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  • Hardcover
  • 224
  • The Black Goddess and the Unseen Real
  • Peter Redgrove
  • English
  • 11 February 2019
  • 9780802110541

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review The Black Goddess and the Unseen Real ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ls know but humans have come to ignore or only participate in unconsciously These for. Having read two of Redgrove s novels I was interested to see how his nonfiction work interleaves with his fiction As I noted in my review of the novel The Terrors of Dr Treviles which he collaborated on with his wife Penelope Shuttle and which I read in parallel with this all of his writing seems to exist along a single continuum of investigation into consciousness and sensory experience This work here is a sprawling survey of literature informing Redgrove s ideas around our latent and primary senses weather sensitivities and the contemporary significance of mythological figures and paradigms among other sundry topics all broadly related to the invisible forces among us Because the book especially considering its relatively slight length covers so much ground in a rather haphazard manner it s difficult for me to adeuately sum it up any further than this However I ve pulled some of the uotes I was most interested in and included them below Also at the end of the book Redgrove includes a section on techniues and exercises for further personal research into non drug induced mind expansion for lack of a less loaded term at least some of which will likely be familiar to those on a focused path toward self realization as well as an extensive and enticing bibliography Here he is reviewing electromagnetic radiation and specifically in this passage he had been discussing Basil Spence s redesign of Coventry Cathedral He goes on to write All is penetrated and immersed in the wave complex of visible and invisible light What we see is determined as much by the invisible as the visible for the uality of the visible light cannot be separated from the Deeds and Sufferings source Goethe of invisible radiation or the look of a place from its sound or the smell of it from the look for as we shall see wherever there is a fragrance there is likely to be a subvisible radiance charging the light with its underglow In this section he is discussing the so called diagnosis of schizophrenia What place is there in this society for people who see visions If they are lucky enough to encounter a belief structure which assures them that what they envision is real or useful and they find it is so and can handle it then they become witches shamans or poets But if they encounter a psychiatric doctor who cannot understand these matters except in terms of mad or sane and can see no way of adjusting them to society then the person surprised by the extension of his senses will be treated as mad and will accordingly withdraw into the isolation of madness One of the most intriguing sections was on weather sensitivity in which he uotes a statistic that states it affects 30 percent of the population in an overt reaction and the rest in an occult response ie they react without realizing the source acting on them This bioelectrical effect reaches all the way into the glandular systems He spends a decent amount of time on this but I could read an entire book about it He does include a couple of books in the bibliography by Dr S W Tromp on biometereology which I plan to follow up on There is an interesting section on Surrealism and particularly on women Surrealist artists Here he draws heavily from Whitney Chadwick s survey of women Surrealists which I still need to read He touches on Leonora Carrington Ithell Coluhoun and Leonor Fini In discussing the latter s use of the Sphinx image Chadwick is uoted thusly By assuming the form of the Sphinx she exercises all the powers that have been lost to contemporary women Fini herself is later uoted in this phenomenal passage which I thought was so powerful I have never been attracted by fecundity It is the refusal of utility participation in the continuity of the species is an abdication In order to have children a humility nearly inconceivable in the modern world is necessary a brutalised passivity or a mad pretension Myself I know that I belong with the idea of Lilith the anti Eve and that my universe is of the spirit Physical maternity instinctively repulses me Finally Redgrove includes a short but compelling section on African ways of knowledge the draw of the inherent blackness or negritude of the Black Goddess and in part contrasts the European and African world views L opold S dar Senghor for instance in his essay The African Apprehension of Reality considers how the European will face an object only as an objective intelligence a warrior a man of will a bird of prey how he separates it from himself distinguishes it fixes it kills it and in a pitiless Cartesian analysis dissects it then makes use of it Senghor uotes an old African sage he had talked to White men are cannibals They have no respect for life It is life which makes human not death I am afraid it may all turn out very badly The whites by their madness to destroy will in the end bring troubles upon us I was struck by a similarity in that passage to the ideas expressed by the Native American writer Jack Forbes in his early text of the anti civilization movement Columbus and Other Cannibals The Wetiko Disease of Exploitation Imperialism and Terrorism in which he expounds upon his philosophy of the w tiko Cree for cannibal sickness that has possessed the perpetrators of terrorism genocide and ecocide throughout history and warns that to adjust to a w tiko society is to become insane Redgrove s book is not without its flaws It rambles at times and it attempts to cover a lot of ground in too short of a page count At times it is difficult to tease out Redgrove s own synthesis from the dense web of uotes he weaves from his generous host of primary materials However I found it well worth the effort of close reading to extract what was of particular interest to meFor a much detailed coherent and organized overview of this book please see GR user Shawn s excellent review He also discusses other topics covered in the book that I don t touch on here

