The Marriage of Heaven & Hell


William Blake is the occult artist.  Drawing from the various dissenting and mystical currents that were circulating in late 18th century London he created a personal mythology that is unique in the history of art and literature. As he famously said he must create his own system or be enslaved by another’s man, and Blake followed his own star from beginning to end, never wavering once. Although his later prophetic works are virtually impenetrable, Blake best work (The Songs of Innocence & Expericence; The Marriage of Heaven & Hell, especially the Proverbs of Hell) is incandescent with an unrivalled visionary intensity.

Rebelling against the rational and scientific world-view that was beginning to impose its tyranny on thought and imagination, Blake believed that the key to human liberty was imagination. Only through imagination and an unfettered sexuality can we escape the prison of the ‘senses five’ that was created by theelohim-created-adam[1] demiurge Nobodaddy (equated in true Gnostic fashion with the Old Testament Jehovah). His urgent appeal for the total emancipation from the restrictions of suffocating laws and soul crushing conventions is more pertinent today than ever. Society imposes constraint upon desire, or rather in its more sophisticated modern version creates and manufactures vacuous pseudo-desires the fulfillment of which is always just out of reach, deflecting us from our pursuit of liberation, the reconciliation of opposites (in the Blakean sense) and the discovery of the innate divinity in the human form.

Blake was a prophet, and like all prophets derided as a madmen while he was alive. In fact Blake was one of the illuminated.

If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite’


38 thoughts on “The Marriage of Heaven & Hell

      1. Funny, I never think of him as in or or out of fashion but artists like he and Fuseli were way ahead of their time. Fusel also did some erotic/pornographic art in addition to his famous paintings.
        Thank you for following my blog. I am following yours, now, too. I don’t check in that often because I get lost in blogdom but I’ll try to see what you are putting up here. BTW, what is with the cake??


      2. I was thinking also actually of how artists themselves try to destroy their own work (like Kafka). Maybe Blake himself didn’t want it made public.


      3. I’m not sure but as blake used to shock the neighbours by playing Adam and Eve with his wife in the garden and he saw the human form as divine I think it was more likely his friends and followers, Kafka said that to Brod to make sure he published it, who could have possibly have go with his wishes to burn the trial and the castle


      4. Yes, he is hilarious. But I find the Metamorphosis so ultimately sad. I think the Castle is very funny as well. I love how he had to live in the gymnasium with Frieda. His writing is so shocking but the greatest shock is it presages the monstrous cruelty and barbarism of Fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism…


      5. Yes he was a prophet and it was terrible that his prophecies should come to pass and that whole world of european jewry which was a bedrock of central european culture should had disappeared so totally

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      6. His favorite sister Ottala died in Auschwitz or some other camp. I’m glad he was at least spared all that although he was about to make aliyah so he might have escaped to Israel had he not succumbed first to TB.


      7. Sorry what is aliyah? my great grandmother was a german jew who emiganted to manchester but she converted when she married a welshman, most of my family is ginger but i’m not


      8. Ginger meaning Redhead? Aliyah means for a Jew to go back to the homeland (Israel) literally it means to “go up” whereas Israelis who emigrate to the US are called “Yordin” (to go down). Well, it doesn’t really technically matter if she converted, still Jewish, but right, I understand. My family is very mixed.


      1. Thanks! I’ll have to check that out. I never heard of it. Right, those are two of my favorites. So is The Man in the High Castle which I love but I have not seen the miniseries at all. That was an incredible book.


      2. I don’t have anything against it… I would try any genre and I’m sure there is a range of quality in sci fi…I started Ballard’s The Falling Man but just didn’t get far into that.


  1. I went looking for this… Thought I remembered seeing something about the Marriage of Heaven and Hell here and lo and behold here it is. No surprise though… Much reading to do. You should see the stack on my bedside table. I look like a student.

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