Monday, 5 November 2012

Pirates


During my childhood years my parents used to enter my brothers and I in an annual carnival held in my mums hometown Hayle (Cornwall) , our costumes were always based on a theme and one of my favourites was when we dressed as Pirates , equipped with swords and Skull and Crossbones. My Mother used to tell how our Great Great Grandfather was the Captain of a steam ship named the "SS HAyle" which ran aground in the Hayle estuary, I like to think he led a double life as actual a Cornish Sea Pirate that ran it a ground in order make off with the booty.

Hayle is a few miles from Penzance famed for its Pirates, which are celebrated each August Bank holiday monday on "Pirate Day"

The Pirate and outlaw meme was reinforced during my child by Adam Ant who played the outlaw archetype well.

The main commercial radio station in Cornwall is Pirate fm

When i first moved from Bristol to London in the early nineties i was living to a soundtrack an of Acid House, Hardcore Rave , Jungle Tekno / Drum and Bass and it was the "Pirate" radio stations the likes of F.T.P. (Bristol), Weekend Rush ,Pulse FM, Kool ,Rinse (London) which fed the vibes. i had a brief dalliance myself as a DJ with Jelly FM and RUSH .

Years later The Hollywood film "The Pirates of the Caribbean" brought the Pirate meme back to global conciousness.it touched on the magical and mystical and Goddess Spirituality

These days my son watches "Jake and the Neverland Pirates" on the Disney Channel

Friday, 26 October 2012

Halloween / Samhain



As a child, my first memories of Halloween was of making pumpkin lanterns, apple bobbing etc, my mum a Christian (Catholic) explained Halloween means “All Hallows Eve”. "All Hallows" Day is the old English term for "All Saints" Day ( November 1 ) and November 2 is "All Souls Day" These are days Christians have traditionally prayed for departed relatives. In some parts of Latin America they call November 2nd "The Day of the Dead !"

Halloween returned to my consciousness with the film E.T. which was probably my first introduction to the UF0/Alien meme.The significant events in ET (a birth/death/resurrection story) occurred around Halloween (giving a suitable excuse for E.T. to go out unnoticed.)

E.T. also introduce me and many of my generation to; The American fantasy role playing game Dungeons and Dragons (which a friend of my mums from work warned might lead to an interest in the occult), the newly imported American BMX bikes and the American custom of “Trick or Treat”.

Halloween returned to my conscious a few years later by which time I was a punk and skateboarder,The American hardcore punk band the Misfits were lovers of American Horror films and B Movies,one of their anthem was the song "Halloween"The Misfits became increasingly interested in the occult and when they split some of the members continued in a band called "Samhain" which is the Gaelic word for the Celtic festival that predated the Roman Catholic “All Hallows Eve” and which occurs on the date midway between the Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice. It was the lead singer of the Misfits "Glenn Danzig" who introduced me to the Nag Hammadi (Dead Sea Scrolls) and other "lost" books of the Bible.

In the nineties the festival of Halloween has saw re-emergence with an emphasis on themed fancy dress parties and at the extreme end adult parties along the lines of Wasteland ,Torture Garden.

By the naughties my trajectory had moved to an interest in Latin American culture where the Day of the Dead is celebrated by families holding candlelight vigils for their departed loved one at the ceremony.

I had forgotten how the James Bond film “Live and Let Die” had educated me at an early age about different approaches culturally to ;death, funerals and the afterlife.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Alleluyah - the unity of religious truth

The term Hu in reference to a creator or god is linked to many cultures and religions. The modern day cult of Eckankar, ancient Egyptians and the Druid are just a few. In Sufism "Hu" or "Huwa" is the pronoun used with Allah ( God ), and is used as a name of God. Allah Hu means "God, Just He!" In Arabic Allah means God and with Hu, as an intensive added to Allah, means "God himself." Hu is also found in the Islamic credo La Ilaha Ila Allah Hu: (la el la ha el al la hu) "There is no God but Allah," or in Sufi interpretation "There is no reality, except God", or in La Ilaha Ila Huwa meaning "There is no god but He" Others speculate that the pronoun when used by the Sufi (and Muslim) is simply a shorter form of the Hebrew Tetragrammaton due to the similarities between Sura Al-Ikhlas 112:1 in the Quran and Deuteronomy 6:4 in the Hebrew Bible. Sura Al-Ikhlas (112:1) - Say: He, Allah, is One. Transliteration : qul huwa allah hu ahad Deuteronomy 6:4 - Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one. Transliteration : shema ysrael yahowah elohynu yahowah achad

Friday, 6 July 2012

Snakes

Lately I have been thinking a lot about snakes and what they represent . In Christian tradition the snake represent Satan that tempted Eve to eat from the fruit of knowledge ,thereby making the first choice of free will and contary to the Divine will , this fall from Eden or paradise was simultaneously a realisation of good and evil and hence a moment of enlightenment The snake in some eastern traditions represents the kundalini energy that rises up the spine from the lower chakra to the crown to enlighten/illuminate the yoga practioner In Kung Fu, the real purpose of which is perhaps to achieve self mastery/enlightenment the snake is traditionally one of the mythical "five animals" The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol of a snake eating its own tail. Lately I have become aware of the very fluid movements of some Martial artists who move around each other in similar way to the way a snakes move, this is particularly noticeble on in some Jujitsu or Capoeira fights. David Icke's views on "reptilians are fairly well known.I think they is sometimes taken a too literally,Certainly in the physiology of the human brain confirms we all have the reptilian/mamalian sections which developed a different stages of our evolution.Perhaps we differ to the extent our behaviour is determined by our physiology. A face friend sent me this link which puts a postive spin on the whole reptilian question. ,


