We will now focus on the middle section of the Metabolism of Time, namely the Inner Mind (associated with the pancreas, enteric nervous system) and the Analysis and Reaction of/to the Moment (associated with the thymus gland and by extension to the immune system).
|THE CONFUSED VENUTIAN (THYMUS - RECOGNISING FORIEGN BODIES)|
|THE MASK OF THE DEMON|
NATURAL MASK OF
CONFUSED VENUTIAN (THYMUS)
|THE DREAMER - MASK OF |
|THE GAMBLER - MASK OF |
UNDER POSITIVE ATTENTION
The mask associated with the natural character of the Shellfish is the Magi - it is loud, highly social, entertaining and attention-seeking. It requires vast amounts of attention to maintain itself, and develops its varous 'party tricks' (story telling, juggling, pub games, jokes, sleight-of-hand, etc) in order to milk out more attention than is possible in normal transactions. Also the 'party trick' approach allows the Magi to tap the attention of many individuals at once. The Magi takes centre stage in social settings such as parties (which they normally create themselves being fantastic hosts and social butterflies) and increases the flow of attention diverting much of it to themselves. Sometimes if this is overzealously carried out they will causes Rifts (Rifts are obviously more likely to happen at parties).
|THE MASK OF THE MAGI - |
NATURAL MASK OF THE SHELLFISH
Similar to the Confused Venutian, the natural mask of the Shellfish - the Magi, transforms into a Gambler under positive attention and a Dreamer under negative attention. Again looking at the diagram it is easier to turn a Magi into a Gambler and a Demon into a Dreamer because of the natural tendencies of the individual. You can always force a reaction to occur (through pressure, catalysts, etc) against these tendencies but its much harder. A Magi is much more likely to recieve positive attention for their entertainment value than a Demon, and so therefore more likely to become a Gambler when distorted. The behaviour of the Gambler is such that the successful Magi will take greater and greater risks to get more attention from the central stage and as such is much more likely to end up making a fool of themselves - since the tendency of a Shellfish is towards indulgence and intoxication (recognising the 'self' in others, 'love') this making a fool of themselves is often the result of alcohol. A Magi will generally only become a Dreamer if their initial attempts to 'entertain' fall flat and is so they will often retreat to the perimeter of the group nursing their ego and just feeding on 'background radiation' of the social environment.
The above information relates to individuals whose 'root-soul' or 'natural-character' lies on or around Gevurah (Confused Venutian, Analysis of the Moment, Thymus, Demon) and Chesed (Shellfish, Response to the Moment, Thymus, Magi).
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