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The 8th Sphere
“Paradoxically, the ability to be alone is the condition for the ability to love.”
― Erich Fromm
A Tale of Two Moons...
"The moon, our own, earthly moon is bitterly lonely, because it is alone in the sky, always alone, and there is no one to turn to, no one to turn to it. All it can do is ache across the weightless airy ice, across thousands of versts, toward those who are equally lonely on earth, and listen to the endless howling of dogs."
― Yevgeny Zamyatin
“The Moon is now the cold residual quantity, the shadow dragged after the new body, into which her living powers are transfused. She now is doomed for long ages to be ever pursuing the Earth, to be attracted by and to attract her progeny. Constantly vampirised by her child, she revenges herself on it, by soaking it through and through with the nefarious, invisible and poisonous influence which emanates from the occult side of her nature. For she is a dead, yet a living body. The particles of her decaying corpse are full of active and destructive life, although the body which they had formed, is soulless and lifeless.”
-Helena P. Blavatsky. The Secret Doctrine
Alone In The Crowd
"The separation between all (religion, moral, and human) values, and (not just the state) but also to (the human nature in its public and private sides), so that the holiness is removed from the world, and this world is transformed into a usable matter that can be employed for the sake of the strong".
-Abdel Wahab Elmessiri
“ …(evil) might be the sensible universe with all the impressions it engenders, or it might be something of even later derivation, accidental to the realm of sense, or again, it might be the source of the sense-world or something of the same order entering into it to complete it” (Enneads 1.8.3.) “
A beautiful piece of collaborative writing Chaps. I enjoyed it immensely, thank you both.
Personally, I have a preference for the Chinese version of events, particularly the story-telling tradition recorded by Pu Songling, and the idea of the Moon as the Earth's barren twin sister, sympathetically supportive in the nurturing of life on Earth, though at times prone to a little jealousy and sadness at what She herself lacks.
That is a lovely version, and I am astonished to find that there's even a Far Eastern version of our prime narrative. Thank you.
I'd be astonished if they didn't, after all, at 75% water all humans, are subject to Her pulling power
And while I agree the Moon is a 'prime narrative', it is by no means the or indeed 'our' prime narrative.
(The) Mother, of course, is the First Other and holds the ultimate narrative primacy.
Additionally, on a side note, in terms of Russia being 'East', and China's sharing of a similar Moon mythos, Russia is navigationally North, both from Europe and from China. The land route from Europe, into the Far East, being via Eastern Europe (and therefore the transmission/exchange conduits), traversing the Pontic-Caspian Steppe and circumventing the Caucasus Mountains. So, Russia was first accessed via China.
The reflections of our past can be seen to reflect our current state. I could go on and on but I am lacking time.
Picatrix refers to the Mansions of The Moon and their beginnings in the Eighth Sphere of fixed stars and attributes a helluva downside of Aries to the entrance to their domain.