❝ The Magician should inflame himself, and this is hislahabus or self-intoxication, which the Qabalists conceived to be the very cup of grace, and the wine of life. Every nerve, every fibre of the individual–physical, astral, mental; every atom in whatsoever department of man’s constitution should be keyed up to fever pitch and all the faculties of the soul exalted to the uttermost. Just as the artist–the poet, the dancer, the lover even–is carried away in a madness of white-hot passion, a frenzy of creativity, so must it be for the Magician. He should be propelled in his ceremony by a mantic enthusiasm which, although in him and a necessary part of the forces which compose him, is by no means that which he normally includes in his Ruach. It has no part in the wake-a-day worldly ego, although it exalts this ego on a crest of bliss, so that all consciousness of its existence is transcended, suffering a new birth with a larger and a wider horizon.
— Israel Regardie, The Tree of Life: A Study in Magic
Emma Watson photographed by Ellen von Unwerth for Sunday Times Style [x]
In this superb commencement address, the inimitable Patti Smith shares her hard-earned advice on life.
Asia (inspired by x)
my life goals
❝ If someday the moon calls you by your name don’t be surprised,
Because every night I tell her about you.
— Shahrazad al-Khalij (via expiry
Art’s great nudes have gone skinny
Italian artist Anna Utopia Giordano has created a visual re-imagination of historic nude paintings, had the subjects conformed their bodies to what the 21st century considers an ideal of beauty. The results are revealing—and quite shocking in what they say about the modern attitude toward women’s bodies.
This is genius
This makes me uncomfortable
Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England
I love it how when Snape draws out his wand there are audible gasps but when Mcgonagall draws her wand there people are screaming out of the way.
They just know better.
damn snape is piss-OH MOTHERFUCKING SHIT, MOVE OUT, CLEAR THE WAY, MCGONAGALL IS PISSED.