Of Snakes and Ropes

As Japan got a lot of attention in the past weeks, I have been naturally led to recheck the list of movies inspired by a famous novelist.

緊縛 卍責め

I noticed a red wàn on the movie poster of Double Rope Torture (1985), staring Miki Takakura. In japanese the movie is known as Oniroku Dan Kinbaku Manji-zeme (緊縛 卍責め). Manji, “Man Character” being the japanese name for the chinese wàn character.

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CM3’s Burger

Finished reading Satan Burger. CM3 took the leap from food to die for to food to trade your soul for.

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Different level of reality, the Slayer touch

In Starr the Slayer: A Starr is born, the bad guy, Trull, uses magic to bring the writer Len Carson inside his own story. Follows enslavement and rewriting of his story. History?

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CM3 on different level of reality

Just finish reading The Kobold Wizard’s Dildo of Enlightenment +2 (an adventure for 3-6 players, level 2-5) from Carlton Mellick III [CM3]. I am now wondering if there exist in that world a Dildo of Enlightenment +3 that would have enlightened the users to the existence of CM3.

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Kambriel’s Squares



Archangel of Aquarius






18 21 26 11
25 12 17 22
13 28 19 16
20 15 14 27


4 35 36 1
30 7 6 33
5 32 31 8
37 2 3 34

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Variation On The Luoshu of the Beast

73 78 71
72 74 76
77 70 75
Raised (69)
73 147 2
3 74 145
146 1 75
56 146 20
38 74 110
128 2 92


147 19
37 74 111
129 1 92
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Planetary hours.

I showed before that there is a relationship between the succession of the day of the week and the order of the spheres in the geocentric model of the world. If you know the order of the days of the week and the planet associated to each day, you can find back the order of the planetary spheres easily. Just start with Monday and name every other day. That gives us the sequence Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. If you replace the name of the day by the name of the planet associated to that day, you find the sequence of the planetary spheres starting from the sphere closer to Earth: Moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn.

But where this relationship comes from? Which sequence came first, the day of the week or the planetary sphere order? The answer to those two questions is based on the notion of planetary hours.

The notion of hours we use today is somewhat different than it was before. Originally like today, the day was divided into 24 hours, but there was exactly 12 hours in the day and 12 hours in the night. A daytime hour duration was one twelfth of the time measured between sunset and sundown. And a nighttime hour duration was one twelfth of the time measured between sundown and sunset. So, except at the equinox, a daytime hour duration would not be equal to a nighttime hour duration.

Hours were associated to planets using the sequence of the planetary spheres from the farthest to the closest to Earth. This means that if one hour is dedicated to Saturn, the next one will be dedicated to Jupiter. This is a cycle of 7 hours, a new cycle starts again after an hour dedicated to the Moon, starting anew with an hour dedicated to Saturn. Because there is 7 days of 24 hours in a week, there will be 24 cycles of 7 planetary hours in a week.

The relationship between planetary hours and planetary day is based on the planet associated to the first hour after sunset. On a Saturday, the first hour after sunset is dedicated to Saturn. As the remainder of 24 divided by 7 is 3, the planet associated to the first hour of the following day will be 3 spheres closer to Earth, which will be Sun. Hence Sunday follows Saturday. Three spheres down after Sun is the sphere of the Moon, hence Monday follows Sunday.

So we can see that the order of days in a week is related to the order of the planetary spheres through the concept of planetary hours. But which came first? We only see that we could get the planetary spheres order from the sequence of the day of the week and vice versa.

Because the planetary spheres sequence is a model of the world based on interpretation of actual observation, my assumption is that it came first and the order of the day of the week came with the idea of dedicating hours and days to specific planets following the system I just described.

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The Geocentric Tarot

The twenty two trumps of the tarot have been associated to the twenty two letters of the hebrew alphabet. But let’s look at a more straight forward association.

Looking at the iconography of the trumps, it is easy to spot that some are related to planets and other to zodiac signs. But a quick check based on the knowledge of the time when the tarot was drawn gives only 7 planets + 12 signs = 19 trumps. If we follow this idea, we are short of explanation for 3 cards.

But if we remember that at that time the celestial objects were thought to be carried by 9 spheres, we get closer to our target. 9 spheres + 12 signs = 21 cards.

How do we account for the 22nd card? Well, this model is not called geocentric for nothing, so let’s assign it to the center of the universe: the Earth. Now we have our tally: 9 spheres + 12 signs + Earth = 22 trumps.

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Norse Gods

Days Norse Roman Greek Egyptian  
Monday Moon Luna      
Tuesday Tiu Mars Ares Horus  
Wednesday Wodan Mercury Hermes Toth  
Thursday Thor Jupiter Zeus Osiris  
Friday Freya Venus Aphrodite    
Saturday Loki Saturn Cronus   Dagon
Sunday Sun Solus      
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Nine Heavens

Nine Spheres

In the geocentric model of the universe, there is nine spheres surrounding the Earth, each supporting some celestial objects. Listing them from the outer one to the one closest to the Earth, we find:

    • Sphere of the Primum Mobile.
    • Sphere of the Zodiac.
    • Sphere of Saturn.
    • Sphere of Jupiter.
    • Sphere of Mars.
    • Sphere of the Sun.
    • Sphere of Venus.
    • Sphere of Mercury.
    • Sphere of the Moon.

Circular Motion

Each of these spheres is animated by circular motion. Celestial objects are supposed to be perfect. And everything that is perfect is animated by circular motion. The origin of the motion of a particular sphere is an Intelligence.  There is one Intelligence associated to each sphere.

No Vacuum

There is no vacuum. The space between the spheres is filled by an Element, the Ether. Being perfect, this Element is also animated by circular motion.

Sub Luna

What lays under the Moon is imperfect and subject to change and degeneration. Imperfect objects are either motionless or animated by straight line motion.

The Earth

The Earth is at the center of the geocentric universe. It is motionless, so has no associated Intelligence.

The Elements

Below the Moon are found the four imperfect Elements: Fire, Air, Water and Earth. Being imperfect they are animated by straight line motion. Air and Fire move upward. Water and Earth move downward. The symbols for Air and Fire are triangles pointing upward. The symbol for Earth and Water are triangles pointing downward.

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