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Lucky Numbers for the Week of May 31, 2019

Lottery ads tell us you only need a dollar and a dream. But it is also helpful to have a list of lucky numbers to help spur the good fortune ... or fortunes. So with that in mind, here are some lucky numbers that can be used in any helpful way. I gazed into a pool of water, Nostradamus-like, and contemplated the cosmos. Then I mixed the tarot cards and allowed the spirits to guide me to the cards that represent the lucky numbers for this week. Nothing is guaranteed but who knows ....?

I choose eight numbers because 8 is the number of wealth.

Here are the lucky numbers for the week of May 31-June 6, 2019:

5, 6, 13, 22, 50, 51, 68, 80

There are many ways to delve into your own consciousness to find luck and intuition. Try reading Dream Power/Improve Your Luck (Super Strength Series) and see if your dreams give you any clues and premonitions. Here's a guide to the best books available this month


Spiritualist Drawings That Open Portals to Other Dimensions

Maria Cynkier of Atlas Obscura writes about an interesting art exhibit:

Often compared to the work of Hilma af Klint, dozens of rarely-seen drawings by the late Swiss healer and Spiritualist are on view at the Serpentine Gallery.

LONDON — Entering the Serpentine Gallery from the cacophony of Hyde Park feels otherworldly. Apart from occasional whispers, camera shutter sounds, and visitors’ footsteps moving through the constellation of rooms, there is no noise. I’m sitting in the Gallery’s central domed chamber; its concentric structure parallels the symmetrically arranged, abstract geometric drawings that hang on the walls around me. The drawings’ colorful, repetitive shapes fan out from centerpoints, like quatrefoils in Christian churches. Every single one is satisfying to look at, and the Gallery’s quiet, cathedral-like atmosphere enhances their ethereal quality.

The exhibition, Visionary Drawings, tells the story of Emma Kunz (1892–1963), a Swiss healer and spiritualist. Her works were only exhibited after her death, and she herself believed that her art was destined to be viewed by later generations. In the last few years, her drawings have been shown alongside the works of artists such as Hilma af Klint and Agnes Martin; however, Kunz’s practice does not easily fit into the history of the development of abstraction. Perhaps this is because art in itself was not her primary occupation; she considered it a means for the exploration of the astral plane.

Emma Kunz: Visionary Drawings at the Serpentine Gallery (2019) (Installation view) (Image courtesy Serpentine Gallery)

Just over 40 drawings are displayed in the show, which constitutes a small portion of Kunz’s legacy. Although she didn’t incorporate art-making into her spiritual practice until her forties, she managed to produce hundreds of works. Each one acts as a portal between the earthly realm and the transcendent realm. Spreading out on checkered sheets of graph paper, these “energy field” drawings have an intricate but technical look to them. They were made with a technique called radiesthesia, in which the artist used a divining pendulum to plot the compositions. At times, Kunz would work on them continuously for almost 24 hours, and she considered them to have the potential to give different readings at different times.

More than anything else, Kunz was a naturopath and advocate of a holistic worldview. Her lifelong search for the divine in the natural world sometimes contradicted the laws of science, but also reflected her extraordinary sensitivity. Her drawings reflect her beliefs about the universe, as in “Work no.12,” which is often called “Philosophy of Life.” This diagram is based on two intersecting axes, forming a crucifix; at the center is a human, acted upon by cosmic forces. The vertical axis represents a path to enlightenment, while the horizontal one symbolically positions man between evil on the left and good on the right. While the particularities of Kunz’s symbolism might not be apparent at first glance, the drawings seem to emanate a healing power. Their meditative capacity lies in their dynamic presentation, showing both micro and macro perspectives on the world.

Emma Kunz (1892-1963), “Drawing No. 020” (c. 1939) (© Emma Kunz Zentrum)

Around the outbreak of the Second World War, Kunz made a drawing, “No. 20”: dozens of red rays fanned in a circle, intersected by two sets of thick black lines. While creating the work, Kunz asked her pendulum about the future of world affairs and outcomes of political negotiations. According to her contemporaries, she predicted that the US would develop a weapon with the potential to destroy the world — a prediction often thought to be related to the atomic bombs detonated in Japan in 1945.

