Kyle Fite's ODINN
I received the above print, titled ODINN, as a gift from its artist, Kyle Fite, and his enchanting wife Kym. I was immediately taken with it. Evocative and inspiring, this representation of my patron was more than a work of art I felt. There was a true, if undefinable magick within it.
The print was speaking to me, trying to communicate in the intimate way that such iconic images have a tendancy to do and I was led to consider it as a gateway akin to LAM, that infamous illustration crafted by Aleister Crowley and gifted to Kenneth Grant.
Grant promoted the image of LAM as a meditative focus which could be used to establish a contact or rapport with the strata of awareness of which LAM was a mask.
Could ODINN be another such vehicle?
Stilling all thoughts, I openly vibrated the name ODINN, attempting to project my awareness into the image. The results were... extraordinary. Kyle Fite did more than gift me a beautiful and evocative piece of art... Kyle Fite gave me the gift of visions... visions of a world beyond our own.
Wow! Thats awesome!
Dear Wulfram, no doubt Kyle's art is powerful, and I am glad to know both him and Kym through this wonderful medium of Internet... I just wanted to add that Kenneth Grant's usage of Lam portrait as meditation focus actually inspired me too to try it with some other magical works of art, and I found Michael Bertiaux's paintings wonderfully suited to that purpose... Using Bertiaux's paintings as focus for meditation to contact realities behind the masks of Ghuedhe, Cernunos, Aiwaz-Zothyirius, Choronzon, or Macanda, Haitian witch goddess, can prove a true magical adventure in exploration of hitherto unknown depths of our consciousness...
As owner and editor of LAShTAL.COM I've received many blessings, made many friends and generally had my life enriched in all manner of directions. I've discovered the beauty of music that it's unlikely I would otherwise have heard and I've read fiction and non-fiction of a far higher quality than I ever thought possible from the genre.
However, it's the visual arts that have surprised me most. LAShTAL.COM is honoured to have been selected to host the works of some remarkable artists: Layla, Acrylick and Kyle, especially.
Although we hear less from Kyle on this site than we used to, his unique insight, artistic genius and literary pyrotechnics have greatly enhanced LAShTAL.COM.
Thank you so much, Wulfram, for drawing attention to this and for providing me with an excuse to make public my admiration and respect for Kyle's participation and creativity.
Owner and Editor
Beautiful, and might I add possibly a skrying tool?
Kyle's artwork has an extraordinary intensity, as can be seen from browsing through the gallery of his pictures here on Lashtal. There are two, in particular, of which I have prints:
Serpent Sadhana is one of the loveliest pictures I have seen, showing someone in the throes of fiery, consuming ecstasy brought about by magical practise - in this instance, I think, the Lam-Serpent Sadhana. I'm lucky enough to have a hand-coloured print, which I will be sharing in the forthcoming issue of Starfire.
Nu Lam Stele, an extraordinarily vibrant recension of Lam.
There are many more great pictures by Kyle, but these two really stand out for me.
Wulfram and All-
You're going to make me blush!
Seriously, thank you for the kind words.
The "function" (without evoking the ugliness of the word "utilitarian") of art as a type of magickal device is of great interest to me and I was very pleased to read Wulfram's account of "Odinn" opening to forces beyond the paper.
ALHA's words re: the evocatory nature of Mr. Bertiaux's art are much appreciated. He truly understands and is able to give tangible expression to the "Magickal Machine" via canvas.
Paul, I've been challenged as of late with some severe limitations on the computer. My last post was typed out on a laptop missing almost all the keys, thanks to our youngest! LOL (then again, WHAT am I laughing about???)-a couple paragraphs took me about 15 minutes! Very much hoping this situation remedies itself quickly!
Hope to upload new material soon.
93 & Glory to the All-Father 😉 ,
I am particularly struck by the bindrune to the left of the head (the one with Tyr), as it is the same bindrune I inscribed on my hunting bow and arrows...
Eye of Odhinn
upon us always,
wizened by trials;
offers to seekers
voice and vision:
Again, the art is beautifully inspiring.
Let me join in the song of praise on Kyle`s talet as an artist and the Odin print in particular. I also was lucky enough to receive the Odin print as a present some time ago after I pointed out Kyle the evocative power it held for me.
It is a perfect icon for all of us in the Hyperborean tradition which in its inner is a kosmic one.
Yes, wonderful art. Kyle's line is very intense...very crude, in the sense that it has an impact upon the astral.
I saw the Nu Lam stele at Mick's place...and wish I had one too...