Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
I wish, I wish he’d go away...
When I came home last night at three
The man was waiting there for me
But when I looked around the hall
I couldn’t see him there at all!
Go away, go away, don’t you come back any more!
Go away, go away, and please don’t slam the door... (slam!)
Last night I saw upon the stair
A little man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
Oh, how I wish he’d go away
He wasn't young, or old, ugly or handsome; he had no shape. He didn't have a face. He was locked away in a hole, in the dark, where the sun doesn't shine. He remembered a boy that had a face that looks like him. Hollow Face had to find the boy. He had to find his face.
Until one night, Hollow Face finally found a face to steal. It was a little boy, staring out of a window. Hollow Face wanted the boy’s face more than anything else in the world. Without a face, he had nothing. So he devised a plan. First, he would separate the boy from his parents. Then he would take him back to his lair and rip off his face and wear it himself. That way, everybody would love him.
The next night Hollow Face dressed up as a man and went back to the boy’s house. He found the place that the boy with his face was hiding. He didn't know what to do. He saw his mother kissing him, and he was angry with envy because he wanted to be enough. So he devised a plan. First he would separate the boy from his mother. Then bring him to his lair and rip off his face and wear it himself.
He ran up the wall quickly. He slipped through an open window. He found the boy’s room and slipped inside. Hollow face moved closer, closer and closer… Hollow Face couldn't find the boy. The boy ran out the window to the scaffolding outside. Hollow Face ran after him, but couldn't steal his face. What Hollow Face didn't realize was that the boy’s Mother would never let him have the boy without putting up a fight.
Hollow Face fell from the scaffolding to his death, because parents are willing to do anything to protect their children. As the rain came down and the thunder rolled in the distance, the boy’s mother covered his eyes as Hollow Face sunk out of sight into the wet cement below. She whispered into his ear that it was just a bad dream. Sleep now, sleep.
Hollow Face and his fate were set when he set out to steal the face he could never have. The cement hardened and filled in the hollow of his face. The boy told his mother the story each night before bed. He wrote it down, folded it up and placed it in a wooden box. He placed the box into the hole of the tree outside his bedroom window.
Until one day, the boy became a man and had a child of his own. On her 12th birthday she climbed that old tree and found the box. She opened it up and found The Tale of Hollow Face. She spoke his name aloud, and he would awake again to claim his face.
Night after night he hid in the shadows of her room. Watching…Waiting… He devised a plan. He would separate the girl from her parents, then take her to his lair and rip off her face and wear it as his own. That way everybody would love him. And like before, her parents put up a fight and wouldn't allow Hollow Face to steal the girl’s face.
The girl didn't know the end of the story, but the boy who became a man did. He whispered in her ear that Hollow Face didn't steal the boy’s face. That his mother fought him off and he fell to his death. That parents will do anything for their children. Just then, the girl opened her eyes and gasped for air. She jumped from her nightmare into her father’s arms.
Hollow Face fell back into the dark place, the place where the sun does not shine. Until the next time his name is called.
Hollow Face is not young nor old, handsome nor ugly…He has no shape. He doesn't have a face. Without a face, he has nothing.
Beware of Hollow Face
Part of the intro of ToSNA Radio:
Is asking too many questions The Way of the Asshole?
Linguistically speaking, I am truly amazed at how people perceive and use language. The meaning behind the symbols appear to be lost, as a person projects their own perceptions and understanding of terms, regardless of context.
Take the term: as an example. There are many reasons I could give that a person could use discriminatory practice to make decisions for themselves. It is more of a moral concern for those people who use the term discriminate in a singular context.
Should we then adjust to the programming, or disrupt it to cause a new way of thinking outside the dimensional space of a perceived reality?
In my opinion, subjecting to the programming is just another method by which a system of control gains footing. I say, knock the foundation out, then work on rebuilding the framework of Man#2.
What say you?
5 Archetypal sacrifices:
The Wise Man
The symbol forms the Pentagon in the center, as many symbols do to represent the portal to the Old gods.
The Ancient One's need blood, but most of all they need your suffering.
Reminiscent of the transformation of your being, in which pain is transmuted to the 'pleasure' of the gods.
From the cradle of civilization through the modern era, blood sacrifice is believed to be the food of the Old Ones.
The pentagonal fill downward, and equally upward.
The Cabin in the Woods, Trailer
Those who toil for the gods; to save humanity.
