[Bertie speaking:]
The day is full of birds
Sounds like there saying words

[Kate Singing]

We're gonna be laughing about this
We're gonna be dancing around
It's gonna be so good now
It's gonna be so good

Oh so exciting, mmh go on and on
Every time you leave us
So Summer will be gone
So you'll never grow old to us

It's gonna be so good now
It's gonna be so good
Can you see the lark ascending?

Oh so romantic, swept me off my feet
Like some kind of magic
Like the light in Italy
Lost its way across the sea...

Roma Roma mia
Tesoro mio, bella
Pieno di sole luce
Bali cozi bene, bene

What a lovely afternoon
What a lovely afternoon
Oh will you come with us
To find the song of the oil and brush

Watching the painter painting
And all the time, the light is changing
And he keeps painting
That bit there, it was an accident
But he's so pleased
It's the best mistake, he could make
And it's my favourite piece
It's just great

The flick of a wrist
Twisting down to the hips
So the lovers begin, with a kiss
In a tryst
It's just a smudge
But what it becomes
In his hands...
Curving and sweeping
Rising and reaching
I could feel what he was feeling
Lines like these have got to be
An architect's dream

It's always the same
Whenever he works on a pavement
It starts to rain
And all the time
The light is changing

It's raining
What has become of my painting
All the colors are running

So all the colors run
So all the colors run
See what they've become
A wonderful sunset

Could be honeycomb
In a sea of honey
A sky of honey
Whose shadow, long and low
Is slipping out of wet clothes?
And changes into
The most beautiful
Iridescent blue

Who knows who wrote that song of Summer
That blackbirds sing at dusk
This is a song of colour
Where sands sing in crimson, red and rust
Then climb into bed and turn to dust

Every sleepy light
Must say goodbye
To day before it dies
In a sea of honey
A sky of honey
Keep us close to your heart
So if the skies turn dark
We may live on in
Comets and stars

Who knows who wrote that song of Summer
That blackbirds sing at dusk
This is a song of colour
Where sands sing in crimson, red and rust
Then climb into bed and turn to dust
Who knows who wrote that song of Summer
That blackbirds sing at dusk
This is a song of colour
Where sands sing in crimson, red and rust
Then climb into bed and turn to dust

Oh sing of summer and a sunset
And sing for us, so that we may remember
The day writes the words right across the sky
They all go all the way up to the top of the night

We went up to the top of the highest hill
And stopped

It was just so beautiful
It was just so beautiful
It was just so beautiful

This is where the shadows come to play
'Twixt the day
And night
Dancing and skipping
Along a chink of light

Somewhere in between
The waxing and the waning wave
Somewhere in between
What the song and silence say
Somewhere in between
The ticking and the tocking clock
Somewhere in a dream between
Sleep and waking up
Somewhere in between
Breathing out and breathing in
Like twilight is neither night nor morning

Not one of us would dare to break
The silence
Oh how we have longed
For something that would
Make us feel so...

Somewhere in between
The waxing and the waning wave
Somewhere in between
The night and the daylight
Somewhere in between
The ticking and the tocking clock
Somewhere in between
What the song and silence say

Somewhere in between
Breathing out and breathing in

[The Chorus:]
Goodnight sun
Goodnight sun

[The sun:]
Goodnight mum
[The chorus:]
Sweet dreams...

On this Midsummer might
Everyone is sleeping
We go driving into the moonlight

Could be in a dream
Our clothes are on the beach
These prints of our feet
Lead right up to the sea
No one, no one is here
No one, no one is here
We stand in the Atlantic
We become panoramic

We tire of the city
We tire of it all
We long for just that something more

Could be in a dream
Our clothes are on the beach
These prints of our feet
Lead right up to the sea
No one, no one is here
No one, no one is here
We stand in the Atlantic
We become panoramic

The stars are caught in our hair
The stars are on our fingers
A veil of diamond dust
Just reach up and touch it
The sky's above our heads
The sea's around our legs
In milky, silky water
We swim further and further
We dive down... We dive down

A diamond night, a diamond sea
And a diamond sky...

We dive deeper and deeper
We dive deeper and deeper
Could be we are here
Could be we are in a dream
It came up on the horizon
Rising and rising
In a sea of honey, a sky of honey
A sea of honey, a sky of honey

[The chorus:]
Look at the light, all the time it's a changing
Look at the light, climbing up the aerial
Bright, white coming alive jumping off the aerial
All the time it's a changing, like now...
All the time it's a changing, like then again...
All the time it's a changing
And all the dreamers are waking.

