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"When One World Ends Something Else BeginsThe Fall of Adam
But Without A Scream...."
The above alchemical image, which was unveiled on December 15th, 1999, served as the new introduction to MarilynManson.com and the new era's site design. This date also marked the now famous webcast which was the unveiling of Manson's new direction, aesthetic, imagery and sound; previewing song clips of The Love Song, Disposable Teens and Little Child (commonly referred to as "Mommy Dear" which was sung in the 1964 film noir The Naked Kiss) while Manson also revealed the title of the new album to be named In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death (which was to coincide with the release of his novel Holy Wood) as well as his new identification with the symbol of Mercury.
This was the beginning of the Holy Wood era and it was also Manson's first act of retaliation against the world after scapegoating him for Columbine. The above imagery, glittery like dead stars, is preserved in its original form. Each of the alchemical words and symbols linked to various sites of individuals, organizations and information to show how sick this world we live in is; sick particularly in that these morbid fascinations and hypocritical evangelists are the same who demonized Manson; hypocrites such as Jerry Falwell and organizations as morbid enough as to call themselves the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement. This was the world who scapegoated Manson as blame for the corruption of youth, a world for a whom a mirror would more appropriately and accurately reveal for whom to lay blame unto who molded these children and gave them more inspiration than Manson ever could to pick up a gun.
The date for this unveiling was not unintentional either. There are many parallels which Manson drew between the end of the sixties and the end of the nineties, the death of the innocence, Altamount and Woodstock '99, the Manson Family murders and Columbine, much of which is discussed in The Lamb Of God.com section of The NACHTKABARETT and coincides directly to this. December 15, 1969 was the date which the bloody clothes from the Manson Family murders were found. Up until that point there had been little evidence tying in the real murderers to the Tate-LaBianca killings. December 15th, 1999 marked the beginning of Manson's retalliation, laying blame back at those whom the evidence now pointed towards.
Alchemy & Mysticism: The Hermetic Museum by Alexander Roob
"Make of man and woman a circle; when you add the head to the tail, you have the whole tincture." (Hermetic saying)
"Consider these two dragons, for they are the true beginnings of philosophy which the sages were not permitted to show their children. The one at the bottom is called the fixed and the constant or the man. But the upper snake is the volatile or black, dark woman. The first is called sulphur or the warm and dry. The other is called quicksilver or the cold and moist (...).
"If they are brought together and then returned to the quintessence, they overcome all dense, hard and strong metallic things' (Nicolas Flamel, Chymische Werke, Hamburg edition, 1681)
"A.J. Kirchweger, Annulus Platonis (Aurea Catena Homeri), 1781; reprinted Berlin, 1921"