IS THIS THE FULL BLOWN EMERGENCE OF THE SKY GODDESS OR JUST A POP ILLUSION?
When I entered the blog this morning, I was surprised to discover that I haven’t posted here since the New Moon. That is because I have been busy with the culmination of my curatorial trilogy, “Woman in the 21st Century: Margaret Fuller and the Sacred Marriage.”
Carl Apfelschmidt's "Ouroboros"
The Pisces Full Moon was a stunning culmination of my 14 year journey of Ouroboric self-devouring. I have been immersed in my karmic task of excavating the dark feminine through Black Madonna, initiated in May 2009, and tracing this archetype back to the American canon through its Birth Mother, Margaret Fuller.
Carolee Schneemann's "Ask the Goddess" detail
Even as I was putting together a Fuller program related to the theme of Ariadne’s Voice, I was finding myself, under the waxing moon, drawn to the pop culture once again.
Diablo Cody wearing her artplacing this archetype directly into the American canon in the past 13 months via its birth mother, Margaret Fuller.
Speaking of Ariadne’s Voice! I was delighted to discover the excavation of the dark feminine through the United States of Tara, a new project by Diablo Cody, who won an Oscar for her screenplay for Juno (which I only saw recently at the gym) and Chelsea Handler, who
Can a female artist top this in being scandalous about the pop addictions of alcohol, sex and fame -- complete with TV show, bestselling books and porn flick??
has just been named the host for this year’s MTV Awards which will take place on September 12, the day that Mercury goes direct. I came across Handler’s three books in the Salem bookstore, of all places, and was actually stunned to discover such blatant sexual writing from a heterosexual woman in a slick bestseller package. Way back in the 1980s when I was trying to sell my not so physically blatant sexual writing, my agent’s assistant told me it would be a lot easier for me to find a publisher if I were gay!
As the moon waxed outside my window, I spent an entire night, from dusk to dawn, doing a search of these two pop scribblers launched by their own dialogue. Red Band Trailer 102
Walberg and Moss having sex courtesy of Calvin Klein
In fact, at a beach party under the waxing Moon last Thursday, I was talking to a fellow UU about these two writers. She seemed positively energized by them. She used to work at Calvin Klein where, she told me, a woman was fired for having sex with a male model in the closet. How is that for corporate hypocricy? Calvin Klein sells sex on public billboards across America and when one of his employees tries to get some on the job, she is fired!??
This full moon brings to a culmination 14 years of seeking
Carl Apfelschmidt's "Ouroboros" detail, a Yod birthing a golden egg, revealing the geometry ruling the dawn of a new era
and finding a visual aesthetic surrounding the emergence of the dark feminine, which I had called up in my stream of consciousness writing for the previous 14 years. I have been doing this on the periphery, out of sight of publishers, art institutions and critical apparatus. An entire new realm of social networking has cropped up in the meantime which bypasses the middleman. It has been the achievement of a lifetime — to birth and nurture a visionary new movement hiding in plain sight of a 24/7 media. It couldn’t just be any movement, but one devoted to the long repressed emergence of the authentic feminine in the physical matter of art.
Lady Gaga Hermaphrodite
This past spring, I made a private comment regarding a female digital artist whose imagery seemed disjointed that “at least Lady Gaga has a coherent narrative.”
Could it be that the pop culture is overtaking over the art world in saying what needs to be said when the collective is ready to hear it??? What about the intersections between these worlds? Are they relevant to Ariadne’s Voice? Is the pop culture creating with a consciousness of gender equality or is the bold imagery a projection of Giordano Bruno‘s black magicians attempting to hijack the Aquarian Age?
Venus/Mars conjunction, September 12, 2008. Venus/Mars are in the 6th house of process!
VENUS/MARS Conjunction, 2010; Friday, August 20th at 2:49 PM, just a little over an hour before Mercury's retrograde station; Venus/Mars are elevated in the 10th house of recognition while Mercury is the 9th house of philosophy/publicity
After a dedicated two year Mars/Venus cycle from my September 12, 2008 meeting with HP Garcia — to the August 20 takedown of my exhibition in his gallery.
