Author: Amelia Hoskins

04 Jan

Satan and Totalitarianism

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Paradise Lost - Satan - Blake - Jordan Peterson

The 18th Century concept of atheistic science as Satan has resonance in 2022 with the emergent biotech developments towards an AI driven sci-fi transhumanist agenda, obviously a ludicrous wrong turn for science and technology.  Artificial intelligence companies funded by big tech already suggest their AI system will be a god, with the likes of Kurzweil talking of a church of AI. [link]  In 2021-2022 many believe big pharma is engaged with world elites in an experimental genocidal plan for a new globalised 'reset'.  It could be 'mass murder' as Peterson suggests is indeed coming with totalitarianism.

William Blake:  Heaven vs Hell

The doorway to the future awaits the couple showing a future of ascendency through hot and cold flames representative of 'heaven and hell' in life's reality.   Beyond the ocean of time, figures ascend the distant hills of development.  The painting is about Blake's universe of balance, expressed in 'contraries' which exist in counterpoint to one and another, that there is no progression without them.  In fact we can only identify one aspect because the other aspect exists.

"contraries and oppositions - love and hate, expansion and contraction, opaqueness and translucence, reason and energy, attraction and repulsion, these are the poles of his world, where Without Contraries is no progression."

~ William Blake

In 2022 the world is becoming more totalitarian despite lessons from history on absolute power; a long way from the utopian world we could envisage in the 1960s.  Technocracy is in the ascendant and beginning to organise itself to remove freedoms to keep its power.

The larger you build a system the more there is proclivity to worship it as if it is everything; build as large as possible.  "tendency of the rational mind to produce totalitarianism and to fall in love with it, like the tower of Babel and nothing outside them is allowed to exist."

~ Jordan Peterson

People know the balance has gone too far in favour of ruling technocratic oligarchies who have more power than governments.  We can look at the thinking of 18th Century writers and artists who were concerned how the rise of atheism after the rationality of the philosophy of The Enlightenment would affect society.

For Blake, his imaginative Urizen is mankind ruled by science. Poetry and figures of Urizen represent rationalised science of those believing to have god like capabilities to control humankind, which Blake, like Milton, envisioned with pending doom for humanity.

'Urizenic Rationality itself is the program that has been expelled from Eternity, through challenging the role of the “transcendent function”, as Peterson suggests, and decides instead to create a world in its own fallen image: the world of Representation and Division, over which it can have power.' 

~ TheHumanDivine

Blake and Milton warned of a technocratic age of scientific 'reason' devoid of spirituality.  [quotes Milton, Blake?] One idea of heaven and hell, good and bad times; is that they will always come, in different forms.  Tyranny of the people we know from history.  Poets, artists and philosophers consider the quality of life and the state of the world.  Psychologist, Jordan Peterson wrote Maps of Meaning which includes ideas from Blake.  He is a popular lecturer as people are refreshed by the idea of having a focus on meaning in their lives in a highly technocracized world.

Peterson studies religion and totalitarianism.  The figure of Satan to Blake and Milton is one of humanity believing itself divine with ownership of science.  Peterson interprets Milton's Paradise Lost - When people are denied their mythological history it leads them  "to gravitate towards nihilism, or as a counter position, to totalitarianism". (in the C20th)  In the background the existentialists were looking for ways to avoid ideological totalitarianism.  Peterson says 'We know the next step is mass murder'.

"The immediate consequence, from Milton’s perspective, was that as soon as Satan decided that what he knew was sufficient, and that he could do without the transcendent—which you might think about as the domain outside of what you know—immediately, he was in hell. I was studying totalitarianism when I read Paradise Lost. I thought the true poet, like a prophet, is someone who has intimations of the future. Maybe that’s because the poetic mind—the philosophic or poetic mind—is a pattern detector."

     ~ Jordan B Peterson - From essay in thehumandivine.org

Peterson lecture What We Should Learn from Milton’s Paradise Lost 

Milton is incorporated into the corpus of christianity. Milton tried to justify 'being' to human beings. Satan is an intellectual figure, the 'evil scientist motif'. The human intellect falls in love with its own productions.  Milton’s hypothesis was that the element of the psyche – the spiritual element of the psyche that characterised the rational mind – would, by its proclivity to produce these totalising systems, end up casting itself into Hell.

