“Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, thrice is enemy action” … thrice?
Go figure, a DC comic quoting a James Bond movie contains a blind.
A) What is a blind? A blind is either dis- or mis- information given to misdirect a false, lazy, or insincere seeker.
B) What is The blind? “enemy action”
Why do I think this? In my interpretation of a post-Thelemic worldview, after you are given (or ‘notice’) transmitted information in a series of ‘coincidence’, it is an opportunity to investigate and learn. Again, we are not pretending this is sane behavior, just a self-examination into personal perception of reality.
“Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, thrice is enemy action” Recently read that in a Hawkgirl comic, which attributed the quote from the movie Goldfinger.
The basic premise is that there is information being ‘transmitted’ to us, disguised in the everyday noise we are bombarded with. Hidden patterns, word games, puzzles, personalized clues. We are not pretending this is sane behavior. In fact, deciphering these “messages from the Secret Masters” is nothing less than a romanticized artificial psychosis.
Hence the danger. This is Left Hand Path workings, driving yourself falsely schizophrenic based off of subjective gleanings of information. This is not a simple ladder to enlightenment. This is a journey into your own pathetic need for meaning. There is no winner, there is no prize. Once you start, the only way out is thru.
These will not be mere reviews of books, and other art. This will be a surface look at the construction of my personal Qabalah. Most of this work is gleaned from years past. I no longer torture myself with daily workings. My past work has brought me to a different, hopefully better, perception. However, one cannot just abandon the work once one sees the light. Keep in mind the daily lesson of the false dawn.
Some nights I just can’t sleep. I pad into the guest room, wrap myself in a blanket, and grab a random paperback. I’ve been on an Andre Norton kick lately and grabbed Moon Called. Perfect choice.
Grandmaster Norton has several different writing styles and this one is in her high fantasy style. The novel is stand-alone, almost a vignette. The Heroine is a fantasy version of a Wiccan, the bad guys are alien and sinister, the “Old Times” gave us radiation and left over tanks. Her religious poetry seems like it’s taken from a Book of Shadows, in fact I’m working one of the poems into mine.
The book is not about the plot or action or even defeating evil. It’s about it’s Wiccan heroine finding purpose and solace in her love for the Lady. One reviewer on GoodReads mentioned how much this book meant to her in 6th grade in the early 80s and how it help formulate her adult identity.
Her review was written a decade before I read Moon Called. It lead me into thinking about how random books can shape a personality seeking adolescent. How my own life was shaped by Zelanzy’s mythopoeia, Moorcock’s despairing heroes.
I’ve been reading Ms. Norton since my early days but I’m only now understanding her constant current of influence on me. Damned subtlety.
My only complaint about the particular style of this book by Mother Andre is what I call the “fog”. Her dark fairy tales make me feel that sometimes we enter a fog-drenched part of the woods and I lose the thread for a paragraph or for a several pages. Doesn’t matter the time of day I’m reading. I know, this is more on me, I start daydreaming within the prose. I’m afraid I’ve been ruined by short attention entertainment. I should read more.
(Since a very young age, I have kept a list of To Read books. It was started as centered around Gygax’s Appendix N and Uncle Al related works. The list, hereafter referred to as the Biblio, remains my main focus of study and reading. Related posts tagged Bibliography, naturally)
The delightful podcast Appendix N Book Club recently (December 2, 2019) interviewed the legendary author Michael Moorcock. I have a few takeaways.
At one point Mr. Moorcock name-dropped author John Brunner as a fellow anti-racist. This stood out to me because Mr. Brunner’s book Stand on Zanzibar was a heavy piece of programming for me. I’m probably overdue to read it again.
They also briefly discussed on whether D&D (etc.) has ruined fantasy fiction. I thought of this when a Forgotten Realms ™ book showed up on my randomized To Read bibliography list. So I’ve given myself permission to remove all the FR ™ books from my bibliography. I’ve gotten nothing from any of them and found most of them unreadable. There was one I shall not name that was a naval fantasy retelling of Atlas Shrugged. Ugh.
So I am in the midst of retooling the Biblio, as always a work in progress. I urge the reader to explore the Appendix N Book Club podcast. Good people and very inspirational.