Life is a waterfall
we're one in the river
and one again after the fall
swimming through the void
we hear the word
we lose ourselves
but we find it all....
cause we are the ones that want to play
always want to go
but you never want to stay
and we are the ones that want to choose
always want to play
but you never want to lose
aerials, in the sky
when you lose small mind
you free your life
life is a waterfall
we drink from the river
then we turn around and put up our walls
swimming through the void
we hear the word
we lose ourselves
but we find it all...
cause we are the ones that want to play
always want to go
but you never want to stay
and we are the ones that want to choose
always want to play
but you never want to lose
aerials, in the sky
when you lose small mind
you free your life
aerials, so up high
when you free your eyes eternal prize
aerials, in the sky
when you lose small mind
you free your life
aerials, so up high
when you free your eyes eternal prize

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    General CommentThe double vinyl Aerial comes with lush packaging - large lyric booklet, lined matt black record sleeves and silver-black record center labels. The vinyl run-out features a calligraphy letter 'B' (for Bertie?) or maybe it's a 'CB' (for Catherine Bush?). And the back cover features a drawing suggestive of Kate Bush calculating Pi ("Lesson Time" by Frederic Cayley Robinson, 1921).

    "Somewhere in between The waxing and the waning wave
    Somewhere in between The night and the daylight"

    Day and Night
    The album cover references Day and the inner black sleeves suggest Night. Remove the vinyl from its black sleeve and hold the sleeve up to daylight, you see a 'Full Moon'. Hold it up to lamplight, you see an 'eclipsed moon'. Indeed, each time you remove the vinyl from its sleeve, you see the 'Waxing moon'! ...


    KOTM and HTBI visit Underworld and Otherworldly realms, conjuring up spiritual and ghostly presences. Joanni summons up the past, invoking warrior spirit and the archetypal strength of the martyr. And while Bertie is very much in the present, its Renaissance madrigal is very much in the candlelit past. Bertie is directly followed by Mrs Bartolozzi, a lachrymose storytelling or multi-layered confessional. A Coral Room rocks the boat; and Pi lulls us into the mysterious infinity that is Kate Bush.
    These are truly fantastic and wonderful songs!


    Genesis 1: The Creation
    1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night.

    The black vinyl, the black center, the black sleeve...

    Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

    PRELUDE introduces Bertie as The Sun.
    “Mummy… Daddy… The day is full of birds. Sounds like they’re saying words...”
    But what is Kate saying, muffled within the sound?
    Sounds like she's also saying words! ... "Don't grow old guilty..." ?

    From the opening, we are in “communion with nature” and with what really matters, away from everyday stresses and absurdities (we’re gonna be laughing about this…) ...

    In PROLOGUE, Bertie becomes the Summer, the light of Life, eternal youth, and a lovely afternoon...
    Endymion. Immortal Rome. The Lark Ascending... Just Great!

    (ENDYMION, John Keats, 1818.)

    Can you see the lark ascending?

    The LARK symbolizes freedom, ardor, joy, youth, happiness, and the desire to be happy. According to Near Eastern mythology, the lark was the first creature to live upon the earth. Even today, he carries his father or creator inside the crest of his head. In other regions, the lark became associated with the "Spirit of the Wheat" and eventually with Christ who proclaimed, "I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever" (John 6:51; see also John 6:32-50). This bird's use as a symbol of Christ was strengthened by the fact that it helps rid wheat fields of locust eggs, caterpillars, and the harvest beetle - destructive creatures which were symbols of the devil. Because he makes his nest on the ground, the lark, like Christ is considered an intermediary between heaven and earth and a symbol of the marriage of heaven and earth.

    Because the lark soars straight into the heavens and, upon reaching a great height, hovers there singing a joyful song, this bird is considered an emblem of glad prayers to the Creator inspired by the joys of being alive. He is believed to pray for the sowers of the wheat fields and, allegorically, for the sowers of Christ's fields. Its association with prayer makes this bird a symbol of the priesthood. In Scotland, it is said that the song of the lark may be understood by any person who lies quietly in the fields and listens to it. A British superstition states that drinking three lark's eggs will give one a beautiful singing voice. The singing lark is especially a symbol of the praying Christ as He ascends into Heaven, blessing His disciples (Lk 24:50-51; see also Acts 1;9; Mk 16:19).

    The Lark Ascending is a popular musical piece written in 1914 by the famous British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. Featuring a prominent solo violin part, the composition is intended to convey the lyrical and almost eternally English beauty of the scene in which a skylark rises into the heavens above some sunny down and attains such height that it becomes barely visible to those on the ground below. The First World War halted composition, but the work was revised in 1920 and it was premièred under conductor Adrian Boult in 1921.
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    General CommentThe PROLOGUE Italian can translate as:

    "Rome my (dear) Rome
    my (beautiful) darling (treasure)
    my (jewel)
    sky full of sun and light
    you dance so well (so well)
    so slowly..."

    PROLOGUE suggests the miracle of life, conception, motherhood, and remembrance of things past. The cycle of life and death is reflected in the cycle of the day - the painting of morning, afternoon, and night.

