"Descent to the Zenith"
“Drawing Down the Moon”
“The Horned One”
I have always been a much bigger fan of black and white art than I have color work. For everyone else who shares my tastes, here are the original black and white versions of the 7 main pieces from my year long thesis project. My thesis was an investigation into witchcraft, paganism, and the occult. The final colorized versions of these pieces all came out well, but there is something about the black and white versions that doesn’t come across in the color versions.
All of these pieces were produced between August and December of 2013. They are all 12”x18” mixed media on illustration board or paper.
Digital prints of all these pieces are available at www.etsy.com/shop/workweak
We’ve used the phrase “Present Shock” to describe what Mindful Cyborgs is about since the beginning. So obviously it was great to talk with Douglas Rushkoff, who coined the term in his book of the same title last year.
During the interview, we talked about presentism, e-cigarettes and the “male period” dictated by the lunar calendar.
Psychopomp Series: Triptych | 2014
Each piece is 14” x 17”, pens & markers on bristol.
Prints of these available here!
More info on Michael Pisano over at his Tumblr.
All of these are brilliant but I’m particularly loving the green one. Wish I had one to wear tonight!
Happy Birthday Ritchie Blackmore! :)
I’ll be heading over to Saint Vitus tonight to see some live music & celebrate the Bastard in Black’s birthday! My attire & (mis)behaviour will be suitably (in)appropriate.
There’s also going to be a lunar eclipse in the wee hours tonight.
William Blake & Henry Fuseli, The Fertilization of Egypt. Illustration for Erasmus Darwin’s The Botanic Garden. 1791.
The god Anubis with the head of a dog praying to the star Sirius for rain, he stands with one foot on either bank of the river, beyond the winged figure of Jupiter Pluvius.
William Blake and Henry Fuseli together were involved in illustrating Erasmus Darwin’s The Botanic Garden, published by Joseph Johnson. The book is a set of two poems, The Economy of Vegetation and The Loves of the Plants by an author who was both poet and naturalist. Blake, Fuseli and Johnson shared many of the liberal, anti-establishment ideas which were incorporated in the book. It was not only organic change that Darwin was illustrating, it was also social and political change. Throughout The Botanic Garden, Darwin endorses the ideals of the American and French revolutions and criticizes slavery.
My best friend adores Blake; saw this & thought of her.
Bruce Dickinson, Glenn Hughes, Rick Wakeman, Ian Paice, Don Airey, and Murray Gould jam Deep Purple’s Burn at the Celebrating Jon Lord Concert
Wow, Glenn is really rocking here! And still hitting those notes! I’m definitely looking forward to his new gig with
Black Country Communion California Breed (even if I think the name sucks).
Oh, and LOL at Bruce Dickinson promoting his beer…er, band.Couldn’t he have worn a DP denim vest? (or Whitesnake…heh!) I mean, I love Iron Maiden…but they’re massive, everyone knows who they are and there’s no need to advertise at a memorial concert. Just wear jeans & a T-shirt, ffs.
The Ten Worlds
Yes. The image above is the chart of Sefer Yetzirah, the Tree of Life, shown without the twenty-two paths, but superimposed upon the earlier Ceremonialmagic101 image of the Four Worlds. And there’s a reason for that: the geometry of The Tree of Life is based on the geometry of the Four Worlds layout — four circles representing the four elements, joined and delimited and connected by a single line representing Spirit. Moreover, the Ten Spheres represent the intersection and interoperation of the Four Worlds.
Which is to say, that if you can draw the Four Worlds with a ruler and compass (more accurately, sadly, than the author can do with digital tools), you can draw the Tree of Life.
Our Ten Worlds here in this diagram are as yet nameless, and there’s a reason for that. Different parts of the Western Mysteries use different names for these spheres; the Hebrew names are not the only options available. Even so, take the time to consider the relationship between the spheres, without knowing their names as yet.
First of all, note the three spheres at the upper part of the diagram. They are colored pure white, pure black, and an intermingling of the two in a balanced shade of gray. The white sphere sits at the center of the World of Fire — a bursting-forth of pure brilliance and energy, unable to be restricted or bounded in any way. The spheres of black and gray sit at the edges of the World of Fire — complete darkness on one side of the line, and the flickering edge of shadow. These three spheres are rarely encountered separately from one another — we may pay attention to the Light, or to the Darkness, or to the Shadow — but none of these exist entirely without the other. Indeed, all three of the Upper Spheres lie along the outermost, uppermost edges of the World of Air — the intellectual realm where ideas begin to differentiate one from another as they emerge from the mind of God. To comprehend light-as-light is to also comprehend both shadow and darkness, and to understand the relationships between them.
In the next triad down, we see the primary colors, of blue, red and yellow. Just as light and darkness and shadow make themselves known one from another, so our intellectual capacities begin to distinguish how different light and energy and physical matter carries color to our sensation — and in another version of this tree, the Spheres are associated with musical chords, such that the Tree of Life is understood to vibrate with musical power, each Sphere humming a slightly different tune. Black, White and Gray are almost purely intellectual experiences, but color begins to carry us into the world of emotion. In another version of the Tree of Life, of course, these Spheres carry associations with planets and metals and plants — and these materials carry great emotional weight as well has assisting us with the understanding of intellectual matters.
The Ten Spheres are, in another version of the Tree of Life, associated with the physical organs of the human body. The heart sits at the edge of the intellectual realm, but it is understood on the Tree as the center of the emotional realms, the World of Water. In orbit around it, at the extreme edges of this World, is the red sphere of Anger (or severity), the blue sphere of Generosity (or kindness), the orange Sphere of Symbol (or language), and the green Sphere of Love (or desire). Halfway between Symbol and Love is the purple Sphere of Imagination, the heart of the physical world and the transmission point where Spirit and the World of Earth meet and integrate with one another.
Finally, the brown Sphere of Kingdom, right on the very edge of the World of Earth, represents the place/time you find yourself standing or sitting right now: in a lonely spiral arm of a relatively insignificant galaxy, on a planet at least six light-years from anything particularly important, probably in a backwater town far from a major city and a long way from the levers and systems of power that run and control your world.
If you want to change that — if you want to have power, if you want to love and to be loved, if you want to rule, if you want mastery over yourself or others, if you want to be known and celebrated — the first thing you’ll have to do is stop thinking that if you physically move to a new place, things will be better. No, they won’t: because all you will have done is shifted your Sphere of Kingdom… but all the old habits and behaviors and patterns will come with you, intact. You’ll still be the same old person you were, with all your faults and fortes, all your strengths and weaknesses.
No, if you want to change the world, start right where you are sitting now: Don’t change your Sphere of Kingdom, where nothing much ever changes — start with your Spheres of Symbol, of Love, and of Imagination. When you learn to imagine, and to love, and to communicate, your work transforms the Worlds of Water and of Earth.
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What Three Days Dark was doing before Three Days Dark.
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