Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The WMT - Twin Peaks, Painting by Numbers IV - This is the Chair, Chesed

After Twin Peaks Episode 8 I made a prediction (according to the Kircher Tree hypothesis) that the following episode would be the ''Chesed'' one and predicted it would feature a lot of blue and be a comedy.  Lets see how well that stacks up and subject the episode to some deeper qabalistic analysis.

The magical image of Chesed is a man seated on a throne and the episode is called ''This is the Chair''.  The ''chair'' or throne ends up being revealed as the Chair of Major Briggs, one of the nicest, gentlest, kindest characters of the Twin Peaks saga always dressed in his distinctive navy blue and suitably representative of the forces of Jupiter both in his characteristics but also by dint of the fact that he is a major in the USAF.

This is the Chair
The major theme of the episode established (Briggs and Mercy/Loving-Kindness) lets look step by step as the characters walk the paths of the Tree of Life and Lynch continues to Paint by Numbers.  Evil Cooper takes the red kercheif from the fence (Chet - path of chariot, Binah to Gev. mentioned at beginning of Ep. 8) then enters farm - here we see him treated mercifully by his minions and his red shirt is juxtaposed between the blue of their costumes.  Evil Cooper then calls his agent in Vegas who is wearing a blue suit with squares (the shape of Chesed - 4).  The conclusion of this sequence shows Cooper between the two blue minions but now instead of red he is also wearing blue.


The first image we then see of Douggie Cooper is him against a blue flag, then we have the three heavy set cops (weight gain is indicator of Jupiterian expansion) where the central laughing policeman is wearing a blue suit, blue tie with white circles and on one side is the cop with Green tie (Netzach)  and on the other is the red tie (Gevurah) both with diagonal lines.  In the Kircher Tree the path leading from Netzach (7) to Chesed (4) is the hebrew letter Kaph, the palm, and this symbol is rendered into the film when the police (the boys in blue) catch ''Ike the Spike'' the line is: ''we have your palm print, in fact we have your whole palm'' - more laughter ensues.  The use of ''palm-reading'' is also seen earlier in this sequence when the policeman conspire to get Douggie Cooper's prints in one of the opening scenes.  This use of palm is very clear evidence of the Kircher Tree Hypothesis that I have been exploring here.

 Then we have a brief scene of Johnny Horne wearing blue pyjamas running into a wall and lying next to a picture of  a water fall.  In the Hermetic Qabalah Lynch is using the elemental correspondence of Chesed is water.

The examination of Major Briggs' body follows next and note the identical blue ties with their distinctive diagonal (now indicating the diagonal path of Yod from Tiphereth to Chesed - the ring and the reference to marbles might link to the seed concept here - we also have the fusion of male and female, and the headless rite) stripes.  Note that Diane was established as Tifereth (yellow - HGA) in a previous epsiode and the agents are now moving to Chesed.  Note Tammy in blue making the diagonal line with Diane on the steps outside whilst Gordon Cole smokes (in putting himelf into this drama to what extent is Lynch really walking the paths himself here...?  The writer/director is search of his characters)  The final long scene of this sequence is Hastings, a man whose actions have been motivated by loving kindness (his love of his lover and his obsessive search for other dimensions), begging for mercy from Agent Preston and who just wants to go to the sea (water).

Since this is one long film the overlap is not exact and I would argue that the Chesed sequences ends with this interrogation and we begin the next sequence which should either be Binah (where I expect we will see Audrey who will be the Dark Mother) or Douggie Cooper crossing the abyss.  Due to these two rather rough characters in the bar one of which has a rash from drug use, I am expecting us to head into Binah - we might see the drug mother from the first few episodes show up again plus a whole bunch of other dark mothers (AIMA, AMA themes - path details a relationship between Diane and the Dark Mother, Tifereth to Binah, path symbolism is ''the Lovers'' and ''a sword/weapon'' Zayin).  ''Chesed'' was not as funny as I thought it would be but the laughing policeman was pretty damn funny, Gordon smoking was funny awkward and the final interrogation was hilarious and harrowing at the same time.  What we have discovered if we didn't know already is that Gordon Cole is effectively the new/old Cooper and he is ''initiating'' himself by putting himself through the paths as actor, director, sound designer and writer.  Its also clear that the symbolism relates mainly to the characters outside of Twin Peaks so Twin Peaks is Kether, the White Lodge and where all the paths eventually converge.

