A Report on Lachrymology

A Report on Lachrymology

by Matt Nand

Lachrymology, when deciphered for it's meaning, becomes "the study of crying". The origins of this school of thought are vague at best. The only definite source of this "science" are the members of the heavy metal band, Tool. Tool claims that that "Lachrymology" was actually coined by Ronald P. Vincent in his book "A joyful guide to Lachrymology". However, there is no evidence that Ronald or his book actually exist. Why the band began this rumor is anyone's guess, and it does harm the credibility of lachrymology.
Despite the apparent lies concerning it's origins, the basic tenets of Lachrymology are still worth study, although it is a shame that the actual philosopher behind this science is unknown. The essential ideas behind Lachrymology are quite simple, the science teaches that a human cannot very well develop emotionally, mentally, or spiritually without the experience of pain.

And so I will begin this analysis of Lachrymology by asking the crucial question; what is pain? Pain is an emotional or physical experience that can only be described within itself. Pain is often intense, and more often leaves a memory of the damage it causes. It is this that makes Lachrymology so viable, for it is the psycho-emotional effects of pain that allow us to experience forward development in the human experience.

Consider Lachrymology in relation to a polarity effect. At one end, misery -- at the other, joy. Can one ever fully appreciate the positive without first experiencing it's opposite? A person who has an overwhelming period of pain, or a painful experience, will most likely experience joy and pleasure fuller when their psyche compares the two experiences.

A common situation with the human mind (especially in western thought) is the understanding that life is riddled with painful experience, touched rarely with joy, and then the individual must die. Many people spend a great deal of time in their lives preparing for pain, in hope of avoiding it. The problem here lies in the way by which people prepare for and deal with painful experiences. So much of the time, the anticipation of pain or severe loss (as perceived by the individual) leads a person to develop self destructive defense mechanisms which only hinder development as an individual. Under the theorem of Lachrymology, we understand that a person must learn to expect loss, failure, and pain. By understanding that these things are inevitable, a person can learn to embrace their losses.

The integration of pain and suffering into our psyche, rather than fighting it, teaches our souls the meaning of loss. When we accept pain in our lives, we can learn to live at the depths of emotion which pain can induce. It is in these "depths" that we can often reach true realization.

Pain functions as a tool of development by forcing an individual to concentrate. When a person is trapped in the mental snare caused by emotional or physical pain, their mind automatically begins to seek out answers as to "why" the person is suffering. As long as this process is not interrupted (such as by distractions like drugs, alcohol, etc.) the psyche will continue to operate in a progressive fashion. The individual will, at first, dwell almost solely on the pain at hand. Given time, the mind will grow used to the pain and the consciousness will automatically progress into other areas of thought. This progression of thought will, with time, lead into psychological development.

The state of mind generated by focus on pain or loss is known clinically as depression. The major body of psychiatric thought considers depression to be a "sickness". This concept should be considered as appalling to anyone who understands the significance of misery, sadness, pain, and so on. Throughout history, "depression" has been a common thread between many brilliant men. We know that Mozart, Poe, and DaVinci, among others, were so "troubled".

This is not to say that depression should be a constant state of mind for everyone. By all means depression, like all things; will likely run it's course and move on with time, leaving only mental advancements and wisdom in it's place. It must not be left unstated that the ascension out of pain, and depression is just as important as the suffering itself; for it is our suffering that enables our development and our greater appreciation of new found heights. As individuals who have survived pain, we must remember to remain aware of the pain we have suffered, and allow that pain to teach us for all that it is worth.

Another area of concern is the intentional infliction of pain, particularly in physical form. This is a highly complex matter, and it must be addressed. First and foremost, we must pose a highly important question- can intentional pain offer the same development potential as that which is not intentional? In essence, the potential of intentional physical pain is dependent on the motivation behind it's infliction. If the pain is caused for enjoyment, then it may well be considered as "masochism". The infliction of pain for enjoyment, particularly sexual gratification, should not be considered as developmental under Lachrymology. By causing pain for personal (or mutual) gratification, the psyche learns nothing from the experience, as all of the gain is sensual and derived from the pain itself. However, intentional pain could well be developmental if the goal is the spiritual or mental gain that can be offered from such experiences. This idea is evident in eastern religions and monastic societies, where practitioners inflict pain on themselves or suffer deprivation in order to experience the mental clarity that they can only gain from these practices.

Finally, the philosophical basis of Lachrymology eludes to "crying as a therapy". Indeed, crying eliminates particular toxins from the body produced when an individual is suffering stress. Also, the act of crying offers psychological healing by allowing us to better understand the pain we are feeling and cope with the suffering in a biologically sound manner.

And thus, this exploration of the philosophy of Lachrymology comes full circle. Despite it's shady roots, the theories of Lachrymology are highly sound in their foundation. Perhaps it does not have the best beginnings, but as the quote states... "all new truths begin as heresies." Only by exploring and understanding our human capacity for pain can we learn to appreciate pleasure, and experience the complete developmental potential that pain (emotional or physical) can truly offer.

