Saturday, November 24, 2007


Uranus goes direct
The human creature is born helpless in a complex world and from the first breath, s*he creates patterns to rely upon with what appears to be predictability. Boundaries are set and control is maintained primarily with the use of the planetary entity, Saturn. Uranus follows Saturn in the cosmos and assures that the human does not get trapped and imprisoned inside these boundaries unable to move, grow, stretch, and evolve, thus the phrase associated with Uranus, Aquarius, and the 11th house -- circumstances beyond our control.

In the 11th, a person encounters for the first time the real unpredictability of events and the genuine nature of the future. In the 12th, it's fully understand that one can't control life on earth. The future is fundamentally unknowable as it should be and one is part of a universal current, ideally in synchronization and unafraid. The path to this knowledge is full of surprises.< <
People turn to metaphysicians, prophets, psychics, etc., to depict the future and these people are rarely right. And what if they were? People would hate it. The oppressive weight, the feeling of restriction and ultimate hopelessness. So humans continue the game, trying to predict what will happen, but knowing they can't and not really wanting to. This is the lesson of Uranus -- the craziness and absurdity of it all. A fool's paradise.

Surprise. Uranus is renowned for startling twists and turns, the opposite of what was thought, and sometimes the unsettling, disturbing, even shocking. Those with Aquarian points spend their lives learning to adjust to these curves and everyone does to some extent, related to natal placements in the chart. Because of the unusual nature of the entity, people think that circumstance is bizarre and uncertain at times. This is true.

Awareness. One of the most enjoyable characteristics of Uranus is its expansion of consciousness and the association with genius. Thinking travels on the oblique and all is questioned. Even the questions are questioned. End result: great intuitive knowledge and illumination connected to creative mentality, open to possibility. Highly charged flashes of insight are common. You just get it. "I know" are the keywords of Aquarius.
Emotional detachment. Uranus is known for being cool and aloof in relationship. This is employed to get things done without guilt and sentimentality. Acting on one's own against, or outside the grain, can sometimes be of value and occasionally is the only way to progress.

Unconventionality, physics, science fiction, and futuristic vision. Many of the greatest visionary thinkers are influenced by Uranus and the advancing technologies of the modern age come under its influence. Anyone can use this originality in everyday problem-solving with success and surprising results. Groupthink has its limitations, although good ideas and solutions can benefit the collective in time. Sometimes it takes a side trip first, however. Every invention, it seems, was considered bombastically eccentric in the beginning.

Tradition and rebellion. The breaking of traditions eventually becomes necessary and the planet is entering this daring phase in earnest. Obedience to authority causes incessant problems for mankind. On December 19, the north node goes into Aquarius and Jupiter crosses into Capricorn. The very same day, Saturn turns retrograde setting up this conflict between the established rule and the need for change. To add some hocus-pocus, Neptune will be at 19 degrees Aquarius. This is connected to the long mutual reception between Uranus in Pisces and Neptune in Aquarius. It appears to be the time to start putting the knowledge into action with much to do concerning the Saturnian and Uranian energies and the global need for advancement. I've always resisted convention and this is what happened to me:

My father was a Pisces with Mercury, Venus, and Uranus in Aquarius. Not your ordinary guy. When transiting Uranus was in Aquarius exactly opposite my Saturn, he was in the hospital dying, and I almost caved in, breaking tradition with my lack of tradition. My plane reservation was made. I remembered our last time together, our moment of truth, and how we said good-bye laughing in the Pennsylvania hills. That's the memory I wanted to keep with me, not the man with tubes everywhere, his body and mouth burned with radiation. I called and asked if I should come. He said no. Still I worried about my brother and sister as the pressure continued.
On the last morning he fell into a coma, not moving, speaking, nor responding. I phoned in the evening and asked my brother, a physician, to let me talk to him. My brother hesitated saying that he wouldn't hear me. I said he would, so he put the phone to my father's ear. I told him I wasn't coming and said my good-byes. Then from death's entrance came a small croaking voice. "Good-bye", he said to the shock of all. Three hours later he was dead. Had I followed tradition I never would have had such an amazing experience, nor would I have known the magnitude of his strength and the extent of his feelings.

