the word is mag, and magbed signifies high-priest. the high-priest of the parsees at surat, even at the present day, is called mobed. the mythic figure placed in the front of the irish harp the meaning of which we have explained in a previous part of our book, and which is now represented as a woman with the lower parts twined as foliage, or as scrolls, into the body of the harp is properly a siren. this siren is the same as venus aphrodite, astarte, the sea-deity, or woman-deity, the dag, dagan, dagon, or idol of the syrians, tyrians, or phoenicians: hence her colour is green in the lona, ierne, or irish acceptation. the woman or virgin of the irish harp, who is impaled on the stock or tree of life the siren whose fatal singing means her mythic bhuddistic or buddhistic penance of exis

ind (as will all those who doubt) this woman or virgin of the irish harp to whom, in the modern heraldic exemplification, celestial wings are given, and who is made beautiful as an angel (which in reality she is, the other form being only her disguise) represented as a dragon with extended forky pinions, and piscine or sernifish- like or basilisk extremity. there is a wonderful the irish angel or siren. 297 refluent, or interfluent, unaccountable connection, in the old mythology, between the woman, the dragon or the snake, and the sea: so that sometimes, in the obscure hints supplied in the picturesque suggestive ancient fables, it is really difficult to distinguish one from the other. the associations of an interchangeable character between dark and light, and dragon and hero, ascribing t

transcendent in their greatness and beauty, lying under these things in some concealed, real way. to bring these to the surface, to discover their origin, and, to the justifiable and guarded extent, to assign them properly, has been our aim. there must have been some governing, excellent armorial reason, special and authorised, for the changing of this first figure of a dragon into a woman, or a siren, or virgin, on the irish harp; and this fact assists the supposition of an identity, at some time, of these two figures, all drawn from the double sign virgo-scorpio in the zodiac. there is a strange confirmation of the account of creation in the book of genesis, in the discovery of the woman and snake in the most ancient babylonian or chald an zodiac. the indian zodiacs and the egyptian zod


LIBER ALEPH

gu de sirenis (of syrens) oncerning the love of women, o my son, it is written in the book of the law that all is freedom, if it be done unto our lady nuit. yet also there is this consideration, that for every parsifal there is a kundry. thou mayst eat a thousand fruits of the garden; but there is one tree whose name for thee is poison. in every great initiation is an ordeal, wherein appeareth a siren or vampire appointed to destroy the candidate. i have myself witnessed the blasting of not less than ten of my own flowers, that i tended when i was nemo, and that although i saw the cankerworm, and knew it, and gave urgent warning. how then consider deeply in thyself if i were rightly governed in this action, according to the tao. for we that are magicians work without fear or haste, being


LIBER CCXLII AHA

e stain all its starless horoscope. last, let it be content, twice void; not to be suffered or enjoyed; motionless, blind and deaf and dumb. so may it to its kingdom come! olympas. dear master, can this be? the wine embittered with dark discipline? for the soul loves her mate, the sense. marysas. this bed is sterile. thou must fence thy soul from all her foes, the creatures that by their soft and siren natures lure thee to shipwreck! olympas. thou hast said .god is in all. marysas. in sooth. olympas. why dread the godhood? marysas. only as the thought is god, adore it. but the soul creates misshapen fiends, incestuous mates. slay these: they are false shadows of the never-waning moon of love. aha! 3 olympas. what thought is worthy? marysas. truly none save one, in that it is but one. keep


PHILIP NEIL MYTHS LEGENDS EXPLAINED

uman, half-fish, who sing to sailors of the delights of life under the sea, luring them to shipwreck. near the sirens island are two further dangers the deadly whirlpool charybdis, and the ravenous sea monster scylla. steering a course between the two, odysseus sailed too close to scylla, and the monster snatched six sailors from his ship one with each of her six heads. deceptive young beauty the siren sings odysseus and his crew have just sailed back from the underworld, where odysseus sacrificed a ram and a ewe to the shades of the dead. the ghosts, twittering like bats, flocked to the blood, but odysseus held them at bay until the seer teiresias had told him how to get home. odysseus the survivor odysseus survived the onslaught of the sirens song, thanks to the advice of circe. he was h

medi. he must be kept informed of everything going on in life. jaunty and often irresponsible, baron samedi has a skull and crossbones on his hat in case anyone amused or offended by his actions forgets that his life force comes from his mastery of death. erzulie dant erzulie is seen here in her happier guise, identified with notre dame de grace (our lady of grace, sometimes called la sir ne (the siren. she takes this form when she is agw s consort in the sea. erzulie can also appear as an old woman, gran erzulie, and, in a rage of grief and despair, as erzulie ge-rouge. azacc a azacca (or azaka, dressed in peasant clothing and carrying a straw satchel, is the patron of farming and all agricultural work. he probably derives from the corn culture of haiti s original indian population, rathe


ROBERT KIRK WALKER BETWEEN WORLDS

managed by god's spirit good, evil, and intermediate spirits among men in this world, than we are aware of the good spirits ingesting fair and heroic apprehensions and images of virtue and the divine life, thereby animating us to act for a higher happiness according to our improvement and [the good spirits] relinquishing us as strangely upon our neglect [of virtue, or our embracing the deceitful siren-like pictures and representations of pleasures and gain presented to our imaginations by evil and sportful angels to allure us to an unthinking ungenerous and sensual the secret commonwealth 55 life. none of [these spirits] having power to compel us to any misdemeanour without our flat consent. moreover, this life of ours being called a warfare, and god saying that at [the] last there will b


RUBY TABLET OF SET

at he so boldly calls "natural law" how can he be certain that no exception exists to the tiny province he has thus far mapped? why should crowley so dislike the "black brethren" then? is it just because they are explorers bolder than he, or is it rather because the endless evolution, change, and variety they cherish is antithetical to the goal of a monolithic, homogenous objective universe. that siren's song of nuit which so enraptured the "buddhist" magus of the aon of horus? unfortunately. or fortunately, depending upon your aeonic point of view. the beast 666 had a bit of black brotherhood in his modus operandi as well. he may have advocated the theoretical ideal of universal harmony, but he nonetheless devoted considerable time and effort to exercising and maximizing his own individua


SALMANRUSHDIE THESATANICVERSES

of seven--tiles and kabaddi, i can't recite my prayers, i don't know what should happen at a nikah ceremony, and in this city where i grew up i get lost if i'm on my own. this isn't home. it makes me giddy because it feels like home and is not. it makes my heart tremble and my head spin "you're a stupid" she shouted at him "a stupid. change back! damn fool! of course you can" she was a vortex, a siren, tempting him back to his old self. but it was a dead self, a shadow, a ghost, and he would not become a phantom. there was a return ticket to london in his wallet, and he was going to use it. o o o "you never married" he said when they both lay sleepless in the small hours. zeeny snorted "you've really been gone too long. can't you see me? i'm a blackie" arching her back and throwing off th

the wahi, the revelation, had he not feared for his sanity- and who had offered him the reassuring certainty he needed- why, khadija, his wife. she it was who convinced him that he was not some raving crazy but the messenger of god- whereas what had alleluia done for him _you're not yourself. i don't think you're really well- o bringer of tribulation, creatrix of strife, of soreness of the heart! siren, temptress, fiend in human form! that snowlike body with its pale, pale hair: how she had used it to fog his soul, and how hard he had found it, in the weakness of his flesh, to resist. enmeshed by her in the web of a love so complex as to be beyond comprehension, he had come to the very edge of the ultimate fall. how beneficent, then, the overentity had been to him- he saw now that the choi


