Category Archives: Digital Art

Awakening Shadows (March 2018)

 

The process of delving into the black abyss is to me the keenest form of fascination.
— Howard Phillips Lovecraft.

 

I seek not to comfort
but to be a gardener
planting dark seeds
awakening the shadow within
inspiring deeper understanding
of our inner world
and what dwells there in the depths

 

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Faces of Transition (redux) by GAR

 

Random Sacrifice

 

Notes From the Shadows (March 2018)

 

““Confrontation with the shadow produces at first a dead balance, a standstill that hampers moral decisions and makes convictions ineffective or even impossible. Everything becomes doubtful, which is why the alchemists called this stage nigredo,”
-Carl Jung

 

When we learn our depths and explore them, judging the depths of others, except possibly in how it may or may not inconvenience us or in how it may or may not make their lives work for them becomes difficult. In the end tho, it is not as much a matter of morals but of ethics. What is my code of honour that I will not violate? What will I accept in others? It is by that process that we become sovereign individuals as opposed to people following any code dictated from outside themselves

 

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Vampyric Abstraction by GAR

 

Necroscopy by GAR

 

Dawn and Decay (March 2018)

 

Invent yourself and then reinvent yourself,
don’t swim in the same slough.
invent yourself and then reinvent yourself and
stay out of the clutches of mediocrity.

invent yourself and then reinvent yourself,
change your tone and shape so often that they can never categorize you.

reinvigorate yourself and
accept what is
but only on the terms that you have invented
and reinvented.

be self-taught.

and reinvent your life because you must;
it is your life and
its history
and the present
belong only to
you.

-Charles Bukowski

 

Reinventing ourselves, challenging who we are in order to become more, is a necessity. No matter what stage of life we are in, we should never surrender who we may become for the day to day.

 

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Bringer of the Dawn (Redux) by GAR

 

Visions of Decay by GAR

 

Black Lotus Visions (March 2018)

 

“Whistlings of death and circles of muffled music make this adored body rise, swell and tremble like a ghost; scarlet and black wounds open in the magnificent flesh.”
— Arthur Rimbaud, Illuminations

 

Ancient exiles, tell me about your seas…
— Arthur Rimbaud

 

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Black Lotus in the Storm (redux) by GAR

 


 

Solitary Roads (March 2018)

 

“Nothing of any importance can be taught. It can only be learned, and with blood and sweat.”
― Robert Anton Wilson

 

If we’re honest we cannot accept another’s path without losing our own,
We can learn from others and even seek an understanding of their road but when it comes to our own path, it is a forging of the way. No one can walk it for us and we have to do our own work. It is we who interact with our deities and demons and we will have to meet them all along the way.
“seek to shine darkness
not reflect another’s questionable light
and laugh …
if everyone, man, demon, or deity turned away
you would be left with a clear screen
find that empty hole in yourself
and throw yourself in
there you will find me.”

 

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Beacon by GAR

 

Kephera (redux) by GAR

 

Echoes of Sheol by GAR

 

Images in the Mist (March 2018)

 

“The best way to avoid responsibility is to say, ‘I’ve got
responsibilities.”
― Richard Bach

 

The above is another quote that I find applies to so many things. The best way to avoid studying is to say “There are so many things I want to study.”
The best way to avoid learning a skill is to say “I have so many skills I want / need to learn”
The best way to avoid spiritual growth is to say “There are so many directions I can go in”
It feels so easy to be like the mule who starved to death because he stood in between two bags of feed and could not decide which to start with. Ultimately, what action we choose to take doesn’t matter. What matters is doing something that will further us in some way. Everything we do eventually benefits us more than inactivity ever will. We can always course correct later. This is a lesson that has taken me way too long to learn.

 

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Manifesting in the Flames by GAR

 

Neuronic Roots by GAR

 

Changed Channeling (March 2018)

 

The more you invoke
the more of a connection
the more you read of books profane and energized
the more dark seeds you plant within
that is not success
on this path
it is through inner development
and actions that these seeds are nurtured
we engender the changes
overcoming the inertia of past patterns is up to you
with each word spoken, with every action or in action
with every thought you strenthen your new self or old
your becoming or your being

your inspired dark self writes these words
based on your understanding

Your bones are what we replace
they are your structure and properties
your heart is your identity’
the blood that it pumps
becomes envenomed
by our touch
thus the heart changes as you will
but it is you that changes it
as you ask for our touch
and our venom

In here are clues to the ripping of the veil
on the side of the veil you reside in
you become our bones and our venom

 

 
“…the basic law, the inherent tendency of each individual, is toward that total transformation of himself from the limited entity that he believes himself to be, to that which he really is in essence, i.e. a transcosmic, extra-terrestrial and – ultimately – ultra-dimensional /absence/.”
— Kenneth Grant

 

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Entering the Abyss (Abaddon) by GAR

 

Psychopomp #2 (Shimaelok) by GAR

 

Through Imagery Into Shadowed Places (March 2018)

 

“Our will operates in spite of our indulgence. For example, your will is already opening your gap, little by little.” “What gap are you talking about?” “There is a gap in us; like the soft spot on the head of a child which closes with age, this gap opens as one develops one’s will.”
― Carlos Castaneda

 

Discomfort yourself,
avoid the sunny places that you know
I offer no safe wonderland
nor is that my intent
I want to ping your shadowed selves
and awaken the seed of potential
that lives within you
if only momentarily
something that you can nurture
into a dark mirror
whose image will help you grow.
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Awareness of the Moment by GAR

 

Movement in the Shadows by GAR

 

Rage’s Liberation (March 2018)

 

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Intellectual despair results in neither weakness nor dreams, but in violence. Thus abandoning certain investigations is out of the question. It is only a matter of knowing how to give vent to one’s rage; whether one only wants to wander like madmen around prisons, or whether one wants to overturn them.
— Georges Bataille
Raging at stasis
wanting to rip down structures
and watch them burn
in chaotic beauty
tear down this fleshy existence
on the return to pure spirit
Liberation to a better world
on the decaying bones of the old

 

Partial Setian Masque by GAR

 

Chromatic Rage Redux by GAR

 

Perspectives on Shadow (March 2018)

 

Listen to the shadows
as they speak to the fears
that drive you
and block you from your paths

Learn from the shadows
knowledge you’ll gain
nowhere else
ancient gnosis rediscovered
will further your journey

Become your shadows
manifest the hidden parts
you’ve avoided
and so evolve

Emanate Shadows
the process of becoming
never ends

 

““Be silent and listen: have you recognized your madness and do you admit it? Have you noticed that all your foundations are completely mired in madness? Do you not want to recognize your madness and welcome it in a friendly manner? You wanted to accept everything. So accept madness too. Let the light of your madness shine, and it will suddenly dawn on you. Madness is not to be despised and not to be feared, but instead you should give it life…If you want to find paths, you should also not spurn madness, since it makes up such a great part of your nature…Be glad that you can recognize it, for you will thus avoid becoming its victim. Madness is a special form of the spirit and clings to all teachings and philosophies, but even more to daily life, since life itself is full of craziness and at bottom utterly illogical. Man strives toward reason only so that he can make rules for himself. Life itself has no rules. That is its mystery and its unknown law. What you call knowledge is an attempt to impose something comprehensible on life.”
― Carl G.Jung
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Shadow Casting (redux) by GAR

 

Shadow Casting (ALT) by GAR