Saturday, 26 September 2009


Now, this is a word, and concept that I will be using a bit in the next few weeks, especially with reference to what I hope to build at :::soup Magoo::: so I thought it worth while trying to describe why......

It's fitting to do so this week as, for the first time, Jung's Red Book is being published and it was though reading Jung that I came across this concept.

Paracelsus was the first person to coin this word, using it to define the "uncreated" which is basically what it means.

"Prima materia", an Alchemical concept, is what everything is made of, literally the First Matter. Now, according to alchemists, the Prima materia is what you start The Work with, and through diligence, ritual, and devotion you turn base matter into gold.

Now, as this matter is "the root of itself" (radix ipsius) it bears a (projected) resemblance to the godhead in that it, like Uraborus, "fertilises and gives birth to itself".

It is the Uncreated Creation. A god.

Now....lets fast forward a few hundred years to Second Life..... The Prim.

The Prim is the Prima Materia of Second Life, everything is made of this "stuff", and like alchemy (often called The Art) we can, through diligence, ritual and devotion turn this humble prim into pure gold. "Everything is made by prim and without prim is nothing made that was made."

A slight digression here as a friend, newly arrived in SL, said of my flower-making skills.... "wow, it must be so difficult to make those flowers from a plywood box".

The Prim is an uncreated creation.

The prim "fertilises and gives birth to itself".

The prim is Increatum. ....and by projection.......... the Prim is also a god.

...and as every god deserves a temple and an altar, I hope to be able to build a Temple to the Prim at Magoo...



  1. I really like the idea of prims as Increatum. Formless, unmanifest but with the potential to take any shape, size, color, movement, etc.

  2. I wish I had noted the name of the creator of this piece...

    Can't post the image, but here's a link to it in my Picasa album.

  3. @ Lalo....could decide which piece you meant unfortunately....thats just a link to your album.

    @ Botgirl... yes, self fertilising and self replicating... :)) and the basis of all virtual life. The virtual atom.

  4. @ lao...yes, i did get there.... v cool