Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Death in Brisbane

Back in Brisbane. Lost my phone in Perth...one of Mmercury's tricks, he's retrograde at the moment. Needing to make money fast, busking with Daddy Loops tomorrow night in West End. Really keen to get to Woodford for new years eve? But who knows may go to Powerhouse instead. I get so far ahead of myself. What will be, will be.
Yesterday I was walking along Hargrave road, thinking how my relationship, my life has been through a classic death.... rebirth. In the split second between thinking death and rebirth I see a dead magpie on the grass. Its still warm, hit by a car. I want to honour it, like the crow I wear as the Mysterius Doctor Mercurius. The timing is amazing, stunning. Synchronicity. Something has died with in me. The bird that wants to fly above life and something has been born. A new desire to engage with life as it is . Later I moved and danced in the rain as Daddy Loops did his thing. Went to new level. Later found that the moon was on my natal Pluto. Pluto the planet of death and rebirth.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Jeff the catalyst!

Yesterday the fianl piece of my identity puzzle came together for me. Whilst I can be as selfish, lazy and stupid as the next person what I have is the rare ability to be a catalyst for creative change. My dream is to catalyse Australia for creative revolution, alchemical ecological : now! This is what sets me apart from anyone else. This is how I have to market and brand myself...as Jeff the catalyst... much as that stuff doesnt interest me its how things get done in the world and I want to get lots done. I worked with resins making surfboards years ago and i know that it only takes a drop of catalyst to set off a chemical reaction in a 50 litre drum of resin! I beleive i have that elusive stuff in me that australia needs. I havent added it to the mix yet and the results will be unpredicatable But i know this is my moment to do it. I feel highly energised and motivated. This has been at least 30 years in the making perhaps all my life. I cant live any other way now and dont want too. I can only go forward.
Ironically I will arrive back in Brisbane after a short trip to West Aust broke and in debt. I have to immediatly find paid work or follow my passion if I can get financial support. Theres no other option now. I am looking at a months work on mines if necessary. I will do whatever is necessary to get through. I would prefer to begin speaking, training, writing now but lets wait and see what emerges. If you can help or know someone who can it has to be concrete and real I dont have time to waste right now. I am more then capable of doing a lot of things , its all inside its just the finances that are my achilles heel.

Thursday, December 23, 2010


As of writing am in Donnybrook west oz. I have a vision for Australia and her role in the world. Its been forming for 30 years now. Visions they dont come cheap and mine has cost me . And too begin will make it all worthwile. I know its up to me to beleive in myself. And i do now. Something has finally changed inside. A full moon the other night fell directly on my natal mars and the next day I knew something had changed inside. No white light , no drama just a calm acceptance. I have never really brought all of myself into the world and who knows what I am capable of? I do know that I can be a catalyst for others, I am good at inspiring others and uniting people. I help people to feel welcomed in their diversity. I want to take this out on a much larger scale. Now. right now .Public speaking is my passion. Give me a room full of people , a thousand peole of all ages and I can walk out and talk for an hour right now. No notes no preparation. The preparation is inside me. Ive lived with this stuff for so long now. All I want is to share it. I need help though. Financially I am in a hole. Its a result of not fully following my passion. from here on I want t oask for help as I cant go any further by myself. I need others to help with organising. There is a huge task for all of us up ahead. It begins with my commitment. Failure is not an option! If you can help in any way please let me know. I will be back in qld monday 27 I am ready to hit the road running. I want to start talking to anyone who will listen.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Luke Roberts

Went and saw Luke Roberts at IMA valley . La Nina (Aurole mandorla Vesica Piscis) is an amazing photo. A coming together of the religious history with here and now in Australia.
I can really relate to having a persona : Pope Alice. Religion seems to demand this sort of playing with its shit rather then rejecting it, throwing it away. Just over a week ago the other Pope in rome was quoted as experiencing a unprecedented shock !(Uranus in astrological terms) by the exposure of child abuse...whats the shock unless you have your head in the sand? Then he aptly names it a volcanoe out of which suddenly a tremendous cloud of filth came, darkening and soiling everything.This couldnt be a better descripion of Pluto: God of the Underworld.
Vocanoes are erupting both literal and metaphoric all over the world right now and they will only continue. The sooner we start playing with the buried shit the better.


Iv'e been half aware, half blind to fashion all my life. As Saturn sits on Venus in Libra and Neptune sits opposite my sun melting the fire into water some opening, awakening, slow exploding, happens I am seeing colour and beauty, fashion with new eyes.
Met Lucy and Milly at Principessa( I think) in Valley. Looking very fine in yellow she was.


