northanger (northanger) wrote,

“I was tempted by a pretty coloured muslin”

“I was tempted by a pretty coloured muslin”:
Jane Austen and the Art of Being Fashionable

Mary Hafner-Laney

Sloan St.: Thursday (April 18).

My Dear Cassandra,

I am sorry to tell you that I am getting very extravagant, and spending all my money, and, what is worse for you, I have been spending yours too; for in a linendraper's shop to which I went for checked muslin, and for which I was obliged to give seven shillings a yard, I was tempted by a pretty-coloured muslin, and bought ten yards of it on the chance of your liking it; but, at the same time, if it should not suit you, you must not think yourself at all obliged to take it; it is only 3s. 6d. per yard, and I should not in the least mind keeping the whole. In texture it is just what we prefer, but its resemblance to green crewels, I must own, is not great, for the pattern is a small red spot. And now I believe I have done all my commissions except Wedgwood.

Love to all.
Yours affectionately,

This night owl has to slam her sleep schedule to a worm. So... Jane Austen!

Looking up “universal matrix” from Framework for Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons — googled: got thisdemonic schizoid entities in results text (cover). Then, someone mentioned Beirut. And because I'm totally sleepy... this was totally weird.

[8:04 AM 9/16/2013] Got up early instead of staying up late for an appointment. Why Prince of Swords? [+][+] ⇒ Gematria for, These Three Best Universal Purposes and Plan are essential for the betterment and preservation of the Original Universal Matrix (OUM), which is All Of Existence (AOE).

Gematria indicated IDOIGO. ARDZA. RZLA. CZNS. TOTT. SIAS. FMND. XCZ. ATO. RSI. PFM (Air of Air subangle of the Enochian Table) as "the longitude and the latitude of our projection system" and "a machine is indeed a machination, but on more than one front" (both quotes from: Latour, PDF). Also: Book of Amos, eratichated version of the Numogram, tweets about freedom of speech, and Virgil creating/augmenting a new political mythology.

So, this morning looking at Taixuanjing symbols, reading, The Canon of Supreme Mystery by Yang Hsiung by Michael Nylan. Nylan mentions Han thinkers, so here's Penn State's textbook (intro) for HIST 174: The World of Thought in the Han Dynasty and Later.

During the Han dynasty, the classical philosophies of Confucianism, Daoism, and Legalism merged with theories of numerical correspondence and cosmic resonance to produce an intellectual synthesis that exerted a major influence on the political culture and institutions of later dynasties as well. In previous chapters we examined Confucianism, Daoism, and Legalism as separate and largely incompatible philosophies. It is important to realize, however, that there was a strong tendency in Chinese culture to reconcile differences between competing world views. The idea here was that all major philosophies and religions provide insight into fundamental truths. These religions and philosophies are different manifestations of a profound, unitary principle that undergirded the workings of the whole cosmos in all its diversity. In their quest to understand this unitary principle, Han dynasty thinkers borrowed from various intellectual traditions and created new theories that were mixtures of Confucian, Daoist, Legalist, numerological and other ideas.

Obviously, OUM has its own, unique cosmology. It occurred to me the other day that the components that make up American cosmology sometimes occult one another. Certainly, there's American numerology. I find it hard explaining the practice of Gematria, and recently tweeted something about Divine Force — immediately knowing "divine" wasn't quite the word (however, in the West it kinda is, i guess; PLUS: reconsidering force: Nichiren Daishonin says the lion unleashes the same power whether it's an ant or something fiercer [+].). Here, it's qi, material force (illustration):

The idea of material force alone was insufficient to explain the workings of nature in all its complexity. Han dynasty thinkers, therefore, developed additional theories and explanations. Because material force unified the cosmos, making it into a vast, complex, interconnected web, Han thinkers devoted much of their attention to exploring the composition and operational laws of this interconnected web of material force. Through these investigations, Han intellectuals developed theories of cosmic correspondence or correlation. In such theories, all things affect all other things, but some things are more directly connected to each other than are others. Numerological formulae were employed to quantify these degrees of correspondence

Btw, Nylan notes: Mystery would eventually be demoted from "the highly selective category of '[orthodox] Confucian text' (Ju) to that of 'numerology'" (p. 2).


  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened