Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Talk Corner Part 2

A hero is confronted with his destiny, while gods and mythical monsters block his way. 
He will only return home when he is ready. 
The same, like us...

   There comes a time in our lives when all the barriers break and all the horizons open wide. A moment that pushes us to a decision that once seemed unthinkable. And then, overcoming ourselves and its limitations, waking us up! Changing our destiny. Every new beginning is a change of destiny. Changing destiny means to wake up. Because destiny either chooses you awake or chooses you stay asleep. But we often hesitate to take the step of a new beginning. Not willing to give up old habits, although finished or restrictive, seems familiar.

 Uncertainty inhibits us when it comes to walking in unknown areas. But we are never alone. Visible and invisible allies appear, often in unexpected ways. One of them was offered to us by Homer in the Odyssey. 

   Could you imagine that the journey of your life corresponds to the journey of Odysseus? And we, like him. we wander from experience to the next experience. We meet one-eyed giants, we fight to resist the challenges of the Sirens, we are crushed by difficult choices between Scylla and Charybdis, sometimes we sink as if to reach Hades and other times we rise relying on human and divine help. In Odysseus' epic journey there is a secret code that describes the stages we go through as we travel in life, making choices and rough decisions, losing our way, find it again and continue asking to return to the place of our heart. In our Ithaca.

Calypso & Odysseus on Flickr

   Although Odysseus' voyage took 10 years, some of them did not travel. Calypso kept him stranded on her island which, as her name etymologically reveals, threw a blanket at his mind to forget. Also covered him from Poseidon rage at the same time. The correspondence in our life is the fixation in situations, relations and all beliefs that hold us back. Although, we stay with those beliefs. Because we are comfortable. And because they reward us with some satisfaction that calms our insecurities or gives us an illusion of care. 

Calypso kept Odysseus seduced for 7 whole years by feeding him nectar and ambrosia to make him immortal, as he had promised. And he was comfortable and forgotten as Calypso covered with a veil of oblivion his true destination: the return to Ithaca. Like Odysseus, we are often stuck in an addiction to a substance or behavior or in an abusive relationship waiting for something that never comes or that is lost in a flash.

   "Enough is enough"

  Frustrated again and again and yet we stay the way we are. Months, years, sometimes our whole life. However, even if we forgot it, Ithaca does not forget about us. No matter how many covers the Calypso-fixation has thrown, it has never been able to eliminate our deepest substance. The feeling that we deserve better, longing for freedom and self-respect make us sooner or later wake up and mobilize again. And then we re-evaluate what has stuck with us until that moment and regret. We realize them in a new way. This also happens in the Odyssey when Hermes appears to ask Calypso to let Odysseus go, by the orders of Zeus. 

Hermes, as his name reveals, offers a new realization to Odysseus. A new way to see his way of stillness, to recognize it and abandon it. Waking up as if from deep sleep to feel the deep longing to leave all those stillness behind at last. To return to his kingdom, to his soul Penelope and to his creation, his son Telemachus.

   No matter how late this awakening is, it comes eventually. Gathering energy, we accumulate numb pain and frustrations, like the clouds that slowly gather and thicken and multiply and weigh until they reach the limits of our endurance. And then we break out like a storm. With a loud "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!" that pushes us to end once and for all the abusive relationship with a substance, habit or person. Then, we gain zero tolerance for what tormented us and limited us for years. Like Odysseus who broke out crying on the shore of the island where Calypso had trapped him. "I don't want that anymore," he screamed. "I want to return to Ithaca! I want to go home!"

Odysseus of our soul meets the alien and Plato

   Almost three thousand years after the cry of the Homeric Odysseus, Steven Spielberg directs one of the most tenderly heartbreaking scenes in the movie "ET". where the small Alien raises his finger with the index finger shining like light pointing to the sky and saying with a nostalgic complaint "Ε.Τ. wants to go home ». E.T. wants to go home. 

