Heart of Starkness – Eightfold Path & Apocrypha (Zen & Mojo)

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HEART OF STARKNESS – EIGHTFOLD PATH & APOCRYPHA (ZEN & MOJO)

 

For the past month or so, I’ve been at work behind the scenes (or under the hood) here at Stark After Dark – drafting next month’s posts in advance and revamping the blog. So for the next fortnight, I’ll review the changed blog format as well as preview upcoming features.

 

One of the biggest changes is that I’ve revised my Heart of Starkness from posts to pages. It consists of my personal playful pagan mythology and poetic musings, my eightfold path and apocrypha. As such, it does not consist of regular feature articles or lists and is more amenable to a fixed page format. Essentially, it’s my poetic journal.

 

In addition, it follows a certain structure suitable to the fixed page format. My eightfold path follows my  poetic musings of myth and mystery, collated under my eight playful mantra (my respectful pagan play on the Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism). My apocrypha is for more random acts of poetry – my visions and voices – although they tend to revolve around recurring themes and which I collate into separate pages or ‘books’.

 

Of course, that has involved the task of cutting and pasting from the original posts into the new pages – and reposting in new posts to publicize the pages. Hopefully new readers have enjoyed them for the first time while older readers have not minded the repetition. As for the original posts, rather than delete them and leave gaps in my published archives, I’ve shuffled them into my Stark Naked section, under their categories and tags of Eightfold Path and Apocrypha. This is also where I’ll post new or additional entries to their pages.

 

As for new entries, I’ll be adding a new feature for zen and mojo – in which I’ll collate musings and quotations on my way to live in this world, the way of zen and mojo. Essentially, it’s a balance or harmony between, you guessed it, zen and mojo. Zen is my playful term for emotional self-control, borrowed from Zen Buddhism itself – keeping your peace, calm and silence. Keeping your zen, as it were. For if you can’t control your own emotions, what else can you control, living life torn between impulse and circumstance? Mojo is – well, it’s mojo, baby! Mojo is my term for passion and confidence, borrowed from the word for magical power – living your dream, dance and song.

New Page – Eightfold Path: (5) God (Mr Mojo Risin’)

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EIGHTFOLD PATH: (5) I AM THE SERPENT OF MY EDEN AND THE BEAST OF MY APOCALYPSE

(MR MOJO RISIN’)

 

I am the serpent of my Eden and the beast of my apocalypse –

I rise writhing from my own resurrection!

 

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I am horned god and hanged man –

hell-harrowed hero and sweet-tongued trickster,

satyr, savior, sorrower and stranger.

 

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And-all-should-cry

 

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HORNED GOD AND HANGED MAN

 

I am horned god and hanged man –

hell-harrowed hero and sweet-tongued trickster

satyr, savior, sorrower & stranger

 

I am Mr. Mojo Risin’ –

cowboy in the boat of Ra

dog god and goat boy

trinity and lucky thirteen

 

I am mojo –

man of zen

quest and honor

omega and amen

 

I am Dionysus Pan Abraxas –

Odin and Osiris

Brahma Vishnu Shiva

 

I am holy fool –

magician, emperor & hierophant

chariot & sun

Ha!

 

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Boom Shiva by Android Jones

 

TRINITY (SON OF THE GODDESS)

I am trinity –

son of the goddess

son of woman

son of a bitch

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Eye Elements Lightning by Ricky Sandoval

 

SUN KING

I am sun king –

sky, fire and lightning 

 

this is my sign –

the gaze of my eye

the lines of my hand 

the runes of my tongue

 

for mine is the sword of the soul – 

lance and spear

key and wand 

hood, mask and horns

 

New Page – Eightfold Path: (4) Goddess (LA Woman)

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EIGHTFOLD PATH: (4) SHE IS THE GODDESS AND THIS IS HER BODY (LA WOMAN)

 

She is the goddess

and this is her body –

this world and this life,

every mother and every lover,

every dream and every death,

every embrace of first and last breath,

and that long last lost look back.

 

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she is god the mother

and mother of god

 

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Holy-Mary-Mother-of-God

 

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GODDESS – SHE IS THE GODDESS

 

She is the goddess and this is her body –

baptized between her breasts

crucified between her thighs

O yes!