The Number of The Beast is 666

This image would not be out of place in 2022.  The lamb in the painting is the 'lamb of God' with human hands signifying the people below which appear as a flock of sheep.  The white satan may represent  consciousness of the original 'good satan angel' who points in an opposite direction to the focus of the dragon winged 'bad satan': this would fit with ‘coincident oppositore’.

"Milton did the first psychoanalytic study of malevolence and evil. God’s highest Angel, who was Satan, Lucifer, the Bringer of Light, the Spirit of Rationality, tormented a rebellion against God in Heaven and was cast into Hell as a consequence. …Satan, as the highest Angel in God’s heavenly Kingdom, is a personification of the tendency of the Rational Mind to produce totalitarian systems and then to fall in love with them ."

~ Jordan Peterson

Blake ‘coincident oppositore’  is the unity of opposites . Blake unifies body of God with body of satan.

Blake hides his political commentary within the biblical stories, as parables, almost as a political cartoonist.  He removed text from God of Light.  Censorship is nothing new and he was almost imprisoned for his beliefs and associations.  He was a radical 'dissenter' who also moved in Freemason circles: as a politically thinking man would need to know the plans of the day.  We cannot know exactly the oppressiveness of his time.  He would have agreed with Swedenborg's ideas of dismantling the overarching power of church as State, but not the dismantling of Christianity in total.

Lucifer And The Pope in Hell - 1805

Religion no longer has a central place in society as it did in Blake's time when he read the Bible avidly as a child, and as an engraver made many Biblical illustrations, both his own and commissions; being a popular subject for the new printing of the age.  Being consistently against powerful organised state religion he wasn't afraid to ridicule the Pope in his art.

The Pope is chained to Lucifer; unable to escape evil, while Kings who have followed the Pope lie in the depths of hell. interesting to note Lucifer has scales as part serpent.  Evil is often seen in Blake's art as a serpent engulfing men who have succumbed to evil; seen here as one man falls into hell.

Snake Biting Vanni Fucci (Dante)

Serpents are poised ready to attack Vanni Fucci, as he seems to defy God.  The flames of hell are not far away.  Innocent angelic ladies are often depicted observing events, which may signify Blake's respect for women, who we know he was always ready to champion if a woman was in harm's way.

“We are looking at the primordial serpent right in the eye right now and we have the opportunity to cut its head off”

     ~ Dr Zelenko.  Interview on Infowars  A modern statement on the times where the serpent is big pharma.

Ian McGilchrist in his book 'The Matter of Things' extrapulates the reason behind thinking in terms of all life having contraries in dipolar force to make a whole.  He discusses the need for meaning and putting reason back into the world Iain McGilchrist: The Coincidence of Opposites

[to continue... writers on conjugates and link MU holons]

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01 Oct

Poppy Pods Eleven Painting

Experimental painting on wood.  The colours explore the effects seen in the dried seed pods.  Lilac and aubergine were emphasised in the final version.  Central background shape is a birds eye view over a poppy pod; seen as cream tops in the painting. Deep blue-green multi fused background application acts as contrast with deep space connotations.

29 Jul

EDEN PROJECT

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Eden Project is a group of biomes housing Tropical and Mediterranean plants, with corresponding equatorial temperatures.  The quarry situation allows a sun trap for many flowering plants to thrive outdoors too.  Full setting built in an old china clay quarry; a Cornish industry.

The quarry has been organised into different planting areas, including a hot weather planting scheme on the south-facing north side with unusual plants.

25 Jul

Star Forms

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Flowers - Seeds - Cosmos

Star shapes are one of the most common forms in nature; flowers and seeds.   A developing seed pod stores light energy as a cosmic star does. 'As above so below'.  Daisy type flowers under Aster = Greek 'star'.

Glorious purple-magenta Salsify flower, also in yellow.  Genus: Tragopogon porrifolius, Sunflower family, asteraceae evolved 85m yrs ago.  This is wonderful evolution and we can assume the plant is very 'wise'.  Salsify flowers are time machines which close at 12:00 mid day, as they know exactly when the sun is past its zenith; hence the folk name 'John-go-to-bed-at-noon' .  Bees love it.  The triple rows of daisy type petals are perfectly formed. Each Salsify seed ( achene ) has a 'parachute' to ensure spread far and wide on the wind. Each a 'star form' within a globe of 'stars' creating one spherical star form.  Parachutes touch each other which enables them to hold together, while the seed base is loosening from the hub.  Once some go, then they all must follow.