SIR EDWARD BULWER LYTTON ZANONI A ROSICRUCIAN TALE

tory sacrifices his own "charmed life" to save hers, and the immortal finds the only true immortality in death. among the striking passages in the work are the pathetic sketch of the old violinist and composer, pisani, with his sympathetic "barbiton" which moaned, groaned, growled, and laughed responsive to the feelings of its master; the description of viola's and her father's triumph, when "the siren" his masterpiece, is performed at the san carlo in naples; glyndon's adventure at the carnival in naples; the death of his sister; the vivid pictures of the reign of terror in paris, closing with the downfall of robespierre and his satellites; and perhaps, above all, the thrilling scene where zanoni leaves viola asleep in prison when his guards call him to execution, and she, unconscious of

iate to this his favourite instrument, of all unquestionably the most various and royal in its resources and power over the passions. as shakespeare among poets is the cremona among instruments. nevertheless, he had composed other pieces of larger ambition and wider accomplishment, and chief of these, his precious, his unpurchased, his unpublished, his unpublishable and imperishable opera of the "siren" this great work had been the dream of his boyhood, the mistress of his manhood; in advancing age "it stood beside him like his youth" vainly had he struggled to place it before the world. even bland, unjealous paisiello, maestro di capella, shook his gentle head when the musician favoured him with a specimen of one of his most thrilling scenas. and yet, paisiello, though that music differs

many disgraces with the despots of san carlo and the conservatorio had her unknown officious mediation saved him! in how many ailments for his frame was weak had she nursed and tended him! often, in the dark nights, she would wait at the theatre with her lantern to light him and her steady arm to lean on; otherwise, in his abstract reveries, who knows but the musician would have walked after his "siren" into the sea! and then she would so patiently, perhaps (for in true love there is not always the finest taste) so delightedly, listen to those storms of eccentric and fitful melody, and steal him whispering praises all the way from the unwholesome night-watch to rest and sleep! i said his music was a part of the man, and this gentle creature seemed a part of the music; it was, in fact, when

ght you heard the lullaby which a fairy might sing to some fretful changeling it had adopted and sought to soothe. liquid, low, silvery, streamed the tones beneath the enchanted bow. the most stubborn grief would have paused to hear; and withal, at times, out came a wild, merry, ringing note, like a laugh, but not mortal laughter. it was one of his most successful airs from his beloved opera, the siren in the act of charming the waves and the winds to sleep. heaven knows what next would have come, but his arm was arrested. viola had thrown herself on his breast, and kissed him, with happy eyes that smiled through her sunny hair. at that very moment the door opened, a message from the cardinal. viola must go to his eminence at once. her mother went with her. all was reconciled and settled;

he feels it even by the lifted finger of the cardinal. he sees his viola on the stage, radiant in her robes and gems, he hears her voice thrilling through the single heart of the thousands! but the scene, the part, the music! it is his other child, his immortal child; the spirit-infant of his soul; his darling of many years of patient obscurity and pining genius; his masterpiece; his opera of the siren! this, then, was the mystery that had so galled him, this the cause of the quarrel with the cardinal; this the secret not to be proclaimed till the success was won, and the daughter had united her father's triumph with her own! and there she stands, as all souls bow before her, fairer than the very siren he had called from the deeps of melody. oh, long and sweet recompense of toil! where is

performer, a party impotent while all goes well, but a dangerous ambush the instant some accident throws into confusion the march of success. a hiss arose; it was partial, it is true, but the significant silence of all applause seemed to forebode the coming moment when the displeasure would grow contagious. it was the breath that stirred the impending avalanche. at that critical moment viola, the siren queen, emerged for the first time from her ocean cave. as she came forward to the lamps, the novelty of her situation, the chilling apathy of the audience, which even the sight of so singular a beauty did not at the first arouse, the whispers of the malignant singers on the stage, the glare of the lights, and more far more than the rest that recent hiss, which had reached her in her concealm

the audience, which even the sight of so singular a beauty did not at the first arouse, the whispers of the malignant singers on the stage, the glare of the lights, and more far more than the rest that recent hiss, which had reached her in her concealment, all froze up her faculties and suspended her voice. and, instead of the grand invocation into which she ought rapidly to have burst, the regal siren, retransformed into the trembling girl, stood pale and mute before the stern, cold array of those countless eyes. at that instant, and when consciousness itself seemed about to fail her, as she turned a timid beseeching glance around the still multitude, she perceived, in a box near the stage, a countenance which at once, and like magic, produced on her mind an effect never to be analysed no

sense of the courtesy due to one so fair and young; and the instant his voice gave the signal, the audience followed it by a burst of generous applause. for this stranger himself was a marked personage, and his recent arrival at naples had divided with the new opera the gossip of the city. and then as the applause ceased, clear, full, and freed from every fetter, like a spirit from the clay, the siren's voice poured forth its entrancing music. from that time viola forgot the crowd, the hazard, the whole world, except the fairy one over with she presided. it seemed that the stranger's presence only served still more to heighten that delusion, in which the artist sees no creation without the circle of his art, she felt as if that serene brow, and those brilliant eyes, inspired her with powe

thy familiar, that plains, and wails, and chides, and growls, under thy remorseless hand. they understand now how irregular is ever the symmetry of real genius. the inequalities in its surface make the moon luminous to man. giovanni paisiello, maestro di capella, if thy gentle soul could know envy, thou must sicken to see thy elfrida and thy pirro laid aside, and all naples turned fanatic to the siren, at whose measures shook querulously thy gentle head! but thou, paisiello, calm in the long prosperity of fame, knowest that the new will have its day, and comfortest thyself that the elfrida and the pirro will live forever. perhaps a mistake, but it is by such mistakes that true genius conquers envy "to be immortal" says schiller "live in the whole" to be superior to the hour, live in thy s

lly at the canvas "is it for this that you have shut yourself out from the sunny days and moonlit nights of naples "while the fit was on me, i basked in a brighter sun, and imbibed the voluptuous luxury of a softer moon "you own that the fit is over. well, that is some sign of returning sense. after all, it is better to daub canvas for three days than make a fool of yourself for life. this little siren "be dumb! i hate to hear you name her" mervale drew his chair nearer to glyndon's, thrust his hands deep in his breeches-pockets, stretched his legs, and was about to begin a serious strain of expostulation, when a knock was heard at the door, and nicot, without waiting for leave, obtruded his ugly head "good-day, mon cher confrere. i wished to speak to you. hein! you have been at work, i se

way. she threaded the narrow path, she passed the gloomy vineyard that clambers up the rock, and gained the lofty spot, green with moss and luxuriant foliage, where the dust of him who yet soothes and elevates the minds of men is believed to rest. from afar rose the huge fortress of st. elmo, frowning darkly amidst spires and domes that glittered in the sun. lulled in its azure splendour lay the siren's sea; and the grey smoke of vesuvius, in the clear distance, soared like a moving pillar into the lucid sky. motionless on the brink of the precipice, viola looked upon the lovely and living world that stretched below; and the sullen vapour of vesuvius fascinated her eye yet more than the scattered gardens, or the gleaming caprea, smiling amidst the smiles of the sea. she heard not a step t