I am about to leave on a pathwalking of the Adriatic so I won't be updating for a couple of weeks and I want to remind people that I do not use the Kircher Tree system that David Lynch is and these posts are no endorsement of that system just an analysis from someone who once practiced it but then got access to superior sources.  Although people are sometimes critical of the way I am detail oriented about the paths on the Tree of Life this is to get perspective and subject my Qabalah to where it is situated now i.e. with far greater access to superior sources than the G.D. boys had.  I think it is Kircherites, who aren't aware of other versions of the ToL, who are more likely ''to miss the wood for the trees'' than someone who at least does some comparison - maybe we can eventually argue that about David Lynch, who knows?  Don't get me wrong I love the magickal artistry of Twin Peaks but I think the Kircher Tree can be dangerously unstable and is based on a fundamental design flaw.  Part of my evidence for this is the amount of suicides and megalomaniacal psychotic breaks it seems to be inevitably involved in throughout its history of use in the West.  Maybe magick just attracts these kind of folks, maybe they are wiring themselves up wrong, maybe both.  Lynch may surprise me by resolving/rectifying the Tree in the course of the saga (in a kind of ''Tree of Return'' fashion argument sometimes deployed to allow for the starting error which is Kircher) but I think it is more likely this is going to play out in a very G.D./Thelema type way.  Again I am not condemning the whole thing, there are lots of good things, esp. in the AA curriculum of reading and their analysis of the ''grades'' but the tree itself is faulty as AC himself pointed out and that Charles Stansfield Jones attempted to correct for but made it worse.  At the very least modern qabalistic circles should adopt a Tree of Gates type approach where the paths begin as flexible to the letters (start them in the woods) as opposed to starting people down a false path and then forcing them to correct! - the whole thing is barbarically wasteful.

If I could again direct people to study the following posts which are about the biological cross-overs between ''qabalistic alchemy'' and modern science - your time won't be wasted in a deeper understanding of your own microcosm.  For the twelve zodiac signs it is enough to compare and contrast the zodiac glyph with the diagram I have given you from basic genetic rhythms and let those ideas percolate, don't worry about the scientific details but feel free to explore in depth if you want to get into them.

The Three Elements
The Seven Planets
The Seven Planets

The Twelve Zodiac Signs
The Twelve Zodiac Signs
The Twelve Zodiac Signs

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The WMT - Twin Peaks and the Abyss

What is the stage? Its a place baby where people play at being serious, a place where they act comedies.  We've got to act a comedy now, dead serious.

The Step-Daughter, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Luigi Pirandello

The Roots of the Shattering (origin story of Bob) are in Din (Gevurah) - the unparalleled forces of destruction in the nuclear blast.  In Shattering the Vessels only the Supernal Triad survive, Malkuth (The Fallen Daughter/Laura Palmer) landing on top of the Klippot (Shells/Husks - the broadcasting skullcrushing Woodsmen), the rest of the Sefiroth 'scattered to the four winds'' (''Lost'' in the (Lesser) Time and Space of Zeir Anpin, the central six Sefirot, the small countenance/the mushroom cloud).  The Fallen Daughter is the Shekinah/Sofia the ''feminine'' presence of God on Earth and restoring her (to Binah) is the means to repair the universe, reconnect to the unshattered source of consciousness.  The Vessels are repaired through the use of Partzufim, personifications (the characters of the Show) which allow the Vessels to communicate/interrelate - share the light and not shatter.  In order to achieve this each broken Sefirah is given form and voice - becoming characters which ''talk'' and which have ''secrets''.  The Abyss is said to be the ''dividing line'' between dichotomy, Above the Abyss, in the Unshattered Trinity, opposites merge (something, something else and their context are as one), below the Abyss the world is separated/shattered into dualities - up, down, male, female, front, back, east, west, etc and perhaps most importantly for Lynch Good and Evil, represented in the WMT by the Black/White Brotherhoods or the Sitra Achra/Tov and in Agent Cooper(s) - this duality will ''merge'' above the Abyss, in the same way the White Lodge becomes/is the Black Lodge.

