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The dead…

Posted in The Deep with tags , , , , , , , on October 20, 2015 by Mj Rains


Ethyl of Lawnswood Cemetery…


Until death do us part…


Southern Cemetery, Leipzig, Germany.

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The Ghost of Montparnasse Cemetery

Posted in Esoteric with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2011 by Mj Rains
A gravestone in Montparnasse cemetery Montparnasse inhabitants can be ‘reawakened’ with a little help from a smartphone

Paris is well-known for its cemeteries, the most famous being Pere Lachaise, where tourists seek out the tomb of Oscar Wilde. But I live next to another great 19th Century cemetery in Montparnasse – and when I go there I always take my phone.

It is funny how we love a graveyard…

Read more about the fascinatingly creepy yet beautiful Montparnasse Cemetery in this article by Hugh Schofield

 

Book of the Dead, Prayer 14

Posted in Illustration, Poetry at large with tags , , , , , , , on October 19, 2011 by Mj Rains

Good-bye,
try to stay awake now you’re dead.
Look hard at those demons
and don’t be afraid.
All the bright lights and bells
are yourself returning
from wandering.
Try to look at them.
What terrifies
you must be beautiful.
I won’t cry, make you sad.
If you embrace these assaults you’ll be free.
But of course you are frightened.
Hair stiffens
all over you. So you’ll fall
back down to us, back
into another dying body.
So I’ll see you again.
Maybe without knowing you,
also knowing.
I tell you so you won’t worry.
Try to stay awake.

~Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge

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The Dead…

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2010 by Mj Rains

Yes, the newspapers were right: snow was general all over Ireland. It was falling on every part of
the dark central plain, on the treeless hills, falling softly upon the Bog of Allen and , farther
westward, softly falling into the dark mutinous Shannon waves. It was falling, too, upon every part
of the lonely churchyard on the hill where Michael Furey lay buried. It lay thickly drifted on the
crooked crosses and headstones, on the spears of the little gate, on the barren thorns. His soul
swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like
the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.  – James Joyce, The Dead

Photo: Cemetery by blue-blood-karina

Of Mirrors and myth…

Posted in Esoteric, The Deep with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2010 by Mj Rains

“The ancients attributed mystic powers to any reflective surface, solid or liquid, because the reflection was considered part of the soul.”  It was taboo to disturb waters on which a person’s reflection was present.  Shattering their image was considered damaging to the soul.  Thus, our breaking a mirror equals seven years of bad luck, a creepy notion I believed in as a child but since have put aside.

Narcissus, the fabled self-love obsessed nymph, has been misinterpreted to be a dude who could not get enough of his own reflection, and so pined away and died (or did he fall in and drown?).  Echo was the Goddess of death-by-water, who lay in wait to seize one’s reflection-soul, a belief among the Africans and Melanesians.

It is also believed that a soul can become trapped in a mirror.  The tale of Dionysus repeated by gypsy legend tells the story of how he became trapped in a mirror by a witch named Mara, the same as the Hindu death-spirit Mara.  Among the Slavic gypsies, Mara or Mora was a destroying Fate-Goddess who rode the night winds and “drank the blood of men.”

Which leads us to vampirism.  “Mirrors were connected with death in many Christian superstitions.  Demons, werewolves, vampires, and such “soulless” creatures show no reflection in a mirror.  Many people still turn mirrors to the wall after a death in the house, in the belief that mirrors trap the souls of the living or detain the souls of the dead on their journey.  Some say one who looks in a mirror in a house of death will see not his own face but the face of the deceased.  Pope John xxII had an inordinate fear of mirrors; he claimed wizards sent devils to attack him through mirrors.”

The esoteric meaning of the mirror was explained long ago by Plotinus:  “Matter serves as a mirror upon which the Universal Soul projects the images or reflections of its creations, and thus gives rise to the phenomena of the sensible universe.”

Buddist aphorism:  “All existence is like a reflection in a mirror, without substance, only a phantom of the mind. When the finite mind acts, then all kinds of things cease.”   (In other words:  the world exists for only those who live and perceive it.)

Mmmmm….does that mean that if no intelligent beings perceived it, the universe would not exist at all?

I may have to reflect on this for a while…

Peace…

Text source: Book of Myths and Mystery

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