   Planets, wanderers and wanderers, we too, like Odysseus, long for our return to a state of bliss and fullness, of oceanic peace, of infinite acceptance and love that, although we have not experienced them in their fullness in this world, we still long for. And that means that we once lived them somewhere. Like in this distant, forgotten song. 

   Plato refers to a memory describing the souls who once swirled happily in the eternal realms of the immortals and who then fell with a deep longing to return. And they feel an irresistible attraction to what dimly reminds them of the heavenly bliss they once lived.

Forgive and it will disappear

There is something good in us, something tender and compassionate and at the same time brave and majestic. There is a kingdom-psychological state that invites us to return whenever fear or anger overshadows our mind by keeping us away from the homeland of our heart. Calypso in our life is on the one hand our fatal attachments but mainly the chronic complaints that keep us stuck in a trauma that we unwittingly maintain by refusing forgiveness.

Shakespeare writes, "Whoever hurts in vain steals himself," reminding us that in the end we are the ones who lack the relief and freedom of the past. Complaints within us are often from more decades old. By themselves they do not have the power to sustain themselves. We give it to them. The facts themselves do not last long. Their echo is what lasts. They can resonate in us for a lifetime until we decide we don't want that anymore! 

Whoever is to blame, whoever we have blamed - the other or ourselves or both - we can always make a new choice. To say "Enough is enough" to pain and to shake off guilt and condemnation from our lives. Bravely and majestically to abandon the past and choose another destiny. At last!

What supports us in difficult times?

The adventures of the Odysseus impressively represent the psychological states we face in the journey of our lives. The solutions that Odysseus found in the various trials offer us understanding and examples of intelligent solutions in our own lives. 

The etymological meaning of the names in the Odyssey and the hidden symbolism of the objects become guides. The leader of Penelope's suitors, for example, is Antinous, the anti-thoughts who fights within us the right mind and our wisdom. What irrational thought to tyrants? The mast where Odysseus voluntarily ties himself to cross the Sirens is what has kept us steadfast in the difficulties. So what is it that sustains you in difficult times? What is hidden in the weaving of Penelope that is woven and unraveled and how is it connected to your own life experiences? 

Homer has hidden in the Odyssey a psychological roadmap that can accompany us and protect us from unnecessary pain. In the book "Secret Odyssey" Homer's secret code is revealed along with the comforting confirmation that we are never alone. From the depths of the centuries comes a message, a wealth of information and a great guidance that supports us and pushes us to return to Ithaca of our soul. With Triumphs!

The Inspiration

Arnold Böcklin (1827–1901) - "Ulysses and Calypso" 1882 oil painting on mahogany wood

Arnold Böcklin & Symbolism

Arnold Böcklin, Swiss painter whose moody landscapes and sinister allegories greatly influenced late 19th-century German artists and presaged the symbolism of the 20th-century Metaphysical and Surrealist artists.

Influenced by Romanticism, Böcklin's symbolist use of imagery derived from mythology and legend often overlapped with the aesthetic of the Pre-Raphaelites. Many of his paintings are imaginative interpretations of the classical world, or portray mythological subjects in settings involving classical architecture, often allegorically exploring death and mortality in the context of a strange, fantasy world

Clement Greenberg wrote in 1947 that Böcklin's work "is one of the most consummate expressions of all that is now disliked about the latter half of the nineteenth century."

See more of this Artist here


Calypso symbolizes an attachment to merely earthly beauty, which threatens to stall our search for deeper, more spiritual beauty, truth and meaning.

Calypso, in Greek mythology, seduced Odysseus and kept him for years away from his wife, Penelope, until Athena intervened; eventually Calypso had to let him go and even helped him to build his boat. She has both negative and positive connotation in Greek mythology: as a concealer and seductress, Calypso is a negative symbol, but as a rescuer she is a positive one. She is always compared with Penelope and thus ended up being a force of diversion and distraction.