As I understand it a shattered individual exists as a delusional 3d entity in a world they take to observe directly, the repaired individual exists within a cell of consciousness and knows that all the phenomena they are surrounded by are in fact composed of mental light.  Restoring the consciousness involves separating out the archetypes/personifications from the rubble of the creative/destructive process, and understanding that since the people around us exist in our consciousnesses and are composed of pure thought that we are always in a dialogue with our own soul.  Seeing people this way allows us to access the secrets of their dialogues and understand that they represent the shattered Sefirot for us, as much as we do for them.  Although all individuals must repair all Sefirot, your role in the world of the other is very rarely one of them (a pure type) but more commonly a blend of two (a spectrum or path). From the fallen state of Malkuth, i.e. seeing ourselves as separate objects in a physical world, the Fallen Daughter of our consciousness is restored to Daath i.e. the experience of the moment becomes one of a direct observation of the shadows on the wall and the realisation that the people around you are characterizing different aspects of your mind and the larger mind in general and are composed of light as opposed to thinking that you experience physical reality directly.

 Recognizing that one has been sitting in that chair in the Black Lodge their whole life is the first step and most terrifying realization and one that has been traditionally seen as Saturnian (death of 3d self), but seen from after the fact it looks Lunar (birth of 5d self).  From the perspective of the mental bubble of representations based (we assume) on signals from physical objects in a physical world, the laws of reality are in fact the reverse of what they appear.  I have never moved, although everything seems to be moving all the time, in fact the world moves through me.  Everything is composed of mental light/thought, and there is no depth.  I have never moved my head, I am chained down to face one way all the time (looking at the screen/''astrally'' tesselated floor of the lodge) - the desire to turn my neck although feeling like my neck has turned has actually swung the world around me.  Realising this is different from knowing it which is different still from contemplating and understanding it.  Only through praxis can we aquire knowledge therefore we run and return reflect on the absolute stillness of our own mind and that we are mired in illusion, an incredibly disorienting experience, we practice accepting that we are in the Black Lodge and always have been - we search for a light. One of the keys is that we have never experienced the present, only the past because the future already exists.

This world is populated by projections of our own inner self which appear to be in a network of malfunctioning circuits - paranoia, megalomania, delusions of grandeur, anxiety, depression, anger, jealousy, hatred.  Through ''spiritual'' ''logotherapy'' we can question in ourselves/other people the nature of the source of meaning that feeds these malfunctions - by communicating with them on a secret level you can build the connections and circuits that are necessary to make the electricity flow again. Genuine repair is an experience of miracles of healing.  Only by confronting the ego in ourselves (I don't need, I want), our doppleganger, which is the desire to keep things separate (and therefore acquirable) can we have (mentally) objective transactions with others and seek this miracle - the miracle which emerges from the Unification of the Sefirot.  However, from ''Above the Abyss'' these dysfunctions appear like functions - the paranoia, the desire for revenge, for power, whatever, anxiety, worry, love, etc fuels/feeds the story below the Abyss i.e. people hang on to their suffering because it defines them and gives them character - the Greater Axis of Time from Luna to Saturn is ultimately sustained by the darkness.  The Black Lodge is the White Lodge.  You are the woodsmen.  And I wouldn't be surprised if the daughter with the roachfrog is the mother of Dale Cooper.

Do you want to be healed?

Nowhere!  It is merely to show you that one is born to life in many forms, in many shapes, as tree, or as stone, as butterfly or as woman . So one may also be born a character in a play.

The Father, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Luigi Pirandello

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The WMT - Ares and Mars, War Aims

Shed down a kindly ray from above upon my life, and strength of war, that I may be able to drive away bitter cowardice from my head and crush down the deceitful impulses of my soul. Restrain also the keen fury of my heart which provokes me to tread the blood curdling ways of strife.  Rather o' blessed one give me boldness to abide within the harmless laws of peace, avoiding strife and hatred and the violent fiends of death.

Homeric Hymn to Ares #8, Lines 15-17

Magic From Scratch is an excellent blog which showcases the kind of work more practitioners in the WMT should be doing and sharing.  The visions and dialogues with various entities largely ring true. The author of the blog also made a post about Ares the other day, like myself, and I just want to address some of the points they raise and use this as a way to extend my own thoughts.