 

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GODDESS – SHE RISES UP

She rose up from the sea

and fish sported between her thighs

 

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Scent of a Woman by Raffaele Paolantoni

Scent of a Woman by Raffaele Paolantoni

 

GODDESS – HEAVEN AND EARTH IN HER EYES

 

She looked at me –

and heaven and earth were in her eyes

She came to me –

her long legs flowing into every step

She smiled at me –

and my heart was hers forever

 

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GODDESS – SHE IS THE GODDESS

She is the goddess –

angel, muse and nymph

 

She is L.A. Woman –

queen of the highway

Lady Luck and Girl Friday

Mystery Babylon and Woman Clothed in the Sun

 

She is lila –

woman of tantra

dance and passion

alpha and allelujah

 

She is Aphrodite Venus –

Isis and Ishtar

Kali Devi Shakti

 

She is high priestess and empress –

love and fortune

star and world dancer

O yes

 

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GODDESS – TRIPLE GODDESS

She is the triple goddess –

maiden, mother, crone

grace, fate, fury

lover, mother, bitch

 

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GODDESS – ETERNAL FEMININE

 

She is the eternal feminine –

earth and sea

moon and stars

 

This is her body –

flower of her breasts

friendship of her thighs

fruit of her womb

 

For hers is the cup of life –

lotus and rose

milk and honey

circle, ring and wheel

O yes

New Page – Eightfold Path: (2) Mythology

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EIGHTFOLD PATH: (2) I DON’T HAVE A RELIGION – I HAVE A MYTHOLOGY

I don’t have a religion

I have a mythology –

for mine is the passion play

grail quest

ghost dance

and mojo risin’

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I don’t pray

I write –

I write to save myself

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I don’t have a religion

I have a mythology –

for mine is the mythos

ethos

eros

and hieros gamos

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The gods speak in verse

and move in dance

dancers

I don’t have a religion

I have a mythology

of pagan, shaman & zen catholicism –

cult of passion

code of honour

sense of humour

Grail Quest by William O'Connor

Grail Quest by William O’Connor

GRAIL QUEST

For mine is the grail quest –

round table and siege perilous

fisher king and waste land

bleeding lance and dolorous stroke

adventurous bed and questing beast

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APOCALYPSE

I don’t have a religion –

I have an apocalypse

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In my end of the world, the sun is black, the moon is red, and the stars fall screaming from the sky.

Dark enough for you?

It was for me as I lay dying in those last days…

I was blind and then I could see the light at the end of the world.

I was born again in Babylon and torn apart in Jerusalem.

I was gored by the horns of God – His left horn was death, his Right horn was the devil, and in between where there should have been His face, there was only an abyss.

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And in the end, we were all judged, many were sacrificed, and no one was saved.

O yes, there were visions in those days. Visions…

New Page – Eightfold Path: (1) Heart of the World

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EIGHTFOLD PATH: (1) HEART OF THE WORLD

 

I live in the dreaming –

underworld and paradise

Babylon and Jerusalem

Olympus and Avalon

L’america and Electric Ladyland

 

Live-valiantly

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You-wake-up-in-the

 

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HEART OF THE WORLD – THE DOORS OF PERCEPTION

 

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If-the-doors-of

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HEART OF THE WORLD – DEEP CALLING UNTO DEEP

I live in a mythic world –

from the great deep to the great deep I go

 

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In-the-deepest-heart-of

 

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HEART OF THE WORLD – GREAT SOUL DREAMING

I live in a mythic world –

it is not so much that we dream as that we are dreamed

 

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HEART OF THE WORLD – STORM OF VISION

I live in a mythic world –

amidst visions and voices

 

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The Goddess Dancing by DarkRiderDLMC

The Goddess Dancing by DarkRiderDLMC

 

CREDO

I live in the dreaming –

underworld and paradise

Babylon and Jerusalem

Olympus and Avalon

L’america and electric ladyland

 

I believe in the great mysterious –

god, goddess, gods

LA Woman and Mr Mojo Risin’

I believe in the Tao –

tantra & zen

jewel in the lotus and the sound of one hand clapping

 

I believe in the grail –

dance and quest

passion and honour

cup of life and sword of the soul

heart of the world and laughter of the gods

 

I believe in the kingdom –

alpha and omega

allelujah and amen

For mine is the passion play

grail quest

ghost dance

and mojo rising

 

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HEART OF THE WORLD – UNDERWORLD

I believe in the underworld –

I’ve been there

 

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Whoever-fights-monsters

 

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I believe in the underworld –

the world as hell, fall and adversary

 

I have harrowed my hell –

my abyss

my inferno and pandemonium

my limbo and purgatory

my Lethe and Styx

 

I have felt my fall –

my bondage and exile

my cross and sword

 

I have fought my adversary –

my serpent and beast

my leviathan and behemoth

my Moloch and Mammon

my Legion and Wormwood

my minotaur and sphinx

my chimera and hydra

 

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God is a hole in the heart of the world

and he’s hungry –

omnipotent, omniscient, omnivorous

 

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