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Interesting suggestions -

Interesting suggestions - thanks!

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As always, not endorsing/refuting real world beliefs just looking for gaming inspirations:

The Japanese words for “space” could change your view of the world

https://qz.com/1181019/the-japanese-words-for-space-could-change-your-view-of-the-world/

"Thinking about spaces in a more ‘Japanese’ way can open up new ways of organizing our lives and focusing on the relationships that matter to us. Building spaces that deepen relationships (wa), generate new knowledge (ba), connect to the world around us (tokoro), and allow moments of quiet and integration (ma) can enrich our experience of the world and that of those around us."

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Carnivorous Intelligence

Carnivorous Intelligence

https://falsemachine.blogspot.com/2018/01/carnivorous-intelligence.html

"I asked G+ if an obligate Carnivorous species could ever develop a city-based society, and I got a loooot of answers. I've compiled the best responses below and tried to arrange them by general theme.

This means some peoples arguments and points got chopped up a little. It's worth taking a look at the thread. It's public and you can find it HERE."

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Farewell Ursula, thanks for

Farewell Ursula, thanks for everything...

"Do dragons die?" asked Onyx, musing.

"Not as we do, I think They don't live as we do. They move between the worlds. So says Orm Irian.

From the world's wind to the other wind."

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"Farther west than west,

Beyond the land

My people are dancing on the other wind."

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What if it was all a dream?

What if it was all a dream?

https://falsemachine.blogspot.com/2018/01/what-if-it-was-all-dream.html

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Suppose the following;

The cosmos is the dream of a particular, single meta-being. This being is unconscious now, we don't know how long it’s been asleep and we don't know when it will wake up but we know, absolutely, that it *will* wake up.

All this is known without question, it's provable in some simple and obvious way.

How would this affect human culture?

In Lovecraft this is a nightmare scenario, but in real life probably people would just adapt to it. It’s a rather rough religion but its noticeably more hopeful than pure materialism (unless you are Sam Harris and the illusion of transcendence is the REAL monster).

If you knew that you were a fragment of another beings sleeping imagination, would it change, in any material sense, anything you do or anything about the way you act....

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"That which is not manifest

"That which is not manifest is much more vast than that which is manifest. The Invisible is greater than the Visible.

So it is also for language…. Only because language casts a shadow both much vaster than itself, and inaccessible, does the spoken word hold and renew such magic. "
-Roberto Calasso, Baudelaire

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Meet the dogs of Chernobyl –

Meet the dogs of Chernobyl – the abandoned pets that formed their own canine community

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/feb/05/dogs-chernobyl-abandoned-pets-stray-exclusion-zone

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Usual caveat of not endorsing

Usual caveat of not endorsing/refuting any IRL faiths ->

Roberto Calasso and the psychic persistence of the gods

http://www.faena.com/aleph/articles/roberto-calasso-and-the-psychic-persistence-of-the-gods/

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The first thing I want to say is that those powers don’t only concern the artist. They concern us all. They involve the way we are made. In second place, possession is a phenomenon which, paradoxically, during the time of the Greeks, was a central part of life according to authors as far and wide from Plato — who was an immense political and religious importance — to Delphos. Now it is a phenomenon which generally arouses a certain fear and shame, and is immediately classified within the pathology. It’s a radical change compared to the times of Ancient Greece […].

For the ancient Greeks, even before there were individual gods with names and stories, the divine existed as an event. A Greek expression says: the divine is the divine unknown. This fact exists in the experience of everyone. It isn’t something that just belongs to a certain moment in history. It belongs to the fabric of our lives. The true difference lies in recognizing it or not. Whether or not there is awareness of it is the point where the water divides.

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'All the Stars' by SZA &

'All the Stars' by SZA & Kendrick Lamar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfCqMv--ncA

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'Cause maybe the night and my dreams might let me know
All the stars are closer, all the stars are closer, all the stars are closer
'Cause maybe the night and my dreams might let me know
All the stars are closer, all the stars are closer, all the stars are closer
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Yayoi Kusama: Infinity

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors | Arts | NPR

https://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=8VwJMw_fLvI

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Two Invisible Sun games:

Two Invisible Sun games:

The Woman With Hollow Eyes -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=II8MpLIEh20

The Raven Wants What you Have -

https://www.montecookgames.com/the-raven-wants-what-you-have/

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Bats Act As Pest Control at

Bats Act As Pest Control at Two Old Portuguese Libraries

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bats-act-as-pest-control-at-two-old-portuguese-libraries-9950711/

