I have created a new logo for hyperRitual, for my new business cards. It is a sign for Uranus (Ouranos), who has featured largely in my magical work, and will have a significant role in the robomancy stuff I am developing.
Astrologically modern interpretations associate Uranus with the principles of genius, individuality, new and unconventional ideas, discoveries, electricity, inventions, and the beginnings of the industrial revolution [cf. cybernetics]. Uranus governs societies, clubs, and any group dedicated to humanitarian or progressive ideals [cf. transhumanism]. Uranus, the planet of sudden and unexpected changes, rules freedom and originality. In society, it rules radical ideas and people, as well as revolutionary events that upset established structures. // Wikipedia: Planets in Astrology: Uranus
The symbol may be variously interpreted, but I prefer to see it as suggesting transition over, above, or beyond the ordinary or traditional magic circle, which is what hyper-ritual has always been about.
Liberation is indefinitely progressive. // Paul Foster Case
Cf. degrees of freedom.
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- Heinz von Foerster, “On Constructing a Reality,” Understanding Understanding: Essays on Cybernetics and Cognition. Accurately, the quote is: “The ethical imperative: Acts always so as to increase the number of choices” (emphasis in original).
- Peter J. Carroll, “Principia Chaotica,” Liber Kaos.
I dreamed last night of a Second Life cult called (the) Zephron (not to be confused with zefron), and filled in some details upon waking. They were named after Zephyr, the west wind of the Greek Anemoi (cf. Oneiroi). They were the wind of change, using magic to gently nudge probabilities in favor of the Singularity and other transhuman fruits. They possessed a magical anemometer that measured the speed of technological changes they induced. Their meetings were recognized by the presence of hyacinth flowers.
There are many common themes between Transhumanism and different religions (Christianity, Buddhism, etc). There are also many new religions and sects based on Transhumanism. We’ll come together to discuss these overlaps and their sources.
I will be representing technopaganism, and will probably have something or two to say about cybernetics, as I usually do during h+ meetings. I may also touch on the idea of robotheosis.
What: Seattle h+ (Transhumanism) meeting
When: Friday, September 3, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: Jigsaw Renaissance, 1026 Madison St., Seattle, WA 98104
Who: All are welcome to attend