Saturday, December 31, 2011

Dolorosa... a drawing for Austin O Spare ..2011

to  Cabinet Readers Love and Magick to accompany you in the mystery tour of 2012!


Dolorosa  ~ A drawing for AOS on his birthday ~ Raving Mouthed 30th Dec 2011
                                                              White pencil on black paper

Friday, December 30, 2011

Austin Osman Spare... Happy Birthday!

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Stealing the Fire from Heaven 1911-12


The Complete Ritual and Doctrine of Magic

Ecstasy in Self-love the Obsession

My dearest, I will now explain the only safe and true formula, the destroyer of the darkness of the World, the most secret among all secrets. Let it be secret to him who would attain. Let it cover any period of time, depending on his conception. There is no qualification, nor ritual or ceremony. His very existence symbolising all that is necessary to perfection. Most emphatically, there is no need of repetition or feeble imitation. You are alive!

from my favourite AOS book The Book of Pleasure (self-love) The Psychology of Ecstasy

more > AOS 

Lettice Sandford.. illustration from the Song of Songs 1936


1:1 The Song of Songs, which is for Solomon. 1:2 Kiss Me with the kisses of your mouth, for your love is better than wine. 1:3 Your oil has an excellent scent, but your name is the most exquisite oil – for this, all the maidens love you. 1:4 Draw Me after you. Let us run. The king has brought Me to his chambers. We will delight and take joy in you, savoring your love. Like new-pressed wine, they love you.

previous  Lettice Sandford

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

T. Sturge Moore (1870-1944)... Pan as an Island...c1902

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 a scan from The Modern Woodcut by Herbert Furst 1924

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

H Meyer...Bookplate... c1793


bookplate from Letters to the advancement of humanity by Johann Gottfried von Herder

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von (1749-1832)...Zur Farbenlehre ...bookplate 1810


"To divide the united, to unite the divided, is the life of nature; this is the eternal systole and diastole, the eternal collapsion and expansion, the inspiration and expiration of the world in which we move."  ~ Goethe

Based on his experiments with turbid media, Goethe characterized colour as arising from the dynamic interplay of darkness and light. Rudolf Steiner gives the following analogy:

    Modern natural science sees darkness as a complete nothingness. According to this view, the light which streams into a dark space has no resistance from the darkness to overcome. Goethe pictures to himself that light and darkness relate to each other like the north and south pole of a magnet. The darkness can weaken the light in its working power. Conversely, the light can limit the energy of the darkness. In both cases color arises.
    —Rudolf Steiner, 1897 >

Ex Libris... Martin Erich Philipp... 1914


Ex Libris... K. Schönberger... 1899


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Arthur Rackham...the Wind in the Willows..illustration..Satyr


"Perhaps he would never have dared to raise his eyes, but that, though the piping was now hushed, the call and the summons seemed still dominant and imperious. He might not refuse, were Death himself waiting to strike him instantly, once he had looked with mortal eye on things rightly kept hidden. Trembling he obeyed, and raised his humble head; and then, in that utter clearness of the imminent dawn, while Nature, flushed with fulness of incredible colour, seemed to hold her breath for the event, he looked in the very eyes of the Friend and Helper; saw the backward sweep of the curved horns, gleaming in the growing daylight; saw the stern, hooked nose between the kindly eyes that were looking down on them humourously, while the bearded mouth broke into a half-smile at the corners; saw the rippling muscles on the arm that lay across the broad chest, the long supple hand still holding the pan-pipes only just fallen away from the parted lips; saw the splendid curves of the shaggy limbs disposed in majestic ease on the sward; saw, last of all, nestling between his very hooves, sleeping soundly in entire peace and contentment, the little, round, podgy, childish form of the baby otter. All this he saw, for one moment breathless and intense, vivid on the morning sky; and still, as he looked, he lived; and still, as he lived, he wondered."

Kenneth Grahame

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

Paraphilia Magazine ISSUE XlII ...& ...New work


La Santisima 2011 ~ Dolorosa

Featuring interviews with J.G. Thirlwell, Mike Garson, Shooter Jennings, Jon Savage, Black Earth, Bart Powers, Arrica Rose, and Voltera, and a cornucopia of goodies from: Dolorosa De La Cruz, F.X. Tobin, Andrew Maben, Matt Leyshon, D M Mitchell, Heather Harris, Susan Te Kahurangi King, John Kruth, David Gionfriddo, Sid Graves, Michael Butterworth, Patricia Wells-Stein, Tom Garretson, Mike Hudson, Robert Earl Reed, Ele-Beth Little, Eleanor Leonne Bennett, Stagger Lloyd, Brian Routh, Dixē.Flatlin3, Richard C. Walls, Díre McCain, Christopher Nosnibor, Tony Visconti, Lara Visconti, Cricket Corleone, Richard A. Meade, Melissa Mann, Lana Gentry, Craig Woods, Max Reeves, Vadge Moore, Nick Louras, Claudia Bellocq, Lisa Wormsley, Hank Kirton, Rick Grimes, Bob Pfeifer, Keith Jones, Chris Madoch, Alan Perry, Syd Howells, and Ron Garmon

Cover © 2011 Dolorosa De La Cruz

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Satty... The illustrated Edgar Allan Poe

another scan from a favourite book ....


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Yet, for a while I saw; but how terrible an
Exaggeration! I saw the lips of the Black-Robed Judges.

The Pit and the Pendulum ~ Edgar Allan Poe

previous SATTY

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sascha Schneider... Wood Engravings ... 1896

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The Mammon and its slave

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Around a Soul

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Pinax microcosmographicus...Johann Remmelin & Hara Sanshin ...Flap books


Johann Remmelin's Pinax Microcosmographicus  1667


Japanese version of Johann Remmelin's Pinax Microcosmographicus. Copy made by Hara Sanshin, 17c.

more early Japanese anatomical illustrations HERE