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In an email, Campbell explained that the bats, which are less than inch long, roost during the day behind “elaborate rococo bookcases” and come out at night to hunt insects which otherwise would feast on the libraries’ books. The price of this natural insect control is paid in scat: The bats, Campbell writes, “leave a thin layer of droppings over everything. So each morning the floors have to be thoroughly cleaned…and the furniture has to be covered at night.”
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Bats are awesome and deserve

Bats are awesome and deserve more love than they get. Spiders too. One of these days I wanna run a spider cult that are good guys. :^)

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Altered Carbon

Altered Carbon - 10 episode series on Netflix

Imagine "living lichdom" for all. Everyone gets their own phylactery, called a "stack", which continually records your thoughts, emotions, experiences, etc. Bodies are nothing but "sleeves", interchangeable upon physical death, or if you simply feel like trying out a new gender, age, etc. Of course the rich gain access to the best sleeves - young, strong bodies at the peak of their prowess with several bioenhancement options, while the poor have to make due with whatever happens to be available at the time.

Trailers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhFM8akm9a4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8PsZki6NGU

“Death was the ultimate safeguard against the darker angels of our nature. The danger of living too many times, you forget to fear death."

Outstanding series. My wife and I just finished it yesterday and I can't say enough good things about it - the writing, the style, costumes, just amazing. It has more than a little Bladerunner influence in it's steam-noir visuals, and you definitely don't want the kids in the same room as you watch it. But definitely worth checking out if you like sci-fi murder mysteries. Our favorite character was the sentient hotel the main character stays at.

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Taboo

Another pretty good series I just finished up is Taboo on FX. Not a whole lot that's reminiscent of Planescape, but if you like to play up the Victorian England angle of Sigil, maybe you can glean something from this show. Tom Hardy is just astounding as James Delaney - an eccentric man who disappeared off the coast of Africa, now returned to England with some stolen diamonds, a whole lot of emotional baggage, and something resembling shamanic visions.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9QvSry2-CM

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@ Jem - I love the idea of a

@ Jem - I love the idea of a good spider cult. I sometimes like to think people pick up today's comics and make a new religion in some post-Industrial future...Spiderman as a God-Hero might be interesting...

@ Viking Legion - Thanks for the recommendations!

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Trilobite-Knight

http://falsemachine.blogspot.com/2013/01/trilobite-knight.html

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Ninety four percent of everything alive was killed. We descend from the surviving six per cent. The war was lost by life, which shrivelled on the earth.

But not quite.

One survived. Carrying the memory of the war beyond Gowandaland. The Trilobite. A blind and sleepless knight in clanking armour clad. Wandering the hidden places of the world, carrying its burden through the empty night, lest darkness rise again.

They saw the first light on earth. Not the first made, but the first seen. The first eyes possessed by living things. The first to fully know the light, the first to fear the dark. The first to know what shadows were, how colours work. The first to see the other suns beyond the moon. The first to see the light that stains the sky before the dawn. They loved the Earth.

Trilobite eyes are subtle hexagonal hives of liquid-bright calcite. They see in depth, with great complexity. Their sight became a curse. The artful sheet-glass transparency made them prime, unavoidable, and sole witnesses to the holocaust of earthly things. A scale and intensity of murder forgotten by prophets, a soul-blinding horror.

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1d10 Horrible Hives

1d10 Horrible Hives

https://throneofsalt.blogspot.com/2018/03/1d10-horrible-hives.html

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You are filled with thousands upon thousands of ants, each the size of a sand grain and burning hot. They are perfectly fine where they are and don't want to leave.

A glowing red spot of unbearable itchiness migrates from point to point across your body, with no sensible pattern. Scratching at it will root it to the spot for a moment, but increase the itchiness tenfold. It will shine brighter and brighter as it is scratched. If scratched too much, a burning, lidless eye will open there.

Your face has inflated, removing your ability to speak. Your eyes turn red, and you are able to see the blood pulsing in others' veins. The only sound is the thump of your own heart in your ears.

Each hive is the size of a silver piece, and bulbous. They expand and contract with your breath, quivering with wordless menace.

The hives are blackened and cracked, and spit out wisps of necrotic miasmas. If scratched, they flake away like charcoal under your fingernails.

Your sweat has the stink of bile, and your hands move on their own, seeking to tear at your skin unbidden by your mind.

You seep honey from your scratches, and under the puckered skin you catch glimpses of the combs.

Your hives rise and then separate from your body, buzzing about in a cloud before dispersing into the still and stagnant air.

Hives harden into brilliant red pebbles. The itching fades, but in its place there are only the smooth, cool stones embedded in the skin.

God-damn goblins and their god-damn itching powder!

