Sacred RitesJournal Entries of a Gnostic Heretic
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Sacred Rites documents the author’s personal experiences with the transformative ritual medium of Paratheatre that he has developed since 1977. Through his private ritual journals written over eleven years (2000–2011), Alli bypasses historical definitions of ritual beyond the costumed spectacles of the robes and wands of Western occult ceremonial magick, the archaic history of pagan nature rites, and the somber pomp of the Catholic High Mass with its wafers, cheap wine, and sermons chanted in the dead language of Latin. His Production Notes explain how his ritual labs transformed into public performances, and inspired the creation of his underground films. Also featured are Ritual Journal Entries of a dozen individuals who trained with Antero, plus an outline for the facilitating Introductory Workshops.
Few have done as much as Antero Alli to explore the human condition in all its complexity, glory, and folly, through practical work with its archetypes and mythology in ritual and psychodrama.
Antero Alli is one of those rare Humans capable of ‘original thinking.’ This is only possible when you are driven by the realization of the terror of your situation. Soren Kierkegaard, in ‘Fear and Trembling’ mapped it out quite clearly: you've come to the abyss. You can't go back, and you have no clue what lies on the other side. You're left with what Antero describes as the ‘crux’: that part of the journey that is the most difficult; treacherous. Yes, there’s choice. You can stop. You can stay in the crux with the possibility of death, no return, or retracing of your steps and starting again; or in a state of terror and ‘I don't know,’ you take a leap into the unknown. Alli has shown us how to leap, and how to trust.
Geri De Stefano-Webre
Antero Alli’s interior observations hide within them a map to the work he has been doing for some 40 years. It’s all here. How to create asocial interplay. How to conjure and embody visions and insights through the use of archetypes. How to move people from their stuck places. It’s not a cool cerebral picture. There’s howling and weeping. Antero brings you inside these sessions, leaving you wanting more.