    The song of the oil and the brush... So the lovers begin, with a kiss...
    A tryst... Tristan and Isolde under the ivy? ...

    (The Kiss by Gustav Klimt)

    An Architect's Dream is possibly allegorical for God making the world. The Great Architect of the Universe (GAOTU, also Grand Architect of the Universe or Supreme Architect of the Universe) is a conception of God discussed by many Christian theologians and apologists. As a designation it is used within Freemasonry to neutrally represent whatever Supreme Being to which each member individually holds in adherence.

    An Architect's Dream celebrates the mystical union of love and the sensuous appreciation of life. A meditation on life’s contrasts, Shadows and Light, and maybe with some dark accents coming in from the side... Mmm, that's good!

    At the end of An Architect's Dream, it is revealed that the painter is painting on the sidewalk, and it starts to rain... Such is life! ... "Life is a lot of grey and a little bit of blue..."

    There’s a man drawing pictures
    On the sidewalk with chalk.
    Just as fast as he draws ’em
    Rain come down and wash ’em off.
    - The Beat of Black Wings, Joni Mitchell

    But the appreciation of life continues into a reassuringly wonderful ‘Sun-set’!

    SUNSET... The iridescent descent of the sun...

    “This is a song of colour,” and of rich rich rich imagery. It’s a song to say goodnight by hailing the splendor of sunset—read that literally or allegorically as you wish, as you will with the lyrics when you actually have this playing with the booklet in your hand. It’s lovely piano-and-voice stuff with very gentle bass and just a hint of soft drumming until the end, which swells into a Flamenco-tinged Spanish guitar fiesta that perfectly evokes a certain shade of dusk-tinged red-orange that’s filling the sky on this spread of the booklet.

    "The day writes the words right across the sky
    They go all the way up to the top of the night..."

    AERIAL TAL... KaTe, blackbird and carrier pigeon wing their divine message to the gods...

    With SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN we say goodbye to the day...

    "This is where the shadows come to play twixt the day And night
    Dancing and skipping Along a chink of light..."

    ...an underworldly or otherworldly feeling. A communion of spirits. SIB evokes that very special ‘window’ moment between people, nature, spirit, truth…

    "Not one of us would dare to break The silence
    Oh how we have longed For something that would
    Make us feel so..."

    ...whole? ...free? ...complete?

    Somewhere in between, there is a moment of pleasure, a communion better than words...

    'Be quiet, unless your speech be better than silence'
    Self Portrait, Salvator ROSA , 1615 - 1673

    The sun: Goodnight mum

    Somewhere in between, this sounds like a dedication to KaTe's mother?
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    General CommentNOCTURN: Cinematic driving references are often featured in KB's work... Don't Push Your Foot On The Heartbreak, Fullhouse, Cloudbusting, Hello Earth, You're The One... the on the road movie need to get away…

    And NOCTURN is a euphoric escape into nature. Let go of melancholy longing and become panoramic! (But how we long!)

    We see KaTe driving into the moonlight, diving deeper and deeper, among the stars, and becoming panoramic...

    "...And you will dance with me in the sunlit pools."

    "In milky, silky water We swim further and further"

    "...Tripping on the water like a laughing girl."

    NOCTURN is a moonlit midsummer night's dream. Everyone is sleeping, dreaming, diving into their watery unconscious...

    One summer night on Atlantic resort Amity Island, Chrissie decides to take a moonlight skinny dip...

    NOCTURN kinda reminds me of the opening of JAWS, where the girl goes midnight skinny dipping! But what comes up is not Jaws, but the sun over the horizon! KB has conquered her nightmares! And the celebratory ending is nothing short of spectacular! ... This is a fantastic song ...

    "All the time it’s a changing And all the dreamers are waking"

    ...'Stop that lyin' and a-sleepin' in bed--get up!'

    AERIAL continues the theme of escape and communion, and introduces a tribal gathering of energy to face the everyday…

    "What kind of language is this? What kind of language is this?
    I can’t hear a word you’re saying Tell me what are you singing
    In the sun"

    The blackbird seems to have the answer! And KaTe joyously reports back to us:

    "All of the birds are laughing All of the birds are laughing
    Come on let’s all join in Come on let’s all join in"

    "What kind of language is this?" could be quoted from Night of the Demon (1957): MISS HARRINGTON: "What kind of language is this?"

    and in DON'T LOOK NOW (1971):

    The Seer: You're sad. You're so sad and there's no need to be.
    Sister: My sister's psychic.
    The Seer: She wants you to know. I've seen her and she wants you to know that she's happy. I've seen your little girl sitting between you and your husband, and she was laughing. Yes. Oh, yes, she's with you. She's with you, my dear. And she's laughing! ... She's wearing a shiny little mac.
    Laura Baxter: Christine!
    The Seer: Oh, but she's laughing! She's laughing! She's as happy as can be.

