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Mercury Rising


27 June 2001...August 2001
(24 pgs.)

NOTE: The entire graphic of this Issue before they were colorized by Jeremy Cox used to be here but they seem to have been removed :-(.


Compare the cover with the following Escher prints

Bond of Union

Mercury rising is an astrological term, if you have Mercury rising it means the planet Mercury was rising on the Eastern horizon when you were born. Hermes is Mercury, messenger of the gods, a "language-god" as he's called in this Issue. The phrase is used in order to introduce the character of Mercury.
Another reference is to an increase in temperature. Here is some information from NASA about the astronomy of the planet Mercury rising in the sky. Mercury Rising is also the name of a website dedicated to Sting which seems to have become defunct, a Bruce Willis movie and a type of wine.
I doubt whether Alan Moore meant a reference to any of the latter 3.

The Stacia/Grace Brannagh version of Promethea manages to destroy Jellyhead a new villain whilst in Hod Prometheas (5) and (6) get trapped on a Moebius strip and meet up with a giant Hermes who explains about chess, mathematics and language. He takes them to meet Aleister Crowley, Austin Osman Spare and John Dee. Spare accompanies them for a short distance.
Back in our world Promethea has overcome the entire Evil 8 and threatens to kill the possessed mayor.

“I figure, if the Painted Doll’s really dead this time, New York’s got a science-villain opening.” – Jellyhead, pg 1
“I’m running things now, and just between us, I’ve a teensy bit of a temper.” – Promethea 2(b), pg 3
“We’re in the mercurial realm of language, magic and intellect” – Promethea(6), pg 4
“I guess that telling stories with pictures is the first kind of written language.” – Promethea(6)
“Heh. Probably that’s why Promehtea’s mostly appeared in comic books this last century. Gods used to be in tapestries, but now they’re in strips.” – Barbara(5), pg. 5
“…language, it shapes our whole consciousness, how we put ideas together. Even our concepts of time. Before we had command of language, we couldn’t record events in the past…”- Promethea(6)
“Yeah, well, an eloquent never forgets.” – Promethea(5), pg. 5
“That must be one of those neural pathways you hear about.” – Promethea(6)
“Yeah and I guess those are logic gates.” – Promethea(5), pg 6
“…all this math and language and reason…why do I feel there’s something behind it that’s so intricate, it’s insane?” – Promethea(5)
“I guess it’s where genius shades into madness.” – Promethea(6), pgs 8-9
“…a loop in space I can understand…but a loop through time, that’s like infinity. That means it goes on forever.” – Barbara(5), pg 9
“I’m suddenly getting the notion that it’s what thoughts and ideas are made from. It’s ideoplasm or something.” – Promethea(6), pg 10
“Well, well. The Promethea idea. I had you in …what? The fifth century? I must say you’ve taken your time getting here.” – Hermes Trismegistus, pg 12
“I think introductions are in order…though there’s seldom order in introductions.” – Hermes Trismegisuts, pg 14
“Hod’s where all the form seen in the lower spheres of dream and matter has its origins. All perceivable form is made from this quicksilver stuff. We call it language.” – Thoth, pg 15
“…that doesn’t matter here. It’s all a story, isn’t it? It’s all fiction. All language. It can change like quicksilver.” – Hermes Trismegistus, pg. 17
“Real life. Now there’s a fiction for you! What’s it made from? Memories? Impressions? A sequence of pictures, a scattering of half-recalled words…Disjointed hieroglyphic comic strips. Unwinding in our recollection…language.” – Hermes Trismegistus, pg 17
“Mathematics is a language, a human invention, a fiction…and yet it creates such elegant form. It creates splendor. It creates truth.” – Hermes Trismegistus, pg 17
“What could be more appropriate than for a language-god to manifest through the original pictographic form of language.” – Hermes
“ like what are you saying?” – Promethea(6)
“What am I saying? I’m saying some fictions might have a real god hiding beneath the surface of the page. I’m saying some fictions might be alive…That’s what I’m saying.” – Hermes, pgs 16-17
“Knowing your tastes, I imagine ‘mine’ would be the younger of these divinely escorted ladies?” – Crowley, pg 19
“I wonder would it distress you greatly if I kissed your behind?” – Crowley, pg 19
“That’s just Crowley’s way. Sometimes even I can’t stand the chap. He does a lot of it to irritate Dee of course.” – Spare, pg 20
“I was a bloody good artist. Better magician, mind you.” – Spare, pg. 20
“They’re always falling. That’s the lightning-struck tower. It’s the symbol of this 27th path. It’s every tower man or woman ever built.. a building, a marriage, a career…that was meant to reach heaven. The lightning is what teaches us humility.” – Spare, pgs 20-21
“Half paralyzed or not, I was still the best bloody magician in London. And bugger Crowley if he says otherwise. No, on second thoughts don’t , just to spite him.” – Spare, pg 21