Interpretate at your own risk. This was not written by me.


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KATYA SANNA - Il Ramo D'Oro's picture
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In short but I would like to explain my thought:
> The science teaches that a human cannot very well develop emotionally, mentally, or spiritually without the experience of pain.
Non sono d’accordo: I am not agree. It is too simplistic. Often who says this, lives a simple life, without true worries and true troubles…I never would have the bravery to speak in this way to the persons that lives their life forced on bed or on a chair…Or to who have difficult to manage their life because never have rather money or have not a home, that have not the chance to imagine-dream a future over the day after…Stop, I don’t wont to be too polemic ;)

> Finally, the philosophical basis of Lachrymology eludes to "crying as a therapy". Indeed, crying eliminates particular toxins from the body produced when an individual is suffering stress. Also, the act of crying offers psychological healing by allowing us to better understand the pain we are feeling and cope with suffering in a biologically sound manner.
Yes it is true, but: my eyes don’t produces tears…
My eyes don’t produces rather tears: it is a bad trouble, so my eyes are too fragile and always at risk of bad inflamations, damages on the cornea or, thanks to wrong medical treatment, the glaucoma. How can reply this (even if interesting) theory to this situation?
About the emotional if I cry is a bad sign, because if for many people it is a vent for me it is a sign of the end of hope, the feeling that I can’t do more…It seems that this theory works in opposite way with me ;)

> This was not written by me
Why don’t speak by your words?
What is your personal thought?


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my own view? I'm a little on both sides, I wil try and explain the thinking I have. I used to a narcassistic drama queen (long time ago) and I came to realize what I was doing. I would cry over nothing for attention, and I have come to this concensus. I'll cry when I have no appendages, no money, and no shelter. I don't cry anymore, and it sucks going to funerals and not having any emotion to display out of respect, but really that's the only downside. There are those who deserve the attention, but I don't need it.

Yes, "never would have the bravery to speak in this way to the persons that lives their life forced on bed or on a chair…Or to who have difficult to manage their life because never have rather money or have not a home, that have not the chance to imagine-dream a future over the day after." I have no right to say any of this to ones of such state, and I couldn't unless I was in such a state.

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You don't have to not cry, you know.


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> There are those who deserve the attention, but I don't need it.
Really? What are you? ;)
It is not possible, you are born in this world and you need the attention like all us, human beings, plants, stones…Everything…
Everybody needs something or somebody, you can’t deny the evidence, to deny this is a thought of a teen-ager, or of who have fear.
STRONG EMBRACE and congratulation for your fine Blogs

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I would tend to challenge a position that says 'not possible'.

If we say it is not possible, we are saying that humanity is doomed to remain as it is since it cannot ever be anything other.

At one point or another one then two then more individuals will have to have broken through the cheese bell of their psychology.

Denying something the possibility of being removes our ability to consider what may lie on the other side of our perceptions, especially the impression we have of ourselves and even more importantly the impression of what our limits are.

Our limit as individuals is what we are allowed to think. If something falls beyond our thought forms and that we have not yet learned to consider outside the field of these thoughts, we remain trapped insider their construct.

Allowing ourselves to consider things that we cannot think prevent us from considering that something must be understood but allows us to consider possibilities far more powerful than common sense allows.

The need for attention is a sickness of the soul and not a need of the spirit who instead needs others to amplify its potential creatively rather than using the experience as an emotional accumulation machine.

Whether this fine person requires attention or not is besides the point I am trying to make. Only that person can really know how real that statement is. It may also have been a relative statement anyway, the difference between the pathological and the usual.

You see what I am getting at?

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"Quaerendo Invenietis" ~ "By Seeking, you will discover"

In order to clarify a bit on the supposed origins and basic tenents of "Lachrymology", I would like to post a bit of info that I found while CAREFULLY searching through the website of the band responsible for the propagation of this school of thought. Don't bother looking for the information on the site itself because it has been taken off of it(as far as I can see). All credit, questions, and comments should go to: Blair Mackenzie Blake. I did not write this, nor could I write this, and those supposing that I had something to do with this are mistaken. Enjoy...


"O' Stone Lid of the Coffin, Shut!
To cut the Breath of the Sleeper;
That the Hands of Death may reach out,
Draw him down and ever deeper.
To dissolve amid the Endless years;
To drink from Hell's own tear-fill'd cup.
Who once wast mourn'd is now the Weeper."
-Andrew D. Chumbley

Of the many mysteries surrounding the prog-metal band Tool, in the early years, perhaps none was more perplexing than the group's much mentioned interest in the tenets of the philosophy/religion known as Lachrymatory (translated literally as the science or study of crying). According to information provided in the bio included with promotional copies of the album Undertow (which was later made available on several 'fan' sites), the soul foundation of the unusual form of psychotherapy that so fascinated the four band members came from a book entitled The Joyful Guide to Lachrymology which was supposedly written in 1949 by a "crop-spray contractor" named Ronald P. Vincent. In fact, from remarks made by band members during the Undertow-era, so influential was Vincent's book that it became the very inspiration for the formation of Tool, as well as being a unifying force among its individual members. But was the philosophical basis of Lachrymolgy really "a 'tool' to learn and gain from" as drummer Danny Carey once explained the band's name? After searching for Vincent's book and coming up empty handed (it wasn't even registered in the Library of Congress), many decided to take this strange theology espoused by Tool with a "huge" grain of salt, although some were curious as to why they attempted to hoodwink their fans with a paradoxical belief system that was considered almost doctrinal.

