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Month: November 2013

Art is Magic: The Mindscape of Alan Moore

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“In order to be able to make it you have to put aside the fear of failing and the desire of succeeding. You have to do these things completely purely without fear, without desire. Because things that we do without lust or result are the purest actions that we shall ever take.” ~Alan Moore

I have a great appreciation for Alan Moore. It is an inarguable fact that he helped transform the medium of comic books into something quasi-respectable. His run on Swamp Thing alone brought a new consciousness to comics. With the help of the inimitable illustrator J. H. Williams III, he created my all time favorite series Promethea. He is the architect behind Watchmen, V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and From Hell (if you’ve only seen these works adapted as film, you have not experienced the genius of Alan Moore). However, as much as I love Alan Moore the writer, I am most interested in the Alan Moore the magician.

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Are You Writing Your Story? Ray Bradbury Has Some Ideas For You

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“There is only one kind of story in the world. Your story.” ~Ray Bradbury

In his book, Zen in the Art of Writing, acclaimed author Ray Bradbury shares his insight on how to be a better writer. In short, he posits that success in writing depends on how well one examines their own life. He shares anecdotes about how he activated his authorial process as a beginning writer:

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Creating Conscious Community-Based Culture

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Slowly they’ve been creeping into your local drugstores, easing out the rows of half-priced Halloween candy and costume accessories. They’ve sidled up next to the turkey-themed tablecloths and cornucopia candles like vultures circling roadkill. They arrived in bright, gaudy copious amounts and there’s glittery, metallic, and blinking versions of them. You know of what I speak. The winter holiday decorations are here. And it’s not just them, it’s what they’ve brought in with them. 

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Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Major Arcana X-Men, Part VIII

Kitty Pryde by Kevin Wada

8 Strength: Kitty Pryde

“Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.” ~Leo Buscaglia

Today we continue our look at the Major Arcana of the Tarot through the lens of Marvel’s X-Men comic book characters! Thus far we have discussed Professor X as the MagicianStorm as the High PriestessJean Grey as the EmpressCyclops as the EmperorNightcrawler as the HierophantRogue as the Lovers, and Wolverine as the Chariot! Today we showcase the intangible Kitty Pryde as Strength!

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Broaden Your Horizons! Heroic Tarot’s November Schedule

8 of Pentacles

“Excellence is in the details. Give attention to the details and excellence will come.” ~Perry Paxton

I received The Housewives Tarot as a present for my birthday in September and I am consistently amazed at its humor and depth of insight. I pulled a card for the month of November and its message is quite inspirational:

When the Eight of Pentacles appears, a sudden stroke of genius may guide you to an enterprising new field. Put your talents and imagination to use.

The Eight of Pentacles also indicates a time of great diligence and focus. Are there projects that you have been putting off that require your diligence? Be sure to invest your time and energy in them and pay close attention to the details. This Eight relates to inner knowledge and finding ways to put that knowledge into use. The key to success is to believe in your result and give it your all. Extraordinary effort will yield extraordinary results!

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