First the Barbelith Underground commentary on this issue

Reality Creator Workbook Series

Page 1: Our introduction to Jellyhead as the new science villain. Statue on left hand side outside main panels is reminiscent of similar ones seen in Top Ten.



Pages 2-3 top panel: Banking with a smile - a suitably ironic motto.
Note sun symbols and snakes outside main panels.

Pages 4-5: Caduceus and snakes provide a nice frame for the panels.
Page 4 Panel 3: Note Roman numeral for 8 (VIII) on the floor.
Page 5 Panel 1: Thoth visible on the wall next to all the hieroglyphics. Note Egyptian eye just above hieroglyphics.
Pages 6-7 top panel: Magic square visible between two arches.
Magic Square of 8. An 8 by 8 grid where the rows and columns all add up to 260.
According to JHW3 this is the full version of the magic square:
Yes that is a real magic square that Alan came up with. Even though we can't see it in it's entire form because of layout and perspective and shadow the numbers go like this....

08 58 59 05 04 62 63 01
49 15 14 52 53 11 10 56
41 23 22 44 48 19 18 45
32 34 35 29 25 38 39 28
40 26 27 37 36 30 31 33
17 47 46 20 21 43 42 24
09 55 54 12 13 51 50 16
64 02 03 61 60 06 07 57

Here are some pages with information about Magic Squares:
Beyond Magic Squares
The Zen of Magic Squares, Circles and Stars
Recreational Mathematics: Magic Squares
Magic Squares - many links
World Record - Largest Magic Squares
Page 6 Panel 2:
Storax definition
Any one of a number of similar complex resins obtained from the bark of several trees and shrubs of the Styrax family.
The most common of these is {liquid storax}, a brown or gray semifluid substance of an agreeable aromatic odor and balsamic taste, sometimes used in perfumery, and in medicine as an expectorant.
Note: A yellow aromatic honeylike substance, resembling, and often confounded with, storax, is obtained from the American sweet gum tree ({Liquidambar styraciflua}), and is much used as a chewing gum, called sweet gum, and liquid storax. Cf. {Liquidambar}.
Also a vanilla-scented resin from various trees of the genus Styrax.
Defintions taken from Hyperdictionary.
The number 8 for 8th Sephira combined with the planetary Mercury symbol.
Page 7 Panel 2:
A quote about Moly from Alan Moore:
In the recent Promethea we've got the sacred plant that is Moly. They reckon that Moly is a mythical plant that Hermes gave to Odysseus to help him against Circe And this is why it's connected to magic, but no one knows if there ever was such a plant, or whether it's mythological, but I reckon it's the flower of the mandrake.
Quote Source
The story of Hermes, Odysseus, Circe and the moly flower is told here and here. It occurs in Book 10 of the Odyssey.
Here is a translation of the actual story:
Homer: The Odysseey, Book X, verses 275 plus.
'With that I went up from the ship and the sea-shore. But lo, when in my faring through the sacred glades I was now drawing near to the great hall of the enchantress Circe, then did Hermes, of the golden wand, meet me as I approached the house, in the likeness of a young man with the first down on his lip, the time when youth is most gracious. So he clasped my hand and spake and hailed me:
'"Ah, hapless man, whither away again, all alone through the wolds, thou that knowest not this country? And thy company yonder in the hall of Circe are penned in the guise of swine, in their deep lairs abiding. Is it in hope to free them that thou art come hither? Nay, methinks, thou thyself shalt never return but remain there with the others. Come then, I will redeem thee from thy distress, and bring deliverance. Lo, take this herb of virtue, and go to the dwelling of Circe, that it may keep from thy head the evil day. And I will tell thee all the magic sleight of Circe. She will mix thee a potion and cast drugs into the mess; but not even so shall be able to enchant thee; so helpful is this charmed herb that I shall give thee, and I will tell thee all. When it shall be that Circe smites thee with her long wand, even then draw thou thy sharp sword from thy thigh, and spring on her, as one eager to slay her. And she will shrink away and be instant with thee to lie with her. Thenceforth disdain not thou the bed of the goddess, that she may deliver thy company and kindly entertain thee. But command her to swear a mighty oath by the blessed gods, that she will plan nought else of mischief to thine own hurt, lest she make thee a dastard and unmanned, when she hath thee naked."
'Therewith the slayer of Argos gave me the plant that he had plucked from the ground, and he showed me the growth thereof. It was black at the root, but the flower was like to milk. Moly the gods call it, but it is hard for mortal men to dig; howbeit with the gods all things are possible.'