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World's Weirdest Bridges

World's Weirdest Bridges (PHOTOS)

https://weather.com/travel/news/2014-08-18-weirdest-bridges-world-photos-20140730

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Bridges are some of the world's most magnificent marvels of engineering, connecting cities and even countries. But bridges have also featured some of the most innovative design. According to a Transportation Research Board Special Report on the Potential Impacts of Climate Change on U.S. Transportation, many bridges are often designed to withstand storms that have a probability of occurring only once or twice every 100 years. And then there are some bridges—the ones that curl, tilt or even shoot water—that are simply cool. Click through the slideshow above to see the world's most unusual (and amazing) bridges.
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The Mahogany Dungeon

The Mahogany Dungeon

http://monstersandmanuals.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/the-mahogany-dungeon.html

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In my earlier posts about the 'Fixed World' setting I described how, in the part of the world where it was always afternoon and always summer, you would get a kind of uber-rainforest: a jungle with trees the size of skyscrapers, full of giant insects and and exotic civilizations. Recently I've been thinking, why not go the whole hog? In those jungles, trees aren't just the size of skyscrapers: they are the size of mountains. There are vast distances separating one from another. And as a consequence you could base an entire campaign around the exploration of one, vast, tree megadungeon...

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At the base of The Mahogany Dungeon are entire dungeon levels-worth of burrows, inhabited by vegepygmies, myconids, hook horrors, jungle gnomes, and similar. I also thought about re-imagining drow to inhabit such dark places in the vast root structures beneath such a tree: a race of dark-dwelling, mysterious elves who raise spiders and fungus, like an unholy mixture of Warhammer forest goblins, Drizzt, and Curupira. Neogi would live down there too with their umber hulk companions, trading slaves from root tunnel to root tunnel.

Further up the trunk, if the PCs had the equipment to climb, they would discover giant ant burrows in the bark of the tree which comprise newer and more dangerous dungeon levels. Some of these burrows would house the original inhabitants - giant ants of all kinds, some peaceful leaf-cutters; other ferocious raiders. Some would be abandoned and taken over by tasloi and grimlocks lurking in the depths and living off sap - or myconid civilizations with vast populations meditating away from the light of the sun. Here also there would be mini-dungeons formed by giant insect grubs, perhaps now housing wyverns, flying serpents, human cults, ettercaps, or were-jaguars.

As they climbed higher, the PCs would encounter huge vines with outgrowths stretching out into the great abyssal gulf of open space. On the huge, smooth, green leaves might be towers of archmages, nests of couatl or green dragons, or gloomwing egg clutches full of tenebrous worms.

Further up still would be massive holes carved into the trunk of the tree by birds such as giant hornbills - the rocs of the jungle. Their nests would be labyrinths of dirt, moss and twigs to be explored, populated by ravenous giant lice and fleas - maybe even intelligent flea-people dwelling in the stinking half-light. And there there would also be giant beehives which, when abandoned, would become inhabited by those seeking secrecy and protection - liches, demons or millennial sects.

Finally, though, higher-level PCs or expert climbers would find their way to the canopy, and the sunlight. Up there, there would be entire tribes of grippli, tasloi, tabaxi and other intelligent jungle beings - and humans too, of course, living in tree-house towns spread between branches, twigs and leaves. Wars fought and lost, trade networks spanning from one branchtip to another, and the sun shining down on it all eternally - except for the mighty rainstorms which would swell from the sweltering air every 24 hours, thus marking the passage from one day to the next.

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“The inner meaning of

“The inner meaning of grassblade and star? The unknown language of silence? The terrific weight of a dew-drop? The heartbreaking beauty of a pebble among millions and millions of pebbles, all making sense, but what sense?”

- Vladimir Nabokov

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“Religion is founded on the concurrence of three allied concepts in one moment of self-conscious direct intuition into the ultimate character of the universe.

1. That of the value of an individual for itself.

2. That of the value of the diverse individuals of the world for each other.”

3. That of the value of the objective world which is a community derivative from the interrelations of its component individuals, and also necessary for the existence of each of these individuals.”