Am reading Where Good idea's Come from: : The natural history of innovation, Steven Johnson. He's got a very mercurial mind, crossing lots of boundaries smoothly. I love his writing style the way his mind works, the way he shapes and plays with language.

Monday, November 29, 2010


Walking up Boundary street towards Vulture last saturday night and a mother and daughter walk past going the other way. Matching clothes, Mum is all in white with gold trim, Gucci written in gold glitter across t-shirt, hot pants, very long legs, white high heels. She says to daughter who is about 8 years old. How can your feet be hurting your wearing shoes?
In other words dont listen to your experience, your body, move over into the preconceived notion of how its supposed to be and dont listen to the experience of how it is.
This splitting from experience is exacerbated by science. Its time to listen to our bodies first.

Cities voice

On the corner of Brunswick street and St Pauls Terrace in the Valley opposite the appropriatly named Valley Five Ways Building there was a small public park. Seats, two trees ...I think, plants . It was pretty ordinary, disenchanted, yes, and not without potential. Yesterday I walked past and the entire lot has disapeared and its been completly laid over with concrete. I felt a wave of energy pushing me away from it as I walked past. As if the grief of the place was protesting in anger at her violation. No consultation, no conversation. Just destroy and lay a rigid pre-conceived idea of function, or whatever is fashionable in the collective mind of Brisbane Council town planning I assume , over the top. The voice of the city is not being listened too and she is cranky!

Sunday, November 28, 2010


Christina at Flamingos (in the Valley)was in the paper as one of the most stylish people in Bris. No arguments with that she is hot, hot, hot !


Its time to wage carnivale not war. To put the passion, fury and creativity and commitment that goes into war into celebrating life in all its forms.

50 years

I heard it said on the weekend that it takes 50 years to change a culture. I think that with the appropriate resouces I could kick start a revolution that will create a highly significant change in cultural direction by 2020. 10 years. Anything less will bring too dire a consequences in the future. I have the vison, the passion and the will. Most important is the evolving vision. It will be Australia and Australians that lead the change.


I have given away a lot of masks as a way of connectting to people I like or just people in general. I am going to get into painting mask in a more serious fashion. They are a art form in and of themselves. I want to go more deeply into them, my way.


Saw three guys playing guitars and bass and singing together at blackstar on Saturday night. They were great. No idea who they were.

62 spring street

I found a house for sale at 62 Spring Street West End. Its made up of 3 seperate self contained one bedroom units. I would love to use the first one as a office, counselling room, art studio, and join the back two together and live there. It also has a big backyard and garage/ art workshop and really cool area under trees at the front. It would be perfect for us, my family and enable me to connect deeply with the West End community. I feel the soul of the place calling me to put down roots.. I want to live in West End so much. I am ready to work. To be in service to the city. I have my purpose and role now. I have been waiting all my life for this. The place was going for $960000. You would need at least more then a million to then renovate. That money I dont have right now and I am beleiving its going to flow in quickly.
I had to laugh at the synchronicity of 62 being the year I was born and Spring describing the revolution I long to bring forth. And of cause Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring in 62. That theme has been such a important influence. It all circles and loops around. What will happen next? Maybe nothing, maybe something amazing or something ordinary? who knows?


A coalition of countries is getting together to just take action on climate change. Yes! about time.This is leadership. Just begining something with whoever agress with you. Just begin ! and let it evolve.
Now what really got me was this quote by Michael Grubb member of British government advisory body on Emissions, There has to be some sort of glue to thold the coalition together. Yes I agree totally . To hold together such a diverse range of cultures there has to be something inbetween that connects, joins and facilitates flow in the same direction. This is exactly what Alchemical Carnivale is is in the business of making between diverse groups of people. Social glue. Glutem Mundi, the glue of the world. Mr Grubb like the Western world is inbetween. He knows where change neeeds to occur but he is still vague as to how to do it. He continues... The glue would have to involve some form of cooperation on carbon pricing, trade and financial measures.
This new as yet unknown form of cooperation will be Australias gift to the world. Its whats brewing in the belly of my Carnivale beast.