So as circumstance spins out of our control and Uranus moves ahead, there is a lot to learn about courage to do what a person thinks is best even if it defies convention. There's also the knowledge of what traditions are useful and should be maintained. Along with the direction is the ongoing Mars in Cancer and all the tribal questions emerging. Many people are realizing that family includes the unexpected friends they've made in these last years and now is a perfect time to enjoy the fellowship, daring to remain unique, and helping this thing along.
Uranus goes direct.
Paintings: Outburst of Fear: Paul Klee. New York Movie: Edward Hopper. Philosophy: Hugh Ferris


Blogger Tseka said...

Stunning! All your Uranian points are engaged in the most wonderful way.

Remember the phrase "Whata trip" i reckon it will be finding its way back into our vernacular.

25/11/07 7:15 AM  
Anonymous Joe said...

I would add one thing to this: people have become much more fed up with the inability of "authorities" to handle problems, and are taking matters into their own hands. People aren't waiting for permission anymore. They're just doing what needs to be done.

Here's a case in point.

Here's another: We get lots of gang graffiti around here, with people's garages tagged almost weekly. Legally we are expected to report the incident to the city info line and let them make a report to the sanitation dept. Ha! It takes 6 - 8 weeks for them to get to it and meanwhile the taggers think they can spray with impunity. I got so fed up with waiting for the city that I just paint over it myself.

25/11/07 7:25 AM  
Blogger jm said...

Tseka I would love that phrase back in the vernacular! Plus, "Far out", one of my all time favorites.

I've been thinking and I've come to the conclusion that our career standstills have everything to do with this. I believe the singularity of our work will find a home soon, once it all settles in. This phase is going to be a long one, with the node in Capricorn next and Uranus in Aries. Bodes well for our innovative skills.

I added a personal story to the post.

25/11/07 2:48 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Permission, Joe. I like that one!

I got so fed up with waiting for the city that I just paint over it myself.

That's beeen my lifelong approach. I did have to wait for the bottle from my mother, however. But not for long!

25/11/07 2:53 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Great article joe.

“Liberty Café” served as a gathering spot and communal kitchen, stocked with donated food, where villagers cooked over oil drum grills and washed dishes in buckets of soapy water. Within two weeks of opening, the once-homeless residents had taken almost complete control of the day-to-day operations of their new home, growing food, piecing together a library of donated books, and deciding in weekly meetings how to settle disagreements and distribute resources.

Wow. And how 'bout the name, "Liberty Cafe"? Fits.

Interesting about the fire. The experiment will find its time.

25/11/07 2:58 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

It's even better JM my eyes are sparling with some salty moisture a little drip just rolled past my left nostril on its way to the chin. Your father was one of the best. Enough was not too much.

A very. very sweet story, it touches deeply.

25/11/07 5:27 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

Joe i love the article you posted and hope to see more of this - the rational response to living.

Unfortunately we observe far too much of the opposite people being opposed by authorities for rational behavior.

Recently when oil spilled and rolled up on California beaches residents went out to clean it up only to be confronted by law enforcement who told them they could not. Some were arrested. Fish and Game, Park Service, State law enforcement etc, all arrived (fully armed) to block the citizen. Yet, they were very slow to get to the work of cleaning up the mess.
Stuff that's gotta change.

25/11/07 5:31 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I am deeply touched too, St.B. I'm so glad I have you to share these precious things with. How do some people stay uncommonly sensitive? Unafraid of the wounds.

25/11/07 7:38 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

I'm so glad I have you to share these precious things with.
me too.
As to the standstill moment for our careers, i thought i try flogging some work online, i have no idea how this will work out. I'm still working on it but here is the rude beginning. It should make it to live sometime tomorrow..or..