Firstly I want to say that I am a highly privileged individual who is ''neurotypical'', straight, white, male, well-off and generally lucky.  With the focus of the WMT on Identity Politics over the last decade and more it can sometimes feel like my voice isn't welcome, that the WMT and Paganism in general is really the domain of discussing intersectionality, the evolving worlds of checking our privilege, microagressions, safe spaces, etc and that ''there is no room for my sort here''.  Regardless of my own charitable endeavours or my support of the LGBTQA+ community in the local arts scene (which is extensive) I sometimes feel hated because of what I represent at a physical social level  i.e. this particularly coloured privileged bag of water animated by reincarnating information spirals as opposed to less fortunate animated bags of water.  It is extremely difficult to remain positive and supportive in the face of such obvious hostility so I can understand where some of the moaning Magick From Scratch talks about might be coming from.

In the post Never Stop Being Offended Magick From Scratch echoes the sentiment I hear widely on social media esp. from my progressive Pagan/Esoteric LGBTQA+ friends, that that outrage is not something that is going away, that that fire will keep burning and burning until the revolution has been successfully completed and society has been radically changed into being a fairer, more equitable place for all. Having been to the future I would like to add that the fire does not burn out and this revolution does succeed but because of climate change and scientific advance (and the various manoeuvres of the Deep State) the world we live in and the challenges we face as humans move way beyond what we are dealing with right now.  Skin colour becomes something people change on a whim and cybernetic advances/gene therapy actually reverse ''able privilege'' for a while - i.e. some of the creations of Hephaistos end up giving him a significant advantage over Ares, until of course it gets really crazy.  This is soon as well.

That said I am not sure to what extent Magick from Scratch is projecting a little on to Ares here. The tone of the post throughout I think is fairly balanced until the end when suddenly Ares looks like a violent jock bully again.  If we are going to go back here, like any stereotypes I have seen, this one is challenged incredibly frequently. Many of my peers from college, who were fair minded good hearted rugby jocks, now solidly fight the good fight for the Labour Party; the idea of PC Bro is brilliantly lampooned on South Park but the support of those bros is clear.

I happen to be good at ''War'' - I have spent a lot of time throughout my life being focused on strategy and tactics and this focus allows me to prosper in the various situations that these principles can be applied to.  In some ways I am often a victim of my own success and am always tempted to continue the ''War'' beyond my aims leaving me over-extended and under-supplied.  The justification is always to ''just finish this off once and for all'', ''put this thing to rest'', ''drive them into the sea'' etc but when I give into that temptation the war ends up continuing and continuing. So over the last year I have become almost obsessed with having clear war aims.  Although I understand criticism is almost entirely unwelcome, especially from my quarters, in some ways the mistake being made at the moment by the #outrage approach is exactly the misconception I was trying to approach in my post on Mars and Ares.  Pure rage is not going to win this war - it will just continue it.  The rage drives the alienation which ends up doing things like electing Trump.  Cool clear headed strategic thinking are what is needed.  When emotionality is the driving force, as opposed to logic supported by clear aims, the war will continue without end and the movement will become over extended, ridiculed and tangled in contradictions.  Fortunately for everyone concerned there are cool heads within that movement beginning to assert themselves and channel some of that rage a little more strategically. That is why it wins but sadly for all of us there ends up being a sting in this tale.

A final point to reflect upon. Magick from Scratch suggests praying for the reconciliation of Hephaistos and Ares is to pray for ''perfect inclusion'' but doesn't comment on the relationship between Ares and Aphrodite and how that may interfere.  Aphrodite is one of the two Gods that I have used the rituals in Liber Astarte vel Berylli to become incredibly close to.  The other is Enlil.  I have worked with many many Gods through various techniques including those used by Magick From Scratch methinks, which is why I value the work done on that site and why I would be interested in reflections upon the role of Aphrodite in all this...

The WMT - Twin Peaks Season 3, Painting by Numbers III

As I suspected David Lynch is using the Kircher Tree *and* the misaligned Tarot paths.  I didn't comment on the Gevurah episode (episode 7) but the symbolism was strong, the evil Coop ('"Set''), the prison and justice system (cops everywhere), the red balloon, the pentagon officials (pentagon is sacred to Gevurah) and the ''right arm''.

I still want to avoid making this blog a popular Occulture blog so I will be very brief as I do appreciate there is a hunger for info.  In the mind blowing episode 8 we have crossed the Abyss! The scene opens with Doppledale driving in the car (path of the Chariot) and very quickly turns into an Abyss sequence.  Amongst many other things revealed in this journey through time Laura Palmer is very clearly identified as the fallen daughter (Malkuth) whose Fall leaves her lying atop the Shells/Husks (Qliphoth).

