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Visual Art: The Magician

The Magician

For those who doesn’t know, I’ve been doing tarot readings for over a year a now, after having studied the cards and it’s symbols for almost 7 years.  

In the Tarot the Magician represents the card Number I (one) of the Major Arcana, and it could be interpreted as the preparation or the beginning of the journey to find the illumination. 

So inspired by this powerful and moving card I made this piece, which I decided to called The Magician, since well, that’s what it represents. 

Funny thing is that the original plan for this photo was to be very simple, without much “symbolism” so I had just pictured me naked with the magician hat with the sky as background, but as I started to put it together, I couldn’t help it and ended up loading it with heavy symbolism and the card itself that inspired me to create it, which I think it was a nice touch. 

This is the third card I represent in a photo, being the Tower and the Devil the first two. 


And this makes me wonder if I would end up representing all the cards thru my lifetime, as one of the many interpretation of the cards is that they represent the different stages of our life and path to illumination and evolution. 

I guess only time will tell, but as for now I am pretty much certain that I feel like The Magician myself.

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Review of Éliphas Lévi’s novel: Le Sorcier de Meudon.

The Wizard of Meudon 

Le Sorcier de Meudon or The Wizard of Meudon (in English) is a novel written by the occultist Éliphas Lévi and was published as two short novels in 1847. 

This book is a pretty peculiar one, because despite having the appearance to be a fictional funny story it actually is a biographical novel that narrates the life of François Rabelais. And this literally blew my mind. 

As I’ve said repeatedly here, I just read whatever my intuition tells me to read next, so I never know the premise of the books I read before I read the , so that’s why I’m always surprised by all of them. So, I chose this one because I still wanted to read something about magic (remember the bad luck I had with the Gross Philéas book). 

Therefore I started reading Le Sorcier the Meudon expecting to fulfill this expectation, at the beginning I thought that the book was a fictional one, but then I realized that the main character of the book actually existed in the mid 1500s  and that all the crazy story the book narrates actually happened. 

So you could only imagine my level of astonishment and how my mind was blown when I started to look further on the topic of François Rabelais and found that everything in the book was real, that he had actually done what he did in the book, and that he wasn't just a fictional character, but a real human being like you or me.

That made me enjoy the book even more than what I was already enjoying when I started reading it, because it was easy to read, it was entertaining and it was enlightening, all at the same time. Now add that everything was real and you have a perfect book. 

As I said before, this novel was originally published in two light novels, the first part that tells us the beginning of François Rabelais and the event that made him start his journey which changed his life. The second part of the book it’s after his journey and in his late stage of life. So we have like an before and after on the story of this peculiar man. But, unfortunately, this book leaves us wonder what happened in that in between, which I’m pretty sure it was more amazing that the little glimpse Eliphas gave us in his book. 

With only over 350 pages on my iPad I read the book in the original French language in about three weeks, which is the usual, and as always it is for free to download in the iBook Store (although I don’t know if they have a free English version available) so if you wanna have a really nice time and share a laugh I totally recommend it.

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Review of Joseph Conrad’s novel: The Secret Agent.

The Secret Agent is a highly politicized novel written by Jose Conrad and was first published in 1907, about the anarchism and somehow the terrorist attacks that were having place in the U.K. And the U.S. back at the time. 

Now, I only learned that after reading the Wikipedia article of the novel, because as I always do, I just picked to read this book because the title ‘called me’, since This time I wanted to read an adventure book. And apparently Joseph Conrad wrote this novel inspired by an actually terrorist attack that took place in Greenwich in 1894.

Nerveless, despite the novel gives you what the title promises, a book about a Secret Agent, it was not delivered in the way I expected. Because I wanted to read something like... I don’t know... a Secret Agent like James Bond or something, fooling everyone and making stunts. But instead I got a book extremely boring (at least the first half of it) filled with politics and anarchism. 

Fortunately for me, I really got to enjoy the second half of the book, mostly because it’s where the action happens, and all the extensive narrative that I felt unnecessary and boring, took a turn of events. 

And let me repeated in case it’s not clear, I disliked the narrative of this book so bad. Joseph Conrad took too many words to describe his characters and situations that (for me) were unnecessary and boring. 

Now, from a creative point of view, the idea was very good and controversial, so with a different narrative it would have been a great book, and it actually was, since for what I read on the Wikipedia article, he then created a play version of this book which was successful and that even a Television Series was created based on it. 