25/11/07 7:58 PM  
Blogger jm said...

And here it/we goes/go. Today's cover spread from the Arts section.

What's next for art?

After presenting primarily thematic exhibitions for most of its 11 year history, the Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver will focus almost exclusively on solo exhibitions. The emphasis will be on vanguard art produced within the last 10 years not previously exhibited.

"It's a global program", aid the curator, Cyndey Payton. "I think we have converted the language of the art world into this idea of migratory intellectual exchanges between artists, curators, and museums."

Museum leaders have shifted their attention to the future and the activation of a multi-faceted series of activities and offerings designed to reach people of all ages and backgrounds.

And here's where it gets especially interesting.

The museum plans to explore ways that museum-goers can relate using 5 of Gardner's 8 intelligences -- linguistic, mathematical, musical, spatial, and kinesthetic. "I think people need to hear about the level of experimentation."

Among the offerings will be the Open Shelf Program. Exhibited artists will assemble a shelf of books, DVDs, and other objects that speak in some way to their inspiration.

This is amazing, just what you were talking about with mixed media and bridging the gap between the artists and the people. You must come and show here.

"When David Adjaye(architect) and I were thinking about the building it was envisioned as a city. And I think it will feel like it's an explosion of city life that is defined by creativity -- visual and intellectual stimulus.

I was thinking about Dad's death with Uranus opposite my Saturn in Leo and the love he revealed to me in that last moment of truth. I'm going to use it now. I'm going to spread it around.

Something feels good.

25/11/07 8:00 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

I think i may just blow a gasket Blogger has given me a perfect preview every time then when the link posts it comes up blue date i'm sorry jm i even tried reloading your site.


25/11/07 8:00 PM  
Blogger jm said...

It's worth a try, definitely. There's going to be a lot of experimentation ahead.

I also have an insight into something you said Sat. night. I'll find it and post.

25/11/07 8:02 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Didn't bother me! I'm too deep in thought.

25/11/07 8:04 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Uranus direct. Unpredictable goings-on. Worry not. Absolutely no need to apologize. Takes much much more than the vagaries of Blogger to upset me!

25/11/07 8:05 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

The emphasis will be on vanguard art produced within the last 10 years not previously exhibited.

This is what the director of the Bellevue Art Museum and i were talking about last summer and also the woman who visited my open studio from the Riverside Art Museum. They are all talking together apparently and doing the same thing...All good. And none too soon.

Wonder about he Howard Gardner influence tho. I loved him a lot about 25 years ago. Fits the Saturn in Virgo attempt to define parameters.

25/11/07 8:14 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Here it is.

Dreaming would be having someone else frame my paintings and shlep them around. Imagine a life of just painting.

This is EXACTLY your NN1 in Pisces. You can have it. It depends on releasing guilt, rewarding yourself, and letting your talent be the most important thing.

It dawned on me that this is the reason for the Mars-Saturn in Libra. To get people to do that part so you can work freely.

I extended this to my Mars in Libra in the 6th. Could be the same thing. So I've been thinking of getting a great agent when saturn goes into Libra.

25/11/07 8:19 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I'm enchanted with this phrase, vanguard art.

I'll check out the Gardner connection.
There is no doubt about the new and innovative and I often think I waited knowing this deep inside. I'll wait as long as it takes to do it right and have my uniqueness elevated. People used to say how refreshing my music was because of this, but the times weren't right.

Good news about Bellevue. What a great name.

25/11/07 8:23 PM  
Blogger jm said...

The uncertainty now is necessary. If we go into new territory we have to leave the old connections and probably spend a little time in no-man's land. This is happening alsewhere in my life.

The Bellevue experience says a lot about the added inspiration ahead and the audience changes. Whatever pain and insecurity is involved is worth it. The confidence is most important and that's coming as a result of the Sun-Pluto for you, the transits to my Saturn for me. Neptune ahead.