Translation: Samuel Henry Butcher (1850-1910) and Andrew Lang (1844-1912)
The entire Odyssey can be found here .
Thanks to TL for the quote and link above.
Anonymous pointed out the mistake here. As anyone who has ever read or seen Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets knows when you pull up a mandrake plant it starts screaming with terrible consequences for any who hear it. Whether this is a deliberate mistake or not only Alan Moore could say.


Mandrake definition from the Hyperdictionary:
(Bot.) A low plant ({Mandragora officinarum}) of the Nightshade family, having a fleshy root, often forked, and supposed to resemble a man. It was therefore supposed to have animal life, and to cry out when pulled up. All parts of the plant are strongly narcotic. It is found in the Mediterranean region.

And shrieks like mandrakes, torn out of the earth,
That living mortals, hearing them, run mad.
--Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet.

Some more information about Mandrake and here is a Brief Account of Mandrakery throughout the ages.
Claire Jordan adds:
the main thing to know about mandrake is it's a hallucinogen used by shamans, and in very small doses it has a tonic effect - but even a slight overdose will cause appalling diarrhoea, and just slightly more than that will kill you. It's also a teratogen - i.e. it causes birth-defects if taken by pregnant women.
Panel 4: Thomas Hyde's 1694 Chess History
HYDE, THOMAS (1636—1703), English Orientalist, was born at Billingsley, near Bridgnorth, in Shropshire, on the 29th of June 1636. He inherited his taste for linguistic studies, and received his first lessons in some of the Eastern tongues, from his father, who was rector of the parish. In his sixteenth year Hyde entered King’s College, Cambridge, where, under Wheelock, professor of Arabic, he made rapid progress in Oriental languages, so that, after only one year of residence, he was invited to London to assist Brian Walton in his edition of the Polyglott Bible. Besides correcting the Arabic, Persic and Syriac texts for that work, Hyde transcribed into Persic characters the Persian translation of the Pentateuch, which had been printed in Hebrew letters at Constantinople in 1546. To this work, which Archbishop Tjssher had thought well-nigh impossible even for a native of Persia, Hyde appended the Latin version which accompanies it in the Polyglolt. In 1658 he was chosen Hebrew reader at Queen’s College, Oxford, and in 1659, in consideration of his erudition in Oriental tongues, he was admitted to the degree of M.A. In the same year he was appointed under-keeper of the Bodleian Library, and in 1665 librarian-in-chief. Next year he was collated to a prebend at Salisbury, and in 1673 to the archdeaconry of Gloucester, receiving the degree of D.D. shortly afterwards. In 1691 the death of Edward Pococke opened up to Hyde the Laudian professorship of Arabic; and in 1697, on the deprivation of Roger Altham, he succeeded to ~the regius chair of Hebrew and a canonry of Christ Church. Under Charles II., James II. and William III. Hyde discharged the duties of Eastern interpreter to the court. Worn out by his unremitting labours, he resigned his librarianship in 1701, and died at Oxford on the 18th of February 1703. Hyde, who was one of the first to direct attention to the vast treasures of Oriental antiquity, was an excellent classical scholar, and there was hardly an Eastern tongue accessible to foreigners with which he was not familiar. He had even acquired Chinese, while his writings are the best testimony to his mastery of Turkish, Arabic, Syriac, Persian, Hebrew and Malay.
In his chief work, Historia religionis veterum Persarum (1700), he made the first attempt to correct from Oriental sources the errors of the Greek and Roman historians who had described the religion of the ancient Persians. His other writings and translations comprise Tabulae longitudinum et latitudinum stellarum fixarum ex observatione principis Ulugh Beighi (1665), to which his notes have given additional value; Q-uatuor evangel-ia et ada apostolorum lingua Malaica, caract en bus Europaeis (1677); Epis~ola de mensuris et ponderibus serum sive sinensium (1688), appended to Bernard’s Dc mensuris et ponderibus antiquis; Abraham Peritsol -itinera mundi (1691); and Dc ludis orientalibus libri II. (1694).
With the exception of the Historia religionis, which was republished by Hunt and Costard in 1760, the writings of Hyde, including some unpublished MSS., were collected and printed by Dr Gregory Sharpe in 1767 under the title Syntagma dissertationum quas ohm Thomas Hyde separatim edidit. There is a life of the author prefixed. Hyde also published a catalogue of the Bodleian Library in 1674.
History of Chess.