As it stands today, most people who have attempted to investigate the murky origins of Lachrymology as detailed by its elusive founder in his equally elusive book believe that the whole thing was nothing more than an elaborate hoax perpetrated by the band to amuse themselves and their fans, or as a way to further fuel the Tool mystique. Others saw it as a parody on religious cults, in particular on dianetics and the Church of Scientology with the fictional character of Ronald P. Vincent being modeled after L. Ron Hubbard, the third-rate pulp writer and founder of the California based cult.

But even if it was all merely a spoof, to me, the most interesting thing was that it was evident from the various fan sites on the web that even to those who were so quick to dismiss Vincent's composition as a complete fabrication by the members of Tool, many nevertheless found much credence in the basic principles of Lachrymatory of crying as therapy and the belief that only through pain, both physical and emotional, can one grow, and move on to a higher level of being.

Although these people deemed the essential ideas of the psychotherapeutic process of advancement through pain as worthy of further exploration, to my knowledge, no one ever considered an alternative possibility: that Vincent's message both conceals and reveals a higher Arcanum. That it was actually a veiled and cryptic path to initiation. Having studied Vincent's 'book' (yes, it really does exist) for many years now, that is exactly what I've come to believe The Joyful Guide to Lachrymology is. But not at first. Although I knew that Tool's guitarist, Adam Jones did possess a copy of the 'book', and had met its enigmatic author on at least one occasion, upon reading the 'guide' (as it was then referred to) for the first time, I thought the "valid philosophical system" as the band members described Vincent's school of thought in various interviews was just the incoherent ramblings (much like Hubbard's science fiction drivel) of a crank who moved to California where he later attempted to establish a cash-cow cult of his own in Hollywood.
But, as I've just mentioned, this was after my initial reading. Several months later, for whatever reason (perhaps because the purple prose was so damned purple), I decided to read the thing again (although at the time I wasn't looking forward to it - such was the author's dense and, at times, [deliberately?] torturous writing style). This time I began to notice things that I hadn't 'seen' the first time through. These were strange, cryptic little phrases that caused internal bells to sound; no doubt some of them ringing at a deeper subconscious level. After finishing the book and setting it down, I would soon find myself picking it up and starting all over again. The more I read it, the more it seemed to pull me in, until at times I felt like I was trapped in a labyrinth of sorts (and without the benefit of the thread of Ariandne to guide me). With the perverse artistry of its nebulous passages, Vincent's narrative became a riddle or a puzzle that I somehow needed to solve. It was a mystery that I just couldn't let go. Like an onion (with its allinase enzymes as a lachrymator - and one that nearly brought me to tears out of sheer frustration), I slowly began to peel away the various layers of subtle meaning until a different picture, or in this case, a different 'book' began to emerge. It was around this time that the band went silent on the whole subject of Lachrymology.

Before I proceed to give my opinion of Vincent's Magnum Opus, let me first attempt to clear up some of the confusion and misconceptions about the 'book' itself. The Joyful Guide to Lachrymology that Adam obtained (at a local swap meet many years ago) is not really a book or a novel as it's been described (privately published or otherwise). Rather, it is a mimeographed copy of a typed short story that reads more like a pseudo diary than anything else. It is only 49 pages long (the number of which I've come to realize as being very significant, but I'll have more to say about that later) with a date typed at the top of the first page that reads 1949. I've now reason to believe that the date was specifically chosen to include the number 49, even though the 'book' may have actually been written at a later time, possibly in the 1950s or even the 1960s.