25/11/07 8:29 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

The interesting thing about Bellevue was it blew all it's money on an extravagant building. Empire building as has been common the past couple of decades did not pay out. They thought their patrons were the newly wealthy microsoft employees which live in the area. Nope. They brought in "avant gard" fashion shows, no one was interested. Now it is a return to the NW roots. Beautiful and well done crafts art that does not pander.

The best news is the talking to Artists -getting input, not just talking over cocktails to their own set.

25/11/07 8:38 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

Having an Agent is something i am ready for now. I was approached a lot as a young woman but was not ready.

I will think about the Saturn Mars in Libra. Pluto going over those points set my current path with art. Interesting.

25/11/07 8:41 PM  
Blogger jm said...

This is fascinating and goes with what's happening here.

"We looked at our audience from the very beginning. Everything has been engineered, both the physical plant of the museum and its program, towards exciting and challenging our myriad of audiences, not just one kind of audience"

So interesting. The architecture of Capricorn and the Aquarian eclectic appeal.

25/11/07 8:43 PM  
Blogger jm said...

OMG. This agent idea has really got me going. I got a very strong feeling right after that discussion. It's been on my mind for days. No way was I ready before, but business might require it, as well as my artistic actualization. Perfect use of the Libra. For you, 8th house. Could be very very profitable in may ways.

25/11/07 8:46 PM  
Blogger jm said...

This is the way I map it.

First the Pluto square my Mars and your Jupiter to get us in touch with ourselves all the way to the depths. Then Saturn to the Libra and Pluto to my MC and your Uranus in the 5th and your Saturn in libra. I think partnerships might be the ticket.

25/11/07 8:49 PM  
Blogger jm said...

The main thing and why it took so long to be ready is the SN7. This time it will be for me and my purposes, an entirely unique approach in my experience!

25/11/07 8:51 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

I appreciate your input.

What ever the path forward, it will be with others. There are too many gifted who are at the same watershed moment. Typical isn't it? We all get to the wall at the same moment and it takes all of us boosting each other over it and pulling each other along.

We are all ready for some new creative forms. I'm still counting on the Neptune | Uranus mutual reception.

25/11/07 9:03 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I agree about the mutual reception. Completely. This is new for me and I feel like these talks are a big part of the change. Even the fact that we choose to have them in public.

There are too many gifted who are at the same watershed moment.

M and I were always aware of the "others" like us, but the connective tissue wasn't developed yet. Not like it was during the wars when the artists worked together so well.
I suspect that this soup that's simmering will be getting more choice ingredients and even might be ready to dish out soon.

25/11/07 9:19 PM  
Blogger jm said...

There's another thing. I don't think NYC is the cultural capitol anymore and this is throwing a curve into the workings. Regional theater especially is growing beautifully countrywide and Denver is getting national attention as a burgeoning art scene. So the relocation, less centralized, of the country's talent, is part of the change. Maybe we won't have to go to the coasts anymore.

I remember when M was dying and the TV had a 3 hour show about artists all over the country. I knew it was my destiny speaking and I recall being stunned at the talent that was so widespread. The matrix is there. we just have to realize it.

25/11/07 9:26 PM  
Blogger m.p.k. said...

I wonder if this has anything to do with my spur of the minute decision to paint my living room yesterday. I just got fed up with all the white. One wall is now adobe orange, another is a lavender purple, the third "window wall" is cerulean blue. I still have a can of green. Or maybe this is Mars in Cancer :-). This morning I couldn't stop looking at them. These walls are better than TV.

26/11/07 9:57 AM  
Blogger m.p.k said...

The spur seems to have been a sudden feeling\impulse\realization that I'm spending too much time waiting for a future that may never be. Time to live in the here and now with the tools I have without waiting for permission. Come what may I need to be energized in my waking and dream lives as completely as possible in the now. Amazing how this happened and the linkage...

