The “Above Ground” Black Madonna performance on Friday night was a success on every level.
The transformation from projection onto an outdated archetype (Madonna) to the Aquarian Age marriage of opposites, the shadow of the “Fallen Woman” (at right) sharing the stage with the Aquarian spirit (at left) brings us to a new cosmology in which left brain (Wierner’ssacred geometry) and right brain (Manning’s Kundalini Expressionism) are in harmony.
This performance brought the archetypal astrology of philosopher Richard Tarnas simultaneously into the international avant-garde and into the collective consciousness.
“I have found the archetypal astrological perspective, properly understood, to be capable of illuminating the inner dynamics of both cultural history and personal biography. It provides extraordinary insight into the deeper shifting patterns of the human psyche, both individual and collective, and into the complexly participatory nature of human reality. It places the modern mind and the modern self into an altogether new light, radically recontextualizing the modern project. Perhaps most important, it promises to contribute to the emergence of a new, genuinely integral world view, one that, while sustaining the irreplaceable insights of the modern and postmodern development, can reunite the human and the cosmic, and restore transcendent meaning to both.”
Richard Tarnas, Cosmos and Psyche
“In order to understand the cosmos better, perhaps we are required to not only transform our minds but our hearts. For our whole being, body and soul, mind and spirit, is implicated. Perhaps we must go not only high and far but down and deep. Our world-view and our cosmology which defines the context for everything else, is profoundly affected by the degree to which all our facilities enter the process of our knowing.”
Richard Tarnas, Cosmos and Psyche
After I drew the astrology chart of the performance on the wall, Mark Wiener proceeded into the Nigredo, the blackening of consciousness through covering the chart with his calligraphic gestures…
leaving only the Mars in public view, when the Nigredo was completed.
This new art form, a 21st century marriage of Heaven and Earth, is something I envisioned back in 1999, when I was reporting on the development of streaming video for Internet.com while embarking on the profession of art critic.
The technology then was just in its infancy and it took the dot.com boom to create the wealth to lay the fiber network to make it possible.
Following the Nigredo was an immersions into chaos, and the removal of the black paper, to emerge with the final image of the Aquarian female with the Kundalini spirit (in blue) entering from the base of the spine.
“How we approach “the other,” and how we approach each other, will shape everything, including our own evolving self and the cosmos in which we participate. Not only our personal lives but the very nature of the universe may demand of us now a new capacity for self-transcendence, both intellectual and moral, so that we may experience a new dimension of beauty and intelligence in the world – not a projection of our desire for beauty and intellectual mastery but an encounter with the actual unpredictably unfolding beauty and intelligence of the whole.”
RIchard Tarnas, Cosmos and Psyche
The “Above Ground” performance brings the Black Madonna experiment in Uncertainty to a close. And I would like to think that it ushers in a new post-celebrity, post-consumerist era in which human beings become co-creators with the cosmos.
This is our vision of the path that can guide us to a true gender equality in the twenty-first century, where the feminine power is no longer repressed or objectified and we move beyond projection of the dark feminine to — in the (above words )of Richard Tarnas — “the actual unpredictably unfolding beauty and intelligence of the whole.”
It remains our choice: To enact a conscious surrender to Uncertainty surrounding this Beauty or fight the evolution that is fast approaching with the line-up of the Winter Solstice with the Galactic Center at 11:11 GMT on December 21, 2012!