In the island Ogygia, Calypso welcomed the exhausted Greek hero, Odysseus, who was drifted for nine days in the open sea after losing his ship and his army to the monsters of Italy and Sicily when coming back home from Troy.

Mythical Calypso fell for Odysseus and wanted to make him her immortal husband and give him the eternal youth. But Odysseus didn’t accept her generosity – he was dreaming about going back to his Ithaca and his wife. Calypso was so much in love with him that despite his refusal of her offers, she kept hoping and seducing Odysseus. Eventually, she made him her lover.

If goddess Athena hadn’t asked Zeus to “save” Odysseus from Ogygia and Calypso, what could have happened? Zeus sent the messenger of the gods, Hermes, to persuade Calypso to let Odysseus go. Calypso couldn’t refuse Zeus, the King of the gods, but being somewhat fearful of Zeus’ s powers, somewhat angry because of her loss to come, she had something to say to Hermes: “Cruel folk you are, unmatched for jealousy, you gods who cannot bear to let a goddess sleep with a man, even if it is done without concealment and she has chosen him as her lawful consort.” (Homer, Odyssey 5.120). So, she helped Odysseus build the boat that would take him back to his wife and his Ithaca. She provided enough food and wine for the long journey, and good winds.

Calypso, who believed that she saved Odysseus, after losing her lover of seven years tried to kill herself. But being immortal, she only went through terrible pain and suffering.

Did Calypso, a sea nymph, really have such a power to tie Odysseus’s free will to leave? Could she have kept him against his own, presumably strong will? Was Calypso really the myth of diversion or the eternal temptation of passion?

If you made it till the end my dear reader, I'm proud of you making this far. 
I hope your own journey gave you something in this stop you made and liking your reading.

Till the next time we meet for another Talk Corner, be well, healthy and wiser

Friday, October 9, 2020

Talk corner part 1

"The Black Square" inspiration

During celebrating the opening of the new Model Agency UNITY Models who took part was requested to create a well known style as well as a well known real life work of art in any form to represent.
This was mine.

"The Black Square" of Kazimir Malevich 1915

    One of the most famous paintings in Russian art, "Black Square" of Kazimir Malevich in 1915 becoming his work trademark. He called his new abstract approach to painting suprematism, It is all about the supremacy of colour and shape in painting. In "The Last Exhibition of Futurist Painting" held in St Petersburg in December 1915. He placed the painting high up on the wall across the corner of the room. Though this position might mean nothing to the average non-Orthodox viewer today, it was the same sacred spot that a Orthodox icon of a saint would sit in a traditional Russian home (also in some Greek homes). The audience didn't like it much at first. Malevich himself wanted to show the "Black Square" to be of a special symbolism at the same time, the idea of been taken away what you consider sacred & be replaced by the emptiness, giving to the art another side or reading. Most of his art got  disappeared from public view during Stalin's era and came back to light at 1980s.

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Lets return back to our subject...

Who was that Kazimir Malevich dude?  ….few will ask me

Kazimir Malevich (1879-1935) was a Russian avant-garde artist who created the movement known as Suprematism. It was a pioneering approach to abstract art dedicated to the appreciation of art through pure feeling. His painting "Black Square" is a landmark in the development of abstract art.

Fast Facts about Kazimir Malevich

Full Name: Kazimir Severinovich Malevich
Profession: Painter
Style: Suprematism
Born: February 23, 1879 in Kyiv, Russia
Died: May 15, 1935 in Leningrad, Soviet Union
Education: Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture
Selected Works: "Black Square" (1915), "Supremus No. 55" (1916), "White on White" (1918)
Notable Quote: "A painted surface is a real, living form."

Early Life and Art Education

Born in Ukraine in a family of Polish descent, Kazimir Malevich grew up near the city of Kyiv when it was part of an administrative division of the Russian empire. His family fled from what is currently the Kopyl Region of Belarus after a failed Polish uprising. Kazimir was the oldest of 14 children. His father operated a sugar mill.

