Concept card of the Dreamspace Gallery

Now with better photoshopping! And some words to the effect – if you like this concept, why not get in touch? Renaissance is a together thing… Share this image and message… website coming, looks like the name is DREAMSPACE, and the place, hopefully, is 61 Carnarvon. Early adopters who might want to share a space here, and also artists wanting to exhibit in a positive, spiritual space…and get true feedback by a variety of means. Also any ‘friends of Dreamspace’ wanting to be a part of the group/movement/process…? for my philosophy on art, see http://www.altarsofart.com – art is about the sacred, and Beauty Truth Love and Freedom – the Possible Human. The world has had enough reflections of its filth, nihilism and anti-romanticism. ‘There ARE still Blessed Isles’ (Zarathustra)

Two men looked through prison bars; One saw mud, the other, Stars’.

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Towards a Eutopian Dreamspace

Last post I put up some photos of a possible site for arts, philosophy, crafts and the making of hobbity cabins and sculptures. This is a photoshopped one of the front with possible name: Dreamspace Gallery and Workshops. Does this look like a place magic could be done?

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‘Go Big or Go Home’ for sensitive artists

Happy Earth Day! Excuse the animal metaphors which follow. ‘Go big or go home’ – this saying, from a Trump documentary, got to me in a good way! I thought ‘Yes we can!‘ – to quote the Obama side of the elephant. Both ends of the human spectrum in  their saner moments know there’s only one elephant in the room, and it’s called Homo Sapiens, and it’s uber-smart, uber-adaptable, a veritable rhinoceros of the intellect in the animal kingdom, unstoppable in its problem-solving power, in any situation or environment on or off the planet, dammit!

So why do we artists and thinkers feel so stopped and powerless sometimes/most of the time/when not high on caffeine? ‘If we’re so smart/creative, how come we ain’t rich?’

It’s called Learned Helplessness. Some humans (ughh!) actually benefit from spreading it. They even started public schools to inculcate it, and make the baby human rhinos of the spirit attend 6 hours a day for a decade or so, and progressively cut off their little horns and geld them too. Then tell them to ‘express themselves’ in art class or English essay assignments. Horrible but true history… it’s changing now – isn’t it? (Not if the Muslim faith triumphs in the West.  Or any other religious fanaticism with a Book to back up the apes of the mind and spirit with a Thus Saith the Lord).

So, to continue my own slow emancipation saga: I have rung up about the space for a gallery workshops and general Mad Art pursuit, and the agent told me it was under contract and would go unconditional next Tuesday… This Tuesday he rang to say it fell through and do I want it. I had a feeling he would! Gulp… ‘Put up or shut up, I said. So now it’s the ‘putting up’ stage. Funny thing about Home – it can be a haven – or a cocoon, or a prison. I was going to do all my thing here at appletree haven – Home. Now I am looking at Coming Out, doing it Out There, in town, at 61 Carnarvon St, Gisborne. The energy is there, and the ability to pay the rent for a 6 month trial (just) ; then I’ll need to have used my homo sapiens unleashed creativity to make a financial go of it.

Sound good?  Go thou and do likewise, human rhinos, and grow back that horn of the spirit, and the other bits, and Go Big or Go Home! 🙂  Not sure what the name will be – ideas are Eutopia Gallery, Renaissance Workshops, Heartstone Gallery… Dreamspace Gallery?  Photos follow…

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Being me now – everyone else was taken!

Three fifteen is a dangerous time to wake up. If you start thinking it usually goes downhill fast. So you try to go back to sleep.

What if you don’t, but instead look at why your thoughts are gloomy, why your energy is so low?

I did that this morning at around 4 AM, Gisborne time – we’re ahead of the world so maybe I was the first soul to wake this day?? Well apart from the worthy farmers and shift workers. OK the first artist? OK at least the first philosopher! So, I got to thinking… I’m so… blocked. I have a monstrous block. Maybe I need a phsychologist to sort me out. No, I really know what he’d say, and if he didn’t I’d now what he should have said. So why not just do that!? What would a good psychologist say to Peter Harris aka the Wizard of Eutopia? ‘Put up or shut up’. Or what Paulo Coelho’s  Alchemist told the Englishman who wanted to become a real alchemist and not just a book one: ‘TRY!’ Try and transmute that lead into gold. Even if you think you tried before, now, this time, in THIS moment, TRY it.

