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Diana Reed Slattery

Here are the relevant biographical tidbits.

At age  three, I ran away from home for the first time, crossing
at least five streets before I was caught. I was a curious child, in
many senses of the word, and took exploration seriously.

At age seven, I was talked down from the 3rd story roof of our house, where I was dressed up as Wonder Woman, amusing my friends, getting ready to fly.

At  age eight, I organized the kids on my block into the Shadow
Club, and we’d send telepathic messages back and forth from our secret
basement cells.

At nine, lying under the stars in the Adirondacks, I tried to contact
alien intelligences telepathically. My message was: I know you are out
there. If you want to contact me, I promise I’ll listen.

I read nothing but science fiction and cosmology from the age of nine
through thirteen when an interest in fast boys with fast cars saved me
from a life of total geekiness, steering me instead toward a career in
petty crime, from which I was saved by the sweet chaos of the 60’s.  I
had also run out of all the science fiction in the Albany Public
Library system. I was prepared for psychedelics.

But were psychedelics prepared for me?

After much water over the dam and under burning bridges, I arrived in
the present moment, not a moment too soon.

I am an officiant for the First Transdimensional Bank, Church, and Half-Bakery, if you want to get married, christened, or buried with a fabulous ceremony.

The rest is boilerplate.

8 Responses to “Diana Reed Slattery”

  1. Everything is very open with a precise explanation of the
    challenges. It was really informative. Your website is
    very helpful. Many thanks for sharing!

     
  2. I’m sure this is not the right place to ask but… how can I get a copy of The Maze Game? There are some US sites selling it but not to Brits.
    I read a sample & was instantly hooked.

     
    • gordon hon
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    • Hi gordon, did you get the book? if not, i’ve taken over the sales temporarily as i set up new account. anyhow, i’m filling the gaps by fulfilling orders myself for a while.

       
  3. My hero! Diana….thank you for possessing the wisdom, the experience and the clairvoyant insight into the world of symbol, communication and human expression. There is nothing more magical than language. We cast spells with every word we speak. Your words, your quotes, your research, it utterly floors me, it gives me hope and reminds me that truly there ARE others out there who are not just willing to listen to the ‘invisible’, but who are actively seeking messages from those discarnate realms….LOVE and LIGHT, you are an angel, and a true inspiration to my life.
    Aloha
    Sonja

     
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  4. Glossolalia (Speaking in tongues) is the main element of dadaism. Kurt Schwitters (Die Ursonate) and the Russian Futurist Velimir Khlebnikov are well known glossolalists. Velimir Khlebnikov spend several years with the shamans in Caucasus, who use the psychoactive fungus Amanita muscaria (fly agaric or fly amanit).

    Terence McKenna speaks about the glosossolalia he experienced with mushrooms (Psylocibe cubensis). Terence McKenna says that although glosossolalia has no meaning, it stil has a syntax. Reading Khlebnikov is like listening to McKenna.

    In the letters between Khlebnikov and Majakowski, Khlebnikov explains, that he is triying to create a new language called ZAUM, based on a kind of C. G. Jung-archetypes. He was also persuaded, that history was based on algorythms, that he tried to decipher (fractals?)

    Khlebnikovs new language ZAUM was used as phonetic poems in the 1913 futuristic opera „Victory over the Sun“. Casimir Malevitches „Black Square“ was the stage set of the opera. The world premiere took place 100 years later in 2013.

    My personal experience is that „seeing“, like artist or shamans see (divinatory seeing) can only be achieved, when one (temporarily) gives up human language. An artist thinks in pictures rather than in words. In order to do so, he has to mentaly return to a stage of development of early childhood, before he learned his mothertongue.

    Of course as an artist I am particularly interested in the way artist see. But shamanistic seeing is more or less the same. “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch” Therefore all religions, and all shamanistic cults, and all spiritual traditions have sacrifice rituals. Sacrifice is allways an exchange. To give and to take. And rituals are symolic actions

    When Odin (in scandinavian mythologie) „saw“ the Runes, he hat to give one of his eyes as pawn the „Nornes“ (three old blind women guarding the source at the foot the ash „Ygdrasill“) They alowed him to drink from the holly source. During the night he was hung by his feet in the tree, head down, and wounded with a spear.

    The Edda reports nothing about, who hung him and who wounded him. Anyway, next morning his blood dripped down on a flat stone and then he „saw“ the runes in his blood. Homer the author of the odyssey was blind. Marshall McLuhan points out, that the blindness of Homer has a symbolic meaning. Homer had to be blind in order to create the epic story.

     
    • What a great comment! I knew the Odin story, one of the great origin of language stories, but not all the gory details. And the material about the dadaists and futurists is fascinating. I especially agree about going beyond the veil of language into vision. It’s a very great relief I find.
      If you feel so inclined, you might post some of your favorite links to the material you have mentioned. You url indicates you are a serious sailor. Is there a link for your artwork?

