I first meet the Venus Essence I had all kinds of expectations and
preconceived notions about her. As usual I was not completely on
track with regard to her signature or pattern. I found her to be
a lot more resistive in many ways such as how the pigment would
splinter in fragments along a straight line. It was sort of like
pulling a cat’s tail backwards. No matter how careful I was
the line kept getting thicker and thicker as I tried to straighten the
edge. My brushes have suffered long abuse as they grind the
pigment in order to mix the colors but there was no reason for every
one of the small brushes to be bad.
I thought of Adam and Eve, Original Sin, the Greek Mythology of Venus,
the meaning of the Lover’s card in Tarot, and love it self.
I thought of the Daisy petal picking of “ he loves me, he loves
me not” and the mating dance.
Venus essence shows you the every thing.
This essence is a virtual cornucopia of idea,
sensual, arousal, creating, churning pot of potential. All of it
delicious-But what to choose ? Life is so full, so rich you want
it all…NOW! But you can not have it all.
The Judgement of Paris is a Greek Myth in which Paris had to choose which of the three goddess was the most beautiful.
Ultimately his choice led to the Trojan
War. His example warns of the dangers, pitfalls, and consequences of
the choices that we make. Increased self awareness equips us to take
responsibility for our decisions. Your response is your responsibility.
is being generous with giving love these days. 2000 has presented
itself in a series of Tower tumbling ways for everyone. We feel like
we have been taken by the scruff of the neck and shaken....Hard. As we
come out of the stupor we realize the precious fact that we must have –
need to have- affection, caring, petting, adoration, acceptance- all of
the things that Venus evokes, not just Eros.
two banana slugs will circle each other, often for hours of premating.
Both partners engage in ritualized bouts of lunging, nipping and
sideswiping with their tails that may last up to twelve hours. The
two slugs may also display their disproportionately large sex organs.
The penis size is reflected in the scientific name of one of the banana
slug species: dolichophallus-Latin for “long penis.” The sight of a
courting pair of slugs majestically circling one another and
ceremoniously rasping each other’s flanks while they solemnly wave
their enormous penises overhead puts one in the mind of Athletic
Giants. The Great Gray Garden slugs are able to copulate in midair
suspended by a stretchy strands of mucus up to 17 inches long.
courtship progresses, a banana slug pair intertwines, wrapping
themselves in a “ S” position and stimulating each other for several
more hours. Their genital areas swell as the pair move even closer
together. Penetration takes place, then each slug alternately releases
and receives sperm.
But in the case of the banana slug, that is
hardly the end of this amazing routine. Now the slugs must disengage.
Just like Venus essence reminds us there are repercussions to every
choice made. It is a challenge for two slugs so amply endowed and
thoroughly covered with sticky mucus to separate. After long bouts of
writhing and pulling, the pair may resort to what scientists call
apophallation. Translated, this means that one slug gnaws off the
penis of the other. The apophallated slug cannot regrow the penis lost
and is now obligated to be a female and forced to offer eggs. Adrian
Forsyth, author of A Natural History of Sex suggests that the
castrator can raise his reproductive success by increasing locally the
density of females. Slug scientist Albert Mead has suggested that
apophallation may be nature’s way of maintaining the species. Only by
submitting to the act can banana slugs maintain their hermaphroditic
inordinate organs of both male and female reproductive organs. They
can mate with themselves only if no other slugs are around.
These creatures demonstrate beautifully the art of lovemaking and the consequences of choice.
October 14, 2004
Many of us have spent our
entire lives trying to get into our lives, our noses pressed up against
the window. By that I mean we often are born into families that
are dysfunctional due to alcoholism, sexual abuse or just plain
emotional disjunction. It is like being the little match box girl
who is in the snow trying to get anyone to buy her matches. She
tries her best but ends up freezing to death from the cold. The
caretakers are ill equipped to offer any support, nourishment or
warmth. So no matter what there is nothing available to the
little match box girl.
Yes, I was raised that way and so were many, many, of my
girlfriends. We seem to find each other but it is not hard
because there are so many of us. The Raggedy Anns that are left
out in the yard.
Just like the eucalyptus tree shreds and sheds it’s bark to make
tender for a self-imposed ring of fire, the little match box girl may
need that form of upbringing to be all she can be. To endure to
excel. The seed pods of the eucalyptus can only burst when the
flames from the ground tender climbs up the bark shreds and ignites the
Raw clarity of destroying to rebuild. The phoenix who rises from
the ashes. The circumstances and situations in which we find
ourselves that restrict and inhibit our capacity to develop fully can
now be cleared out to build a new structure that supports our own
beliefs and values.
We live on the Ring of Fire of the Pacific Rim, which stretches from
Australia to South America. When I asked Michele Henson, patron
of this painting, how she could get away from all of the upheaval in
her life simply by walking out to this panaramic view, only a slight
100 yards from her parent’s “ ring of fire”,
She replied “ Because it was all behind me when I looked out here.”