-Whitehead

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Dungeons & Dragons, or the Reality of Illusions

http://www.weirdstudies.com/6

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The Dutch historian Johan Huizinga was one of the first thinkers to define games as exercises in world-making. Every game, he wrote, occurs within a magic circle where the rules of ordinary life are suspended and new laws come into play. No game illustrates this better than Gary Gygax's tabletop RPG, Dungeons & Dragons. In this episode, Phil and JF use D&D as the focus of a conversation about the weird interdependence of reality and fantasy.
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Usual caveats about not

Usual caveats about not endorsing/refuting real world beliefs:

Henry Corbin, Suhrawardi, and the Lost Knowledge of the Imagination

http://realitysandwich.com/322745/henry-corbin-suhrawardi-and-the-lost-knowledge-of-the-imagination/

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ike Suhrawardi himself, Fakhr al-Din al-Mardini combined mysticism with rigorous logic, a union that Suhrawardi looked for in other seekers of truth. Suhrawardi adopted the Sufic way of life, embracing an ascetic practice, wearing the rough suf wool, from which the Sufis get their name and surrendering himself to the ecstasies of sama, the Sufi music. But he also maintained a strict philosophical discipline, subjecting his ecstasies to severe criticism and analysis. His work was ‘addressed precisely to those who aspire at once to both mystical experience and philosophical knowledge’ and should, he said, be transmitted only to ‘him who is worthy, chosen from among those who have given evidence of a solid knowledge of the peripaticians’ philosophy [Aristotle] while their hearts are nevertheless captured by love for the divine Light.’ It was clear to Suhrawardi, as it was to other ‘imaginative knowers’, that what was needed in order to arrive at real ‘truth’, was thought and feeling working together in a creative polarity, not in opposition.
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“Lute Song,” Louise Gluck

“Lute Song,” Louise Gluck

No one wants to be the muse;
in the end, everyone wants to be Orpheus.

Valiantly reconstructed
(out of terror and pain)
and then overwhelmingly beautiful;

restoring, ultimately,
not Eurydice, the lamented one,
but the ardent
spirit of Orpheus, made present

not as a human being, rather
as pure soul rendered
detached, immortal,
through deflected narcissism.

I made a harp of disaster
to perpetuate the beauty of my last love.
Yet my anguish, such as it is,
remains the struggle for form

and my dreams, if I speak openly,
less the wish to be remembered
than the wish to survive,
which is, I believe, the deepest human wish.

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Mark Twain's Dream by

Mark Twain's Dream by
Carol Muske-Dukes

He saw his own death riding the tail
of the Great Comet. Then bet on how
he'd end the way he came in: on

the back of a fireball. But when
he dreamt his brother in that coffin
resting on two chairs, with white

roses on his chest, one red in the
middle—he woke shouting & would
not rest until he saw Henry safe. So

the life of a young steamboat pilot
was like a former life, remembering
how to steer the sky, that reflection

on the water—"like the space where
a cloud had been," he wrote. But the
cloud sailed, the day dawned again,

Henry's boat blew sky-high. When
Sam came to find him, Henry lay
in a coffin resting on two chairs.

Sam, looking for the roses, saw a
nurse entering with his prophecy
in her hands. There the white petals,

there the blood-center, fireball &
heart: the red rose. Like a dream of
depth, surface to twain, that space where
a cloud had been.

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Life in the Unremembered City

Life in the Unremembered City

http://monstersandmanuals.blogspot.com/2018/04/life-in-unremembered-city.html

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The Unremembered City bears that name because, in all of the worlds inside the crocodile's mind, it is the only place which is made not of the stuff of memory, but of the real world. Every grain of sand comprising the island on which it sits; every pebble making up its walls, columns and plazas; every blade of grass and flower; and every fleck of paint or crumb of gold leaf which decorates it, was brought there physically by the Naacals in the Age of Discovery and imbued with magic to ensure that the crocodile does not remember it. Unlike anywhere else within its mind, the Unremembered City is not malleable and does not give rise to refractions. It remains.

At first glance, the Unremembered City is like no city anywhere.

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Was There a Civilization On

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

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“Wait a second,” he said. “How do you know we’re the only time there’s been a civilization on our own planet?”

It took me a few seconds to pick my jaw off the floor. I had certainly come into Gavin’s office prepared for eye rolls at the mention of “exo-civilizations.” But the civilizations he was asking about would have existed many millions of years ago. Sitting there, seeing Earth’s vast evolutionary past telescope before my mind’s eye, I felt a kind of temporal vertigo. “Yeah,” I stammered, “Could we tell if there’d been an industrial civilization that deep in time?”

We never got back to aliens. Instead, that first conversation launched a new study we’ve recently published in the International Journal of Astrobiology. Though neither of us could see it at that moment, Gavin’s penetrating question opened a window not just onto Earth’s past, but also onto our own future.

We’re used to imagining extinct civilizations in terms of the sunken statues and subterranean ruins. These kinds of artifacts of previous societies are fine if you’re only interested in timescales of a few thousands of years. But once you roll the clock back to tens of millions or hundreds of millions of years, things get more complicated.

