122: The Saffron Room


Astral projection and remote viewing are two skills that are frequently denounced by many acolytes as being anything from unscientific down to outright fake. These acolytes, however, tend to be the types to extoll pet theories and discuss matters with which they have little to no first-hand knowledge. Studying the Gideon Keys of Glasgow requires an open mind, and any method that provides some insight, some understanding of the living mythology, should be regarded as useful. Besides, what with the rules applied to the where, when and how of some of the Gideon Key rituals, we must guard against “armchair acolytes” advising us to take up new sets of “laws” that do nothing but prevent exploration.

Astral projection is not unlike dreaming, especially lucid dreaming; the acolyte must lead themselves into a state of relaxed focus, releasing their dependence of their mundane senses and trying to experience the world around them using only their imagination, their “mind’s eye”, which is non-local and can travel across rooms, streets, cities, countries, worlds, and dimensions. In the city of Glasgow, there are many locations where employing this technique will allow the acolyte to venture into zones that are halfway between reality and whatever other worlds they choose to acknowledge. One such example is the Saffron Room.

While sitting outside, the acolyte must will themselves into an altered state of consciousness, to prepare their ascent to the Saffron Room. It is rumoured that taking a hit of the “Gideon’s Key” drug, available from a lab in Possilpark, will make the trip easier, as will meditating on the flame of a certain brass candle that only appears in the city on the solstices and equinoxes.

Meditate on the colour saffron. Imagine a single point of pure, compressed colour that slowly undulates up and down, and up, and down… watch as the point becomes a line, that twists into a staircase. Feel the vertigo of the staircase that rises up and down, and up, and down, the mental motion-sickness that grows as you peer down endless corridors, walls that stretch up to the upper atmosphere and down to the ground, up, and down, and up, and down…

It will take a while, but the architecture of the Saffron Room will glow visibly in the darkness of your mind’s eye, bringing with it a hazy, yellow-tinted image of the city of Glasgow beneath it. The Saffron Room is actually a colossal, semi-transparent structure that spans the entire length of the city, visible from any point in Glasgow, and connected to several of its buildings and streets – in particular, a row of houses in Maryhill, the north of Buchanan Street, and a park in the south of the city. Depending on how long you can bear to watch, and the time of year, you may even see a number of figures walking the yellow halls, although They never seem to notice you.

It is usually just as you notice one of the Saffron Room’s inhabitants that a sense of nausea will infiltrate your meditation, a wave of sick shuddering that grips your bowels and throat; perhaps, as the scientificly-predisposed acolytes believe, your mind’s eye is incapable of fully realising the things you are perceiving with it, your mind becoming overwhelmed by bizarre geometry that violates physical science, laws of proportion that are so impossible for your brain to comprehend that it tries to prevent you looking. Or perhaps, as the more religious acolytes believe, the Saffron Room is simply purging your body of everything material so that you can ascend physically into the iridescent rooms of Heaven above it. Most acolytes simply believe the most obvious answer – that it is a defense mechanism of the Saffron Room’s inhabitants so that They can move about in their transcendent, sickening architecture; They seem to enjoy walking the hallways of the Room that lead into people’s homes; it is impossible to tell what They do while there, but there is always an aura of deep disequilibrium in those places that They have visited, a threatening feeling of intense intrustion and deep violation that hints at something approaching.

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