She had her back turned to them and could block it out.
Reality, reality, Oh, the pain of reality. But whose reality is
it? Face the fear and let it pass through you. Holding on to the
fear is the problem. When you confront the condition of your
upbringing with Saturn essence, suddenly understanding that this is no
longer a reflection of who you are. You need to strip away, like
the shedding bark, anything that is not truly your own. Do this
in order to live by your own internal dictates. Even though this
can bring turmoil, a new kind of freedom and psychological growth are
Had you not walked with Saturn essence and through this glass ceiling,
this Ring of Fire, the seed pod would stay forever shut with no promise
||January 28, 2006
sleeping beauty, who falls into a deep sleep, Neptune essence is a
transparent, mesmerizing, transformative, informational vibration.
You find yourself asking, “Is there something you wish to tell
me?” At the same time you are somewhat transfixed, like a kitten
being carried by the neck. You are paralyzed but aware.
Primarily, Neptune represents the twins of reflection. These
twins are not exactly identical all of the time like tree rings are
when they are split vertically. Many fine pieces of furniture and
cabinets rely on this accountable sameness, but Neptune essence is more
like the reflective twin. Distortions are allowed and welcome because
of the watery nature of Neptune. The inverse of an image is similar of
the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere, with the equator as
the reflection line. They are different from each other but the
same. In math it would be the exponential function graph line and
the logarithm function graph line with the asymptote as the reflection
Criticism, judgment, discrimination from other people is a mirrored
reflection because criticism, judgment and especially discrimination of
our own behavior are the graces we also try to attain. As we age,
we realize that strength and beauty wane and all we are left with is
grace. It is the reflection of who we are and what we have
become. Other examples of mirrored images are the
photographer’s lens or the reflection from a shining
tabletop. It is upside down but connected at the bottom.
Neptune assists in you seeing your life or situation in that way for a
fresh perspective without detachment.
You feel paralyzed but aware because you are the bottom reflection
looking up at yourself. You can envision being encased in the
water, observing your motives and actions. For those looking for
self-awareness it is the perfect essence but very deep. I quickly
found that taking Neptune Essence alone would take me down to where I
would not function day to day. I would look so deep into my
reflection pool that I would not come back. Once again, I turned
to Sun Essence for support through this work with Neptune.
Sunshine helped to keep me balanced and reaching for the warmth in
spite of my watery encasement. The Sunshine essence supported my
work without getting in the way of Neptune. It managed to keep my
head just above water while I navigated Neptune’s depths.
By Patrick Edward Bennett
If only I could find a way to be of use for just one day
To be needed or wanted anytime at all
Or to have a friend to whom I could call
If only my life had some value or worth
To be able to serve a purpose on earth
I would like to be able to just a short while
Have joy in my life and be able to smile
To have a place where I can be greeted and welcome honestly,
If only I had something to give maybe I could find a reason to live,
My life is empty, void and lonely but to fill it someday is to say,
Patrick Edward Bennett committed suicide at a young age. If only he had known about Jupiter Juice essence.
Both good and bad have their inevitable place in the order of
things. Without the constant interplay of opposites we would not
be able to recognize when we have danced through the X of infinity.
Using Jupiter essence is like going through the proverbial knot
hot. At first it seems easy to slip your head and shoulders
through. Then all of the sudden you are stuck at the hip.
You can not go in and you can not go out. It is usually the first
reaction to panic, struggle and lose hope over time.
But when you relax, accept the situation and breathe, you may just find
yourself slipping through that knot hole very easily. Jupiter
juice essence is the ride on the infinity line, the sideways figure
eight. You loop around thinking you are in a living hell of
your own making only to find yourself at the X cross roads struggling
to slip through to the other side. Rest assured Jupiter will take
you through the worm hole, eventually.
The key to the process is to have faith in the universal law and wait
for the arm to swing back. Just like the woman who cuts off her
hair in rage of betrayal or punishment, it will, in time, grow back, if
left alone. So will her heart pain ease and cease. The greatest
desire is to live but to do so one must kill and eat, be it plants or
animal food. We don’t live on air alone nor do we suffer
endlessly. It is a silent drift. Just like the plants, we
sometimes grow back stronger than ever.
Jupiter is an over looked gem. It is a big essence and an even
bigger planet. It is 318 times the size of earth. To assume
it has no influence in your life is to be naïve. Because
legends look different close up one should look to the crossing of the
X for the perfect balance. Jupiter is an expansive,
introspective, luminance mirror image of itself. Thus like the
figure eight; both sides look the same but are a refraction, different
from each other. The X is the median of integrity and clarity.
Mars essence kicked my ass.
Complacency is not allowed. Anyone I spoke to about Mars Essence
was quick to assess it as an angry essence, full of venom and force of
will. Since essences by their nature are a teaching modality,
what I came to discover was not anger but courage. It is the
essence for the discovery of the courage to be vulnerable. This
may not seem like such a big deal on the surface but once you delve
into this Mars concept you quickly realize just how all encompassing a
concept it is.
