Again, this is not really a “story”, but since I already have flyers, demos, 7″s and magazines galleries filed under “stories”, I will use it this time too. I will show off my shirt ‘collection’. They are not all music shirts, but since most of them are, I just put them together. It is but a part of the shirts that I have, but it would not be too interesting to see shirts that you can still just order, would it? I never meant to have a shirt collection, but over the years I got myself quite a few. Most of what you see here I never wear. They are no longer ‘represent’ the music that I listen to, the shirt is too big, too small, of too cheap material or I did use to wear them, but they start to wear.
Replying to a very different question on Reddit, a person who appeared to work for Spotify kept referring to Every Noise. Not knowing what it is, I looked up the website. The name seems to be named “Every Noise at Once” and it is presented like a massive word-cloud with musical genres which is ‘clickable’. You can also use the search function. Once you get to a genre, you have the choice between different Spotify playlists: “playlist” (opens “the sound of <genre>”, “intro” (“introduction to <genre>”), “pulse” (“the pulse of”) and “edge” (“the edge of”). I have not yet found out what these “pulse” and “edge” playlists are supposed to be.
Because only ‘official’ Spotify playlists are presented, I had the idea that “Every Noise” is made by (or for) Spotify and it could give an idea of how Spotify connects different artists. The website is made a group called “The Echo Nest” though, who appear to develop software (or algorithms) for (personal) music comparison. Perhaps Spotify buys the technique that they use for their automated playlists and the like.
Whitsun means the annual visit to the Wave Gotik Treffen. 2018 Was no exception. Continue reading
Freemasonry is neither a religion nor a surrogate for religion, being rather an initiatic philosophy capable of providing cognitive and methodological tools to aid individuals to embark on a journey towards personal improvement and spiritual perfection.
Fabio Venzi in Studies On Traditional Freemasonry p. 175
Usually, when something is popular, it drops on my list of preference (should it have made it’s way there in the first place). Harry Potter is one such thing. The fact that they are kids films does not help either.
Twice, at uncommon times when I was ‘zapping around’ on TV, I ran into a Harry Potter scene in which the kids were repotting Mandragoras. When you know that a Mandragora is an alchemical symbol for a plant that is also a little man (homunculus), that scene is pretty funny. For many years I was mildly curious if more such elements have found their way into the films, scenes in with ‘inside jokes’.
Many of the films that I see come from a rental company. I have a subscription for four films per month. Usually this is enough, but I try to have some ‘extra’ films just in case I run out of rentals. This can be anything from the buying of films that I already know but never bought, to the buying of cheap, second hand films that I do away with after watching. Harry Potter falls in the latter category.
By now, I have seen four Potter films. “The Philosopher’s Stone” (2001) was alright. “The Chamber of Secrets” (2002) is the film with the Mandragora scene and it is alright too. I am less enthusiastic about “The Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004) and “The Goblet of Fire” (2005). So little even, that I wonder if I feel like watching the other four ‘episodes’.
It is not like the films are terribly boring, but they are not very interesting either. The kids fall into some forced adventure which are mostly a step-up for spectacle and a little humor. I see little ‘inside jokes’ or good atmosphere. All too popular for my liking I guess.
If no corrective measures are implemented, the consequence could be that the remaining initiatic and ritual vestiges based on metaphysical and esoteric doctrines dating back thousands of years will be transformed even further into a squalid syncretism of a pseudo-initiatic nature.
Fabio Venzi in Studies On Traditional Freemasonry p. 179
It may thus be concluded that the desacralisation and demythicisation of the modern world have markedly affected Freemasonry, which, although continuing to undertake its ancient rituals, has evidently not been capable of removing itself from the chaos of time and maintaining intact its heritage of initiatic and esoteric knowledge.
Fabio Venzi in Studies On Tradition Freemasonry p. 178
The requirement of delimiting the “sacred” space wherein the ritual will be performed consequently implies an additional characteristic of Freemasonry and all initiatic societies: secrecy. The latter term however does not indicate actions conduct in the shadows, but rather a need to remain “segregated” from the rest of the world, to confine oneself to a “sacred” space in which to seek contact with a higher dimension, removed from the rest of the world lingering in a state of chaos and instability. It is solely by means of detachment from the cacophony of everyday life that the vertical pathway can be approached.
Fabio Venzi in Studies On Traditional Freemasonry p. 177
Undeniably, during the eighteenth century “several” Masonic bodies in Europe introduced the principles of enlightenment into their rituals, this distorting their esoteric and initiatic origins. In these Obediences the ritual has gradually been deprived of its true symbolic significance and replaced by commentaries and exegeses characterised by a desolating banality and a dull moralism reminiscent of the “century of Enlightenment“. This “progressivist” degeneration of the principles of Freemasonry has consequently led to a misconceived interpretation of the concept of Fellowship, increasingly construed as an independent “individual subject” invested with a real power within the context of sociopolitical confiness, or levelling out into a form of essentially moral and material soliddarism.
Fabio Venzi in Studies In Traditional Freemasonry p. 170
Of all the theories that have harmed and proved particularly damaging to a correct understanding of Freemasonry, one of the most commonly acknowledged maintains that the origins of Freemasonry derive from the Enlightenment movement.
Fabio Venzi in Studies On Traditional Freemasonry p. 170