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Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

11 Jan

The last of 2017…

 

2017 was over before it started. The annual check at the dentist one year before felt like yesterday. On a personal level, 2017 was again bittersweet, with a couple of setbacks. But so what… A highlight was to finally have seen Diamanda Galás in concert, which had been on my wishlist for too long. Another highlight was closing the year with Oliver Huntemann at Dresden’s Club Paula. I also spent rare time with my bffs, something I am looking forward to again and all the more in 2018!

Workwise I just continued and worked harder. My web shop went online in September and since then I hardly had a break. I vended for the second time during the Samhain Celebration in Gotha and also had my first gallery exhibition outside of Dresden. There were several double and triple shifts, at times I stayed up and worked for 2 days in a row. There was too much or too little sleep, but no balance. As a result, I started 2018 dead tired. I am in fact still in a sort of recovery mode. But 2018 has only started, I have already been productive again…

I patched the green house as good as possible and cleaned up a bit in the garden. It’s been raining most of the time, there has been no snow yet, the temperatures are unusually warm. If the ground is not too muddy, one can actually plant now. I finished some smaller graphic designs and pyrographed new pentagram discs in black alder wood. I continued researching gothic architecture and geometry, and found some resources for study and drawing practice. I hope to expand and develop my graphic designs from there. Since we did not experience any actual Raunächte here, I expect a late cold period and frosty spring. This will delay garden work. I also have to finish more ink drawings for collectors of my work. Thanks to demand, I could also expand the series of postcards with my nature/occult inspired photography.

I still have a huge backlog of unedited content I meant to share with you, which include most importantly photos and a report of attending Leipzig’s first grimoire conference…

I would love to go on a vacation sometime. I look forward to Berlin next weekend. I will be there on Saturday, before the “Bad Intentions” exhibition closes. It’s your last chance to see my work at @circle1gallery and an opportunity to meet in person! After that I look forward to celebrating a friend’s birthday and Sunday I will spent some free time in Berlin until leaving again for Dresden in the evening. The rest of January is already full with commission work.

I want to thank a few people, that have helped me progress in 2018: my old and my new web master, Martin and Caroline Falkenstein from the House of Incantation, Werian, Anne Ida Helmer, Avi Pitchon, gallery Circle1Ben Zodiazepin, Anathema Publishing, my customers and of course those that are and stay close to me.

Love,

Wiebke

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New Year’s Moon, Venus, Mars Alignment

1 Jan

The first evening of the year 2017 gave a magical sight: the sharp sickle of the waxing moon’s crescent aligned with Venus and Mars at around 7 pm. In addition one could see structures on the dark side of the moon, which are usually merge with the dark night sky and are not visible. Perhaps the sky was brighter tonight due to light being reflected by dust particles in the air from last night’s fireworks. The photos were taken at around 7 pm in Dresden Dölzschen.

Forward Look 2016: Changes, Ideas, New Projects

31 Dec

Keywords: road maps, systematic approaches, reduction, advancement

Looking back at 2015, an important step was the birth of Planta Magica/ Pflanzenkunst. This project shall receive more attention in 2016. As I continue updating and publishing articles about plants at the new site, I may also start offering downloadable e-books and printed booklets. This can happen in the form of a journal series, discussing in depth certain plants under different aspects. The texts would be accompanied by my photography and plant inspired art. As an example can serve my article about the Mandrake, which was published in Anathema’s Pillars Journal.

Teufelskunst - Pflanzenkunst copy

Pertaining to Teufelskunst, which is now heading into its 5th year since the site went online, there shall also occur some changes. As the work with the green is now receiving space within a new frame, Teufelskunst will focus more on products and creations tied to certain esoteric lines of practice, these being foremost the qliphoth. On top of my list for 2016 are two spiritual maps to be offered as prints, as well as the continuation of my qliphothic incense line. Expect incense for Adramelech/Sammael very soon.

Along with this the Teufelskunst website shall undergo a trimming and the Garden will move here. I will cut it down to three site sections: the first is to give an overview of available products and tools. A second site section, the Devil’s Trumpet, is dedicated to interviews with other artists and the exploration of different esoteric concepts. Secondhand Literature, the third site section, will continue, despite animosity from different directions. I feel it is now more important than ever to appreciate but also to grow a critical view at the esoteric book genre and recent book releases. Besides, lets face it: some want to part with their esoteric library, others want to get their hands on sold out titles. Herein lies potential for magical experience to be passed on along with the books and, being handed on, their prestige grows as well.

What more? At the end of 2015 I found myself in a loop of crafting and delivering. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, I did not find any time at all to work on drawings or possible collaborations, as my mail-order kept me busy 24/7. I also did not find time to work on larger commissions, such as statues. The road to take in 2016 will be to focus on fewer products, higher quality and commissions that challenge me on an artistic level. In 2015 part of my life time got sucked up in bureaucracy, e.g. pertaining to customs and import regulations. I learned some new lessons there, however I doubt whether these were conducive experiences. Some things I wouldn’t do a second time.

In 2016 I hence hope to get to projects talked about in 2015. One would include doing artwork for a band. The other is a photography collaboration with Mr. James Patrick of Death Sex Electronics.

But before all of this enrolls, I look forward to spending New Year’s in a small circle of friends, then a relaxed and creative first week of January, where I see myself preparing a new print edition.

Stay tuned for more and thanks for the great feedback on my work.

Lets rock 2016

Wiebke