They too have been consumed in the suffering of humanity and it's pain as a pleasure. A cult of suffering channeled to the Old ones.
The cult is consumed as humanity is exceeded as it let's go through detachment.
And the Old One's rise!
They are beyond our comprehension. Any interpretation is considered skewed to what they really are.
The words spoken in Latin, are much like the octaves
Building a ziggurat: a temple
Carried over from the Forum:
It made me think of the Solar Plexis chakra, which sits right above your belly-button. It's considered your power-center, a place for ego, and will. Where the Heart Chakra is green, considered to be your driving force for will, passion, Love.
Juxtaposed, fear in the Solar Plexis would stifle will; which is generated by your emotional center driven by Love.
I've not read the comic, so I'm just guessing here but is it possible that the name Parallax, is derived from paralysis and plexis?
When the ring chooses Hal, it senses something in him (in spite of his apparent nature) which we later find out is his power to overcome his fears (and perhaps his Wit as well). His humanity is then his strongest power. If he were to exceed his own humanity, I don't think he would have been able to defeat Parallax. It was his Love that drove his Will the most, and his ego played a huge roll in his ability to outsmart and out-Will the enemy (in both cases).
The journey of Hal Jordon from the time he receives the ring, until he fully embraces his responsibility is interesting. He doesn't necessarily change, but instead is able to be all that he is when he overcomes his fear. Placing it back in the context of the Chakras, he is able to open his crown.
I spoke to a friend of mine who is a big fan of the comics. I threw my theory at him (paralysis+solar plexis = parallax), and he thought I was going beyond what the creator intended, but it is quite possible. He had no knowledge of anything published that explained the name, only that 'yellow' represented fear on the 'emotional spectrum' and Abin Sur explains that 'fear' is intellectual vs. emotional - which is why beings with a higher-intellect suffer the most. All Parallax needs is even a glimmer of fear in the mind, and he can over power and destroy his opponent.
He did tell me the first appearance of this being is in #3, 2004, Yellow.
I did find a Wiki page that goes into a bit of the history of the character and back-story:
My friend also explains that Hal Jordon descends into madness for a time, and destroys Green Lantern Corps, then dies off for a while and is replaced with a character called Kyle Rayner (see: Vol 3, #48, "Emerald Twillight"). Since the fans never really bought into the idea that Hal Jordon becomes a mad serial killer, they bring him back as a hero.
I did find more on the 'Emotional Spectrum' in use by DC comics:
"The Emotional Spectrum is a fictional concept within the DC Universe, primarily portrayed in Green Lantern titles. Most notably, the colors of the Emotional Spectrum are harnessed as power sources by various fictional organizations wielding power rings."
" with each color corresponding to a different emotion: rage (red), avarice (orange), fear (yellow), willpower (green), hope (blue), compassion (indigo), and love (violet)."
1. Rage, Red = Root
2. Avarice, Orange = Sacral
3. Fear, Yellow = Solar Plexis
4. Will, Green = Heart
5. Hope, Blue = Throat
6. Compassion, Indigo = Third Eye
7. Love, Violet = Crown (also often represented by white)
There are also the Seven Powers in use by many religions/traditions which borrow from the East such as the Seven Powers of Santeria.
Ironically I watched 'The Believers' last night, which explored Santeria juxtaposed with Bucharia (Palo Mayombe).
At the conclusion of Green Lantern: Rebirth, Jordan, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart, Kilowog and Guy Gardner fight Parallax and re-imprison him in the Green Central Power Battery. Following the creature's defeat in Rebirth, an experienced Green Lantern (with effort) can overcome the yellow weakness by recognizing the fear behind it and facing that fear.
Parallax was the first of the seven emotional entities to be captured by Krona. When Krona invades Oa with Parallax and the other six entities and had them possess the Guardians, Parallax took over the Green Lantern Corps' central power battery, restoring its impurity and gaining control of the Green Lanterns save for Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart, and Ganthet. Parallax was eventually removed from the Green Central Power Battery, and was completely free from Krona's control, after Hal Jordan defeated and killed the rogue Guardian. Parallax is once again at large in the Universe."
**Taken from the Wiki Page on the Emotional Spectrum.
To me, this implies that while you can over-come fear, you can never truly oppress it, imprison it, or eliminate it; due to our intellectual nature. It will always be out there running rampant in the Universe.
