Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Vacation thoughts, randoms, curiosities

I am in the second and last week of vacation in Adelaide, and have had some adventures worth reporting! Some of the topics below will be elaborated upon in future posts. For now, here is the "Twitter" version!

The Egyptian Room in the South Australian Museum
The South Australian Museum has retained an old colonial style in its decor and exhibits. The Egyptian room looks like it could come straight out of a Budge book!

What the museum lacks in antiquities it makes up for in modern renditions of painting (on the walls) and sculpture, like the statues featured below.

Auset, Het-Hrt and Ausar given a fresh look like they would have had in Kemetic days

Pazuzu / The Exorcist / Winged Wonders
I got treated to a 25 minute celluloid version  of  "The Exorcist" at an impressive home theatre! Though much edited down, they featured the Pazuzu images and my niece captured them beautifully on her phone.

Pazuzu and Mesopotamia has had an influence on me most notably in my Winged Set painting, and Warboar has done an amazing painting here that I have been admiring.

Meanwhile, Iakhu has made an awesome Winged Set animal sculpture here.


A spectacular moment where the priest faces an unearthed icon of Pazuzu

I went into a shop to see if I could find an Egyptian themed statue for Aunty Sue for her birthday, and noticed their collection of giraffes.

If the antlers were slightly elongated, and the ears removed, there is a likeness to Set's theophany, I feel.

I went inside the church of my upbringing and youth for the first time in many, many years. There is a greater story to be told with this, but I preview for you here the pulpit of the church.

I saw this pulpit every week, and sometimes more, for nearly six years of my childhood. The animal headed creatures representing the apostles is not lost on me. And now I wonder why John is eagle headed, why Luke is bovine and Mark leonine. This is a Catholic church, readers.

Buck Angel sculpture
At the Art Gallery Of South Australia I found this amazing sculpture of transgender artist Buck Angel by Marc Quinn. I love the detail on the sculpture and the metamorphosis that this beautiful body has undergone. As sculptures alone they are damn impressive!

 I just love how Buck's tatts are etched into the work adding another dimension again to the piece.

I am reminded of Netjeru with trans / dual gender elements such as Atum, Mut and Hapi.

The gallery blurb on the piece is worth a read

I hope a little bit of my holiday is conveyed to you in reading this post.

Monday, 21 January 2013

SardurĂ­ur’s questions

To mark my 100th post, I wanted to do something different!

I was recently nominated to answer some questions by Sarduriur after she had been nominated for a Liebster award by one of her readers. Sarduriur's "Warboar" blog is one I look forward to reading. I like the spirit of the award and especially her questions, so here are my answers:

1. What are your thoughts regarding the concept of an Afterlife?
I have always thought of the Duat as a real place that we access not only through death but sleep as well. When we learn to consciously travel in the astral, I suspect that the Duat is the first port of call – and portal – into the rest of the universe and super consciousness.
I further suspect that the reality of the Duat reflects that of the earth, but with fundamental changes to how time is experienced and perceived, and how physics operates. (for example, gravity, cause and effect may work differently there, but still exist).
The realms beyond the Duat exist to further facilitate our evolution and journey to becoming gods ourselves.

2. If you could have your writing published for no cost, what would you write?
Tricky. Long abandoned novels and plays come to mind:
When I was still acting I wrote a play called “The Easter House” which dealt with concepts of death, evolution and metamorphosis. Strong Kemetic themes were abound including an unseen character called Nebt-Ht!
Ideas from this play bled into a story I began to write which was set in the Duat. I wrote about this in an earlier blog post. The tentative title for that novel was “Westgate”. It contained interesting ideas about the denizens of the Duat that were visiting (those still alive on earth and dreaming) and those that lived there (those whose bodies had deceased on the earth).
I love that in the play and novel I explore different concepts of sexuality and spirituality.
Another novel, set in modern day Brisbane told the story of a world catapulted into an age of reduced-to-no electricity and horse and cart. Our modern conveniences existed only for the extremely wealthy or the leaders and rulers of nations.
The people in this world were led to believe that an eco terrorist group had brought civilization to its knees, but in fact the truth of the story was that our resources had run out quicker than we anticipated, and blaming the non existent terrorist group was easier than selling the hard facts to the world.
This story also featured the emergence of a force known as Sopdu that brought about a new spiritual era for mankind.

3. How does Art factor into your life, if at all?
Art has always been a major part of my life, even during the many years that I shunned it in favour of “making a living”. I am a professionally trained actor, but have not worked as one in a while (I don't put other entertaining work in this category such as MC'ing and stripping which I did  for a while a few years back!!!)
In the last 18 months it has become more important than ever, especially as I find that my relationship with Netjer most readily manifests when I am making art about them.
Art may be a language that is fundamental to our understanding of ourselves and our relationship to the nature and the universe.
In recent times I have created two artworks (one is a co creation) that I feel resonate with my purpose for being upon the earth. I posted details of Winged Set here, but the other you will need to wait for: it is a song about the Goddess Sopdet that I co wrote with my band partner in Elektrum.

