Saturday, December 31, 2005

New years and Free Will Astrology!

So, New Years, 06 six-sixteen P.M. eastern standard time. Ten parties to choose from. This is much more severe then the Pepsi challenge, the only loser or winner would be Coke. No possible way to cover so much urban ground in one night unless I got a flying zip-carpet. To make matters worse it is supposed to snow tonight and make the roads tricky, add drunk drivers and cops to the equation and chances of going from one place to the next fail even more. I have been invited to a couple of grand parties that will be pumping(snobby guestlists!) but whats the point to being out on New Years and not being with at least one good friend.
Lately I have been in an artmaking craze, no surprise there, see website When I am making alot of good artwork and very into my process, I sort of temporarily lose the party urge. When I am in party mode, I don't always have the good artmaking urge. It would be nice if both aspects made better bed partners. If I just made art all the time I would completely non-social and vice-versa. Anyway this is always an exciting night, kind of the World Series of Partying, I would say I am in practice but have been slumping lately. So I wish all of you reading this a happy and safe new year, whatever part of the world your in.
I am attaching the BEST astrology on the PLANET! Peace be with U, Scott.....

Week beginning December 29
Copyright 2005 by Rob Brezsny
Grammar key: Asterisks equal *italics*

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Thai coffee salesman Prayoon Thongiorn owns
a pet crocodile. So thoroughly has he tamed the creature that he lets
sleeps in his bed with him, even resting his head on it as if it were a
I predict that you will make a comparable conquest in 2006, Aries. Some
dragonish influence that would be risky for most people to harbor will
become your ally. Congratulations in advance on both your courage and
the ingenuity you will summon to wrestle that beast into submission.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): "We live in a world with too much music,"
writes Joe Nickell at He's bothered by the fact that
everywhere he goes, there are tunes pouring from cell phones and mp3
players and TVs and radios and live bands. As far as you're concerned,
though, Nickell is utterly off-base. In 2006, you should take advantage
the profusion; you should immerse yourself in music more than you ever
have before. To do so will be instrumental in helping you accomplish
top assignment in the coming months, which is to feel deep, rich,
interesting emotions as often as possible.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Many Geminis fit the description of a class of
people that *Wired* magazine calls "yeppies," or "young experimenting
perfection seekers." Overwhelmed by a profusion of conflicting
opportunities, they are restless and insatiable. They treat life "as an
exercise in comparison shopping, refusing to commit for fear of missing
better offer." While this approach is pretty normal for your tribe, I
suspect it won't work as well in 2006 as it has for you in the past.
why I urge you to try out some very different attitudes: a tolerance
imperfection, a respect for limits, an appreciation for the value of
of mind, and a willingness to concentrate on just two or three
instead of 17.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): The coming months will not be a time for less
talk and more action, my fellow Cancerian, but for *more* talk and more
action. Here are other prescriptions to help you get the most out of
2006: Go on wilder adventures and entertain fewer superstitions.
in fewer mood swings and invest in an experience that will serve as the
best anchor you've ever had. Explore your secrets more aggressively,
keep fewer secrets. Work harder to know the difference between true
intuitions and fearful delusions. Feel less remorse and more
Cultivate wetter love and dryer humor. Commit yourself to faster
