Critical Trilogy

a critic's millennial journey


The Dog Days Are Over: Florence and the Machine's ecstatic delivery of the embodied ethereal Kundalini stole the show

I have long suspected that the reason why women have been kept down in show business had to do with the male anatomy.  In mean this in the most literal sense, giving a brilliant, unpredictable woman her freedom of speech in a public arena risks cutting the male ego being cut down to size…

Chelsea Handler demonstrating how to handle unwelcome intrusions of the male ego..

…an award winner took the bait that Chelsea Handler, this year’s MTV Video Music Award host, juicily held out by swiping away the girl-on-girl kiss as old hat.  He stripped down to his underwear to reveal a limpid  dildoe made of cloth.

Chelsea Handler, natal chart (time is unknown)

What I like so much about Chelsea Handler is her bittersweet attitude about her role in the collective. “What would President Obama have to say to me?” she said in an interview, revealing a quest for transcendence arising from an honest appraisal of her designated pop culture role as trash filter.  There is certainly a higher consciousness being channeled by her Mercury in Aquarius (in a Boomerang with the Full Moon in her natural chart, left)  which can’t be dampened by a self-professed addiction to vodka.  Her performance style is deadpan, which means she doesn’t compete with the star wattage. Regardless, she is no slouch in her role as MC to the steady stream of toxicity which passes as pop culture these days.  On her nightly show, Chelsea Lately,watch her deadpan treatment of B.o.B. revealing what made his Airplanes “Video of the Year” nomination so forgettable; he never met his “collaborator,” Hayley Williams).

In her opening monologue, Handler announced she gave up her beloved vodka for three weeks in preparation for her duty but got wasted anyway.  Perhaps it was vodka in her cup during the beginning skit — a robed Chelsea passing through an obstacle course of male slaps on the buttocks in the hallway until a head-on confrontation with Lindsey Lohan.  The ex- convict trumped the media’s power of projection, delivering a warning about the dangers of crossing boundaries while pointing out her  host’s electronic ankle bracelet.

Handler had a lot to live up to, considering the ruse pulled last year.  Publicity stunt or not, the ritual performed on Tyler Swift revealed the exclusivity of the pop inner sanctum with its illuminati symbolism.   The divine marriage sought by the secret societies required fresh virgin blood, just as the  “pound of flesh” extracted today from talent hoping  to make it as a pop star seeking the universal Beloved, Fame!

Taylor Swift singing about how she is "still innocent" after last year's cabalistic ritual of her initiation

Illuminati Stunt? Keyne West as the archetypal Shadow (the prima materia of the alchemical experiment) rudely interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 VMA

Terrified or not, Taylor Swift proved up to her cosmic task.  She surmounted last year’s “initiation rite” which, intentionally or not, revealed the music industry self-prescribed role in turning nubile newcomer into fame whore.  Her transcendent performance was as poignant as it was evolutionary — a public declaration she is “still Innocent,” although the forgiving lyrics of Your Still Innocent were directed at West, empathizing with his difficulties in controlling his ego. The intimate  set with an old fashioned TV revealing the song’s inspiration playing out the scrambled signals of last year’s theft of her moment in the spotlight (right).  Was it an illuminati ritual of initation demonstrated via costume?  Doesn’t matter, because Swift played her role to perfection, revealing the feminine power of  transcendence that will move the pop culture upward from its descent into the toxic waters.

2009 VMA: Taylor Swift's "initiation" into pop royalty by Beyonce, the red dresses symbolizing the erotic packaging of the music industry

This year the awards had the benefit of having the edgy Chelsea Handler as host under a Mercury station opposing her Pisces Sun.  Would this Full Moon Pisces  be channeling a higher power?

She didn’t disappoint.  Illuminato or no illumanati,  the illumination of the collective quest for the sacred marriage came through the self-appointed psychopomp Chelsea Handler.

I mean literraly!

Chelsea Hander at the MTV Awards in a feather dress with silver wings; the Sky Goddess with a dove in her womb!

She appeeared on stage with her body fully covered by a Lady Gaga inspired costume (the house a symbol for ego).  After a dance routine, the action halted and the host declared in her characteristic deadpan:  “That is as far as we got in rehearsal.”  Then she suddenly seemed to remember the climax as she lifted her skirt and a dove came out.  Instead of flying, it sat on one of the dancer’s hands.

