Super-High Neptune: Somnium

Somnium book by Steve MooreStrange Attractor Press via Phantamaphile

 

Somnium is an old Latin word for “The Dream.” 

It’s a new, ultra sci-fantasy occult-lit by Steve Moore:

“…Written in the early years of the 21st century, when the author was engaged in dream-explorations and mystical practices centred on the Greek moon-goddess Selene, Somnium is an intensely personal and highly-embroidered fictional tapestry that weaves together numerous historical and stylistic variations on the enduring myth of Selene and Endymion. Ranging through the 16th to 21st centuries, it combines mediæval, Elizabethan, Gothic and Decadent elements in a fantastic romance of rare imagination….”

 

Old fashioned astronomy

Somnium is also an amazing book published in the early 1600s by the renowned Capricorn mathematician, genius, scientist and astrologer to the Emperor of Prague, Johannes Kepler.  It is said to be the first work of science fiction, way before Frankenstein and all. It features space travel, demons on the Moon and witches. It naturally attracted the attention of the Catholic Church who promptly tried his mother – a herbalist – for witchcraft. It was especially stressful as the woman who raised her had been burned at the stake as a witch.  

“…The story is the tale of Duracotus, who was the son of an Icelandic witch named Fiolxhilda. During his youth she banished Duracotus to Denmark for five years. Upon his return, she decided to share some of her secrets with him. She explained that her instructor had been a demon who dwelt on the Moon. During a Solar Eclipse, the lunar demons were able to travel between the Earth and the Moon via a bridge of darkness. The son decided he wanted to make this journey, and so he was transported to the Moon by demons.

To ease his journey he was given a drowsing draught and moist sponges to hold under his nose. He was carried to the point of neutral gravity between the Earth and Moon, then allowed to drift down to the lunar surface. Thus the author understood some of the effects of gravity and the need for environmental protection above the atmosphere…”

Imagine how this would have gone down in the 1600s! People were truly stunned by it.

 

 

Unusual nutritional supplement

Somnium is a super-strength, ultra-Ginseng (Panax Notoginseng) supplement for people who can’t sleep because they are stressed. Panax in Greek is “all heal” – similar to panacea. 

Sepia Toned Landscape album coverSomnium is also a seven hour long album by ambient musician Robert Rich:

“…It is a seven-hour album on a DVD-video and is based on Rich’s sleep concert series of the early 1980’s. Like those concerts, the music on this album was composed to influence the dreams and pre-REM hypnogogic visions of the listener. For this purpose it is suggested that the volume be kept down to the threshold of perceptibility, ideally with speakers surrounding the listener’s bed. Rich also recommends this album for conventional listening. It has been estimated that this is the longest single piece of music ever committed to a commercially recorded format…”

Somnium is super-Haute Neptune, don’t you think? Thoughts?

 

 

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Skarab
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Skarab
June 27, 2018 11:52 am

As a follow up on this great post, a book you might find interesting is The Astronomer and the Witch, by Ulinka Rublak which depicts the real life story of the trial of Kepler’s mother and Kepler’s defence of her. Great read & packed with historical facts about that era.

andreas
andreas
November 2, 2011 8:34 pm

Steve Roach is one of the very great artists of ambient atmospheric music. along with Robert Rich. Also, take a listen to Max Corbacho,
similar to Steve Roach, but with his distinctive personal touch.
Anything from him, Ars Lucis, The Talisman, BreathStream, etc, is a
pure gem.
Some samples here:

http://soundcloud.com/max-corbacho/lost-links-medley-excerpt

http://soundcloud.com/max-corbacho/the-resonant-memory-of-earth-medley-excerpt

twinfishrising
twinfishrising
October 30, 2011 4:11 pm

Love this post, especially the drop-in by Robert Rich 🙂

Any ambient music buffs or curious seekers, apps like Tunein for android ( surely Apple has equivalencies) help you access and explore radio stations around the world dedicated to the stuff . The German and Canadians ones are my personal fave . Dirty Elegance is my new fave ambient band. 🙂

