Border Crossing, our theme for July, is more relevant than ever in our era of immigration battles, refugee crises and the destabilization and contestation of borders worldwide.
Many of the books on our list for this month delve into the horrors of crossing national and political borders. Some explore the crossing of different borders, like those of gender, time and even space!
Our next meeting will be on the 11th of August so start reading now! .
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"The light concealed within our Magickal garment is the very infinite potentiality of the All. Crowley goes on to compare it to “the Light of Space...what men call Darkness.” But this light can only be perceived when it is concentrated through the Saturnine force of constriction (Space/Time), which gives the illusion of physical matter. When you cast your eyes upon the night sky, the myriad of stars sparkle and impress us with silent awe and admiration. The physical fact is, that if you were to perceive the light of all Stars in the Universe, the night sky would be blinding. It's been proven that the eye only receives light that travels to it directly (well...in serpent motion). Light must first take physical form as a photon to react against the occipital nerve. Therefore, to truly conceive light, necessitates the need for darkness as contrast. .
The constriction (or concentration) of Light is a true key to Magick. IT is the source of all phenomenon and being. “Detrimental” Saturn becomes the hilt of our Magick sword of “force and fire.” While IT is at first perceived as maleficient and detrimental, with correct perception, this constriction can be utilized and harnessed as great Magickal power (study the numbers 108 and 216 to unveil this mystery). .
In regards to this second commandment, Crowley really puts it best: “We are not to worship the Khu, to fall in love with our Magical Image. To do this – we have all done it – is to forget our Truth. If we adore Form, it becomes opaque to Being, and may soon prove false to itself. The Khu in each of us includes the Cosmos as he knows it. To me, even another Khabs is only part of my Khu. Our own Khabs is our one sole Truth” (MPC, Ch. 1). .
Worship only your truth. That is why you are here in the first place." . -N.O.X. Infinitum, Excalibur: The Book of the Law: Solved
Hi! I’m Emily and this is the start of What Emily Read 🤓 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’m 24, from Yorkshire, England but currently travelling the world. I left home (with my boyfriend) in November 2018 - we’ve been to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Singapore, Bali and we’re currently in Australia! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So much free time and so many days sat on the beach has given me the chance to do so much more reading for pleasure than I could last year (I was a newly qualified ((very STRESSED)) Y2 teacher with absolutely no free time!) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I was such a “only read proper books” girl until I started travelling and now I couldn’t imagine life without my kindle! We’re currently living in a VW campervan so on my journey I’m picking up some books a long the way - still a sucker for a “real” book 😍
American transcendentalist and member of the school called "the Concord School", Ralph Waldo Emerson, is regarded as one of the most important figures in the American intellectual tradition.
"Words are finite organs of the infinite mind. They cannot cover the dimensions of what is in truth. They break, chop. And impoverish it. An action is the perfection and publication of thought. A right action seems to fill the eye. And to be related to all nature. "The wise man. In doing one thing, does all; or, in the one thing he does rightly, he sees the likeness of all which is done rightly."
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature
The turnaround from the earlier view to the discovery of a culture rooted in nature, rather than based on the domestication of nature to European manners, was the result of the life and work of Emerson. As Larzer Ziff writes about Emerson: "No philosophy is so drenched in the common natural scenes of daily life as is Emerson's. and none has so powerful a sense of these as constant revelations rather than ordinary events.”
Emerson had the good of a solid education and a stable economy that allowed him to pursue periods of writing and thinking. In addition to his writing and thinking - his former background of preaching from the pulpit made him familiar with the skills of oration that made him a powerful communicator and thinker.
His philosophy is one of idealism and nature with a capital N. This "Nature" rides tandem with the divine or God and the true source of nourishment for the spirit receding within man. In consequence, the moral fabric is woven into Nature and her natural processes. "It has already been illustrated, that every natural process is a version of a moral sentence." writes Emerson in the chapter ‘Discipline': "The moral law lies at the centre of nature and radiates to the circumference. It is the pith and marrow of every substance, every relation, and every process."
Emerson's turn toward Nature as a moral compass and his emphasis on self-reliance make for a character-building read written in poetic but still clear and lucid prose.