As a child, Malevich enjoyed drawing and painting, but he knew nothing of the modern art trends beginning to emerge in Europe. His first formal art studies took place when he received training in drawing at the Kyiv School of Art from 1895 through 1896. 

Following the death of his father, Kazimir Malevich moved to Moscow to study at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture. He was a student there from 1904 through 1910. He learned of impressionism and post-impressionist art from Russian painters Leonid Pasternak and Konstantin Korovin.

Later Life in short

In his early work he followed Impressionism as well as Symbolism and Fauvism, and, after a trip to Paris in 1912, he was influenced by Picasso and Cubism. As a member of the Jack of Diamonds group, he led the Russian Cubist movement.

In 1913 Malevich created abstract geometrical patterns in a manner he called Suprematism, a term which expressed the notion that colour, line, and shape should reign supreme over subject matter or narrative in art. From 1919 to 1921 he taught painting in Moscow and Leningrad, where he lived the rest of his life. On a 1927 visit to the Bauhaus in Dessau, Germany, he met Wassily Kandinsky and published a book on his theory under the title Die gegenstandslose Welt (“The Nonobjective World”). Later, when Soviet politicians decided against modern art, Malevich and his art were doomed. He died in poverty and oblivion.

Malevich was the first to exhibit paintings composed of abstract geometrical elements. He constantly strove to produce pure cerebral compositions, repudiating all sensuality and representation in art. His well-known White on White (1918) carries his Suprematist theories to their logical conclusion.

Actual footage of the " The Last Exhibition of Futurist Painting 0.10" exhibit of 1915

Initially, “The Black Square” was not intended to have any symbolic meaning: its purpose was to solve artistic problems.

 However, as is often the case with masterpieces, the painting spurred a multitude of interpretations and even provoked skeptical remarks, such as "So, this is also art? Even I could paint a square!" In reality, “The Black Square” is a very complex painting; painting it required very solid knowledge of colors, composition, and artistic proportions.

To begin with, “The Black Square" is not a square. None of its sides are parallel to the frame. Besides, it is made of mixed colors, none of which is black. If you look closer, you will see that the paint has cracked over time, creating an intricate network of line which some assert represents a running buffalo.

He even accentuated this by making sure that at the exhibition, the picture was hanging to the right of the entrance, the place reserved to Christian icons in accordance with the Russian tradition.


Examples of Orthodox Religious/Spiritual Corners of Greek & Russian homes

The True Importance of Black Square Painting

If “Black Square” was not really a first, why was is important? To discover the answer to that question, we need to look beyond its marketing campaign. A painting is not important just because the artist, or a critic, or a dealer, says it is. The importance of “Black Square” must be contained within the painting itself. For me, the painting is important because of the simplicity of the image. I see in it something that I recognize as elemental. It looks simultaneously symbolic and meaningless. It is representative of geometric thought, aesthetic thought, and architectural thought. It is a balanced image. It allows color and form to speak for themselves. To me, “Black Square” is equivalent to hearing a single perfect note played on a violin, or feeling a light breeze on my skin on an otherwise still day. It is an expression of something universal, which has more to do with experience than with aesthetics.

But was it seminal? I do not know if I would use that word. Nowadays, words like seminal are overused to the point where they have little meaning. Every artist is described by their gallerist as important. Every big exhibition is called monumental. Every new thing an artists does is called a discovery. To call “Black Square” painting seminal might be just like so much puffery. Malevich was just an artist—a very thoughtful one, nonetheless, who wrote a lot of interesting things for us to consider. “Black Square” may not be seminal, but it is a painting that I feel like I want to be close to. It is undeniably attractive, both visually and esoterically. Something does not have to be seminal in order to have value. I propose that instead of rating paintings like “Black Square” with hyperbolic marketing adjectives, we instead simply use our words to describe what it objectively is, and what it means to us as individuals. If it somehow could teach us to restrain our urge towards hype, and to talk about art in more straightforward, everyday terms, that actually would be seminal.

