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“Hostess Tonya Kay kept the ninety minute show lively with her banter, jokes and audience interaction…” Great review of The Lalas, Burlesque! at Seneca Niagara Casino last weekend by BestofWNY.com/LKPro.com – great job, women!
everything changed tonight. i don’t know if I’ve ever felt this before. I don’t know what I’m feeling. like a sunken treasure in my chest hoisted by waterlogged hemp rope out and straight up directly towards something I have only ever imagined. I have traded my youth for beauty.
First let me tell you about my neighborhood in Los Angeles. It’s happening. There’s a damn subway station being built on the corner, which is possibly the most traversed intersection in Los Angeles. Mid-Wilshire is home to the La Brea Tar Pits, LACMA, El Ray, Peterson Auto Museum and Miracle Mile business district. My neighborhood is filled with established entertainment industry professionals that have succeeded in the hustle that makes this their career long-term. They make a certain level of income and spend it all on fancy drinks. They have dogs and walk them at all hours, so I am never alone when I carry my costumes and props home at 2am. Neighbors hang outside and talk to each other in my hood. There are no fences around properties or tagging on the garages. There is no litter in the gutters. Where I live is a tad foo-foo, very safe, extremely active and really exciting. That’s my neighborhood.
Now, imagine: there is this giant warehouse situated on the main intersection, isolated like a fortress with 15′ barbed wire surrounding the parking lot (yes, a city parking lot right in this neighborhood) which by the way, is always empty – ALWAYS – with no cars coming or going, no humans entering or exiting ever. The value of this real estate is certainly astronomical what with a city subway being built beneath is and all the happening bars, restaurants, pole studios and cafes doing foot-traffic business surrounding it. Still, it sits stoically with great gates and fences of protection for activity which is never seen happening. The address is 666 S. La Brea and it belongs to AT&T.
I am inspired by the enigma. The numbers on the outside are just icing on the cake to me. It just doesn’t make any sense in a big way. And I love that shit. But get this – I’m reading Robert Anton Wilson’s “Everything Is Under Control” and come across this paragraph on page 546:
“Recently AT&T announced that their research subsidiary, Bell Laboratories, has been renamed Lucent Technologies. This did not escape the attention of ardent conspiriologist Texe Marrs, who asks with shrewd attention to detail: “…does AT&T’s baby have horns? Does this name Lucent have any link to the name Lucifer? Could it be that, as one writer has suggested, Lucent stands for Lucifer’s Enterprise?”
Mr. Marrs also finds dark significance in the fact that Lucent’s network operating system is called “Inferno,” and the company has an office at 666 Fifth Avenue in New York.”
Really? So now AT&T has locations or subsidiary locations at 666 in Los Angeles and New York as well? I do a little more research on the Lucent Technologies subsidiary company and discover that Lucent designed and created the first biochip approved under Obama Care for implant into human bodies. Pastors and Christians (neither of which am I) call the chip the Sign of the Beast which is kind of fun.
And yes, Lucent Technologies logo is a ring of fire and yes, Lucent also has distributed a free operating system named Inferno, predecessor to Unix. The corporations and subsidiaries have changed hands several times since 2006.
But in the end, isn’t it exciting? Weird desolate building on sky-high real estate property in Los Angeles. Two related offices at 666 in LA and NYC. The choice of names Lucent and Inferno. Ring of fire logo and type of business engaged in. Makes my neighborhood a little less fancy drink and a lot more Illuminati if you ask me.
I had the honor of living with the remote high altitude rainforest tribe, the Karen Hill Tribe, of Northern Thailand when I volunteered with Elephant Nature Park‘s Journey To Freedom project, bringing the endangered Asian elephant back to the wild, where it belongs. The Karen live mainly without running water and without electricity. And if that’s not enough to make any USAmerican pop another anti-anxiety prescription, get this – they make their own clothes. I don’t mean they sew their designs. I mean they grow the cotton plant, the dye it with rainforest berries, barks and roots, they spin it into thread and then weave it into the stunning clothing pictured below. The colors, the designs, the seed pods used as decor. I was told that when the women wear these items they created, they are seen as ultimately beautiful. There is social praise for this artisan work and I certainly can see why.
The photography below is in honor of the Karen Hill Tribe’s textiles, photographed by Marti Matulis in the Angeles Crest. Retouched by Stephen Newell. Breathtaking.