Against this backdrop of authenticity, I will now be turning my focus now on the pop culture to examine and interpret these narratives. Are they being guided by the authentic feminine emergence — or are they simply the patriarchy in clever disguise? Is it truly the Sky Goddess come down to earth or just cartoons capturing the illusion of female freedom?
Mina Cheon, author of "Shamanism and Cyberspace" between Martha Wilson's "Portfolio of Models" and Suzanne Benton's "Mask, Dance, Spirits" at HP Garcia Gallery, shortly after the 3:59 PM Mercury Retrograde Station on Friday, August 20, 2010
Kundalini’s Daughters in Pop Culture
This blog will now be devoted to an analysis, launched in timing with the Full Moon in the sign of Pisces, ruling the dreamworld and the archetypes while Mercury makes its retrograde cycle in the opposite sign of Virgo, ruling authenticity, the body. Meanwhile, Venus and Mars are transiting together in Libra, ruling the collective (11th house) aesthetic. Stay tuned!
- “Woman in the 21st Century: Margaret Fuller and the Sacred Marriage” at the Pierre Menard Gallery, 23May – 20June, installation view
Manning writing Fuller's brief bio on canvas with Wiener's markings
After resurrecting Fuller’s “Conversations,” by tracing her philosophy of the “sacred marriage” back to antiquity and up through the 21st century, we closed the exhibition with Cambridge Performance Painting: Margaret Fuller Resurrected. This performance by Mark Wiener and Michael Manning was transmitted through cyberspace through a live feed on ustream.com.
Goddess energy supporting the Cambridge Performance Painting on the ground while streaming live on the Internet
Invoking the Spirits, "Cambridge Performance Painting: Resurrecting Margaret Fuller;" Pierre Menard Gallery
After I drew the symbols for the planetary energies ruling the performance within the salt circle, I called in the spirits of the four directions and stated my intention, to have Fuller’s words enter the collective consciousness in the spirit with which they were created. I then proceeded to read Fuller’s alchemical poetry interwoven with the Sumerian hymn “The Sacred Marriage Rites.” The painting began with Wiener making marks in rhythm with my
Reading Fuller's poetry as her portrait emerges
reading, followed by Manning’s writing a brief biography of Fuller across the marked canvas.
The gestures took form with a bright red portrait of Fuller, which was then removed from the wall and turned upside-down (expressing through gesture the author’s “willful descent” into the underworld).
Preparing for the "descent"
The Descent of Margaret Fuller
"Margaret Fuller: Hermaphrodite"
After they further worked the image,I pointed out – to the surprise of the creators – a bright blue penis.
Manning touching up his hermaphroditic creation
By crossing disciplines in a new century characterized by live global transmission, painting itself became a shamanic discipline. The spirit of Margaret Fuller conjured on her bicentennial birthday took form on canvas, then made a conscious descent into the collective unconscious (Manning explained later that he removed the portrait because they had become too attached to the image), and emerged again as a hermaphrodite – a contemporary reflection of Lucifer, the Morning Star!
The Sacred Marriage Couple! Pierre Menard Gallery proprietor John Wronoski with multimedia star Heide Hatry
This process led the gallery owner, John Wronoski, to recall Edgar Allen Poe’s pronouncement: “Humanity is divided into men,women and Margaret Fuller.”
Ultimately, the performers came up with two works, revealing Margaret, the hermaphrodite with her twin.
Making Margaret's Gemini Twin (Reflection)Resurrecting Margaret Fuller through her twin!
Heide Hatry participant/observer in "The Resurrection of Margaret Fuller"
"Cambridge Performance Painting: Resurrecting Margaret Fuller" by Michael Manning and Mark Wiener, PIerre Menard Gallery, 20 June 2010
…and back to New York!
