Albert Camus in shadow
Arnoldo di Villanova. Rosarium Philosophorium. 1550.
An entry into the vessel of transformation, A conjunction of the two primal archetypal forces, Their merging into an hermaphrodite in a death or nigredo stage, The extraction or ascent of one facet of the soul into the Spiritual realm (see related here), The descent of a spiritual dew or essence from above, The return of the extracted soul forces, The final formation of the Stone pictured as the resurrection of the hermaphrodite (top to bottom).
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Antonin Artaud’s monologue (scene from the movie “En compagnie d’Antonin Artaud”, 1993)
- Antonin Artaud
Death (or its allusion) makes men precious and pathetic. They are moving because of their phantom condition; every act they execute may be their last; there is not a face that is not on the verge of dissolving like a face in a dream. Everything among the mortals has the value of the irretrievable and the perilous. Among the Immortals, on the other hand, every act (and every thought) is the echo of others that preceded it in the past, with no visible beginning, or the faithful presage of others that in the future will repeat it to a vertiginous degree. There is nothing that is not as if lost in a maze of indefatigable mirrors. Nothing can happen only once, nothing is preciously precarious. The elegiacal, the serious, the ceremonial, do not hold for the Immortals.
Is it possible that existence is our exile and nothingness our home?
Mountaineer Gaston Rébuffat posing on the arrow of the Pic du Roc (3409 meters) on the bottom of Dent du Géant in the Mont-Blanc.
Photo: Tairraz George
Here’s a French documentary about the climb, Les Horizons Gagnés
(Turn on the French subs and then turn on google translate subs, except for you Pierre because you’re bloody fluent aren’t you)
Albrecht Durer, Two Hands Holding A Pair Of Books, 1506, via Biblioklept
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