Author Archive | Aonie Anfa

Bardo Bears & Gnostic Exploration: An interview with Kyle Fite

Kyle Fite is a metaphysical artist, blogger, gamer, shaman, and all around talented guy. His artwork focuses on Western occult tradition, Eastern spirituality and all philosophical points in between. His work has been featured in many occult journals and can be seen on the covers of several books from occult or specialty presses. This year he began a comic series and published a tarot deck.

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Aonie Anfa: Your art is a heady mix of ceremonial magic, archetype and the occasional pop culture reference. It’s quite visionary! How much of a lasting influence did figures like Kenneth Grant and Crowley have or continue to have on your artwork? Are there any other occult writers that majorly influence your art or inspire you?

Kyle Fite: Thank you. In my personal “line of work,” I really don’t see a hard and fast line dividing literary influences from the visual.… Read the rest

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Too Bad To Burn

p14If you do not live in the US, then it is an easy thing to say that we Americans have all gone crazy and are losing our collective shit. America has been losing its mojo for a long time.

Please consider this. America is a deeply conflicted place to live, with many paradoxical, contrasting and often violently conflicting philosophies. While I do not have to worry about certain things, or the every day dangers that those in other countries deal with, keep in mind that until last week, health insurance was an elusive specter for me. So was nutritious food and reasonably good, safe shelter. Just say no to death-trap apartments, kids. I consider things like shelter, access to clean water, homegrown food, voting and reproductive rights to be very basic human rights. For all humans. Everywhere. I am a tax-paying citizen of my country. Yet in 2009, as soon as I faced the difficult situation of not being able to work and having to return to school and mire myself in debt and doubt like too many of my peers, I felt like my country and most of its people abandoned me.Read the rest

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The Delightful Art of the Macabre: An Interview With Gigi DeLuxe and Ugly Shyla

(L) Gigi Deluxe (R) Ugly Shyla. Gigi pic (c). Ugly Shyla Pic courtesy of Alas Vera.

(L) Gigi DeLuxe (R) Ugly Shyla. Gigi pic courtesy of the artist (c). Ugly Shyla Pic courtesy of Alas Vera (c).

Gigi Deluxe and Ugly Shyla made names for themselves as artists who give us a glimpse into the macabre and delightfully dark corners of art. Their work grants us a perspective into subject matter that is often imitated, never replicated. Gigi DeLuxe lives in Chicago, where she is a tattoo artist, painter and jeweler. Ugly Shyla originally hails from Louisiana and has now moved to Austin, Texas, where she continues to craft dolls and jewelry.

Aonie Anfa: What is your personal mission statement or mantra as an artist? Both of you work in the realm of the occult or traffic in the delightfully strange. What recurring themes or images present themselves in your work and how do those subjects resonate with you personally?

Gigi DeLuxe: I don’t have a personal mission statement or mantra but I do have a favorite quote from Gustave Flaubert that I set as an ideal goal for my daily life.… Read the rest

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Salvation’s Grim Price: Reality Show Snake-Handling Preacher Dies of Snake Bite

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When Jamie Coots and his family made headlines last year, it was for all the wrong reasons and under quite a dubious cloud. The National Geographic Channel featured Coots and his congregation in the show “Snake Salvation”. Soon, the internet began to light up as the family sold their particular brand of “salvation” and “gospel truth” to the ever hungry meat-grinder of popular media and fast-food reality television.

Jamie Coots was arrested in 2008 in Kentucky for possession of venomous snakes without permit. He had 74 snakes in his home at the time. His legal trouble resurfaced in February of 2013 in a court in Knox County, Tennessee, when he received a year’s probation for transporting venomous snakes through the state of Tennessee while en route to Kentucky. During both investigations, the snakes were found to be severely neglected, infested with parasites, extremely ill and dehydrated. The snakes that were seized from Coots in 2008 and 2013 had to be euthanized.… Read the rest

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‘All Censorship Is Against Life': Steven Johnson Leyba And Steve Hapy Of The Coyotel Church

The Coyotel Church is an apostate art movement founded by Steven Johnson Leyba, Steve Hapy and an enclave of other outlaw artists. Seven years ago, The Trickster’s Bible was published and Coyote was again loosed upon the world under the guise of art, controversy, flesh, text and paint. I recently spoke with Steven Johnson Leyba and Steve Hapy about the church and its goals.

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Aonie Anfa: What does COYOTEL mean to you personally? How do you balance Spirit, art, yet also seemingly push an agenda as an apostate or fringe art movement? How are you able to keep your artistic integrity and vision honed?

