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Hermes’ Winged Helm and Workout of the Week #74

This week I’m going to hook you up with a little knowledge lecture about Hermeticism.  Why?  Two reasons:

  1. Because Hermeticism is the backbone of the spirituality of Cabal Fang,
  2. And people often ask what the hell Hermeticism has to do with martial arts (like Fernan Vargas did on the Raven Talk podcast).

Here’s the video — hope you find it fun and enjoyable.

And now for Cabal Fang Workout of the Week #74

Cabal Fang Workout of the Week #74

  • Slip ball.  Get in front of your slip ball for 10 minutes.  If you are serious about boxing or kickboxing you should be doing this twice a week until the end of time.  Pursue slip ball with enough sincerity to be sweaty when you’re done.  Don’t know how to use a slip ball?  Watch this.  Don’t have a slip ball?  Put anything on the end of a string and hang it up, or make a proper one by drilling a hole in a tennis ball and running some para-cord through it.
  • Power kick pyramids vs. heavy bag.  Set timer for 10 minutes.  Throw a Side Kick pyramid to 4 with left leg forward, switch stance, and do another with right leg forward.  Switch stance.  Throw a Roundhouse/Switch Kick pyramid with left leg forward, switch, and then throw another with right leg forward.  Repeat until the timer beeps.  Kick as hard and fast as you can for max power.  Each pyramid = 1 kick, then 2, 3, 4, 3, 2, 1 with only a short beat between groupings.  See if you can get through 12 pyramids — the whole thing 3 times — before the timer beeps (that would be 192 kicks).
  • Caduceus meditation.  Symbols effect your mind in ways that words and sounds cannot.  One of the best ways to use and interact with symbols is to sketch them in your own hand.  Draw a caduceus on a  piece of paper.  Then prop it up such that it’s at eye level when you’re in your chosen meditative posture.  Narrow your eyes to slits, regulate your breathing, and meditate on the drawing for about 10 minutes.  Record your thoughts and impressions in your training journal.

A caduceus (courtesy of Wikimedia)

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The Baphomet Underhill Catch-up Kerfuffle (and WOOTW #34)

I’ve been so busy finishing up the book that didn’t finish or publish several half-written posts.  So I decided to thrown them all together for you.  But I had absolutely no idea what to call this catch-all post because, to be honest, I’m coming up on my 1,000th post, and my creative titling skills are s t r e t c h e d to breaking, OK?  So I just threw some words in the the title line and kind of moved on.

Anyway, check out this little slideshow.  Pointers and reptiles and staffs — oh my! I’ve been reading The Mythic Image by Joseph Campbell and I’ve started seeing all kinds of connections between divergent images from various times.   The similarities between the figures in the slideshow below kind of made my head go >kqonk!<.  What do you see when you look at them?  Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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And Happy Belated Birthday to the very mystical Evelyn Underhill (6 December 1875 – 15 June 1941). Her timeless and wonderful book Mysticism  (full title, Mysticism: A Study in Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness) had a profound effect on me. Highly recommended.  It’s basically the instruction manual to the mystic mindset.  My favorite quote of hers is, “Mysticism is the art of union with Reality. The mystic is a person who has attained that union in greater or less degree; or who aims at and believes in such attainment.”


And now for the Cabal Fang Workout of the Week.

Cabal Fang Workout of the Week #34

  • Dumbbell HIIT.  Set timer to beep every 60 seconds and select two dumbbells approx 10% of your body weight — beginners less, advanced more.  Complete 4 sets of the following exercises, as many reps as you can before the timer beeps, taking a 10-second break between: Military Presses (alternating), Squats, Curl-ups.  That’s 12 mins total.
  • 2 miles AFAYC.  Walk, hike, jog, run, walk/run, doesn’t matter — just cover the miles as fast as you can.