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divinities that are half-human and half-fish. although there are mermen, the greater fascination has always been on the mermaid with her top half a beautiful woman and her bottom half that of a fish. traditionally, the mermaid is also gifted with a lovely singing voice, which can be used to warn sailors of approaching storms or jagged rocks ahead. or, in many of the ancient stories, the seductive siren song of the mermaids lure the seamen onto the jagged rocks and to their deaths. as with all of the middle-folk, mermaids can be agents of good or of destruction. as in the folklore of the selkie, sometimes mermaids fall in love with humans and are able to come ashore in human shape and to live on land for many years. they may even have children with their human husbands. but in all of these

e findings that such a high percentage of americans accepted the reality of esp. in shermer s analysis, such statistics posed a serious problem for science educators. complaining that people too readily accepted the claims of pseudoscience, shermer concluded his column for scientific american (august 12, 2002) by writing that for those lacking a fundamental comprehension of how science works, the siren song of pseudoscience becomes too alluring to resist, no matter how smart you are. ever since he entered the field of parapsychology full time in 1947, dr. robert a. mcconnell, holder of a doctorate in physics and the leader of a radar development group at the massachusetts institute of technology during world war ii (1939 45, has primarily devoted his efforts to answering the question of wh


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e ante oculos veniunt) signifies the moment of extreme distress and danger (ibid. 117. the vila rides a seven-year old stag, and bridles him with snakes, like the norse enchantresses (see suppl^ the bohem, sudice translates parca, but it simply means judge (fem: the eussians even adopt the word parka. we must at least notice the lichoplezi in hanka's glosses 21% who are said to be three, like the sirens and mermaids- the bulgarian samodiva or samovua corresponds to the servian vila. when the wounded pomak cries to his 'sister' samodiva, she comes and cures him. the samodivy carry off children; and mischief wrought by the wise women. 437 elements, by storms &c, is ascribed to them. like the fates, they begift the newborn: three samodivy visit the infant jesus, one sews him a shirt, another


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gons 20 the back mermaids (and l, its zodiacal opposite, banshees 21 digestive system incubi, nightmares 22 liver fairies, harpies 23 organs of nutrition nymphs and undines, nereids &c. 24 intestines lami, stryges, witches 25 hips and thighs centaurs 26 genital system satyrs and fauns, panic-demons 27 muscular system furies, chim ras, boars (as in calydon &c. 28 kidneys, bladder &c. water nymphs, sirens, lorelei, mermaids (cf. f) 29 legs and feet phantoms, were-wolves 30 circulatory system will o the wisp 31 organs of circulation salamanders 32 excretory system ghuls, larv, corpse candles 32 bis excretory organs, skeleton the dweller of the threshold, gnomes 31 bis organs of intelligence [socratic genius] editorial note: the atus of thoth liber al, cap. i, v. 57 includes the statement: all


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other wise. 20 "concerning the meditations- herein is the most potent method of attaining unto the end, for him who is thoroughly prepared, being purified by the practice of the transmutation of 394 deed into devotion, and consecrated by the right performance of the holy ceremonies. yet herein is danger, for that the mind is fluid as quicksilver, and bordereth upon the abyss, and is beset by many sirens and devils that seduce and attack it to destroy it. therefore let the devotee beware, and precise accurately his meditations, even as a man should build a canal from sea to sea. 21 "continuation- let then the philosophus meditate upon all love that hath ever stirred him. there is the love of david and of jonathan, and the love of abraham and isaac, and the love of lear and cordelia, and the


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res may appear with whom the seer may converse, and under whose guidance he may travel about. this "plane" being quite as large and varied as the material universe, one cannot describe it effectively; we must refer the reader to liber o and to equinox ii, pages 295 to 334. this "astral plane" has been described by homer in the odyssey. here are polyphemus and the laestrygons, here calypso and the sirens. here, too, are those things which many have imagined to be the "spirits" of the dead. if the student once take any of these things for truth, he must worship it, since all truth is worshipful. in such a case he is lost; the phantom will have power over him; it will obsess him. as long as an idea is being examined you are free from 118 it. there is no harm in man's experimenting with opium


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rolling down the faces of these two most lovable creatures, so handsome and graceful, so perfect in all their proportions, my pity was set in motion; and soon love was to follow, thought i. though of a slightly dark complexion, they were none the less remarkably pretty, and very near the finest type of white womanhood. alas! their beauty was a trap, their sweet voices were meant to delude me; the sirens had been sent by those who could not but mean persecution against me. i found this out as soon as i understood them. they wanted my flowers. with a supple and harmonious gesture, they suggested that i should let them have the mystical roses. as soon as i perceived their intentions i felt the most intense impulse to murder them. we talked for a long time without being able to gather much of


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the sweetness that lurks in the sting of the honey-fed bee, so the joy of thy kiss, the dread offspring of serpent and dove. as the trail of the fiery lightnings which gleam in the dark, as the light from the measureless bow of the sevenfold arc, as the fires which glance o'er the face of the treacherous deep, when none but the furies may rest, and the nereids weep- so thy meteor eyes, brightest sirens alluring love's barque. when hid in the wonderful maze of thy whispering hair, alone with the shadows and thee, and away from the glare 325 of the burning and pitiless day, and the pitiless light- thee only beside me, above me the mystical night, no dream so created in darkness was ever more fair. for then was thy touch as the light of a life-giving fire, which kindles, and scorches, and bu


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love, nor list to tired dreams that twist thy lithe long limbs in fierce abandonment, awake, and learn of me the secret of the sea, whose meaning is the sum of all things blent in fiercest harmony. soft winds are calling on the cloudy deep (like foam-flowers falling from the breasts of sleep their lotus-kiss is, such a world forestalling of wanton blisses, that the fear of palling makes e'en the sirens weep. ah me! what serpent hisses from out those purple bysses, far in the womb of the long-lying sea? she wakes! nor dare he creep back to her soul, whence sleep has torn aside the mist-hung drapery; too strange the way, and steep. ethel archer. 66 the scorpion a tragedy in three acts by aleister crowley "god is love- epistles of st john. 67 to gr:alpha-gamma-alpha-theta-alpha in memory of


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sought to reclaim such images for his own. he writes in earth inferno: the desertion of the universal woman, lying barren on the parapet of the subconsciousness in humanity: and humanity sinking into the pit of conventionality. hail! the convention of the age is nearing its limit. and with it a resurrection of the primitive woman. and then there are his film stars. they are sidereal seductresses, sirens and cyphers, pictures of ravishing beauty that resonate with bewitching frequencies. sidereal means relating to or involving the stars. spare developed a curious technique of subtle distortion in which his slightly askew portraits seem to suggest much more of the sitters personality and magickal content than is apparent in a more conventional depiction. ghosts are sidereal he wrote and it s


