Posts Tagged ‘32nd path

18
Jul
10

The 32nd Path: Time, stars and the eternal

Reflecting on the 32nd Path (Malkuth-Yesod) and its association with time, with Saturn/Cronus as ‘Old Father Time’. Recently¬†this composite photograph of the sky was released from the Planck space telescope¬†showing remnants of light from the birth of the universe more than 13 billion years ago. An unfathomable depth of time.

“How, then, should we face the future? When the sailor is out on the ocean, when everything is changing all around him, when the waves are born and die, he does not stare down into the waves, because they are changing. He looks up at the stars. Why? Because they are faithful; they had the same location now that they had for our ancestors and will have for generations to come. By what means does he conquer the changeable? By the eternal. By the eternal one can conquer the future, because the eternal is the ground of the future, therefore through it the future can be fathomed” (Soren Kierkegaard, Edifying Discourses).

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20
Jun
10

32nd Path: The Well of Memory

As part of exploring the 32nd path (from Malkuth to Yesod), Ozaniec proposes an exercise called the Well of Memory. It basically involves visualising lowering a bucket into a deep well, retrieving it, and drinking the water from a silver goblet… then seeing what memories surface.

It worked for me, immediately triggering a memory of drinking the spa water at Bath on a school trip more than 30 years ago. Not only could I recall the warm, mineral taste of the water, but I also remember other aspects of the trip that I’d forgotten about- visiting a park, staying in a youth hostel, and walking to a folly on a hill overlooking Bath (which thanks to Google I now know to be Sham Castle, built in 1762). I also remember being infatuated with a girl called Sally and doing nothing about it.

So when I sometimes ask myself ‘why bother will all this esoteric stuff’, the answer is because at some level it works, making things happen in/to my mind that wouldn’t otherwise happen.