But why did we skip Chesed?  If you look at the Kircher Tree (and the Snakes and Ladders approach Lynch is using) you will see going to Gevurah necessitated a choice for Lynch as there is no direct route from 4 to 3.  So Lynch either sends the character across the Abyss from 5 to 3 (where the ''dark mother'' Binah will prob. be revealed as Audrey), or goes from 5 to 4 to 2 to 3.    What I suspect will happen is that Doopledale having crossed the Abyss from 5 to 3 (Sitra Achra) will mean Dougie Cooper will cross from 4 to 2 (Sitra Tov). So next episode should be the Chesed one which I imagine will have a lot of blue and be a comedy but maybe I am wrong.  As I said previously this Snakes and Ladders game played by the adherents of the faulty Kircher Tree tends to lead to disaster and although I am hugely enjoying this show I am beginning to seriously worry about the effects of the massive ritual he is working.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The WMT - Terms and Conditions

In the Science Delusion, Sheldrake criticises the underlying assumptions of science and this got me thinking about the underlying assumptions of magic. Magick is currently dominated by a belief in ''the probabilistic universe'' but there are at least two other ways we can look at things - the deterministic and the compatibilist.  The philosophical literature on the argument between free will and determinism is dry and dense and free wheeling sorcerers don't necessarily have time to dig too deeply (concerned as they are with preparing for long elaborate rituals, gathering authentic lion-skin parchment and whatnot) but I think challenging that assumption (of the influence upon probability) throws up some interesting points to reflect on.  In this short and highly limited post I am looking over the rival models and asking some questions which I think are pertinent.  I want to be clear that before my time in Edward Kelley's Tower my resting position would have been with the dominant probabilistic paradigm but since working with Raziel I have been moving to what I consider to be a more ''compatibilist'' model.

Probabilistic Universe

At any given moment you are a being with free will and various things are possible but affected by probability. Magick (strange attractors) is used in order to influence probability in your favour.  If something is more likely to occur then magick can easily tip the odds your way, if its a long shot magick can still have some kind of effect but may not work depending on the outcome of the various competing forces. - making Magick a subtle kind of Physics.  The future does not pre-exist (therefore Probabilistic Model is dependent upon philosophical Presentism) but comes to be as a result of these competing wills and forces already in existence. There is therefore no destiny or you make your own.
  • What is the medium through which magick influences probability?  How do the strange attractors (sigils, spells, altars, etc) work?
  • Why are you ''free'' at any given moment considering the amount of pressure on you from physical forces, genetics, reflex responses to stimuli, social privilege, etc?
  • Do you exercise free will at all times?  Or only sometimes?  Is free will truly global?
  • If there is genuine randomness in the universe then aren't your actions equally random when seen from a global perspective?  If objectively all entities are behaving randomly where is purpose in free will?
  • Often it is the case with magick that the result of your magick already had to be in the process before you actually did the magick and this implies either a retro-causal or temporal entanglement aspect to the act of magick.  If so the future already exists.  How does the probabilistic model explain these situations?

Deterministic Universe

Everything you do in life, including waving your magickal wand, you do because of things that happened before. You were led here.  The future already exists.  You are not free in the slightest and there is no such thing as magick because there is no such thing as free will.  Whether you choose to believe in the delusion of free will or accept determinism is also predetermined.  ''I created you in order to destroy you.'' The feeling of doing magick is explained by misguided prophecy, your ego is claiming responsibility for something that is happening which would have happened anyway. But your ego, your thoughts on this and your belief in the probabilistic universe that made this possible are also predetermined.  Self - Consciousness acts as an analogue narrator/commentator for events over which it has no control. Although this might feel spontaneous it is in fact entirely scripted. There is only destiny.
  • What is the point in life if there is no free will?
  • If my act of magick is predetermined doesn't that mean that magick works I am just not in control of it?  
  • Is free will a necessary component of magick?

