Dreaming

dream, mythology, symbolism
She Entered Her Dream to Retrieve Her Mask of Power

She Entered Her Dream and Retrieved Her Mask of Power
Dreaming, lucid dreaming and astral projection are techniques that provide us with the tools we need to become whole.

She Entered Her Dream and Retrieved Her Mask of Power is an oil painting on wood panel, 48 inches by 96 inches, 2013.

The picture aims to illustrate that when we discover our inner power and courage our universe becomes rich and vibrant. We cannot be given this power by another or get it from reading it in a book, although both can be a trigger, it requires our involvement in the adventure of who we are.

A ritual is a mind altering technique which creates gateways into other dimensions, earths the energies of these dimensions, and makes them tangible. It is from these other dimensions, astral realms that are wells of power, the magician or shaman derive their empowerment. These astral realms have a very ethereal, plastic nature, much like a dream, and so gleaning coherent substance from them requires a reliable structure of reference for the testing and clarification of its experiences.

This is the role of the QBL. This conscious ability to tap diverse forms of energy, to be empowered by them and to cleanse our sense of perspective I call magic, and as such, it is the philosophy of the magus. In my own work, I replace the word ritual with the word machine in order to remove the technique from religion. A machine is a system that converts energy from one form into another: a vehicle of transformation. Machines can be used to transport people or things from one place to another, communicate with other life forms and shape or transmute materials. Magic is a machine used to transport you from one place or dimension to another so you can communicate with other life forms to shape and transmute you.

There is, therefore, a clear distinction between magic and religion. In fact, I believe religion is what happens to magic when its disciplines are neglected.

As an example, if we observe the different systems of religion we can see they are centered on the experiences and revelations of an individual, a shaman or a Magus, persons who have had direct contact with worlds other than their own. However, I believe revelations are only for the person experiencing them. To me, what is important is for us all to have these experiences and then to assist others in obtaining their own and equally valid revelations. Through these revelations we learn to become self empowered and accountable for our actions because we learn to believe in ourselves. In magical philosophy the technique is passed on to another who could have their own and equally valid experiences.

I believe the magicians at the source of major religions have failed from a magical point of view. Instead of passing on the technique, those after became followers, not companions, and built institutions around the experience of the one who became their founder. These institutions typically are more concerned with propagating themselves at the expense of providing truth.

It is these organized and hieratical systems that removed individuals from personal contact with energy and endeavored to keep it in the hands of a privileged few. I believe truth is found within each of us and we need to learn to quest and trust our own inner voices and intuitive faculties. Just because you are the only person that believes something does not mean you are wrong.

Some of my own experiences are chronicled in Lucifer Diaries

Guest Pass for The Third Offering: A Sacred Gallery Space

Ishtar, Inanna
She The Flowering Of Ishtar

If you are going to Third Offering a Sacred Gallery Space this Friday March 15th but are not registered for Paganicon you will need a guest pass.

To request your Guest Pass please fill in the form below.

She The Flowering Of Ishtar will be on display at The Third Offering: A Sacred Gallery Space art show at Paganicon March 15th through March 17th.

Other artists included in the show are Paul Rucker, Helga HedgeWalker, Artemis Namaste, Riawa Thomas-Smith, Tamara Anderson and Jack Green.

A limited number of prints of She will be available at the Magus booth for purchase.

Opening reception Friday March 15th 9:30-11:30 pm. If you are attending the Opening reception and are not registered for Paganicon you will need a Guest Pass. To request pass please fill in the form below and I will email it to you.

Gallery will open for viewing on Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 10 am to 6 p.m and Sunday, March 17, 2013 from 10 am to 3 pm

See She The Flowering of Ishtar for more information.

Guest Pass for The Third Offering: A Sacred Gallery Space

Ishtar, Inanna
She The Flowering Of Ishtar

If you are going to Third Offering a Sacred Gallery Space this Friday March 15th but are not registered for Paganicon you will need a guest pass.

To request your Guest Pass please fill in the form below.

She The Flowering Of Ishtar will be on display at The Third Offering: A Sacred Gallery Space art show at Paganicon March 15th through March 17th.

Other artists included in the show are Paul Rucker, Helga HedgeWalker, Artemis Namaste, Riawa Thomas-Smith, Tamara Anderson and Jack Green.

A limited number of prints of She will be available at the Magus booth for purchase.

Opening reception Friday March 15th 9:30-11:30 pm.  If you are attending the Opening reception and are not registered for Paganicon you will need a Guest Pass.  To request pass please fill in the form below  and I will email it to you.

Gallery will open for viewing on Saturday, March 16, 2013  from 10 am to 6 p.m and Sunday, March 17, 2013 from 10 am to 3 pm

See She The Flowering of Ishtar  for more information.

If you don’t listen to yourself you will be listening to someone else

sun at night tarot of the morning star
Tarot of the Morning Star

Tarot is one of man’s techniques of attempting to put order and rhythm into what appears to be our chaotic and unpredictable lives.
As a species, we have a desire for safety and order which is why our minds are impelled to seek patterns in what is perceived as chaos; images seen in clouds or undergrowth are examples. The images we are presented with are generally what we need to see.
In divination, we are challenged to see the reasons why we are where we are and what we need to do to move forward. The answers are not coming from without, they are coming from within. Images on tarot cards are triggers that force us to override what we don’t want to see so that we can confront what we already know but have chosen to avoid wanting to admit.
This is why it is so important for individuals to seek their own interpretation of tarot card images rather than relying on being spoon fed out of books. The reader is on a different life journey than the authors of these books.
A brief description, ideally only a keyword in conjunction with the corresponding card image, which functions as a switch to turn on the subconscious contents of the mind, is the only requirement.
The infinite universe appears chaotic to us because we only see a small part of its sequence; if we could only see the big picture then we would understand it is not chaotic but follows an ordered flow of causes and effects.
An honestly entered into tarot reading will reveal to us this large picture and illustrate our position within it.
Remember, answers are within. Trust yourself and listen to your inner voice.