Brilliant Visions of Despair: Failing Empire

The Dead Flag Blues

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

The car’s on fire and there’s no driver at the wheel
And the sewers are all muddied with a thousand lonely suicides
And a dark wind blows

The government is corrupt
And we’re on so many drugs
With the radio on and the curtains drawn

We’re trapped in the belly of this horrible machine
And the machine is bleeding to death

The sun has fallen down
And the billboards are all leering
And the flags are all dead at the top of their poles

It went like this:

The buildings tumbled in on themselves
Mothers clutching babies picked through the rubble
And pulled out their hair

The skyline was beautiful on fire
All twisted metal stretching upwards
Everything washed in a thin orange haze

I said: “kiss me, you’re beautiful –
These are truly the last days”

You grabbed my hand and we fell into it
Like a daydream or a fever

We woke up one morning and fell a little further down –
For sure it’s the valley of death

I open up my wallet
And it’s full of blood

Songwriters: Thierry Amar, Sophie France Trudeau, Mauro Pezzente, Efrim Menuck, Norsola Johnson, David John Bryant, Bruce Cawdron, Roger Tellier-craig, Aiden Girt. For non-commercial use only.

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Tarot Journal #33: 10 of Swords (Desolation)

Moving Away From Passive Disaster

Tarot cards tend to be dramatic with bold imagery with a number and classification and maybe a single word title as clarification. Each card on its own shouts its message, a warning or good omen or neutral inscrutable image. If you react to each card on its level of drama, you are bound to overreact or have no reaction at all. Every time you get the 10 of swords in a reading it is not going to mean disaster, or if you get the King of Disks, you may see a placid man seated with coins around him, he does not always symbolize a prosperous future for you or even an older dark-haired man: They could be interpreted this way certainly, but a much more useful way of reading for me is to look at my life and situation and finding a meaning that helps to clarify my thinking rather than trying to passively receive visions of the future.

The 10 of swords may be telling me that I am engaging in too much catastrophic thinking, giving me a contrast to my actual situation, or a cue to look at where I am headed and adjust to a situation that may be more cautious moving forward. Or as I choose to interpret this card, I am coming to the end of a certain way of life which I will have to leave, taking what I can that will help me move forward. It’s closing time for this setting of my life and time to take what I have learned a move to a new living situation. A huge change, but huge changes are potentially happening with each step I take or choose not to take. The main point is this place is no longer going to sustain my life. It is played out. So I move on, no disaster unless I attempt to remain in stasis in this now barren situation. It is telling me to stay focused on stepping into a new home, which will involve a few risks, but it would be far riskier to try and stay where I am.

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Derrick Z. Jackson: Children Will Suffer the Consequences of Recent Supreme Court Rulings

Vox Populi

It appears to be of no concern to the Supreme Court’s 6-3 ultraconservative majority how children are collateral damage in its monumental rulings to close the 2021-22 term.

Credit: Alex Proimos/Flkr

First, the conservativesstruck downNew York’srequirementfor gun owners to prove why they should be allowed to pack heat in public. The ruling ignored, among many practical realities, thatbulletsare now thetop killerof children.

Then, in overturning Roe v. Wade’s constitutional right to an abortion, they not only denied a pregnant person’s right to their own body, but they also ignored the fact that children born to mothers who are denied abortions face a3-in-4 chanceof beingraisedinpoverty.

Now comes the court’s crippling of the most important federal weapon available to avoid catastrophic climate change and its associated killing of tens of thousands of Americans every year with fossil fuel…

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Tarot Journal #32: Two of Coins

Walking Well-Worn Paths

Let the step and breath

rise and flow,

the new joining the old,

drawing you into each moment

as if beginning a journey

into an unexplored land.

of infinite possibilities.

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Tarot Journal #31: The Empress/ 9 of Wands (Strength)

Rising from Within

I went to look for apartments today. I found one in a good location at a price I can afford, and that made gave me a feeling that things are going to work out well. I will definitely have to pare down my possessions which is not a bad idea. I feel like traveling light from now on. I am bound to make some more changes in the next few years after this move. I am feeling like the present is opening into a time where I will be free to make some adjustments and choices that bring me closer to where I want my life to be.

As I walked on the hill in the forest, with all the birds and small furry creatures scurrying on their busyness, making nests and gathering from the abundance of the summer forest, I felt an expansion in my chest and mind as if I could rise off of the ground and have the power to make of my life what I want if I can just keep my mind from wandering into the darkness of fear of loss and failure. That does not mean I feel I can be without a plan. I just have the feeling that at some point I will decide my path and it will turn into the light of new possibilities. There will be shadows and problems to face, but at this point, I feel I will handle it all with creativity and courage.

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