No - sorry, but no - not *that* kind of coming out. :)
Lend us your ear, and eyes, and read on...
We've both always held the conviction that the public is not owed anything from artists, musicians, authors and other public figures other than their work. Even in this age of social media oversharing, we don't publicly discuss our private lives in great detail. However, due to several recent, obtrusive misunderstandings, it‘s necessary to share that in 2015, after having been separated since 2007, we agreed to amicably divorce.
Since then, we've remained on friendly terms and spiritual allies. But because most exes display hostility toward each other as a primitive, dualistic way to signal renewed availability to others, we realize our non-antagonism and continued friendship necessitates this more public clarification.
When we first married, in 1988, we considered it a purely a private matter, just between us; a creative and spiritual union which was not bound by conventional standards of matrimony. The actual marriage only became publicly known gradually, months after our private ceremony. So it should come as no surprise that, similarly, we dealt with its dissolution privately, with dignity, rather than making a public spectacle.
In recent years, our closest friends knew of our changed marital status (and, yes, despite those who've attempted to reduce our relationship to mere “dates” or “boyfriend/girlfriend” status, in fact we were *legally* married for 27 years). We should have made this clear sooner but we are only human and needed time to work through everything in the most compassionate way.
So, kids, there is no drama or soap opera involved, nor any need for boo-hooing. We appreciate your respecting that this will be our only public comment of clarification on what remains private transitions into new phases of two separate lives.
Omnia Vincit Amor
Om Mani Padme Hum
- Zeena & Nikolas Schreck
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.
How many have wanted Zeena's graphic designs and retro images in crisp, clear quality for their wearing apparel? Well look no further. Over the decades, many have illegally profited from Zeena's history, style, creativity and hard work. But now we're correcting all of that.
Kaliyuga Clearing House is proud to present high quality apparel at affordable prices, exclusively featuring Zeena's artwork and photos as well as historical images of Zeena in her various incarnations, within this lifetime.
The first three collection categories are:
MAGIC & MYSTICISM
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NEW YORK, April 17 Tony Sokol interviewes Zeena about Master of Dark Shadows documentary; a loving look at the iconic '60s TV series Dark Shadows, a Dan Curtis production[...] Demons of the Flesh author Zeena, an icon in the real magical world of the sixties, told Den of Geek, "Probably for many, Dark Shadows was a gateway-drug to becoming a budding occult explorer," the interdisciplinary artist and world renowned tantric Buddhist mystic continues. "The '60s were a weird window in time of occult explosion, where portals to dark mythologies could just open up to you through your prime-time TV screen, or daytime soaps as was the case with Dark Shadows. A manifestation of that particular Zeitgeist."
Read the FULL INTERVIEW HERE
The Occult Influences of Sympathy for the Devil
Den of Geek online journal explores the mystique and back stories of the 1968 cult anthem Sympathy for the Devil, by The Rolling Stones in this in-depth article. Exclusive interview with Zeena throughout the article, recalling her first-hand experiences with and magical interpretations of the song and its influences (excerpted in parts below: Full article, HERE and again at end of this post):
Zeena Schreck, a Berlin-based interdisciplinary visual and musical artist told Den of Geek [...] “I'm sure they didn't mind the controversy that came with the dark associations from 'Sympathy,' or the previously released 'Their Satanic Majesties Request.' I'd think the more sinister reputation would have been, for the Stones, a welcome delineation from the 'I-wanna-hold-your-hand’ Beatles [...] generally, it seemed they were tapping into the overall Zeitgeist of the times, of the overwhelming pop-culture focus on occultism, witchcraft, and Satanism,” Zeena explains. “Specifically, the theme of that song seemed more a literary reference, influenced by the Russian novel The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov. I doubt there were any intentional sinister motivations.”
Rock has been called the devil’s music since it began to roll. This is both overt bigotry and inferred spiritual racism. There must be real power in those jungle beats that pump out real magic. “Possibly one of the reasons that particular song developed such an aura surrounding it is due to the consistent, shamanistic-like percussion and chanting,” says Zeena. “The quality of the rhythm in ‘Sympathy’ is similar to magical drumming played to induce trance states. That type of hypnotic rhythm is a traditional method of inducing altered states of consciousness. Combine that with the copious amounts of drugs and psychedelics that everyone was taking those days, while invoking a (conventionally understood) malevolent force, then obviously the effects would be quite epic.”
Invoking a Demon Brother: “Sympathy for the Devil” was captured in two takes, the first one Richards declared a disaster, before hitting on the perfect alchemy. The recording was filmed by French new wave film icon Jean-Luc Godard, who renamed his film One Plus One in honor of it for its 1968 producer’s cut. During the five days of recording, as the stories go, a film lamp started a fire that laid waste to the band’s equipment. The tapes were protected, another clue to the possessed nature of the noise.
The band’s mythic satanic alliance was further cemented by their association with American underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger, a former child actor who wrote the tell-all book Hollywood Babylon. Anger was a Crowleyan who called his movies Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, Scorpio Rising, and Fireworks “visual incantations” and “moving spells.” Jagger played the synthesizer soundtrack for his Invocation of My Demon Brother. Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin scored one on Crowley. Anger met the Stones through art gallery owner Robert Fraser and asked if they would work on a film called Lucifer Rising. Anger wanted to cast Mick as Lucifer and Keith as Beelzebub.