26/11/07 11:07 AM  
Blogger jm said...

Mpk. You are so right.

The spur seems to have been a sudden feeling\impulse\realization that I'm spending too much time waiting for a future that may never be.

We seemed to be wired for this, but I think the times are teaching the value of your approach. An unusual nothingness is happening in current events probably turning people to different wants and expectations. It's amazing how uninspiring it's gotten. The vicarious living through other people's dramas is not fun. What dramas? Hardly Greek amphitheater stuff.

How many disasters can one enjoy? How many wars to wait for?

If the future we wait for did come to pass it would be nothing like we thought. Probably more of the same. Our lives are what they are. A continuum. Waiting for deliverance from the present is useless. It's always the present.

What a wild departure in home decorating! I can never stop thinking about and experiencing the force of color.

Time to live in the here and now with the tools I have without waiting for permission.


You really are right. Why wait? Creative action is such a perfect solution and adobe orange is a great choice from my point of view. My emotional body loves this color.

I plan on doing the improbable today. Vacuuming. So I can enjoy the beauty and color. Now that's really forgetting the future for me.

26/11/07 2:45 PM  
Blogger m.p.k. said...

I'm giving the future up for the time being and I feel I'm being relieved of the weight of many expectations. If this place, these people, these ever changing circumstances are it and I need nothing more then I am truly already victorious. As my mind shifts, into this groove I need the future less and less. I'm becoming the opposite of consumptive. I'm searching for even more things to discard. I'm shedding futures, hopes, worries all at the same time and my lifeforce is glowing brighter. And things that are needed are coming about so fast. Like yesterday the walls were white and now they are just the right colors.

26/11/07 3:19 PM  
Blogger jm said...

If this place, these people, these ever changing circumstances are it and I need nothing more then I am truly already victorious.

Am I ever glad you are writing mpk.

I'm shedding futures, hopes, worries all at the same time.

This is exactly "what I want". To be free of hope is something I hadn't even considered, but what a great liberation. This is so sagacious. To be free of worry would require this release from hopeful demand. It's so fantastically simple. It's an exercise in fantasy creation and really meant to enhance the present, these dreams.

You're helping me see things. Connected to my Pluto-Jupiter transit and the upcoming conjunction.

What wisdom.

26/11/07 3:30 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Amazing. Sagittarius and the pessimism-optimism question. The dark despair pessimists express so much fear for the future, but isn't that really optimism and the truth of impending disappointment? A pessimist wouldn't fear the future or try so hard to change the course of events. Neither is probably ideal, leaving the future to its usual combo of good and bad, all the while enjoying the bad and good of the now. Dancing between the drops.

26/11/07 3:39 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I'm giving the future up for the time being

+. A satisfied chuckle.

26/11/07 3:43 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Is this what we call living in the moment? :o)

26/11/07 4:38 PM  
Blogger jm said...


We really have no choice. The whole thing is absurd. Here we is.

26/11/07 5:02 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Future (fyoo'cher)n. The time yet to come.

Wait a minute. I have to go to the library. It closes at 8PM. The future. I have one after all! And I can't change it. 8PM is decreed by ?

26/11/07 5:09 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Wait a minute. The Sun is semisquare Venus. Maybe I shouldn't go. I could fall in love with the wrong person. Or the wrong book.

26/11/07 5:20 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Important announcement! is open for business.

It looks great and makes sense. Beautiful, tseka.

You've got nothing more to lose, you've got everything to gain

We shall reap.

26/11/07 10:14 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

You've got nothing more to lose, you've got everything to gain

Thanks for the encouragement deerheart. The little paintings were an absolute joy to make. Perhaps this internet will scatter them to the the winds.

27/11/07 7:12 AM  
Blogger jm said...

This is timed exactly with an event in my life today. All connected.

