Critical Trilogy

a critic's millennial journey

TAURUS FULL MOON 2010

The Full Moon peaked at 12:27 (see above chart), just before my first complete talk on my odyssey at Silvermine Arts Center.  The Neptune/Chiron conjunct the Ascendent was surely about the divine face of the feminine (Neptune in Aquarius and Uranus in Pisces still in mutual reception, but not for long, is about the divine feminine (Neptune), at long last, entering the collective consciousness (Uranus) and this chart of a lunation at the critical degree of 29 Taurus/Scorpio, reveals it being done through art.   In fact, a philosophy (Mercury/Mars/MC in Sagittarius) of the spiritual feminine (Jupiter ruling the stellium conjunct Uranus in Pisces) made real (North Node/Pluto in Capricorn) through a modernist aesthetic (Saturn in Libra) of art (Venus in Libra).  The inconjunct between Jupiter/Uranus and Venus just moving forward reveals a sudden transformation (Venus in 8th house) that happened to be 27 years in the making!!

So, the overriding message here was…LET GO!!

The Bird is out of the gilded Cage, leaving the egg behind. Dianne Bowen's ancestral necklace that she wore to my talk/booksigning

What a shock to go out to the parking lot at 2 pm and experience such a feeling of emptiness!   Talk about fall away!  My talk was supposed to be starting and I have never seen the Silvermine parking lot so empty!  But then, I realized that I asked for it by making the time of the talk at the critical degrees of Sun at 29 degrees Scorpio and Moon at zero degrees Gemini.  Which gave it a 3 degree Aries Rising so close to the zero degrees rising of my natural chart.

Talk about a clearing out!  It signified an entirely new beginning for me.  And the intimate group that gathered was very supportive in this leap from the intimate comfort of the grassroots of wooded Connecticut, where my art reviewing was seeded and nurtured for over a decade, into the global blogsphere of Huffington Post.

The path crystalized when the shaman Suzanne Benton commented on my talk: “You really have founded an art movement…the route is the Web.”

This brought me full circle back to Dianne Bowen’s “Web” sculptural performance piece with Heins Kim on the Lower East Side.  In her symbolic language of interweaving of the feminine psyche into her interwoven structures, she was completing the dialectic underlying my spiritual journey, which was launched before the Web existed as a physical form of global communication!

Surely, this is not the trajectory I expected when I set out to write novels thirty years ago!  As I said in my talk, who could have imagined the Internet before it became a reality?  Who but the spiritual visionary that I commemorated through my alchemy of love?

For the observers of the Future,
the greatest event will be
the sudden appearance of a
collective humane conscience
and a human work to make.”

—Pierre Teilhard Chardin

Two interlocking triangles in the above chart.  The release of telling my story and having it so well received, by a group that served as a strong container for the spirit of this extraordinary Full Moon resulted in a powerful, physical dream.  I was in a house when it fell quite suddenly into an abyss.  I was very calm about this descent, feeling both inside and outside of the house when it happened.

It was clearly an archetypal dream, representing something far beyond the collapse of the housing market that my brother is tracking for the New York Times.  It represents the descent into spirit, the embodiment of the new feminine archetype that I have been now consciously writing about (since 1997) as long as I have been seeking (since my kundalini awakening in 1983).

This awareness of being at a crucial crossroads, entered my talk as a visual embodiment of a prophetic dream of Wolfgang Pauli, which I analyzed on my http://blackmadonna2009.wordpress.com blog, as key to defining the art of the 21st century.

In the dream I drew an oscillation process beneath the window – actually two oscillations, one beneath the other.  By turning to the right from the curves, I try to see the time on the clock.  But the clock is too high, so that doesn’t work.  Then the dream continues.  The ‘dark unknown woman’ appears.  She is crying because she wants to write a book but cannot find a publisher for it.  In this book there is apparently a great deal of material on time symbolism – e.g., how a period of time is constituted when certain symbols appear in it.  And at the end of one page of the book, there are the following words, read aloud by the ‘voice’:  ‘The definite hours have to be paid for with the definite life, the indefinite hours have to be paid for with the indefinite life.’”

So, the feeling of being inside as well as outside the house was this internal acceptance of the hieros gamos, meaning the integration of spirit into matter, inner and outer, definite and indefinite, into a oneness that truly feels extraordinarily sublime!

Renaissance artist and former Silvermine Gallery Director, Vincent Baldassano


Jeffrey Mueller, Director of Silvermine Gallery

Kundalni's Daughters: Suzanne Benton (left) and Dianne Bowen

Kundalinis Daughters: the shaman Suzanne Benton (left) and art consultant Camilla Cook

Suzanne Benton, Vincent Baldassano, my editor Rolf Mauer and Dianne Bowe

Stephanie Joyce, my first unknown reader, now a friend!

Lisa Paul Streitfeld after her Silvermine talk/book signing

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November 26, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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