We actually have a 1694 edition of this book in the Rare Books section of the library where I work. The full catalogue title is:
Mandragorias, seu, Historia shahiludii : viz. ejusdem origo, antiquitas, ususque per totum Orientem celeberrimus : speciatim prout usurpatur apud Arabes, Persas, Indos, & Chinenses, cum harum gentium schematibus variis & curios, & militum lusilium figuris inusitatis, in Occidente hactenùs ignotis : additis omnium nominibus in dictarum gentium linguis, cum Sericis characteribus & eorundem interpretationibus & sonis genuinis : de ludis Orientalium libri primi pars prima, quae est Latina : accedunt de eodem Rabbi Abraham Abben-Ezrae elegans poëma rythmicum : R. Bonsenior Abben-Jachiae facunda oratio prosaïca : liber Deliciae regum prosâ, stylo puriore, per innominatum : de ludis Orientalium libri primi pars 2da, quae est Hebraïca / horis succisivis olim congessit Thomas Hyde ... ; praemittuntur de shahiludio prolegomena curiosa, & materiarum elenchus. Published Oxonii : E. theatro Sheldoniano, 1694.
Here is a translation of the Latin titles from TL
Quatuor evangelia et aCTa apostolorum lingua Malaica, caracterIbus Europaeis (= The four gospels and the Acts of the Apostles in Malayan language, 1677); EpisTola de mensuris et ponderibus serum sive sinensium (Letters about the measures and weights of the Seri or Chinese, 1688), appended to Bernard’s DE mensuris et ponderibus antiquis (about old measures and weights); Abraham Peritsol(i or -is, genetive) -itinera mundi (A. Peritsol's ways/travels of the world, 1691); and DE ludis orientalibus libri II (two books on oriental plays, 1694).
Mandragorias, seu, Historia shahiludii : The Mandragoriad or History of the Chess game, (the termination -ias, -iadis, f., usually designates an epic poem, like "Ilias" = the epic poem on Ilion (Troy), or "The Dunciad" (Alexander Pope, 1724) = The poem on Dunce)
viz. ejusdem origo, antiquitas, ususque per totum Orientem celeberrimus : that is to say its origin, age and use, most famous throughout the whole orient
especially speciatim prout usurpatur apud Arabes, Persas, Indos, & Chinenses, cum harum gentium schematibus variis & curiIs, & militum lusilium figuris inusitatis, in Occidente hactenùs ignotis : especially as it is exercised by the Arabs, Persians, Indians and Chinese, with the various and curious (latin text must be "curiis", it's an Ablative) figures of those peoples, and with unusual figures of the game-warriors which are unknown in the West until now:
additis omnium nominibus in dictarum gentium linguis, cum Sericis characteribus & eorundem interpretationibus & sonis genuinis :
together with the names of all (figures), in the languages of the foresaid peoples, with Chineses characters and the translation of the same, and with the true pronounciation:
de ludis Orientalium libri primi pars prima, quae est Latina :
first part of the first book about the games of the Orientals, which is in Latin
accedunt de eodem Rabbi Abraham Abben-Ezrae elegans poëma rythmicum :
followed by an elegant rythmical poem of Rabbi A.A-Ezrae about the same subjcet:
R. Bonsenior Abben-Jachiae facunda oratio prosaïca : an eloquent speech in prose by R. Bonsenior Abben-Jachia, liber Deliciae regum prosâ, stylo puriore, per innominatum :
the book "the pleasures of the kings" in prose, in a very pure style, by an unknown author:
de ludis Orientalium libri primi pars 2da, quae est Hebraïca /
second part of the first book about the games of the Orientals, in Hebrew/
horis succisivis olim congessit Thomas Hyde ... ; praemittuntur de shahiludio prolegomena curiosa, & materiarum elenchus.
once collected in successive hours by Th. Hyde; foregoing curious prolegomena on the chess game and a table of contents. Published at Oxford by Sheldon 1694. Published Oxonii : E. theatro Sheldoniano, 1694.