Back to the story to talk a little about the plot, this book narrates the tale of Mr. Verloc, a Secret Agent, who apparently had left his espionage behind and settled down with his wife, mother in law and special brother in law, in a small shop. But his bubble pops when he is called back to take action or lose his job and salary as a Secret Agent, which he always retained. So the book revolves around about the anxiety and stress of Mr. Verloc having to accomplish the mission that was delegated to him. 

To conclude, I gotta say that I have mixed feelings about this book, because as it was annoying to read, but the idea and the plot were good and in a way it exposed secret agents in a more realistic way, so I cannot say I disliked the whole book, yet I can’t say I like it entirely neither. So It is really a mixed feeling, because I cannot state that the book was good nor bad without disagreeing with myself. 

So if you wanna read it and try to get your own opinion for this book, you can find it and get it in iBooks for free or download from any public domain library. 

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Review of Olga de Pitray’s book: Voyages Abracadabrants du gros Philéas


In English “The bizarre travels of fat Philéas” was published in 1890 by Olga de Pitray, and I was completely fooled by it, because of my wrong understanding of the title, since my rusty and not so wide French thought that the word Abracadabrants meant something like magic, or magical (you know, for the word abracadabra), but in reality it means “bizarre” so I ended up reading a “comedy” book instead of the fantastic magical one I was expecting. 

Unfortunately for me, this first deception was just the beginning of this tedious and boring book, because I dislike it from almost the beginning, because despite the hard efforts Olga made for making it bizarrely funny, I just found it plain null. 

The book center’s about Philéas, a fat man who is rather slow (intellectually speaking), and how he goes on a hunting travel with this mean man who just wanted to make fun of him and make him his personal clown. 

So, the entire book is just about the poor fat guy being bullied and put into random awkward position just for this other guy’s amusement. So, instead of being “funny” I just felt sorry for poor Philéas and found myself annoyed pretty fast. 

Luckily for me, the book was a short one, just 270 pages on my iPad, so the pain was not that long. And the vocabulary and writing of the book is very simple, which is the only good thing I can pull out from it, since I read it in French and it didn’t gave me any headache, like Notre Dame, or other French books I’ve read. 

To conclude I don’t recommend this book, so if you ever cross path with it in iBooks, just ignore it and try to find something else more worth reading. 

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Visual Art: Wild Nature.

Tetramorph made by lion, ox, eagle and human by sir Helder Amos
Wild Nature
As you may already know, I am always reading and searching for knowledge, because it is true that knowledge is power, and one of the things I’ve learned is that despite we, humans, are the only “rational thinking” beings on earth for the moment, we still have lesson to learn from other species that may not be as rational, for example:

We have to be brave, fearless and royal like the lion to face all the obstacles that life put in front of us.

Also we have to be light, and soar the sky, so we can look below and have a better eye, like the eagle. So we can take different perspectives into consideration when making decisions.

And let’s not forget, that not matter what happens we have to keep a calm and focused hard working attitude like the ox, to accomplish our goals.

So from now on let’s try to incorporate the wild nature’s nature into our nature. So we become naturally better. Because if we incorporate the teachings of this animals into our life, we will be unstoppable like nature itself.

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Analysis of the Meditations of Emperor or Rome Marcus Aurelius

Meditations of Emperor of Rome
Marcus Aurelius
As I mentioned in my last review, I was reading this philosophy book, Meditations of Emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius, and this is the second oldest books that I’ve read, being the Bible number one, because Marcus wrote this meditations during a period of his life from around 120 to 180 AD, so yeah, it’s pretty old.

But despite being more than 1800 years old, this book shows that mankind is still the same. As that it doesn’t matter how many years pass we will always be same. We will have the same thoughts, the same opinions, the same troubles and the same character, since we are humans.

Just as cats remain being cats after thousands of years, so are we. So what I reaffirmed when I read this book (because I’ve realized that a long time ago) is that life and humans are the same sh!t but during a different era. One just have to substitute one old problem for new another. People before got anxious because they couldn’t get a goat, nowadays we get anxious because we cannot get the latest iPhone.

