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Monday, March 17, 2008

Ray of Light

The familiar Pinkish hue of Valis bathes Madonna

I guess it's no secret that Madonna was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio last week. In her acceptance speech she speaks of being filled with magic, and that after writing her VERY first song she was convinced that "it" had come from elsewhere...Valis confessional to be sure.

Justin Timberlake introduction of Madonna

Madonna induction speech Part I

In a related story former Madonna neophyte Britney Spears had her Kabbalah healing tattoo removed recently...I personally relate much of Brit's problems to her fallout with Madonna a few years ago. So, for Madonna to now bring Justin Timberlake into the fold marks yet another slap in the face. The two have produced her new album "Hard Candy" (I'm sure Jake Kotze readers are chomping at the bit for this one! I know I am...).

“Madonna spent months teaching Britney the Kabbalah system and splashed out thousands on the ancient scripture for her,” according to a source quoted by, which is further reporting that Madonna is demanding that Spears return the twelfth-century book on Kabbalah that she gave her as a wedding present.

Madonna’s rep had no comment by press time, but the source said: “She feels she has wasted time, money and precious gifts on Brit.”

Madonna Serpentum by artist John Meluch

from Philip K. Dick :
The setting for the Madonna is the Chapel at Crac des Chevaliers which was given by the King of Jerusalem to the Knights Hospitallers - it dates back to the 12th century.

In creating the image of the Madonna Serpentum I am attempting to combine a number of different traditions surrounding the symbol of the serpent which has had almost nothing but evil attributed to it by Christianity. To begin, the snake or serpent is probably the most widely revered creature in world mythology. It is associated not only with the primal waters from which all life was created, but also with the Earth - which makes it the chthonic symbol par excellence. In fact, for many ancient civilizations, the serpent symbolized the underworld and the realm of the dead - hence, its "infernal" aspect.

The biblical serpent, the embodiment of Satan in the Garden of Eden, later becomes the "serpent of brass" in the Book of Moses. This is eventually interpreted in the Book of John as an archetype of the crucified Christ. Jungian psychology views the snake as a symbolic creature going back to the earliest stages of the Earth and the human race. It is an "image of exceptional primordial is a major symbol of psychic energy."

Moreover, in Asian philosophic systems the "Kundalini Serpent", coiled at the base of the spine (like the caduceus of Hermes and the wand of Asklepios), symbolizes the vital energy to be awakened through meditation.

The Minoan Goddess in the background seen clutching two snakes dates back to 1800 BC.

The serpent appears in many ancient icons, either as a companion of the goddess, or as an accoutrement - a wand, a belt or head-dress. The icon in the upper right corner is the Greek gorgon Medusa whose visage would turn men into stone....clearly a very negative attribute of this ambivalent symbol. Conversely, the "anguipede" - an early Ophite symbol exhibits goddess-like traits such as feet made of serpents (see icon in upper left corner). It appears on a great number of engraved stones called Gnostic or Basilidean Gems. They are the "Christos-Sophia" of the mystic gnostics....which symbolizes divine wisdom and intelligence. by John Meluch

William Orbit's "Ray of Light" performed by Madonna...I'm such an ass.


Michael said...

Britney should auction the book off on ebay.

JB said...

I know this may seem petty, but... does anyone here still find her attractive? Has she ever been attractive? In the words of my best friend Francis: "I wouldn't even f*** her with a time machine."

aferrismoon said...

What with all Kabbalism being open essentially to 40 yr old males I kinda wonder at Madonna's sense to teach it to a young impressionable. Sorry Madge, but I doubt you're that 'stupid'. I imagine her action to be the monkey-faced grinning neophyte wishing to 'save the world' and 'help' others. Thanks but we've got Lieing Ontology for that.
Due to I'm not Mad on her's fairly juvenile status as Kabbalist, what with all the other duties she has to attend to was she egged on by others.
Or is she gettin'g a lttle old and attempting to fit in a few more years on the Virgin-Mother level, before Crone sets in. Then all she'll have are spells, and grandkids.
Stnchromystically I wonder if JT learnt anything from Southland Tales- I'm not a soldier but I've got a soul

Christopher Loring Knowles said...

Madonna's Kabbalah is essentially the fast-food version of it. But that's how these things are mainstreamed. That organization she's affiliated with is not well-regarded in the Kabbalah community.

She's certainly become a walking embodiment of Adam Kadmon, it must be said.

And JB- Mad was slutilicious back in the old days, when she dressed like a punk chick and had her baby fat still.

v said...

i do wonder why people hate her so...
a powerful woman is always the target of comments about her looks not her work... remember Thatcher?

FilmNoir23 said...

v: are you suggesting that Thatcher was good for the world?

As for Madonna and her looks vs. talent...that wasn't really my point to begin with. Both those things are HIGHLY subjective anyway.

eveserpent said...

No I'm not suggesting that Thatcher was good for the world. But she was a skillful politician and a successful leader...and i'm not saying madonna is particularly talented either

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