Gneiss Moon
Gneiss Moon
November 1, 2011 2:39 pm
Reply to  twinfishrising

oOo thank you will I look twinfish – (liked dirty pockets), am getting a new phone soon, so thanks for the tip, muchly 🙂
I spent quite a bit of time listening on youtube to Robert Rich after this post, the long tracks are great for working at the computer, found out through a Kim Falconer interview I am an aural writer, so interesting…just know I like music without vocals when I write

Ali B Aqua
Ali B Aqua
October 30, 2011 3:16 am

Love the Moore book cover. Just want to bathe in the blue.

Piscean Closed For Renovation
Piscean Closed For Renovation
October 29, 2011 11:04 pm

same as andromeda actually, like the linking of ideas -in this case somnium – across three separate, you know, themes/objects/stuff/etc. linking disparate ideas into cool new thing is what i live for.

Gneiss Moon
Gneiss Moon
October 29, 2011 9:16 pm

love Love LOVE Robert Rich, esp his work with Steve Roach !
yes…very Neptunian

Libraquarius
Libraquarius
October 29, 2011 3:26 pm

Wow, I was just listening to Somnium on Youtube when my Stillness Buddy programme cut in. It stops your computer mid-flow, with either a Mindfulness pause or a Moment of Stillness pause, and it was lovely to just sit, be quiet and listen to this wonderful music. I do luuurrrvvve Neptune! Thanks for the link, MM, I’ll be getting this, great for home and also long-haul flights, since we at some stage will be flying to Istanbul when we re-locate to North Cyprus, whenever that is.

SourPatch
SourPatch
October 29, 2011 12:27 pm

Definitely on my “to read” ,list. Both novels under the namesake sound . =)

andromeda
andromeda
October 28, 2011 10:23 pm

Cool triptych post! Love the concept of 17th century Sci-Fi so much. But imagine writing a blog or a book and having your old mum tried as a witch? Talk about a creativity stifler. I totally see trauma inducing methods like this as a way to subdue the population. I love past life therapy and crystal dreaming and so I have come across this era loads in my travels, I think all witchypoo types resonate on this theme. It can be a powerful way to get in touch with your self confidence and creativity, unblocking the fears of lives lost… Read more »

Erika
Erika
October 29, 2011 8:34 am
Reply to  andromeda

Interesting that you say that. This era resonates with my feminist sensibilities. Such a shame that women are held up to blame as evil and dark when they were mostly doing healing work and practicing natural medicine. For a while just thinking about it made me very angry. I see it as a means to destroy feminine energy en masse or at least silence it. And where are we now ? Still in a very patriarchal society. I am hoping to in my lifetime see a major shift towards a balanced and loving world.

andromeda
andromeda
October 31, 2011 8:34 pm
Reply to  Erika

Hi Erika, yes, I hope to see this shift towards a more intuitive and creative and loving world also!! The lower self is so passe.

Revived
Revived
October 28, 2011 8:40 pm

Wow about the Kepler book! I did not know that about his mother and grand-mother. Awesome info, thanks for bringing this cool stuff to your blog Mystic.

virgo librarian
virgo librarian
October 28, 2011 8:33 pm

I was recently introduced to ambient genre of music this year. Of course I’d heard it before that, but I didn’t know what it was. A guy I met swears by it. He has a thing for house parties, but listens to ambient music to calm him down, and while riding his push-bike to work in the early hours of the morning. He says he switches on his ipod and gets on his bike and then kinda wakes up at his work. It’s meditative. And I think it helps a bit with his epilepsy too because it’s meditative. I really… Read more »

year of the fox
year of the fox
October 28, 2011 5:14 pm

If i took that much ginseng I’d be tweaking for hours. More like causes insomnia for me.