Pages 8-9:

Compare these pages to the following Escher print:

Note that the top half of these pages has daytime with the sun and clouds whilst the bottom half has nighttime with the moon and stars. The pyramids and pillars on the top half are reflected in the bottom half. A face carved on one the right hand side of this Moebius strip is actually a Pharaoh with a caduceus on his brow.
Thanks to Claire Jordan for pointing this out.

Here are 3 different pages on how to create a möbious strip
The lazy 8 figure it makes is also known as a lemniscate and is the mathematical symbol for infinity.
These pages contain:
14 conversation bubbles right way up
8 upside down
1 sideways
Making 23 bubbles in all.
Page 10 Panel 3:
It's what thoughts and ideas are made of Ideoplasm.
Ideoplasm - Another term for ectoplasm, a substance claimed to issue from the body of a materialization medium in a vaporous or solid form, taking on the appearance of phantom forms or limbs.The concept of ideoplasm stems from the investigations of such physical researchers as the Frenchman Gustav Geley and conveys the additional idea that the substance may be molded by the operators into any shape to express the idea of the medium or of the sitters.
The following quote comes from a Rick Veitch interview
"Alan had actually worked out a terminology. He saw ideas being made of stuff called 'ideoplasm'. And he had a name for the dimension it inhabited, Ideaspace. He came to it because he was teaching himself the disciplines of magic: kabbalah and European traditions of consciousness, referred to as magic. It was just a way of exploring these levels beyond time and space."
Pages 12-13 top panel: Compare this with the following Escher print:

for anyone interested in Escher I can recommend the following CD-Rom:

Pages 14-15 top panel:
A cynocephalus is a type of baboon. Here are some pictures.
Claire Jordan notes that it is incorrectly drawn.
Thoth's cynocephalus is drawn as if it was an ape with a dog's head. In fact - as is clear from Egyptian images and mummies of the beast - it was a hamadryas baboon.
See this image for comparison:

a modern reproduction of an ancient Thoth statue, in which you can see the mane of fur and the rolls of fluff either side of the face.

