Sloka Three: Aengus and Etain
Sanskrit name for Antares, the massive reddish gold star in the heart of the Scorpion. This consort belongs to the Huntress Strain, the first women to bleed although it was the seductresses of the Sultress Strain who bled most profusely.
twilight talk dakinis make:
In Sanskrit twilight talk is sandha-bhasa, "intentional language" used by the Sultress women, "a secret, dark, ambiguous language in which a state of consciousness is expressed by an erotic term and the vocabulary of mythology or cosmology is charged with sexual meanings." (Eliade, Yoga: Immortality and Freedom)
Long Chen Pa: Long Chen Rab Jam [1308 - 1363], Tibetan sage revered in the Nyingma/Dzogchen tradition for his vast learning and pellucid articulation of Buddhist wisdom. Lines from the opening passage of "The Jewel Ship" (You Are the Eyes of the World, translated by Kennard Lipman and Merrill Peterson.)
Jambudvipa: Legendary Indo-Tibetan name for the earth. This is one of a handful of words that sound in English almost like they do in Andromedan, a language characterized by the close packing of consonants and erosion of vowels in echoic effects due to pronounciation on the in-breath so that the body shudders as it speaks. There is an untranslatable allusion: the "sound of dropping fruit" recalls "dropping vowels" in Andromedan speech, fruit and vowel being homonymns. This play on words initially intrigued Asuramaya with the prospect that Andromedan tales of earth-lives might be rendered in earthbound language.
Andromedan term for tinted gas clouds such as the Orion Nebula, locale of the Aeonic template for humanity. Pleromic Stains appear everywhere through the cosmos in the form of luminescent clouds, the cradles of star-birth. The orbiting Hubble telescope has captured many images of such nebulae, whose number is infinite. The arising of Stains throughout the myriad universes is chaotically timed, not sequentially timed. The Stains arise in Dark Matter like multicolored bubbles appearing on the surface of heated pitch. There is no before or after in the "evolution" of worlds, only the perpetual Becoming in which matter and awareness are co-eternal.
Aengus and Etain:
In Celtic myth known to bards of the Wending Sea, Aengus is an earthside reflection of Vishnu. His story was celebrated among the Tuatha de Danaan, indigenous folk of the Western Isles whose supreme goddess was the riverine nymph, Dana. Her curvaceous daughter, Boanne, is a river that flows sinuously past New Grange, north of Dublin. In the crook of the river, Aengus was born of Boanne and the Dagda, a vaporous Nephilim of the Orion stock. This is a typical tale of theogamy involving the earthbound mother and the god-like celestial father.
Dharma Vane: A spectacularly steep, razor-sharp peak in the Pallas Limb where Andromedans often cruise to sharpen their cohabiting memories. Mirror image of Machapuchare in the Himalayas.
Menat: Ritual necklace worn by Egyptian priestesses dedicated to Hathor, the Egyptian Eve, supreme mother goddess of the Kerali Strain. According to Wallace Budge, "The might of the male and female organs of generation, mystically considered, was supposed to be united therein." In the Egyptian Zodiac the menat was associated with the space stretching between the stars Arcturus in the Herdsman, and Antares in the Scorpion. (Barbara Walker, The Woman’s Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects)
the Reef, Corona Borealis:
Constellation of the Northern hemisphere, called Ariadne’s Crown, identified in Celtic mythology with the caer (magic tower, ring or womb) of the sky-goddess Arianrhod. It consists of an exquisite circlet of seven stars in the form of a diadem. The Reef is popular with Andromedans who cruise there to observe intimate secrets carried in the hearts of human beings, for they detect within the circlet a deep lagoon where all human longing dies into the surf, emerges from the surf, following the subtle cadence of Vishnu’s Dreaming.
galactic isophotes: Spectral boundaries of the Milky Way, the edge of the local region of the Orion Arm seen from within. Near the Lyre the isophotes present the outlines of an immense shoal above which floats Cygnus, the Divine Swan. Sheliak, beta Lyrae, magnitude 3.5-4.5, is a distinct white variable binary in Lyra, just on the edge of the shoal. The yellowish star Sulafat, gamma Lyrae, magnitude 3.3, a hair’s breadth from Shelliac in the direction of Cygnus, signals the apparition of the Ring Nebula, M57, a Pleromic Stain rumored to harbour Anthropic elements. This makes cruising Andromedans curious, so they like to sneak a look down into its smoky, opal-cored vortex before sliding on toward the Swan.
Ma’ at: Egyptian Goddess of the Feather, representing the delicate balance of cosmic symbiosis. Her vulture-totem was identified with Vega by Egyptian astronomers who discussed precessional timing with Asuramaya in his Egyptian life as Nefer-Hat-Shu, "Beloved of Earth and Sky," around 2525 BCE (reckoned by earthside calendrics).
through the sacred Lyre as if a membrane:
Rites of composition preserved in the bardic annals of the Wending Sea refer to the seven stars of Corona Borealis. The stars resonate to an octave repeated by the plasmic surf that beats on the Reef, but the sound is inaudible, even to the subliminal faculties of Andromedans, until it is converted into divinatory signs and signatures proper to the sullen art and craft of the human doubles of Andromedan bards, shamanic treasure-hunters who carry the Lyran motifs down into the realm of Gaian minerals, the home of Hades who abducted Kore. This gives an edge to earthbound poetics rarely found elsewhere in the cosmos. Without this pathos human life, so fraught with betrayal in the cause of love, might be truly unbearable.
Only the one who has played the lyre
the birth betrayed / the marriage spent: Lyrics borrowed from Leonard Cohen, The Future, 1993.
Serpentaria: Andromedan name for the constellation of Serpens, part of Ophiuchus, the Snaketamer. It stretches from above the Scorpion northward toward the diadem of Corona Borealis so that it looks as if the Serpent is writhing upwards to pierce its trapezoidal head through the starry circlet. Contemplating this spectacle as they dreamed in the arms of Sultress women, Orion Men imagined the secret yoga technique of sat-chakra-nirupana, "piercing the seven chakras" with the ascending current of the Serpent Fire, Kundalini. (The Serpent Power, Sir John Woodruffe) For Andromedans, Serpentaria is the Yosemite of stellar zones.
Aurora Consurgens: A café on Andromeda frequently bilocated by refugee mystics from the 60s. Also, a masterwork of Western mysticism by Jacob Boehme. The commemorative pewter dish of Boehme’s illumination holds bicorne salsa on M31.
no one’s sleep: Rilke’s epitaph: "Rose – oh pure contradiction, desire, / To be no one’s sleep under so many Lids." The phrase makes a pun in German: Lidern, "lids," Liedern, "song, poems." Rilke’s intuition that life and death are one is evidence of Andromedan apposition.
Material by John Lash and Lydia Dzumardjin: Copyright 2002 - 2017 by John Lash.