Tagged: magick

Swing on the Full Moon

Tonight will be the largest full moon of the year. It will be in 11 degrees of Leo for which the Sabian Symbol is Leo 11: Children on a Swing in the Safety of a Huge Oak Tree.

Full moons have long been known to effect the ocean tides, intensify fluid human emotions and influence some very strange behavior. We can expect this months full moon, appearing almost 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than any other moon this year, to have a stronger effect than usual. Not only is this moon supercharged with the fiery energy of Leo but it is also paired with Mars as its bright sidekick. This synchronization will bring plenty of excitement with a bit of chaos thrown into the mix. The Native Americans called this the “wolf moon”  and it is sure to bring out some werewolves tonight.

A great way to channel this energy would be with any Leo-esque activities like dancing the night away or engaging in a creative project such as painting. Anyway you choose to spend this full moon, make sure to never lose your childlike wonder of creation and don’t forget to have fun!

A Shamanic Experience with Fever Ray

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So I went to the much anticipated Fever Ray concert last Tuesday September 29th and was entranced! It was not just a concert, it was a Shamanic journey filled with smoke, drums and lasers guided by the mysterious entity known as Fever Ray.

The show was held at the legendary venue known as Webster Hall in NYC on a beautiful fall night. A fan of  her surreal voice ever since the work she did with The Knife and Royksopp, her new solo project was a most serendipitous find.

For me, Fever Ray’s debut solo album is a trip across the river Styx to the deep, dark reaches of the subconscious mind, the land behind the veil of death, the habitation of fears, desires and slumbering archetypes. Just check out all the symbolic imagery in this video:

Decked out in full shaman gear, her eerie voice was synthesized to a deep primal tone that vibrated straight through to ones core. The smoke that filled the air enveloped her in a mystical shroud, a symbol of the ephemeral nature of the world in-between. Her strange figure cloaked in a horned and feathered patchwork quilt was The Other staring out at the audience asking the unanswerable question behind our very own existence. Who are we really behind the masks and the cloaks?

Well the woman behind the mask is Karin Dreijer Andersson. An artist, a mother and a woman strong enough to play the role of  the Shamanka as well. Traditionally, women made extremely powerful shamans as they were deeply rooted in mother earth. This relationship stems from the hunter gatherer days when they formed an intimate relationship with the plants and attuned themselves to the cycles of the moon. They were the givers of birth, seen as a most magickal act of creation that connected them by a cord to the realm where souls are born and enter, making them in essence the gateway between worlds.

Underneath the costume and inside that shell is something with a voice. The Voice that desires, that nurtures and creates. In Kabbalah, the enlightened could create life using the Sefer Yetsirah in the form of android servants known as the golem. These creatures looked all human except for their inability to speak since the voice was a gift only given to those with a soul. Fever Ray sings:

This will never end
Cause I want more
More, give me more, give me more

If I had a heart I could love you
If I had a voice I would sing
After the night when I wake up
I’ll see what tomorrow brings

Yes, it will never end. As long as we have a Voice, we will continue desiring and creating the world. In the beginning was the Word, the vibration that created our Cosmos. It is still resonating through us all and Fever Ray is one of the artist shamans tapping into it and channeling this eternal song for us all to hear…

“Take me, I am the drug; take me, I am hallucinogenic”

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Salvador Dali
May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989

Ahhh, Dali! The sound of the name alone is a magical invocation!

More than a man, he is a myth, a universe all in himself. Daring to travel to the razors edge facing over the abyss, he swan dived into the Endless Enigma, emerging from the weird depths of the subconscious to the roaring applause of millions of devoted initiates, praised for upholding the outrageous in a world where it is never enough!

An epitome of the Artist as Shaman, Dali traveled to the world in-between, a place of madness and paradox to bring us back artifacts of the journey. For what else is there in this world but to travel to the edge and return?

Dali resonates most strongly with the Magus archetype of the major arcana in the Tarot. He even painted himself as the Magician in his own alchemical deck featuring Hebrew letters on the trump cards to reference the Jewish Kabbalah. The 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet synchronize with the 22 trumps of Major Arcana and the four worlds of existence with 10 stations on the Tree of Life synchronize with the four suits of the Tarot, each with 10 numbered cards.

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Dali once proclaimed that “the only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad.” Truly then, there was a method to his madness which was behind his hyper-real enigmatic paintings. He dubbed it the “paranoiac critical method” and it was championed by the Surrealism movement.

His method required one to enter a trance, a paranoiac delirium where perceived reality was spliced and dissected to reveal the mysterious connections between seemingly disparate archetypes existing in the subconscious mind. This technique is a superb tool to stimulate creativity for it is a net allowing one to dip deep into Dreamtime during waking life, catching the fish that will nourish, discovering hidden treasures below and even bumping into the occasional deep sea monster.

Paranoia is a “personality disorder characterized by systematic delusions.” What are our archetypes but man-made artifacts fashioned by our own delusions? As Dali wrote, “The paranoiac mechanism whereby the multiple image is released is what supplies the understanding with the key to the birth and origin of all images, the intensity of these dominating the aspect which hides the many appearances of the concrete.”

Synchromysticism, 9/11 & Magick Ritual

Greetings, my friends!

Whether you are aware of it or not, you are all being initiated into the ‘New World Order’. Everyone feels it, although not all are conscious of the Time. Some of you will fight it, albeit vainly, the ignorant will sleepwalk through it, but only a select few will recognize the wake-up call and participate in the creation of it.

Let go of the fear of the unknown, simply listen to your higher self, go with the flow and see where it all leads. An open mind is key to unlocking the ability to see the patterns woven ever so delicately into the shroud veiling the spirit world.

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I have long held the intuition that 9/11 was more than just a tragic incident. A deep esoteric aura surrounds this event, which shook the whole world as it was observed live by countless eyes. What happened was a grand magick ritual used to create a portal into a new world. The shock and awe that vibrated through the souls of millions fed the ritual, concentrating great energy to be used in shaping the future.

Not alone in my philosophy, there is a whole subculture that has taken fire known as Synchromysticism. The word was coined by Jake Kotze in August of 2006 in an article posted on his blog Brave New World Order, who defines it as “the art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance.”

It is the study of pop culture infused with the esoteric. The world of archetypes and symbols underlying our reality. The ancients had their myths, today we have the movies on the silver screen.

You will never watch a movie the same way again…