Sunday, April 10, 2011

Creativity, via William Blake

My new book on creativity--what it is, and how to get it (at least through the eyes of William Blake--was just released. It's called My Business Is To Create: Blake's Infinite Writing, published by University of Iowa Press. Novelist Ursula K. Le Guin has this to say about the book: “A risky and exhilarating adventure in reading Blake as a spiritual guide. Writers and artists and maybe ecologists will find treasures here." Here's more information:


  1. Eric – Look forward to it. Ursala Le Guin’s book "Howl’s Moving Castle" made into the great movie by Hayao Miyazaki gives a picture of the Quaternity which Blake describes as the Four Zoas – see picture linked below. The four corners in Blake’s have an egg for the center and represent the four personality types in Jung or if you wish, the four worlds of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. What is interesting in the Le Guin/Mayazaki Castle is that Howl, the shaman, has a quaternity dial at his door and he turns to each of the four realms he chooses to enter. In the Christian vision (below on link) it in the cross which divides the quaternity and the Christ in center (the egg) quite literally nailing the “four worlds” of the universe together. The spear in chest marks the interior path of the introvert; i.e., the shaman. Pictures at my notebook, Water Wood and a Wolf, here. – Quigley

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  2. Correction - Howl's Moving Castle is Diana Wynne Jones, similar to Ursala Le Guin wizardwise.