What did my inner Alchemist tell me to try? What all inner Alchemists tell us all the time if we’d only listen: BE YOURSELF ALREADY! But what is me? Well, what’s my name? wizard of eutopia… hm… wizards do what? Well they change situations, make eutopias happen, catalyse. They’re alchemists of culture, turning the leaden societies about them into gold. They create portals through which people may go into a golden era. They hold a space, they plant a flag, they declare the ancient divine platitudes to a new generation of unbelievers who want the courage to believe them. Hm… haven’t I been there, tried that?

So I need to come out and TRY it AGAIN. Better. Eutopia is a phoenix bird, needs the wizard to revive it. But first he must revive himself.  ‘The kingdom of heaven is within us’. Amen!

SO, my plan is to

1 Get a space (I have one in mind – it’s big and spacious and cheap, here in Gisborne), start communicating with people who come there, have a round table with a phase timer so we remember to do all the dynamic things, in good order, in the divine Balance: 1 Love and listen; 2 Imagine and envision; 3 Reason and plan; 4 Act and communicate. For the logic of this see my www.4phase.org

2 Do my art in that space, and make the ferrocement hobbit havens and other sculptural icons.

3 Maybe open the space to other ‘harvesters, creators and rejoicers’. On the front it will say something like  ‘Eutopia. All welcome’ Or Altars of Art. Names and naming does tie me in knots often, but not this time!

email me wizardofeutopia@gmail.com if you like the  sound of this. If in Gisborne you could join me

So, what has been my biggest, monstrous, block? I think those who know me would agree (?) it’s shyness, this huge reluctance to engage with normal people out there in the normal world. The more I become ME, the weirder and more alien and threatening that ‘normal’ world and those ‘normal’ people seem to become. This morning I got that I am NOT shy per se – just shy of the idea of these implacably normal people, the System they represent that’s the real Monster out to get me, kill my soul, deny my dreams and visions. So it’s simple, really: I get with people who aren’t like that, who do want to be truly alive and think for themselves, and create new things and a better life and a better place. Eutopians… and ‘show them the rainbow and the stairway to the overman’. (thus spake Zarathustra)

Zarathustra’s monster he called the Spirit of Gravity, that mole-dwarf of leaden spirit that denies and drags down. His weapon against it was to fling it off his back and say ‘Stop dwarf!  I! Or you!’ And to show it the endless circle of life and to say Yes to it. I think what really defeated the dwarf was that Zarathustra danced. And that he laughed… like the shepherd in his vision who was choking from a black snake crawling into his throat. He bites off the head and jumps up, no longer a mere mortal but an overcomer, and he laughs. And Nietzsche writes, ‘My longing for this laughter consumes me…’

What is your monster?  When (and how) will you bite its head off and leap up, laughing?

 

 

 

 

 

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Pentacles and the Number Five – Death or the Goddess?

What a magical Five day! I was rereading the Da Vinci Code, and came to the chapter where the identity of the lost Grail is revealed  – it is the Divine Feminine, represented by Mary Magdalene – and Apples… and the number 5…

red crabapples

Red crabapples on our land at Kaiwaka

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Blue Apple of Aeden showing the Applestar

I am also at the very point in my abridging of The Girl and the Guardian (Volume I of Apples of Aeden) where Korman the Guardian is captured and reunited with the Lady in the thorns, from where they will join in secret synergy and guide the land of Aeden, overrun by the Thornmen, back to the Balance.

It is also happens to be the day our son goes out with a girl – this being unusual news, and he being a broke musician Raewyn sent him $30. I thought no make it $55.50 – a luckier number I hope! So i sent $25.50. total $55.50 🙂

It ALSO happens to be International Women’s Day, as I just found out when I went online to write this.

This all got me thinking about my recent and ongoing research into the conspiracies of our culture in preparation for volume – you guessed it – FIVE, of the series Apples of Aeden (apples being of course extremely significant re the Goddess, since they contain a five-pointed star or pentacle in their core (from Kore the Goddess!). I had heard (in a Christian conspiracy YouTube video I think it was) that 555 is the most sacred number for the Wiccans – well that’s ok by me, but also that Hitler was obsessed with the number 555 – his Nazi party number was 555 (he was actually no. 55 but in their early days they put a 5 in front of their membership numbers to inflate them). UGH! This would make 5 and 55 AND 555 pretty evil, wouldn’t it?

But think of what the Nazis did with the revered ancient sun symbol – subverted it into the most potent symbol of evil that it is perhaps forever tainted.  So perhaps this is another example of the subversion and perversion of something good and sacred in the service of evil?