    So maybe the blackbirds are communicating a reassuring spirit message from the Other Side? ...

    KB: "I do have a special fascination for films like Don't Look Now..."
    KB: "My favourite is Don't Look Now. I was incredibly impressed by the tension, the drive and the way that every loose end was tied up. I get so irritated by films which leave ideas hanging."

    Whatever, KaTe’s laughter suggests a cathartic conversation with a blackbird, like they are truly communicating. Or maybe it evokes a longing to change into a blackbird and to sing merrily and high on the roof in the sun! It's Exhilaring! ...

    "I turn into a bird
    Carry further than the word is heard..."

    And then we’re back to the thumping for the rest of the song and it’s the pounding of our wings as we fly wildly and deliriously through the sunrise. This is an album-closer unquestionably the work of the creator of The Dreaming!
    And I agree with the connection with The Big Sky. Both songs seem to deal with catharsis.

    Aerial Sky is a wonderful sunset and a wonderful sunrise, as never-ending as the cycle of death and rebirth... A Sky of Honey captures humankind's fascination with the sun trip by day and at night... From Egyptian Nut arching across the big sky, to Newgrange and Stonehenge solstices, to eclipses, the everyday and the beyond.
    A Sky of Honey is indeed a Classic Timepiece...
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    The cover art to Aerial seems very much dedicated to Apollo, the Sun God... the chariot of the sun, set out on some horizon, sunlight dancing about the sea...

    And as early as 1978, Kate Bush confirmed that she was interested in the Occult:
    KB: "That's really interesting, that's an amazing thing about interviews, they really make you think. I am interested in the occult but not the negative side of it. I really don't know much about it. I believe we are controlled by forces... the moon and the stars."
    "Haunting Kate Bush" (1978)

    Maybe, just maybe, KB has identified herself with Artemis, the Moon Goddess, in the photograph accompanying 'Joanni'? ... Like a moony-lamp of Night, her face could be the amber orb of the moon floating in the night sky... Maybe KaTe believes she has become the moon, a controlling force...

    So when one flicks through the CD booklet, the Sun and the Moon appear to be in direct alignment... Indeed, given the interluding cartoon 'King of the Mountain' sketch, one could say that "the sun and the moon meet on yon hill..."

    AERIAL: The Golden Dawn and The Golden Compass
    The title AERIAL is A Perfect Circle, full of celestial, nebulous, and earthly connotations... Aerial Nephelai... Aerial Supremacy... Aerial Rising... Pyramids and Obelisks... Shining Ones... Waves, Stations and Signals... Aerial Wonder...

    "A magician doesn't like to expose his magic, black or white..."
    Occult studies are by definition a study of hidden mysteries. While the practitioner is often attempting to scry hidden wisdom, that knowledge is traditionally not freely shared (esp. amongst fans!), and is often reincoded in a symbol system known only to the practitioner and other members of a related community.

    Karswell Kate: "What kind of language is this?"
    Hidden on all Kate Bush album covers is her trade mark KT runic symbol. The clearest example of this is on the Lionheart album cover, where the mark appears on the crate, just above (or below) the beast *. On the AERIAL album cover, the KT logo appears on the water in the lower foreground. The stem of the T is broken, giving the appearance of a capital T over a capital K. (Some people see even more symbols hidden in the lower right-hand corner of the cover.)

    A capital T: The Tau Cross
    Tau Cross - Symbol of the god Mathras of the Persians and the Aryans of India. To them, Mathras was an "angel of light" or the "heavenly light". It is used in modern Masonry under the symbol of the T square. In the modern occultism of Madeline Montalban (died 1982) Lucifer's identification as the Morning Star (Venus) equates him with Lumiel, whom she regarded as the Archangel of Light, and among Satanists he is seen as The "Torch of Baphomet" and Azazel. In this modern occult teaching, an obvious appropriation of Christian soteriology, it is stated that it is Lucifer's destiny to incarnate in human form at certain key times in world history as a saviour and redeemer for humanity. A symbol for this process is the Tudor Rose. The Tudor Rose can be red, representing Lucifer, or white representing Lilith. The Tau cross is also a symbol of Lumiel/Lucifer and his role as an avatar for the human race.

    On the Aerial Cover you will see A Perfect Circle around the Sun. The points of the Sun's rays have also been enhanced. The effect is to produce The Golden Compass.

    * The Lionheart Lion:
    Satan is called by many names in the Bible, each name revealing his basic character. He is called "Roaring Lion" in 1 Peter 5:8 (King James Version):
    "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour..."