promise-keeping and slower fault-finding.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I know people who love the feeling of family but
who don't have much contact with their parents and siblings and haven't
started their own broods. Instead, they quench their longing for an
intimate network by hooking up with a spiritual family--a tribe of
minded people who share their values. The coming months will be prime
time for you to either find a group like that or, if you already have
one, to
deepen and expand your web of connections. You don't have to sacrifice
your relations with your biological kin to do so. The more family you
the better your mental health will be.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In her book *Women Who Run With the
Wolves,* Clarissa Pinkola Estes talks a lot about fairy tales. As a
psychotherapist, she recognizes that the conditions they depict are
similar to how the deepest part of the psyche works. A central theme of
fairy tale justice, she says, is that it's always a good idea to be
kind to
people who don't seem important or beautiful or cool. Characters who
honor that principle are invariably rewarded, while those who spurn it
punished. This will be a key idea for you in 2006, Virgo. You can't
to dismiss those you consider your inferiors, nor should you demonize
less attractive aspects of your own nature. Your success will hinge on
care you take with underdogs.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I have selected a quote by Irish playwright
Brendan Behan to serve as your motto in 2006. I suggest that you write
it out on a piece of red paper and place it in a prominent place like
bathroom mirror or computer monitor. "If you have a talent, use it in
every which way possible," said Behan. "Don't hoard it. Don't dole it
like a miser. Spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Widely regarded as a top military historian,
Martin van Creveld has written books that have been influential in
modern theories of warfare. The U.S. Army makes his work required
reading for its officers. That's why it was so remarkable when he
described America's invasion of Iraq in 2003 as "the most foolish war
since Emperor Augustus in 9 BC sent his legions into Germany and lost
them." I urge you to regularly imitate Creveld's example in 2006,
Speak out in dramatic fashion against the follies that your expertise
you the right to critique. Drawing on your special experience and
knowledge, make rigorous evaluations of the authorities and
whose decisions affect your life.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): "Dear Rob: I'm a very analytical person,
with a doctorate in nuclear physics and a high-tech job. All my
and business savvy tell me that your astrology column is superstitious
bullshit, yet every time I've faced a crisis in the last ten years,
horoscopes have provided accurate wisdom and counsel when things
seemed darkest. On the one hand this makes no sense, and on the other
hand I don't care that it doesn't make any sense. Somehow I'm able to
draw sustenance from something whose power I don't understand or even
believe in. In any case, thank you! -Humble Sagittarian Genius." Dear
Sagittarius: In 2006, you Sagittarians will have the chance to benefit
many phenomena that fit the description you applied to my column. Open
yourself wide to mystery.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Germany and the Soviet Union failed to
sign a peace treaty after the global hostilities of the mid-20th
Technically, then, World War II never officially ended. This lack of
doesn't seem to have had any lingering repercussions, though, so I
worry about it. On the other hand, there are unresolved situations from
your past that are still causing you problems. In my astrological
2006 is an ideal time to finally wrap up all the unfinished business
has been subtly draining you. It's a perfect opportunity for the
karmic cleansing, preferably carried out with grace, gratitude, and