Intentionally and synchronistically my Apples of Aeden epic has been quite saturated with the numbers 5 and 555. The naming was via a dream in which a lady (Lady!) said Thank you for publishing My book, and I was looking at its cover, and though (as happens in dreams) I couldn’t read the title, in my head I heard the words ‘The Apples of Eden’. I was envied the lady her good title. She said goodbye, and I awoke (in my virulently anti-goddess brother-in-law’s house as it happens! a great irony from Her!) – and I remembered the title, and thought, ‘Wait, that lady in my dream was Barbara, an artist and gardener, not a writer! I can use the title!’ My brother co-creator of the epic and I had argued and tossed title ideas about for hours days before this, and given up in defeat. Not once did this title occur to us. But my friend and muse for the writing, Ian, had said, ‘I think you will get the title in a dream.’ I had laughed at this… When we returned to Kaiwaka, we went into Cafe Eutopia (of the Five Domes and the central goddess fountain!) and there was Ian, having just called in, bearing a paper bag with a present for me. Inside were two candles in the form of  red APPLES. Yes, incredible! But true, by the Lady!

So I also changed the Isle of Aeden to have FIVE arms like a starfish, (and on each arm a mountain with five peaks, plus on mountain with five peaks in the middle of the island).

 

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The Ouvron, showing the Starfish Isle of Aeden

And added a bit more about the life-giving apples of Aeden (already in the books). When I had made these changes and printed a ‘final’ (yeah right) edition of volume one (The Girl and the Guardian – free as an ebook here https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/243499) I took it to the post office to weigh, to see what postage would cost. I grinned when I saw the readout: 555 grams. 🙂

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This weighed 555 grams 🙂

 

More recently, when my good brother and co-creator of the epic whisked us away to Europe with him, the scheduled departure time was – you guessed it – 5:55 PM.  This is most significant now in hindsight because that trip inspired the new vision for Volume FIVE – it will be very much about Europe, the suppressed Goddess, and the return of the Balance to Earth.

Back to Hitler and the Christian conspiracy theorists. I googled 555 and Hitler to learn more. I verified that his party number WAS 555. Then I looked up the bible-numerology take on 5 and 555. It seems that 5 can be linked to Death in the Bible. This worried me a bit as a former Christian! So 5 three times is death death and more death, they reckon…

However, for me the three is the triple Goddess, sacred and not evil at all. Today I realized that the Christian has good reason to associate 5 with death for mythological reasons too: in the Hebrew version of the Goddess’s bestowing of the Fruit of Life from the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil, with Her serpent of wisdom, has been turned into an account of the Fall, which led to universal DEATH – and though the Bible doesn’t say so the fruit in question has traditionally been known as the APPLE – inside of which is the PENTACLE, the five seed-cavities in a star formation (cut an apples across the core and see what I mean – it’s beautiful). So Five = Apple = Death. Sinister isn’t it?  IF you buy the Bible version of events. If you see the Genesis account as a ‘dexterous’ ploy to disempower women for all time, then the truth would be the reverse: 5 = Apple = Life.  And of course the pentacle/pentagram aka the five-pointed star, is FULL of the ratio PHI – the ‘Golden Ratio’, in almost all of nature writ large, and small…. From the spirals of the galaxies to the sunflower to the proportions of the human body to… IE, it means LIFE!

The number of people (mainly? women) the official Western Church has tortured and killed to enforce their version of events and the Masculine Divine is variously estimated, but the Inquisition alone must put it in the millions. ( Their Mary Mother of God is an emasculated virgin substitute for, and subversion of, the triple Mother)  What a lot hangs from that apple tree! Which version is true? They can’t both be, can they? It is a fearful thing to go against two millenia of conditioning and consensus (and one’s own former beliefs) to say that the Bible version, not the suppressed ‘Pagan’ one, is the evil subversion, but I think I must side with the Goddess and the Balance, against both the Christians and the Nazis. (How ironic that such a jackbooted, violent, truth-suppressing, male-worshipping abomination as Nazism should have had as its leader a man whose number was FIVE FIVE FIVE!)

Happy International Women’s Day!

 

 

 

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Writing again, naturally!

Ah, it is a fateful thing to begin writing! It always demands more until the tail of the writing wags the dog of life… so to speak! Or the world of the tale bends around and swallows the writer whole.  See here for my post on what is afoot in the world of Apples of Aeden, a world big enough to swallow an army of writers! https://applesofaeden.wordpress.com/2016/02/02/the-narrator-staggers-back-to-the-desk/

This painting I did last year is one little image from that world. I hope to do some more images, this time sketches or illuminations to go with the text. Another tail that could wag the dog!

enthorned they dream copy

 

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State of the Dysunion: blogging for People of (Too) Many Parts

For good or ill, I decided a few years back to divide and conquer – to have multiple blogsites for my multiple and possibly confusing interests  and endeavours. It got out of hand, some would (indeed DO) say. I have exactly forty, according to WordPress. But this is misleading – some are registered for other people, and others I left up though they are ‘dormant’.