Sunday, 3 June 2012

Zero's and Olive's

Back in the late eighties early nineties during the rave era i was particulalry inspired by a tune called "Lock Up " by the artist Zero B, around the same time i was into the fairly unkown Hip Hop act "MC 900 ft Jesus" whos DJ i believe may have been called DJ Zero. A few years later while passing through a Blue obsession, during which time i was djing under the alias Blue 5 (a subtle Skywalker reference) i happened to attended a graffiti workshop held by an artist called "Zero" we planned a couple of joint pieces with the tag ZERO/ Blue 5 Within the last couple of years i was surpised to find an aquaintance of mine from those years is now making music with the original Zero B ,the two of them known as the Drum Monkeys Now the word Olive and extensions of it have also been reoccuring in my conciouness over the last few years. My wifes maiden name is OLiveira and my son has retained it (along with my surname) Oliveria is also the surname of my CApoeira Grandmaster But olives first started resonating with me in the 00's when a female artist called "olive" released a bass breakbeat pop tune "your not alone" at the same time as a work colleague called "olive" accused my flat mate of poisoning her with his coffee. for some reason at this time i thought that olive could be read as "Zero Live" Over the years i have transitioned from being most immeresed in either Live music or recorded/electronic music.one perspective on the difference between the live / recorded phenomenom was summed up in the title of a live album by Punk band The MIsfits entitled "Evil LivE".

Thursday, 19 April 2012

The Chicken/ Cockerel

A few years ago when i started training Capoeira my Kung Fu teacher jokingly refered to it as "yellow chicken dancing" as opposed to his own martial arts style "Yellow Dragon Fist" but he never said i shoudn't practise ! It also actually made me think of how cockerals fight... Lately a friend of mine has be training Brazillian Ju Jitsu with the Gracie school at the Tokei Martial arts centre in London bridge which has a cockeral as its motif. I have been syncing quite a few "chickens" and "cockerels" lately and recently an online friend posted on the cockerels connection to the orisha "shango" i have also noticed a sexual symbolism. Currently my sons favourite clip is the brazillan nursery ryme "meu pintinho amarelinho" about a little yellow chick.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Sirens and Starbucks


These days the wailing "Sirens" of police, ambulance and fire services are a common occurence in our cities, they draw our attention, alert us to danger and send a message to criminals that its time to scarper, but pause to reflect on the root of the word and we realise it comes from the call of the Mermaid or Siren these dazziling beautiful Goddeses of the sea would enchant sailors with their song causing them to fall in love and carry them away to their underworld , the English word serenade has the same root.

Even fewer know of the evolution of the popular "starbucks" coffee logo, that wonderwomen face.which was in earlier versions a mermaid baring her breast, Just like the mermaid uses her seuxual attraction to lure the seamen, so too do many advertising campaign use the pull of sexual attraction to draw in their target and caputure their prey

as the saying goes "The female of the species is deadlier than the male."

Sunday, 8 January 2012

K Resonance

Lately I have been experiencing a lot of synchronicity around the letter “K”

K is Knowledge, Knowledge is Power, Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

My name is Stephen which is the Greek for crowned one or "King" An early 2 K was my realisation of this Knowledge in relation to the horror writer Stephen King

K is the 11th letter of the alphabet , represents the number 1000 and "Y2K" came to refer to the year 2000 which Jake Kotze has blogged about at his blog

Another 2 K is Krishna Konciousness which isn't a massive jump away from Khrist Konciousness (for the more Gnosticlly minded)

Perhaps the first Triple K that came into my consciousness was the K.K.K. which I heard about as a child. It was around this time i became aware of the evil that men do.The K.K.K. epitomises this and I have been fighting a battle ever since against the racism bigotry and intolerance they represent and that the letter K often evokes for me, A milestone for me in reclaiming the language was the work the by the K.L.F ( Kopyright Liberation Front, K Foundation, Kings of Low Frequency )this concept could be understood in a similar way to that where some Gays refer to themselves as "Queers" or some "African Americans" refer to themselves as "Niggas" The theory being that by reclaiming the use of the language its takes the sting out of the words that had previously be tainted with negative connotations by "Haters"

Many suggest the KKK got its name came from the Greek word Kuklos meaning circle so it essentially meant Circle of Brothers ( which in itself is not a "bad" name )
Then by modelling itself on the Knights Templar attempting to create for itself a historical legitimacy for its twisted views

It was the K.L.F that first introduced me to the "Illuminati" meme and the idea that the Illuminati is made up of different factions fighting for dominance this resonates with another "K" Tupac's "K'illuminati"

I also associate the triple K with The Three Kings/The Three Wise Men/Three Magii found in the Bible.

My third and final triple K is the "Kit Kat Klub" a Techno/Trance club in Germany famous for its wild parties its name was inspired by a club of the same name in London at the turn of the century which was renowned for Progressive Libertarian Political thinking