Heide Hatry with Pierre Menard Gallery proprietor John Wronoski giving the curator a parting gift of James Anthony Froude's 1886 book, "The Knights Templars"
“Woman in the 21st Century: Margaret Fuller and the Sacred Marriage” at HP Garcia Gallery, NYC, August 4 – 21, 2010
“Humanity,” said Edgar Allan Poe, “is divided into Men, Women, and Margaret Fuller.”
And will she not soon appear? The woman who shall vindicate their birthright for all women, who shall teach them what to claim, and how to use what they obtain?
…she must teach us to give her the fitting name.
Margaret Fuller, “Woman in the Nineteenth Century”
"Carole" by Tanya Ragir, unfired clay, 2009, 42"x29"x15"
Our collaboration began when I was in the throes of possession, so it seemed, by Margaret Fuller’s ghost. On January 7, halfway between the lunar eclipse on December 31 and the solar eclipse taking place during the inferior conjunction of Venus with the Sun, I met Tanya Ragir at the opening of a CAN
group exhibition at 580 Eighth Avenue. My first reaction to the presence that commanded the entire gallery: “Oh, here is my self-portrait!” Carole (left) emanated such beauty!
Tanya gave me the book she made of her series, entitled “Woman That I Love.” It was such an amazing book; the statements of her inspirations so riveting, it gave an entirely new meaning to the word “model.” Prototype?! Collaborators?!! Excavators?? Yes, indeed. I immersed myself in the book and fell asleep with it under the covers!
This encounter with the glowing Tanya and her art coincided with my full conscious awareness of my body. I knew I was about to lose a lot of weight and I was just loving feeling so centered in my bulk! I have never been pregnant, but I knew that is what it must feel like for a woman who is just about to give birth — a body just blooming!!
I returned to the gallery on January 21 to give a talk on sacred geometry. HP reminded me that Rosslyn Chapel was designed after the Holy of the Holies in the Temple of Solomon — and it was amazing to have this connection at this stage of my journey: HP knows so much about the Templars and their treasure at the root of the western mystery tradition that I have attempted to penetrate in many, many lifetimes.
Afterwards, I experienced the reaction of Richard Move (below) to Tanya’s art, which lovingly reveals traces of the feminine hand that birthed it. This man who truly reveres women was taken aback by the resonant power of this work. I feel that Tanya has captured in her material — literally the earth — a reflection of her own containment of the “sacred marriage” and transmitted the inner glow of the archetype to the observer/participant. Her project, “Lifesize Pieces of the Woman I Love,” is the very definition of “sacred in the material” the all encompassing lover of the Goddess, transmitted through the Kundalini in the body.
As I was putting together my next exhibition, Woman of the Twenty-First Century: Margaret Fuller and the Sacred Marriage,” I had a powerful vision of Tanya creating a signature work from the fragments of the female body that I viewed on a grid in the gallery. (photo above). They needed to be in the shape of the hexagon. Here is why…
"Margaret Fuller" with the frontspiece of "Woman in the Nineteenth Century" at the UU Church in Cambridge; May 23, 2009
Margaret Fuller 199 birthday celebration at First Parish Cambridge; May 23, 2009
January 23, 1997; 12:25 PM EST, New York City
Seal of Solomon configuration not only represents the marriage of “heaven and earth.” It was also formed between the eastern horizon (at 4 degrees Gemini, conjunct MF’s Sun) and Saturn, Pluto, Mars, Neptune/Jupiter and the Sun and Moon in opposition.
To ritualize the completion of a twelve year cycle of Jupiter in my sign, Aquarius, returning to my sun, I created in encaustic my own version of Fuller’s iconography, using her Roman portrait inside a hexagon over her birth chart, all surrounded by the Uroboros. It felt a lot like a magical ritual. Perhaps, that is why I felt possessed by Fuller’s ghost!