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in which we were. i sat in c. in the middle behind these came the two fairest and stateliest ships, e and f, stuck about with many branches of laurel, having no passengers in them; their flags were the sun and moon. but in the rear was only one ship, g; in this were forty virgins. now having passed over this lake in this way, we first went through a narrow arm, into the right seas, where all the sirens, nymphs, and sea-goddesses were waiting for us; wherefore they immediately dispatched a seanymph to us to deliver their present and offering of honour to the wedding. it was a costly, great, set, round and oriental pearl, the like of which has never been seen, neither in our world nor yet in the new world. now the virgin having friendlily received it, the nymph further entreated that audien


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r ancestors to be reincarnated. conversely, the cock was pictured as having an infernal connection, especially if its color was black. indeed, it was employed in black magic, perhaps the earliest instance of this being in the atharva veda, an ancient hindu scripture. a black cock was offered up to propitiate the devil in hungary, and a black hen was used for the same purpose in germany. the greek sirens, the shedim of the talmud, and the izpuzteque, whom the dead aztec encounters on the road to mictlan, the place of the dead, all have cock s feet. cocks are also sacrificed in the voudou and santeria ceremonies of the west indian islands. there is a widespread folk belief that once in seven years the cock lays a little egg. in germany it is necessary to throw this over the roof, or tempests


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rgatis) and semiramis have been represented in mermaid form. the classic venus, goddess of love, was born out of the sea foam, it is told, and was propitiated by barren couples who desired children. the mexican coxcox or teocipactli was a fish god, as were some peruvian deities. north american indians have a legend that they were led from asia by a man-fish. in classical mythology the tritons and sirens are represented as half-fish, half-human. in addition to legends of mythology and folklore, however, there are many claimed accounts of sightings and contact with actual mermaids and mermen throughout history. the twelfthcentury speculum regale of iceland describes a mermaid called the margygr found near greenland: this creature appears like a woman as far down as her waist, with breast and

hallow water near shorelines, it is unlikely that some would not at some point have been washed ashore and discovered. others, primarily folklorists, consider mermaids the products of hallucinatory or visionary experiences. unfortunately, no extensive scientific expeditions have been launched to either confirm or discover the cause of the widespread reports of mermaid sightings (see also lorelei; sirens) sources: bassett, f. s. legends and traditions of the sea and of sailors. chicago: belford, clarke, 1885. benwell, gwen, and arthur waugh. sea enchantress: the tale of the mermaid and her kin. london: hutchinson, 1961. clark, jerome. encyclopedia of strange and unexplained phenomena. detroit: gale research, 1993. hutchins, jane. discovering mermaids and monsters. shire publications, 1968


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ou ll drive yourself away. at home you think to do just as you please, but if i err not, here you re ill at ease. mephistopheles right appetizing are you upward from the bosom, but further down your beastly part is gruesome. a sphinx these words, you hypocrite, you ll surely rue, because our paws are sound; but i can see that with that shrunken horse s-foot you do not feel at ease in our society. sirens prelude overhead. mephistopheles what birds are they who re cradled yonder on boughs beside the poplared river? a sphinx beware! the best of men have ever been led by that singsong to wander. sirens. ah, why mar thy taste completely, mid these hideous wonders dwelling? hear our notes accordant swelling, see our hosts come singing sweetly as becometh sirens meetly. sphinxes [mocking them in

to wander. sirens. ah, why mar thy taste completely, mid these hideous wonders dwelling? hear our notes accordant swelling, see our hosts come singing sweetly as becometh sirens meetly. sphinxes [mocking them in the same melody. force them down! and so reveal them! mid the branches they conceal them; nasty falcon-claws they re wearing and will fall on thee, unsparing, if thou lendest willing ear. sirens. hence with hate, let envy perish! we the purest pleasures cherish strewn beneath the sky s blue sphere! on the earth and on the ocean let him see in every motion sign of welcome and of cheer. mephistopheles what novelties and how assuring when both from string and voice alluring the tones about each other twine. but lost on me is all the trilling, tickling my ears but never thrilling down

peak not of heart! vain so to call it! a shrivelled-up, old leathern wallet would better with your face combine. faust [approaching] how strangely satisfying are these creatures! repulsive, yet what big, compelling features! i feel now the approach of some good chance; whither is hailing me that earnest glance? referring to the sphinxes. before such oedipus once stood his ground; referring to the sirens. before such did ulysses writhe, in hemp fast bound; referring to the ants. by such was noblest treasure once amassed; referring to the griffins. by these twas kept inviolate to the last. new spirit thrills me when i see all these; great are the figures, great the memories. mephistopheles in former times such creatures you d have scouted which now it seems that you approve; aye, when one se

one seeks his lady-love, monsters themselves are welcome and not flouted. faust [to the sphinxes] ye forms like women, answer me and say: has anyone of you seen helena? sphinxes we did not last till helena s generation; hercules slew the last ones of our nation. from chiron you might get the information. this ghostly night he s galloping around; if he will stop for you, you ve gained much ground. sirens. with us too thou wouldst not miss it. when ulysses, with us whiling, sped not past us, unreviling, much he told made bright his visit; all his tales we d tell to thee if thou camest to renew thee to our meadows by the sea. a sphinx sir, hark not to trickery! whereas ulysses to the mast, let us now with good counsel bind thee. if lofty chiron thou canst find thee, what i have sworn, thou wi

o way to make beginning, most worthy, aesculapian cure to prove. manto who yearns for the impossible i love. chiron is already far away. manto enter, audacious one, glad shall you be; the gloomy way leads to persephone. within olympus cavern foot she lists in secret for prescribed salute. here did i smuggle orpheus in of old. use your turn better! quick! be bold! they descend. by the upper peneus sirens [by the upper peneus as before. plunge ye in peneus flood! meetly splashing, swimming, fording, linking songs in tones according, for these ill-starred people s good. without water weal is none! if our goodly bands were faring to the aegean, swift repairing, every joy would then be won. earthquake. sirens. back the foaming wave is going, down its bed no longer flowing; quakes the ground, th

i, chaos well-beloved son! the phorkyads daughters of chaos we, by undisputed right! mephistopheles oh, shame! they ll call me now hermaphrodite! the phorkyads what beauty in the sisters triad new! we have two eyes, our teeth are two. mephistopheles from all eyes i must hide this visage well to fright the devils in the pool of hell. exit. rocky coves of the aegean sea moon tarrying in the zenith. sirens [couched around on the cliffs, fluting and singing. if of yore, by spells nocturnal, did thessalian hags infernal draw thee down, a crime intending, gaze thou where night s arch is bending down with calmness never-ending on the billowy, twinkling ocean, and illumine the commotion rising from the billowing sea! to thy service vowed are we, lovely luna, gracious be! nereids and tritons [as wo

