A pillar of fire by night

fire devil
This photograph of a fire devil in Portugal reminds me of the account from the book of Exodus where it is said, “By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.” Are you open to the possibility that, in attuning ourselves to the ways of the elements, God can still guide us through them today?

The four elements in the Temple veil

Four-Elements-logoFor some time I’ve been interested in the symbolic function of the Temple in Jerusalem and hints that the Temple functioned as a microcosm, that is, as the sacred cosmos in miniature. To date my interest has been in the implications for the interpretation of Genesis 1, the climax of the Gospel of Mark, and the book of Revelation.

From this discription by Josephus however, it strikes me that there are further implications for engaging with the esoteric world. Josephus says, “before these doors there was a veil of equal largeness with the doors. It was a Babylonian curtain, embroidered with blue, and fine linen, and scarlet, and purple, and of a contexture that was truly wonderful. Nor was this mixture of colors without its mystical interpretation, but was a kind of image of the universe; for by the scarlet there seemed to be enigmatically signified fire, by the fine flax the earth, by the blue the air, and by the purple the sea; two of them having their colors the foundation of this resemblance; but the fine flax and the purple have their own origin for that foundation, the earth producing the one, and the sea the other. This curtain had also embroidered upon it all that was mystical in the heavens, excepting that of the [twelve] signs, representing living creatures.” (Wars 5.5.4)

Let the reader understand.

Ecstatic Dance and Ritual Symbolism

technoshamanEver come across technoshamanism? Essentially its rave dance party meets neopagan ritual. Here’s an ecstatic spring equinox ritual from Hyperreal:

“On …. we will celebrate “The Egg”, a technoshamanic ritual of visualization and energy raising. This event will combine the elemental symbolism of ritual magick with elements from the rave/dance subculture, itself a maligned and slandered entity of youth and raw energy facing the threats of official government repression and corporate misappropriation. The ritual will begin with the casting of a magickal circle for physical and psychic protection of the participants, followed by a welcoming of the four elemental powers manifest in common appliances. Next will come a “grounding meditation”, a point of stability upon which the participants can draw the energy necessary for the work at hand without exhausting themselves. Going with the technoshamanic theme, this meditation will focus on electric current.”