Tuesday, 28 June 2016
Welcome back to Amid Night Suns, friends. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the connections between love, sex and creativity. Anyone who is familiar with my work will know full well that I view these subjects as deeply interrelated. Over the years I’ve made hundreds of videos for this blog. It’s a process that takes a lot of planning, dedication and finesse. Much like magick itself. And make no mistake, I consider the art-based conjurations I perform at Amid Night Suns to be genuine acts of magick and spellcasting. Creating a piece of art – even the kind of video-collages I create here – can be a deeply erotic and revelatory experience. I learn things about myself through communing with my muses. For me art is an encoded rhythm of contraction and expansion, like breathing, like life itself. It unfolds within our sentience like a gifted flower of meaning and resonance.
I hope I am able to imbue my art with these rhythms, with hidden meanings and secret spaces that might be revealed on closer inspection. It’s a bit like falling in love. You begin to see the true beauty and majesty through the acts of your devotion. Some people call my art ugly, profane, dark. And with a secret smile I would hope it is all those things. But I also hope that you, dear reader, might see compassion, beauty, sincerity and power amid that darkness. The shadow is useless unless it enriches us, unless we begin a process of integration with it – a workable path to a deeper lucidity. Flesh is useless unless we feel it, unless we honour it. The predator-elites who control our world want us to believe that we are ugly, imperfect and shameful, that we must look to them for permission to live passionately and with depth. We are all casualties in the War of Imagination. But there are soldiers in this war. Truth-tellers, artists and sorcerers.
So hear this, my friends. Find ways to remember your kiss, your divine fire, your meeting of Heaven and Earth. It doesn’t matter what religion or spirituality or spellcraft you cleave to. There is something much, much deeper beneath it all. I am one of the Ragged Magi. I live in radiant darkness beneath an ageless star, a hidden sun. We Magi will not abandon the voiceless, the weak or wounded. We serve the House of Love, eternally.
Monday, 13 June 2016
Welcome back to Amid Night Suns, my friends. With all the chaos, war and promises of war in this world at the moment, I’m inclined to think that nothing less than a complete overhaul of our consciousness and spirit is going to lure the human race away from the lip of the abyss that we seem to be trembling upon. The old sociopolitical ways are broken, dehumanizing and abusive. We as thinking, creative beings must make those old ways obsolete. For me, nothing less than communion with our Innermost Light will save us from this alienating, gluttonous system. And so I wonder, what kind of spiritual force would it take to reduce you to nothing, to incinerate you from your very core to the very edges of your being, and remake you anew? How do we kindle this regenerative immolation from within?
Chris Knowles over at The Secret Sun is currently doing seminal work concerning our modern technologies and our mythological and religious notions regarding Lucifer, Satan and the Devil. He expertly elucidates how these three names are not interchangeable despite the shallow mainstream notion regarding these forces. He highlights the fascinating connections between Lucifer, the ancient Greek Prometheus and the Titans, and traces these ideas back into prehistory. Stealing fire is one thing, knowing how to use it correctly is another. Sometimes I think the human race has too much power, or, more accurately, the self-appointed predator-elites and their apologists have too much power. We have amassed so much technology, and what have we done with it? For example, we are able to peer into the very heart of the atom and we used this ability to detonate the very fabric of life. It might be an easy analogy, but an apt one. Nuclear weapons can seem akin to some form of satanic light, a kind of hellfire, versus the kind of liminal Innermost Light that I regard as consciousness. Do we as the human race really want knowledge – to hold the shimmering star of cataclysm and creation in our palm? Can we handle it? Are we disciplined, sober and wise enough for true Gnosis? At the state we’re in currently, access to knowledge beyond the veils might be akin to giving the launch codes for a nuclear weapon to an insolent, impetuous child with no awareness of thermonuclear physics. Why do I say this? Because Darkness and Light are always twinned within sentience, knowledge of one precipitates knowledge of the other. So who or what decides the quality of the Light?
We are at a strange time in human history, I feel. The sun is in the underworld. Inanna searches for Dumuzid. As Chris Knowles explores in his Future History of Light posts at The Secret Sun, the past is not static. Something profound is occurring. I don’t want to put words in Chris’s mouth. I can only speak for myself, and personally speaking I feel like these ancient energies – Inanna, Ishtar, Babalon, Lucifer – are currently unfolding in strange and oblique ways both collectively and individually. I really don’t think this strange, oblique realm is one in which limits are merely what they appear to be. Entire cults of worship and exploration have gravitated and clustered at the edges of these mysteries. Life, Light, Love, Knowledge. We are not unique in this way.
What does freedom truly mean? What does it mean to become emancipated? I don’t know, but what if finally becoming what you were always meant to be means becoming something different? A transformation within the crucible of our own darkness? What happens when you breach the limits of the observable universe, when you step beyond the edge of Creation? I suspect that we pass through the pupil of our own eye, like Major Tom falling through the centre of a black hole – a place where continuities and discontinuities become one. This is the real death, not death of the body. The annihilation of consciousness, individuality and self. And simultaneously the Ex Nihilo ignition of consciousness, resurrected. This transliteration is, I think, at the heart of all ontological subject-object debate, as well as much of human spirituality. In this light, pardon the pun, the notion of healing becomes radicalized. Not simply restoration but transformation. Perhaps the two have never been truly separate. In mythology when you are touched by an angel you are not simply restored, you are changed. The manifestation of something from nothing – well, that’s the very definition of magick.