ringing, summon here the deep s gay throng! from the cruel tempest s riot fled we to the deepest quiet, hither lured by lovely song. here behold us decorated with gold chains and high elated; crowns and jewels do ye capture, brooches, girdles that enrapture. all this harvest is your prey. to us here these shipwrecked treasures ye have brought with your sweet measures, ye, the magnets of our bay. sirens. well we know, in cool seas biding, how the fishes, smoothly gliding, joy in life, from trouble far; yet, ye festive hosts quick moving, we today would see you proving that ye more than fishes are. nereids and tritons. we, before we hither wandered, thought of that and deeply pondered. sisters, brothers, swiftly fare! needs today but little travel proof to show past any cavil that we more t

as biding, how the fishes, smoothly gliding, joy in life, from trouble far; yet, ye festive hosts quick moving, we today would see you proving that ye more than fishes are. nereids and tritons. we, before we hither wandered, thought of that and deeply pondered. sisters, brothers, swiftly fare! needs today but little travel proof to show past any cavil that we more than fishes are. they disappear. sirens. away they speed and race straight toward samothrace; with kindly wind gone are they far. what mean they to do in the eerie domain of the mighty cabiri? they re gods, and stranger were never; they beget their like ever and ever and never know what they are. linger thou on thy height, lovely luna, stay thy light, that the night may not vanish nor the day may us banish. thales [on the shore

away to proteus! ask that wondrous elf: how one can come to be and change one s self. he goes off toward the sea. thales we have gained nothing by this stay. though one finds proteus, straight he melts away; and if he stops for you, he ll say at last things that confuse you, make you stand aghast. but, after all, such counsel do you need; let s try it and pursue our path with speed. they go away. sirens [above on the rocks. what s that far off, half hiding, through ocean s billows gliding? as if, to breezes bending, white sails were hither wending. bright beam they over waters, transfigured ocean s daughters! let us climb down! they re singing! list to the voices ringing! nereids and tritons. what we escort and carry shall make you glad and merry. chelone s shield gigantic, gleams with ste

s gliding? as if, to breezes bending, white sails were hither wending. bright beam they over waters, transfigured ocean s daughters! let us climb down! they re singing! list to the voices ringing! nereids and tritons. what we escort and carry shall make you glad and merry. chelone s shield gigantic, gleams with stern figures antic; they re gods whom we are bringing. high songs must ye be singing. sirens. little in height, potent in might who shipwrecked men deliver, gods old and honoured ever. nereids and tritons. we re bringing the cabiri to the peaceful pageant cheery, for where they rule auspicious neptune will be propitious. sirens. we give way to you: with resistless power ye save the perishing crew in dire shipwreck s hour. nereids and tritons. we have brought three only, the fourth

d and honoured ever. nereids and tritons. we re bringing the cabiri to the peaceful pageant cheery, for where they rule auspicious neptune will be propitious. sirens. we give way to you: with resistless power ye save the perishing crew in dire shipwreck s hour. nereids and tritons. we have brought three only, the fourth one tarried lonely; he said he must stay yonder since he for all must ponder. sirens. one god the other god can jeer and prod. their good deeds revere ye! all their ill ones fear ye! nereids and tritons. to seven ye should be praying. sirens. where are the three delaying? nereids and tritons. for that we ve no suggestion, but on olympus question; haply the eighth s there biding, not thought-of yet, and hiding. in favours to us steady, yet are they all not ready. peerless, u

nes fear ye! nereids and tritons. to seven ye should be praying. sirens. where are the three delaying? nereids and tritons. for that we ve no suggestion, but on olympus question; haply the eighth s there biding, not thought-of yet, and hiding. in favours to us steady, yet are they all not ready. peerless, unexplainable, always further yearning, with desire and hunger burning for the unattainable. sirens. such our ways: where power most sways, worship we raise, sunward, moonward: it pays! nereids and tritons. how brightly shines our fame! behold! leading this pageant cheery! sirens. the heroes of olden time to such fame don t climb, where and how it unfold, although they ve won the fleece of gold, ye ve won the cabiri! repeated in full chorus. although they ve won the fleece of gold, we! ye

ean rages. when in the dense cloud-banks the thund rer is grumbling, it s neptune opposes the horrible rumbling; however forked lightning may flash and may glow, still wave upon wave dashes up from below, and all that between them in anguish has wallowed, long hurled to and fro, by the depths all is swallowed; wherefore he has lent us his sceptre today. now float we contented and lightly and gay. sirens you, to helios dedicated, you, to bright day consecrated, greet we in this stirring hour when all worship luna s power! telchines o loveliest goddess in night s dome appearing! the praise of thy brother with rapture art hearing. to rhodes ever blessed an ear thou dost lend, for there doth a paean eternal ascend. he begins the day s course, with keen, radiant gaze, when finished the journey

d every motion, live here and move as you would do. but let not higher orders lure you, for once a man, i can assure you, then all is at an end with you. thales that s as may be; yet it s not ill a man s role in one s time to fill. proteus [to thales] well, one of your kind, to be sure! for quite a while they do endure; for midst your pallid phantom-peers i ve seen you now for many hundred years. sirens [on the rocks. see yon cloudlets, how they mingle round the moon, how fair a ring! doves they are, with love a-tingle, white as light is every wing. paphos sent them as her greeting, ardent, radiant, they appear, thus our festival completing, fraught with rapture full and clear! nereus [approaching thales. though night-wanderer make a pother, call yon ring an apparition, still we spirits ta

t s soft vibration, over waves and their lovely pulsation, unseen by the new generation, the loveliest daughter we lead. our duty we re quietly plying, from no eagle nor winged lion flying, nor from cross nor moon, as each dwells upon its throne, now swaying, now essaying, driving forth and now slaying, harvest and towns in ashes laying. thus on, with speed, hither the loveliest mistress we lead. sirens. lightly moving, hasting never, round the chariot, line on line, now ring twines with ring, to waver in a series serpentine. come, ye vigorous nereides, sturdy women, pleasing, wild, bring, ye delicate dorides, galatea, her mother s child: earnest, like the gods, a woman meet for immortality, yet like women gently human, of alluring charm is she. dorides [in a chorus, all mounted on dolphin

arise? what flames round the sea-shell, at galatea s feet? now mighty it flares up, now lovely, now sweet, as if with love s pulsing twere touched and arrayed. thales homunculus is it, by proteus swayed. the symptoms are those of a masterful yearning, prophetic of agonized throbbing and burning. he ll shatter himself on the glittering throne. see it flame, now it flashes, pours forth- it is done! sirens what marvel of fire in the billows is flashing that sparkling against one another are crashing? it beams and hitherward wavers, and bright all forms are aglow on the pathway of night, and roundabout all is by fire overrun. now eros be ruler who all hath begun! hail, ye waves! hail, sea unbounded, by the holy fire surrounded! water, hail! hail, fire s glare! hail to this adventure rare! all