Keeping in mind that according to most people Vincent's book doesn't really exist because evidently no one other than Adam Jones has been able to procure a copy* (and as it's not listed in any catalogs), I feel at this time that I should mention a couple of other similarly mysterious 'occult' books which may have been seized and suppressed, but whose existence was known to a select few.
According to Kenneth Rayner Johnson in his well-researched book, The Fulcanelli Phenomenon, in 1910 there appeared in France the private publication by an anonymous author of a book entitled Voyage en Kaleidoscope. On the surface, this appeared to be just another romance novel, but in actuality, if we are to believe his sources who the author describes as authorities on western esotericism , it was an alchemical treatise in disguise. For those with eyes to see, or so the sources from these Parisian occult circles acknowledged, some of the most carefully-guarded secrets of the Art were openly displayed in the esoteric symbolism of the book's cover design. Still, other encoded instructions could be found in the actual phraseology of various sections of the text itself, including the name of the prima materia and all-important details as to the correct heating methods (furnace) of the alchemical process. The day after a small celebration of the book's publication (amongst a few close friends), the anonymous author fell ill with a sudden fever and died. Although the cause of death was attributed to accidental poisoning from tainted oysters, those close to the author believed that the oysters were deliberately infected. A week later all but two copies of the book were purchased by "persons unknown" and destroyed, with the two surviving copies said to be in the private libraries of contemporary occultists. Just as The Joyful Guide to Lachrymology wasn't registered with the Library of Congress, neither had Voyage en Kaleidoscope been officially registered in the catalog of the French Bibliotheque Nationale. Another similar case would be the strange history and mysterious circumstances surrounding the burning on the lawn at Bury House, Gosport, Hampshire in 1850 of almost the entire stock of Mary Anne Atwood's A Suggestive Inquiry into the Hermetic Mystery (a book which has since been reprinted from a copy that survived the bonfire after the issue of the book was abruptly stopped).
* This despite the fact that urban dictionary.com describes Lachrymology as: A pop-philosophical of-sorts religion having its origins in the book "The Joys of Lachrymatory" (sic) by Vincent. Vaguely Nietzschean in tone, it has received a popularity boost of late due to the four members of the band 'Tool' being alleged proponents.

"The Knower of Truth should go about the world outwardly stupid like a child, a madman or a devil." - Mahavakyaratnamala

Okay, so far we've seen just a couple examples of books that, for whatever reason, were for the most part destroyed by those who wished to prevent their distribution with a few copies surviving as 'proof' of their existence. But what about the author of The Joyful Guide to Lachrymology himself? From what I could gather from conversations with band members as well as from examining several old photographs of the author that had been inserted between the pages of the mimeographed short story, at first, although he might not have been the lunatic that I originally thought, Ronald P. Vincent was still a complete enigma. He was definitely a knave of sorts as is evident by the ludicrous story recounted in the Undertow-era bio stating that "In the late summer of 1948, Ronald P. Vincent decided that survival had become intolerable, that absolute anguish had become less fearful than suppression (my italics). Six months earlier, his wife had been dismembered in a tragic accident involving a snow plough, and from that moment on the crop-spray contractor's life had become an unrelenting nightmare." Although this might explain why many Tool fans came to regard the whole Lachrymology thing as a "snow job", the story is, in my opinion, both laughingly tenebrific and terrifically absurd.

Over the years I have come to regard Vincent as both a clownish prankster and as a genuine seeker of knowledge. Despite a great deal of chicanery, he was someone who possessed a profound and intimate knowledge of things that have hitherto remained occult (i.e. hidden). He was a high adept who left an important (and at times even perspicuous) al-Khem-cal tract before walking off into the Transcendent Sunset. But there is an even better way to describe him. He is what was known as a Harlequin. The definition of a Harlequin is "a jester connected with the devil in French medieval mystery plays." He has also been described as a clownish character who teaches by playing ludicrous tricks. Even though in the photos of Vincent that were stuck between the pages, the author wasn't attired in the traditional garb of the pantomime clown - that is with clothing consisting of triangular multicolored patches*, with his face painted black (for wise), and carrying a staff (the original 'slapstick' that later evolved and became the magic wand), I nevertheless could easily imagine him as acting the buffoon as he imparted the wisdom of the "solitary, wandering Sufi teacher." In writing of the Harlequin, Kenneth Rayner Johnson states: "He made paradoxical statements which, superficially, might have seemed mere buffoonery and clowning to the non-initiate. But they were, in fact, designed to trigger alternative thought-processes and frames of reference, rather like the seemingly illogical koans of Zen Buddhism."
* In one photo, however, he is wearing a 'patchwork' flannel shirt.
But let's take another look at the word itself: Fr. Harlequin, arlequin from Ofr. Hellequin.According to the author of The Fulcanelli Phenomenon, the name harlequin itself is derived from an Arabic play on words signifying 'great door' and 'confused speech.' Both of these will become important later. From my research into the Egyptian Tarot, I knew that the harlequin was related to The Devil trump card (see Aleister Crowley:, The Book of Thoth), which was, itself, attributed to the Hebrew letter ayin (0) which, according to occultists, represents the eye (as in the Watchers or Fallen Angels)