[Author Note:   To be linked to Salsify new reconstructed gallery]

Leek flowers - Allium flower forms in a tight pod, or spathe, which then bursts out as a star cluster with many more points than the ancient Salsify. Each tiny bud opens as a tiny star flower.  White is common: this pink one with magenta stalks maybe ampeloprasum

Tulip Star Forms - Pointed 'Persian' varieties seen on persian carpet designs.  This type of star comprises two rows of 3 petal sets which form triangles, like two triangles one inverted upside down over the other.

COMPARISON SIZES OF STARS - Unbelievable!

This video animation explores the cosmos stars, from our SUN up to Sirius, B-Centauri, Gacrux, blue hyper giant Pistol Star, yellow hyper giant RHO Cassiopeiae and unbelievable power of  super-mega-gigantic red hyper giant Stephenson 2-18 (two thousands times bigger than the Sun).

05 Jul

Resonant Fractals

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Geometry is the Language of the Universe

Physics and ancient medicine point to the same fractal patterns in the universe. Resonance Talks video explains this in relation to the bioelectrical map, the nervous system; not only within the body but relating outwardly.  Speaker talks about tetrahedron formations.

Resonance Talks: Fractal Anatomy & a World of Health with Meredith Sands Keator.

Spiral Compression in Mathematics and Nature

Image credit: quantamagazine.org (see related sphere)

Physics mathematics shows a sphere can be compressed to a point through spiralling.  Above image shows enlarged surface area of a sphere in twisting corrugation.

The Connected Universe, Official Trailer 2016

Orbital  Planetary  Spirals

Spiral Suspension

A tight spiral, by virtue of its extension potential, carries good strength in the case of this cucumber tendril support.  Its very strong, when pulled, as a metal spring would be, to hold the heavy cucumbers along the stalk.  I originally gave the shorter stalk some string support, hoping it would trail along the washing line, but it actually found very firm supports, as it might do in undergrowth.  Does it 'calculate' the strength needed in tendrils (spiral compression-elasticity) from the total area of light mass received in the leaf sizes?

Cucumber Intelligence - knows to increase the spiral strength, and therefore elasticity, to support the weight of 12 setting cucumbers - Nature's intelligence beyond 'Artificial Intelligence'

Fern Spirals

Nature proves the above mathematical spiral compression theory in reverse!  Ferns unfold from embedded spirals.  How do all those leaf parts get into such a small space? As the plant received the energy, or light, this ancient plant responds by unfolding, becoming a solar panel.

Seed Hubs in Spiral Form

Salsify flowers:  Even in the seed formation phase, spiralling can be seen on the remaining seed hub from where the seeds parachute from.  The indentations from where the parachute seeds develop shows clearly the spiral format.  (better in real life)  First the flower attracts lots of light to its stamen centre, then this is converted into seed formation.  Interestingly the Salsify flower closes every day at mid-day, with green sepals covering over closed.  Could it be it needs the remainder of the day to 'process' the light stored and convert to seed energy for the hub?

27 Apr

Resonant Art

Illustrations and designs are 'resonant' when they reflect a sublime order or understanding of nature and the cosmos which resonates with the observer.  Aspects of colour and tone can have similar effects as music or poetry, connecting human thoughts and emotions, which artists have explored to understand the human condition and history.

Art which connect ideas

Image of cross with circle pattern connects spirituality of religion. The light behind, appearing as a glimpse, represents spiritual illumination in this setting. Photographic observation connects resonance of meaning.

Tulip Sunset Silhouette

Flower silhouette resonates with Celtic cross image by way of its shape (circular with stem) and its background of sunset.  The Celtic circle is likely representing life from sun, as does the flower form which 'resonates'. People feel a poetic resonance in sunsets.

My plant photography is drawn towards shapes reflecting aspects of the cosmos, such as stars or spirals, a resonance with universal nature.

Artists and Resonance

"Peace and Plenty and domestic happiness is the source of sublime art'"   ~ William Blake

 

William Blake was concerned with resonance; showing meaning through his poetry, illustrations and paintings. Two aspects of Blake's concern - 'heaven and hell' - family happy lightness vs mankind's struggle.

