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"Solvitur ambulando" which does not mean: "Call the Ambulance!"


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At the end of Chapter 0  THE MAGICAL THEORY OF THE UNIVERSE (of Magick in theory and practice Crowley evokes the phrase "Solvitur ambulando" (and then adds, "which does not mean: "Call the Ambulance!"") .  Solvitur ambulando actually translates as, "it is solved by walking" and walking as an exercise in attaining spiritual clarity is an old truth e.g. pilgrimages of various cultures, Sufis, Wiccans, Zen Buddhists, the walks of poets, the American Indian "vision quest" and the Aboriginal "dreamtime."  Obviously the breathing eventually becomes deep and regular with each step and it induces a natural meditative state.

This link  http://www.artofmanliness.com/2013/04/22/solvitur-ambulando-it-is-solved-by-walking/ shows how modern writers and thinkers have picked up on this.  By the way this has nothing specifically to do with Kumbhakam exercise from Liber RV vel Spiritus sub figurâ CCVI.

However (from the wiki) there is apparently another interpretation of "Solvitur ambulando" which is "The problem is solved by a practical experiment."  Diogenes of Sinope, also known as "Diogenes the Cynic", is said to have replied to the argument that motion is unreal by standing up and walking away.  The phrase appears early in Lewis Carroll's "What the Tortoise Said to Achilles". Achilles uses it to accentuate that he was indeed successful in overtaking Tortoise in their race to empirically test one of Zeno's paradoxes of motion.

Why would Crowley suddenly put it at the end of Chapter 0  THE MAGICAL THEORY OF THE UNIVERSE?  Is it a reference to Zeno's paradoxes of motion or is he suggesting that the content of Chapter 0 is so befuddling that the reader needs clarity and therefore needs a walking session as described above? 


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It appears as though he has just finished several paragraphs of demonstrating that the only knowledge we can ever really have is that of pure mathematics, learned best through the study of qabalah. He then counters with the observation that one will get nowhere in practical work if one restricts oneself to perfection in the arena of knowledge without attempting to apply it (however imperfectly) to the world in which one finds oneself.

I'd say he's appealing to Diogenes and Carroll in that, as important as study may be to provide a solid foundation, life must ultimately be lived, not theorized.

A rough translation to the modern idiom: Get off your ass and get to work!


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"Tao" wrote:
It appears as though he has just finished several paragraphs of demonstrating that the only knowledge we can ever really have is that of pure mathematics, learned best through the study of qabalah. He then counters with the observation that one will get nowhere in practical work if one restricts oneself to perfection in the arena of knowledge without attempting to apply it (however imperfectly) to the world in which one finds oneself.

I'd say he's appealing to Diogenes and Carroll in that, as important as study may be to provide a solid foundation, life must ultimately be lived, not theorized.

A rough translation to the modern idiom: Get off your ass and get to work!

Oh I see that now ,("The problem is solved by a practical experiment.")  thanks.


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Glad I could help. 🙂


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"Tao" wrote:
Glad I could help. 🙂

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awesome fotos 🙂 thanks so much for sharing them!

And I would be personally amiss if I did not mention that the most (perhaps) famous wearer of plus fours in the world is Tintin 🙂


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"christibrany" wrote:
awesome fotos 🙂 thanks so much for sharing them!

And I would be personally amiss if I did not mention that the most (perhaps) famous wearer of plus fours in the world is Tintin 🙂

I'm confused or maybe the phantom dematerializing, non-local thread- transporting demon is at work?


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i am confused too. must have been some kind of weird caching thing. cuz i was on the thread with the AC photos from France and Asia. oh well!


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Anyway walking can be a form of meditation.


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