Leigh J. McCloskey
As fires rage again I’m compelled to share this stern warning about anger, rage and loss of community that came to me on the third night of the Woolsey Malibu Park fires two years ago. It was a revelation truly born in an Apocalyptic blaze that destroyed our neighborhood and left our community on its knees. The anger of this fire, its desire to destroy all of us was palpable and ominous. Its voice spoke through the elements of wind, ash, endless fire and fatigue. The 3rd night of the inferno brought forth the fiery horsemen of the Apocalypse and the archetype of the Last Judgement. It energetically spoke to me directly, like a serpent that wrapped itself around me as if to suffocate, it threatened me with burning down my house and chilled me to my very core regarding the time of fire that is upon this earth and its final (Biblical) revelation and willingness to seek and destroy any and all of us. No one is out of danger now or in the near future. Fire begets fire, anger begets anger and this infernal fire in the human heart spells our doom. We must turn down the fire not add to it. This is a quantum key to our deeper reality and greater purpose. We are the hub and nucleus of our holographic matrix and must become knowers of the real.
The fires showed up at our door as a fire tornado whose raw force threw me back inside, punching me so hard in my chest that I stumbled back into the house with my painting that I was trying to get to the car. I entered a threshold state of consciousness unlike anything I’d ever experienced before or since. I felt as if I had opened my door and a dragon was there breathing fire at me in the form of a tornado of black ash and red embers madly swirling.. Something profoundly instinctual stepped in and I ran out into the smoke and embers chasing toward the flames not running away. The fire had shown up at my door asking, “Are you staying or leaving? I replied,”Staying.” The fire said inwardly that that was all it needed to know. I, like a tree was standing my ground, defending what I loved and knowing this fight was about defending Love, my home and the hopes of generations because only Carla and I were left here as the enormous fires devoured our neighbors homes that surrounded us in all directions. Like Rome burning, a great circle of flames surrounded Olandar. I did not blink, nor think, nor imagine, I became the garden. It told me in this heightened state that “Everything in the garden is alive, everything alive wants to live. You are the part of the garden who is in motion, we have your back.” Our enormous star pines told me that they were allies not fuel and all nature seemed poised to try to live through the darkest of nights and the longest of hours fighting together as an environment not simply as a person alone, nature was my guardian and guide.
On the 3rd day and into that night raged the endless fires that had died down but once again reignited. The skyline was once more glowing orange as furious winds whipped all around making it hard to see through the pitch and ash. I leaned forward into the winds to get fire extinguishers up the street to put out logs and trees that had flared up in the smoldering ruins. In this heightened and utterly exhausted condition the fiery winds hissed, like something out of a Stephen King novel, saying, “Tell me what you hate and I’ll burn down your house!” It continued, “The human heart has become dry and brittle knowing what it hates and forgetting what it loves. Communities are more concerned about disliking their neighbors than loving their families and I will destroy them. I will follow the dryness in their hearts and like an arrow I will set them ablaze from within, no one shall be spared the responsibilities of their hatred. It continued,” All around on these sacred Chumash lands that can not be owned are high walls to keep others out, but I will burn them down. This was the archetype of the Last Judgement made manifest, which are the transpersonal and often cruel energies of Pluto and correspond to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, which I was informed that night were, Death Key 13, Temperance Key 14, The Tower Key 16 and Judgment Key 20. (Important: re-read those chapters in my book Tarot ReVisioned!) These brutal forces are upon us and beyond human control or understanding, they will destroy numberless worlds and create cataclysms when loosened upon the earth. There was no sympathy in this energy, it wanted revenge, it wanted to exterminate by fire those who dishonor love and by extension their responsibility to mother earth and protecting community and the gift of nature. We are neighbors even if we were never meant to be friends. I became a Zen Master at that moment, I blamed no one for anything and realized that we are undone and set ablaze by our own self righteous fires. 170 days later Notre Dame erupted into flames in another city and country where everyone is furious and the anger and blame are overflowing. In South America thousands of fires, the entire continent of Australia burned! California, Nevada, Colorado, Oregon, Washington are once again ablaze. The world has been and is on fire and so is human fury, we must turn down the flames and learn to incubate a story that brings us home and makes the family proud to be human and alive or we will burn down our own houses, destroy our families and communities with anger and spite at the world and our neighbors. These are dangerous energies and insist on mastery not complacency. The depravity of the world and the cults of death are so obvious and cruel that they will follow their own course of collapse and self-immolation. Live by the sword, die by the sword. Remember words are magical swords, be wise, many old sayings know what they are talking about. Nothing can be hidden in these times, all will be revealed. These are the times foretold in the ancient prophecies of many nations and traditions, including the Christian, Hopi and Chumash, upon whose sacred lands inundated by apocalyptic fires I learned these things directly in a baptism of fire…
Leigh J McCloskey is modern renaissance man, he is an artist, author, well known actor and visual philosopher. His highly creative life has been devoted to exploring the symbolical, archetypal and hidden aspects of the psyche and inner self through his art, scholarship, books and experiences as a professional actor for many years. He has hosted weekly discussion groups in his home, Olandar, for over 39 years. His deep knowledge ranges from arcane wisdom, religion, depth psychology and quantum physics to the mythic imagination and the creation of art. He is the founder of Olandar Foundation for Emerging Renaissance (OFFER) and gives regular tours of his art and home, Olandar.
Leigh lectures both nationally and internationally and has given numerous talks and presentations of his art and visual philosophy. Many are available on youtube. He has written, illustrated and published seven books, including his masterpiece of art and writing, “Tarot ReVisioned,” reviewed as possibly the most significant contribution the tradition in over 100 years. Leigh is also a well known actor who has starred in many television shows and movies including Dallas and a number a day time dramas such as General Hospital and Santa Barbara. On 9-11-01 he began painting the floor of his home library studio, “The Hieroglyph of the Human Soul,” (acronym:THOTHS) Library. It is in 3D and has grown to cover the walls, ceiling, furniture and books creating a fully immersive mythic-domestic environment that tells the story through art of the deeper purpose and meaning of the human pilgrimage and finding our way home, together.
One with my granddaughter, Leighton (born 9 days after the last Malibu fire) and an older one of me at the mirror of my painted studio.
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