Steven Johnson Leyba: Coyotel is creativity over compliance. It means my imagination over the dominant cultural consumer, entertainment and propaganda control grids, as it should be with every living being. It’s an affront, a war waged against the prescribed culture traps that seek to script our lives.… Read the rest

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On the Left Hand Path: An Interview with Occultist Don Webb

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Author, magician and researcher Don Webb is well known in magical circles for his work with the Temple of Set. In this interview, Webb discusses levels of magical insight, the Left Hand Path and other topics of possible interest to some disinfonauts.

Aonie Anfa: Thank you for speaking with me. Your work could be
 considered some of the most foundational in the modern Left Hand Path, and
y our book Uncle Setnakt’s Guide To The Left Hand Path is lauded as
 a cornerstone resource in many LHP reading lists. What are your
 personal views and goals of the particular sort of Work you do?

Don Webb: First, let me thank you for your kind words. My writing is expressed in two main areas. I write fiction – science
 fiction, fantasy, horror and “experimental” writing – and I write
 nonfictional works of philosophy and magic. I also teach creative
 writing for UCLA Extension.… Read the rest

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On the Obeah Tradition: An Interview With Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold

Nicholaj De Mattos Frisvold is an anthropologist, psychologist, and author of several works of occult lore, including Obeah: A Sorcerous Ossuary:

Of all the Living Traditions, Obeah has remained the most elusive. Whilst Vodou and Santeria have had both academic and occult treatment in tomes widely available to the seeker, Obeah has stayed uncompromisingly rooted as a sorcerous tradition veiled in obscurity. In Obeah: A Sorcerous Ossuary, Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold teases open this Caribbean mystery and reveals a crooked path into the hidden world of Papa Bones and Sasabonsam with a short monograph concerning the history of this incoherent cult and the ways in which power is bestowed upon and wielded by the Obeahman.

The text includes the Kabalistic Banquette of Lemegeton, the Hypostasis of Abysina Clarissa and the Green Beasts, a Kabalistic Mass for Anima Sola Mayanet, a Call to Papa Bones, a Call to Spirit Guides, a Call to Anima Sola Abysina Clarissa, the Missale Ezekiel Sasabonson or the Conjuration of the Shadow-Self, and the Ritual Reptilica de Anansi, and offers insights into the Obeahman’s special relationship with the spirits of wood, water, and bone.

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Bypassing the Rational: An Interview with Artist and Writer Sean Woodward

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Sean Woodward is a visionary artist, writer, poet and musician whose work incorporates  aspects of Vodoun, Thelema and Chaos Magick, among other things. You can learn more about him and his work here.

 

Aonie Anfa: Thanks so much for the opportunity to speak with you. Your art started popping up among my friends about three months ago. It’s very compelling, visionary yet visceral. So I took a look, and found my way to a lot of great, boutique presses and publications like Scarlet Imprint. And of course, your art. Your work with Gnostic Vodoun helps bring about, in my opinion, a much needed period of new, fresh influence for the current.

Sean Woodward: As a child I inherited artistic abilities from both parents and honed a skill for portraiture landscape and pen and ink. Over the years this became dormant as I concentrated on writing and music projects with my band Gothick.… Read the rest

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Are You Down With The Bomb?

Atomic-BombLast week, I wrote about going out there, feeling that fire, and making things better for yourself and your communities. While that message seems obvious and even elementary, I feel we all could use a vital reminder at this precarious moment. Very simple, yet profound realizations hit us like a Mac truck sometimes. These realizations stop us in our tracks for a moment, take our breath away and clear our heads of doubt. For a single, blistering moment, the world and the way out and through are laid bare. That is some terrifying shit, but it can change you so much, and for the better. Our entire global community stands at an important precipice right now. Do we as humanity act in the old prescribed behavior of shoot first, blow it up later? Or do we get off our asses, make some noise, stand in some streets and begin to precipitate real change?… Read the rest

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Red Star Summer

The_Sun_by_the_Atmospheric_Imaging_Assembly_of_NASA's_Solar_Dynamics_Observatory_-_20100819You got that fire? Do you want that fire to burn what doesn’t serve you to cinder? Now is the time to step forward. Beautiful fires of creation and change have been lit this summer, all over the world. This year, I have seen a chaotic explosion of creation and raw ability in all of my communities, mundane or otherwise. People in my own city are doing wonderful things right now. My communities are reaching out, giving back, and being excited when their effort is returned to them. As that creative fire unfurled and grew, as the heat in Jackson, Mississippi reached a high point, things started changing. Events seemed to randomly collide towards the best possible result. In my city, in my country, I have seen such wonderful things begin to happen and continue to occur. I want to keep this fire burning a bit longer.

I’ve been knocking on a lot of doors recently, doors of wood and of the aether.… Read the rest

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