Afterwards, Handler made a comment that the dove was supposed to fly.

That is Mercurious working on illuminati symbolsm.  The dove is a symbol of transcendence, and the

The alchemical rites of transformation into the conjunctio or sacred marriage with the dove overhead

alchemical bath is the means of getting there.

But this alchemical bath was the hot tub for the Jersey Shore reality TV show.  Handler responded to an invitation to climb in.  After initially declining, she jumped in fully clothed.  Afterwards, she asked if they ever changed the water.   Never!   She jumped out — pregnant!   This is an illuminati joke on the divine child born from the conjuntio, the alchemical marriage of masculine and feminine.

Who's your daddy? Host Chelsea Handler emerges pregnant from a hot tub shared by The Situation, Pauly D, JWOWW and Snooki of MTV's "Jersey Shore"

The toxicity of the lowest common denominator of the pop culture revealed with a dip into a hot tub!  The message filtering through Handler’s water bearing Mercury is clear: the pop culture stinks at this low.  This is why there is always the need for new energy in the proverbial “young virgin” which then spoils, and must be replaced.  This is how the Ouroboric cycle of life/death/rebirth was traditionally played out in the illuminati secret society while the linear Christian view of life and death kept a hold over the masses.

Lady Goaga, despite cleaning up in the awards, including “Video of the Year,” had a forgettable performance, revealing her act is already stale; the constant changing of costumes in anticipation of yet another chance to grab the stage.  The image of her draped in meat while receiving her award from Cher reinforced her act as the same old ketchup in ever-changing bottles.

Lady Gaga striking a pose at the MTV Awards in Alexander McQueen's renaissance gown, her hair styled as the alchemical symbol of transformation; the caduceus

"I'm not a piece of meat!" Lady Gaga, accepting he award for "Video of the Year" for her video laden "Bad Romance" with presenter Cher

Her body was overtaken by the pure alchemy of Alexander McQueen’s genius, fit for a renaissance Queen complete with a crown of a golden feather.  Yet while the costume was undoubtedly channeled as a showcase for the embodied Kundaiini, on Gaga’s frame it only underscored the bottomless abyss at her core which inspired the obvious quest for purification of  Bad Romance video (which I will be analyzing in a future post).

What made the evening so alchemical was the fiery performance by Enimen as the prima materia seeking the transcendence of the alchemical union with the divine feminine.  The multiple levels of Not Afraid/Love the Way You Lie reflected the double meaning in the title.  The music  combined the transcendent upbeat (higher chakras) of classical music with the downbeat (lower chakras) of hip hop. The genius of this act set a high standard for the evening, completely blowing away the other hop hop performances as stuck in a linear rote past which failed to incorporate personal narrative with the universal quest to embody the 21st century archetype, the hieros gamos.

Eninem as the petulant groom and Rihanna as the redeeming angel bride

The fear, of course is both personal and collective in 2010, the ego’s fear of the abyss, the rising power of the kundalini, in evidence through the powerful aerobisized females making jokes about the “stiff statues” in the show.  Rihanna’s all-suffering feminine lament is about kundalini transcendence: “Just going to stand there and watch me burn.”  While the Enimen rap is all about the ever deceitful ego thwarting his Libran struggle to fuse the opposites.  “Please come back.. Maybe that is what it means when a volcano meets a tornado….I apologize even though I know its a game.”

While the video clilps revealed the influence of Gaga’s instinct to camouflage the negative extremes of the dark feminine, the very fears that Eminem confronts head on: the rising power of the Kundalini that cannot be controlled but only channeled as genius.

All a viwer had to do was turn the channel to Mad Men at 11 pm and see how far we have come.  The ribald jokes in the episode were at the expense of the women in the office, spurring a power struggle.  it would have been untinkable for a woman to get down dirty to mirror the men as we see Chelsea Handler bravely busting through this barrier on live television.

Vodka or no vokka, Chelsea Handler performed double duty in busting through the glass ceiling.  The first female host in the history of the VMAAward managed to kick the male dominated Illuminati hold on the music industry in the balls.  She revealed how far we have come, yes, but also how far we have to go.