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review The Black Goddess and the Unseen Real ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free In this work the author shows how we are surrounded by invisibles; forces which anima. This book will reuire something of a vaguely defensive preamble about my approach to occultesoteric readings and concepts As I said in my review of Wilhelm Reich s Listen Little Man I m basically a rationalist but I believe there is much inspiration and insight to be gained by delving carefully into the irrational most arch rationalists are just as reactionary as those they consider deluded fantasists Cultural factors complicate discussion about topics like this ordering structures we ve developed over time Psychological theory Medical theory Sociological Theory Systems of Government Physics Judeo Christian Western Religion The Enlightenment and even the concept of rationality itself as we consciously or unconsciously assembled what we now call civilization color and tint the general public s reaction to claims of hidden occult knowledge Capitalism while probably the best system we ve come up with when left to run rampant as it has in Western culture turns everything into a commodity including people their lives and emotions and relevant to this discussion important ideas So for example drop a word like Kaballah or Chakra into the mind of a modern media soaked individual and the reaction will probably be dismissive or derogatory adopt a California valley girl voice when you say either word and you get my point But both of these concepts have long and interesting traditions behind them as do the systems they arise from they ve just been cheapened by our culture because that s what Capitalism does uses up ideas for all the money they can generate commodifies them reducing their complexity to make them easier to sell and then degrades them so that they become dismissible unlikely to challenge or change the status uo in any way even traditional orthodox religions suffer through this process although it s a little complicated in their case It s a very complex problem not something it s possible to delve into in depth here but it s something I m reminded of again and again we disregard ideas that society has told us are mock worthy rarely attempting to move past the surface image and wrestle with the real thought tradition experience or research underneath because well that s just hard workAll this is in service of a warning if terms like Patriarchy or Matriarchy concepts like Goddess worship modern occultism or esoteric thought seem automatically laughable or immediately set off your warning systems relatable to images of irritating feministas or pompous college lecturers or slick new age handbook spokespeople just like you ve been trained to see by lowest common denominator culture this book isn t for you Oh it isn t as if all those annoying caricatures don t actually exist of course they do that s commodification and reductive stupidity at work but for example if your entire conception of Christianity is of a slick huckster working the Evangelical crowd for money and political power or for that matter your entire concept of Capitalism is of child slave labor or your entire conception of Socialism is Orwellian Government Control well hopefully you understand my point and let s not even get into whether or not I m advocating for some across the board euivocation where every idea is eually valid I m not I m just trying to point out what the flip side of that view is the disregarding of interesting or important ideas through their reduction to surface cartoons The world is complicated and we tend to caricaturize too easily to allow us to go on living the way we do messed up though it may beSo in short I believe there is something to be gained by investigating irrational systems of thought and belief even if it s just for creative inspiration and often it proves to have much worth than that although one also has to watch out for the opposite tendency to mistake the menu for the meal the map for the territory and somehow believe the system you re investigating is suddenly The Truth In fact there s a lot to be gained by uestioning even the cultural concept of rationality as we ve received it and some danger in this approach as well of course mind control cults and Totalitarian Governments know this trick as this book elaborates on In the end all that this fruitful interrogation reuires is a creative and flexible mind capable of projecting possibilities and playing with ideas comparing contrasting examining embracing undermining enjoying and feeling thank you Robert Anton Wilson These are the thoughts that underlay my readings into occult and esoteric knowledge and when I review a directly magickal work perhaps I ll expand a bit on what I feel a lot of occult material can be boiled down toAll that having been said jeez I m running out of placeholders I found this book utterly fascinating I d kind of stepped away from the OccultParanormalEsoteric side of my reading for the last 5 or so years pursuing other interests But after reading The User Illusion Cutting Consciousness Down to Size by Tor N rretranders another endlessly fascinating if very dense read that may change your view of yourself and the world