Compatibilistic Universe

Several futures already exist.  The only surviving futures are ones where time travel exists - ''time travel'' binds the future to the past (the beginning in the end and the end in the beginning) and allows that universe/timeline to cohere.  You are in one of those universes.  Magick is only possible at certain key moments where those surviving universes intersect - they are knotted together. At these moments you can change/select universe from your list of finite surviving variants.  A ''Choose Your Own Adventure'' book where magick allows you to flip universes.  There are multiple destinies - ''Enlil'' is the Master of the Destinies (plural).
  • If I can only select an observational point at specific times from a limited variety of me then who am I?  Am I riding this vehicle?  How many observers can be on a given vehicle?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The WMT - Ares and Mars

Whenever I think of Mars and Ares I suddenly well up, my heart aches over this sense of profound loss that I can't locate the source of.  I have long wondered about the cause - I mean I am an Aries and ruled by Mars; I can be aggressive, competitive, combative, confrontational, etc though I always steer clear of physical violence and hold myself accountable.

In order to understand I think I must separate Ares and Mars.  Ares, the lover of Aphrodite and father of Eros, Anteros, Deimos, Phobos, Harmonia and  Adrestia was considered by the Greeks to be a violent, somewhat sadistic God of Destruction.  When we say ''the Greeks'' we have to be careful as a lot of our sources are Athenian and they gave all the virtuous martial attributes to their own Goddess. The Spartans obviously liked him and their raw recruits had to sacrifice puppies to him.  Mars on the other hand was an agricultural and sylvan God who was then converted into a war God as Rome built its Empire on the back of a militia of soldier/farmers.  These myths were then blended under the influence of Greek culture and as the Empire expanded.

Sometimes I see my fellow magicians taking Tuesdays as an excuse to work themselves into some kind of bane fest, smiting all and sundry but this is taking the low road when it comes to Martian working.  In some ways all of our ideas of the Gods are broken and we have to rebuild them but Ares/Mars seems particularly mis-characterised.  When your town is crumbling into the pits of hell it is Ares that will risk his life to come back and get you. When the other Gods run, Ares will hold the line. When I think of Martian working I think of loyalty, discipline, honour, and the defence of the defenceless not wrath, petty revenge and slaughter.

A long long time ago, I had a very strange encounter with a small grey man who was a follower of Robert Graves in the Bull's Head on the A47 who gave me beautifully hand written letters explaining the corruption/demise of the Etruscans as the result of the impact of some kind of cursed meteor in their lands.  This resonated with me.  I feel like thoughts of Mars bring up ancient memories, of a planet once beautiful but now laid waste.  The only way I can think of Mars as a truly violent character is as if he were himself a victim of war driven to madness, revenge and blood-feud by a sense of devastating, overwhelming loss of a planet reduced to absolute ruin - I feel nothing but pity and compassion in his grief.  In restoring and rectifying Mars I think of a God of Peace not of War - a God of family and of friendship, of passion and drive.  I think of the people who have encouraged me to push myself and I think of my own duty as a mentor as I push others to excel.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The WMT - Twin Peaks Season 3, Painting by Numbers II

Last week I discussed the fact that David Lynch was Painting by Numbers using the ''Hermetic'' Tree of Life as his source of inspiration.  I gave a number of predictions in that post about what symbolism we could expect to see in the next episode (Tifereth) if the theory was correct.  We expected lots of yellow and boy did we get it!

''Tifereth'' light in the lamp, yellow plates, blond wife. In the yellow room, upstairs, with ''Sonny Jim'' Cooper turns the lamp on and off by clapping.  Yellow wife makes call on yellow phone.

As I said there would almost certainly be the ''seat of the HGA''  but I particularly enjoyed the reveal of Diane (who has always been the Holy Guardian Angel of Cooper - Knowledge and Conversation) pictured to as great an extent as possible as an actual rotating yellow sphere sitting in a bar.

Sons everywhere as expected.  The yellow light escaping the dead boy (held by his mother) followed by the cut to the number 6.   No prizes for subtlety Mr Lynch. And this is only a quick selection to fit on a blogpost as any observers will note this list is not exhaustive! The episode was drowning in yellow.  What then is he trying to do here?

