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Sunday
Sep012013

The Caravan 044: The Cold & Lovely

It was late one evening when the message slipped it's way into my inbox. It was an unexpected surprise but something that seemed magic and significant. It was an invitation to design the cover for The Cold & Lovely's new EP. Nicole, Meg and I exchanged ideas and came up with a plan. This was back in May and just a few days ago the cover was released.

It started out as an idea. "Ellis Bell" was the pen name of Emily Bronte. Meg and Nicole sent along a few images of the sisters. The cover for the first single off the album was born. I spent a few hours researching real life photos of Emily but only found a few that could be. I played off the image above as well as vintage photographs for my own.

As the album began to progress so did the album art. The vibe shifted and so the original old fashioned photo became yet another idea, still vintage looking but with a lighter feel. Meg came to me with a different photo and the vision came to light. What I love about working with Meg and Nicole is their consistant vision of what the entire package will both look and feel like.

I shot the back cover at a local cemetery. The lights and darks of the image seemed perfect to keep with the energy of the cover. The new website is up and features a teaser from the first single off the album.  Background image is mine as well. The album officially comes out Sept 24 and I can honestly say I'm so excited to be a part of it. As most of you know Nicole and I have known each other since pre-school and as I met other members of the band a connection was made. There are some people the moment you meet you already feel like old friends. As soon as I received the mixes I played them on repeat for a week. I can't wait for all of you to hear them too. Click the snapshot of the website to take a listen.

Sunday
Sep012013

Killin' It 084: Skylight Gallery

If you haven't seen my Hoodoo cabinet "Le Grand Zombi" or "Amy Winehouse" altar piece in person here is your chance. I'm part of a group show curated by Samantha Levin at Skylight gallery. This show will be up from 9/5 until 10/19 at Skylight Gallery, 538 West 29th Street, 2nd floor. Hours are Thursday nights, 6-9, Saturdays 11-6 and by appointment. Facebook invite can be found here.

Wednesday
Jul312013

Dreams Are Real 046: That Hoodoo You Do

"At the foot of the stairs the match went out, and he paused to strike another; and at the same moment a knock came so quiet and stealthy as to be scarcely audible, sounded on the front door." ― W.W. Jacobs, The Monkey's Paw

A few nights ago the Grand Trine in Water we’ve had most of the month joined a second Grand Trine in Earth forming a Grand sextile. The Grand Sextile consists of two triangles, one pointing above to represent spirit and one pointing below to respresent spirit turning into the material.  The last time we had this configuration was February 27, 1945—near the end of World War II. This formation has incredible energy for goals and dreams to come to fruition but one must work for them.

I spent the day cleaning and cleansing the house knowing later that evening I'd have conjure work to do. As I sat down at my reading table with my materials in front of me I started thinking about my own life and workings. I had been struggling figuring out how to merge the magical side of my life with the art and business side of it. My thoughts brought me to an exhibit years ago by my friend Swoon at Deitch Projects. Swoon had created an installation using found objects, wood pieces, broken boats, and doorways and wheatpasted her images onto them building a world of surreal images on what we would consider garbage. It was gorgeous, and real, and magic, right down to the tethered ropes. In the back of the installation she had shelves filled with jars that contained bones, bits of string, silverware and other oddities. I remember being very taken by this and thinking that many of the working altars I had seen by hoodoo practioners and spirit workers often were works of art themselves. It was a thought and then I put it in the back of mind, because I thought I knew what I wanted to do with my life. This was five years ago.

Dr. Beetle and her gorgeous workspace from 2008

I focused on my conjure bottle. This one was for a client wanting reconcillation and good clear communication with their partner. The moment I started it I knew within a day the two would be talking and the working would be on it's way. The timing seemed auspicious. I placed it on my altar and tended to the ancestral one in my bedroom. The top needed repainting. I wasn't happy with the sides. I made a mental note of the changes. I checked the bottles on my dresser. They seemed to be in good form. I remembered one of the most beautiful altars I had seen. Dr. Beetle had sent me an image of it for a book I released years back. Finally it was all coming together. With the tarot deck coming into fruition, the back and fronts of the cards revealing themselves in a dream I knew the umbrella of La Gitana was melding. I was stepping into the art forms I was supposed to be executing. When a vibration shifts it all comes together.  I recently joined forces with Sister Enable of London Conjure. I'm now their resident Gitana, Conjure Mama, and Mistress of Magic. I'll be posting news as it comes.