So, my personal ‘State of the Dysunion’ speech:

  • It was good in some ways to divide up this way rather than have one big site with lots of pages. This way, if I write a new post on a site, it can be automatically shared on FB (one FB location only – either one’s personal feed or a dedicated page which you can set up easily and for free on FB), Twitter etc., whereas if you update a page on a site it doesn’t get shared. I could have got around this by doing a quick post notifying of an addition to a page, but the prospect isn’t thrilling.
  • It was tempting to get nice short dedicated domains. At USD18 a year for dotcom and dotorg and $25 for dotco, and more for dotnz once it’s bought elsewhere and mapped onto WordPressdotcom, it was getting financially embarrassing. Fortunately, if you’re willing to suffer the indignity of the longer FREE domain YOURNAME dotWordpressdotcom, you can always retrench to free.
  • It has been difficult sometimes to know WHICH BLOG to post in! The logical problem of ‘Overlapping Categories.’ Things one writes are  almost never entirely and only about one thing, on one topic. Not if they have any generality at all.
  • The changing, retiring and new creation of blogs does give a kind of drama to new movements in one’s life and thought, and it does help one to say exactly what one wants to in a particular field without having to please a ‘general’ audience, explain or tone it down. Great too if one wants to make a ‘business’ card of any kind. A dedicated website is great.
  • There can be a feeling of being ‘spread too thin,’ like Bilbo. But this can happen however one orders one’s output. As we get onlder/poorer we have to actually limit it I guess! To the real ‘bucket List’…
  • It may be bad for following numbers, getting up to critical mass, etc, but I figure that people don’t want to follow EVERYTHING a person of many parts is up to… sigh!
  • it keeps one’s hand in for creation and maintenance of blogsites – a gentle art and quite satisfying. Though everyone seems to be on Facebook, the Blog is a more orderly place, where what you see is what you have put up, ordered your way, with pages as you want them.
  • So, the slightly uneasy dysunion goes on into 2016 – already this year I have three new sites! (mindcavern, thelogicoflove (well that’s a rename of loveqor), and thetruewest). However, I do have a meta-ordering emerging, a kind of hierarchy of my blogs. It goes like this (live links to the main active ones):
  • GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS ‘MY BLOG’: this site, www.wizardofeutopia.com
  • PHILOSOPHY: Most abstract and metaphysical: www.mindcavern.com. Eutopia-political: www.thetruewest.org. Philosophy of Process and applications: www.4phase.org. Moral/psychological: www.thelogicoflove.com
  • ART: a portfolio and diary of my own art and some comments on art: www.altarsofart.com. The writing: the epic http://www.applesofaeden.wordpress.com
  • ARCHITECTURE: Cabins fit for Middle Earth: www.hobbithaven.nz. Ferrocement construction, news and info: www.fantasticferrocement.com
  • CRAFTS: Unique carved-edge and embossed-cover book technologies: http://www.carvedbooks.wordpress.com. Previous efforts in bookbinding and ebook uploading: http://www.newleafnetwork.wordpress.com and http://www.ebookuploader.wordpress.com. Magnetic ‘eggs’ for holding jewellery etc: http://www.gempod.wordpress.com. Jewellery by me: www.silventree.com.
  • PERSONAL, FAMILY: About our OE with brother John and partner: http://www.fourgowest.wordpress.com. About our grandchildren here in Gisborne: http://www.appletreegrandkids.wordpress.com. About our flat here in Gisborne: http://www.appletreehaven.wordpress.com.

‘The rest is silence’…or history. I think…

Oh, and if you DO want to start a blog, go straight to http://www.wordpress.com for a free blog and quite a bit of online help to do it. Fear not, they have made it fairly routine! Always there’s a learning curve but it’s worth it. I think… 🙂

Blog on dudes. The world is not just Facebook. There are quieter places where YOU are in charge of what’s seen, and by whom. (There’s even a private blog option, so it can be just like your own personal diary or ‘notes to oneself’, on the Cloud, unable to be dropped in the bath or lost. Unless the Web went down… Then there’s always the plan A of the notebook diary).

 

 

 

 

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