It is important to note that the there is a close connection between The Devil, The Fool, and the Harlequin. However, with regards to the Devil, there is an interesting footnote to my researches into The Joyful Guide that I'd now like to share with you. One night, while visiting with certain band members and talking about Vincent, someone in the room suggested that I check to see if his name might not be an anagram for something else. Admittedly, the thought hadn't occurred to me before. Within minutes we typed Ronald P Vincent into an anagram program on the Internet ( I believe it was www.wordsmith,org/anagram) and waited for the results. And there were plenty of them, hundreds of different word combinations, but none of them seemed to spell out anything but garbled nonsense. After about a half an hour of sitting in the darkened room alone, straining my eyes as I scrolled down the seemingly endless column of meaningless arrangements of letters, suddenly there was something that caused me to lift my hand from the mouse. Under my breath I jokingly uttered "Bingo." What I saw was DNA CLOVEN PRINT! Immediately I called the others into the room. My friend Camella Grace came in first, and stared at what I was pointing to on the computer screen with a mock-nervous laughter. She then went to get Adam who didn't believe it until he saw it for himself.
When I scrolled down to check for other possible anagrams, NOTHING else even remotely substantial turned up, with all the other (English) words, such as the intriguing 'NOVEL', 'PAIN', and 'LATIN' all containing additional letters that rendered the phrase meaningless. As exciting as the DNA CLOVEN PRINT phrase was, knowing that DNA hadn't yet been 'discovered' in 1949 (the date typed in Vincent's pseudo-diary), I felt this was just a coincidence, but it certainly was a strange coincidence (and if the story was written at a later date as I strongly suspect it was, than maybe the DNA anagram should be more than just a footnote).

Writing in his The Book of Thoth, Crowley states that the Harlequin is an aspect of that fellow who is clad in motley, the Fool, and makes the important connection to the Coat of Many Colors of Jesus and Joseph, relating this to the iridescence associated with a particular stage of the alchemical process known as the Peacock's Tail (might this also be related to the fact that peacock's feathers are covered with eyes?).
Therefore, in the processional Hermetic fair, which itself was a science disguised as a grotesque parody of the Sacred Family (the deeper meaning already lost save for a few illuminated adepts), the Holy Fool was the Savior, the messenger who delivers his people from bondage and who has mystical powers over death (that is, one who has been liberated from the bondage of the ultimate illusion of life itself and who has experienced that which lies outside one's self [i.e. the unknown universe or multiverse] whilst yet living). As Arcanum number zero, which is attributed to aleph and designated the eleventh path (between Kether and Chokmah) on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, The Fool thus represents the "unmanifest or transcendent." As I saw it, with his modern-day 'mystery play', Vincent was playing the role of the Holy Fool - the crazy man, or mad one who dances on the brink of the abyss (the dominion of Choronzon) and who endeavors to transcend the earthly plane with the completion of the Magnum Opus or Great Work.

In another card of the Major Arcana, Adjustment, (Crowley changed the name of this Tarot trump which in the old pack was called Justice), we are shown a masked (female) harlequin figure who is finely balanced on the tip of her toes within a diamond (teardrop?). Crowley observes that she is "the partner and fulfillment of the Fool, and equates the dance of harlequin with the phantom-show of manifestation. Considering that the significance of the individual cards read by today's fortune tellers is in all likelihood much different from what their original intended meaning was (although much of which is still relevant), there may be an even deeper occult formula associated with this card, one that Crowley either wasn't consciously aware of or didn't want to comment on. However, I am of the opinion that he at least had an inkling of the same portentous mystery that is adumbrated in Vincent's pseudo-diary For in speaking of this card as the feminine compliment of the Fool, Crowley claims that the letters attributed to it, Aleph Lamed "constitute the secret key of The Book of the Law and that this is the basis of a complete qabalistic system of greater depth and sublimity than any other. The details of this system have not yet been revealed. It has been thought right, nevertheless, to hint at its existence by equating the designs of these two cards." I believe this is exactly what Vincent was attempting to do in The Joyful Guide to Lachrymology. With the ambiguous symbolism and intentionally abstruse phrases such as "snuffing out the jeweled flame of illusion to find paradise in the black spark divine", he was hinting at a formula that pertains to the qabalistic supernals that exist beyond the abyss. In order to find the 'guide's' blinding snow-white light, dedicated scholars of the occult, or even better, those who possess certain necessary insights into these matters must first plough through it's 'darker' opacities.