A couple of quotes about the cynocephalus
Cynocephalus (Gr.). The Egyptian Hapi. There was a notable difference between the ape-headed gods and the "Cynocephalus" (Simia hamadryas), a dog-headed baboon from upper Egypt. The latter, whose sacred city was Hermopolis, was sacred to the lunar deities and Thoth-Hermes, hence an emblem of secret wisdom-as was Hanuman, the monkey-god of India, and later, the elephant-headed Ganesha. The mission of the Cynocephalus was to show the way for the Dead to the Seat of Judgment and Osiris, whereas the ape-gods were all phallic. They are almost invariably found in a crouching posture, holding on one hand the outa (the eye of Horus), and in the other the sexual cross. Isis is seen sometimes riding on an ape, to designate the fall of divine nature into generation.
Manly Hall's words are relevant to an interpretation of the companionship of fool and dog. "Cynocephalus, the dog-headed ape," he writes, "was the Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol of writing, and was closely associated with Thoth. Mercury rules the astrological Third House of writing and communication. Cynocephalus is symbolic of the moon and Thoth of the planet Mercury. Because of the ancient belief that the moon followed Mercury about the heavens, the dog-ape was described as the faithful companion of Thoth."
Page 15, Panel 1: From TL:
Information source
The chief divinity of the Norse pantheon, the foremost of the Aesir. Odin is a son of Bor and Bestla. He is called Alfadir, Allfather, for he is indeed father of the gods. With Frigg he is the father of Balder, Hod, and Hermod. He fathered Thor on the goddess Jord; and the giantess Grid became the mother of Vidar.
Odin is a god of war and death, but also the god of poetry and wisdom. He hung for nine days, pierced by his own spear, on the world tree. Here he learned nine powerful songs, and eighteen runes. Odin can make the dead speak to question the wisest amongst them. His hall in Asgard is Valaskjalf ("shelf of the slain") where his throne Hlidskjalf is located. From this throne he observes all that happens in the nine worlds. The tidings are brought to him by his two raven Huginn and Muninn. He also resides in Valhalla, where the slain warriors are taken.
Odin's attributes are the spear Gungnir, which never misses its target, the ring Draupnir, from which every ninth night eight new rings appear, and his eight-footed steed Sleipnir. He is accompanied by the wolves Freki and Geri, to whom he gives his food for he himself consumes nothing but wine. Odin has only one eye, which blazes like the sun. His other eye he traded for a drink from the Well of Wisdom, and gained immense knowledge.
On the day of the final battle, Odin will be killed by the wolf Fenrir. He is also called Othinn, Wodan and Wotan. Some of the aliases he uses to travel icognito among mortals are Vak and Valtam. Wednesday is named after him (Wodan)."
The form Odin is Scandinavian, in Germany he was called Wotan, Wodan or Woden. He's mentionned first in Tacitus' "Germania" where he is equalled to Mercury.
I think Wotan looks a little bit like Hitler!
Some esoteric (non nazi) literature on Wotan/Odin: Freya Aswynn, Leaves of Yggdrasil: A synthesis of runes, gods, magic, feminine mysteries and folklore, 1990;
Jan Fries: Helrunar, A manual of rune magic 1997
Ralph Metzner: The well of remembrance. rediscovering the Earth Wisdom Myths of Northern Europa, 2001.
Hanuman: some information about Hanuman.
Monkey Business is the name of a Marx Brothers film.
Mercury: Information about the God Mercury.
Page 16 Panel 4: The Knight’s Tour is a legitimate chess exercise.
Pages 18-19 Top Panel: Here we see John Dee…Austin Osman Spare and Aleister Crowley.
Spare only gets a small mention in Lawrence Sutin's biography of Crowley Do What Thou Wilt:
"...the esoteric thinker and artist Austin Osman Spare, whose brilliant draftsmanship and disturbing sexuality make him one of the most unique creative figures of the century. Spare joined [Crowley's AA] in July 1910, though his tenure in the A A was brief; he was not, by nature, suited to be a disciple Crowley admired Spare highly, both as a writer on magic and as an artist, and solicited illustrations from Spare for The Equinox; there was, however, some fractious haggling (conducted through Fuller) over Spare's fee. For whatever reasons, Spare ultimately spurned Crowley both as a teacher and as a prospective friend. Nonetheless, one of Spare's drawings, presumably paid for, hung prominently in Crowley's Equinox offices."
(pg. 207)
The only other mention of Spare occurs on page 406 in a remark made by Kenneth Grant.
As Grant later admitted, "I was beginning to realize that Crowley's demands were unending. As Austin Spare frequently observed:'Enough is too much!'"
Note on Crowley and chess:
Crowley was also active in the university Chess Club. In his freshman year, he promptly triumphed over its president. It was then arranged for him to play H.E. Atkins, who would go on to become the seven-time amateur champion of England. Atkins trounced him, and Crowley had a for the first time encountered his decisive better at chess. Undeterred, Crowley went on to devote two hours a day to the game by his second year at Cambridge. His frank ambition was to become a world champion. But during the long vacation of 1897, Crowley visited Berlin while a major chess conference was underway. The sight of his ultimate ambition promptly cured him of it:
‘I had hardly entered the room where the masters were playing when I was seized with what may justly be described as a mystical experience. I seemed to be looking on at the tournament from outside myself. I saw the masters-one shabby and blear-eyed; another, in badly fitting would-be respectable shoddy; a third, a mere parody of humanity, and so on for the rest. These were the people to whose ranks I was seeking admission. ‘There, but for the grace of God, goes Aleister Crowley,’ I exclaimed to myself with disgust, and then and there I registered a vow never to play another serious game of chess.