The courage to be vulnerable is a warrior’s courage that requires taking a great
deal of risks. Can you imagine yourself dancing nude on a stage
while reciting a heart wrenching story of a lost love or limb?
After months of taking and working with the Mars Mead I saw the
performance of Annica at the Del Arte theater. This performance
was done in the nude or partially clothed to create an impact. It
was not performed by the most physically attractive but more by the
beautifully disfigured, be it a missing limb or a broken heart. It
helped me finally realized what was required. I needed to dare to risk,
to be vulnerable to be made whole. To step up to being venerable,
judged, exposed-self and found worthy by my own self.
As a baby boomer, I am in the elite group of one of the most privileged
segments of any people yet to live on earth. We had been taught
to have very high expectations of gratification. With the
personal computer these gratifications grew to instant
gratifications. No longer did we plant a seed and wait for the
grass to grow with care and nurturing. Now we rolled it out just
like the urban sprawl of the over priced housing it decorates.
Being naked and exposed to feelings and consequences was not part of
our training. Entitlement was part of our training.
Like a mirrored reflection on the water we were trained to see only the
top half and its reflection. Somehow we knew our bottom half was
there but it was unseen under the water. Like an ice berg tip, we
had no idea of the depth of the complete self. Disillusion then
begins to set in. We get stuck in a feeling that every thing is
okay but we know it is not. In spite of ourselves we start the
search for the missing half. Sometimes that starts by cutting
back the dead wood of the soul, spiritual nuclear waste, or the pain
and the sorrow, or by calling back your love. Finding your
empowerment by satri, letting go, and being vulnerable. Mars is
the essence one would use to endure the seemingly unbearable with
patience and dignity.
|Uranus YooHoo Essence
don’t see. They look, but don’t see the
rainbow of colors that affect their every day. Impressions are so often ignored
because of learned behavior. While I was
painting at Architect Santiago Calatrava’s Sundial
Bridge in Redding, California,
the light of the day changed the color of the snow white bridge many
times. I depicted the 10 A.M. light
which reflected the turquoise deck of the bridge onto the suspensions, thus
making the supports appear to be the turquoise, also. The 2004 Sunset Magazine photograph of the Sundial Bridge shows a lovely orange-gold on the
white bridge suspension as the evening sun light bounced back. What color it is
depends on your perspective and the time of day.
YooHoo Essence is the Rainbow
Bridge, or at least
Uranus YooHoo Essence will take you to the rainbow bridge concept. This concept
is widely respected in Astrology and Astronomy as the Chiron Return. This is
when in your life you find the self that you have always been looking for while
maturing. Now you are here, all grown
up. It is the rainbow bridge between the
inner and outer solar planets, the charka conception of the higher self and
lower self. The Uranus YooHoo Essence
bridge is an invitation to develop, heal, link and weave the inner planet of
child personal issues, with the outer planet’s adult transpersonal issues. It
is an invitation to transmute now and avoid the rush. If the planets were a
pattern of some larger celestial concept, Uranus would depict the spread of the
Sundial Bridge jets up to the sky like a soaring
wing, greeting you, after it issues an invitation to cross and the invitation
has been accepted. You cross, look up
and know you are part of something much bigger than yourself. The pulse of the Sacramento
River, flowing very fast, great and swift to its destination helps
you to unite body, mind and soul into a wholly blended being as you make your way
across to the wing that tells the time. You are the crowned hermaphrodite that
is both male and female which represents integration and completeness. It is somewhat like a Rubik’s Cube that all
of the sudden clicked into place leaving you free to soar, as a integrated human
kind, not just man kind.
Becoming the evolved light body is a basic
principal of Universal law which has no way around it. But then why would you want to get around it
and stay so base? There are no pockets in a shroud. Leave the wounding, the wounded, the shadow
side, solar plexus in your personal life weave. Do a study of the composite creatures to ease
the confusion and cross the bridge to inner peace. The Centaurs or Gekhmet, who
has the head of the lion from Egypt
are good examples of composite creatures.
Demeter, had the head of the mare, Huldra, from Norwegian mythology, has
the tail of the cow and in Mayan history there are many gods and goddess that
are composite creatures with human bodies and animal features. These are the symbols of a universal language
like the golden mean or the labyrinth.
We, our completed selves, are the ones we have been looking for. Duality
of the powers of the needy child and the prime adult are resolved. We are all one takes on a new meaning when
expressing our selves in this Uranus way.
Uranus defines us. This is all - what
defines each of us beyond duplication.
A study published in the December
2007 Proceedings of the National Academies of Science found that not only are
humans still evolving, but we are doing so at a faster rate than ever before,
with genes that affect our diets and brains leading the race. University
of Chicago neuroscientist
Bruce Lahn said, “Eventually our reasoning centers will develop more control
over our emotional ones. That would make for more rational, tolerant beings.” Blessed be…..