When it comes to direct evidence of an industrial civilization—things like cities, factories, and roads—the geologic record doesn’t go back past what’s called the Quaternary period 2.6 million years ago. For example, the oldest large-scale stretch of ancient surface lies in the Negev Desert. It’s “just” 1.8 million years old—older surfaces are mostly visible in cross section via something like a cliff face or rock cuts. Go back much farther than the Quaternary and everything has been turned over and crushed to dust.

And, if we’re going back this far, we’re not talking about human civilizations anymore. Homo sapiens didn’t make their appearance on the planet until just 300,000 years or so ago. That means the question shifts to other species, which is why Gavin called the idea the Silurian hypothesis, after an old Dr. Who episode with intelligent reptiles.

So, could researchers find clear evidence that an ancient species built a relatively short-lived industrial civilization long before our own?

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What Is Space?

What Is Space?
It’s not what you think

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Is space just an infinite emptiness that underlies everything? Or is it the emptiness between things? What if space is neither of these but is a physical thing that can slosh around, like a bathtub full of water?

It turns out that the nature of space itself is one of the biggest and strangest mysteries in the universe. So get ready, because things are about to get ... spacey.

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As always not refuting

As always not refuting/endorsing real world beliefs, just looking for game inspiration ->

From Beyond Physicalism

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Mystical experiences, if windows on reality, suggest that color qualia are indeed intrinsic to objects, filling in their extended geometries. However, unlike Primitivists, we should not expect the intrinsic color qualia of objects to correspond closely or indeed at all to those experienced in sensory vision (Marshall, 2001). For one thing, visionary and mystical experiences can bring translucency, with objects divested of their opacity and the world now crystalline or gem-like in appearance. This phenomenon inspired Aldous Huxley (1999) to inquire “Why are precious stones precious?” in his talks on visionary experience (pp. 190– 209). Translucency is to be expected if objects are known directly, for there would be no obstruction to vision and no opaque surfaces. It follows that opaque colors will be absent, and hues, if present, will have a transparent quality, like colored crystals and beams of spectral light. As Starr (1991) observed, the luminosity out of which objects were made “contained color in the way that a brilliant diamond refracts color”

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In the case of extrovertive mystical experiences, luminous phenomena include a bright light that completely obscures perception of the surroundings but brings special intuitions of the world, or which first obscures and then subsides to leave enhanced perceptions (Marshall, 2005, pp. 68– 71). The environment may look clear but unusually bright, or there can be a hazy brightness. Objects may appear to glow from the inside, and vision may seem to reach into them, as if they have become luminously transparent. In extreme cases, it can seem as if the universe has become translucent and open to view. The light may seem interior to the experiencer, exterior, or both, and it is sometimes associated with a “presence” or “being.” The light is very often white or golden, but other colors are reported too, especially in the early stages. Rainbow hues are occasionally experienced, and there can be sparkling effects.

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Luminosity and knowing are frequently mentioned together in mystical testimonies, which can suggest that the two have a basic connection and are not really distinct:

I lost all normal consciousness and became engulfed as it were in a great cloud of light and an ecstasy of knowing and understanding all the secrets of the Universe, and a sense of the utmost bliss in the absolute certainty of the perfection and piercing purity of goodness in the Being in whom it seemed all were finally enclosed, and yet in that enclosure utterly liberated.

(RERC No. 000514, in Beardsworth, 1977, p. 32)

The connection can be made explicitly too. Irina Starr (1991) experienced a light in the objects around her, a light that was “intelligent” in some way:

There was the luminous quality— a light which contained color in the way that a brilliant diamond refracts color, only this color seemed an integral part of the essential substance and not a form of refracted light. The one thing which was, above all, significant was that everything was literally alive; the light was living, pulsating, and in some way I could not quite grasp, intelligent. The true substance of all I could see was this living light, beautiful beyond words.

It is not just knowing that is inseparable from the light. There can be a fusion of qualities in which light, knowing, love, bliss, life, and timelessness come together. A mystical experience in natural surroundings brought a luminosity that united everything within itself:

“we flowed into, became, the great Golden Light— the rocks, trees, etc. and this ‘I’ were no longer just kindred separatenesses. We disappeared. We became the Light which is Love, Bliss. This Light was neither hot nor cold; but Love, Consciousness, Eternity, It”
(J. P. W., in Johnson, 1959, p. 66).

It seems that luminosity, knowing, love, and bliss are so integral to the mystical consciousness that they are inseparable from it and one another.

What observations can be made on the above? If mystical experiences truly are metaphysical windows, then the reports suggest that luminous quality is fundamental to reality, an intrinsic characteristic of the world at large and of consciousness at its deeper levels. Some mystical accounts indicate that the world was not only flooded with luminosity but seemed to be made of it...