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p trucks which sandwiched us front and rear. dangerous people live here, mohamed had confided out of the corner of his mouth when we had been stopped at a road-block in asiut and ordered to wait for our escort. now, although obviously rattled at being obliged to match the high speed of the escorting vehicles, he seemed to relish the kudos of being part of an impressive convoy, lights flashing and sirens wailing, weaving in and out of the slower traffic on the main highway from upper to lower egypt. i looked out of the car window for a while at the unchanging spectacle of the nile, at its fertile green banks and the red haze of the deserts a few 6 ibid, pp. 179-81. graham hancock fingerprints of the gods 417 miles away to east and west. this was egypt, the real organic egypt of today and ye


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he mountain (afzelius 1, 10. it recalls to my mind the ivindball of the demons^ p. 640 (see suppl. iii. from the devil's abode in hell, whence he has dislodged^ the moravian peasant calls the -whirlwind hammer (meinert in the vienna jahrb. yoi. 48. anz. bl. p. 55, which may refer to donar as well as the devil, and thus agree with the fancies iinfolded on p. 6.s2; the devil is described as ventiia sirens and aquilo, greg. m. 1, 547. 570, and the mod. greeks call him dv /j.os, gramm. 3, 736. it is odd that the priscilliauists ascribed storms to the devil, thunder to his roaring, rain to his sweat, which sounds very heathenish. the mauicheans too explained thunderstorms by the fury of the chained devil. 2 witches confessed they had been converted into balls, and gone bobbing round stark naked


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practical studies in the occult, and from that day, though asdevoted as ever in thought to the beautiful grecian gods, he surrendered himself entirely to his art. of hisclassic studies he had retained only that which related to the muses- euterpe especially, at whose altar heworshipped- and orpheus whose magic lyre he tried to emulate with his violin. except his dreamy belief inthe nymphs and the sirens, on account probably of the double relationship of the latter to the muses, throughcalliope and orpheus, he was interested but little in the matters of this sublunary world. all his aspirationsmounted, like incense, with the wave of the heavenly harmony that he drew from his instrument, to a higherand a nobler sphere. he dreamed awake, and lived a real though an enchanted life only during t


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als the magical elements are said to be peopled by spirits and mythological entities called elementals or nature spirits. these are grouped into four main categories- gnome (earth) undine (water) salamander (fire) sylph (air) the basics of magick get any book for free on: www.abika.com 14= dwarfs nymphs jin (genies) fairies elves tritons storm angels brownies mermaids hobgoblins mermen lepricauns sirens harpies elementals are usually only visible to those with clairvoyant sight and are more likely to be seen at night in the mountains or country away from cities- especially if you are tired or sleepy. although elementals exist naturally, it is also possible to create one which will exist for a limited time- no elemental has immortality. a created elemental is called an 'artificial elemental


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gons 20 the back mermaids (and l, its zodiacal opposite, banshees 21 digestive system incubi, nightmares 22 liver fairies, harpies 23 organs of nutrition nymphs and undines, nereids &c. 24 intestines lami, stryges, witches 25 hips and thighs centaurs 26 genital system satyrs and fauns, panic-demons 27 muscular system furies, chim ras, boars (as in calydon &c. 28 kidneys, bladder &c. water nymphs, sirens, lorelei, mermaids (cf. f) 29 legs and feet phantoms, were-wolves 30 circulatory system will o the wisp 31 organs of circulation salamanders 32 excretory system ghuls, larv, corpse candles 32 bis excretory organs, skeleton the dweller of the threshold, gnomes 31 bis organs of intelligence [socratic genius] editorial note: the atus of thoth liber al, cap. i, v. 57 includes the statement: all


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should journey with her to the tower of olympus, where the medicines necessary to the resurrection of the six royal persons could alone be found. c.r.c. and his companions followed virgo lucifera to the seashore, where all embarked on seven ships disposed according to a certain strange order. as the ships sailed across the lake and through a narrow channel into the open sea, they were attended by sirens, nymphs, and sea goddesses, who in honor of the wedding presented a great and beautiful pearl to the royal couple. when the ships came in sight of the tower of olympus, virgo lucifera ordered the discharge of cannon to signal their approach. immediately a white flag appeared upon the tower and a small gilded pinnace, containing an ancient man--the warden of the tower--with his white-clad gu


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ed ino, daughter of cadmus, king of thebes. she married athamas, king of orchomenus, who, incensed at her unnatural conduct to her step-children,[43] pursued her and her son to the sea-shore, when, seeing page 122 no hope of escape, she flung herself with her child into the deep. they were kindly received by the nereides, and became sea-divinities under the name of leucothea and palamon [112] the sirens. the sirens would appear to have been personifications of those numerous rocks and unseen dangers, which abound on the s.w. coast of italy. they were sea-nymphs, with the upper part of the body that of a maiden and the lower that of a sea-bird, having wings attached to their shoulders, and were endowed with such wonderful voices, that their sweet songs are said to have lured mariners to des

s commenced their song, the sky became dark and misty, whereas when the muses raised their heavenly voices, all page 178 nature seemed to rejoice, and mount helicon itself moved with exultation. the pierides were signally defeated, and were transformed by the muses into singing birds, as a punishment for having dared to challenge comparison with the immortals. undeterred by the above example, the sirens also entered into a similar contest. the songs of the muses were loyal and true, whilst those of the sirens were the false and deceptive strains with which so many unfortunate mariners had been lured to their death. the sirens were defeated by the muses, and as a mark of humiliation, were deprived of the feathers with which their bodies were adorned. the oldest seat of the worship of the mu

, and the sacred cakes were burned. having thus duly purified the criminals, she severely reprimanded them for the horrible murder page 258 of which they had been guilty; whereupon medea, with veiled head, and weeping bitterly, was reconducted by jason to the argo. further adventures of the argonauts..having left the island of circe they were wafted by gentle [228]zephyrs towards the abode of the sirens, whose enticing strains soon fell upon their ears. the argonauts, powerfully affected by the melody, were making ready to land, when orpheus perceived the danger, and, to the accompaniment of his magic lyre, commenced one of his enchanting songs, which so completely absorbed his listeners that they passed the island in safety; but not before butes, one of their number, lured by the seductiv

nticing strains soon fell upon their ears. the argonauts, powerfully affected by the melody, were making ready to land, when orpheus perceived the danger, and, to the accompaniment of his magic lyre, commenced one of his enchanting songs, which so completely absorbed his listeners that they passed the island in safety; but not before butes, one of their number, lured by the seductive music of the sirens, had sprung from the vessel into the waves below. aphrodite, however, in pity for his youth, landed him gently on the island of libibaon before the sirens could reach him, and there he remained for many years. and now the argonauts approached new dangers, for on one side of them seethed and foamed the whirlpool of charybdis, whilst on the other towered the mighty rock whence the monster scy

the realm of shades. ajax alone, who still brooded over his wrongs, held aloof, refusing to converse with odysseus, and sullenly retired when the hero addressed him. but at last so many shades came swarming round him that the courage of odysseus failed him, and he fled in terror back to his ship. having rejoined his companions they once more put to sea, and proceeded on their homeward voyage. the sirens..after some days' sail their course led them past the island of the sirens. now circe had warned odysseus on no account to listen to the seductive melodies of these treacherous nymphs; for that all who gave ear to their enticing strains felt an unconquerable desire to page 346 leap overboard and join them, when they either perished at their hands, or were engulfed by the waves. in order tha

