Category: Art & Artists

All about art and artists. Self-portraits, dream visions and more.

The Benin Bronzes
Just after the Full Moon, on 18 February 1897, a British expeditionary force breached the great walls of the city of Benin, capital of one of the wealthiest kingdoms in West Africa.  An orgy of looting, murder and arson ensued. The city was razed, its priests were executed, and the Oba, the [...]
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Aries: A Self-portrait and a Poem
  You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may tread me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you?  Why are you beset with gloom?  ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living room… Read the rest of [...]
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Astrology of Now: The Green One
The Green One, al Khidr, may be a traveller or an angel, a sailor or a sage; he guards the sea, is a patron of poets and calligraphers, heals the sick, and as you can see above rides on the back of fish. He may come to your aid if you are drowning, heal your […]
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Pisces: A Self-portrait and a Poem
Sea Breeze The flesh is sad, Alas! and I have read all the books. Let’s go! Far off. Let’s go! I sense that the birds, intoxicated, fly deep into unknown spume and sky! Nothing – not even old gardens mirrored by eyes – can restrain this heart that drenches itself in the sea, O nights, […]
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Aquarius: A Self-portrait and a poem
  Patterns  I walk down the garden-paths,  And all the daffodils  Are blowing, and the bright blue squills.  I walk down the patterned garden-paths  In my stiff, brocaded gown.  With my powdered hair and jeweled fan,  I too am a rare  Pattern. As I wander down   The garden-paths.  My [...]
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Capricorn: A Self-Portrait and a Poem
For joy’s sake, from my hands For joy’s sake, from my hands, take some honey and some sun, as Persephone’s bees told us.   Not to be freed, the unmoored boat. Not to be heard, fur-booted shadows. Not to be silenced, life’s dark terrors. Now we only have kisses, dry and bristling like [...]
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Sagittarius: A Self-Portrait and a Poem
I Am Much Too Alone In This World  I am much too alone in this world, yet not alone     enough to truly consecrate the hour. I am much too small in this world, yet not small     enough  to be to you just object and thing,  dark and smart. I want my free will and want […]
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Scorpio: A Self-portrait and a Poem
Name, my Laura, name the whirl-compelling Bodies to unite in one blest whole– Name, my Laura, name the wondrous magic By which soul rejoins its kindred soul! See! it teaches yonder roving planets Round the sun to fly in endless race; And as children play around their mother, Checkered [...]
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Astrology of Now: Poised
When the Sun moves from the sign of Virgo into Libra (on September 22), we find ourselves at the halfway point of the year. Day and night are of equal length for a fleeting moment in perfect balance. The equinox opens the autumn season here in the North. Where I am, it is unusually warm […]
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Your September Horoscopes
Consequential cosmic events this month: Mars lays down his armour, Jupiter takes up his sceptre, Saturn picks up his scythe. Meanwhile, Venus, Mercury, the Sun and the Moon dance a complex quadrille. If you’re already a member, click here to read your monthly horoscope. Or If you’d [...]
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Mother, Memory, Cake: Inside the Cancerian Mind
“… one day in winter, as I came home, seeing that I was cold, my mother offered me some tea, a thing that I did not ordinarily take. I declined at first, and then for no particular reason changed my mind. She sent out for one of those short, plump little cakes called petite madeleine, [...]
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Karl, the Cat and Jacques de Bascher
The fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld — wizard, shape-shifter, and, as he put it himself, vampire — died in February, leaving a fortune to his gorgeous pet, Choupette, the most famous cat on Instagram. Lagerfeld showed all the signs of being a kind of ultra-Uranian from the top of his [...]
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Astrology of Now: Refound Beauty
Sometimes the music of the planets is pure magic. On the news this morning: the discovery of a painting by the Renaissance master, Sandro Botticelli — a version of the famous Madonna of the Pomegranates which hangs in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. It had been considered a fake, but [...]
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Astrology of Now: When Sol Meets Jupiter
Wishing all my readers a glorious conjunction of Jupiter with the Sun — expansion and light, vitality and joy, optimism… What will you grow in the next 12 months? What will you give light and warmth? Conjunction is exact at now.
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Astrology of Now: Juno Asleep
Today, Juno, the asteroid of marriage, partnership, contracts, fidelity, and promises, stations retrograde at 0° Gemini, the sign of the storyteller. In fact, she will spend most of her retrograde (until Christmas Eve) in Taurus, where she may be taking another look at some of the decisions [...]
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Astrology of Now: Venus Down To The Bone
Every eight years, Venus, the planet of harmony and beauty takes a prolonged trip into the Underworld of Scorpio, where everything she stands for — from money to social skills to femininity — comes into question. As she goes deeper, she leaves behind her jewels, her silks, her [...]
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Into Autumn
And now the Sun enters Libra, the cardinal sign of autumn. Again we are at the beginning of a season. The equinox is behind us (September 23) and in the North the days will get shorter as we stumble towards the dark of winter. Now, this autumn season is the moment when we weigh and […]
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Astrology of Now: Fish Magic
This glorious watery summer just keeps flowing on. The magnificent Grand Trine in Water — Sun in Cancer, Jupiter in Scorpio, Neptune in Pisces — continues to create magic. This week the Moon in Pisces joins in. In a few days time (July 10), Jupiter will station direct. Then watch [...]
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Imagination and Curiosity
Was there ever a more Gemini image than this one. Twins reading on a moving train? This painting was made during the last tour by Neptune, the planet of the imagination, through Pisces, his own sign. Neptune is, of course, currently in Pisces also, and there are some obvious parallels between [...]
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Astrology of Now: The Beautiful Moon
“And that’s why I have to go back to so many places there to find myself and constantly examine myself with no witness but the moon and then whistle with joy, ambling over rocks and clods of earth, with no task but to live, with no family but the road.” From The Wind in The […]
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