My #heartchakra got SERIOUSLY flooded today #meditation #masoniccompass #graveyards

I’m starting to get the hang of meditation, me thinks.

1/2 bhekasana, need to do yoga, old-fashioned magic & meditation journal, grimoire, leek pizza. I need to be an artist!! thoughtform. I’m already practicing further than the first exercise.

I haven’t added any practice from the hermetics book yet after all, except to try to make thoughts sort of solid, before returning to my focal point. I wanted to remember them later. So I’m starting off further out of the gate because it’s a 22min, formal sit in padmasana and then I go do some stuff (like putting in contacts) before getting to the remembering. I should add another session at night but the discipline is harder after beer 🙂


I did a little painting but… I think I need a bigger watercolor palette and also I’m not good at watercolor landscapes. I went a little nuts with it & had to put it away and have breakfast. I think it might look like a Rorschach test with colors.

It’d be GREAT to get my old easel from NH, but I’m not sure mom would be up to the task & it wouldn’t be cheap.


Still practicing the Lesser Banishing Ritual daily. I’m getting better at it, and the visualizations.

Yesterday Ch and I went to Riverview Cemetery and I gathered 3 different dirt samples for future years. The country’s first female cop is buried there, and she lived to be 97. Her energy would be perfect for reversals! But it was raining, at times pretty hard, and so we just wandered randomly. Didn’t find Lola but we didn’t really try all that hard.

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Took a particular liking to this tree, for some reason

I took one by a big, rough hewn monument whose name plate had fallen off without replacement. The wild card! I took a second by a huge sequoia and the last by a random guy’s marker with a Masonic compass on it. #YouReallyDOLearnSomethingEveryDay

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Therefore, the letter ‘G’ in Freemasonry signifies Gnosis, Generation and the Grand Architect.Gnosis (Greek for knowledge) in its simplest form is “knowledge of thyself” or the Great Arcanum, Daath (Da’ath – Hebrew for knowledge). Philo also refers to the “knowledge” (gnosis) and “wisdom” (sophia) of God. This fact we find in the biblical passage Proverbs 2.6; “The Lord gives wisdom (sophia), from his face come knowledge (gnosis) and understanding (sunesis).”

The single most identifiable symbol of Freemasonry. Both the square and compasses are architect‘s tools and are used in Masonic ritual as emblems to teach symbolic lessons.

The SQUARE is an instrument adapted for plane surfaces only, and therefore appropriate to Geometry, or measurement of the Earth, which appears to be, and was by the Ancients supposed to be, a plane. The COMPASS is an instrument that has relation to spheres and spherical surfaces, and is adapted to spherical trigonometry, or that branch of mathematics which deals with the Heavens and the orbits of the planetary bodies.

The SQUARE, therefore, is a natural and appropriate Symbol of this Earth and the things that belong to it, are of it, or concern it. The Compass is an equally natural and appropriate Symbol of the Heavens, and of all celestial things and celestial natures.

Oh and then we stopped for lunch at a small but very charming McMenamins (Fulton Pub) that we hadn’t been to before and when I saw this I knew I had to try it. (Was delicious. I got a pint.)

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#Goddess of the day, #Athena #illustration #PDXart

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The goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, mathematics, strength, war strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill in ancient Greek religion and mythology.

Athena is known for her calm temperament, as she moves slowly to anger. She is noted to have only fought for just reasons, and would not fight without a purpose

Enjoying Friday morning in downtown #pdx

First stop was Blick, to stock up on art supplies. Last time I was there I discovered some new brands & tools. Eclipse & circle templates! Iridescent water colors! So exciting. Then I went through some paint & brush inventory at home & did some price comparisons on the website, making a rough shopping list via my online cart. I’m such a Virgo rising / Pisces sun & moon sometimes! Organized creativity…

I just spent the weeks salary, lol, but with membership discounts & a coupon I went from like $144 to $110. I will use it! I used those ellipses the day after I got them.

The crazy thing is I’m using watercolor paper I bought at RISD for this project. It’s archival D’Arches that’s why. 

I still have a few tubes of watercolor paint that are student grade. If I make anymore illustration money I’ll throw them out, cause it’d be nice if my work lasted decades without fading off. Water colors are delicate.

After that I walked south again for a vegan breakfast at Petunia’s, biscuits & gravy again. I’d debated Prasad or Little Big Burger, but I had the time… More than I thought!

My retail job actually cost me money today! Never mind the art supplies, I wouldn’t have spent $5 on the bus or $14 on breakfast if I hadn’t been scheduled 1-6, but they called & said “Neva mind” . Such is the life of an associate. I don’t have to feel bad about it if I ever need to call in sick anyway right?

I was gonna head to Powell’s after this, to look at tarot cards from a research perspective. Charlie ordered 2 or 3 (can’t remember) more decks with a B&N gift card. He’s getting a bit interested too, but I want to look at the deck he might pick as his own, just for the artwork…

Oh what the hell, I can go and take a look at the “dark” one, Deviant Moon. I’ve been downloading images… Might start with XV The Devil. I haven’t yet seen the level of violence I have in mind for that card. I’m picturing something very Caravaggio.

It could be a 3-year project, 78 themed images. Am I assuming I’ll survive (with ever increasing vision help) that long?

Challenging #meditation today • #art #illustration #painting

Here’s the notes that I spoke into my phone at the beginning of the circulatory, rehabilitory post sit savasana.

  • It’s going to be a glorious day.
  • Very difficult sit today hard to settle in. Lots of breaks in my seat, trying to crack my neck.
  • I realize it’s a good thing my plans failed his I wasn’t made to be a corporate drone and I wasn’t in New York either. Now I’m an artist and illustrator.

Illustration work

I laid down some more washes on Aphrodite just now. I’ll scan her & DropBox later. I keep notes & images of development stages in an InDesign catalogue file & export spreads for comments. Today I’ll be sending the 1 revised watercolor & seven, revised pencil comps. Maybe I’ll upload the PDF to google drive too or just JPG the spreads and blog them…

But for now I should see if the man is ready for me to help him with his greenhouse project.