One wonders if it is this same system that was hinted at by Crowley in The Book of Thoth that we are given a foretaste of in Kenneth Grant's Nightside of Eden (being the fourth book in his Typhonian Trilogies). In the book, Grant alluded to a proposed Nightside Tarot as has been outlined, albeit it in a rather shadowy manner (pun intented) by Robert Taylor in Starfire Magazine Vol. II, No, 2. (being the official organ of the Typhonian O.T.O.).
In the illustration that accompanies the article, as an example of the symbolic designs of the Nightside Tarot, we are shown a card from the Minor Arcana which Taylor (who designed it) tells us is provisionally entitled "The Ace of Stones." Additionally, this card is said to be "the source from whence the entire pack is born and whence also it returns." Speaking further of this stone, Taylor observes that the ancient Romans called it the Manalis Lapis meaning The Stone of the Dead, and that the magical glyphs of the Nightside Tarot itself are intended to serve as a gateway to realms of non-human consciousness, with the deck having been described by Taylor as "a latter-day Book of the Dead." Therefore, it is somewhat similar to the Tarot trump Adjustment from the Thoth pack which in Outside the Circles of Time, the fifth book of the Typhonian Trilogies, Grant, in quoting Soror Andahadna (Nema), observes that "the Tarot trump that seems the most pertinent to the Ma'at eneries is Atu VIII: Adjustment. This formula... is linked to the Sun in a manner that is comprehensible only with reference to the nightside tarot which underlies it." Ma'at is the key to the Egyptian Mysteries, and is the bridge between man and the gods. Accordingly, it is Ma'at's symbols, the scales of balance, and the feather that are important here. For as Grant points out: "The magical siddhi (occult power) associated with this tunnel is the ability to balance upon the treacherous and funambulatory way that leads from the negative to the positive in the realm of creative chaos. In other words, it enables the magician to spin a web across the gulf of the Abyss, thus constructing a tenuous and perilous bridge between non-being and being." (NOTE: If Vincent actually did write The Joyful Guide to Lachrymology in 1949 then it is interesting to consider that the Aeon of Ma'at is the Aeon that is to supersede the present Aeon of Horus, with Frater Achad having announced its inauguration on April 2nd, 1948 - I suppose he just couldn't have done this on the 1st instead).

It should be evident by now that I don't think Vincent's The Joyful Guide to Lachrymology has anything to do with the evolution of one's self through crying as therapy. As valid as a form of psychotherapy that Lachcrymology may be with regards to inner advancement and psychological development by learning to deal with any emotional and physical pain that has been inflicted upon one's self, despite the lachrymose poetry, this was not the true message that Vincent was trying to impart to his readers. The tears themselves are NOT those shed by the lachryrmal glands via the eyes, but are the tears SECRETED by one's third eye (i.e. the pineal gland). Therefore, rather than a psychotherapeutic process as described, it is in reality something wholly different. This is why in the very first sentence of the book Vincent asks his readers to "Let not my tears fall unnoticed." Although sentences in the guide or manual such as "if raw onion chemistry is responsible for those tears, place a lighted candle nearby, for no worthy lachrymist uses a hamburger garnish to experience that blissful place" might indicate otherwise, there are too many cryptic allusions to things of an occult nature for the truly discerning reader to believe that the pseudo-diary is anything but that: occult. Mere foolishness to men, it is "the wisdom of God" or so Crowley might say: The Hidden Light.

Veiled behind the lachrymose prose, in the (paradoxical) onslaught of colors from Vincent's tenebrant flame, is a secret formula of magical initiation. With the depressions of spirit and melancholy tone of the work, the author reveals himself to be the 'Holy Fool', complete with his crocodile tears (again, the pun is intended here - see Tarot trump Atu 0 for the corresponding symbolism, that which has been 'Set' in place).

"On my back and tumbling
Down that hole and back again. Rising up
And wiping the webs and the dew
From my withered eye." - MJK ( Third Eye)

With regards to the third eye/pineal gland (I'll assume the association with the faculty of inner sight needs no elucidation), there was one section in The Joyful Guide that I found to be particularly revealing. This pertains to the 'lachrymology' in ancient Egyptian mythology where "the God RA wept and his tears fell to the ground and turned into bees." In his deliberately rambling fashion, Vincent then asks his readers "What kind of honey hunters in ancient Egypt were protected by royal archers? According to the author, this honey in question was not the sweet, syrupy substance made by bees as food from the nectar of flowers and found in the combs of hives. What? Nor was it the honey used for libations, delicacies or in the preparation of cosmetic green eye-paint that was so fashionable among Egyptian women of the time. Pretty soon, bells started sounding, the tintinnabulation of which wouldn't cease. In my mind Vincent dwelled on this seemingly non sequitor too long. Although he doesn't tell us what this other honey was (not without a certain amount of ambiguity, at least), I have come to the conclusion that it was something known as The Golden (or prismatic) Tear of the Eye of Horus, a mysterious substance distilled in the al-Khem-cal vessel. It is these 'tears of rainbow fire', as they're also called by occultists, that facilitates the "Grand Dreaming."

"Thou hast taken account of my wandering; put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy register?" -PSALM 56:8

When writing about the utchat (amulets with the Eye of Horus symbol) and other paraphernalia of death, Vincent gives a detailed account of the lachrymals (or lachrymatories) of ancient Rome. These lachrymals were small vases, urns or vials that have been found in ancient Roman sepulchers and were believed by latter-day historians to have been receptacles which contained the tears of mourners. However, it is only a modern-day conjecture that these small, narrow-necked tear-shaped bottles were placed in tombs according to an ancient custom of putting the tears of the deceased person's surviving relatives and friends in them as memorials of affection and sorrow as it is very difficult to find any trace of such a custom in ancient writings. However, according to Vincent, the ancient Romans believed these tears had special powers, and many of these lachrymal urns contained representations of a single eye on them. Often found on tomb reliefs from ancient Egypt, this was the divine eye or egg of the sacred pregnancy whose true meaning continues to elude both Egyptoloical scholarship and most genuine seekers of hidden knowledge. On some of these reliefs, the teardrops shed by the divine eye are shown turning into wings - "the majesty of death's seraphic wings by which to escape the azure tomb" as Vincent described them.
(NOTE: There is a nice illustration of such a divine eye taken from a vignette of a papyrus in the British Museum on page 49 of a book about mystical biology entitled The Lion Path by Musaios).

