a clavis to cerebria

Here is a clavis, or key, to the realm of cerebria.

annunciator

An electro-mechanical device tuned to present useful information relating to the epynean. (An annunciator is depicted in what i, the caterpillar, said.)

callipers

The means by which measures of valence are made. Callipers are a powerful thought form in the hands of skilled diviners. See also subtension below.

cerebrian

(“cere-BREE-an”) Relating to the realm of cerebria (“cere-BREE-a”). The name cerebria may derive from the observed tendency for its inhabitants to live from higher brain functions, using predominantly the cerebral cortex, in which sophisticated information processing generally occurs.

This has fostered in cerebria an Avilion-like atmosphere, akin to that described by Tennyson in Morte D’Arthur:

Where falls not hail, or rain, or any snow,
Nor ever wind blows loudly; but it lies
Deep-meadow’d, happy, fair with orchard-lawns
And bowery hollows crown’d with summer sea,
Where I will heal me of my grievous wound.

Cerebria in this sense differs markedly from earth, in which lower amygdala processes (fight, flight, freeze) are often in evidence.

cerebrian mandolin

A four-stringed mandolin not unlike the Brescian or Cremonese. The cerebrian mandolin is played by sailors of certain ranks whilst in the round.

clogs

Cerebrian clogs are highly prized footwear worn only within the round. The clogs are carved by sailors during sea voyages of research and discovery and are worn only by their maker. Clogs are carved from eucalypts sourced in distant ports and this is a very difficult wood to hand carve.

The quality and sophistication of a sailor’s clogs is an indication of the level of his understanding of the epynean.

diviners

Householders in the port of cerebria whose sole task is to plumb the epynean and present their findings to arriving and leaving sailors by means of placards and roundels attached to their dwellings.

Diviners belong to various classes, and the teachings of classes can be said to jostle with that of other classes, in a way analogous to how their residences jostle for position in the port.

Hence there can be competition between diviners to discover and portray ever-deeper understandings, and this competition is seen as positive to the sailors’ learnings.

epynean

(“epi-KNEE-an”) The fathomless profundity supporting and encompassing our rational islets. Intimations of the epynean are possible through urgings of the diviners and through a process of deepening valence.

epynean inquiry

Relentless and dogged inquiry into the epynean. Undertaken by diviners, and also the sailors both during long sea voyages and in the round.

kanak

A bugle-like instrument used to herald cerebrian dances and songs. An example of kanak sound is as follows:

ore

As in traditional heraldry. A further understanding relates to the baby ore.

perizol

(“per-EYE-zol”) One of the three passing comets, known for its fiery theophanic displays.

placards

Signs erected by diviners on their places of residence to indicate to passing sailors pertinent aspects of cerebrian lore and understandings relating to the epynean. Some placards consist of simple slogan reminders, such as:

VALENCE before RATIO

cave cogitatio sine valentia

SUBCEPT forms PERCEPT

vates non bestiae

Dance The Three Dour Siblings In

Other placards contain more complex and topical messages, the fruits of developing understandings made by the diviners.

Placards are considered an art form in themselves, and have a long history of continual refinement.

round (the)

A marked circular space within the cerebrian orange groves, in which the rites of cerebria are revivified. Entering the round is a powerful custom for cerebrian sailors, who often spend long periods at sea.

In the round, sailors wear clogs they have crafted during sea voyages, and resplendent jackets. They enact their understandings and learnings of the lore obtained from distant ports.

At another level, the three visiting voids occasionally enter the round and perform arcane footwork.

roundels

As in traditional heraldry.

subceptional valence

The valence of an individual, population or realm which is below the level of perception.

subtension

The use of virtual callipers to measure the valence of an emotional population. Subtension is performed by diviners, and also at a celestial level by passing comets. (See what i, the caterpillar, said for a depiction of this latter case.)

telachian

(“tel-AYSH-ian”) An understanding of the underlying numerical nature of reality, attained by performing prodigious calculations at speed whilst in the round.

telachian whirl: a dance form in which sailors attempt to experience the telachian.

three dour siblings

See three visiting voids.

three visiting voids

The three voids who periodically visit cerebria to offer teachings to the sailors on the nature and structure of the epynean. They are often accompanied by three comets. (Some say they may be in fact be the three comets, although they themselves refer to passing comets.)

They are also known as the three dour siblings, and the voids of valence. Their gender is indeterminate.

At least one of the voids has skin finely inscribed with ancient texts.

An attempt has been made to depict the three visiting voids. The voids speak of themselves in this word piece: three visiting voids.

valence

The emotional awareness and availability-for-connection of an individual, population or realm.

voids of valence

See three visiting voids.

vert

As in traditional heraldry.