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In 1503, wealthy silk merchant Francesco
del Giocondo commissioned Leonardo da Vinci to paint a portrait of his
wife Lisa. But when Leonardo finished the work, now known as the "Mona
Lisa," del Giocondo was so dissatisfied with it that he refused to pay
it. It seems he didn't recognize its value. I offer this as a teaching
for you, Aquarius. Please make sure that when you get what you ask for
in 2006, you don't make the same mistake del Giocondo did. Eagerly
welcome your dream-come-true, even if it's different from what you

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In his book *The Disappearance of the
Universe,* Gary Renard quotes the counsel of his teacher: "A jet
airliner is
always going off course, but through constant correction it arrives at
destination. So will you arrive at yours." Remember that advice
throughout 2006, Pisces. My analysis of the astrological omens suggests
that you will be frequently straying from the path of your highest
and yet that's exactly what needs to happen in order for you to reach
your highest destiny. Forced to keep making regular adjustments, you
tone and strengthen your willpower, which is essential to you achieving
the goals that really matter.


Friday, December 09, 2005

Apocalypse Un-Plowed!

When I was sixteen, I was enrolled in Drivers-ed as were most of my peers. We watched films like red asphalt and highways of agony and awaited are learners permit then license. Well, nothing from this early ninties course could prepare me for what I just experienced in the last three - Four hours, (MISERY.) Thus begins the saga.
Around the holidays I work for a florist for extra $. You might know it. The big green florist in Harvard square with all the missletoe and pine in front, right in Brattle square. I knew all week they needed me today, Friday to work. All week long it was sunny and winterly pleasant. Today however I knew from the weather there was going to be a snowstorm. I did not want to go, but as I always do I gave it the old college effort. Afterall I have been working there over ten years around the holidays, its almost as synonomous with the Christmas season for me as egg-nog. I got up at Six-thirty a.m. Just naturally arising fifteen minutes before my alarm went off. Proud of myself on some somnombulist level that I beat the alarm. Made instant coffee, went to the bathroom, and winterized/weatherized myself with jacket,gloves, hat boots, GEAR! Drove to Cambridge parked and took the subway over to HAVAAD!!!!
Well the day was pretty typical and just plain pretty with the snow falling. Pretty normal day, Harvard square, intellectual looking bedhead people. Homeless sleeping in the Coup overhead. Beautiful Sola girls catching my attention. Fast-forward several hours, its two-thirty, they let me leave early as there is a flash-blizzard outside and business is dead as disco(when disco was dead!) I hop on subway, go back up to central, and do my normal art store shopping. Some things I purchase in Pearl, some things I purchase in the Artisan supply. Pearl has better deals but is ridiculously lacking confidence and non pierced parts in its employees. Artisan supply just opened across the st. and in the basement. It is like the a student in the front of the class that everyone doesnt' want to admit to like, but still cheats off of. A quick trip to the Harvest for my non-hormonal tested organic yorgurt and I am off to my car on a side st. On the way I stop to see my eighty-year old friend Francis. I ring her but she is not answering. I felt like hanging out with her in her apartment and waiting out this blizzard that is roaring. So bad in fact that white out conditions have been attained. So I trudge further down Magazine st. to my car. Clean it off for ten minutes hop in, and this ladies, gentlemen and aliens is where the MISERY BEGINS*
Usually it takes me ten minutes to get back to my studio. It took me over two hours and a half. Bumper to bumper, white out conditions. Instead of going deathly slow on the main road back,(prospect) I side st. it but am confronted with apocalyptical, un-plowed driving conditions. I go down, one way, three cars are spun out. I go back to the main rd, there is Traffic. I go back down side st. traffic is moving, slowly. Halted at intersection, I take shortcut into Market Basket Parkinglot,(no comment on Brazilian driving habits at this supermarket parkinglot.) Go up a hill, as Somerville could be called Hillville. Little do I know that because about eight inches of snow fell in like an hour and a half nothing has been ploud. People are peeling out left and right. Stuck, fucked, and clueless. I after realizing I wasn't getting anywhere had the good sense to shovel out a space on the side of the st. to get out of the way. Others thought they could get up the hill, and except for the ones with four, wheel drive were sourly mistaken. I eventually turned around from this one side st. hill and told about eleven cars to turn around.( Was looking for extra Karma points!) So,, after waiting a half hour to go around Union Square, which usually only takes three minutes, I went up another hill, more frequented but steep. I should have stuck to the main rds. but couldn't had to be greedy and make good time. Typical Boston driver. This hill was just as bad as the first with even less room to turn around. At this point I thought I was an expert at this situation. Pulled over and decided to walk a half mile up the hill to my studio and leave my car till Saturday when conditions are better. Well, looking for more good Karma, I told others to turn, around again. When I came upon a girl my age, balling in tears in her car saying she'd been in there for three hours and was trying to get to Everett. I tryed to ameliorate her situation by telling her it would be alright and that she should pull over, and walk down to Union Square and chill out for a bit. She listened and did this. From this point I trudged up Walnut st. on foot to my studio while seeing all the denizens shoveling and marveling at nature in the HOOD! All the time, seeing more cars unable to get up the hill. So I get in here, call the cops and they tell me there is a snow emergency and unless your parked on the odd side of the st. you will be towed. SO<> I ran back to my car I had just left, was huffing and puffing all the way up the hill in my big boots. Got in, turned around and proceeded to go one way down the wrong way telling all the other cars to back up. They did, I got back on to the main st. where the traffic was better and got back here. On arrival I immeadiately went to the restaraunt next door, had three drinks(which I needed) and dinner. An old acquaintence was at the bar and picked up the tab which was great.,

Friday, December 02, 2005

Erotic Art, (HERALD.)