      Best,
      Diana

       
  5. Cannabis in Alchemical Literature: Green Lion, Philosopher’s Stone

    Three things suffice for the work: a white smoke, which is water; a green Lion, which is the ore of Hermes, and a fetid water… The stone, known from the chapters of books, is white smoke and water.

    Michael Maier
    Atalanta Fugiens

    Of this self-same body, which is the matter of the Stone, three things are chiefly said; that it is a green Lion, a stinking Gum, and a white Fume. Having twelve pounds of Green Lion thus brought into gum, thou mayst believe…

    St. Dunstan (pseudo)
    Philosophia Maturata

    A green Gum called our green Lyon, which Gum dry well, yet beware thou not burn his Flowers nor destroy his greenness.

    Sir George Ripley
    The Bosome-Book of Sir George Ripley

    You will see marvelous signs of this Green Lion, such as could be bought by no treasures of the Roman Leo. Happy he who has found it and learned to use it as a treasure!

    Paracelsus
    The Treasure of Treasures

    Perfect bodies we naturally calcine with the first, without adding any impure body but one commonly called by philosophers the green lion, and this is the medium for perfectly combining the tinctures of the Sun and Moon.

    The Golden Tract

    Then the sowing of the field can take place, and you obtain the Mineral Stone, and the Green Lion that imbibes so much of its own spirit.

    The Glory of the World

    Beware therefore of many, and hold thee to one thing. This one thing is naught else but the lyon greene…

    Bloomfield’s Blossoms

    Green Lion, Bird of Hermes, Goose of Hermogenes, two-edged sword in the hand of the Cherub the Tree of Life, etc.; it is our true, secret vessel, and the Garden of the Sages in which our Sun rises and sets.

    The Three Treatises of Philalethes

    You have then nourished and dissolved the true lion with the blood of the green lion.

    The Golden Tripod

    I know well this Lyon Greene…

    Hunting of the Greene Lyon

    I have seen the Green Catholic Lion, and the Blood of the Lion, i.e., the Gold of the Sages, with my own eyes, have touched it with my hands, tasted it with my tongue, smelled it with my nose.

    Heinrich Khunrath

    Upon the delicate leaves thereof it retaineth for our use that sweet heavenly honey which is called the manna, and, although it be of a gummy, oily, fat, and greasy substance, it is, notwithstanding, unconsumable by any fire.

    Rabelais
    Gargantua and Pantagruel

    This is called the blessed stone; this earth is white and foliated, wherein the Philosophers do sow their gold… The fourth color is Ruddy and Sanguine, which is extracted from the white fire only.

    Jean dEspagnet
    The Hermetic Arcanum

    O how many are the seekers after this gum, and how few there are who find it! Know ye that our gum is stronger than gold, and all those who know it do hold it more honorable than gold… Our gum, therefore, is for Philosophers more precious and more sublime than pearls…

    Turba Philosophorum

    Therefore I affirm that the Universal Medicine for bodies is the philosophic gold, after it has been separated and drawn to the highest state of perfection. Our common gold has absolutely nothing in common with the philosophic gold we use to begin our task. In that respect common gold is dead and clearly useless.

    Philip a Gabella
    Consideratio Brevis

    By gold I mean our green gold- not the adored lump, which is dead and ineffectual.

    Thomas Vaughan
    Aula Lucis

    Take the fire, or quicklime, of which the philosophers speak, which grows on trees, for in that God himself burns with divine love.

    Gloria Mundi

    It appears then that this Stone is a Vegetable, as it were, the sweet Spirit that proceeds from the Bud of the Vine…

    Count Bernard Trevisan
    Verbum Dismissum

    Trust my word, seek the grass that is trefiol. Thou knowest the name, and art wise and cunning if thou findest it.

    The Sophic Hydrolith

    You ought to know concerning the Quintessence, that it is a matter little and small, lodged and harbored in some Tree, Herb, Stone, or the like…

    The Tomb of Semiramis

    It contains the fire of Nature, or the Universal Spirit; with Air as its vehicle it contains Water, which must be separated in the beginning of the work, and also earth which remains behind in the form of caput mortuum, where the fire has left it, and is the true Red Earth wherein the fire dwelt for a while. The subject, duly collected, should not be less than eight nor more than sixteen ounces: place it in a china or glazed basin and cover it loosely to keep the dust out.

    Sigismond Bacstrom
    Rosicrucian Aphorisms and Process

    Long have I had in my nostrils the scent of the herb moly which became so celebrated thanks to the poets of old… this herb is entirely chemical. It is said that Odysseus used it to protect himself against the poisons of Circe and the perilous singing of the Sirens. It is also related that Mercury himself found it and that it is an effective antidote to all poisons. It grows plentifully on Mount Cyllene in Arcadia…

    Michael Maier
    Septimana Philosophica

    Our secret fire, that is, our fiery and sulfurous water, which is called Balneum Mariae… This water is a white vapor.

