MAR 17, 2020

The following is something like a reaction or thoughts related to the current bizarre and unsettling situation… When we meditate, which is almost daily, the first thing we think about (wholly involuntarily) is death. And not only like dying of old age death, but of like painful, horrifying deaths (of those that have occurred and those forthcoming). Sometimes, which is perhaps the most difficult to take, we get besieged with scenarios of deaths caused by our potential negligence; repugnant thoughts of deaths that are our fault. It is not great; basically just a relentless confrontation with mortality and shame. Suffice it to say, we do not enter a relaxing, New Age bubble when we sit — rather our mind is completely exposed. But — this is just when we first sit down. Always, and this is why we sit, a transformation occurs (also involuntarily). Invariably, by the end of the 20 minutes something like an inner poise takes hold. No longer are we “like a running grave” or “a scythe of hairs”. We are not necessarily at peace but we are calmer, perhaps transcendentally realistic about the situation. We think the sitting helps us to develop a confidence to outlast the quotidian panic and anxiety — like the dispassionate materiality of a stone facing a storm. 😑


The site of designer Heena Chung is like a little machine. Not fussy or tinny — but precision-interlocked and die-cast. It’s smooth and actively informative. We feel some science-fictive vibes as well. We could totally see Eldon Tyrell passing these out in some sort of dimensional tablet version, to a room of tastefully appointed replicants. 🦉

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In celebration of isolation, this week’s selections are entirely web-based.

Mark Amerika, Crapshoot, 2015
Rafaël Rozendaal, Near Next, 2017
Cassie McQuater, Black Room, 2019
Shannon Ebner, Language is Wild, 2012
Alan Warburton, Spherical Harmonics, 2014



Of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following: For the coming week, what is the best advice for the engaged and sincere person?

This week we drew the the fourteenth trump card, the “Temperance” card (the “Art” card in Crowlian parlance). This card points to balance and modesty, which also could be fairness or justice. It intimates that achieving long term goals requires a reserved and consistent mindset. The pursuit of this mode is most likely to be found on a metaphysical or spiritual path — as they are deliberate, slow, deep and strong.
        Our first hexagram, which we partner with our tarot to describe (or further detail) the current situation, is #15 “Modesty”. With the “Temperance” tarot this makes quite a pair; they are very similar in intention. This hexagram states that though we constantly face “immutable” (unchanging) forces we can choose whether to expose ourselves to destructive immutable energies or benevolent immutable energies. This is where modesty comes into play. Behaviors that are impudent and conceited expose one to harmful forces — as they are immodest modes, without quiet self reflection and patience.
        Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #53 “Gradual Progress”. We would be remiss if we did not mention that this week’s hexagrams and tarot seem uncannily pertinent to the current climate (but ultimately the conclusions here, should be your own). The 53rd hexagram speaks of “precipitate” (hasty) development vs “tranquil” development. It posits that sturdiness comes through patient progress, not chaotic and careless conduct.
        There is a consistent and similar recommendation in each of the three divinations that is perhaps best summed up in a single word: perseverance. It seems very plain. To meet the current and forthcoming circumstances/challenges, it seems one should pursue a constant object of temperate, modest, and gradual progress. 


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