    The Kick Inside Dragon:
    Satan is referred to as: "Dragon" (Isaiah 27:1; Revelation 20:2), "Great red dragon" (Revelation 12:3), "Old serpent" (Revelation 12:9; 20:2), "Son of the Morning" (Isaiah 14:12)...

    The AERIAL album artwork features two paintings in tempora:
    "Lesson Time" by Frederic Cayley Robinson, 1921
    "Fishermen and Boat" by Joseph Edward Southall, 1920

    Tempora is taken from the Latin, to mingle, to temper, to mitigate, season and soften, to mix in due proportion...

    Karswell Kate: "What kind of language is this?"
    Ole Worm (May 13, 1588 – August 31, 1655) was a Danish physician and antiquary. He wrote a number of treatises on Rune stones and collected texts that were written in runic. In 1626 Worm published his Fasti Danici, or "Danish Chronology," containing the results of his researches into runic lore. Its expanded title is: "Fasti Danici Universam Tempora Computandi Rationem Exhibentes".

    So maybe the use of the word Tempora in Ole Worm's Runic tome explains why Kate and Peacock chose to mingle two tempora paintings in the AERIAL artwork... "It's in the trees! It's coming!"
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    General CommentThe AERIAL album cover also kinda reminds me of the Teletubbies' Rising Sun with baby center! ... And KT's hysterical Aerial laughter also makes me think of the Teletubbie Sun! ...
    Flick between the front cover and the Bertie photograph accompanying 'Bertie', and Bertie could be the sun center! ...
    Maybe Katie and Bertie watched the show...


    A prominent feature of each episode is a radiant sun that has an image of a smiling baby superimposed upon it. The baby in the sun occasionally laughs out loud in short bursts. To adults the laughter does not seem to be in response to any stimulus or humorous developments in the plot line of the episode. The Teletubby Sun's laughter brings to mind Katie's hysterical Aerial laughter!
    And the Teletubbies go "Eh-Oh!"

    teletubbies intro

    'Io' is a Greek Goddess. Her name is pronounced "ee-oh", not "eye-oh". Io was identified with the Egyptian goddess Isis, and her son Epaphos with the sacred bull Apis. Moloch - the sun god & god of war - went by many names including, Ba'al, Golden Calf, Chemosh, and the Apis Bull. Moloch was widely worshipped in the Middle East and wherever Punic culture extended. Baal Moloch was conceived under the form of a calf or an ox or depicted as a man with the head of a bull... as in KaTe's SIYL video?

    In magickal usage, Io is generally considered a "hail"... as in Crowley's Io Pan!, meaning Hail Pan!

    So when the Tellytubbies say "Eh-Oh!" they seemingly Hail the Sun... or perhaps Moloch!

    And when we play AERIAL, we seemingly Hail the Sun... or perhaps "Bertie, The Sun" ... or perhaps Moloch!

    The Teletubbies characters have been analysed as representing:
    Tinky-Winky - Hermes.
    Dipsy - Dionysis/Pan/The Green Man.
    La-La - Lilith.
    Po - Kaios. Po is the Maori word for the void that exists before creation.
    Noo-Noo - Shiva.
    The windmill - a Swastika.
    Occult Symbolism in Pop Culture
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    FIRST WALK: The Great Work and Thelemic Mysticism

    I will come home again, but not until
    The sun and the moon meet on yon hill...
    I'll send your love to Zeus
    Oh, by the time you read this...

    Amen is the Egyptian equivalent of Zeus

    Amen (Amon, Amun, Ammon, Amoun)

    Amen's name means "The Hidden One." Amen was the patron deity of the city of Thebes, and was viewed (along with his consort Amenet) as a primordial creation-deity by the priests of Hermopolis. When the Thebans had established their sovereignty in Egypt, Amen became a prominent deity, and by Dynasty XVIII was termed the King of the Gods. His famous temple, Karnak, is the largest religious structure ever built by man. Amen, by Dynasty XIX-XX, was thought of as an invisible creative power which was the source of all life in heaven, and on the earth, and in the great deep, and in the Underworld, and which made itself manifest under the form of Ra.

    During the New Kingdom, Amen's consort was Mut, "Mother," who seems to have been the Egyptian equivalent of the "Great Mother" archetype. The two thus formed a pair reminiscent of the God and Goddess of other traditions such as Wicca. Their child was the moon god Khons.

    Mut (Golden Dawn, Auramooth)
    The wife of Amen in Theban tradition; the word mut in Egyptian means "mother", and she was the mother of Khons, the moon god.

    Khons (Chons)
    The third member (with his parents Amen and Mut) of the great triad of Thebes. Khons was the god of the moon. The best-known story about him tells of him playing the ancient game senet ("passage") against Thoth, and wagering a portion of his light. Thoth won, and because of losing some of his light, Khons cannot show his whole glory for the entire month, but must wax and wane. The main temple in the enclosure at Karnak is dedicated to him.

