The Star of Ishtar, as I know her through my teachings of The Fellowship of Isis, is the Great Mother, and represents MATTER, a word which is derived from the Latin word for Mother. She is the physical mother of each of us, the one who provided us with material flesh to clothe our naked spirits; She is the Archetypal Mother, the Great Yoni, the Womb of all that lives through the flowing of Blood; She is the Great Sea, the Divine Blood itself which cloaks the World and which courses through our veins; and She is Mother Earth, the Womb of All Life that we know.
Apiryon, T; Helena(2001). Mystery of Mystery. A Primer of Thelemic Ecclesiatical Gnosticism (2nd ed.) Red Flame.
Cameron: Songs For The Witch Woman, MOCA Pacific Design Center (Oct 2014-Jan 2015)
Surrealist works are characteristic with the element of SURPRISE. The movement developed out of the Dada activities during World War I and the central center of the movement was Paris. Recently further surrealism occurred when I had the opportunity to view Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman. She is regarded as a key figure within postwar Los Angeles art and counterculture. Thus, she established the reputation of being a witch. Also, she became a factor in the emergent beatnik culture. In fact, the current exhibition at MOCA Pacific Design Center paid respect to a series of illustrations the artist produced for a book of poetry husband Jack Parsons had written for her before his death “Songs for the Witch Woman”. Her series (c. 1951-55) was a body of watercolors and drawings. One can interpret that her worked reflected a fire burning within via her union with Jack and connection showed through the reflections she created. Cameron flourished during the mid-1940’s in Los Angeles. Her work includes influences of symbolism of French poets and elements of Latin American and European surrealism represented via mythological figures with attention focused on-line and spiritual metamorphosis. She, no doubt, was influenced by Jungian analysis, feminism, and the art-world of Surrealism, thus, a movement affecting the journey of Abstract Expressionism; its focus being on the subconscious.
In addition, I was able to view a series of her watercolors entitled Lion Path, a reference to Egyptian astrology. They were beautiful as a few particular sketches lay in Gold Dust, from the paper she used for her pieces. The lines seem to sit on structured forms like miniature powdered walls. It was difficult not to be drawn in by the glimmer of a notable stardust effect that the museum lighting help send off.
Consequently, Marjorie Cameron Parsons Kimmel, known simply as “Cameron,” was wife of rocket pioneer and occultist Jack Parsons. He was also a chemical engineer, writer, and Thelemite occultist. He believed Magick in Thelemic terms—to be a force that could be explained through quantum physics. Incidentally, after a brief involvement in Marxism, he converted to Thelema, Aleister Crowley’s movement. And, in 1941 Parsons joined the Agape Lodge, the Californian branch of the Thelemite Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO), a philosophical group. Thereupon, Parsons adopted the Thelemic motto of Thelema Obtenteum Proedero Amoris Nuptiae, a Latin mistranslation of “The establishment of Thelema through the rituals of love”. Incidentally, the order still exists today.
Cameron:Songs For The Witch Woman is organized by MOCA senior curator Alma Ruiz and curated by guest curator Yael Lipschutz
“Your Merit dwells within your Skull… this is your primary Wealth”
Lama Tharchin Rinpoche
I enjoy attending lecture series of legends and greats in their art. The other night I attended a “Live Talks” food and wine event at Beverly Hills’ All Saints’ church. The inside has always been so clean and lucid, a natural approach. There was a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and recipes. While there, I listened to a great chef that I have followed for many years, Marcus Samuelsson. He spoke of his latest cook book, Marcus off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home. The book is full of yummy instructions on how to create his masterpieces. There are a variety of dishes that all can relate to. The book is beautifully crafted with images and little personal stories. It is a great reference.
Marcus Samuelsson is owner of Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem and Former Executive Chef and co-owner of New York’s Restaurant Aquavit, AQ Cafe at Scandinavia House, and Riingo. Did you know that he is the youngest chef ever to receive two three-star ratings from The New York Times! Wow, what a great accomplishment. And, speaking of accomplishments…as a mother, my greatest are my children. I speak and build for them. Nothing can measure up to the love of a child. They help one FOCUS and GROW through all the trolls that lurk and live to offend trail-blazers. Jealously is a green-eyed and sometimes black -eyed monster and I have light-brown, touché.
