The Magical Pantheon of Richard Wagner's Ring:
©1995-2000 J.C. Kaelin
Qabalistic Initiation through the Ring Cycle of Operas
ing pieces there are, but none quite like this. This work, written under considerable difficulties of both dis-ease and circumstance, was to have been published by Llewellyn Publications as part of "The Golden Dawn Journal - Volume 5 - Magical Pantheons" in 1996. It was cut at the last minute by the publishers when their creditors insisted they limit the book to authors who were already published by the company. Disappointed as I was that my first chance to be published in print had been lost, I resolved that at some future date I would publish the piece online instead. I can think of no better time to do that than Sunday of "Ring Weekend" 2000, that being the first "Ring Cycle" celebration of the millenium, which commemorative event is held at Wagner's own Opera House in Bayreuth, Germany the first weekend of every summer.
This piece is an analysis of Wagner's Ring in terms of the Hermetic Qabala. It is not meet for me to engage in an explanation of Qabala during the course of this brief introduction; however, the EarthStation1.com Esoterica section and its links within and without the site should give intrepid souls sufficient guidance to expand their familiarity with the subject.
In closing, at the end of my six-month long, nearly entirely engaged with the project period of writing the original piece (the current condensed version having been compressed from its over 250 pages), having immersed myself thoroughly in all 17 1/2 hours of the Ring, it was with some pleasant surprise and humble appreciation that it occured to me that a young California girl practically summed up the whole Ring in the course of one verse of song --
"When the truth is found to be lies,
and all the joy within you dies,
Don't you want somebody to love? | Don't you need somebody to love?
Wouldn't you love somebody to love? | You better find somebody to love!"
God Bless You and Keep You.
J. C. Kaelin
Sunday 6/25/00 Day of C.