Glutem Mundi

The alchemists had this phrase Glutem Mundi or the glue of the world, the world glue.
I think about this a lot. What is it that glues people together? That enables them to stick together, especially in crisis ? Culture? Shared experince, our collective dreaming, language, our common humanity. I think when a group parties together the glue is made. In the process of laughing, dancing, telling stories, sweating, eating, loving, fucking, listening, and crying together, the glue is made. For me Alchemical Carnivale is a space that makes social glue. We just pump it out!!
By inviting people to incarnate a character connectted to myth and astrology and to enter a space where the normal rules and conventions are set aside for a time, where people laugh, and love and create with a passionate intensity. This enables the bonds between, the spaces inbetween people to thicken with shared experience, story, exchange, energy, shared reactions, immersed in the sound, colour, rythm, together, the glutem mundi that envelops, bathes the world is deepend into and honoured.
for this we give thanks. Amen. Rock n Roll

Monday, November 22, 2010

Daddy Loops

The Doctor met Daddy at the West End Markets and last saturday my performance seemed to take a leap. I felt that the circle widened and now it can widen even further.


Beautiful full moon in scorpio last night. I wandered from the valley to brisbane under the lunar influence. Soft, and circling, opening me to possibilities.

going bugs

I am convinced the insects are attempting to commincate with us and why not?? Its all about paying attention. About being slowed down enough to notice that this bug, beetle, wasp, bee...has arrived as this thought was in my head or its presence is leading me out of my thoughts to the here and now, the present moment.
This is where the action really is, right here and now...preferably under the sun, the sky, the clouds, feeling the wind, and hearing the sounds, songs of the birds. For me its returning home. I want more of my life outside. Its a calling . The world is calling me out . To notice and care for her in no matter what way. But most importantly is to just notice her, her beauty and life force wether in birds, trees, clouds, or people, clothes, paintings, books. Its like theres just to much beauty that i have had to shut it out??? That sounds bizzare? but true. I am having a awakening to beauty or Venus, Aphrodite. It feels like a earthquake.

Monday, November 15, 2010

rule breaking

What the world needs now is a nation that is preapared to break the rules! I have seen the future and its Australia : the rule breaker. White Australia was born in between the two great periods of rule breaking, the French revolution and the American revolution. Its no coincidence that Uranus was discovered at the same time. In astrology Uranus symbolises revolution, rule breaking, rebellion, lightning fast change and electricity. Uranus is the Cosmic trickster. Rule breaking is deeply entrenched in our culture as is Saturn the rule keeper and traditionalist . We are a strange mixture. This is our moment to step onto the world stage and lead. Long live the trickster nation: Australia

Pan-perceptual revolution

The revolution thats coming has to be about our relationship with the All or Pan. Pan in Greek mythology the half Goat, half man connects to the All, to everything. Pan supposedly died in the second century as Chrisitiantiy rose to power. I cannot help but think the Roman empire played apart as well. Nonetheless something changed in western consciousness that we are now reaping . Its a very bitter legacy. Its our perception that must change. From seeing the All as basically dead to alive. Its all alive and everything is in relationship with everything else. This will be the Pan-perceptual revolution. The way we look at everything must change, anything less is only rearranging the deck chairs on the Titianc. I am not into attacking capitalism, and all its ills as important as that may be. I want to begin a revolution in perception first. Then the rest will follow.

Mbah Maridjan

Ten years ago I had a big dream of a shit volcanoe emerging out of the earth. Later I discovered and fell in love with Fingal Headland which is volcanic rock from the long extinct Mt Warning volcanoe.
In the past few weeks I have been grieving the loss of Mbah Maridjan the mystic keeper of Mount Merapi the volcanoe thats still erupting.
Today I was teaching group work and during a exercise my relationship with Fingal came up and I felt some intense emotion that I still struggle to understand. It feels like a force of nature is pushing through me now. There is a intense sadness and excitement as my old identity is dying( fast) and the new is being born. I wish I had met Mbah as I feel a real kinship with him. He would of understood me and in some ways he feels like the spiritual father I have been seeking. I now feel that I have a resposibility to honour him and make sure his legacy is known. Bizzare as its sounds I feel that Brisbane wants me as its mystic keeper? Someone who attends to the soul of the city. In some way thats what he Mysterius Doctor Mercurius is about.

Finding my spot.