Nevertheless, he had a great turn out. He was very gracious and complementary. And, I can’t wait to see and speak with him again. His other cook books include Aquavit and the New Scandinavian Cuisine, The Soul of a New Cuisine, New American Table, and a memoir entitled, Yes! Chef.
Incidentally, Lourdes wants to be a chef and Mr. Samuelsson is a great male for a young girl-child to follow. I am very interested in keeping up with his Three Goats Organization in regard to providing clean water to many Africans that desperately need the natural resource. I know from personal experience, building a foundation isn’t an easy task, especially when road-blocks are presented to determined individuals.
Until next time, Bless-up
My family and I experienced a great day of Homer’s Epic readings via The LA Odyssey Project. It was at the beautiful Central Library. The children were involved in a shadow puppet show and Odyssey crafts. It was a special treat to run into the great actor, writer, and producer Roger Guenveur Smith of “Creole Mafia” which illuminates the post-Katrina legacy of an endangered community. I have longed admired his selection and delivery of work. He was such a treat to speak with. He is such a gentleman, a rare breed. I look forward to “The Creole Mafia” appearing in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for a review of the show.
This relates to a eye-awakening exhibition of legend Archibald Motley , LACMA. The whole viewing took my breath away.
The Politics of the HUMAN race
It’s a great honor to be an American citizen. I love my country and instill this pride into my children. The United States of America has a great mixture of culture(s). It’s up to her citizens to continue to help nourish this beauty.
Incidentally, for the seventh year Pepperdine University has dressed its Alumni Park, in Malibu, in stoic flags to help honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 TERRORIST attacks.
Nevertheless, each flag reflects the victim’s innocent spirits, nationality and represents the nearly 3,000 lives lost on this invasive day. The installation of the flags will be on display until Monday Sept. 23, 2014. Consequently, the public art was conceived and led by the University’s chapter of the College Republicans in 2008.
“As it has annually since September 2001, the Office of the Chaplain, the Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Office of the President hosted a brief memorial service at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Heroes Garden, a sanctuary that overlooks the Pacific Ocean on one of the highest bluffs on the Malibu campus. The garden serves as a public space to pause, reflect, and honor those who sacrificed their lives on 9/11. The former is a thoughtful reminder that we shall all never forget that day, and to always be thankful for the great country we live in.”
We enjoyed a very peaceful and memorable day in the midst of this memorial…
So Mote it Be…
I came across a GREAT magazine the other day on “Religious Freedom”. I found this discovery pertinent to a violation towards one of my children.
Several yeas ago, about 1997, I took a trip to London and discovered an exhibit on Lucy, the infamous Australoithecus afarensis. Though I wish I could find those pictures for this post, I felt it necessary to write this piece without my images-for the moment. Incidentally, based on findings out of Ethiopia, the journey of scientific evolution strongly suggest humans derived from a missing link…a sort of monkey-bone connected to hominid(s). Though this fact may be shocking for some; my question is, if Angels are believed to be true (a supernatural force), why can’t the notion of Lucy remain an option to those that choose to combat the book of Genesis? The later preaches and or conveys, that apes were created the same day as humans. This statement sounds like Biblical Creationists and Evolutionists are in some sort of agreement. It’s a start. I mean Jesus can still continue to be a savior for those that wish’ to believe, and at the same time, scientific fact can still be appreciated respected by those that see Lucy as a sort of savior?.! After all, we all derived from a creature’, if you will, that morphs out of and into a female phenomenon known as the cosmic; some calling this Big Bang universe by many different names. However, I don’t entertain this idea of a male beginning. Why, it truly impossible. Only women give the GIFT of life! Yet, at the same time, the language of religion has always been an issue for me. I can remember sitting in church, as a youth, feeling so angry about the tone. I suppose tolerance is the key? But, please note-we are all apart of Mother-Earth, this we can agree! I mean we all didn’t just appear here out of dust. Well, we did in a sense-Star-Dust. But, you get the point.