Ãœber Virgo
Ãœber Virgo
October 28, 2011 6:47 pm

Just to make one boring clarification in this fascinating post: Notoginseng is also known as pseudoginseng, and in case anyone was going to get carried away and start erroneously self prescribing, the two herbs have totally different effects. I wasn’t aware of notoginseng’s use in insomnia — in Chinese medicine it’s used to stop bleeding — but it also lowers blood pressure, while ginseng (panax ginseng) can raise blood pressure and may make some cases of insomnia a lot worse.

Ãœber Virgo
Ãœber Virgo
October 28, 2011 7:38 pm
Reply to  Ãœber Virgo

Ahem, I mean, in case that wasn’t clear, notoginseng and ginseng are two very different herbs. Ginseng needs to be used with care.

Still in the office and Mercury is bang on my Neptune as we speak. That’s my excuse anyway, for clarifying prior clarification.

Piscean Closed For Renovation
Piscean Closed For Renovation
October 28, 2011 8:22 pm
Reply to  Ãœber Virgo

friday night, UV, must be working hard. one does feel quite virtuous eschewing the fri night wrk drinks for something more…useful

Ãœber Virgo
Ãœber Virgo
October 28, 2011 11:42 pm
Reply to  Mystic

One hopes so, but someone (Aquarian most likely) is bound to flit down to Chinatown and stock up on ginseng for their insomnia. (PLEASE DON’T FFS) You’d be amazed at how people misinterpret medical information.

Yes Somnium — an profoundly alluring subject and just what I’m needing right now…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Lauren
Lauren
October 29, 2011 4:07 am
Reply to  Ãœber Virgo

I was wondering about that because whenever I see gingeng at the healthfood store its always advertised as an energy booster, which wouldn’t be beneficial for inducing sleep. But out of curiosity I peeked at my box of Tension Tamer tea and eleuthero (Siberian ginseng) is the first ingredient listed. Hmmm…

Ãœber Virgo
Ãœber Virgo
October 29, 2011 3:39 pm
Reply to  Lauren

A small amount in combination with other herbs in a tea or tea bag is pretty innocuous.

Piscean Closed For Renovation
Piscean Closed For Renovation
October 28, 2011 8:23 pm
Reply to  Ãœber Virgo

notoginseng, is that like notobacon?

Tropic of Capricorn
Tropic of Capricorn
October 28, 2011 9:52 pm

😆

Ãœber Virgo
Ãœber Virgo
October 29, 2011 3:40 pm

Thank goddess for Pisceans.

Robert Rich
Robert Rich
October 28, 2011 4:20 pm

Thanks for pinging me about the link to your your fiction. I am honored to be included with Johannes Kepler, and happy to still be alive in the process. I wish you great success with your new fiction. The dream is alive, indeed. – Robert Rich

Piscean Closed For Renovation
Piscean Closed For Renovation
October 28, 2011 5:52 pm
Reply to  Robert Rich

Your composition sounds fascinating, I will have to get a hold of it. hopefully it works in headphones too 🙂

the cover image is very evocative – really like it.

thank you.

Pegasus
Pegasus
October 28, 2011 8:52 pm

Sample on you tube & brilliant in earphones.

Ãœber Virgo
Ãœber Virgo
October 28, 2011 11:32 pm

I’m going to give it a go and listen to it whilst sleeping and see what it does with my dreams…

Not tonight though. Another early rise and work work work.

Funny how my ticking clock makes it way into my dreams, morphing into another sound in the dream, then morphing back as I wake up. And crows. Cawing crows in the early morning sometimes are people talking and stuff in my dreams.

Who needs hallucinogens? (Neptune on the 12th cusp)

Piscean Closed For Renovation
Piscean Closed For Renovation
October 29, 2011 11:01 pm
Reply to  Mystic

be sure to keep us posted on your music discoveries mystic! maybe a ‘music’ tag for relevant posts…

Piscean Closed For Renovation
Piscean Closed For Renovation
October 28, 2011 4:20 pm

and, wow again, that C16th book sounds amazing.

Piscean Closed For Renovation
Piscean Closed For Renovation
October 28, 2011 4:17 pm

Wow Mystic! Has this guy met YOU? It sounds like he downoladed your brain, or at least part of it. xxx

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