I know everything about you, Lartessa,” Ivy said, her tone flat and passionless. “It was all recorded, of course; everything was in Thessalonica in those days. Your father’s failing business, your sale to the Temple of Isis. If you like I can draw you a cost-benefit analysis of your training versus your earnings in your first year at the Temple before Nicodemus came. I could use charts to make it easier for you to understand, and color them in with crayons. I enjoy crayons.
—  Ivy (Small Favor by Jim Butcher)

You can tell what’s informing a society by what the tallest building is. When you approach a medieval town, the cathedral is the tallest thing in the place. When you approach an eighteenth-century town, it is the political palace that’s the tallest thing in the place. And when you approach a modern city, the tallest places are the office buildings, the centers of economic life.

If you go to Salt Lake City, you see the whole thing illustrated right in front of your face. First the temple was built, right in the center of the city. That’s the proper organization because the temple is the spiritual center from which everything flows in all directions. Then the political building, the Capitol, was built beside it, and it’s taller than the temple. And now the tallest thing is the office building that takes care of the affairs of both the temple and the political building. That’s the history of Western civilization.

—  Joseph Campbell
Astrology Temples
  • First House:The soul seeks to express itself through the ego and learn about its special features
  • Second House:The experience of the ego through creativity and the threads we can hold in our hands. Finding soul intimacy with material reality
  • Third House:Creating a language that expresses the movement and fabric of the soul through the mind
  • Fourth House:Understanding the journey of the soul through many lifetimes, to acknowledge and recognise the birth of the ego with the birth of the soul at the beginning of universal history
  • Fifth House:The ego learns to express it's 'true self' in this very moment, and acts as a vessel for the soul dance. The ego experiences the delight of incarnation
  • Sixth House:The soul is centered in the present moment. The ego seeks to understand time, ritual, and comfort within bodily confines
  • Seventh House:The joining of male and female (or male/male, female/female) for the facilitation of a new soul to enter. The ego seeks to understand a different perspective
  • Eighth House:Ego consciousness and soul are united, divine truths are discovered. Ego is confronted with the needs of the soul
  • Ninth House:Consciousness seeks to understand and relate its experience through natural laws and the higher mind to generate wisdom
  • Tenth House:The ego seeks to radiate its identity as powerfully and presently as the Sun so the soul can show people what it came here on Earth to do
  • Eleventh House:The ego's identification with the collective. Molding the jewels of the inner world into the outer
  • Twelfth House:The ego seeks to experience itself through the soul and complete evaporation and intimacy into the Creator
  • C.

I <3 Closure In Moscow.. 

This serpent on my doorstep, well, he’s got a sweet southern drawl. Lulling so you may invite his venom.Oh, he was knocking, but didn’t know it’s coming. Oh, he was knocking, but didn’t know my mutation was imminent. He couldn’t help it; spouting invocations. I said unto him:

Don’t you dare speak that name. Don’t you ever speak that name. Break the very tenets that you spit in my face, now I’m ready to obliterate. So send me all your preachers, and I’ll put them all to shame. I’ll be the vanguard of their fall, middle of their falter. Bezel in their rings, now dropping all the stones.
First you’ll oscillate, and then you’ll feel the fire burn and formicate, while all your words are coming out cancrine.

Don’t just let him rot this hall. “I couldn’t do that even if I wanted to.” Don’t just let him rot this hall. “I couldn’t do that even if I wanted to be saved.” Then you’ll all fall in silence. Then you’ll all fall.