led them past the island of the sirens. now circe had warned odysseus on no account to listen to the seductive melodies of these treacherous nymphs; for that all who gave ear to their enticing strains felt an unconquerable desire to page 346 leap overboard and join them, when they either perished at their hands, or were engulfed by the waves. in order that his crew should not hear the song of the sirens, odysseus had filled their ears with melted wax; but the hero himself so dearly loved adventure that he could not resist the temptation of braving this new danger. by his own desire, therefore, he was lashed to the mast, and his comrades had strict orders on no account to release him until they were out of sight of the island, no matter how he might implore them to set him free. as they nea

rs with melted wax; but the hero himself so dearly loved adventure that he could not resist the temptation of braving this new danger. by his own desire, therefore, he was lashed to the mast, and his comrades had strict orders on no account to release him until they were out of sight of the island, no matter how he might implore them to set him free. as they neared the fatal shore they beheld the sirens seated side by side on the verdant slopes of their island; and as their sweet and alluring strains fell upon his ear the hero became so powerfully affected by them, that, forgetful of all danger, he entreated his comrades to release him; but the sailors, obedient to their orders, refused to unbind him until the enchanted island had disappeared from view. the danger past, the hero gratefully


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s friend hylas who had been pulled into a well by water-nymphs entranced by his beauty. other dangerous challenges on the voyage included a boxing match with king amycus (who was used to winning and slaughtering his opponents, won by polydeuces, the inventor of boxing (see p. 60; navigating the clashing rocks, which moved and smashed anything in their way; and resisting the perilous charms of the sirens (see p. 64, when the bard orpheus drowned out their song with the beauty of his own music. theseus the hero 54 theseus the hero theseus was one of greece s most famous heroes. said to have had two fathers, king aegeus of athens and the sea god poseidon (roman neptune, he grew up unaware of who his father was. he showed heroic qualities even as a child when hercules (see pp. 50 51) visited a

to pity. unbeknown to poseidon, athena (minerva) and the other gods helped odysseus build a raft and sail for home; but when poseidon discovered this he was enraged and wrecked the ship. odysseus was washed ashore where he was discovered by nausicaa, daughter of alcinous, king of the phaeacians, who at the cost of himself provoking poseidon s anger helped odysseus home to ithaca. odysseus and the sirens by herbert james draper (1864-1920) this painting shows odysseus and his crew as they sail past the island of the sirens, whose irresistible song lured sailors to their doom. on circe s advice the crew stuffed their ears with beeswax so that they could not hear the false promises embodied in their seductive chant. odysseus, wishing to hear their song, was lashed to the mast so that he could

ysseus and his crew as they sail past the island of the sirens, whose irresistible song lured sailors to their doom. on circe s advice the crew stuffed their ears with beeswax so that they could not hear the false promises embodied in their seductive chant. odysseus, wishing to hear their song, was lashed to the mast so that he could not leave the ship. lashed to the mast odysseus alone heard the sirens song for he had asked his crew to tie him to the mast so that he could listen to it. tightening the knots when odysseus heard the sirens voices, he longed to join them, and begged his crew to untie him; but they obeyed his previous orders, and lashed him tighter still. the man tightening the ropes is eurylochus, odysseus s brother-in-law. odysseus was the first man to hear the sirens song a

is crew to untie him; but they obeyed his previous orders, and lashed him tighter still. the man tightening the ropes is eurylochus, odysseus s brother-in-law. odysseus was the first man to hear the sirens song and live. their island of anthemoessa was littered with the bleached bones of sailors they had lured to their deaths. previously only jason and the argonauts (see pp. 52-53) had passed the sirens and survived because the minstrel orpheus (see pp. 30-31) drowned out their singing with his lyre. deaf to all entreaties odysseus had to sail past the island of the sirens, whose irresistible song lured sailors to their doom. on the advice of the enchantress circe, odysseus stuffed his crew s ears with beeswax, so that they could not hear the sirens seductive chant. odysseus and polyphemus

on an island now thought to be sicily. landing there, odysseus and his men were shut in a cave by the cyclops polyphemus, who ate several of them. odysseus who told the giant that his name was nobody made him drunk and blinded him with a sharpened tree trunk heated in the ashes of the fire. the next day he and his crew escaped hidden under the giant s sheep as they went to pasture. bird-women the sirens were conceived of as harpylike creatures, part-bird, part-hag. while they were singing, they seemed like beautiful maidens but those who succumbed to their song soon learned their true nature. companions of a goddess according to one legend, the sirens had originally been the companions of persephone before she was abducted by hades (see pp. 28-29. because they failed to save her, the godde

rt-hag. while they were singing, they seemed like beautiful maidens but those who succumbed to their song soon learned their true nature. companions of a goddess according to one legend, the sirens had originally been the companions of persephone before she was abducted by hades (see pp. 28-29. because they failed to save her, the goddess changed them into grotesque creatures as a punishment. the sirens song tells, falsely, of the pleasures of the underworld. they also claimed the power of prophecy. thwarted cheated of their prey, the sirens are supposed to have drowned themselves in anger and frustration. the body of one, parthenope( maiden-voice) was washed ashore at naples, and the city originally bore her name. sailors peril the sirens here are depicted as mermaids, seductive maidens


ROBERT KIRK WALKER BETWEEN WORLDS

nd [over] curious search into these [fairy] abstrusenesses, so [we may use the examples of] histories of an ages [which] give as many plain examples of extraordinary occurrences as [may] make a http//www.dreampower.com/kirk_wbw/pg_30.htm (2 of 8 [10/9/2001 12:34:46 am] robert kirk- walker between worlds(pages 30-39) modest inquiry not contemptible. how much is written of pygmies, fairies, nymphs, sirens, apparitions, which though not the tenth part [being] true, yet could not spring [out] of nothing? even english authors relate of barry island in glamorganshire [saying] that [upon] laying your ear unto a cleft of the rock [the] blowing of bellows, striking of hammers, clashing of armour [and] filing of irons will be heard distinctly [this noise has occurred] ever since merlin enchanted tho


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ance. so, to this end, we either hold it back and down or go to the expense of soundproofing the ritual chamber insofar as is possible for my own part "holding it back and down" is distracting and soundproofing a waste of money. my home is nine miles from the city limits and my nearest neighbor a mile away. there are no street lights to attract insects, no honking horns to disturb the silence, no sirens, no sounds of neighbors, and no neighbors to wonder about sounds. one definite advantage i have found is that the limitation of the surroundings is missing. do i want an area closed in by trees? or perhaps one that is open? they are available simply by choosing the site. whichever, something there is about standing robed amid the darkness, and seeing the stars overhead like hurled diamonds