Erotic Art
By Sher Core

Intimacy is one of life’s most artful forms. It’s a muse for remarkable paintings, drawing and sculpture. It’s been written about, sung about, and woven into all kinds of art. The sexual energy inside artwork is bestowed upon both the artist and the erotic art appreciator. It is expressed in the way we look at life and the manner in which we approach intimacy. What we are drawn to tells us much about ourselves. We all have our favorite forms of art in which we pick preferred pieces. Learning your own artistic preferences is important. It is just as vital as knowing what your mate likes. Branching out further and seeking art out together can give you more than a few ideas on how to add creative flare to a relationship.

Passionate Paintings: Throughout history, lustful paintings have captured the eye of the less modest. The Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli understood subtle erotica. He dealt quite a bit with classic myth, creating images of nude angels, fairies and heroes. Many artists of the Pre-Raphaelite era focused on female nudes. Take Adolph-William Bouguereau’s Evening Mood, for example. Here we have a lovely, fair-skinned maiden basking buck-naked under the moonlight. Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Seaspell shows not just nudity, but it enchants us with its magic and mystery. The French Impressionist era certainly had its fair share of sensuality. Degas’s After the Bath, Woman Drying Herself illustrates the alluring lines of a woman’s body. Jean Renoir was prone to paint voluptuous ladies with ample breast and hips.

Decadent Drawings: Drawing is a good place to start for an aspiring erotic artist. It gives us a sense of the lines of the human body with its unique curves and indents. Many famous painters started by sketching. Pablo Picasso was one of the greats. He was shameless. His eroticism spilled like water. He bravely exposed not just a woman’s shape but up-close views of the vulva. From his earliest drawings to his late works, Picasso’s drawings depict sex in alluring and sometimes painful ways. Sex plays a part in the drawings of many renaissance artists in particular. That influence has branched out to modern works. Contemporary artists have taken drawing to new levels with the advent of erotic animation. From Japanese hentai to artists like Lorenzo Sperlonga who draws nearly lifelike large-breasted ladies.

Seductive Sculpture: In ancient Greece, sculptures of male nudes were quite popular. There is a series of Bronze Warriors depicting the strength and beauty of the male body. There are also pieces of females, including ThreeGoddesses, which shows blatant female sexuality, and Girl with Doves, which depicts a more innocent type of love. Romans were also fond of sculpture. The Doryphorus gave form to its creator’s (Polyclitus) ideal male, while the Venus De Milo is a testimony to the female form. One of the most famous erotic sculptures through history is the notorious David by Michelangelo.

Mood Music: So many songs have a direct sexual connection. Some moan longingly, such as the works of P.J. Harvey, Kate Bush, Sade, Chris Isaak and more. Much of today’s music grabs us with bold, bawdy lyrics and butt-shaking beats. Music improves our mood and adjusts our heart rates. There is no question that a magnetic melody can bring people together for dancing, socializing and intimacy.

Luscious Literature: It stands to reason that erotic literature is favored by women. Men like the visual; women want a story. One renowned author of erotic is Anais Nin. Despite the current popularity of her work, she was relatively unknown for most of her life. She was born in 1903. In the 1960s, she came to be somewhat of a cult figure due as much to her unconventional life as her poetic musings. See the Books section for more unrestrained reads.

The Life of the Artist: Scott Cahaly is a Boston area painter and sculptor. He creates remarkable works which make us think, feel, and yearn. Scott himself is a passionate person. He is a student of the female form, the curves, the positive spaces and shadows all inspire Cahaly's re-occuring depiction of women. His works sprout from that passion. He merges his inner spirituality with the beauty he sees in the female form resulting in a truly singular style. Scott’s Blue series is particularly erotic. In these paintings, couples are twisted together in intimate acts—the backdrops are mystical, yet strangely natural.