The strong Saturnian symbolism of the first episode led me to believe that this was a giant death ritual similar to Blackstar.  In light of that I discussed the Lovecraftian flavour of the epsiode and assumed that he was going to continue that throughout.  Since it is now clear that he is going from Malkuth to Kether I assume he is attempting to take his fans on an initiatory journey following the classic symbolism of Hermetic Qabalah in the style of something like Konx Om Pax.  If you're freaking out because this is a different show then steel yourself because I suggest Cooper may not return to the town of Twin Peaks for 4 or 5 more episodes.  I don't want to analyse this symbolism any further here as I want to avoid turning the Hermetic Lessons into a popular Occulture blog - there are enough of those out there and I feel that this consumes far more energy in our community than it should.  It boosts your traffic but talking about Stranger Things et al does not a magician make. You now have enough information in the Painting by Numbers posts that you can spoil the show for yourself (at least for the next few episodes!) with a few books by Fortune, Regardie, Crowley etc - skip to their symbol lists.

Bear in mind that (Golden Dawn) ''Hermetic'' Qabalah mutilated a lot of concepts by trying to fit a bunch of square shapes into circular holes, there is a lot of unnecessary conflation and over-egging that ends up obscuring a much more useful underlying astrological structure.  As an example there is no need to conflate Planets with the Sefiroth.  The Sefiroth should represent the ten depths - past/future, good/evil, north/south, east/west, up/down and the planets should be on the vertical paths only.  The Saadia Tree (dedicated to Saadia Gaon as opposed to created by him) is a Tree of Life rectified according to the obvious rule of 3, 7 and 12 with the arrangement in the simplest, most rational order - I have colour coded where possible and used glyphs to make the astrology as easy to access and uncluttered as possible.

The best way to start exploring this Tree is by looking at the Middle Pillar where you can see the Greater and Lesser Axes of Time.  The Greater Axis of Time takes place between the past (your birth) and the future (your death).  The Lesser Axis of Time takes place between the East and the West i.e. the typical day.  The planets only lie on the vertical paths and are no longer conflated with the Sefiroth.  We can see the path which occupies the Lesser Axis of Time (i.e. between East and West) is the Sun, Tifereth becomes (the Depth of) Sunrise, Yesod becomes (the Depth of) Sunset.  The paths which mediate the relationship between the Present and the the Future (Death) and the Past (Birth) and Present are Saturn and the Moon respectively.  As the Moon guards the journey from Birth, so Saturn guards your journey into Death.  I have explored this Tree a great deal throughout the site click on anything labelled qabalah or tree of life, enjoy and if you have any questions fire away.

Looking at the table below we can see how far off the planetary attributions of the Golden Dawn are when compared to earlier forms of the Sefer Yetzirah and obviously the path attributions themselves (where the letters go) are completely mangled on the Kircher Tree because it does not obey 3, 7 and 12.

Hebrew Letter / Planetary Attributions in the Sepher Yetsira, Shiur Komah and Other Sources
Suares 1SaturnJupiterMarsSunVenusMercuryMoon
Work of the Chariot 2SaturnJupiterMarsSunVenusMercuryMoon
Short Version 3SaturnJupiterMarsSunVenusMercuryMoon
Long Version 4SaturnJupiterMarsSunVenusMercuryMoon
Long Ver Recap 5SaturnJupiterMarsSunVenusMercuryMoon
Saadia 6SaturnJupiterMarsSunVenusMercuryMoon
Saadia 6aSaturnJupiterMarsSunVenusMercuryMoon
Donash 7SaturnJupiterMarsSunVenusMercuryMoon
Shiur Komah 8SaturnJupiterMarsSunVenusMercuryMoon
Zohar 9MoonMarsSunSaturnJupiterVenusMercury
Gra 10MoonMarsSunVenusMercurySaturnJupiter
Golden Dawn 11MercuryMoonVenusJupiterMarsSunSaturn
Adapted from Aryeh Kaplan, Sepher Yetsira, 1990, other sources

In closing I want to say that Theatrical Ritual like Twin Peaks will always produce strong effects. The cast of the show speak of ''happy accidents'' during the filming process, accidents which the magus in charge is inducing by manipulating the symbol set of reality.  A note of caution though, the Kircher Tree is so inherently unstable it will always produce errors and catastrophe in the end.  In playing Snakes and Ladders on the Tree of Life one can miss that the point is to Unify the Sefiroth. If Lynch is only using the symbolism of the Sefiroth (of the Hermetic Tree) he should be completely safe but if he is fully employing the Kircher Tree (paths with misattributions) the effect produced on the internal world of the cast/crew/producers or the external world of the audience will almost certainly be unbalanced or malign.  This said I want to be clear that this is my blog (therefore only my opinions), I don't think he is making that mistake and I absolutely love the new season and his work in general.