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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
"...And His Master's Name Was Cain" 2015 5"x7" $25
This is a new pen & ink drawing based on my research into the folklore and magical practices of the Scottish secret society the Horseman's Word. This rural arcane arte allows the initiated to have power over horses and women, and shares much in common with the praxis of the toadmen in traditional witchcraft. After the fashion of freemasonry, a complex series of ritualized swearing of oaths and pacts allowed the initiate into the inner mysteries of the society. To the rural farmer, having power over animals gave a huge advantage to their relationship with the land and the often harsh agricultural lifestyle.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Hello friends, welcome back!
2015 has started out strong for me. With the anticipation of our first child on the way and a plethora of new artwork on the horizon, I'm feeling pretty darn good about the new year. In addition to many new drawings and paintings and the prospect of being published in one of my favorite esoteric journals, I'm working towards the creation of a new book of my recent work entitled "Votaries of the Cemetery". To coincide with and to help fund the production of the book, a series of prints are being made available for sale here. If you would like, please follow me on Instagram for more regular updates of work or to place orders for prints. I'm hoping to have some of these books and prints available through a few select Chicago retailers (Alchemy Arts, The Occult Bookstore) as well as a few places nationally as well once completion of the book is announced.
The images deal with my navigation through the currents of traditional witchcraft, African diasporic traditions such as quimbanda, obeah, palo mayombe and vodou as well as esoteric voudon. Forged through ritual engagement with spirit, artistic contemplation and steeped in Saturnian energy, these new pieces center around the idea of the Great Work, the path towards death and renewal and the liberation of the soul through knowledge and enlightenment.
Let us not neglect the lessons gleaned from the Boneyard.
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"The Way of All Flesh" 2015 9"x12" $35
"Nganga" 2015 5"x7" $25
"Initiates of Vama Marg" 2014 5"x7" $25
"The Blacksmith & The Peacock Angel" 2014 9"x12" $30
Be sure to visit johnnydeckermiller.com for updates on new work as well!
Monday, August 11, 2014
Some images from my sketchbook with my own vévé interpretations of the main Lwa from the Voudon Gnostic canon. Taking a cue from artist Hagen Von Tulien (whose work I find tremendously inspiring for it's practicality in ritual use), I'm hoping to convert these into full color laminated cards for use in my workings. Hopefully the lamination will protect them from candle wax drippings, and they will be of great use for years to come! I will have each Lwa's corresponding colors and planetary attributes accounted for and hope to begin using them soon! More images to come once I have them completed.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Just finished up a nice poster design for a sweet upcoming local dub and reggae show at Chicago arcade bar, Emporium. Thanks to Ted for hitting me up to design this sucker!
Saturday, June 7, 2014
I've been a devoted listener of Greg Kaminsky's Occult of Personality podcast for quite a while now, but there are still so many episodes I've been meaning to catch up on.
I stumbled upon a nice surprise while reviewing the archives and found a fantastic interview with David Beth, which was recorded years back. If you are unfamiliar with his work, please do yourself a favor and read up on the history of LaSociété Voudon Gnostique, an organization of which he is one of the chief adepts and teachers. It turned out to be one of my favorite guest interviews so far with a very rich, dynamic and enlightening conversation with Beth.
Being a Chicagoan on the Voudon Gnostic path and having personally met with Michael Bertiaux (and hopefully will continue to speak with and learn from him at his lectures/film series here in town), I was greatly surprised to hear how relevant Beth's words were to my own particular experience and the richness and depth I found in my own work after hearing him speak. A crucial interview, follow the link to listen.
Now if only Greg can lock down an interview with Daniel Schulke of Xoanon/Three Hands press!
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Check out Sounds of the Dawn for an amazing cache of great obscure private press new age tapes. Ranging from blissed-out synth and electronics excursions to intimate, but out-there, flute and harp explorations. Incredible graphics on these tapes as well. There's something to please everyone willing to take the trip deep into the spiritual stratosphere of the 1980's new age underground!
"We are orbiting into a new space-zone, which is causing an acceleration of the vibratory rate of the nucleus of every atom."
- Iasos from the sleeve notes of the "Inter-Dimensional Music" LP