Perhaps this was the meaning of Linkin Park having their cake and eating it too: getting to perform for the Video Music Awards having to suffer the customary dowsing in the toxic waters of the music industry.  They performed Catalyst at my former haunt, the Griffith Park Observatory, where  James Dean’s statue  commemorates the iconic scene in Rebel without a Cause. In this iconic locale, human meets archetype, and a new cosmology can be interpreted by the stars!

Linkin Park performing "Catalyst" at Griffith Park Observatory for the 2010 VMA


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How will the pop stars of today authentically liberate their fans?

Lady Gaga dolls: Merchandizing the dark feminine in extreme

Lady Gag Order is her new moniker.

The image I get is the Ouroboros choking on its tail.


Gaga spelled backwards: A Gag.  Is this latest global pop phenomenon an illuminati puppet?  Or is she a collective filter for exposing the rampant use of occult symbolism in the music industry which has rendered the art world impotent in comparison?  How doe we discover the truth behind the veil?

The pop star formerly known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta claims the saturation of her video/music/fashion into the collective consciousness is her own unique art, yet in a cover story for Vanity Fair, she dismisses the notion of Lady Gaga as being an alter ego, insisting she has always been Gaga.

In fact, it is widely accepted that the Fame Monster’s passage to fame was a foregone conclusion from the start. And this is a New Paradigm idea of transcending linear time to enter the cycle of the Ouroboros, which this culture experiences as the life/death/rebirth cycle of the famous.

“There’s a real art to fame.” she tells Telegraph music critic Neil McCormick, claiming to have done a “crazy thesis, like 80 pages on Spencer Tunick [who creates nude installations] and Damien Hirst, great pop artists” during her precocious period at the Tisch School of the Arts.  She explained her method of mainlining her message:  “For me, the work doesn’t end with the song, it’s the fashion, the performance and then the trajectory of the energy as it bounces off all of the irises of the fans in the audience and comes back to me.”


The truth emerges as Mercury goes direct (5 degrees Virgo)  to form a crucial yod = passageway to the emergence of a new archetype (Jupiter/Uranus on the ascendent forming the apex) that I have been tracking through the art world for a decade.

In Gagaland, the timing is marked by the news of Gaga settling the lawsuit which revealed her sacred marriage gone bad.  It seems they created a love child together…

According to the lawsuit, Lady Gaga and Fusari’s relationship turned romantic and then became a business partnership in May 2006, when they created a joint venture called Team Love Child LLC to promote her career. Fusari’s share was 20 percent, it said.

…that took on a life of its own.  This is about timing and the necessity of the collective to confront the perversities of the extreme feminine, so we may find our center in the archetype of the hieros gamos.

While the 20th century superstars were tasked with holding up a mirror to the patriarchal archetyoes, those bursting into flame in the 21st century are expected to deliver the new liberating icon of a gender free culture.  So, let’s proceed to

First some background which frames my inquiry as I cross this border from the underground to the pop culture.  I’ve been thinking about Lady Gaga since her catastrophic rise that attempts to break down the boundaries between music and fine art in a grand bid to define the 21st century superstar.  I first took notice when I was in Dublin for the AICA Congress and read in a newspaper article a claim that Lady Gaga was actually a man.  I found this intriguing because I had shown images of the hermaphrodite in the delivery of my paper on “The Heisenberg Principle in 21st Century Art.”  Synchronistically, I then discovered myself in a Temple Bar cafe sitting beside a transvestite, wondering if he/she was indeed a hermaphrodite and ditto for Lady Gaga.

As I began, against my own erotic impulses, to explore more of Lady Gaga, I wondered if she could be a new phenomenon revealing the overcoming of the Heisenberg Principle in 21st Century Art, meaning that — as a self-aware student of the very fame which now engulfs her– she delivers a consciousness in regards to fame, the very shadow of the Aquarian quest for equality.  The present moment is the testing point, with Saturn in Libra opposing her Aries Sun.