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Usual caveats about not

Usual caveats about not endorsing/refuting real world beliefs - some quotes from Swedenborg:

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"Therefore the spiritual sun by its heat vivifies spiritual beings and renews spiritual objects. The natural sun does the same for natural beings and natural objects; yet not from itself, but by means of an influx of spiritual heat, to which it renders aid as a kind of substitute.

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This spiritual fire, in which also there is light in its origin, becomes spiritual heat and light, which decrease in their going forth. This decrease is effected by degrees, which will be treated of in what follows. The ancients represented this by circles glowing with fire and resplendent with light around the head of God, as is common also at the present day in paintings representing God as a Man.

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That love begets heat, and wisdom light, is manifest from actual experience. When man loves he grows warm, and when he thinks from wisdom he sees things as it were in light. And from this it is evident that the first proceeding of love is heat, and that the first proceeding of wisdom is light. That they are also correspondences is obvious; for heat takes place [existit] not in love itself, but from love in the will, and thence in the body; and light takes place not in wisdom, but in the thought of the understanding, and thence in the speech. Consequently love and wisdom are the essence and life of heat and light. Heat and light are what proceed, and because they are what proceed, they are also correspondences.

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That spiritual light is altogether distinct from natural light, any one may know if he observes the thoughts of his mind. For when the mind thinks, it sees its objects in light, and they who think spiritually see truths, and this at midnight just as well as in the daytime. For this reason light is predicated of the understanding, and the understanding is said to see; thus one sometimes declares of something which another says that he sees (that is, understands) that it is so. The understanding, because it is spiritual, cannot thus see by natural light, for natural light does not inhere in man, but withdraws with the sun. From this it is obvious that the understanding enjoys a light different from that of the eye, and that this light is from a different origin.
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Enter One, Sol Seppy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypApKTXuOxU

"As we float from the shore
Into the light
Into the unknown
Like thousands of lanterns
Glowing with grace
In glorious silence
Descending through space
To a friend"

"After a storm
I wanna let go
Of the things that I’ve done
Without any worry
I wanna come home
Into the light
Into the unknown
I want to be shameless
Like the sun
Moving into you
Enter light"

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A Real-Life Enchanted Forest

A Real-Life Enchanted Forest

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/17/t-magazine/yakushima-japan-hayao-miyazaki-princess-mononoke.html

"Finding echoes of Japan’s ancient past, and of the woodlands of Hayao Miyazaki’s animated masterpiece “Princess Mononoke,” deep among the trees of Yakushima island."

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One thing that interested me

One thing that interested me about Yakushima is that they mention how little animal life there is there.

In most forests, of course, animal life is thick on the ground, living in symbiosis and cycle with the plants. It's relatively rare to have the plants so dominant that they make the environment difficult for animals to live nearby, but with the densely covered ground and the monopolization of sunlight and water, that's what the plants have done here.

A Power of forest will have both plants and animals around. A Power of trees... wouldn't, necessarily. Or they'd be very subordinate. This would be a place for a Power like that.

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Factioneers quotes - From the works of Gene Wolfe

Phew, it has been a while since I posted the last time.

Signer:
“That was a fine story,” I told her, “one of the best that I’ve ever heard.” “I had to live it,” she replied, “and it is far better to hear such stories than to live them, I promise you, though it ended so happily.”
― Gene Wolfe, In Green's Jungles: The Second Volume of 'The Book of the Short Sun'

Mercykiller:
“But love is the last need a group has, not the first. If it were the first, there could be no such groups. Justice is the first need, the mortar that binds together a village or a town, or even a city. Or the crew of a boat. No one would take part in any such thing if he did not believe that he would be treated fairly.”
― Gene Wolfe, On Blue's Waters

Sodkiller:
“If they are too quarrelsome to unite against him, and so violent that they’ll willingly pay his taxes to be protected from one another, they have no reason to complain.”
― Gene Wolfe, Return to the Whorl: The Final Volume of 'The Book of the Short Sun'

Seeker (Mind's Eye):
“The chief thing is to begin, after all—after which the chief thing is to finish.”

― Gene Wolfe, On Blue's Waters

Fated:
“It is far easier to get all the good things that our lives have to offer than it is to deserve them. We seldom have much joy of them, however, unless we deserve them.”
― Gene Wolfe, In Green's Jungles: The Second Volume of 'The Book of the Short Sun'

Guardian:
“Better to be good without reason than to be evil for a hundred good reasons.”
― Gene Wolfe, In Green's Jungles: The Second Volume of 'The Book of the Short Sun'

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Poetry of Navarth the Mad Poet

From: The Palace of Love
by Jack Vance

Avris rara, black mascara
Will you stay to dine with me?
Amanita botulina
Underneath my upas tree.