    My Pussy Queen
    Knows all my secrets.
    I'll never fall in love again...

    The cover to THE RED SHOES is predominately black and red (as is the video and TLTC&TC film). The colors BLACK and RED date back to Ancient Egypt. Egypt was known as the "Black and Red Land" - a "Black Land" because of the rich black soil; a "Red land" because of the desert that protected Egypt on both sides from enemies.

    Where sands sing in crimson, red and rust...

    Egypt was also the center of Alchemy. Lucifereans regard alchemy as the transformation of the human soul into the godhead, a transformation which completes Satan's unfinished work!

    I'm busy chasing up my demon...

    The true meaning of the "Temple of Solomon" is the TEMPLE OF THE SUN. "Sol" "Om" and "On" are all words for the Sun. "Sol" is the Latin word for the Sun and is close to the English word "soul." "Om" is a name given by the Hindus to the Spiritual Sun, and "On" is an Egyptian word for Sun. During dynastic Egypt Ra's cult center was Annu (Hebrew "On", Greek "Heliopolis", modern-day "Cairo").

    And this curve, is your smile
    And this cross, is your heart
    And this line, is your path...

    The Chi Rho (the line, the cross and the curve) originates from the skull and crossed bones. The Skull and Bones is symbolic of the Nigredo stage of the Magnum Opus (the transformation of the soul into the godhead). This is the death stage in the work, before the soul is purified into the godhead. The dross is separated from the pure.
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    General CommentTHE ALCHEMICAL WORK

    The day is full of birds
    Sounds like they’re saying words...

    Alchemy endeavours to produce noble metals, precious stones, the panacea, and above all the Philosopher's Stone. On the one hand, it seeks to do this by finding the right mixture (Eukrasia) of natural substances according to the ancient doctrine of elements and qualities. Alternatively, it adds the Philosopher's Stone, usually a powder or elixir prepared from an unknown substance, to the base metal. But first of all this unknown substance must be reduced to the prima materia (first matter). This occurs in the alchemical process, the "Great Work" (opus magnum) which passes through various stages. According to the colours that appear, these are called nigredo (black), albedo (white), citrinitas (yellow), rubedo (red) among others. This change of coloration may be observed when an amalgam of copper and mercury is heated. According to the amount of evaporating mercury, white, yellow, red, gray and black colors are seen, described by alchemists as the cauda pavonis ("Peacock's Tail").

    The color booklet accompanying AERIAL shows the 'soundwave of blackbird song' (?) in several colors: gray, black, white, sun-yellow, and maroon-red.

    So could the gray, black, white, sun-yellow, and maroon-red soundwave colors represent ALCHEMICAL WORK? Nigredo (black), albedo (white), citrinitas (yellow), rubedo (red) among others?

    'Kate and Peacock' (?) chose the maroon 'soundwave of blackbird song' to compliment the Luciferean lightbearing yellow, sun-drenched album cover (Lucifer means "Light Bearer")...

    And Rubedo (redness) represents the marriage of sol and luna...

    I will come home again, but not until
    The sun and the moon meet on yon hill...

    Nigredo, or blackness, in alchemy means putrefaction or decomposition. The alchemists believed that as a first step in the pathway to the philosopher's stone all alchemical ingredients had to be cleansed and cooked extensively to a uniform black matter. In psychology Carl Jung interpreted nigredo as a moment of maximum despair, that is a prerequisite to personal development. Nigredo is sometimes called ‘blacker than the blackest black’.

    "Help this blackbird!"
    "She's a witch!"
    "There's a stone around my leg"
    "Uh! Damn you, woman!"
    "Help this blackbird!
    There's a stone around my leg"

    Psychologically, nigredo is a process of directing oneself to find self-knowledge. A problem is given full attention and reduced to its core. This is not done so much in an intellectual way, but especially by feeling the emotions. By really going into it, one causes putrefaction, the decomposition of that in which one had been stuck.

    Split me open
    With devotion
    You put your hands in
    And rip my heart out
    Eat the music...
    All emotion
    And with devotion
    You put your hands in
    What ya thinking?
    What am I singing?
    A song of seeds
    The food of love
    Eat the music...

    The confrontation with the inner reality is often painful, and can lead to depression. But once in the depth of the darkness, with the discovery of the seed of the problem, the seed in the ‘prima materia’, the white light is born (=albedo, whiteness, the next phase). A state of rest arises. Insight into the problem has been gained, it has been worked out emotionally, and knowledge arises on how to handle it in a more positive way and to build a more pure attitude.