"...Ancient fire to quench one's thirst,
Now deathly cold in the Tomb of Birth..."
- Ronald P. Vincent

Knowing that the ancient Egyptians were preoccupied with death (and the deceased), if this "glitter of the sleepers, the true mumia of the divine embalmer, was what the royal archers were so protective of, then this 'honey' or residue of the effusion from the pineal gland may be related to a form of esoteric canibalism that I will dilate on in a projected lengthy commentary on the text of The Joyful Guide to Lachrymology. In the meantime, with regards to the disturbing of the skelet by those after its treasure, verse 49 of Qutub by Andrew D. Chumbley seems apropos:

"Unseen, Who stalked behind o' Thee
Whene'er Thou dost walk out alone,
Who creepeth nigh all dying men
To separate their flesh from bone;
Then draweth down the dust of Age
To dry the blood spilt on the Page
And hide the Life within the Stone."

As previously explained, in designing his Thoth deck, Crowley changed the name of the trump card called Justice in the old pack to Adjustment. In doing so, it seems to me that, at least on a subconscious level, he had a glimmering of this certain physiological safe-guards as well as the neurochemical basis of the trans-dimensional experience alluded to by Vincent in his pseudo-diary. With this in mind, the dance of harlequin of Vincent's could be seen as the precise opposite or antithesis of Crowley's woman-goddess harlequin, she being "the ultimate illusion which is manifestation; the dance, many-colored, many-wiled of life itself." This might also explain why Crowley, in commenting on the cards in his The Book of Thoth, draws our attention to the fact that The Fool holds in his left hand a flaming pinecone (even though he claims this indicates vegetable growth) while in his right hand he holds a wand that is tipped to appear diamond-shaped (teardrop?). Could it be that Vincent was one of those rare individuals who entered and emerged through the holy tunnel of the qabalistic sephira known as Da'ath. That which Kenneth Grant calls "the gateway of manifestation of non-manifestation.

To interact with the Jewels of Telling in such an environment or plane of being, that as described in the various ancient guidebooks of the regions of the dead (Egyptian Duat, Tibetan Bardo) which most people today know nothing of (whist yet living) is rare in the extreme. A dark grail indeed.

And if, as the Book of the Dead teaches, it takes 49 days for the soul or life-force of the newly deceased to 'reincarnate' (the same amount of days as it takes for the first indication of pineal gland/third eye to appear from the moment of conception), then it is amusing to me that, according to E.E. Rehmus in his The MagicianÕs Dictionary: An Apocalypic Cyclopaedia of Advanced Magic(k)al Arts and Alternate Meanings "On a lower level of understanding, The Fool is the psyche between incarnations, recently divested or not yet possessed of earthly qualities."

"The Well, that once gave life to Me,
Hath in the Drought of Love run dry.
The Desert's Soul hath stole all Joy,
And taught the Very Muse to die.
Yet from this Cause of Vast Lament
Run tears - suffice all thirsts to quench:
Tears wept from Secret Pleasure's Eye."
- Andrew D. Chumbley

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This honey that you refer to is called PA in the Egyptian and the tear, it's a perfect circle, it can bring one up or down as their nature is dictated on the PAth. In this dimension. There is a brief comment also on crying in Heal Your Body by Louise L. Hay where it states that tears of the physical actually mean The River of Life, shed in joy as well as in sadness and in fear. Living in the NOW moment as our thoughts create our reality. For the body as well as the psyche. Now you look at the word TEAR and you see a T and an "ear" is the rest of the word. What do you hear? Sound is vibration, a wave length. It is the PAth. In the beginning was a void and then there was sound. I could go on for quite some time on T's and t's found in history. The crossroad of the individual. Dual in nature. Divided. (Don't you just love it all) It's winding and twisted and the seeking is the life we lead in the here and now. Being dead is different but not necessarily a bad thing. It can open up new doors. To differnt paradigms, dimensions and ways of thinking. Unlike the way we think here in this dimension. There is no space or time there as it is here. You can get in a bubble and be in another space and time and it's not even close to how time and space is experienced here. Totally different experience. We all have a third eye, but so many don't use it or even know that it is there. Love, Pam -----------------------------Truth is stranger than fiction.

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"Quaerendo Invenietis" ~ "By Seeking, you will discover"

I recently found this article hiding in a certain spot on the intro page to the website www.toolband.com

So I guess it IS still available.