Zeena says that, during the 1960s and 1970s, the filmmaker “transmitted the influences of Curtis Harrington, Jean Cocteau, and Maya Deren [to her],” adding that her own art “was influenced early in life by the mentorship of her godfather Kenneth Anger.” During her childhood and adolescence, Zeena “was privy to Anger's conversations about his involvement with such contemporaries as the Rolling Stones, Jimmy Page and Anita Pallenberg.”
“Occasionally Kenneth Anger would mention his involvement with the members of the band,” Zeena says. “When the subject came up, he'd say they'd brought destructive energies upon themselves. Ironically he, himself, helped facilitate that, being their magical mentor. Despite the Stones' backing off from the 60s’ dark occult influences around them, there can be no denying that Anger was a strong influence for a time, as witness Jagger's soundtrack for Invocation of my Demon Brother.”
But Zeena, who was teaching magic and sorcery at the age of 16, “never agreed with Kenneth's admiration and proselytizing of Aleister Crowley and Thelema. It's a very destructive and misogynistic philosophy which has brought a lot of harm to people who take it seriously.” Zeena severed ties with her father and his Church, and is now a teacher of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism, where the music of the Rolling Stones is more welcome.
“Although Kenneth Anger was befriended with both the Rolling Stones and my father during the same years, you definitely would not hear ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ playing at Church of Satan headquarters,” Zeena says. “The simple reason is that the High Priest had very rigid, idiosyncratic interpretations of what he considered ‘satanic music.’ Rock music, heavy metal, or any other kind of popular music, were definitely not part of his satanic jukebox.”
The British band might also have stopped dropping quarters into the American director’s nickelodeon. “Kenneth Anger they thought laughable,” Faithfull wrote in her memoirs. “Mick and Keith were utterly contemptuous of his satanic hocus-pocus.”
“However, a more direct magical influence, aside from Kenneth Anger, influencing the group during the making of 'Sympathy for the Devil', would have more likely been Anita Pallenberg,” Zeena says. “She openly practiced black magical rituals and never hid her fascination for the darker side of life. She not only performed backing vocals but also had a creative influence on the music and style of the group, being their sort of 'resident witch.' I know one of Pallenberg's cousins who confirmed she was always into the black arts and a little 'witchy.’”
Because Swinging London in the '60s only really ranged a few blocks, both the Rolling Stones and the Beatles were loosely connected to the sixties counter-spiritual group, the Process Church of Final Judgement, but mainly because they all went to Pink Floyd shows. “The Stones' playing with popular satanic themes and imagery may have begun superficially at first but ultimately a malignant seed was planted and the conditions for destructive consequences ripened,” Zeena says, referencing another tragedy that played into the song’s morbid mythology.
The legend of the “Sympathy for the Devil” took more sinister turn during the Altamont Free Concert in 1969. Though Meredith Hunter was killed by Hell’s Angel’s bikers who were working security while the band was playing "Under My Thumb," the fight that killed him interrupted the band as they kicked into their rhythmic satanic anthem. "We're always having—something very funny happens when we start that number," Jagger said before the band restarted the number. Because of the public outrage, the Stones didn’t play the song live for the next seven years.
Brian Jones was played out during the recording of Beggars Banquet, but he was not silent. Richards worked double and triple duty, but Jones did the wonderful slide work in “No Expectations,” and played the sitar and tanpura on "Street Fighting Man." The album would be the last with Jones, who was discovered drowned in his Sussex swimming pool on July 26, 1969. His own musical exploration propelled the band to take the lead in many major musical movements. “Speaking only for my years composing with Radio Werewolf, I wouldn't say ‘Sympathy’ or Satanic Majesties Request had direct influence on my music within Radio Werewolf,” Zeena says. “But I did have a strong affinity with their music produced in the Brian Jones years - their music when it had a more medieval flavor. That sound is what I'm naturally drawn to and often create.”
In today's The Sun, Zeena talks about fabled Jayne Mansfield death curse.
Excerpted: "Artist Zeena, who used to practise magic and is now a Buddhist, claims it was beyond her father’s powers to cause the crash.
She said: 'His curses were fits of anger.
'This needed a focused ritual.'
But she is in no doubt LaVey was a man you would not want to cross.
Zeena, who also knew serial killer Charles Manson, said: “I could deal with Manson in a more rational way than I could with my father.'
The film dwells on LaVey’s kooky TV persona, yet Zeena describes a 'brutal' man who almost killed her mother Diane Hegarty more than once."
Read the whole article here: https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/6230856/jayne-mansfield-satanic-sex-cult-film/
Of interest to my friends who are Left-Hand Path. Facing all the usual challenges of the grieving process following my mother's death and finding no comfort in mainstream religion, I reached out to Zeena Schreck. Since her departure from the Church of Satan/Temple of Set, she has become a practitioner of tantric Buddhism and returned to the public sphere, after a brief retreat, to again offer herself as medium and teacher with a series of public rituals. I wrote to request blessings for my mother in one of these rituals and received a lengthy, personal reply from Zeena herself - one filled with compassion and thoughtful, practical advice. It is amazing to personally encounter one of your heroes and have them exceed your expectations. Zeena Schreck's reputation as a spiritual teacher of rare excellence is richly deserved.
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