I may have dropped the occasional clew here about how I found the God/Esss and what I did when I found them. If I haven’t, doubtless I will before long. In the interests of openness (as a byproduct of which I might try to sell you some tat – see below), I will tell you the tale of the day we finally immanentised the Eschaton.
There’s no way easy way into this tale so I shall start, by explaining that this is/was either a complex joke masquerading as a religious ceremony, or a complex religious ceremony masquerading as a joke. A third possibility: Daisy Eris Campbell, central to this production, once yelled orgasmically “FUCK PUNCHDRUNK! This is how you do immersive theatre” (no offence intended, I went twice to the Punch Drunk producion “The Drowned Man” – wow! Took my daughter once to let her roam alone, one of the greatest things a dad can do).
Now it’s certainly true that, if you take 69 fee-paying members of the public, call them all “pilgrims”, cram them in a double decker bus for 5 days to see some far-out sites around Europe, implicating them all as audience, actors, directors and writers of a collaborative unfolding, there is a fucktonne of theatre involved. Exactly who’s playing whom though… hmmm?
When you offload Daisy’s charabanc trip at a spot in a field in the centre of Europe where also lies the geographical centre of the largest, least-dense, unmass of empty space in the entirety of our known universe (a 27-kilometer torus buried deep under the Alps, known as the “Large Hadron Collider”), which also happens to be on the exact site of a former Appolonian temple, and whose nearest neighbours (according to Google Maps) are the “Chaos Killers Motorcycle Club”, then you’re not just talking a pile of scatology, you’re talking eschatology. When you start this trip, to visit the Large Hadron at that temple to moderity CERN, with a trip to touch the large hard-on at a temple to ancient times called Cerne then this whole caper has gone a bit beyond a joke.
(Is this all starting to get a little tweetle-Beatley for you yet? Far out! If you only came here for simple Role-Playing Games… well, hang around as the ride may get more Real than yer usual story game)
When you reach the centre of the universe and you finally do this (below) – and you decide that you’ve been doing it all along, since the universe began – then at least you know that you’ve boldly fucked about where no being has ever fucked about before:
When you look for clues, clews, threads, yarns, coincidences or synchronicities, you find them all at rates that bombard a human mind faster than quarks looking for holes in a wall. When all of that happens, and you find yourself in Gawain’s Chapel Perilous, you may avail yourself of rest in the garden around the tower which the maestro of the synchronous, Carl Jung, built with his own hands. There you may take a breather, and listen to the wise words of Merlin, “root and branch will change places and the newness of the thing shall seem a miracle”, while a sudden twister whips the mirror-smooth surface of Lake Zürich opaque, then ends just as rapidly as it began.
When you try to explain any of this in plain English, as my friend The Door heroically did, shortly after our return from Out There, you will find the task impossible. But since when has anything that’s not impossible been really worth doing, anyway?
In the words of our patron Bill Drummond, “if we knew why, we wouldn’t be doing it”.
I was privileged to be the one collating these designs into an actual deck of “tarot” cards. My mate Chris Barker, laugh-or-you’ll-cry chronicler of Brexshit Britain and Sergeant Pepper-sprayer of dead celebrities, designed the Happy Shopper box for the cards. My other mate (we’re all allowed two) Zali Krishna, publisher of quality books of indeterminate genre and perhaps the first ever person to have used the word “novelettino”, pointed me at a decent printer’s. 100 packs were… I believe the term is, “manifested”.
69 packs went to the pilgrims. 20-odd went to “stay-at-home pilgrims”. With one or two more slipping through gaps in the matrix… the Law of Fives has determined that
I get to end up with five spare decks.
Our “caper” literally vibrated the universe, even if no-one noticed at the time. We know this because when Alan Moore gave us a reading using a more traditional tarot deck, he managed to pick out the first eight major arcana IN ORDER (when has that ever happened before)? Our Eschaton’s shockwaves still spread through the counterculture, they’re beginning to tickle the mainstream. I’m not saying that we didn’t have COVID and a terrifying new world order before the approximate middle of 2019, but we didn’t have COVID and a terrifying new world before the approximate middle of 2019.
But the Eschaton’s not just there for the nasty things in life. Hey, even Merlin’s shaggy beard grew from a deadly worldwide pandemic (I don’t have the source, but there are legends which back this up). Plus I moved to a nice new house in the country last year so, you know, swings and roundabouts. The five remaining tarot decks have requested to be sent out into the universe and into muggles’ homes.
What all of the above amounts to, basically, is that there are five packs of seriously playful playing cards in my online shop, and if you’re very quick you might get one. “Friends” in the know assure me that you’ll be selling one on eBay in 2323 (If man has, still, a tree) for a quandrazillion Imperial Currencyunits.
Footnote: if you’ve clicked on every link on this page, read background, watched videos, perhaps even stopped to think, then welcome, pilgrim. You are one of us now.