Sometimes our paths take us to places that our minds have already been to. We wipe out those memories because our brain tells us to function differently. We already have an idea of what we're going to be instead of letting ourselves just be. Conjuration is an art form, just as painting, writing, dancing, building altars, and solving mathematic equations. Below is an image from inside my ancestral altar. It contains both the sacred and the mundane joining together to create not only art but a portal. Art, magic, and science can merge. They already have. "Interconnection is Key."

 Do you have an altar of magical working you consider art and magic? I'd love to see it. Leave a comment or message me at kat@katelanfoisy.com

Sunday
Jul282013

Dreams Are Real 045: Sacred Keys

“A very little key will open a very heavy door.”
Charles Dickens,
Hunted Down

We were sitting around a magic portal, cards out, going in a circle. Six of us reading for each other with different perspectives for the same questions. It was a swirl of energy, straight answers and intoxicating ones as well. My coven and I started this practice years ago as we got together for Full and New Moons or whenever our schedules permitted. Cards repeated, mysteries solved, clarity and sometimes confusion in the poetry of divination. Every one of our readings came to fruition even if later than imagined. The spirits have a different definition of time than we do.

Time moved slowly, then quickly, readings went deeper, and I saw the familiar time shift, the opening of worlds from color to black and white where the phonograph plays along with the iphone light. In between sessions we fueled up on sparkling water and chocolates. It was decadent and mysterious. I asked them to come closer and revealed to them what I have just revealed to you. My own tarot deck, which will include all of these wonderful people is underway. I've been in hermit mode researching and writing for the deck to be perfect. Tarot, like spirits have their own time frame. This one in particular.

You see I was given seven large keys and seven roads to take. Some may call them royal roads but each road has a key and within those keys are smaller keys. Twenty-Two keys into the psyche, down a path the Fool knows well. Within those keys small portals, twists in the roads, four to be exact, leading you to Kingdoms. These keys will bring you anywhere you ask. They may tell you secrets or things you already know and just need a little confirmation. On this path we may meet up. But soon my friends those keys will be released and I will give one to you, and you, and you.

 Latcho Drom.

Friday
Jul262013

Crosses Palm With Silver 036: Charms, Trinkets, Prints, & Readings

Come closer my darlings, I want to tell you something special. I've been hard at work behind the scenes preparing tarot and trinkets and other fine things. I've got conjure works on hand and candles to be prepared. This summer has been enchanted and well, I'm sure yours has been too. I'm currently booking readings for August and September and may be off traveling again if all goes as planned. Links are in bold.

TAROT:

Readings are $100 and last about an hour. You may come to the secret strega house and sit at the altar or I can come to you if you are in the city and it's reasonable.

Online readings vary in price full reading is $85, 10 card is $40, and 3 card is $15. These are all delivered via email.

I have also just added the 9 card Gypsy Witch reading to my etsy store. Covers past, present, and future $40

PALMISTRY:

I'm now offering palm readings online for $40

CLEANSINGS:

Spiritual cleansings $30

House Cleansing & Blessing $100 hr min 2 hrs.

REIKI:

30 mins $60

60 mins $90

 New prints and trinkets are up on my etsy site as well. Stay tuned for an entire candle line, conjurations and more. In the meantimes there's a whole new lot of items and I'm updating weekly. I would love to know what you'd like to see more of. I'm constantly traveling and picking up items I think are charmed and lovely. Let me know your thoughts either here or via email kat@katelanfoisy.com

Click any image to be taken to the store.

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