SALMANRUSHDIE THESATANICVERSES

otherwise the same- they bestowed upon him the same old pats and kisses, the nostalgic benedictions of his youth "look how grown" they were saying "just a darling, what to say" they were all trying to hide their fear of the war _danger of air-raids, the radio said, and when they ruffled saladin's hair their hands were a little too shaky, or alternatively a little too rough. late that evening the sirens sang and the guests ran for cover, hiding under beds, in cupboards, anywhere. nasreen chamchawala found herself alone by a food-laden table, and attempted to reassure the company by standing there in her newsprint sari, munching a piece of fish as if nothing were the matter. so it was that when she started choking on the fishbone of her death there was nobody to help her, they were all crou

itself for its raw material, and then regenerate itself in time for the next week's episode; this rock was named pygmalien, and owing to the stunted sense of humour of the show's producers there was also a coarse, belching creature like a puking cactus that came from a desert planet at the end of time: this was matilda, the australien, and there were the three grotesquely pneumatic, singing space sirens known as the alien korns, maybe because you could lie down among them, and there was a team of venusian hip-hoppers and subway spraypainters and soul-brothers who called themselves the alien nation, and under a bed in the spaceship that was the programme's main location there lived bugsy the giant dung-beetle from the crab nebula who had run away from his father, and in a fish-tank you coul


SCHLAGER NEIL WORLD RELIGIONS REFERENCE LIBRARY

ift fate and bitter wedlock! howbeit these things surely lie on the knees of the gods, whether he shall return or not, and take vengeance in his halls. but i charge thee to take counsel how thou mayest thrust forth the wooers from the hall. come now, mark and take heed unto my words. on the morrow call the achaean lords to the assembly, this third century ce roman mosaic shows odysseus facing the sirens, who tempt him to abandon his quest to return home after the trojan war. charles& josette lenars/corbis. thither: though. nowise: no way. consort: associate. howbeit: how would it be if. vengeance: revenge. counsel: care. on the morrow: tomorrow. 80 world religions: primary sources the odyssey and declare thy saying to all, and take the gods to witness. as for the wooers bid them scatter th

rough viii. books ix through xii contain odysseus s account of his adventures since leaving troy. these adventures include his stay in the land of the lotus-eaters; his blinding of polyphemus; the loss of eleven of his twelve ships to a race of cannibals, or eaters of human flesh; his arrival at the island of the enchantress circe; his visit to the land of departed spirits; his encounter with the sirens, partly human creatures who lure seamen to their deaths at sea; and his arrival at calypso s island. in books xiii through xvi, the phaeacians return odysseus to ithaca. after athena disguises him as a beggar, he reveals his true identity to telemachus, and the two men plot to rid the kingdom of the king s rivals. in the final books (xvii through xxiv, odysseus passes a test penelope sets u


SIR EDWARD BULWER LYTTON ZANONI A ROSICRUCIAN TALE

singer. but whose the opera? no cabinet intrigue ever was so secret. pisani came back one night from the theatre, evidently disturbed and irate. woe to thine ears hadst thou heard the barbiton that night! they had suspended him from his office, they feared that the new opera, and the first debut of his daughter as prima donna, would be too much for his nerves. and his variations, his diablerie of sirens and harpies, on such a night, made a hazard not to be contemplated without awe. to be set aside, and on the very night that his child, whose melody was but an emanation of his own, was to perform, set aside for some new rival: it was too much for a musician's flesh and blood. for the first time he spoke in words upon the subject, and gravely asked for that question the barbiton, eloquent as


STEINER RUDOLF CHRISTIANITY AS MYSTICAL FACT

ted toward the transitory world. spiritual power misused can have the effect of degrading human beings still deeper into animality. odysseus has to master it. he is then able to myth and mysteriosophy 81 descend into the underworld, becoming a mystes. the dangers to which he is subsequently exposed are those that beset initiates in their progress from the lower to the higher stages; he passes the sirens, who lure travelers to their death by means of the magic sweetness of their songs; they are images of the lower imagination, the first objects of pursuit by those who have freed themselves from the limits of the senses. odysseus grasps the spirit in its free creative activity, but he is not yet an initiate he is still chasing illusions, from whose power he must break loose. odysseus has to


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ictionary of northern mythology. trans. by angela hall. rochester, n.y: d. s. brewer, 1993. t h e g a l e e n c y c l o p e d i a o f t h e u n u s u a l a n d u n e x p l a i n e d 108 mysterious creatures selkies selkies, the seal people of the orkney and shetland islands, wish to live harmoniously with those humans who love the sea as much as they do. they have sometimes been confused with the sirens of greek lore that have no interest in creating anything but death and chaos for seafarers. the selkies can shape-shift and appear in human form, resuming their true forms only when they wish to travel through the sea. the selkies are among a small number of gentle and supernatural beings. they often take human spouses and produce children who occasionally have webbed hands and feet and who

d streets with confidence. carefully considering the import of the cat s midnight vigils, the egyptian sages decided that the cat was solely responsible for preventing the world from falling into eternal darkness. at the same time, the cat s nocturnal excursions made it a symbol of sexuality and fertility. it seems quite likely that long before cleopatra worked her magic on caesar and antony, the sirens of the nile used makeup that mimicked the hypnotic eyes and facial markings of the cat. bubastis, a city in lower egypt, dedicated itself to the worship of the cat. each may some 700,000 pilgrims journeyed to the city to participate in the festival of the cat. during the persian invasion of 529 b.c.e, the egyptians deification of the cat proved their undoing. knowing of the obsession of the


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n escaped convicts, galley-slaves, and vicious criminals. below the athletes in rank were the gbellows, h elderly men who were regarded by their cities and villages as men of good character who acted as the disposers of stolen goods for the society. the lowest rank in the garduna was held by the ggoats, h the new recruits who had yet to prove their abilities. there were also two female ranks: the sirens, young beautiful women whose task it was to seduce state officials; and the covers, whose assignment lay in luring unsuspecting victims into ambushes where they could be robbed or murdered. in 1822, in an era of social reform, police entered the home of the grand master in seville, arrested him, and confiscated all his documents. remarkably, the garduna had kept meticulous records of all of


THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES

ck all the roads. don't let anyone but rescue units into town" mary hyre pulled her coat around her pudgy frame and walked slowly to her office, tears running down her face, her years of experience overriding her emotions. she pushed open the door and walked to her phones. they were dead. she switched on the teletype machine and started to peck away with two fingers "at 5,:04 p.m. this afternoon" sirens wailed outside and the crowds grew. a girl was screaming hysterically in front of the office "i almost got killed. i could have been on there. all those people dead. i could have been killed" ii two miles north of the bridge, mrs. jackie lilly was in a grocery store waiting for her teen-aged children. they were planning to go bowling in the alleys on the other side of the river that night


THE SECRET RITUALS OF THE OTO

the ariadne, zeus for io, pan for syrinx; there is no end of these. and satyrs, fawns, centaurs, dryads, a thousand gracious tribes, leap lightly and lustfully through their legends. again we have the loves of fairies for mankind, and the commerce of the beni elohim with the daughters of men; and yet again the marriage of orpheus with eurydice a nymph, and the fatal nets that laura, melusina, the sirens, lilith and many another cast for men. it is even said that to every neophyte of the order of a\a\ appeareth a demon in the form of a woman to pervert him; within our own knowledge have not less than nine brethren been utterly cast out thereby. there are also vain loves, as that of ixion for hera, of actaeon for artemis. consider of this. vii of certain greek rites among the peoples of the

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