This dainty tray of clisonné
Contains my finest patchouli
Aha, my dear! What have we here?
A dead mouse in the potpourri.

With mayonnaise the canapés
Ravished from a sturgeon's womb;
With silver prong we guide along
The squeaking oyster to his doom.

A samovar of hangdog tea:
A cup, or are you able?
Antimony, macaroni
On my hemlock table.

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To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971)

Book 1 of "The Riverworld" series, a quintet dealing with a strange world where every sentient creature that has ever lived and died (some 36 billion) are suddenly resurrected on the shores of an impossibly long river. All are age 25 in peak physical condition with no previous injuries or infirmities. A mix of fictional and true-historical characters (who are altered over time due to this strange experience) must mingle and discover why they are here. Here's a wiki blurb about the first installment:

British adventurer Richard Francis Burton dies on Earth and is revived in mid-air in a vast dark room filled with human bodies, some only half formed. There, he is confronted by men in a flying vehicle who then blast him with a weapon.
He next awakes upon the shores of a mysterious river, naked and hairless. All around him are other people in a similar situation. Shortly after they awaken, a nearby structure, nicknamed a "grailstone," causes food and other supplies to appear in the "grails" bound to each individual. Burton quickly attracts a group of companions: the neanderthal Kazzintuitruaabemss (nicknamed Kazz), the science fiction author Peter Jairus Frigate, and Alice Liddell (the real-world childhood acquaintance and photography subject of Lewis Carroll.) Among these is the extraterrestrial Monat Grrautut, earlier part of a small group of beings from Tau Ceti who had arrived on Earth in the early 21st century.

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good stuff, ideally this will

good stuff, ideally this will be seen as i haven't been able to post...

nice - thanks Clueless!

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As always not refuting

As always not refuting/endorsing IRL beliefs, just posting for gaming inspiration:

To Die is to Leave the Choir

https://medium.sabatmagazine.com/to-die-is-to-leave-the-choir-927070281701

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Sometimes I’d create sigils to the dead, carefully sewing my name into the names of the dead, the letters swirling together, a testament to our time together. Mostly, it was a way of keeping them with me. Keeping them real. The sigils were like phones, on the hook, to the other world. Other times I’d take a magical bath — something I write about in my book, Light Magic for Dark Times — not simply as an act of self-care, but as a way to welcome the freedom and fluidity of grief. In my bath, which would be filled of essential oils and lined with obsidian, I’d be permitted a designated space to cry, to transform, to clean myself of pain that no longer served me and to adorn myself — by way of the water itself or oils or perfumes — that were programmed to give me a sense of resilience, peace, and acceptance...

...I sat on white linen in the grassy corner of a mausoleum alight in a dozen white candles. Flocks of wandering strangers approached and sat before me on the ground. Some held candles, glittering in the blackness, and to them I’d recite a poetic sequence that, stanza by stanza, explored the cycle of grief. In a small ceramic jar, the visitors were invited to leave goodbye messages for their dead, for whatever it was they wanted to part with, to let go of.

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Usual caveats...

Usual caveats...

Dance, Trance, and Devil Pacts: The Fiddler and Norwegian Folk Mysticism

https://www.brutenorse.com/blog/2018/3/29/dance-trance-and-devil-pacts-the-fiddler-in-norwegian-folk-mysticism

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In its authentic and original form, folk music is always a form of Gebrauchsmusik. In other words: music with a specific and functional purpose, as opposed to the art music most of us are accustomed to, in which musical expression itself, a music for music's sake, becomes the main driving force. As utility music, folk tunes often come in the form of lullabies, herding calls, wedding marches, or dance melodies played to rouse an audience already familiar with its conventions and nuances. This is underlined by the fact that, to many listeners, old style Nordic folk music sounds a tad out of tune, mainly due to its off-the-beaten track microtonal ideal. Conversely, I've met fiddlers who claim that overexposure to traditional tuning has rendered them unable to appreciate “normal” music. Obviously, this makes Nordic fiddle, but especially jaw harp music, an acquired taste, though some might find it oddly addictive.

Since both audience and performers are mostly born into the tradtion, and the quality is judged based on authority rather than personal taste, folk music is more or less detached from modern conventions of artistic individuality. In the case of the Nordic fiddle tunes, most melodies do not have a proper name attached to them in the form of a “song title”. Rather, they were named according to their type and origin. Essentially, many are dances or marches, and since fiddle music was intrinsically connected these, the terminology associated with a certain dance, and it's associated tune, was the same.