If you think of any instance when you have ever been afraid, in the moment of fear - it is paralyzing...unless of course you are aware you are experiencing fear at that moment and can overcome it with the power of Will. In order to increase the maximum effectiveness of Will, you must drive your Will. Taking care with all of the power-centers.
If we were to write the Cthulhu Cult commandments, what would they be?
1. Ground your attention on yourself. Be conscious at every moment of what you are thinking, sensing, feeling, desiring, and doing.
2. Always finish what you have begun.
3. Whatever you are doing, do it as well as possible.
4. Do not become attached to anything that can destroy you in the course of time.
5. Develop your generosity - but secretly.
6. Treat everyone as if he or she was a close relative.
7. Organize what you have disorganized.
8. Learn to receive and give thanks for every gift.
9. Stop defining yourself.
10. Do not lie or steal, for you lie to yourself and steal from yourself.
11. Help your neighbor, but do not make him dependent.
12. Do not encourage others to imitate you.
13. Make work plans and accomplish them.
14. Do not take up too much space.
15. Make no useless movements or sounds.
16. If you lack faith, pretend to have it.
17. Do not allow yourself to be impressed by strong personalities.
18. Do not regard anyone or anything as your possession.
19. Share fairly.
20. Do not seduce.
21. Sleep and eat only as much as necessary.
22. Do not speak of your personal problems.
23. Do not express judgement or criticism when you are ignorant of most of the factors involved.
24. Do not establish useless friendships.
25. Do not follow fashions.
26. Do not sell yourself.
27. Respect contracts you have signed.
28. Be on time.
29. Never envy the luck or success of anyone.
30. Say no more than necessary.
31. Do not think of the profits your work will engender.
32. Never threaten anyone.
33. Keep your promises.
34. In any discussion, put yourself in the other person's place.
35. Admit that someone else may be superior to you.
36. Do not eliminate, but transmute.
37. Conquer your fears, for each of them represents a camouflaged desire.
38. Help others to help themselves.
39. Conquer your aversions and come closer to those who inspire rejection in you.
40. Do not react to what others say about you, whether praise or blame.
41. Transform your pride into dignity.
42. Transform your anger into creativity.
43. Transform your greed into respect for beauty.
44. Transform your envy into admiration for the values of the other.
45. Transform your hate into charity.
46. Neither praise nor insult yourself.
47. Regard what does not belong to you as if it did belong to you.
48. Do not complain.
49. Develop your imagination.
50. Never give orders to gain the satisfaction of being obeyed.
51. Pay for services performed for you.
52. Do not proselytize your work or ideas.
53. Do not try to make others feel for you emotions such as pity, admiration, sympathy, or complicity.
54. Do not try to distinguish yourself by your appearance.
55. Never contradict; instead, be silent.
56. Do not contract debts; acquire and pay immediately.
57. If you offend someone, ask his or her pardon; if you have offended a person publicly, apologize publicly.
58. When you realize you have said something that is mistaken, do not persist in error through pride; instead, immediately retract it.
59. Never defend your old ideas simply because you are the one who expressed them.
60. Do not keep useless objects.
61. Do not adorn yourself with exotic ideas.
62. Do not have your photograph taken with famous people.
63. Justify yourself to no one, and keep your own counsel.
64. Never define yourself by what you possess.
65. Never speak of yourself without considering that you might change.
66. Accept that nothing belongs to you.
67. When someone asks your opinion about something or someone, speak only of his or her qualities.
68. When you become ill, regard your illness as your teacher, not as something to be hated.
69. Look directly, and do not hide yourself.
70. Do not forget your dead, but accord them a limited place and do not allow them to invade your life.
71. Wherever you live, always find a space that you devote to the sacred.
72. When you perform a service, make your effort inconspicuous.
73. If you decide to work to help others, do it with pleasure.
74. If you are hesitating between doing and not doing, take the risk of doing.
75. Do not try to be everything to your spouse; accept that there are things that you cannot give him or her but which others can.
76. When someone is speaking to an interested audience, do not contradict that person and steal his or her audience.
77. Live on money you have earned.
78. Never brag about amorous adventures.
79. Never glorify your weaknesses.
80. Never visit someone only to pass the time.
81. Obtain things in order to share them.
82. If you are meditating and a devil appears, make the devil meditate too.
Warlock Asylum’s Interview With Cult of Cthulhu Diva- Sin Jones