Carmen De Lavallade & Geoffrey Holder
I first had the pleasure of meeting the great Geoffrey Holder as a child. I can remember him being very involved in the Caribbean community that my mother and her peers succeeded in pushing forward. His energy, then, came across as a gentle giant. Therefore, I was pleased to discover an art exhibition that the California African American Museum currently has on display of him and his elegant wife, Carmen De Lavallade.
In fact, as a child, I knew him through his music composition/Calypso and his 1970’s 7up ads. And of course, who can forget him as Baron Samedi – in the Bond movie Live and Let Die. I recall his infamous laugh. It always ROARED across sound waves.
After walking through the collection I can, without question, say that it is dedicated to their LoVe. It’s FULL of photographs, images, paintings, sculptures, custom designed gowns, and Tony Awards, just to name a few things. In fact, when one walks up to the display of gowns a true impression is given of just how small and delicate this wonderful dancer’s form help birth a master artist.
In fact, De Lavallade began studying ballet at the age of 16 and after graduation from Thomas Jefferson High School. Her beauty is timeless and his class is evident.
In addition, there are four short films and tons of books and newspaper articles which transfer over as a rich his/her-story that will be left as a golden legacy. It’s evident that their individual and joint-bond help CreaTe a union in the arts that will last for eternity.
A most notable piece that struck me was a painting Holder did of his wife in 1980,oil and canvas. It was captivating.
The exhibition was originally curated by the DuSable Museum of African American HIStory and expanded by the CAAM (California African American Museum). It runs through July 6, 2014. I recommend viewing this very special genre of art. The impression will last forever in my memory and I appreciate its tribute.
Beverly Hills is hosting a Display of Public Art
Behind Florida and the Caribbean, California is known for its towering Palm Trees. Incidentally, being that Los Angeles is a desert, it’s beneficial that Palms don’t drink a lot of H2o or tear up the sidewalks along major streets. So the question remains, “How did Angelinos get to experience the landscape of such beautiful trees known to symbolize victory, peace, and fertility?”
Well, back in 1932 Los Angeles had the opportunity of hosting the Tenth Olympiads. This prompted City Hall to launch a 10-year plan to set thousands of Mexican fan palm trees, native to Sonora and Baja, along major boulevards as a beautification project. In addition, land and home owners started to plant alike, such as Canary Island date palms. Pretty soon, California tourism was known for these statuesque beauties.
However, these lovelies, Mexican fan palms, don’t provide much shade from the burning California sun. Thus, in 2006 city councilors approved a policy not to replace the MFP once the older ones eventually need revamping. The substitute trees, when new projects are launched within the city, consist of mainly QUEEN Palms. These types are native to South America, from northern Argentina north to eastern Brazil and west to eastern Bolivia.
What better subject to morph into a muse? Consequently, that’s what six renowned artists have done. They have created a temporary public art installation collection that includes sculptures, a mosaic and a book. All are available, as Public Art, to view until January 2015. The pieces are loose interpretations of palm trees. The project’s curator is Kate Stern.*
Today, I had the pleasure of having some time in order to view this exhibition.
I truly admire such an accomplishment by an artist. The reason being, to be encapsulated into time by having one’s creation publicly displayed is a mark most noteworthy.
The figure of Thomas Jefferson was originally started on Washington’s right side. After 18 months of carving the sculpture of Jefferson it had to be blasted off the mountain and restarted on Washington’s left side. An unforeseen crack in the granite forced the artist to turn the second Jefferson sculpture five degrees. Thomas Jefferson was not completed until 1936.
Mount Rushmore is also known as the President’s Mountain. It is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The sculpture cost $989,992.32 to build. Incidentally, the Mount Rushmore National Commission began a project in 1933 and it became part of the National Park Service. It took 14 years to complete Mount Rushmore.