Only when I’m halfway through the exhibition do I realize that Kunz’s drawings are not the only artworks on display. Intersecting the space like commas are six benches made by the Greek artist Christodoulos Panayiotou (b.1978, Limassol, Cyprus). In Panayiotou’s practice, materials are usually loaded with cultural, historical or political meaning. The benches he created for Visionary Drawings are made of AION A, a mineral that Emma Kunz discovered in a Roman quarry in Würenlos, Switzerland, which was later named the Emma Kunz Zentrum and Grotto. Kunz believed this stone possessed magnetic, therapeutic powers that could boost health and relieve all sorts of pains, and she named it AION A after the Greek word for “without limitation.” AION A is still sold in Swiss pharmacies, in the Serpentine Gallery, and is promoted by curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist. Panayiotou’s benches are in a silent dialogue with Kunz’s drawings; like these drawings, they have a practical purpose. Instead of distracting from the works, they serve as viewing devices.

Emma Kunz: Visionary Drawings at the Serpentine Gallery (2019) (Installation view) (Image courtesy the Serpentine Gallery)

Emma Kunz: Visionary Drawings transforms the Serpentine Gallery into a refuge from the fast-paced London life. By tracing Kunz’s colorful, precise lines across checked paper, one might feel transported to a divine realm. Leaving the gallery, I felt that, through her art, Emma Kunz managed to share with me a small portion of her special gift of sensing networks of mutual influences and non-empirical forces. Walking back into Hyde Park, I begin to understand how the artist considered her connection to her environment to be a form of spirituality.

Emma Kunz – Visionary Drawings: An exhibition conceived with Christodoulos Panayiotou, curated by Melissa Blanchflower and Natalia Grabowska, is on view at the Serpentine Gallery (Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA) through May 19, 2019. 

 


Horoscope for the Week of May 27, 2019

Angelina jolieThe happy Sun enters flirtatious Gemini this week, expanding our capacity for joy and mischief. What is there to do besides relaxing and having fun? I can’t think of anything.

(Angelina Jolie has Sun in Gemini)

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ARIES (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
Aries now have the gift of gab where they can attract and convince anyone of almost anything, no matter how wild. Even your craziest ideas seem to have a bit of merit buried in the merriment. But don’t let this valuable opportunity to influence others pass you by without getting a few serious things out and about. Who knows what tree will grow from your acorn?

TAURUS (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
Put your mind into the money and see how it grows. Taureans are usually practical but now can find a bit of fun even in serious investing. Or maybe just spend a little to ramp up your current level of enjoyment. There are things to do, places to see and people to meet. Do it with style ... but still within a certain budget. They say the best things in life are free. Ho ho!

GEMINI (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
Geminis are not only in the epicenter of the social swirl, they swirl a few things around all by themselves. You make the party. You make the scene. Make it festive and memorable. The people you meet now change your world and help you advance in any long term plans. So relax but also plan ahead. This is the time to take a few giant steps, not baby steps.

CANCER (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
Suddenly a light goes on in a dark corner of your life that explains everything. Be prepared to be enlightened as your secrets (and those of others) are illuminated. What a great relief! Nothing is as dire as you might have thought. And there also might be some stunning great news that comes your way. Be open to the possibilities, Cancer. They are massive.

LEO (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
You really know how to energize the crowd now. Your charisma level is high. Everyone wants to be around you to hear what you say and do what you do. That can make for some crowded times, Leo, but you don’t mind being the leader at all! There is something fun about controlling the group dynamic. Will you get down to business or just get down? Let’s just see.

VIRGO (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)
Are you a shining star at work? Are your many hard efforts and accomplishments going to be recognized? It may just be so, Virgo. In fact, this would be a great time to focus on your long term goals because the fates are smiling upon you. Work your magic and pour on your charm. See who you can impress and what they can do for you. Then take over....

LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)
If there was ever a good time to take a vacation, this would be it. Libras with a sense of adventure can not only see the world but also greatly benefit from it. Do your diplomatic best to reach out to as many different people as you can. Who knows where all of this bridge building will lead? Maybe to greater glory or maybe just to a few fun times. No matter what, a win-win.

SCORPIO (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)
Steamy Scorpios will have their way with whoever they want. Choose carefully and try not to let your emotions overtake your good judgement. It is a particularly good time to test the limits of your personal magnetism to see if you can capitalize on it for something monumental. This is your moment. Take a chance and see if your moment becomes a lifetime.

SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)
Partnerships may be reach a tipping point now where certain people will have the ability to bring you closer and to an entirely new level. We are social beings and thrive in a deep connection to others. Find your source of joy and integrate it into your life, Sagittarius. So reach out and touch someone special. Sometimes the more touching the better. But ask first.

CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)
The job, which is usually just a job, now has the potential to become something a bit more exciting and fun. Maybe its because your co-workers are more relaxed or maybe it’s because you have finally finished a long and arduous project. But whatever it is, Capricorn, embrace the moment and enjoy the down time. Take a long lunch.

AQUARIUS (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)
Aquarians sure know how to party. And now your innate partying capabilities hit a new and festive high. You are able to gather some of the most interesting people together and create a sensation. Show them how it is done with style. Mine your most creative abilities and showcase your talents to the world. A small gamble could pay off. Surprise!

PISCES (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
Family gatherings may bring a special level of joy and connection. Become the center of the activity and find ways to make your home surroundings more comfortable and welcoming. You may want to redecorate or just “decorate” your house with convivial company. Who knows? Maybe you will permanently add friends and long lost family to your household.

(c) 2019 MADAM LICHTENSTEIN, LLC., All Rights Reserved. For Entertainment Purposes Only.
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Lucky Numbers for the Week of May 24, 2019

Lottery ads tell us you only need a dollar and a dream. But it is also helpful to have a list of lucky numbers to help spur the good fortune ... or fortunes. So with that in mind, here are some lucky numbers that can be used in any helpful way. I gazed into a pool of water, Nostradamus-like, and contemplated the cosmos. Then I mixed the tarot cards and allowed the spirits to guide me to the cards that represent the lucky numbers for this week. Nothing is guaranteed but who knows ....?

I choose eight numbers because 8 is the number of wealth.

Here are the lucky numbers for the week of May 24-30, 2019:

2, 16, 17, 23, 36, 46, 62, 65

There are many ways to delve into your own consciousness to find luck and intuition. Try reading Dream Power/Improve Your Luck (Super Strength Series) and see if your dreams give you any clues and premonitions. Here's a guide to the best books available this month


How Victorian Mediums Gave Shy Ghosts a Megaphone

Sabrina Imbler writes for Atlas Obscura about ghost megaphones. Though it sounds hard to believe, there were folks who believed this worked!

Ghost megaphoneOne of the biggest issues with speaking to the dead in the Victorian era—beyond the whole “being dead” thing—was that ghosts could never seem to speak loud enough. Spirits only spoke in whispers, unintelligible spectral babblings that the living human ear could barely hear, let alone decipher. A medium’s solution to this ghostly conundrum? The spirit trumpet, a fancy name for a skinny cone that allegedly amplified the voices of the dead.

Before the spirit trumpet, conversations with ghosts were restricted to more primitive, nonverbal forms of communication, according to Collectors Weekly. Spirits were known to rap on the floor or spell out words in a painfully slow manner, and mediums would speak the entire alphabet out loud until the ghosts stopped them at a certain letter. The advent of the spirit trumpet broke down these linguistic barriers by allowing the dead to speak directly with the living, kind of like a mobile phone for beyond the grave.

The spirit trumpet barged into the séance scene in the late 19th century, popularized by the spiritualist medium Jonathan Koons. In a cabin by his farm in Athens County, Ohio, Koons built a fantastical spirit room wherein guests could witness free public séances conducted by Koons and his family. As Brandon Hodge, a former magician and spirit-communication-device collector and blogger, told Collectors Weekly, Koons’s son Nahum probably invented the spirit trumpet.

According to the mediums who used these tools, the spirit could speak by possessing the vocal cords of the person speaking into the trumpet. Too soft-spoken to really project in a spirit room, the dead required all the sound-amplifying help they could get. While in use, these trumpets would supposedly float around the air, buoyed by the power of psychic energy, according to the psychic researcher William Jackson Crawford’s investigation in the 1919 collection Experiments in Physical Science.

The first spirit trumpets were homemade, either out of metal or cardboard, and resembled simple narrow cones. But as trumpets took off in popularity they became fancier, leading to steel trumpets that could extend or contract via sliding segments that slotted into each other like tubes in a jointed telescope. Some even sported glow-in-the-dark rings at the end. Everett Atwood Eckel, perhaps the best-known manufacturer of spirit trumpets, churned out the first commercialized versions from his tin shop in Anderson, Indiana.