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Dude I know this is an old ass post but I just went to that anagram site and for the hell of it I typed in an old professor's name I had. I got A COLLEGE LUPIN VITRIOL. He worked at my college and his "spirit animal" as he always said is a wolf (his nickname was Dr. Wolf)! That's full on creepy. Maybe the vitriol part works because most of the philosophers we studied turned out to be or to study hermetics like Hegel. I always called him trickster too because he had a habit of playing pranks on some of the staff.

I also got A Erection Goo Villi Pull and I don't need to know what that means .__.

...I forgot how I got here but everyone seems to be heading off in that direction. I hope someone brought food. I have a feeling this is going to be a long journey................

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lachrimology is not a real science or practice. that guy did not write a book on it. theres only a 50/50 chance that it was even a real guy, maynard (tool) may have made that up, too.it was a bullcrap story made up in an interview in 1994. if the world listened to tool, wed all be smarter. one of tool's main messages is to use your own best judgement on things, not just be another sheep in the herd. for more info on tool and the origins of this rumor, go to www.toolshed.down.net, and click on the 'faq' link.

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I should keep my mouth shut...(perhaps a good thing if I did)


isn't 'need' really a lack of realizing we are all connected in spirit etc etc.

it is a perception that we do not 'have'

as for crying...well...

a sad cartoon makes me cry...a beautiful sunset makes me cry

pretty birds...music

I am a mess lol

in some people's opinion

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Why do humans interpret any story that contains any semblance of divinity or religion or some great philosophy so differently from one another? Many forms of literature have impacted the behaviors and zeitgeist in our history. Why should one be singled out over another as being so concrete and absolute? Much like this proposed "Novel" The Secret Joys of Lachrymology, the meaning and true power of such a concept is often times lost in translation or interpretation. Clarity within thought and comprehension fades from we whom make up the old governing majority. While the younger, less pretentious, and more invigorated souls are tagged, herded and eventually slaughtered by the inevitable narrowing of conceptual thought. I propose a marvel idea. Break down the construct of organized and not so organized belief systems, and create your own individualistic system of dogmas or guidelines and live by them! The best part is you don't even have to be original in this process. Most, if not all, methodologies have been facilitated in one manor or another.

Regards, The palindrome you have never heard of!

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The science of studying pain/crying and its relation to personal awakening may hold wonderous potential for everyone. I am curious to learn about other methods of enlightenment through the study of this pain and the thought processes and emotional impacts one experiences because of it. Personal growth and REAL awareness seem to be the most common intended outcomes for this study, so be it a hoax (doubtful) or obscure writings of a madman (annecdotal), the historical relevance linked to these matters should not be ignored. I refer to the documented Egyptian references PA, Horus' Tear, river of life, etc.

I agree that masochist self-inflicted pain for personal pleasure (sexual or otherwise) defeats the purpose entirely, and if I understand correctly, the Lachrymological functional alternative is that the inflictor is voluntarily subjecting themself to the process of experiencing pain and gradually progressing through the gradual emotional and physical manefestations of that pain. And if I also understand correctly, the motive behind this "rock bottom" experience is to train the mind and the soul to accept the inevitable pain that is ever present in this existence. Only through this revelation of pain and understanding can our conciousness truly be aware...
If I have understood correctly, yes? :D
Perhaps I will begin searching for Robert P. Vincent's work (it is not a registered publication, so this may be impossible).

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"Tratka is the steady, relaxed gazing at an object until tears begin to flow, which is said to cure diseases of the eye and also induce clairvoyance" -sage gheranda quoted from Yoga: the Technology of Ecstasy.
Also, the lachrymal gland is controled by the parasympathetic nervous system, which represents (in Hatha Yoga) the negative, cooling current. Controling this current is the means of Kundalini yoga.

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but I'm sure as heck that the only times I cry, it's under certain types of sounds/frequencies/vibrations. I can see the sadest pictures, events, have been through war 3 times, people cut in half, seen so much cruelty, got injured so many times, lost many family members, even watched my dad get incinerated and thought "Cool, that's the way I'm going" NOTHING on the tear factor, but put a certain sound/frequency on top of the same images, I could put out a fire with it. :)

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The science of crying.

Not with your eyes, but with your third eye.
When your third eye cries, it secretes DMT, the most powerful hallucinogenic known to man.
It is only released when you are born and when you die, hence, a gateway spirit molecule.
A physical substance that is also tied to the spirit world.

Dimethyltryptamine is what lachrymology is all about. it's the honey, dream of the dreamless, residuum of paradise, etc...

the band has admitted to smoking this, and in the book darklore II, blair admits to performing magickal rituals with the band in order to release the motherload of DMT withing their brains.

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Anonymous wrote:

Dimethyltryptamine is what lachrymology is all about. it's the honey, dream of the dreamless, residuum of paradise, etc...

Blair continues on with this theme, in relation to the Rennes-le-Chateau mystery, in Darklore IV.

Kind regards,
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