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Bruckner - Symphony No. 7 in E major - II. Adagio - ehr feierlich und sehr langsam (Very solemnly and very slowly) C-sharp minor.

Anton Bruckner was a late romantic Austrian composer known for his symphonies, masses, and motets. His symphonies are the most well-known of his works because they helped create the path of the late romantic style. His symphonies were extremely long and filled with rich harmonies including lots of polyphony, unprepared modulations and radical dissonances. 

This is the second movement of his seventh symphony written between 1881-3 and revised in 1885. The premiere brought the most success Bruckner would experience in his life. Sometimes this symphony is called the “Lyric”. 

According to Frederic Spotts’ Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics, Adolf Hitler compared this symphony with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. When he consecrated a bust of Bruckner at Regensburg’s Walhalla temple in 1937, this movement was played as Hitler stood in quiet admiration. (Personal note: I think this proves music-especially beautifully composed symphonies-can affect any soul… good or bad.)

Performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra lead by Karl Boehm in September 1976

Parisian Awe-ssuary – The Bone-Filled Catacombs Underneath the City of Lights 

The Catacombs of Paris are a series of underground ossuaries that run for about 280km, or 170 miles.  The anonymous bones of the Catacombs are comingled in intricate patterns to form walls, columns, and artistic sculptures.  All of the bones from this monument came from local cemeteries in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The area in and around Paris has been permanently occupied since the Roman era.  When Paris was part of the Roman Empire, people buried their dead on the outskirts of the city.  Parisians changed to internments in consecrated burial grounds within the city after the rise of Christianity.

Cimetière des Innocents, or the Cemetery of the Innocents, was the oldest of these church graveyards.  The corpses from eighteen parishes, two hospitals, and the city morgue were all buried here.  By the 14th century, charneling on cemetery grounds became necessary because of the high density of bodies.  Eventually corpses were stacked on top of each other for meters underground and others had to be interred in mass graves.

The problem became so bad in the 18th century, after ten centuries of burials and decay, that bodies could no longer skeletonize in the soil.  Many of corpses saponified in the ground or putrified in huge holes that produced a rotting smell.  The cemetery became a health hazard because it was a source of disease and infection.

In 1785, the city prohibited further burials at the Cemetery of the Innocents and appointed a commission to find the best plan to remove the estimated two million remains buried there.  The commission decided that the abandoned quarries beneath Paris were the best place to entomb the bones.  The project had the added benefit of reinforcing the unstable mines, which had a nasty habit of collapsing and bringing down houses.

On April 7th 1786, a part of the tunnel system was consecrated and the long process of transferring the bones to the deserted mine was started.  The remains were moved by processions at night in black-draped carts and wagons that were led by chanting clergy.  After fifteen months, all of the bones from the Cemetery of Innocents were interned in the Catacombs.  The project was so successful that city officials repeated this effort with other local burial grounds.   When work was completed in the 1880’s, there were bones from an estimated six million bodies in the Catacombs.

The remains were left piled in unorganized heaps until 1810, when Napoleon authorized the General Inspector of the Quarries, Héricart de Thury, to renovate the Catacombs.  De Thury had the workers build artistic facades made of skulls and long bones behind which piles of the remaining bones were placed.

The Crypt of the Sepulchral Lamp (above) and the Rotonde des Tibias are some of the Catacomb’s most famous skull-ptures.  The Crypt of the Sepulchral Lamp, the first monument built in the catacombs, is in the Place de Saint-Laurent where the bones from the Saint-Laurent Cemetery were arranged.  The Sepulchral Lamp was originally used by the quarrymen for light and airflow but de Thury kept it as a centerpiece for this chamber.  The Rotonde des Tibias is a huge column constructed out of skulls, tibiae, and femora is in the final section of the walking tour.

There are over 200 entrances to the Catacombs because of its history as a mine, but there is only one “official” entrance, located at 1, avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy – 75014 Paris.  Because there is too many entry points for security to monitor at all times, people are able to sneak in regularly.

The cavers who illegally explore the Catacombs are called cataphiles.  These people spends hundreds and thousands of hours down in the intricate cave system, some become so familiar with the tunnels that they don’t need maps.  Many of these urban explorers are dedicated filmmakers, artists, and writers with good intentions, but there are a few people who sneak in and are destructive.  In fact, the Catacombs have been shut down a few times over the years because of vandalism.

The Catacombs are open daily from 10am to 5pm, except Mondays and public holidays. But get there early because wait times are estimated to between three and four hours.

References:

Koudounaris, P. (2011).  The Empire of Death.  New York, NY: Thames and Hudson.

Ubelaker, D.H. Zarenk, K.M. (2010).  Adipocere: What is known after two centuries of Research. Forensic Science International. 2008 (2011): 167-172. Retrieved from: http://pawsoflife-org.k9handleracademy.com/Library/HRD/Ubelaker_2011.pdf

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Sagrada Família

With its unparalleled Gothic architecture, Sagrada Família is the most stunning Roman Catholic church in the world. Located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, the church has been under construction for over 160. Designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926), the church is as yet unfinished. However, Sagrada Família was still designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in November 2010, Pope Benedict XVI consecrated and proclaimed it a minor basilica.

