Map of the Human Soul

It turns out to be Astronomy Day today, and the timing is perfect — this edition of At Water’s Edge features maps, playing cards, and star charts.

Joe Frawley is StillStream‘s Featured Artist this month, and recently he released a fascinating album called Cartomancer. We will be rolling that in its entirety and sharing his notes about how the project came about.

We’ll also hear a sampling of tracks from Steve Roach, Rigel Orionis, K.M. Krebs, Tom Caufield, intro, Gregory Taylor, konntinent, Erik Wøllo, and Alpha Wave Movement.

Throughout recorded history, and before (if the various cave illustrations are any indication), the human soul has been on a quest for meaning. We ascribe great portent to natural phenomena, we constantly ask “why”, we explore, we discover, we risk, we hope, we dream. And although the details have changed over time, the quest remains, our restless souls never content to remain still.

We turn to the gods, or magic, miracles, science, the arts, seeking meaning from within and without; these are our chosen tools, but even when we think we know the answer, we continue seeking for deeper meaning, or different meaning if the answer doesn’t satisfy us (and we are rarely satisfied for long). Because something in us knows that we lack the capacity to know it all, and that there is more, we become greedy for more meaning, greater understanding, new discoveries, better answers.

In the age in which we now live, we struggle for meaning in our individual lives, seeking to answer deep questions with possessions or politics, straying farther and farther from the path our natural soul once took.

Gray and Purple – Steve Roach – Texture Maps ~ The Lost Pieces Vol. 3 (2003)

Zen Topography – Rigel Orionis – The Anatomy of Zen (Part 1) (2008)

Emperor of Cartography – K.M. Krebs – Oneiromancy (2005)

The Topography Of Chance – Tom Caufield – It Happens To Eve (2012)

Elevated – Bob Ohrum – Elevated (2010)

Joe Frawley – Cartomancer (2016)
– The Fall of Atlantis
– Arline’s Dream
– Cartomancer
– Pentacle Walk
– The Magus
– Upon this rock…
– Trident and Pearl
– “The Mystic Test Book, or the Magic of the Playing Cards”
– Death Card
– Leda and the Swan

cartographer – intro – analogy ep

Orbital Photo – Gregory Taylor – Two Maps of Danaraja (2008)

Trade Winds West – Konntinent – If I Could Buy A Map of Hope Volume 2 (2009)

Elevation – Erik Wøllo – Elevations (2007)

Alpha Wave Movement – Celestial Chronicles (2014)
– Ancestral Star Chart
– Stellar Mantra

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