The title of this post, "Last Day of a Bummer Year" is a reference to the below 1988 letter to me from my godfather Kenneth Anger, penned on his personal stationery bearing beautifully intricate artwork by Bobby Beausoleil.
If '88 was "A Bummer Year", then thirty-two years later, as we come to the end of 2020, how should we classify this year? Surely Kenneth, and most of us, will be happy to see the door shut on this year.
Whatever your usual New Year's Eve celebrations, most everyone throughout the world will be having a quiet, lockdown New Year's Eve this year. There are myriad self-help articles and endless updates on every platform about the pandemic and how to deal with it in practical medical and psychological ways. I don't have anything to add to all of that, on that level.
I know many who have lost loved ones this year, not only to Coronavirus but countless other ways. Many are feeling grief, pain and sorrow because they couldn't see their loved ones one last time before they passed. Others have been separated from family, friends or partners, unable to travel due to quarantine or lockdowns. In times like this, it's important to remember that we're never truly separated from the mind streams of those we love, not even after physical death. If you consider yourself a true mystic, magician or spiritual being of any kind, it's important to develop the mind, and the ability to focus, so that we may connect with those we've lost or are unable to physically be with.
This WWII song "We'll Meet Again," sung by Vera Lynn who died this year at the age of 103 years shortly after the first lockdown, is as relevant to our feelings of loss and disconnect in the current world-wide situation today as it was eighty years ago.
I extend my wishes and prayers that all of you stay physically and mentally healthy, that you have strength to get through these difficult temporary times and that you try to do whatever possible to generate loving-kindness, joyfulness and life affirming thoughts for yourselves and others. Try to not spend too much time taking in disaster oriented news but do stay connected to animals, nature and real-life offline experiences within your immediate environment. It is more important to stay grounded and compassionate than hateful, divisive and accusatory, which doesn't help to heal anything. If we remember that everyone is experiencing their own pain and suffering through all of this, and their own experiences of Impermanence, we can hopefully try to remain calm if and when heated and stressful situations arise.
My thoughts and blessings for a strong and healthy New Year 2021 are with you all. Through the power of our combined magic and prayers, may we see positive changes in the year to come!
I close now with the closing words from Kenneth Anger's above letter to me, "Keep Well" !
Om Mani Padme Hum & SLM
Medicine Buddha mantra blessings to anyone ill or experiencing mental and psychic disturbances, also for the wellbeing of all animals:
Tayatha Om Bekandze Bekandze Maha Bekandze Radza Samudgate Soha
Amitabha Buddha mantra blessings, for those who've passed this year:
Om Ami Dewa Hri
Four New Shirt Designs by Zeena: 2 Illustrations from 'Demons of the Flesh: The Complete Guide to Left-Hand Path Sex Magic' and 2 illustrations from 'The Manson File: Myth & Reality of an Outlaw Shaman.' PLUS: New embroidered Radio Werewolf Caps in 4 colors including camo.
Two of Zeena's illustrations from her book 'Demons of the Flesh: The Complete Guide to Left-Hand Path Sex Magic', co-authored by Nikolas Schreck. The first is Dakshineswar - Kali and Shiva. In the original publication, all illustrations were printed in black and white. Now for the first time, this vibrantly colored piece is presented in its original form for this shirt.
The second is 'The Contending of Hours and Seth', depicted in classical ancient Egyptian art style.
For mature audiences and collectors; probably not suitable for work :)
From 'The Manson File: Myth & Reality of an Outlaw Shaman' is 'You don't see the light.' - one of nine installments in Zeena's photo montage/mixed media suite entitled, "God Bless Charles Manson" from 2009. The entire collection was originally published as chapter plates in the 2011 expanded editions of 'The Manson File: Myth and Reality of an Outlaw Shaman' (English and French editions), authored by Nikolas Schreck. The whole suite can be seen at this link http://www.zeena.eu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=86&Itemid=88
For the ZEENA Art apparel collection, only two of the original nine images have been selected.
The second one is: 'To Remain Silent.' and features a quote by Ezra Pound that Zeena found fitting to the conditions of both animals and humans who are on death row.
Anyone who would like to request one of the other images from Zeena's original series can special order from firstname.lastname@example.org for the same price.
Zeena's friend and frequent art collaborator, Frank Haines, releases his new book, Sandy Smiles, a memoir of his sound art tour through Europe last year. Within the pages, cryptic accounts of his meetings with Zeena are interspersed: "I mention wanting to visit Externsteine. Zeena speaks fondly of it, but feels the energy has become depleted, as people go there and absorb yet leave little in regards to offerings. As an alternative, she suggests I visit Heidentor outside of Vienna, the site of her 1990 Summer Solstice ceremony that she wrote a song about...[excerpt continues below in screenshot]" -FH
Sandy Smiles can be found at the HEINZFELLER NILEISIST* booth this weekend.
*Among the HEINZFELLER NILEISIST collaborative projects with Zeena, he compiled and presented The Zaum of Zeena for the 2015 NY Art Book Fair and created the Hemet-neter tepi Seth t-shirt for the 2016 LA Art Book Fair.