The Pencil and the Manifestation of The Creative Idea into The Physical World

Drawing-8-Into-The-Maze-12-8-2008Above: “Into The Maze” – pen and ink with colored pencils on paper – 12.8.2008

“Think about what happens when you write or draw with a pencil. At the point of the pencil a very interesting phenomenon occurs; as you mark on the paper the idea or image which is resident in your mind… changes worlds; and becomes manifest on the paper… as a text or as a picture.” – Kabbalah and Freemasonry – W. Kirk MacNulty, 32 degree

I came across this interesting idea yesterday while I was doing some research for my novel, “The Late Great American Novel.” You can’t have a great American novel full of secret societies and conspiracies without Freemasons (and mystics) – right?

I found out during my reading that each of the 3 degrees to becoming a Freemason includes 3 tools symbolic to the degree, with the pencil being one of the tools of the 3rd degree. The text I was reading had a very mystical bent and spent a great deal of time on the process of transformation of the person, and the manifestation of the spiritual in the physical world – As Above So Below – as they say.

By the time I got to the 3rd degree in my reading, and came across the quote about the pencil I was very caught up in the thinking of the writer. I was very taken with the idea of a pencil as a magik tool – as a means of bringing the idealized world of my thoughts into the physical world with a drawing.

What an amazing idea that is… somehow I’m going to work that into the novel.

About the drawing – This is from December 8, 2008 and is called “Into The Maze” – pen and ink with colored pencils on paper. My conscious thoughts about this drawing involved the various incarnations of Thoth/Hermes/Mercury/Quetzalcoatl upon the path of life.

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The Turning – Kukulkan – 9-11-9


The Return of The Plumed Serpent

So many different stories, myths, legends, and names: Kukulkan, Ququmatz, Quetzalcoatl, The Plumed Serpent, The Precious Twin, The Giver of Calenders, The Bearded White Man, The Keeper of Wisdom, Intelligence and Self-Reflection, Thoth of Egypt and some would even claim – Jesus Christ.

In every story he’s a benevolent Man-God of love and compassion, who left us but said he would return someday.

From Wikipedia: Quetzalcoatl:

Some Mormon scholars believe that Quetzalcoatl, as a white, bearded God who came from the sky and promised to return, was actually Jesus Christ. According to the Book of Mormon, Jesus visited the American natives after his resurrection.

Latter-day Saint President John Taylor wrote:

“The story of the life of the Mexican divinity, Quetzalcoatl, closely resembles that of the Savior; so closely, indeed, that we can come to no other conclusion than that Quetzalcoatl and Christ are the same being. But the history of the former has been handed down to us through an impure Lamanitish source, which has sadly disfigured and perverted the original incidents and teachings of the Savior’s life and ministry.”

I find it to be more than curious that so many cultures over the course of human history have encountered this strange, benevolent Man-God – and that his return has been prophesied over and over again.

For the Maya, Kukulkan holds a place of special reverence – when he first came he gave them their calenders and taught them to stop the practice of human sacrifice, among other things. One day, when his appointed time had come, he left by the sea, but promised he would return again someday.

I have a few questions for those with ears to hear:

Do you have oil in your lamp?

Do you hear the sounds of the Great Procession?

Come listen, for a Great Kingdom is coming near the Home of Man…

Behold, I hear the sound of a great feast approaching – I see a great city, and it is coming like a wonder in the clouds, a Light above lights, a Glory greater than all the glory of the Earth.

A change? A shaking? A sorting of the sheep and the goats? Many strange days are ahead, but do not fear, the battle has already been fought and mankind has a champion, a brother who has already gone this way many times before – and like he promised, he will return for the day that has been appointed.

But get yourself ready, because we won’t be going this way again – not in this lifetime anyway. I just thought you should know…

This Has Been A Message from Ho Ik – The Wind of Hermes and Mercury,
just one of the forward-looking service provided by

PS. If all of this story has seemed veiled, strange or mysterious so far, that’s alright, because it has to be for now.

If this was a road-trip I’d probably tell you to relax and settle in – we have a long road ahead of us, but we have an early enough start so you won’t miss anything.

Soon the 6th night will be upon us, and the hard, winter cold… then I will be able to tell you long stories around the fire while we sip on cups of hot coffee – then I will tell you about The Books of Days…

This is The Turning – A Serial: A story about time, being human, bipolar disorder, god(s), creation, history, Mayan calenders, astrology, space, the sub-conscious mind, quantum physics, American Christianity and the coming Long Cycle – among other things…

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