    "Tiefer, tiefer
    Irgendwo in der Tiefe
    Gibt es ein licht"

    Being deep in nigredo, a white light appears. We have arrived at the second stage of the Great Work: albedo, or whiteness. The alchemist has discovered within himself the source from which his life comes forth. The source is one: male and female are united. When man descended into the physical world his body entered a world of duality. On the bodily level this is expressed by the sexes. But his spirit is still androgen, it contains duality in unity. When male and female are united again, one will experience his true self. Conscious and unconscious are totally united.

    Albedo happens when the Sun rises at midnight. It is a symbolic expression for the rising of the light at the depth of darkness. It is the birth of Christ in the middle of the winter. In the depth of a psychological crises, a positive change happens, ‘the hour of gold’.

    "Come here with me now"

    Albedo is also symbolized by the morning star Venus/Aphrodite. Venus has a special place in the Great Work. Aphrodite was born from the foam that arose when the genitals of Uranus (cut of by Chronos, out of hate and jealousy) fell into the sea. The cutting of the genitals represents repressed and tormented love. The sea, symbol of the soul, however will bring forth the love goddess. Liberation will happen when we become conscious again of the contents of the soul. As Aphrodite is born from the sea, she is the guide through the fearful world of the unconscious (the sea, or the underworld). The alchemist descends into these depths to find the ‘prima materia’, also called the ‘green lion’. The color green refers to the primal life forces. Venus also has the green color. An important characteristic of Aphrodite is that she helps us in our human shortcomings. She gives ideals and dreams to fulfill. But she also gives frightening images in order to make man aware of his lower nature. Liberation can only happen by becoming conscious of the lower nature and how we transmute it.

    It's wonderful
    Everywhere, so white...

    There are many other symbols in alchemy for the second phase, or albedo: the white swan, the rose, the white queen, the white dove, and so on. As lead is the metal of nigredo, silver is the metal of albedo, transmuted from lead. As silver is the metal of the moon, the moon was also a symbol for albedo. Alchemists also talk about the white stone or white tincture.

    Being born again
    Into the sweet morning fog
    D'you know what?
    I love you better now...

    The further steps of the alchemical opus are citrinitas (yellowness) and rubedo (redness)...

    The AERIAL cover is full of yellowness and redness... citrinitas and rubedo?
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    SECOND WALK: The Black Sun and The Golden Dawn

    Sol niger (black sun) is the name of the result of the first stage of the Opus Magnum in alchemy, the blackening (nigredo). The complete Opus magnum (Great Work) ends with the production of gold. And the "Kate and Peacock Design" for the completing photograph accompanying 'Aerial' uses a gold soundwave!

    The philosopher's stone (Latin: lapis philosophorum) is a legendary substance, supposedly capable of turning inexpensive metals into gold; it was also sometimes believed to be an elixir of life, useful for rejuvenation and possibly for achieving immortality. For a long time it was the most sought after goal in Western alchemy. In the view of spiritual alchemy, making the philosopher's stone would bring enlightenment upon the maker and conclude the Great Work.

    AERIAL is KT's Great Work, twelve years in the making!

    KT et al have found the philosopher's stone! They have been working secretly, turning base metal and ideas into Gold... the Golden Dawn cover, the Golden soundwave of 'Aerial', the Golden Sea of Honey, the Golden Sky of Honey...
    Pure Alchemy! ... Pure Gold! ...a Golden Egg... All Noble and Brite! ...

    Within Thelema, the Great Work is generally defined as those spiritual practice leading to the mystical union of the Self and the All— Crowley: "The Great Work is the uniting of opposites. It may mean the uniting of the soul with God, of the microcosm with the macrocosm, of the female with the male, of the ego with the non-ego."

    According to Aleister Crowley, this is first represented by what he called the "Knowledge and Conversation with the Holy Guardian Angel." From another perspective, he also considered the Great Work to be the pursuit of self-knowledge, to "obtain the knowledge of the nature and powers of my own being." Although Crowley often discussed the idea of "succeeding" or "accomplishing" in the Great Work, he also recognized that the process is ongoing: "The Quest of the Holy Grail, the Search for the Stone of the Philosophers—by whatever name we choose to call the Great Work—is therefore endless. Success only opens up new avenues of brilliant possibility. Yea, verily, and Amen! the task is tireless and its joys without bounds; for the whole Universe, and all that in it is, what is it but the infinite playground of the Crowned and Conquering Child, of the insatiable, the innocent, the ever-rejoicing Heir of Space and Eternity, whose name is MAN?"

    In the snow with Rosebud
    And king of the mountain...

    Inside the AERIAL booklet is a photograph of Katie and Bertie seemingly taken underwater in a swimming pool. Bertie wears green goggles and Katie wears purple goggles.

    Green is the color of nature, fertility, life. Green symbolizes self-respect and well being, balance, learning, growth and harmony. Green represents the life force.