Do What Thou Wilt : A Life of Aleister Crowley by Lawrence Sutin pgs 36-37

An article entitled Aleister Crowley: A Life in Chess by CP Ravilious can be found in the British periodical Chess Monthly (December 1997, volume 62 no 9)
Note that Spare has visual images floating around him and Dee has letters of the Enochian alphabet floating around him.
Nice effect of the sky and stars reversing colors from left to right.
Page 18, panel 2 and page 19, top panel: Note that in the top panel Crowley has no rook amongs his pieces and that in the lower panel he does.
I asked JHW3 about this and his reply was as follows:
Actually the word balloon is covering up some of Crowley's chess pieces and in the bottom panel some of the pieces are mis-colored. In that bottom panel the angle has changed slightly enough to not see pieces Crowley has entirely but some of Spare's pieces are colored as if they were Crowley's. Oops. Good eye. I never even noticed before that they were colored incorrectly. Oh well.
So there's one mystery solved. I was hoping it would have something to do with the lightning struck tower on pg. 20 panel 3.
Crowley had a good reputation as a chess player. If you want to see for yourself the score for a game he played in 1894 can be found here. Scroll down to the 4th game.
Page 20 Panel 1: Engravings of Doctor John Dee

Pages 20 and 21: Note that the middle panels have the sephiroth of the Kabbalah's tree of life set out in white and black.
Page 21: The Green sun that makes it's first appearance here will be seen again in the next issue.
Page 21 Panels 1-2: The planet that looks like it's hitting the tower appears to be Mars
Page 21 Panel 3: Not sure what those red wolves are supposed to be.
Claire Jordan writes
the "red wolves" may possibly be intended as dholes, Kipling's "Red Dog," since in the story of that name the red dogs are bringers of war - though real dholes are ginger rather than deep red. See Dhole .
Pages 22-23: Sun and snakes appears outside panels again.
Top Panel: Moore's House of Magic appears once more. Not so sure what Ego, RAYD and CUD and L32 are meant to mean though.
Middle Panel:
Entire Evil 8 have only existed 2 weeks
But only 6 of them are named here.

  1. Jellyhead II
  2. Queen Bitch (this is also the title of a David Bowie song)
  3. El Nino (Spanish for "small boy")
  4. Erogenous Zoe
  5. Fanman
  6. Clytemnestra
  7. ??? statue
  8. In issue #23 we will learn the name of the one with the arrow & bomb balloon Edward "Ed Zepellin" Furniss
    Claire Jordan writes
    El Nino, "the boy-child," is both a name for the baby Jesus and the name of a very disruptive warm ocean current which IIRC sometimes appears off South America around Christmas-time and disrupts weather patterns world-wide for the following year. I note that the Evil Eight (eights again, of course - they're being set up as a contrast to Hermes etc.) are spread out across a pavement which seems to bear some sort of raised circular pattern. Maybe a Malkuth/earth sign?


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