A gangar for example, literally means “walker” or “strider”, and describes the pace of the dance and melody. A gangar from Setesdal might simply be called “gangar from Setesdal” with no other outwardly distinguishing feature to its name. If the jig is associated with a particular fiddler, then “gangar from Setesdal after Johnny Everyman” would suffice. However, authorship is often vague, if not entirely anonymous....

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Usual Caveats, not endorsing

Usual Caveats, not endorsing/refuting real world beliefs...Also was there any Faction dedicated simply to Love as the Ultimate Power, ala Plato's Symposium and Dante's encounter w/ "The Love that Moves the Sun & Other Stars"?

Philosopher Martin Buber on Love and What It Means to Live in the Present

https://www.brainpickings.org/2018/07/24/martin-buber-i-thou-love/

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“Love is the quality of attention we pay to things,” poet J.D. McClatchy wrote seven decades after the brilliant and underappreciated philosopher Simone Weil observed that “attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”

The type of attention that makes for generous and unselfish love is what the Austrian-born Israeli Jewish philosopher Martin Buber (February 8, 1878–June 13, 1965) examined in I and Thou (public library) — the 1923 existentialist masterpiece in which Buber laid out his visionary relation modality that makes us real to one another.

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Usual caveats:

Usual caveats:

A Course in Dream Magic

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The following chapters are the results of my personal explorations into dream magic over the last decades. Many techniques described can also be found in the well-established literature on dreams and lucid dreaming. Surprisingly the most illuminating work I found so far is still the small German booklet ‘Träume Erinnern’ by Christoph Gassmann. I am deeply thankful to the author for his wonderful work.

However, what I couldn’t find in books when I picked up my own experiments with the subconscious side of our lives was a concise instruction that brought together all necessary steps in a single place. That is why I created the following instructions - for my own and personal use first and foremost.

Since then I spoke to many people about their experiences in dreams; many of them found the advise brought together on these pages helpful (originally this used to be a PDF document in German language). Yet, it took me another half decade to understand that the conscious engagement with our dreams actually is the best preparation for thorough ritual work and spirit contact. The skills of actively engaging with our subconscious, being non-judgmental in face of intense emotions, remain objective to our own experiences and - ultimately - find a place for every living creature in our worlds, may they be destructive or constructive, appalling or dulcet, have proven invaluable for my magical works.

It took some time to translate, revise and update the original content, yet it is now all available online, a new Circle coming to live. I also expanded it by a Third Part. This additional section will share more advanced techniques to engage constructively with dominant or aggressive dream beings.
May this work be brought to live by experience.

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Know therefore that severall

Know therefore that severall and various chips 
or fragments fell out in the cutting or carving of
 the great mysterie, whereof some became flesh,
 of which there are infinite sorts and formes:
 others were Sea-monsters, of wonderfull variety also;
 some became herbs; others fell into wood: 
abundance into stones and metalls.
—PARACELSUS

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GREEN METEOR - Mirrored

GREEN METEOR - Mirrored Parabola Theory (full song)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlBZdMUrrp8

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Re:

Thanks for the great post.

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Art by Ivan Laliashvili

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Great art!

Great art!

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Great art!

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The Nutcracker and The Four Realms

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2vmAttpgrg

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All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.
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Unavowed

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A demon possessed you one year ago. Since that day, you unwillingly tore a trail of bloodshed through New York City. Your salvation comes in the form of the Unavowed – an ancient society dedicated to stopping evil.

You are free, but your world is in tatters. You have no home, no friends, and are wanted by the police. Your old life is gone, but perhaps you can start a new one. Join the ranks of the Unavowed, and fight against the oncoming darkness.

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Usual caveats:

Usual caveats:

Roberto Calasso and the psychic persistence of the gods

http://www.faena.com/aleph/articles/roberto-calasso-and-the-psychic-persistence-of-the-gods/

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All of Calasso’s work reflects on the permanence of the gods inside us; not only of the deities as archetypes, but also the gestures and feats of this potencies as a substrate, or matrix, that we repeat without having a full awareness of what we do (the woman who wears a band around her body enters in a transtemporal resonance with Aphrodite, wrapped in a garment where “we can se the Milky Way”; the man who uses a sophism to mock an obstacle and arrive home doesn’t only emulate Odysseus: he is him). Modernity and its prevailing rationality have embraced the restraint and control of self to the detriment of possession (a word we now associate to a malignant invasion). But in ancient times, possession was the a man came into contact with the divine, a feverish enthusiasm (enthousiazein, divine inspiration) or fury.
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Great post!

Great post!
Didn't know Calasso. His concept sounds pretty interesting.

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