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Ian-Brown-Dolphins-Were-MonMonkey sea, monkey do.

Last year I dropped a post on one of my favorite artists, Ian Brown, born 0 degrees Pisces (same as Kurt Kobain). I love Brown, aka “King Monkey.” This old video recently washed upon the shore of my awareness and it’s absolutely perfect for The Sun/Uranus conjunction at 26 degrees. In the final degrees of Pisces, Elsie Wheeler invokes The Moon on Sabian Symbols 26-28, starting with one of Wheeler’s mini-epic titles; “WATCHING THE VERY THIN MOON CRESCENT APPEARING AT SUNSET, DIFFERENT PEOPLE REALIZE THAT THE TIME HAS COME TO GO AHEAD WITH THEIR DIFFERENT PROJECTS.”

It feels like anytime, Dane Rudhyar interprets Wheeler’s symbols, he does so with an almost dismissive tone, in fact he never refers to her by name in “An Astrological Mandala.” In that regard, he reminds me of Bill Parcells when Terrell Owens was with The Cowboys. Parcells never called Owens by his name with the media, only referring to Owens as “the player” or “him.” Rudhyar does the same with Wheeler, calling her “The Author.” My favorite Wheeler diss comes with the Sabian Symbol for my rising, 28 degrees Scorpio; “THE KING OF THE FAIRIES APPROACHING HIS DOMAIN.” Here “Great Dane” takes a real whack a dear old departed Elsie, “This rather peculiar image tell us perhaps a good deal about the limitations of the mind of the clairvoyant who saw it.” Dane Rudhyar was the Simon Cowell of astrology! But I digress.

Here’s the basic lyrics for “Dolphins Were Monkeys.”

“I could be the next to see/That there’ll be nobody there/If you feel excited throw your hands into the air/No one can judge you baby/That don’t live your life/I need the resistance/Held by your astrological sign/Now I’m caught in the middle/
You’re next to me/I swim with the fishes/You come from the sea/The dolphins were monkeys that didn’t like the land/Walked back to the water/Went back from the sand.”

It’s playful, polymorphous and slightly perverse. It hints at hybrids and chimeras. Notice all of the water imagery, the sign for Pisces tattooed on Brown’s wrist, the co-mingling of some sort of weird science and espionage with a touch of light S&M going on. Sun in Pisces conjunct Uranus in Pisces; anything goes. Put it in the test tube and shake it like a Polaroid. High art, high camp, high strangeness. By the way, the album version is far superior to the single, which is represented here in the video.

I’ll be on FAR today from 9:30AM to 11:30AM “Navigating The Astrological Matrix.” I’ll be doing free mini-readings after the first half-hour, when the coffee kicks in.

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I just added some new links/ads to some very good products/tools for transformation, from Amazon. Let me tell you a little about some of them and why they’re there.

First off, I added some health products that I believe in, both from a health standpoint and from the companies that sell them. I think we live in an incredibly toxic environment and keeping the body as clean and as free of unwanted chemicals, heavy metals and toxins is critical. Chelation is one of the most important things that we can do on a consistent basis. Chlorella is great for this as it builds the body, while cleaning it out. Cod liver/fish oil is one of the very best sources of Vitamin D, which is absolutely critical in helping the body’s self-defense mechanisms wage a winning battle against pathogens and free radicals.

I added some music and book selections as well.

On the music tip, you can find releases by people that I know and respect. First off, there’s Earth Island by Steve Roach, Suso Saiz and Jorge Reyes. This is primal space music at it’s best. I also re-connected with Kenneth Newby, an old friend and saw that Ecology Of Souls one of the great unknown records of all time was on Amazon. It’s based on the work of Terrence McKenna, using minimalist composition techniques. It’s simply brilliant. Then there’s Panacea. dropping one of the best hip hop jointz I’ve ever wrapped my head around. They’re Myspace pals. There’s a little Ian Brown and some Sussan Deyhim–two personal faves.

On the text tip, I want to hype 27 which just came out on North Atlantic Press, run by my good friend and spiritual supporter, Richard Grossinger. 27 is about rockers that died at the age of 27. You know some of them, like The Lizard King, Jimi and Brian Jones, but there’s also Pete De Freitas (Echo And The Bunnymen) and D Boone (The Minutemen) which are really worth reading about. There’s a magical element to the book, with an undercurrent of astrology as none of the figures in 27 ever reached their Saturn Return.

So check out some of the new offerings and support them (and me :-)) if you feel so moved.

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bbc_brown1Is Brown A Golden Great?

The cool glow of the Sun gets slightly warmer as it moves from highly objective Aquarius to deeply subjective Pisces. Today is day one of the season of the fish and 2/20 is marked by some pretty famous birthdays including the flannel-clad-punk Christ of Gen-X, Kurt Kobain and the re-knowned mound of rebound, Sir Charles Barkely, but I have to spend some time giving a shout out to one of my favorite artists of all time, Ian Brown. Jim Morrison was “The Lizard King” but Brown is “King Monkey.” The feisty Mancunian sports some decidedly simian features and in the tradition of Hanuman, the trickster he has been known to goad, taunt and provoke, sometimes with rather stern outcomes to his antics. In 1998, he threatened a stewardess with a plastic knife and wound up in Strangeways for four months, where he converted to Islam, because the food was better (Halal diet). He’s also attacked talk show hosts and incited riots on stage. But for all of his bluster and bravado, I cannot think of any other artist who is more relevant to our times than Brown.

He first burst onto the scene during the Mancunian Renaissance of 1989-92 at the height of The Hacienda, where his band, The Stone Roses, along with The Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets were fixtures, christening a new brand British music that encompassed the “Shoe Gazer” sound and scene, to the Oasis fueled (another Manchester band) Brit-pop sound. The Stones Roses powered by Browns haunting vocals staked their claim to fame with two killer singles, “I Want To Be Adored” and “Fools Gold.” The former was a hypnotic and hook driven paean to pure idolatry, while the latter was a funk driven workout, propelled by dance beats that were quickly becoming part of the Manchester scene with the rise of DJ culture, ecstascy etc. Hailed as the future of British Rock, The Roses wilted under the pressure and expectations. In-fighting took place between Brown and bandmatet, John Squire and the drummer was busted for theft. Meanwhile, they scrapped with their record company and took far-too-long to release their second album, which by the time that they did, were nearly irrelevant in the rapidly changing music scene.the_stone_roses_profile

With the eventual demise of the band, Brown set out on a solo career that has yielded some real gems.

Brown put out Unfinished Monkey Business in 1998 and Golden Greats in 1999, but for me, his trajectory as a solo artist reaches lift-off velocity on Music Of The Spheres in 2001. It’s an incredibly smart and deeply spiritual record powered by glitchy beats, soaring melodies, exotic guitar work and luscious production. I’ve listened to a A LOT of music in my time and I rarely, if ever tire of re-visiting this record. It kicks of with Brown’s own favorite track, an anthemic masterpiece titled, “F.E.A.R.”. In the song he plays with the letters of fear as acronyms for any number of states and possibilities like, “Find Earth And Reap” or “Forget Everything And Remember” or “For Everything A Reason” or “Fantastic Expectations Amazing Revelations” and “Free Expression As Revolution.” It’s brilliant. He turns fear inside out, on it’s head and redeems it. Read the rest of this entry »

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