Archive for December, 2019

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John Dee
(1527 – 1609)

Mathematician, Astronomer, Astrologer, Occultist, Navigator,
Imperialist and Consultant to Queen Elizabeth I

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John Dee’s “Seal of God”



“GALILEO: I won’t compromise my esthetic.” –Bertold Brecht


“Nigra sum sed formosa.” (dazzled by darkness)

Mannerism

Chiaroscuro

• Optical Distortions and Magnifications
• Saturated Color
• Extremes of Contouring, Modeling and Texture
• Intense Directional Light Source
• Hyperbolic Ascents and Abysses of Consciousness and Sensation
• Sudden Reversals of Value

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What do you notice when we place Galileo’s sepia washes alongside Georges de Latour‘s paintings of St. Joseph and the boy Jesus or the angel Gabriel? Can you see the resemblance between the aspects of the Moon and the heads of the painted figures? In both Galileo’s cosmos and Latour’s visual world, a single internal light source creates deep shadows and dazzling highlights, and reveals a variety of curious surface irregularities.

“a $2bn psychic services industry that has been growing steadily since the 2008 recession”

Montclair Psychic School sits above a florist’s shop in the town of Rutherford, New Jersey. On a Sunday in June, eight students sit in a yellow painted classroom, watching a mastiff named Axel sniff a bust of the Buddha.

“C’mere, Axel,” says a woman whose T-shirt reads: “Medicine heals the body. DOGS heal the soul.” She offers him a treat. “Good boy.”

Axel slobbers on her lap, then lopes around the room, sniffing amethyst crystals, a conga drum and a gold Tibetan singing bowl.

“Send your heartstrings out,” says Natalie Anderson, a special education teacher who moonlights as an animal communicator. “Connect. Ask Axel: what’s in his world? What does he know? What does he want? Don’t be shy.”

Axel drools on the rug as the students try to read his mind.

Uraniborg – The Heavenly City

Posted: December 2, 2019 in Uncategorized

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Tycho Brahe
(1546 – 1601)

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