How will the pop stars of today authentically liberate their fans?
The image I get is the Ouroboros choking on its tail.
FAME AS OUROBOROS
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.”
FAME AS HOLOGRAM
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.
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.
FAME AS A COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY
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…
FAME AS BELLWETHER
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.
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!
FAME AS VEIL
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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?
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?
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!