I love the small factor and the joy involved. Wouldn't it be great if this became a trend after Sagittarius? Dense Capricorn could mean smaller but more substantial. The difference between a 20 piece band with thunder, screamimg, and laser lightning and speed. My one woman band perhaps could breathe and scatter as well.

The US is known primarily for big. Little is a novel idea. Aquarius likes the unusual. The opposite.

More insights to report in a bit.

27/11/07 2:29 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

I love the small factor and the joy involved. Wouldn't it be great if this became a trend after Sagittarius? Dense Capricorn could mean smaller but more substantial.

The joy involved is exactly IT. The spontaneity, when it rains i go out on my patio, listen to the rain on my roof, inhaling wet desert and let go. I have oodles of small paintings they feel like direct downloads.

I love how they look surrounded with big museum ragmats and a simple wood frame or just taped edges under plexglass on an easel on a table. Intimate work, meant to be close.

Maybe it goes back to my beginnings of painting out of my rucksack whilst wandering in the wilderness. Do you have something similar when you play or sing jm? Some for sure path to unlocking the constrains we often have as creative people exploring our craft?

27/11/07 4:53 PM  
Anonymous juju said...

just wanted to say hi. I do come visit this wonderful cyberspace home, though I have been very quietly sitting on the side and enjoying the party. tseka, I would like to buy poem #6 -- if it is still available. Something about the patterns of the reds at the bottom of the trees. We just drove through the desert north of you and went for a sunset walk to the Amboy Crater - a small volcanic crater in the desert -- no one else there -- jhow few people get out of their cars.

jm, i could relate so much to your uranus post. any thing to do with my 11th house sun? Did both you and tseka break your toes? I bumped my elbow, which I thought was just one of those funny bone things, but instead has involved surgery, antibiotics, elaborate rituals of wound packing and unpacking and so on. nothing too serious but this has been my year of accidents.

anyhow-- I think I would love the velvet clothes you are making and I love what you posted about the Denver art scene. I'm very happy to be in this part of Colorado and you are part of the wonderful energy of it all...

27/11/07 5:29 PM  
Blogger jm said...

just taped edges under plexiglass on an easel on a table.

This appeals to me. People have to be weaned from the overdone. It's such a relief when the noise stops and elegant lines emerge uncluttered.

Maybe it goes back to my beginnings of painting out of my rucksack whilst wandering in the wilderness

I learned how to play guitar in an ashram in India when someone left one behind. I sang all the folk songs I remembered and learned to accompany myself. Then I got a tabla and sang just with the drum beat. This was the best. It's wonderful to keep this in mind as the outer proportions (for pleasing others) diminish and the inner strength has a chance to sing. I'm going to continue this way. I heard it clearly last night in the music I was listening to.

27/11/07 5:30 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Juju! Omg! We meet!

Bones, man. They can cause trouble. It's amazing what you can endure. #6 will help. Accidents are associated with Uranus and the 11th. They're breakthroughs when all's said and packed.

The wonderful energy is always there for us. Up to us to keep it going and I'm so glad you stopped by. What a pleasure.

27/11/07 5:35 PM  
Blogger jm said...

It does seem like these conversations are boosting our spirits and health.

27/11/07 5:36 PM  
Anonymous juju said...

I'm feeling optimistic for the new year (though agree with your optimism/pessimism discussion). Maybe breakthroughs for all...

27/11/07 5:57 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Gods, I am so tired of this Mars rx. It's in my 2nd house and I am running on zero. I had a mid-month paycheck delayed due to my own negligence in turning in the timecard, and my renter can't pay me until December 3rd, which is when I will get his 2 months' worth of rent, a regular paycheck plus the laggard one, and then another on the 5th (I have 2 jobs, btw).

Until then, it's frugal to the max! :o/ Famine, then feast. Sheesh.

