Glensheen Denies Occult Rituals of Disgraced Congdon Nephew
Glensheen Denies Occult Rituals of Disgraced Congdon Nephew
At Belleau Wood a German flame-thrower splashed liquid fire into his trench, and he escaped with his life unlike some of his fellows. But much of the skin had been burned off the top of his head, including his right ear and his eyebrows. Once healed, hair grew toward the back of his head, and the scar tissue of the high forehead became less noticeable with time. However, his eyebrows remained white scars, and the right ear had burned off down to the hole. Aleister Crowley said, “The effect of that, with his one remaining devil’s-ear, was striking.”
The pic in the article with the caption "This photo is believed by some to be from Glensheen circa 1925." is from the movie The Devil Rides Out.
But at least the movie was based on a Dennis Wheatley novel with a villain who was inspired by Crowley.
"Edward Alexander"? Hmmm...
"Edward Alexander"? Hmmm...
I wondered about that too. Edward Alexander and his last name also begins with C?
Yeah, its a made up story, joining the OTO then Golden Dawn after, wasn't really possible.
Yeah, its a made up story ...
Whenever I see an article published on April 1, the mundane part of my monkey brain spidy sense kicks into "high gear" and I put on my thinking cap. Similarly, when I see an article such as the above, purpordedly discussing occult matters, which is published on or in substance occurrs on Halloween day, my Tipharetic Spidy sense similarly kicks into high gear. Perhaps a few other LaShtaL'rs will be able to spot some of the references that I miss. This article was clearly writter by a high-initiate, perhaps a fool toying with us or Pan himself! Here's my take:
"He hid slightly pointy ears with clever hair styling. But, enlisting in the armed forces to fight World War I, he suffered a military haircut. At Belleau Wood a German flame-thrower splashed liquid fire into his trench, and he escaped with his life unlike some of his fellows."
- Avoiding the endless possibilities of double-entendres with the above, I submit that while vacationing in the south of France, (just after WWI) he met some German dudes. Some stuff happened and he was initiated into a mystery cult. He experienced full-blown Kundalini awakening. The blackness of Binah left him with a permanent "black hole" where his right ear once was.
"He joined the Ordo Templi Orientis in England, and enjoyed esotericists he met in France. Then he joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, mingling with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and W.B. Yeats. "
- Again, avoiding the double-entendres, having been freed from the bonds of Malkuth, but not yet understanding this wild force unleashed in his psyche, he attempted to understand his situaiton through fellowship with other initiates.
"Returning stateside in 1923, he lived in the Glensheen attic, “like a bat,” Mrs. Congdon used to say."
- Having lived with the liquid fire of Kundalini for several years, but not yet understanding its secrets, he finally discovered the "Hanged Man" pose whereby he 'hung like a bat' during his meditations.
"Edward Alexander brought Phoenecian urns home that he had either excavated himself or purchased in back-alley antiquities markets. He believed them to contain ancient remains of child sacrifices to blasphemous elder gods. Many of these urns remain in the Glensheen collection and are sometimes accidentally rotated into the public displays by neophyte staff members unaware of the tiny bones and teeth therein. Edward Alexander wrote that “the contents of the urns had been scraped from the pyres of humanity’s cradle; the macabre residue of rituals so terrible, even cruel Rome sent armies to burn the civilization to the ground and erase it from the earth.”"
- He began to practice 'sex magick' with himself at first.
"Besides collecting and painting, Edward Alexander spent time translating occult texts and consecrating talismans. And smoking hashish, another European habit he brought home from the war. Mrs. Congdon would call upstairs, “Edward Alexander, what is that smell?” The sound of flutes and drums emanated from the attic, leading some to wonder if he had snuck visitors upstairs through the mansion’s secret passageways. "
- More 'sex magick' with real people.
"He held Duluth painting exhibitions to critical acclaim, but his entire body of work appeared to have been destroyed by fire in 1927, at a controversial exhibit in the mezzanine of the Orpheum Theater. Local pastors blamed the fire on the “Satanic influences” of the work, implying the Devil himself dwelled in the paintings which leaked the fires of Hell through the canvasses. Edward Alexander shot back in the pages of the Duluth News-Tribune: “I have been victimized by holy arsonists.” The case descended into his lawsuits and countersuits with the Orpheum, settled out of court. The origin of the mystery fire was never solved."
- 'the mezzanine of the Orpheum Theater' must be the intersection of Samekh and Peh. The canvas, of course, is 'The Tower', the screen of his subconscious mind.
"He believed in the existence of a lake beneath Lake Superior, the near-mythical Lake Inferior that swallowed a diver in 1870 only to be sealed over by the city and forgotten. Edward Alexander used ritual in attempts to access the hidden lake and raise its monsters by controlling their wills. This was dismissed by scholars until the 2019 discovery of the Glensheen diving bell. "
- Now we're getting into some real alchemical entendres. As Above, so Below. Haven't we all been swimming in the unconsciousness (Yesod) and been "swallowed" only to have been 'sealed over'???
"To date, no entrance to Lake Inferior has been found in or around the waters of the estate, but Svenson speculates it was just off the dock, and that the Congdons had it sealed over after Edward Alexander disappeared in 1930."
- Do oblingations prevent further comment here, surely the 1-93-0 is no coincidence? The one is disolved into nothingness through the secret formula, ninty-three.
"The attic was sealed and no one was admitted until exorcists could perform rituals that, three maids insisted, drove these men of the cloth insane."
- Is this 'attic' not the Supernals? The three woman (maids) are surely Venus, Isis (as Nuit) and 'The High Priestess'.
"Rumors that a self-portrait still hangs in a corner of the attic, the eyes of which follow you around the room and appear to blink at dawn, are unfounded — so it is said. "
- Is this not the 'third eye'?
"In 1948 a series of shocking nudes was discovered in the attic revealing a whole other life, a lost chapter of his oeuvre. That work is not on public view and no prints have been made. The conservators hint that the pictures have developed demonic airs over the years, suggesting actual infernal contact, or more likely (according to Svenson) retouches added over time by a cult of adepts still employed at the mansion. "
- Is this 'lost chapter' not the fourth chapter of the Book of the Law???
"Artifacts discovered in the attic included a salt and gunpowder pentagram on the floor which stained the wood with corrosion and scorches. "
- Again, we're in the Supernals, above the Abyss, but are we not talking about Earth and Fire elevated (through Spirit) to the exalted, over-and-over? Edward Alexander surely did his LBRP regularly.
"Svenson reminds us that Levi once described magic as “the fatal science of good and evil.”"
- 'Fatal science' surely involves raising the Kundalini 'consciously' above the abyss.
"It remains a possibility that Edward Alexander died inside one of the home’s obscure secret passageways, and that his body lies behind one of the many walls, or perhaps beneath the floorboards in a forgotten abattoir, inches from the soles of the tourists."
- Haven't we all died inside a secret passageway once or twice?
Whenever I see an article published on April 1, the mundane part of my monkey brain spidy sense kicks into "high gear" and I put on my thinking cap. Similarly, when I see an article such as the above, purpordedly discussing occult matters, which is published on or in substance occurrs on Halloween day, my Tipharetic Spidy sense similarly kicks into high gear. Perhaps a few other LaShtaL'rs will be able to spot some of the references that I miss. This article was clearly writter by a high-initiate, perhaps a fool toying with us or Pan himself!
Some trickster god at work there for sure! It was a fun article but that photo was what put it over the top for me. I love that scene in the movie.
Haven't we all died inside a secret passageway once or twice?
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