….Another one of my all-time favorites from the great AG! Zoom in for those beautiful details! Pure DMT! I’ve experienced this personally…integrating into the whole, dissolving completely into the oversoul, then back again. What a trip!
what the fuck is ghost quartet even about - a tentative explanation
The only ‘fact’ in Ghost Quartet is the story told in The Wind and Rain, where Rose kills Pearl (pushes her in the river) because she’s convinced the Astronomer was cheating on her with Pearl. Within the narrative, however, we have to believe that the dark deal that Rose tried to make with the Bear (possibly allegorically a bear? Like really he was a hitman or a witch or some shit?) and the fact that Pearl mentions Rose believes in the 'Oversoul’, the idea that all souls in the universe are connected, means that Rose is aware of all her past and future reincarnations. All parts of the story take place in a very handwavy-whatever point in history but let’s just go with it.
All the character Brittain plays are versions of Rose Red. That’s: Rose Red; Modern Rose (the one we hear in the Camera Shop, and the one who takes the picture of Modern Pearl dying); Roxie Usher; Starchild; Dunyazad (Scheherazade’s stepdaughter, I think).
All the characters Gelsey plays are versions of Pearl White. That’s: Pearl White; Modern Pearl (the one in the camera shop and the one who dies at the train station); the Soldier (who Rose seduces for her honey); Lady Usher; and Scheherazade.
The same goes for Dave and Brent’s characters, but they’re really just background. For Dave, that’s: the Astronomer; Shah Zuman (Scheherazade’s husband, and incidentally eventually also the old Iranian man referenced with the ability to speak to ghosts); Edgar Usher; the Driver (on the Subway); and either the Miller or the Fiddler, which isn’t clarified. For Brent, that’s: the Bear; the Pusher; and either the Miller or the Fiddler, which again, isn’t clarified.
So, Rose wants Pearl dead. Old Rose pushes Old Pearl in a river; Old Rose kills the Soldier in an alley to take her honey; Modern Rose pays the Pusher to push Modern Pearl under a subway train (either that or she just magically knows what the Pusher’s gonna do, him being the son of one of her reincarnations - he’s Roxie’s brother); Dunyazad knows her father will kill Scheherazade; Roxie 'comes back from the dead’ to scare Lady Usher to death; only Starchild doesn’t have it in for Pearl. This is because Starchild is a bit confused, and thinks she’s a reincarnation of Pearl, claiming that she was the one pushed under the train.
Rose is fully aware of what’s happening to her. The other characters are partially or somewhat aware, to various degrees (the Soldier doesn’t seem to be, but Lady Usher is, knowing about Modern Pearl’s death) which is why they’re so obsessed with ghosts and finding out about their 'ghosts’ - their reincarnations. Possibly the reason why 'ghosts’ are referenced so much thematically is because of the song where some version of Rose expresses her desire to be a ghost (Any Kind of Dead Person). Rose’s defining quality is basically bitterness - except for Starchild, who’s a sweetie.
“Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible in us be found.” Pema Chodron
The twelfth house is where we are vulnerable and exposed to the psychic elements. Our boundaries have been eroded away, we are floating through some sort of channel, never ending, with seemingly no protection or guidance. It is almost like we have been abandoned. Beneath the hollow black 12th house hole awaits a matrix of power, a fortress of divine wisdom, and God’s cradling arms. This is the spirit that supports is in the blackest times, the times we feel the shards of our broken souls cut us from the inside. And the secret is that only we know the secret of the twelfth house, because it can only be accessed when we are alone. There is the trauma of cutting ties with the unity we delighted in through the eleventh house and ascending into another dimension of collectiveness, transporting through the frequencies of the oversoul, but we have lost our body and seemingly all of our defenses. However this is the sort of emptying out, the piercing the veil, the susceptibility that opens up the twelfth house treasure box, this is incandescent glory, this is reuniting with the star that birthed us, the support network that has guided us since the very beginning. Its wisdom transcends all time and space and speaks through symbolism, vision, and emotion. It is something that flows like a fountain of oceanic bliss, comfort, and knowing when the tap has been turned on through divine love and homecoming.