- Tanya Ragir sculpting sacred geometry for the 21st century
I had this idea stuck in my head, along with Poe’s interpretation of Margaret as a hermaphroditic being, which really amused me. I had this idea that the feminine figure embodied as the hexagon needed to have a penis. This was a private joke that I carried through my journey, all through my journey, where I announced to the committee in the historical setting of the Lexington UU Church that I decided I was going to put photos of Richard Move performing as Martha Graham in the exhibition, after he told me about opening up a book he had just received on ghosts in early New England literature and opened the page to Margaret Fuller! Their startled reaction was that I was pushing my theme to the outer edge. I didn’t tell them about my vision of the penis at the point of the lower triangle in Tanya’s hexagram!
I returned home that night, February 24, and immediately set to work e-mailing diagrams compiled on the Seal of Solomon, or Hexagon from my unpublished Sacred Marriage Handbook.
The hexagram is formed from two interlocking triangles, representing the integration of
Feminine: LOWER triangle, symbol is the chalice
Masculine UPPER triangle, symbol is the blade
The masculine is POSITIVE (+), OUT TAKE
The feminine is NEGATIVE (-), IN TAKE
- 6. - THIRD EYE
- 5. + THROAT
- 4. - HEART
- 3. + SOLAR PLEXUS
- 2. – GENITALS
- 1. + ROOT/BASE OF THE SPINE
For Fuller, “masculine and feminine represent both sides of the great radical dualism,” each “perpetually passing into one another” so that there is no wholly masculine man and no purely feminine woman.” In Woman of the Nineteenth Century she identifies the characteristics of this “radical dualism” as “energy and Harmony, Power and Beauty, Intellect and Love,” the first of each pair being traditionally associated with the masculine, the second of each with the feminine.” (Hawthorne’s Fuller Mystery by Thomas R. Mitchell, p. 143)
I combine her “Sacred Marriage” pairings with my chakra interpretations:
ENERGY (FIRST CHAKRA-MASCULINE) + HARMONY (SECOND – FEMININE
POWER (THIRD- MASCULINE) + BEAUTY (FOURTH, HEART, TIPERETH)
INTELLECT (FIFTH – THROAT). + LOVE (THIRD EYE)
The Seventh Charka at the Crown of the Head is the Sacred Marriage of Masculine & Feminine. These pairings can also be made on the Cabala Tree of Life, with Malkuth as the (feminine) Kingdom and Kether as the (masculine) Heaven, and Tipereth as the Heart the lower Conjunctio of Masculine and Feminine, placed in the center of the Tree of Life and translated as Beauty.
I still had this idea in my head when I finally called her on March 1. Her immediate reaction was practical. ”I only sculpt female bodies.”
Thus began our dialogue, which I will duly record until the New Moon on March 14 when she promised to be finished with the work that will hang on far wall of the small gallery, creating a centerpiece and link between pioneering feminist performance art and the Russian (Yuliya Lanina) and Ukranian (Marina Tsesarskaya) myth-making through seven-stage visual transformation of the feminine into the hieros gamos.
There is a profound wisdom in this. All along, I have been seeking the process through a single image! That has been my Aquarian goal, the single iconic image which integrates my two rulers — Saturn (structure) and Uranus (insight). In her time, Margaret created this image of the sacred marriage for the frontspiece of her book — the Ouroboros is the self-devouring process the artist must go through to incorporate the purity of the crystalline form of the hexagon, the actual structure of the crystal! So, in seeking the singular image, I was gifted with the imagery of the seven-fold process reflecting the passage of the serpent through the chakras!
When we talked again, she pointed out that Carol is the form of a hexagon, her arms raised towards heaven and creating triangles on either side of the body. I didn’t even register this integration of form (heaven) and matter (earth) at all in my head, but my body told me I had come to some crucial conclusion in my confrontation with this work. Which is why I knew I had to create this photo…as a ritual while Venus was still merging with the Sun in her inferior conjunction and therefore lost from view here on Earth!