    The Secret Book of Artephius

    Know the secret fire of the wise, which is the one and sole agent efficient for the opening, subliming, purifying, and disposing of the material.

    Letter to the True Disciples of Hermes

    Study, then, this fire, for had I myself found it at the first, I should not have erred two hundred times upon the veritable material.

    John Pontanus
    The Secret Fire

    No philosopher has ever openly Revealed this secret fire, and this powerful Agent, which works all the Wonders of the Art.

    The Hermetic Triumph

    Mercury, i.e. the white flower, can be used and applied to the tinctures of all planets.

    The Little Peasant

    Our true and real Matter is only a vapor… This Green Dragon is the natural Gold of the Philosophers, exceedingly different from the vulgar, which is corporeal and dead… but ours is spiritual, and living… Our Gold is called Natural, because it is not to be made by Art, and since it is known to none, but the true Disciples of Hermes, who understand how to separate it from its original Lump, tis also called Philosophical; and if God had not been so gracious, as to create this first Chaos to our hand, all our Skill and Art in the Construction of the great Elixir would be in vain.

    Baron Urbigerus
    Aphorismi Urbigerani

    This stone is of delicate touch, and there is more mildness in its touch than in its substance. Of sweet taste, and its proper nature is aerial.

    Khalid said: Tell me of its odor, before and after its confection.

    Morienus answered: Before confectioning, its odor is very heavy and foul. I know of no other stone like it nor having its powers. While the four elements are contained in this stone, it being thus like the world in composition, yet no other stone like it in power or nature is to be found in the world, nor has any of the authorities ever performed the operation other than by means of it. And the compositions attempted by those using anything else in this composition will fail utterly and come to nothing. The thing in which the entire accomplishment of this operation consists of the red vapor, the yellow vapor, the white vapor, the green lion, ocher, the impurities of the dead and of the stones, blood, eudica, and foul earth.

    Begin in the Creators name, and with his vapor take the whiteness from the white vapor. The whole key to accomplishment of this operation is in the fire, with which the minerals are prepared and the bad spirits held back, and with which the spirit and body are joined.

    In answer to you question about the white vapor, or virgins milk, you may know that it is a tincture and spirit of those bodies already dissolved and dead, from which the spirits have been withdrawn. It is the white vapor that flows in the body and removes its darkness, or earthiness, and impurity, uniting the bodies into one and augmenting their waters.

    Without the white vapor, there could have been no pure gold nor any profit in it.

    The Book of Morienus

    Let it be sublimed in an high body and head…

    Geber
    Search of Perfection

    Our Subject cannot be called the fiery Serpent of the Philosophers, nor have the power of overcoming any created thing, before it has received such Virtue and Quality from our Green-Dragon…

    Baron Urbigerus
    Aphorismi Urbigerani

    The Labyrinth of the World and the Paradise of the Heart, chapter 12, “The Pilgrim Examines Alchemy”:

    Another burned his eyes out, and was thus unable to supervise the calcination and the fixation: or bleared his sight with smoke to such an extent that before he cleared his eyes the nitrogen escaped. Some died of asphyxiation from the smoke. But for the greatest part they did not have enough coal in their bags and were obliged to run about to borrow it elsewhere, while in the meantime their concoction cooled off and was utterly ruined. This was of very frequent, in fact of almost constant, occurrence. Although they did not tolerate anyone among themselves save such as possessed full bags, yet these seemed to have a way of drying up very rapidly, and soon grew empty: they were obliged either to suspend their operations or to run away to borrow.

    These blear’d eyes
    Have wak’d to read your several colours, sir,
    Of the pale citron, the green lion, the crow,
    The peacock’s tail, the plumed swan.
    Thou has descry’d the flower, the sanguis agni?

    Ben Jonson
    The Alchemist

    I have cast fire upon the earth, and see, I watch until it blazes.
    Gospel of Thomas

    See also Shakespeare sonnet 76, Knights Templar cannabis recipe in Villard Folio: www.villardman.net/sample3testtry.html

    “Those who took my pamphlet at all seriously told themselves, in that bored tone which from the first had characterized the debate, that now the old useless labors on this wearisome question were to begin all over again…

    “‘It is the aim of this pamphlet’–so I ended up all to melodramatically, but it corresponded with my feelings at that time–‘to help in giving the schoolmaster’s book the wide publicity it deserves. If I succeed in that, then may my name, which I regard as only transiently and indirectly associated with this question, be blotted from it at once…

    “‘The pamphlet on the giant mole has once more been sent to us. Years ago we remember having had a hearty laugh over it. Since then it has not become more intelligible, nor we more hard of understanding. But we simply refuse to laugh at it a second time.'”

    Franz Kafka, “The Village Schoolmaster”

     
    • Ryan Murtha
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    • Very informative, indeed.

       

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