You can watch the Karen Hill Tribe mother spinning and working the thread here:
Every witch is familiar with intention-based magickal workings; Know Thy Will, focus intention through a process or on an object, direct the focused energy, then expect manifestation. For simple example, my Will is “I will be healthy and fit”. I then focus my intention of health onto an apple, directing that intention by eating an apple several times/day. Finally, I expect my body to manifest itself as healthy and fit (yes, sometimes magick is really that simple).
I prefer intention-based magick when performing Elemental workings. But when Chaos is my ritual’s force majeure, nonintention seems to be most effective. After all, as powerful as consciousness is, it is exactly what can screw up a spell. Self-sabotage is often subconscious and quickly and cleanly effective. Working with Chaos through nonintent ritual, eliminates the consciousness variable by allowing the unmanifest to randomly express exactly what you didn’t know you had Willed in an act of pure epigenius. Wild Chaos. Wise Discord.
Nonintention-based magickal workings vary slightly from the intention-based sort: Know Thy Will, erase intentions from the conscious mind through an automatick perfection task, imprint task’s perfected symbol of forgotten intention onto the unconscious, live your life and forget about all of it.
Austin Osman Spare’s sigil magick is a beautiful system of nonintent. Even the simplest sigil spell is extremely effective. An outline for creating a basic sigil is: I write out my Will in capitol letters; “I WILL BE COVETED”. Then I begin the process of erasing my intention by crossing out any letter that appears twice, leaving me with; “IWBCOVTD”. I write the remaining letters directly on top of one another, noticing what new shapes are being made. Sketching and resketching my way into artistic trance where I am essentially performing automatick drawing, I define a new story from the previously overlapped shapes. My goal is perfection of the sigil, not artistic merit (necessarily). The task is perfect when I am done. I then imprint the new sigil deeply into the unconscious through orgasm, entheogen or physical exhaustion. Finally, I forget about forgetting about it and live my life.
The challenge and opportunity in this style of Chaos Magick lies in the honest erasing of intent. If I am thinking about “being coveted”, or thinking about “forgetting the desire to be coveted” while drawing, I am performing an intention-based working rather than a nonintent working. Success in sigil magick in this case, would be defined by becoming completely unable to recall one’s original intent. The honest erasing is the key.
Recently, a fellow Chaote partnered with me on an advanced sigil working that assures I have no idea what I’m working towards. Hail, Discord! Here is how we, together, achieved a powerful symbol of Forgotten Intention:
ADVANCED SIGIL WORKING: “PARTNER ICONOGRAPHY”
1. Know Thy Will and from it, locate your intent. I can honestly not remember what my intent was upon start of this sigil working. Well done.
2. Convey that intention to your magickal partner. In this case, Chaote and professional magickal artist, Nemo, was my partner. In an email I suggested my now forgotten intention to Nemo, blurring the original intent already. The process of forgetting began with the first communication.
3. Your magickal partner now creates the sigil through automatick drawing. Nemo, in this case tells me that he held space for my original intent, and then concentrated so deeply that he tranced out, surrendering all my/his intention to the spirit which wished to be drawn. Again, we stepped even further away from my original intent.
On this, Nemo adds, “My own form of “forgetting” is done by trance … akin to making the outline of a form with intention and then filling in the details by intuition/deep-mind/trance/universal-will…”, and “The key to making this kind of painting is to focus on your intent so deeply, you forget it at the moment of manifestation …”
4. You receive the finished artwork, then imprint the entirely new symbol of forgotten intent onto the unconscious. In this case, Nemo created a vibrant piece of art in the center of which is my glowing image. We’ve coined this artistic sigil style Iconography. I imprinted my Icon into the unconscious by dancing about it, around it, in front of it until I was flat with exhaustion. I then meditated on it’s visual for 3 days more.
5. Finally, appreciate the artwork and live your life. All of this is a forgetting technique. I appreciated Nemo’s art as a magnificent masterpiece and displayed it on my hearth. Friends commented on it, it brightened my Beltane eventing. By trusting a magickal partner with my intention, allowing him to transform intention into an original piece of art, and relating to the artwork as nothing more than beautiful artwork, I have honestly forgotten my original intent. And don’t you know, without me knowing, this new symbol presents it’s self to me throughout my daily life in different forms – I see a cactus in a Hollywood garden, I dream of candy cane octopi, I enjoy the sight of the art on my mantle.
Together, Nemo and I have created a path for random genius to emerge. In a form of it’s own unexpected choosing. Without the chance for my conscious mind to interfere. I am working with the unmanifest here. My Will is done without me even knowing it.
So mote it be.
Originally published in Issue #56 and #57 of Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose, Transcendent Journeys eZine, Rending the Veil Online Magazine Yule