Kazman suggested I dance outside the Commonwealth bank in west end. On the circles. Last thursdy night I wandered down there and sure enought the circles are there and the space is just amazing. I spent about 3 hours in the Doctor mode. I ritually emptied everthing I had on me and placed it around the circle. I felt hat I had come home that this was my spot, my power spot or at least one of them. Bizzare that I had never seen it before. I met people and experienced a whole range of things. 3 violent episodes occured around midnight. The experience was one thats really hard to put into words. All I know was that it was deeply magical and will live with me as one of those incredibly special moments. And there was a sadness and a joy in being alone.This thursday I plan to go again hopefully with others.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Re- volt

Psychology needs a re- volt. Sooooo much! As a discipline its tied itself up in scientific knots that dont serve the people it supposed to help. I try to be balanced about it but I cant be. If ever there is a discipline crying out for a revolution. It will have to come from women, it will have to come from women...


For a while on the weekend I felt really fulfilled and that loneliness, the curse of loneliness lifted for a while...or I accepted it a bit more. This is what it means to be a leader. To just be crazy and not care and be alone and it be ok. To not be craving to be understood, to be known. Ive met so many good kind hearted people in the past 3 weeks. No one really knows me that well and its ok. I know people care thats enough. I wish I could just let go óf that pain, let it flow through me and out. Lonely suffering once had a sort of romantic feel to it. I am done with it , time to leave it behind.


Sometimes I feel so powerful. Last weekend I did, sooo confident and right. And then I go back into the counselling, therapy world and it slips away...and I begin to feel powerless and then the great obstacle of scientific thinking, everything has to be evidence based , medical model...ahhhhh!! I begin to feel like I am crazy and I think about planet earth and all the suffering and it overwhelms me. I feel such rage, such rage. I want to yell and scream and make outrageous statements that will shake things up.Thats not the way to change things, it just alienates people I know....
I have to remind myself that the birds have welcomed me, crazy as it sounds at moments I feel like the king of the birds, And thats home. I really want my heart to open up more, to allow more in , more pain, more joy and more everything and let out the things in my heart and mind. Thoughts, feelings, images, dreams , desires..sooo much stuff.


The Mysterius Doctor Mercurius has been wandering, performing around west end ...some people get it , some dont. Usually people from other cultures get it faster. Its so fascinating, I learn so much each time, even if its only a few minutes that I have the mask on. Some energy just flows through and the words come out and then its over. I have learnt that it helps to have someone to sort of earth me. If I dont I have to leave the area straight away. Sometimes the energy is so powerful I shake all over, totally electric, yahooo! I sense that I am filling some role thats been empty in our culture. Sort of like a priest, not the catholic ones , more a priest of the great mother , the cosmos. I feel in service to the communitty and to the city. I read of the mystic keeper of the volcanoe thats erupting in java. He died in service. He was in relationship with the volcanoe, what a utterly beautiful idea! sad that it sounds strange to Western ears? I felt a real kinship with him and wish I could of met him. I know there are people who understand e.g Kazman from Dubmarine who I met on sunday.Your such a soul brother.
I hang out with psychologists at work and I feel so distant from that world...I want to bridge to them but it feels so far away. When I wander and things happen and I listen to the birds and the wind and the rain and do ritual and perform I feel sooooo at home and my heart just fills up. And then I feel so shy to talk about it and doubts start creeping in...I suppose to be starting a business, I should be making money blah, blah, blah!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Brisbane's Birth Canal

Every time I visit Southbank I envisage this walkway in the photo above as the birth canal of the new Brisbane. On the day that Carnivale travels though it, will be the day a new Brisbane is born. Maybe 2011? I walked through Southbank today absolutly marvelling at the beauty. It seems to me that we have created this beautiful space and yet we dont know how to celebrate and utilise it fully. As astrology has opened up its changed my perception of space and public spaces in particular. I keep stumbling upon public spaces drying up for lack of magic, and enchantement!

White Fella's Dreaming

We, as in white Aussies do have a dreaming but we forgot it, left it behind , threw it out, rejected it in the rush to scientific enlightnment. The good news its returning via Jungian psychology (amongst other things)which has opened the door to mythology, alchemy and astrology. I have a dream of having conversations with blackfellas about indigenous dreaming and white fella dreaming: astrology.I think astrology has a huge contribution to make towards reconciliation. Such a important task for all of us.