Headless Gaga: Kundalini fueled instinct without intellect

In seeming to impersonate female sexuality via her male aggression for fame, Lady Gaga is mirroring back the soulless overt sexuality of the pop culture, where these young woman think nothing of flinging off their clothes for the camera.  The exposure of the flesh revealing the loss of the collective soul as American reverses itself from bing a global superpower to global debtor.  Having removed herself from the art world institution, she has made a bold leap into embracing the personal and collective Shadow in the transparency of the 24/7 media.  With Lady Gaga, fame isn’t just a by-product of her art; it is the great Unknown at the core.


The current necessity of re-examining the mythology surrounding the American dream can only be achieved at present by the self-aware who are inside the bubble offame, yet can see their way out of it.  This entails the marriage of Saturn and Uranus, the signs ruling Aquarius, which rules the South Node of the U.S. chart.  Lady Gaga is an  instinctual Aries, a “puppet” if not of the illuminati, then the collective unconscious by way of her Sun square to Neptune (which also makes her highly susceptible to addiction and sensationalism).  Her responsibility of timing (transiting Saturn opposed her Sun)  is becoming the first global superstar with Pluto in Scorpio.  Having Pluto conjunct her Moon makes the message of her generation all the more powerful.  Her stage act crystalizes the dark feminine, complete with tales of poisoning lovers, to the point of extreme.  Her Mars at zero degrees Capricorn, the point of the Winter Solstice ruled by the 13th constellation of Ophiuchus riding the serpent is key to her ascendant.  Her inability to control this powerl (foretold by her rampant drug use) is to be revealed in her fall.     Pluto entering Scorpio in 1984 manifested in the collective as the fear of sex surrounding the mysterious plague of AIDS.  It marked an end to the sexual revolution and a beginning to a deep internal passage through the void…

Lady Gaga, The Return of the Bride as Lilith??


Lina Morgana suicide (AM, time unknown)

Astrologically, the timing of this accusation of “soul stealing” is very intriguing as it captures the sinister nature of Gaga’s expression, which reveals how tapped in she is to the lower astral levels of the mind controlled characteristic of dissociation.   She doesn’t seem at all emotionally connected to her image making, which is why she can dispose of them so quickly; this would seem to be the expression of a puppet.   And the suicide of a collaborator certainly makes these waters even murkier.

On the morning of Lina’s suicide (left), Venus was approaching a conjunction to Mars in Scorpio, triggering the Moon/Pluto conjunction in Stefani’s natal chart.  And in fact, the story appeared on the front page of the NY Post, Venus was made the Scorpio ingress, as it did on the day Lina committed suicide.

So, there is something going on here indeed.  Something very dark and mysterious…and yes, sinister.

There is discussion among astrologers about Lady Gaga’s birth time.  The time of birth determines what sign and planets are ascending on the horizon at the time of birth, thereby coloring the persona. Which makes my rectification an obvious choice, given the universal description of Lady Gaga, with her shifting veils, as noticeable even in her times of obscurity: Sagittarius with Urnaus on the ascendent and Mars/Neptune rising in the first house.  We haven’t yet had a superstar with Neptune in Capricorn/Pulto in Scorpio.  And Lady Gaga has these two transcendental planets conjunct the Moon and Mars, which determine gender characteristics!

The fequent comparisons is to Madonna.  They were born 28 years apart, which means Stefani was born on Madonna’s Saturn Return, which makes her something of an astral daughter of her pop idol.

Madonna's natal chart

Sagittarius which is about an experiential journey yes, needlessly truthful, but while Madonna’s Jupiter was in Libra conjunct her North Node in the second house of talent, my rectified chart for Stefani places Saturn in the 12th house, thereby reinforcing the message of the hidden agenda.  Again, is it the agenda of the collective America with Neptune on its Moon forcing a reexamining of the collective (Moon) mythologizing (Neptune) or the control of the illuminati which shepherds theses young woman into pop stardom?   Jupiter, ruler of Sagittarius, is in Pisces, making an exact square to Saturn.  So this emphasizes and expands the task of stripping the veil over the universal pursuit of fame in the transparency of the 24/7 media environment.  Her personal ambition for immortality through fame reflects a collective ambition, and this is what makes her a bellwether of fame in our time of social networking, reality TV and 24/7 media.