I found this volume while packing some unread books and thought I d take a gamble Peter Redgrove was a poet educated at Cambridge and he weaves an argument here that s synthesized from his knowledge of science literature creativity symbolism and modern occult theoryThe book starts as an examination by Redgrove into a widely recognized belief that has very little scientific rationale to back it up the idea that people s moods and even occasional physical processes can be influenced by changes in the weather This leads into an interesting look at creative and melancholy moods in the Romantic poets Coleridge et al and how they themselves linked them to the weather and airy imagery Some interpretations of the imagery behind the myth of Oedipus and the Sphinx follow in which the symbols of sight and rationality are linked and seen related to the Enlightenment s denigration of the other senses and the focus on rationality and perceived information as truth with some hints that the femaleanimal Sphinx symbolizes the dark senses that were devalued with some discussion of how this relates to Freud s Oedipal Theory Then Redgrove examines the four other senses from a scientific angle discussing their recorded extremes in singular cases blind men expanding their hearing touch taste etc and then moving out into the wider world of senses that animals exhibit revealing the vast world of scent pheromones audio sub and supersonic tactile pressure variances taste seriochemicals and electromagnetic magnetic infrared and ultraviolet radiation that surround us all the time but which we do not perceive or do we Redgrove argues that most probably in the past our senses were subtle and tied us into the natural world in ways we can now only barely conceive With the rise of visual basedrational culture the other major senses and a variety of subtly attuned ones were subsumed or circumscribed And yet they continue to work even without our knowledge as our dark senses This then moves into an analysis of black or dark imagery in folklore mythology poetry and occultism including figures like the Black Madonnas of Europe the Egyptian Goddess Isis Lilith the supposedly demonic earlier wife of Adam the various inspirational Goddess figures of the Surrealists and yes the Sphinx and how these figures symbolize unnaturalirrationalvisionary knowledge received through occult means that bypass sight and the rational mind and operate through scent touch taste sound or dream Redgrove postulates that the unconsciousdream state is how the dark senses now routinely manifest themselvesRedgrove and his wife Shuttle s The Wise Wound Menstruation And Everywoman is then touched upon as women are seen as retaining of the knowledge of these dark senses consciously or unconsciously due to menstruation and its ties to natural lunar cycles which underlays the subjugationdenigration of the feminineintuitive in malerationalist culture and the identification of such senses and the knowledge they bring with symbols of witchcraft prophecy demonology and lewd that is to say pleasure based not procreation based sexuality as the patriarchy subsumes matriarchal powers although various artistic movements including the Romantics and the Surrealists routinely rediscover these senses and their ties to the occult feminine and thus are routinely identified as effeminate As I mentioned before one needn t buy into the literal existence of a worldwide matriarchalGoddess religion as dogma now thoroughly disputed and debunked as a fact to accept the general concepts and symbolic ideas expressed here unless you somehow think women have always secretly held the power throughout history and never been treated as second class citizens and if so I ve got a bridge you might like to buy I should also mention that the argument about lunar cycles noted above is the point where most modern feminists will take issue with Redgrove as that movement seems to consistently and contradictorally claim women s singular importance while denying any substantive difference with men so such suppositions will be pronounced as sexist in giving women special status you have to be doing something right if both Conservative and Liberal camps find something to complain about in your ideasThe last part of the book extrapolates on that old favorite of occult expos s secret sex magick rituals now widely known and what they actually entail and what might be their actual biologicmentalvisionary purpose in the theoretical framework proposed as opposed to the generally floated much occult power is gained handwaving favored by the Hermetic schools Although the details of said rituals were familiar to me that is to say what is actually done thanks to having read a lot of Robert Anton Wilson this book had the first somewhat logical argument and explication of why it s done and how it might actually work or what is being achieved in a non metaphysical sense or to be accurate in a partly biologic partly metaphysicalsymbolic senseThere are a myriad of gems scattered throughout this book and on top of the interesting ideas it made me want to read some of Redgrove s poetry although I m really not a poetry guy Most intriguing were the early sections on creativity and inspiration being tied to the unconscious and the dark senses although I always enjoy a symbolic occult tour of folklore and mythology as well Even if you think it s all bunk and I should point out that Redgrove is the kind of writer rare in the field of occult and new age texts who supports his assertions through meticulous notation of primary texts you might be surprised at the thoughts it could spark or the odd associations it may cause you to see in the rational world Definitely a work I ll be dipping into again and again

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