The Formula of the Yantra of yearning
If there are 6 helixes (janus head included) in the painting, I think most of us pictures a circle with these as the numbers in a clock. And we'll get the macro zodiac of the great year. The stars orbits around each other while also the whole solar system rotates.
The question is if he altered the formula? According to the letters in Zos speaks!, he's already began to write The living word of zos and Logomachy in 1949.I've got five magical stele's, and they also (3 of them) show the rotation of the solar system: 90 degrees for each stele.
Did Grant comment on the formula of The Yantra of yearning?
It's my opinion that you are over-thinking it, as they say. This picture is one of several sidereal portraits he did of the actress Katherine Hepburn, the features of whose face evidently fascinated him. The pencil detail above and behind the portrait consists for the most part of figures emerging from flowing arabesque; I don't think there's any symbolism there. The head which you refer to as a janus head occurs in other pictures of Spare of this period that I have seen, for instance in a portrait of Kenneth Grant, and in a sketchbook.
'Yantra of Yearning' was a title coined by Grant. Spare used to invite friends around from time to time in order to title pictures. There is an earlier artist's label on the backboard under the present one, but I cannot make out what the title was. It may have been one of his generic titles such as 'Lonely Longing', and perhaps one can understand how that might transform to 'Yantra of Yearning'; but that's just a wild guess on my part.
I have a magical stele, 'Protection from Evil People', and I'm looking at it now as I type this response to your post. However, I can't see any depiction there of the rotation of the solar system.
No, Kenneth never commented to me on any formula in the picture. I acquired the picture at auction in 2003, and showed him the picture, so if there was any formula that he was aware of he would probably have told me.
Thanks for the information! Keep up the good work!
Note: Katherine Hepburn was a movie STAR :=)
Note: Every man and every woman is a star.
Aye! Aye! Cheers for that! Bartender (Master Therion)! "A round of sanctified Sirian water 93%, chilled, to everybody!"
Here are the three paintings I mentioned, in correct sequence: https://www.scribd.com/doc/309748048/The-Formula-Of-Zos-Vel-Thanatos-The-Triune-Magical-Steles-Of-Revealing
What's your take on The Nibiru Mythos, folks? Did Crowley, Grant or Spare discuss such hypotetical events openly?
You describe the third stele shown in your link as coming from one of the best galleries on the web. A pity, then, that it is so vertically stretched when compared to the original picture. If they are one of the best, I'd hate to see the worst.
These three aren't the only steles to show a complex of lines and angles at the heart of the picture. A similar complex occurs in the picture 'Man is a Bundle of Ids'. Also, see plate 1 in the 2013 edition of Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God, which reproduces a sketch by Spare from a similar period; it too shows the complex of lines and angles.
Thus, there's rather more than a triune here.
Yes, I've seen "The Man is a bundle of Ids painting. Although it contains the same rectangle, the same motif, and has relevance I wouldn't exactly categorize it as a stele. And, yes, other steles plays their part of the grand scheme, I agree. The rotation of the three, however, are not arbitrary, and I can't find other steles with a huge rectangle in the midst, so I won't take back my claims. The three steles are also bound together by the red thread of stellar wars. I appreciate your correction and view on it.
As was said in the: https://www.scribd.com/doc/306755484/Zos-Speaks-Through-His-Magical-Steles
, the elementals rotates 180 degrees. One can see the red dwarf changing position 180 degrees to the dog in the second painting, it again travels 180 degrees to the green snake (the snake and dragon of Sirius).
Aos rotates 180 in the first painting, then he rotates down 180 degrees to the injured Nephtys (both representatives of the earth), which again rotates 180 degrees to Aos position in the third painting.
The picture in the pdf is not representative of the pictures in the gallery (check out the link).
After studying the Man is a bundle of Ids painting I've actually changed my opinion. It's composition and motifs, for instance the inner part of the spiral, makes it particular interesting to the stele I entitled The Thoth stele. The fourfold Sigils in the forhead of the Ids are also seen in The Magical stele. It adds valuable information to Three steles mentioned earlier in the thread. I now think it absolutely can be seen as a part of the last third of the sequence.
A link to the wonderful Land of Zos: http://www.landofzos.com/product/man-is-a-bundle-of-ids-by-austin-osman-spare-3/
I think it's interesting to take a closer look at the tarot layout in Zos Speaks!
The layout consists of laying out the cards in four rows of 9 which adds up to 36 (180 degrees in Goetia). One half of a circle OR helix. I prefer the hypothesis that the helix is triple, if they move in a traditional Great year manner, but i might be wrong.
As we know theres the snake of Nephtys and the one of Sirius. The full circle of 360 degrees (or 72 in Goetia).
The fourfold sigils in the head of the Man is a bundle of IDS are fourfold (again a reference to the bones of the Ids).
We can divide 9's in three parts of 3's. I don't think it's as simple as saying that these are the numbers we need, it only refers to the half circle and the halftruths (the one half of caduceus). For if we intertwine the two snakes of Nephtys and Isis, which contains the 3 bones of the IDS or 9 in this example we'll get the quadrangles of the ids.
For didn't he write in Zos Speaks! "Man is a traverser: the puppet of some grim jester: forgot to pack his gear (the sacred letters: left sentience behind: are we deeper than our mimicry".
The spiralisation process could be done in several ways. One unconventional hypothesis which conjoins the helixes with the form of the circle or spiral is of course two snakes which zigzags around, racing each other, in a circle. In the last part of the sequence, of the three steles, the triangles are finding their right place in a vortex like pattern. One could say that the hypothesis also covers that aspect. It would cover the circle (quadrangle) entirely of quadrangles.
Or one could let the two elementals orbit around each other in a triple helix and fold/zip it together. A conventional Zodiac of orbiting stars and an orbiting star system are probably too easy?