Combining Gothic and Art Nouveau forms, Gaudí devoted his last years to the project. At the time of his death in 1926, it was less than a quarter complete. Sagrada Família’s construction was interrupted again by the Spanish Civil War, only to resume slow progress for many decades. Construction passed the midpoint in 2010 with an anticipated completion date of 2026—the centennial of Gaudí’s death.

The church is composed of three major facades: the Passion facade, the Nativity facade and the Glory facade. Much of the ornate Nativity facade was completed by Gaudí himself. The Passion facade’s graphic nature and gaunt, tortured figures remain true to Gaudí’s original vision, meant to inspire fear and reverence.

The church’s interior is defined by incredible columns that reach majestically toward the ceiling. Gaudí’s plans called for 18 spires, as well as numerous towers, chapels, and portals. When built, the tallest spire, which symbolizes Jesus Christ, will secure Sagrada Família’s place as the world’s largest church building. Relished by the art community, one critic stated that the church is, “The most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages.”

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A Simple Blessing, Consecration & Purification with Salt

This came to me when I was laying in bed last night, anticipating the arrival of my mortar & pestle. Naturally, one always purify their tools before use, especially if the tool is second-hand. The images of me sprinkling & grinding rock salt in my mortar & pestle came into my mind’s eye followed by this little charm:

" Purity of the Earth,

Tears of the Sea,

Bless, Purify, and Consecrate this tool for me.

May it serve me well,

And  empower my magics.

So may it be”

I ground the rock salt into a powder & rubs it all over the mortar & pestle.

Happy eagles, hotdogs, and explosions day guys! Shut up its kinda late but it’s still the fourth somewhere in the US…

Here’s an inaccurately sized wallpaper if you like, for all your misplaced patriotism with pony needs.

Also 10 days from now is Sketchy’s second birthday as a blog (mine too, as I used that day off to make her opps) AND AND I think by then we will hit our next big follower milestone. WELL NOW WE HAVE TO CELEBRATE. XD If you have any ideas about what you’d like to see us do, leave a suggestion in the ask box over the weekend. We’ll let you know by monday what the plan is. Anyways, thanks and keep being awesome and all that. PEACE.

Consecrate your Magickal Tools

You’ll need:

  • Salt (represents North - Earth)
  • Incense (represents East - Air)
  • Candle (represents South - Fire)
  • Bawl of water (represents West - Water)
  • Matches
  • Object/objects or tool/tools you want to consecrate

    Place them on a small table, on the floor or on your Altar (if you do have one)

If your tradition requires casting a circle, do it now.
Light the candle and incense. Take the tool or object you want to consecrate, turn North. Place it in salt while saying out loud:

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Jesus is the Word made Flesh.
Jesus is the Bread of Life.
Jesus is the Victim offered for our sins on the Cross.
Jesus is the Sacrifice offered at the Holy Mass for the sins of the world and mine.
Jesus is the Word—to be spoken.
Jesus is the Truth—to be told.
Jesus is the Way—to be walked.
Jesus is the Light—to be lit.
Jesus is the Life—to be lived.
Jesus is the Love—to be loved.
Jesus is the Joy—to be shared.
Jesus is the Sacrifice—to be offered.
Jesus is the Peace—to be given.
Jesus is the Bread of Life—to be eaten.
Jesus is the Hungry—to be fed.
Jesus is the Thirsty—to be satiated.
Jesus is the Naked—to be clothed.
Jesus is the Homeless—to be taken in.
Jesus is the Sick—to be healed.
Jesus is the Lonely—to be loved.
Jesus is the Unwanted—to be wanted.
Jesus is the Leper—to wash his wounds.
Jesus is the Beggar—to give him a smile.
Jesus is the Drunkard—to listen to him.
Jesus is the Retarded—to protect him.
Jesus is the Little One—to embrace him.
Jesus is the Blind—to lead him.
Jesus is the Dumb—to speak for him.
Jesus is the Crippled—to walk with him.
Jesus is the Drug Addict—to befriend him.
Jesus is the Prostitute—to remove from danger and befriend.
Jesus is the Prisoner—to be visited.
Jesus is the Old—to be served.

Jesus is my God.
Jesus is my Spouse.
Jesus is my Life.
Jesus is my only Love.
Jesus is my All in All.
Jesus is my Everything.

Jesus, I love with my whole heart, with my whole being. I have given Him all, even my sins, and He has espoused me to Himself in tenderness and love.
Now and for life I am the spouse of my Crucified Spouse.
Amen.

—  Mother Teresa, Meditations in a hospital in Rome 1983, “Who is Jesus to me?”
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The Cathedral, Wiener Neustadt by Christoph Sevcnikar

The Late-Romanesque Dom, consecrated in 1279 and cathedral from 1469 to 1785. The choir and transept, in Gothic style, are from the 14th century. In the late 15th century 12 statues of the Apostles were added in the apse, while the bust of Cardinal Melchior Klesl is attributed to Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

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Four Element Consecration Charm

Repeat this charm 3 times

Earth, air, fire,and water now combine through time and space, by the elements four I consecrate my working place. Bless all magic I preform, empower the spells that I cast, create peace, harmony, and contentment that will surly last.

-close this charm with:

By all the powers of land and sea,
As I will this, then so shall it be.

_via Ellen Dugan

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