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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Fall of the Egyptian Zodiac II

Foresight
. Horn blown against serpent
Serpent Ouroboros
The Egyptian Revolution 2011 has a huge background but in the kiln it is a Zodiac destroyed.

 All in fun, I said, when this Zodiac was raw clay, that it prefigured the "MONSTER OUROBOROS SLAIN!  NATIONS IN TURMOIL, because the figures around its circumference, thinking of Egypt, portrayed "constellations in the promise of a horn blown against the serpent Ouroboros fulfilled in the upraised arms of the Warrior Deliverer.

Upraised arms
This promise we know. "Remove the top!"  I said, then added, dialogue:

"Nman:   Youse can't kill space and time, Warrior.
The reply:  Oh yeah? Prove it!"

I got this "proof" when Zodiac went to biscuit three days later.  The top blew off. Ha, ha.  I had the controls on high from the previous fire and didn't reset for the kindle. Just before the end I realized and turned it off, then turned the fan on to clear the smell and smoke, probably increasing thermal shock. Another hour and from the kiln-crack came a pomp! Lifting the lid I saw  the top of Zodiac exploded all over the kiln. It also exploded the bottom, but the walls stood.

The metaphor appeals. Sides standing, but the top and bottom gone?  The moisture trapped by the lid  blew out both ends. The other piece in there, Foresight, was open in its center and withstood the blast, but it's porcelain face was smoked terribly and terribly pitted from the shrapnel. Suppose that this is an allegory to see these things coming?  If you blow out the top (government) then the bottom goes (people). But the walls, history, stands. Don't know if this carbon bisc is the same as making democracy. It has interesting discolorations though. There is a fine powdery dust over all its surface. Last year other experiments with raw oxides had made me get a bisc kiln in the first place, since nobody would bisc them. That time too much cobalt oxide ran off a leg in the second fire and fused the kiln shelf.

Lessons

This was Foresight before the explosion. Inexperienced shall we say?

Foresight needs experience to get out of its own way. 
Sometimes the situation is too hot to handle.
Sometimes it won't be believed? 

Self doubt is the last thing it needs. When all the crowds are going the other way it is easy to doubt. The prophets seem sure enough, but we do not see inside.

For the ordinary person these things go back to how to protect a family. Foresight is required, but there is a requirement to act on foresight. That is what the life of a father is about, acting on foresight. The elders of Egypt, even if their faces get singed, must act on foresight. It is an interesting speculation that if the top is exploded the bottom may go. That leaves us worse off than when we started if the king or head of state is the top and the people are the grassroots at the bottom. Both are lost to the force of explosion. The walls are still standing but the vessel won't hold anything. And who knows how long they stand? Do not turn up the fire too high. Paradoxically, the constellations on the walls of this vessel still exist.I'm going to put on a new top and a new bottom! [This effort failed.] Perhaps the walls are history. If the constellations on those walls are space and time where the worm Ouroboros is eating itself, a figure of continuity, and the forces opposed to  justice, tyrannies of life, death and creation yet continue, then the loss of top and bottom  make further creation, but of the same kind.

End note: After all this Foresight was rebisqued properly, but not Zodiac. As if by fire, all its imperfections of the explosion fell away. Burn Us Up! No pits, no marks, only pristine porcelain surfaces! We may conclude from this that there is a fire that purifies, like Ophir, "when he has tried me I shall come forth as fine gold, the gold of Ophir." Let this fire fall on Egypt too.

Fall of the Egyptian Zodiac
Foresight and Zodiac
MONSTER OUROBOROS SLAIN!
NATIONS IN TURMOIL. 
WHAT WILL THEY DO WITHOUT THE WORM?

As the constellations of this zodiac  progress, the promise of the horn  blown against the serpent Ouroboros is fulfilled in the upraised arms of the Warrior Deliverer. What this promise is we know when the top of the vessel is removed, a romantic adventure preceded by suffering and death, like matriculation at a university of epic size where you don’t know anyone and the registrar tells you you have 39 hours of class and people are shouting in Egyptian about the politics of the past. Denial even in death.

This zodiac no longer exists. That is not say it is outdated or prehistoric, which it at first looks. It no longer exists because it blew up, top and bottom, and the sides were left pitted and smoked. It was put to biscuit with another piece, the figure Foresight, which however survived, probably because it had neither top nor bottom. The irony of this happening during the heavily touted  Egyptian revolution suggests a moral decline of democracy.Initially the photos of Zodiac were posted with this statement:


"This zodiac presents constellations in the promise of a horn blown against the serpent [tyrannt] Ouroboros , fulfilled in the upraised arms of the Warrior Deliverer. Now Remove the top!

Dialogue: Nman:   You'se can't kill space and time!
Warrior:   Oh yeah? Prove it!"

The top blew off.  The overthrow of false authority sets itself up as a right. Later,  it got removed. Put to biscuit kindle an hour, inadvertently l the controls were left on high from the previous fire. The manager did not return for an hour. Turning on the fan to clear the smell (and smoke), which probably made more thermal shock, in another hour there was a  crack. Zodiac exploded all over the kiln. That was the end of democracy.

Making Democracy
 on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 12:48pm

It also exploded the bottom, but the walls stood. The metaphor appeals. Sides standing, top and bottom gone, the moisture trapped by the lid  blew out both ends. The other piece in there, Foresight, was open in its center and withstood the blast, but its porcelain face smoked terribly and pitted from the shrapnel. Is that an allegory to see things coming?  Another lesson, blow off the top and the bottom goes with it, but the walIs, history stands? Is carbon bisc the same as making democracy? It has interesting discolorations, here and there a fine powdery dust over all its surface. 

Shall we say that Foresight before the explosion was inexperienced? Foresight needs to get out of the way? Sometimes the situation is too hot to handle. Self doubt is the last thing it needs. When all the crowds are going another way it is easy to doubt. Prophets who come to mind seem sure enough, but we do not see inside. For the ordinary, go back to how to protect a family. For this, foresight is required, but there is a requirement to act on foresight, that is what the life of a father is about, acting on foresight, which you may say of the elders of Egypt, even if their faces get singed. If the top is exploded the bottom may go. That of course leaves us worse off than when we started. That the walls are still standing is something but the vessel will not hold anything. And who knows how long they stand? Do not turn up the fire too high. Paradoxically, the constellations on these walls yet exist. If the constellations are space and time, and the worm eating itself  a figure of continuity, the tyranny of life, death and creation continue. Do you count the loss of top and bottom to this universe further creation?

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