Legacy of a simple Black Square

The humility of his passing has long been eclipsed by the influence that his work has extended over the art world. There have been major exhibitions in recent years, including one at the Tate Modern in 2015 to celebrate the centenary of the Black Square. His revolutionary work continues to influence artists today.

Final thoughts...

If you made it to the end of this blog, congrats having learn something new about Modern Art, learning about the artist himself and his Symbolism behind all this that made this inspiration come to life. 

Want more information about anything or cover again some art?
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Thank you for being an awesome audience to my long talks about Art History mini classes

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Of Spirituality of mind

Of Old times...

     In the ancient Greek times, during the years the Orphic cult & mysteries were believed there was a teaching that made its way to the modern era in the form of a golden plate. This artifact is still at the the British Museum (sadly for me as it isn't on Greek grounds to be kept). The teaching was made by the Orphics as a guide when the soul was about to enter to the after life.

  You will find yourself in the halls of Hades, a spring on the left and standing by it, a glowing white cypress tree there the descending souls of the dead refresh themselves.; Do not approach this spring at all. It is the lake of Lethe, whom the waters make you forget. 
  You will find another, from the lake of Memory refreshing water flowing forth. But guardians are nearby. They will ask you, with sharp minds "Whence are you? Where are you from?ʺ " Tell them the following words.

“I am a child of Earth and starry Heaven, but of Heaven is my birth:
this you know yourselves. I am parched with thirst and perishing:
give me quickly chill water flowing from Mnemosyne lake“

It recommends great caution, for the first temptation in the underworld is to drink from the waters of forgetfulness, obliviating your desire to transcend the wheel of death. According to the Orphic mysteries, this oblivion becomes the fate of most souls until they find initiation. According to the tablets, you must resist the pain of thirst and move forward until you come to the lake of Memory. (Mnemosyne)

This will state proudly & with dignity you are true, preventing you from forgetting, giving the chance to the soul to pass to the afterlife with the knowledge that is already is known but most important of all is not to forget that soul itself is immortal without no one to be able to hold it.

    Among many other things, this totenpass evokes Remembrance, remembrance of the divine-heavenly nature that dwells within all of us.

In agreement with many Eastern philosophies, the Orphics believed in an eternal soul that was caught in a cycle of reincarnation. 
Gold-leaf tablets found in graves from Thurii, Hipponium, Thessaly and Crete (4th century BC and after) give instructions to the dead. Although these thin tablets are often highly fragmentary, collectively they present a shared scenario of the passage into the afterlife. Gold orphic tablet and case found in Petelia, southern Italy (British Museum)

Sunday, August 2, 2020

“Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.”


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“You keep looking at the sea and you start to miss being with people; you stay around people all the time and you just want to go look at the sea.”

~ Styling ~

Simply Saddii - Bora Men's Suit 

Sintikila - Alex's hair
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Monday, July 27, 2020

“Truth is not something outside to be discovered, it is something inside to be realized.”

A very loving combination from my dear friend Richard De Grataine for his lovely picture 
& from Djiembe Dragonfore AKA FaceDesk for making his creations part of this outfit

Thank you for giving life to this creation.

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FaceDesk - Crystal Clusters - Aquamarine
FaceDesk - Crystal Geodes - Aquamarine

:ANDORE: - :Mesh Ears: - Dreams           E.V.E Rapunzel Suit Glitter
Raven Bell - Erin Hair         Opus +Fallen Gods Inc plevis & legs parts

Zibska Dalena Deux
Zibska Papaya 
Zibska Danni

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Nord [CAROL G] Tattoo
Nefekalum Tattoos  - Shaman Series -// Earth (Neon Edition)

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Meeting the Challenge
of Life's Difficulties, for
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Some extra information

For the uninitiated, crystals (fossilized minerals) are believed to contain several healing properties. From bringing peace to the mind to fighting depression, the list seems to be endless. A lot of celebrities are using them and vouching for their efficacy. They have also been used in ancient forms of medicine and by priests to align the body chakras. And now, using crystals as an effective form of practicing self-care is becoming incredibly popular.