Back to the book, it's name is in point, because that’s what you get, Marco Aurelius’ Meditations, the book is a compilation of short statements Marco Aurelius wrote, during the before mentioned period of life. And every statement is an opinion about life, death, religion, politics, family, nature, the universe, law. Literally there’s an statement for everything. And the best part, is that ALL THIS STATEMENTS CAN STILL BE RELATED TO TODAY. Which I found very amusing an interesting, mostly because I’ve meditated that before, so I agreed with A LOT of those statements, like, I literally almost highlighted the whole book, because I was like: “lol, same” or “I know, right!” every time I found a quote that matches my philosophy.

Could it be that I am a reincarnation of Marcus Aurelius? 

So, every night that I lay myself to read, I felt like I was talking and changing opinions with the Emperor of Rome, because, the book are just his thoughts and opinions. And they feel so sincere and honest since the beginning, that you don’t feel the pressure one feels when readying other philosophy books (because most of philosophers just want that the whole world adhere to their philosophy). The book is literally, “This is what I think and what I feel, you don’t have to agree, but this is what I have in my mind and heart”. So I found it extremely pleasant to read.

But despite the fact of being pleasant, the book was heavy, it had too much content, it has statements that although being just a few paragraphs long had they were so dense with what he wanted to express, that it made the reading tiring. So that’s why I started reading Heidi on the other hand.

To conclude because I otherwise I could start going one by one of the 12 books/section this book contains, I wanna say, that despite I don’t know Marcus Aurelius, what he did in life, how old was he when he wrote it, or how he governed Rome, I loved the book, I enjoyed it from beginning to end, as I agreed with most of the content, so maybe I should be the next Emperor of Rome.

Quote from Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 

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Review of Heidi


Mostly known because of the old cartoon tv show and a few movie adaptations, Heidi is a book written by Johanna Spyri.

Published on 1959, Heidi, brings us the tale of the so called young girl who is sent to live in the Swiss’ Alps with her ill humored grand father.

There’s not to much to say about Heidi, because it is a children story, and as most books for kids it’s simple, not too long, entertaining and it is perfect for a light reading.

In my case, I started reading Heidi to take me away of the other book I am reading: Meditations by Marco Aurelius, emperor of Rome. Because that one is a heavy philosophical book, and since I don’t like to condense myself with other people’s philosophies, I mix them with other children books to try to keep a balance between hard deep readings with simple and entertaining ones.

Back to Heidi, like I said before, the most I can say about it it’s a resume, the book is simple and it tales the tale of Heidi, a free spirited girl, who after having lived with her grandparent for some time in the Swiss’ Alps, she is taken to Frankfurt to serve as a friend to a sick girl called Clara. So it shows the contrast of living in the mountains vs the city.

But then, as free as Heidi was, living in the city wasn’t suiting pretty well, because she was not a city girl. So she eventually gets sick and has to be back to her dear Alps.

As expected from a child book, Heidi is full of morals and good values, and it even becomes a very religious book, which I loved, because it teach children the basics of god, hope and faith. It also teaches the values of patience, and to accept things as they come because everything will make sense in the right time. (And here I must quote Olaf from Frozen 2: “Everything will make sense when I grow old” but, although Olaf then say that it doesn’t, it kinda does or at least for me it does, it just all depends on how we look at things, but I’m getting off topic...)

The only thing I dislike about the book, it’s that it turns too miraculous in the end which reminded me a lot of The Secret Garden, but then again, it is a children book, and we have to give the children happy endings, and miraculous things in their readings to open their mind so they can believe that everything is possible. Because as I have stated several times here in my blog it is.

So, despite I downloaded Heidi for free in my iPad using iBooks (you can download it too in this link), I might be getting a hard copy of it to give it to my niece and nephew so they can read it as well. Because I think that every kid reader should read this book as it’s so nice, fun and entertaining.

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Review of Denis Diderot & Jules Assézat’s Story: Entretiene d’un père avec ses enfants.


As I was feeling that I needed to read something in French to practice it a little bit to not forget it, I started searching in iBooks for Free French books, I initially was looking for oeuvres de Éliphas Lévi, but after I got a few from him, this title from Denis Diderot & Jules Assézat pop up suggested for me. So I got it too.

After it downloaded, I accidentally taped it and it opened, (I usually just get a couple books and then chose which one I will read next), but when it opened I saw that this was not a novel nor a long story, it was short, it had only around 40 pages on the iPad, so I just thought let’s read it.