4. What are your top three favourite books, and why?
I am never good at listing my favourites of anything because my choices and tastes (in most cases) evolve and change.
So currently:
Don Webb’s books (“The seven faces of darkness”, “Uncle Setnakht’s guide to the left hand path” and “Secrets of the Temple Of Set") - these collective books have opened my eyes to magick, ritual, and a modern mystery school's take on the manifestation of Set today
The Her Bak books by RA Schwaller Da Lubicz - whilst dense, these tomes give an insight into how life in an ancient Egyptian temple may have been; my feeling is that years of being in and studying the great temple of Karnak awakened inspiration in da Lubicz resulting in the writing of these works
The Egyptian Prayer Book by Tamara Siuda - a beautifully written book that features a collection of prayers and the mechanics of performing senut by someone that loves Netjer so much she not only reads and translates Their holy texts but established a modern religion for Them.

5. Who, or what, most inspires you?
I am inspired by people that bring awareness of Netjer into the world (the authors listed above fit this category)
Netjer inspires me.
Ancient Kemet inspires me, and especially how its re manifestation occurs now.
Ancient middle eastern civilization in general fascinates and inspires me.
Whitley Strieber intrigues and inspires me.
I am inspired by certain individuals in bodybuilding, and the music world too.
Great pieces of art inspire, especially genres such as expressionism, post impressionism, cubism and Fauvism. Last year I featured two artists that feature or have featured Kemetic concepts here and here.

Art inspires me and motivates me a lot; the greatest art form in my opinion is the human body; I love human bodies and bodybuilding - which I classify as an art form - is one of my 3 artistic disciplines; the artist-athlete pictured is Kevin Levrone

Monday, 14 January 2013

Winged Set: The Painting

I pulled an 8 hour all-nighter finishing my most recent panting, “Winged Set”, Sunday night.

Winged Set

The second of my larger works, and the biggest canvas to date, I feel that its completion ends a successful year of Kemetic art.

This angle better shows the hexagram structure that forms part of the background

The piece is 72cm x 48 cm, acrylic on canvas. 

Taken a few weeks before completion, this pic gives a good indication of the size of the canvas

Hieroglyphs detail

I composed the wording for the painting myself, and commissioned Tamara Siuda to transliterate them. The glyphs read:

Hail Set
Great of strength, God of Gods
You are majestic, beautiful and mighty
Grant me
Strength, magical power and immortality
On earth, in the sky and in the Duat

In this earlier post a clue to the genesis of the painting can be found.

I plan a website for my artwork later this year, and want to save complete descriptions and analysis of all of my paintings for then.

I feel that the photos don't quite convey the majesty of the piece, or the nuances that the metallic and other acrylics present. It is a very imposing work and dominates the room where it stands. I love this painting, and hope that it inspires great feelings in others too.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

The Technology Of Netjer

"Metamorphosis", one of my paintings from last year

I have been considering elements of the Kemetic legacy as a technology that we have lost the ability to understand.

There is much out there on the topic already, but this relates primarily to archaeology: the real function of the pyramids for example, or what obelisks might really be for, or theories about how such high levels of skill abound in everything from jewellery, to tomb design, and sculpture.

Sacred Texts
One of the first instances where this occurred to me was upon reading The Book Of Coming Forth By Day. It struck me that in this text, and subsequently others, that a code of some kind was inherent to the scripts, and that in using the words in a certain way (and perhaps with gesture and / or ritual devices) doors were opened, dimensions were activated. At the very least, I feel that the sacred texts are manuals for genesis and evolution that we currently do not properly understand.

Kemetic Soul Theology
The Kemetic theology of the soul (soul anatomy) is another case in point. How are we to understand these unusual delegations? What do they mean? We guess at Ka and Ba because these are closest to our own concepts of spirit and soul, but I do not think they can be understand separately and nor do I think they can be entirely understood with the mind and our intellects alone.

Technology of Netjer
 Are the Gods themselves to be understood on a technological level, or in a technological way? For instance, I find that the forms and shape that some of the Netjeru reveal themselves in seem to have a “trigger”. What if the forms and shapes of Netjer are in and of themselves a code that react with the very DNA of our bodies?. We know that animal headed beings are not unique to Ancient Egyptian culture. Are these beings that live in another dimension that are capable of communicating with us and want us to connect with them?

Those of us that honour the Netjeru have an entirely different way of dealing with that trigger as opposed to everyone else who take fascination with the Ancient Egyptian past. And I have not met too many people that are not in some way intrigued.

Talismans: devices?
Ankhs, tyets, adzes, and uas staffs – were these devices capable of transmitting energy or creating a change in subtle anatomy? In some instances, they are shown clearly generating something from their tips.

Are there any revelations / intuitions that you have had that might shed light on some of the concepts outlined above? I would love to hear from you.