Virbius and Octagonal: A Potential Tribute to Rex Nemorensis

a-little-sick-horse-s-leg-1920-jpglargeOne of this past weekend’s news items included the following story:  Octagonal dies Aged 24.  Octagonal, known as the ‘Big O,’ was a champion, New Zealand-bred thoroughbred stallion that won multiple races during the 1990’s.  Born on October 8, 1992, Octagonal’s career included a “second placing in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, his 28th start, with 14 wins, seven second placings and one third for in $5,892,231 stakes.”  Octagonal became Australian Horse of the Year in 1996, retired with stud status in 1997, and went on to sire several other thoroughbred horses.  On October 15, 2016, Octagonal was euthanized due to poor physical health at the age of 24. As many articles that day stated, “although still bright and alert mentally, the horse was struggling physically in recent weeks and was euthanized on Saturday morning.”  The intent is to bury Octagonal at the Australian Woodlands Stud reserve, where Octagonal spent the better part of the past 16 years of his life.  (More info can be found here) Continue reading “Virbius and Octagonal: A Potential Tribute to Rex Nemorensis”

Spanning the Abyss with Demiurgis : An Interview with Jim Shanty

ik4One of the more interesting concepts I personally have become aware of over the past year and a half is the idea of the Demiurge; the Artificer or Demiurgis of the material world, and its possible existence and position within the hierarchy of the greater cosmos.  One sees it consistently mentioned in the texts of old; the Phoenicians, the Chaldeans, the Greeks, etc etc etc.  Its existence is a very, very ancient idea, and it is typically attached to the concept of the primordial waters of creation.

Fortunately for me, I was able to get into contact with a researcher of the abyss; Jim Shanty, a fellow researcher of the esoteric, manages a fascinating website containing his experiences and observations at truthrealquick (link is here).  Having heard a discussion and recap I was able to put together regarding the Laurel Canyon work of David McGowan and his book Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon, Jim reached out to me to continue the conversation.  The conversation quickly led past the Laurel Canyon scene and into some very thought provoking, abstract, and fantastic conversations regarding the world we live in.  So after a series emails, I thought “let’s do an interview,” and Jim agreed.  So without further delay, let’s get into the details of a conversation Jim and I had beginning on September 23, 2016. Continue reading “Spanning the Abyss with Demiurgis : An Interview with Jim Shanty”