Scientifically, there is no science backing to the power of crystal healing in treating or curing conditions. However, using healing crystals can be very relaxing as they induce a sense of relaxation in the environment. Crystals vibrate at the same pitch as humans and maximize the healing abilities we already have. Because of this comforting feeling, when you place a crystal on the body, it helps you connect better and feel at ease. Balancing crystals can also help match the misaligned energy levels

Why Aquamarine?

In the past, sailors often used aquamarines to bring them luck at sea. Some still use the stone today for protection purposes. The stone is said to be a positive force that can bring happiness to its wearer and help cope with the grieving process. Some people believe the aquamarine promotes healing energy, reduces the fear of water, and can even bring a wayward lover back. Some shamans use it as a meditative stone.

These stones are powerful to assist those who are going through the process of grief and loss. Often grief is accompanied by anger, and the feeling of "why me?"  These stones are a powerful aid at these times, to use for self healing. The vibration of these beautiful gemstones will calm your grief, and dilute your feelings of anger.

The word 'aqua' means water, so when you consider its name, you are aware that it has a lot of the water element vibration within it, so it will assist you to better handle your emotions. The main thing is to keep it within your aura for as long as possible during the day. Whatever your choice is whether wearing jewelry of any type or keeping a stone in your pocket will benefit you.

The best use for Aquamarine stones is to meditate with them, and it is also excellent way to relax yourself.  
As you go deeper into the relaxed meditative state, keep in mind the qualities that you would like to integrate, that this stones energy may accentuate.

Aquamarine may help you to find your spirit guide and to connect with your higher self. Their energy may also help you when you are developing psychic gifts. To get maximum benefit from this stones unique vibration, either wear it on your body or hold one of the Aquamarine stones in your hand.

Having one of these crystals somewhere within your energy field or aura is valuable. This applies to any stone you use for meditation. Keeping them close to your throat chakra and your thymus or higher heart chakra is helpful.

Meditation with this lovely crystal can begin by you seeing yourself standing before a pool of clear aquamarine water.

You may find that negative emotions come into your mind at this point, for clearing, and this is okay, especially if you know you have have been feeling them for some time.

Allow any of these hurtful emotions that are now being brought into your mind to release into the water. As they float away, you feel the water purifying you.

Allow yourself to let go of any disharmony that you have been experiencing. This is an excellent way to aid stress and anxiety, and will also help your health to improve overall.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Holidays in Greece

Summer Time

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Simply Saddii - Pride Speedo -
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TORI TORRICELLI // Hamsa Amulet // 

“I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else.”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

“Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea.”
― Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

Lost world

The Lost world

“What makes you think human beings are sentient and aware? There's no evidence for it. Human beings never think for themselves, they find it too uncomfortable. For the most part, members of our species simply repeat what they are told-and become upset if they are exposed to any different view. 
The characteristic human trait is not awareness but conformity, and the characteristic result is religious warfare. Other animals fight for territory or food; but, uniquely in the animal kingdom, human beings fight for their 'beliefs.' The reason is that beliefs guide behavior which has evolutionary importance among human beings. 
But at a time when our behavior may well lead us to extinction, I see no reason to assume we have any awareness at all. We are stubborn, self-destructive conformists. Any other view of our species is just a self-congratulatory delusion. Next question.”

― Michael Crichton, The Lost World

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Featuring [JANGKA] 


[JANGKA] Hakan Armbands & Pants are coming for the July (4-31 2020) round event 
WE <3 RolePlay in Red & Green for Gianni & Legacy bodies so the adventure can begin

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