What I am getting at is this:  getting to the core of the feminine has been the struggle for art as it means working through the layers of the patriarchal archetypes to get to the core of the authentic feminine.  With these revelations about her rise coming with the backlash of fame, the veil is being stripped away to reveal what is truly hidden is the inner journey of the artist!  Where are the dreams, the creative linkages, the personal language that make an artist’s journey pertinent at this time?  One gets the feeling here of a little girl trying on all the clothes in her mother’s closet in a hurry before she gets hom, which is, in effect what is taking place: to put out so many images so that at least a few will stick.  Her struggle is to have her cake and eat it too and if she succeeds, only for a moment, then she will reveal a passage out of this 21st century nightmare in which personal success is defined by externals crushing the soul.

Having her cake and eating it too comes in the form of a constant repackaging of the American dream for her Little Fame Monsters that they too can be famous by mere association with the mirror she provides.  They must expend energy on following her expression, purchase concert ticket, shop at her on line store.  This is the merchandizing dream of the pop icon  that Madonna was selling at Gaga’s birth!  What has changed?

What has changed is the transparency of the Internet which 24/7 challenges the “official line” of the corporate media and allows fans to become stars of their own lives via the smart phone and social networking.  It makes fashion so common through imagery that takes away the impetus of owning!


Lina Morgana "Wonderland"

Oh wait a minute.  Here is the face (left) behind the veil!   The face of Lina Morgana, the beautiful young artist whose mother claims her soul was stolen by Lady Gaga.  Even her name, Morgana, refers to Fata Morgana, the powerful sorceress associated with the Arthurian myth/Grail legend.  With one video, Wonderland, she documents an authentic search for the sacred marriage.  This is a vision of the collective desire:  to penetrate the power of the authentic feminine at the source of female suffering.

This chart reveals recognition via collaboration (or writing songs for others) as a starting point (South Node at zero Scorpio conjunct

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta natal chart; time unknown, rectified by Lisa Paul

Moon/Pluto).  While Stefani has a definite talent for writing in an archetypal, symbolic  language open to interpretations (Mercury in Pisces square Uranus in Sagittarius), she has no planets in air signs, which accounts for a triumph of instinct over intellect.  Lady Gaga’s multimedia success may indeed be revealing why an art world so bound by conceptualism is presently comatose.  Without the innate ability to intellectually detach her essence (if she has one) from her creation, she is indeed vulnerable to puppetry of the first order.  subject to her instinctual grasp of symbols and with her Aries impatience can’t be bothered by the time it takes to interpret them and reconfigure them for her own journey. This danger of becoming a victim of symbols (the claim of being an illuminati puppet) is one that artists have avoided since Clement Greenberg outlawed the use of symbols in the search for a pure art.

This accusation of soul stealing by Lina’s devastated mother (who is tring to get the rights to the songs her daughter wrote with Lady Gaga), coming at the precise timing of Mercury stationing direct to form the very yod, that with Saturn opposing in Virgo, gave Lady Gaga a form.  Was it being controlled externally by the black magicians?  Interesting how this lawsuit was dropped just after the revelation from Morgana.  It points to conspiratorial forces that continuing to represss the birth of the liberated face of the feminine.

This certainly has been my experience of the past summer in my struggle to restore the face of the feminine in the canon via Margaret Fuller.  There is definitely a resistance the power of this archetype in a corporate dominated celebrity obsessed culture.

The unintended irony of Lady Gaga’s is that — while she may have originally been instinctually motivated by artistic concerns of bringing a universal message about the quest for fame into a slick multimedia pop package — she now entirely beholden to the fans that made her fame possible.  This is the life/death/rebirth cycle of the Ouroboros that her fans claim to discover in her videos.  Lady Gaga sincerely seems to want to free her fans, even though it isn’t clear what this liberation might be from: sexual repression? obscurity?  corporate oppression?  materialism?  Sex?

In this transparent media of the 21st century, no star can offer truth if they themselves are living a lie.  Yet, despite all her occult imagery, the failed alchemical marriage of opposites is the abyss at Gaga’s ambitious core.  It  is what makes her allegations of being a self-made impresario stink like a carcass of the inner dragon that her whirlwind ride as Fame Monster has failed to slay: the Ouroboros choking on its own tail.

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