27/11/07 6:03 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I have no choice, myself. Circumstance is determining a breakthrough and I'm not even concerned with good or bad at this point. Motion is the point and frankly, the optimism I've always had isn't even necessary. I'd just as soon not cling to it. I don't expect any magic solution to my daily life problems (one solution begets a new problem), but I do know magical moments are always laced into the fabric. That's plenty.

27/11/07 6:10 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Joe, I hear ya. At least the money is forthcoming. Delays aren't as bad as nonpayment. I have to remind myself.

27/11/07 6:12 PM  
Blogger jm said...

All part of the alternative holiday, maybe. Fa la la la la and all.

27/11/07 6:14 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Oh definitely. If I wasn't already repulsed by the excess consumerism all around me, it would be a great incentive to not spend anything.

Glad I paid all the bills earlier in the month, so I'm in the clear. I just hate having to borrow from my rainy day fund to buy food. Fortunately I can make food from scratch and I have jars of kraut, pickles and relishes put by so I won't starve. :o)

27/11/07 6:21 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Kraut will get you through!

27/11/07 6:24 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Through the wall, if you're not careful where you aim the propellant by-product... ;o)

27/11/07 6:28 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

Juju! Poem VI is yours!
How sweet, and the area around amboy crater is quite amazing i'm glad you had a chance to get out and experience it. Sometimes the wind around there sounds like it still reverberates with the old volcano's energy.
Ouch about the elbow no funny-bone thing that.

I broke my toe a few years back when Mars was retro in Pisces, my first house. I've been creaking a bit from old injuries lately but over all Mars conjunct Uranus (at least this touch)has brought no new ones.

I wish you speedy recovery.

27/11/07 6:43 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

Then I got a tabla and sang just with the drum beat. This was the best.

This makes so much sense- i can hear it in they lyrics of your songs even if my ears have not had that chance.

27/11/07 6:47 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

Joe, know well what you are talking about, and that inner knowing that gets us through. We can make a meal from next to nothing.

My son teases that i am a daughter of the depression and he is a grandson of the era. My family comes from Swedish stock whose personal myth is "we are the survivors". Making sure we know our roots are in the earth and not the big box store is an important aspect to our ability to move into uncertain times. We remember who is in our circle, how things can be done differently. Self-sufficiency and self-reliance are really misnamed for it is always our interaction with our community how we share, support, interdependency that carries us.

27/11/07 6:57 PM  
Anonymous juju said...

tseka, I thought you would know the amboy crater area. do you do desert paintings as well? this mention of big box stores reminded me of how strange some of those newer California desert towns felt -- all chain stores and identical mud brown condos and houses. I hear its a big meth area and I could understand why. Though the land is beautiful, everything felt totally disconnected from it, so turning to nature, which is my way, probably isn't much done. And in terms of community, I imagine that at least the older forms are scarce too.

27/11/07 7:09 PM  
Blogger jm said...


Through the wall, if you're not careful where you aim the propellant by-product... ;o)

Aim is everything! You're cute joe. Good wording.

27/11/07 9:29 PM  
Blogger jm said...

The tabla and song were perfect. So when midi came out and I could put drum sounds through my piano keys I knew I was in business. It's subtle though, so the audience has to be attuned. But it's my truly unique thing. It's a great sensation to press a key and have a snare come out. Then a tom-tom. And oh the brushes. Those brushes. Getting in the mood.

27/11/07 9:34 PM  
Blogger jm said...

What you describe, juju, is the desolation I feel in many places underlying all the commotion. The desert can really bring it out. It's a great image, the desert beauty, the big stores, and the emotional emptiness. It's everywhere.

so turning to nature, which is my way, probably isn't much done.

People have turned away from nature. Eventually they will cycle back. Nature waits.

A lot of the American character was influenced by the desolation and open spaces of the Western desert. High and dry. Aquarius. The USA Moon. The isolation. That's why Uranus is especially significant.

27/11/07 9:45 PM  

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