Hey folks - are you looking for a new deck? Your first? Your 30th? I might have what you want. I’m slimming down my deck collection and have quite a few that are practically brand new or have only been used once or twice.
Astrological Oracle - $10 (gilded edges) Crystal Oversoul - $12 Sun Moon Tarot - $12 Haindl - $25 (Comes with deck & two guidebooks written by Rachel Pollack) Infinity Tarot - $25 Enchanted Map - $10 (gilded edges) Revelations Tarot - $10 Artist’s Inner Vision Tarot - $27 Heart of Faerie Oracle - $10 Mibramig Tarot - $12
I was born in the wrong era. I wish I was alive when all life forms reverted to primordial fluid LCL and were collected by Lillith in the Third Impact to form a human oversoul without pain and suffering
Because the 12th house associates with mental asylums it does not mean one with planets in the 12th will inevitably find themselves in one. Personally, I have no planets in the 12th and I’ve seen the inside walls of one three times. The 12th house relates to institutions, prisons, and hospitals, not because this is one’s ‘destiny’, but because these realms of life are shielded from view and remain mysterious, in the dark, and erupt worry in people, worry that they are forced to sit with themselves through to understand.
In my book I wrote about how the 12th house is the temple of solitude, collective unconscious, and reuniting with the Divine. “He is periodically
submerged, desperate, quiet, and bathed in eternal,
replenishing oversoul seas.”
“And the sixth house (the duality of the twelfth) is about finding
something meaningful to offer as service. It’s about realising
there is something more than the self pleasure of the fifth
house, and a different sort of satisfaction on offer from the
universe. It’s about using all the means of self-‐discovery in
the first five houses and finding the special encasement of
gold within that you can give to others. And this takes the
alone time and privacy of the twelfth house. It takes these
silent conversations with God in and the solitude of
conscious awareness. The twelfth house is the Guardian of
Divine light, unlocked through the portal of the inner
universe. Alone, twelfth house time is quality time with God.”
Tbh I would be very open to the idea of almost round table discussions of unrecorded gods because even I still have a lot of questions about semantics I’m pouring over and researching, like for example are land spirits technically unrecorded or not because it’s like a weird gray area
Or like the oversoul deity of a species of animal, is it unrecorded if we know that animal exists? Does it go somewhere to fade if the animal goes extinct? Etc
Before there were forms there was the formless. Before there were two there was one. Before there was light and dark there was that which was both light and dark. Before there was cold and hot there was that which was both cold and hot. The eye cannot see itself. If you look into a mirror it is the mirror the eye sees. Likewise the ONE cannot observe itself. One cannot observe One. Observation requires duality … an observer and the observed. This is how the universe was born.
Well, in a sense. Just as the Christian concept of God has evolved since Abraham’s jealous tribal God to modern ideas of a transcendental God. so too did the Dharmic concept of reincarnation evolve both in Buddhism and in Hinduism. Buddhists have a pantheistic view of God i.e. that God is not a “being” so much as a universal oneness akin to the “oversoul” of Emerson or even the “Great Spirit” of native American religion. Hinduism likewise has evolved in this way with many Hindus holding pantheistic beliefs and a less literal idea on reincarnation.
The key to understanding this is the concept of the “atman” and the “transmigration” of souls. The atman. often translated as “soul” in the literature, is seen in traditional Hinduism as a separate “you” which stays intact but will “transmigrate” into new bodies. The Buddhists view is that the “atman” is really just a part of the great soul which only appears to be separate. This is why the Buddha never gave much thought to explaining “life after death”. In modern Buddhism this concept is meaningless. It is like asking if there is life after rainfall for a raindrop.