    Purple is the color of good judgment and of people seeking spiritual fulfilment. It is said if you surround yourself with purple you will have peace of mind. Being the combination of red and blue, the warmest and coolest colors, purple is believed to be the ideal color, and has been used to symbolize magic and mystery. The scarcity of its shellfish dye, meant that purple became a symbol of royalty and riches.

    ...'Is that a storm in the swimming pool?'
    ...Or is that a Prince?

    AERIAL is a Ray of Light, a Body of Light, and the realisation of KT's Thelemic mysticism!

    There is much magic and mystery in the 'Washing' Photography by John Carder-Bush. Some people believe there is a red devil hidden within the 'Washing' photograph accompanying the lyrics to 'Mrs Bartolozzi' in the CD/Vinyl booklet. Look at the center, out-of-focus red image of trees. A nose, lips and two hollow eyes can just be made out. This may well be just the light and shade in the foliage or the red devil may be an Occult sign, a hint at what is about to happen, The Omen... "It's in the trees! It's coming!"

    "Woman let me in!
    Let me bring in the memories!
    Woman let me in!
    Let me bring in the Devil Dreams!"

    Then there's that sexy red dress... The Devil Wears Prada!

    On the album/CD cover, the Magician changes whites into doves. In Biblical tradition, the dove is a symbol of purity, simplicity, peace, harmony and re-found happiness. Pagans associate the dove with Aphrodite and with physical love. In both views, the dove stands for that imperishable part of the human being, the vital principle or soul. The Dove also represents the feminine power of giving prophecy, and the hope of a new beginning. The Dove shows and reveals the veils between the spiritual and physical worlds, e.g. as Holy Spirit or as bearers of the ambrosia for the immortal gods. Their symbolism stems from their grace and beauty, spotless white feathers and gentle cooing. It is said that the Dove’s nature is so pure that even Satan himself cannot shape-shift into its form. The dove also has strong esoteric connections to alchemy in partnership with the Phoenix. In her Magician aspect, Isis is associated with the spiritual-alchemy of the dove. In The Alchemist's Dream, there are many symbols for albedo, such as the white swan, the rose, the white queen, and the white dove...

    Now take a look at the following book cover - it is just like PB in the 'Delius (Song of Summer)' video...

    Ooh, ah, ooh, ah
    Delius amat
    Genius, ooh...

    The Black Sun: The Alchemy and Art of Darkness (Marlan, 2005)

    Book Description
    "The black sun, an ages-old image of the darkness in individual lives and in life itself, has not been treated hospitably in the modern world. Modern psychology has seen darkness primarily as a negative force, something to move through and beyond, but it actually has an intrinsic importance to the human psyche...
    "He draws upon his clinical experiences and on a wide range of literature and art to explore the influence of light and shadow on the fundamental structures of modern thought as well as the contemporary practice of analysis.
    "An important contribution to the understanding of alchemical psychology, this book draws on a postmodern sensibility to offer insight into modernity, the act of imagination, and the work of analysis in understanding depression, trauma, and transformation of the soul."

    The Black Sun, the Raven, the Crow, and the color black also symbolize the Nigredo stage. The Peacock is sacred to Satan and represents the multi-colored stage of the Magnum Opus following the Nigredo.

    This is a song of colour...

    ‘Cauda Pavonis’, the peacock’s tail, or the peacock itself, is a phase in which many colors appear. Many alchemists place this phase before albedo, whiteness, although some of them place it after albedo.

    Bright, white coming alive jumping off of the aerial...

    The peacock’s tail can have two meanings in the Great Work. It can be the collection and totality of all colors in the white light (KaTe sing Pi to 137 decimal places. The Number 137 corresponds with light, the ONE WHITE or Whole light that consists of THREE primary rays, the red, green and blue, or SEVEN spectrum colours). Remember, the white light refers to the second stage, albedo, or whiteness. The alchemist is seeking unity, expressed in the white light. In this sense the peacock was seen as a royal bird in ancient times, and it corresponded with the phoenix.

    Lucifer, Lucifer, stretch your tail, and lead me away full speed through the strait passage, of the valley of death, to the shining light, the palace of of the Gods - Isanatha Muni

    The second meaning is that it represents the failure of the alchemical process. When the conscious enters the unconscious "each part of a thought can take shape and become visible in color and form", according to a Chinese text about yoga exercises. One starts seeing all kinds of forms which look real and which look like they have an independent life. But one cannot go into it as it leads to discord of the mind, and possibly to schizophrenia.

    I want to be up on the roof
    I’ve gotta be up on the roof
    Up, up high on the roof
    Up, up on the roof
    In the sun!

    The photography and artwork accompanying AERIAL very much suggest that magic and spiritual alchemy were at play in creating the Great Work, and that Kate obviously felt a need to cryptically inform us fans that this was the case.
    Theresa_Gionoffrioon June 01, 2008   Link

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