So I started to read, effectively, my French was getting rotted because it took me a while to get to a good pace of reading, despite me being an slow reader, it took me way longer than usual to finish the first page. Although I’m not really sure if it was because of my forgotten French or the fact that this story is almost 250 years old, as it was published in 1771, so it is written in a kinda weird old French style.

Since  the title, that can be translated in English as “Conversation of a Father with his Children”, most of this book is a dialogue, which I loved, since I find reading dialogues easier than long paragraphs. And another thing that I totally enjoyed was that the title totally deceived me.

Because, first of all I had never read anything from Diderot, although I may have read his name once or twice in some philosophy articles, but I never really had look him up. So, judging by the title I was expecting a story of a father talking to his little children, probably telling the kids stories or something of the sort. You know... Something fantastic.

But the story is totally the contrary, the set up it’s with the father being sick, in bed, talking to his adults children, remembering life and something that he did in his early life that could have ruined the family name.

Again, totally opposed of what I thought, this story ended up being a Philosophic Tale, which brought  a peculiar situation into the readers mind, and then it was discussed among the characters of the story, and every one of them giving their own opinion. So, if you are like me that like to immerse in the books, you would find yourself asking the same question that were asked in the book. What would you have done in the father stead? Because, the conversation that the father has with his children, it’s about a decision he had to made regarding his job.

To wrap it out, because I wanna be careful not to spoil the book, I can say that I totally loved this story, because it was the first time I read something like that, since usually all the books of philosophy I’ve read are more of the thoughts and opinions of said philosophers, like, they usually just express their opinions and push their beliefs into others, instead of bringing the questions that originated those opinions to the readers to let them create their own opinions. So this philosophical tale was very appealing to me, and I will totally be looking up for more ouvres de Diderot, because I loved his style and way to express his thoughts.

So if you can read French or if you can find the translated version of this story I totally suggest you to read it, because it’s short, it’s entertaining, and most importantly, it will make you think and reconsider your beliefs and values. I got it for free in my iPad on iBooks, since it’s public domain, here’s the link to download it. But I’m sure it must be available in English somewhere else.

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Visual Art: Future Unknown.

Future Unknown by Sir Helder Amos
We cannot predict we will have a future nostalgia, because the future is unknown

It’s been a while, almost a year, since my last piece, but here it is, finally a née master piece! and I am loving it badly.

Sometimes I press and stress myself too much for creating, because I wanna be writing and making pics all the time because that is what gives me purpose and fuel me, yet I always forget that sometimes, time is the best teacher and muse.

I am sure that if I had rushed myself to create something, it wouldn’t be as special as this turned out to be. And what a time it took! I literally worked on this for almost two weeks or maybe a little more. But then, again, time was perfect, because element by element were showing in line in my head and filling each space little by little, until they were all aligned and this is the result.

I hope you like it, and also know that every element in this pic has a meaning, do you think you can figure it out?  Feel free to give me your interpretation of this pic via email or in the comments of this post; because I’d love to see what this image sparks in your mind!

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BLOG: You can be anything!

Yes, that’s right, life is full of paths and options for you to chose the one you like the best and the one that best suits you, so never doubt of yourself because you can be anything if you set your mind and actions towards that goal.

Everything is achievable, because every goal and profession has a route to succeed, just remember that yes, YOU CAN BE ANYTHING, just don’t expect to become something overnight, therefore if you wanna be a doctor, go to college and study hard for 6 years; if you wanna be a YouTuber, grab a camera and start recording yourself, you will begin with 0 (zero) subscribers but if you keep posting your community will grow; if you wanna be poet, start writing some verses and with time you’ll have enough to publish a book; and even you wanna become a porn star you can start by opening and onlyfans account and well.. you can guess the rest.

Also remember, that you can chose and change your path at any moment of your life, so it doesn’t matter if you are a 30 years old bearded latin man, if you want to you can become the logo of a famous doll brand if you let your hair grow long enough to make a ponytail. And here’s the proof.

Life in plastic, it’s fantastic! 
Because even if it’s self made and fake. If you believe it’s real then it is! (at least in your mind). And remember that dreams sometimes sounds funny, impossible or even stupid until they are achieved. So don’t be too surprised when I become the image of a doll in the future. Because I want to be a big, huge, famous artist, philosopher and writer with a doll named and inspired on me... And I won’t be giving up until I die or make it. So, as long as I keep trying I will always have the chance to make it.

And you? Are you trying?...

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