Standing before Tanya Rijar's "Carol" with Richard Move, who is holding "Kundalini's Daughter"
It was so fitting to have Richard Move, the artist who captures the Aquarian Age Mythology
connecting my literary search for “heaven and earth” with this physical embodiment of the icon in a 72 year old woman.
When she offered me “Carol” to exhibit, I confessed that I had been thinking about the deconstructed body. She had a revelation. She envisioned the body as exploding into the hexagon. This really turned me head around. I have been writing about “embodiment” all along, but the very notion of exploding. So Plutonian! My instincts said: ”YES!” but I couldn’t mentally compute it at that point. I told her about my encounter with Aldo’s pregnant woman at the foundry, and she asked me to send the image as I was writing the post. Here is her next communication, by e-mail:
February 28: I’ve been working like crazy -thanks for the picture – here are a couple of my pregnant women -
I’m LOVING what’s emerging in the core of the hexagon. Each piece is a revelation.
Here’s the thing….For me women embody the potential for/of everything. Women give birth – as does the earth – to male and female. That’s why for me the literal manifestation of the penis feels unnecessary to me . A fully actualized woman attracts an actualized man who holds and brings his feminine – and creates a whole, sacred marriage – that has been my experience. And as I can only come from my experience this is what is real and authentic for me.
I understand the concept of the 6 pointed star – and want to make sure you know I’m inspired by everything I’m reading, but, what can I say… i don’t love sculpting penises…
March 1, 12:09 AM EST
But it comes from home. It comes from truly knowing your own beauty and strength and feminine and masculine … owning it…and embracing it all first.
Almost every woman that has ever come before me starts out by telling me what’s wrong with her. By the end of the “sculpting” process she perceives her beauty in a different way. Part of this is the reflection through another’s eyes – - bearing witness, if you will – I think this is at the core of my work .
I love this relationship we’re building.
My reply: March 1, 8:50 AM EST
This is beautiful!
What I had foreseen is having a video of this language either through you talking or on the screen with images of your process of sculpting “Woman in the 21st Century” Wow. I just looked to my computer desktop after writing this unloading my photos and the last one popped up that I took last night, the Narcissus that I planted on the
darkest day, the Winter Solstice, in full bloom!
So, if you are game, send me some more images of you sculpting and I’ll do the blog entry BLOOM I have been planning around this symbol of the sprouted Narcissus with your images and words.
Love this relationship too. it is like sustenance to me. Capricorns — the essence of the 21st century Woman
because they can truly hold the energy of the opposites
Also, want you to know that my image of the penis as participating is being played out through having
Josef Astor’s photographs of Richard Move performing as Martha Graham. He just agreed to participate.
They are really stunning and I don’t think they have been shown in a gallery…So, you see how the inspiration arising from your essence (of the authentic feminine) evolves to engage men in this birthing process!!
March 4. We had a long talk last night as I pressed her for a date to finish the work so we could use it to promote the show. She said she could have it ready by March 17. But I talked her into having it done on the New Moon, March 14…
My lunar return, March 14, 2010
…which falls smack on my Lunar Return (left). The line-up in Pisces falls in the Sixth House, the very place in the chart where the energy is most grounded — directly below the western horizon.
Venus rises in the West, headed towards her first conjunction with the Aries Moon as Evening Star, Queen of the Night. The wisdom of the Underworld during her 60 day dalliance with the Sun, the internal conjunctio, will be manifested on Earth!
This, I explained, would be the ultimate ritual, the ultimate manifestation of my search, arriving in perfect timing with the cosmic convergence in Pisces, the sign of the archetypes and the collective unconscious.
What better manifestation of the pattern revealed at left (the evolution (Uranus) of the feminine (Moon) archetype (Pisces) can there be, than being gifted with the sacred geometry in the material of Tanya Ragir’s female prototype for the 21st century!
March 3, 2010 8:44:16 PM EST. This morning, Tanya sent images. I can see she was too busy working to write…
"Woman of the Twenty-First Century" exploded into the pentagram at the center of the hexagram