Our silversmith in Rhode Island has given us a reasonable deal on reproducing exact replicas of Bob's sterling silver spiral ring, and we are ready to take orders! When you order online, you will tell us your ring size. If you don't know your ring size, we've included easy instructions on the order page for figuring that out. Each ring will be separately ordered as soon as you complete the online form. Please be patient. It will take some number of weeks for the ring to be finished, sent to us and then packaged for shipping. The first ring orders should be shipping out in January. The price for one ring is $123, the same as the price for the pendant.
If you are interested in getting a pendant, Christina advises me that any pendant orders that come in soon should be able to arrive before Christmas!
And speaking of the pendant, we've gotten fabulous feedback from those of you who received pendants. We still have more pendants available, so don't hesitate to make an order!
One of the first people to buy a pendant was Uber-RAW fan Martin Wagner. You may recognize his name from his incredible archive work and his creation of the ever-growing RAW archive site, rawilsonfans.de. Martin dazzled us with his Cosmic Trigger Companion page. If you haven't seen it, do visit when you can!
Here are a few other folks with new RAW Spiral Pendants! When you get your RAW Spiral Ring, please don't be shy and send us a photo!
And yes, this last photo is me, taking a break from editing the next
Hilaritas Press RAW title, Cosmic Trigger II.
While working on Cosmic Trigger II, which I last read years ago, I was reminded why several people have written to say that the second book in Bob's autobiographical trilogy was one of their favorites. In the middle of editing, we were also working on getting the ring production together, and so I was delighted to have the small coincidance of reading this passage where Bob talks about his ring . . .
We were living in San Miguel de Allende, which is in the hills northwest of Mexico City. It was 1971, and my earnings from my new career as free-lance writer had been meager for several months; worse, my savings from the years at Playboy were running out. When a royalty check arrived in the mail, it seemed so large to me that, after depositing it in the bank, I insisted on taking Arlen and the kids out to lunch. Afterwards, the kids wandered off to see some friends and I took Arlen to a silver shop to buy her some jewelry.
She said that I had to buy something for myself, too, so I looked around the shop and finally picked out a silver ring, with an inward-turning spiral design. I have worn it ever since.
A picture of me, in which that ring appears rather conspicuous, appeared on the jacket of one or two of my books. From then on, whenever I went out on the lecture circuit, people would ask me what the ring “symbolized.” (Many people appear to believe I am a deep and mysterious fellow and that everything I do or say has hidden mystical and symbolic meanings.) I started thinking about the ring myself.
An inward-turning spiral, I decided, is the shape of our galaxy. Oddly, it is also the shape of the DNA molecule, the code of life, seen from above. The ring thus suggests the old Hermetic notion of the macrocosm in the microcosm, “That which is above is contained in that which is below.”
Hmmm . . . That certainly wasn’t on my mind, consciously, when I bought the ring.
Later I realized that if one can look at the DNA from above, one can also look at the Hindu kundalini serpent that way, too. Seen from above, the kundalini also looks like an inward-turning spiral. According to the Hindus, this kundalini energy underlies all manifestations of life, “however small,” which would seem to include the DNA.
The controversial neo-Freudian, Wilhelm Reich, also believed there was a life-energy underlying all biological systems. He called it “orgone” and claimed it had a spiral shape.
The same spiral appears over and over in the late paintings of Van Gogh, work done when he was either going crazy from paresis, or from too much absinthe, or from both.
In the mid ’70s, when Arlen and I were living in San Francisco, I got involved in the pagan revival. By then, I was a gourmet of religions — sampling all, believing none, much like Adolphus in Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara. Neo-paganism was definitely a growing force in America, and I wanted to know about it from inside. I learned a lot, which I will write about sometime, but the most interesting detail right now is that Celtic pagan rituals take the form of a dance made up of an inward-turning spiral followed by an outward-turning spiral.
Some say these rituals have come down to us from the Stone Age, through underground cults and sects which survived even during the Inquisition. Others say that is a Romantic Lie and modern paganism was created out of anthropology books and Aleister Crowley’s poetry by an English eccentric named Gerald Gardner, in the early 1930s.
(Curiously, Gardner, who certainly popularized neo-paganism even if he didn’t also invent it, lived on the Isle of Man, where an ancestor of mine was once king . . .)
Reading a book on Celtic myth around 1980 I found that ancient Irish burial grounds were laid out to form a double spiral when seen from above — an inward spiral and an outward spiral. This was alleged to represent death and rebirth.
I wasn’t sure all this meant anything, but at least it gave me a bright line of chatter to reel off when people asked me what the spiral ring symbolized.
We are getting close to releasing the new edition of Cosmic Trigger II. As usual, RAW Trust Newsletter recipients will be the first to know when the book is available.
As always, lots of love and lasagna to you all!
Rasa with Christina and Olga
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