The Man of Earth
Acrylic on canvas. The work began as a cost price project for a free dance party. Painting started on the 6th of September 2004. As per my Magickal Record, the seeds of the idea were planted in August ’04, conjunct with the origins of The Lover image.
Marking the fifth latest start since 1952, Alex, the first named Storm of the 2004 Atlantic Hurricane Season forms on the 31st of July. Significantly, the ’04 Season was the first time four Hurricanes have hit one State in one Season since 1886, and despite a weak El Niño arising in August the month also saw a record 8 Storms. In fact, the Season was well above the (1950-2000) average of 11 Named Storms, 6 Hurricanes and 2.5 Major Hurricanes (Category 3-5), with 15 Named Storms, 9 Hurricanes and 6 Major Hurricanes. At its conclusion, the ’04 Season resulted in one of the highest Accumulated Cyclone Energy totals ever seen, and was also one of the costliest and deadliest of the previous decade.
Also noteworthy, 26th of December, just two months after completion of The Man of Earth, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra, causing a massive Tsunami and tremors in Indonesia and Southern Thailand; tragically resulting in the deaths of over 100,000 people in Indonesia and over 5,000 in Thailand.
39. The word of the Law is Θελημα.
40. Who calls us Thelemites will do no wrong, if he look but close into the word. For there are therein Three Grades, the Hermit, and the Lover, and the man of Earth. Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Liber AL ch. I