Birth chart

I didn't really plan to launch this project to the last minute and so to do the chart was a revelation as it always is! The Sun is conjunct Mercury and Venus
and its right on the MC. Very simply put beauty, communication, and justice are key parts of the Carnivale. This tends to be the place of ones calling and vocation in the world. Alchemical Carnivale as a business and as a spirit. You can see the fiery full moon at the base symbolizing the connection to an ancient body of feminine knowledge that's reasserting itself in the modern world. And there Jupiter conjunct Uranus giving us the revolutionary push we all need and the quantum leap that I hope the Carnivale achieves and it's in the beautiful sensitive sign of Pisces. I have long thought that what Australia need is water both literally and metaphorically. The emotional and spiritual glue that binds us together. And there's also Neptune and Chiron conjunct in the brainy group sign Aquarius. There's lots more ....what it says to me is a real affirmation. That I have been able to birth something new and now its alive. The past few days have seen things begin to explode, meeting people, seeing opportunities just everywhere. So much that I have literally had to shut them out. Soooooo exciting. I hope you can join me.

Friday, October 22, 2010


Whilst I have about twenty years experience in youth work, counselling and training I am relativly new to Astrology. Astrology is like coming home for me a great gift. It forms the philosphy to alchemical carnivale. Till the end of the year I am doing astrological charts for half price 50$ a hour then it will be 100$. I do readings at a cafe. I plan to do a whole variety of workshops in the new year. I am especially interested in children of any age as the experience of watching my own boys, two teenagers and a two year old, through the astrological lense is just fascinating. Obviously a reading for young kids or babies is for the parents and gives words and imges to what parents are already experiencing. I draw especially from Jungian psychology of which I have a Masters. I dont do straight readings or interpretation, I have a conversation between the chart and the person and let it evolve or unfold. Astrology connects to Greek mythology which has been our most powerful religious impulse alongside Christianity. Sadly Christianity as it evolved followed by scientific rationality has attempted to bury Greek and all mythology, astrology, alchemy , and all the so called feminine arts and science. Its time to get our culture in order which means reclaiming and revisoning out collective cultural roots. I hope to contibute in my own small way.

Birds and a birth

The Mysterius Doctor Mercurius is the name of my Carny Colleauge who just sort of emerged out of reflecting on my astrological chart. Today at the West End Markets I felt that it was time to let him go public. As Liam my son handed out masks and business cards, I slowly took a few deep breaths and got into costume. So far I have a mask, a bag of tricks and a neckwear that featuers Crow feathers(made by Christy Morgan an amazing local jeweller). I feel a really deep connection with birds especially crows and as I got ready the birds in the trees above were just going wild in a great cacophony of sound as Luna Junction played on. Most people seeemed blissfully unaware that a new birth was being announced. I spoke briefly and people listened...my words were received, it it was a beginning. It was great to just face my own fears and begin. My intuition is so many of us are wanting to break out of old patterns and we just need an excuse. We are truly all in this together. Theres only one planet and unless we change our direction:fast, we will be in deep shit . We are already and its never too late too change. Imagine if we gave the same amount of energy to creativity, fun and celebration, to the life force we all share, as we do to a war? Maybe its time to wage carnivale not war! Thanks for those I spoke to...I love it when a plan comes together.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

alchemical carnivale

The idea for Alchemical Carnivale really came together over the last 6 months though its been brewing for years perhaps decades. I define it really simply as Mask, myth, movement and music. First it involves people learning the basics of the psychological astrology.Why? I came to astrology kicking and screaming around 5 years ago and it was a complete shock and revelation to find a system of knowledge that I had totally ignored and yet is so beautiful and has the potential to heal so many of the big rifts in the western psyche. And it it is the language of communitty and creativity par excellence.
Out of that exploration I would encourafe people to create what I call a Carny colleague. For me thats the Mysterius Doctor Mercurius. He sort of just emerged for the first time at the West End Carnivale ealier this year. I realised that he was a part of me that I have never e been able to express. All of us have parts like this. By putting on a mask and costume it frees us to be more then we usually are. I am also interested in activities that are trance-forming. Chant and movement are two of these and by using music. This gets us into flow states. Ive been experimenting with this for years but never pulled all of it together with the astrological framework or philosophy. And finally to then go out and perform of party in small public spaces. This has the added effect of pulling the group together and reenchanting the public space. We just dont have a tradiiton of carnivale in australia so I want to create it in a new way. Once the framework fell into place I began to see unlimited possibilities and varieties of the basic model. So far i have yet to apply it. It will be an experiment and I am sure it will metamorphose as it goes and thats the fun part. I am especially targetting creative people, therapists and communnitty workers but really its open to anyone. I have just begun to put the word out so let me know if your interested and get involved.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Alchemical Carnivale

I promise , I promise I will write some more real soon, so stay posted! and come back and visit. If your in Brisbane I want to meet you!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Mysterius Doctor Mercurius

Yes folks he is back....stay posted.