Totally behind on this thing. Projects have taken over my brain. Halp.
Silver Celtic Iceni unit.
Britain, 1st century A.D.
The Iceni were a British tribe inhabiting the area around Norfolk from the 1st century B.C. to approximately the end of the 1st century A.D. They started using coins as a means of payment at around 10 B.C. This particular coin has a stylized horse depicted on it. Other coins would have equally stylized versions of animals.
Studio portrait of actress Olga Ilić by Milan Jovanović, 1900
This picture is considered the first semi-nude photograph in Serbia. Olga Ilić, later Ilić-Hristilić (1880, Thessaloniki – 1945, Belgrade), was a famous Serbian actress. She was born the illegitimate daughter of Marija Gašparović and a Frenchman. Mother and daughter moved to Niš after Olga’s father had died. In Niš Olga started her acting career at the age of fourteen and pursued it as a travelling actress and playing at different theaters throughout the Balkans (e.g., Belgrade, Novi Sad, Leskovac, Niš, Skopje).
with special thanks to Aspida Kosana for this discovery
The Kabbalah is the most perfect system to explain all forms of consciousness, all forms of being and all dimensions and planes. It is a universal map and with the help of the ‘Tree of Life’ with its 32 experiences (10 Sephirots, 22 Letters) you can experience higher states of consciousness, this will increase your concentration, which leads to more focus in the Now, which then leads to happiness and peace.
I really wish people would chill out with claims like this.
Look, we don’t even really know what “kabbalah” is. It’s not one thing. A lot of it is just stuff Mathers came up with in the 19th century and which wasn’t even present in the medieval texts. And of the stuff that does have some antiquity, it’s just other human beings who created it, and human beings make mistakes.
Leaving aside questions of history, how can you even support a claim like “most perfect system to explain all forms of consciousness, all forms of being and all dimensions and planes” whatever that means? If you look at a list of the most successful explanatory frameworks in all of human history, you’re going to find General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. Not kabbalah.
I’ll even grant kabbalah is a useful tool for dealing with aspects of the psyche, but c’mon. Freud, anyone? Even Jung - who avails himself of all kinds of gnostic tools - still does it through a Freudian lens.
And as far as working with entities goes, don’t even try to work with a non-Mediterranean entity with that framework. It’s going to be silly. Are you going to use kabbalah to understand Hoodoo? C’mon.
You need to handle this stuff lightly and in a way that’s sensitive to history and the strong tendency of the human mind to just make shit up. Kabbalah is useful within some contexts and not helpful at all in others.