'Teach These Souls to Fly' - A mother guides her baby to fly in lightness and happy colours.

'Second book of Urizen' - Blake's mythical figure Urizen from a series of related works, is always depicted as being part of the struggle of humanity, controlling, forcing things, working against harmony. In this painting he has a red orb which may signify the world on fire with wars, as Blake lived through the French Revolution and free America. More on Blake 

The Value of Vision - Art for the people or as artist self indulgence

Popular, commercially viable art has to be valued by the majority of people. Most people want to see 'pleasant' 'nice', 'pretty' representations of the world, which is why nature photography is perennially popular; because nature always shows balance of design.  People also recognise emotional stories they can empathise with, so artists who can show this are respected.

Nature images please us by reminder of the natural world or of abstract ideas which portray a vision: then we might say by comparison that art which does not have an inspiration from 'beautiful vision' lacks a philosophy which might be important to communicate - and ultimately to enhance society in any era.

Art is made when the artist wishes to resonate with a perception he has.  We can ask if there can be a point at which such expression has little or no quality to resonate with viewers:  whether it is a 'good' or 'uplifting' visual experience, or mere subjective self indulgence. Art Nouveau, Pre Raphaelites, Romanticism and Impressionism depict uplifting images and scenes.   Surrealism and some Abstract Expressionist painting expressed 'angst'. [Ernst war, Kooning women]

All art is a synthetic representation of life experience, as seen or felt by the artist.  However, if we hold that art with a powerful resonance to move people inspirationally is beneficial to society, then we can suggest that 'Synthetic' art may be considered as having been made with no real 'vision' to resonate inspiringly with others.

With some art the meaning becomes confused, obfuscated or meaningless; nowadays seen in 'synthetic' art. [link]  Postmodernism has had a strange influence on art which has come to light in exhibitions and public sculpture, where it has become more concerned with political agendas and nihilism.  In an era where we do not experience war first hand, people seem to invent their own persecutions as victims.

07 Apr

Tulip Beauty Salmon Van Eijk

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Tulip Salmon Van Eijk

Salmon pink when closed.  Cerise-magenta centre when open.  Deep violet star shaped centre around violet stamens. Tulips follow the sun while open.

Salmon Pink tulips were early bloomers in 2021; all growing tall.  Pale salmon pink from the outside, but with dramatic navy-violet centres.

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10 Jan

Castles and Cathedrals

TINTAGEL CASTLE Cornwall England

TINTAGEL HEAD ISLAND FROM SOUTH WEST COAST PATH

TINTAGEL HISTORY

Tintagel Head is in a well protected prominent position, to view all ships approaching.  There is an old mooring on the north side deep harbour, used by ancient traders. Originally there was a land bridge from mainland to castle island before the rock caved into a ravine.  The many steep steps are seen in my photos, up both sides, mainland and the Head.  Climbing up the many steep steps carved out of the rock face gives a good idea of how difficult it would have been to breach the castle fortress.  The cave is reputed to be Merlin's cave; it tunnels right through the island from the beach at low tide, out to an ocean opening on the south side.  Part of the castle ramparts still exists on the mainland. (Since my visit, a modern bridge has been built joining the two sides).

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TINTAGEL LEGENDS

King Arthur sculpture is so designed that the winds play in the hollow spiral form inside the bronze ‘body’ sounding like a low voice. Visiting on a very windy day enabled me to discover this.  Arthur died 537 A.D.

Many legends associate King Arthur with Cornwall.  He was said to have been born in Tintagel, at the home of Gorlais, Earl of Cornwall. It was here that Uther Pendragon seduced Igerna, Arthur’s mother.  The castle ruins at Tintagel are 11th century, but there are signs of a much earlier settlement.  Merlin’s Cave is below the castle is known as and the magician is said to haunt it.  Arthur is said to be reincarnated as a Cornish chough.     https://www.cornwalls.co.uk/history/ancient

INVASION HISTORY 600 B.C.

The Celts who arrived in Cornwall between the 6th and 4th centuries BC, constructed hill forts and some 40 cliff castles throughout the country.  This remaining castle they think was built by Kings in 1100-1200s but built on top of a pre-existing Celtic site.

Many archaeological finds of luxury pottery from the Mediterranean, Aegean and Africa and glass from Spain have been found, showing the long history of trading in the area.  Some historians believed it to have been a Celtic monastery.

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