Steve Kalec's Lab
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A view into Steve Kalec's Operative Lab
The Elixirs of Whiteness and Redness
Out of Chaos A Painting Emerges
Rosemary Plant Stone
The other quote I like very much by a member of the once UR group who simply calls himself Leo. Julius Evola records this quote in his book ‘Magic and the Ur group”. This quote very much complements the above quote:
“Man is the center of the universe. All the cold or incandescent material masses of the myriad worlds out there do not weigh on the scale of values as much as the simplest change in his consciousness. The limits of his body are just an illusion; man does not merely rest on earth, but continues through the earth and into cosmic space. Whether he moves his thought or his arms, an entire world moves with him; thousands of mysterious forces hasten toward him in creative gesture, and all of his daily actions are just the caricature of what really flows divinely toward him.”
This is how great and important man is. He is not only in the universe but he is the universe in more ways than he may know. At least he mirrors it within himself as a Microcosm.
Public display at local Library
What is your dream project?
As a passionate alchemist, I am working on producing my own alchemical series, as did many of the ancient masters. I am working randomly on this series. I have completed the second last painting of this series, the ‘Alchemical Wedding’, and now I am completing the ‘Crowning of the Hermetic Child’. I work the sequence as my inner feelings call for them.
Would you share with us what inspires you and your art?
I am most passionately driven by the Philosophy, the Art, and the Science behind the Hermetic Mysteries. For me the most beautiful writings are found in the many wonderful Hermitic literatures of the ancient philosophers. Needless to say, the many alchemical woodcuts, emblems, and drawings within these literatures are most beautiful in their allegorical and symbolic meanings. They reveal in an archetypal language a truth and a process of unfolding of one’s being that the soul readily can understand. They fascinate not only as works of art, but truly stir the soul and the spirit in one.
What led you through your personal journey into the occult and esoteric realms?
It was an inner calling. My attunements with the Cosmic forces and the higher mind began early in my life. At age of ten I was already erecting crosses for God made of branches in the woods, one for each petition I had requested. This was my way of making deals (covenants) with God. It was this inner strength and belief in higher forces that helped me throughout my life.
At twenty one I joined AMORC, whose teachings catapulted me into a new world and I felt as though I was reborn through them. I had early metaphysical experiences relating to the setting of the “Secret Fire”, which very soon allowed me to experience initiations in the Astral Realm. The “Glorious Body” is no mystery to me. I received contact with the “White Brotherhood” soon after I had worked my first healing using the transmuting fire as I was thought to generate it. Through AMORC I was lead to the collected works and teachings and of Carl Jung, through whom I was lead to laboratory practical alchemy which complemented all my studies. I soon was able to see the mighty theurgic forces that could be evoked in practical laboratory alchemy. The alchemical process was now seen in its full universal aspect in its threefold nature of spirit, soul, and body. This completed my quest as now all that was required of me was work which brought me the completed holistic joy I had been always looking for. Heaven was now establishing itself on earth.
Liber 777 Lamen
The Philosophical Dragon
The White Swan
What artwork are you excited to work on next?
Leopold de Postels’ work ‘The Heart Unafraid’ has always intrigued me. I can much relate to it because of my own psychological and metaphysical experiences. After I complete the ‘Crowning of the Hermetic Child’, I will attempt my own version of ‘The Heart Unafraid’. I will entitle it ‘The Calling’, and it will become the first painting in my series.
What’s the best piece of advice you can give another artist?
Work for a greater purpose. Teach through your work. Express that which elevates your being and that which will inspire and elevate others. This is the Great Work in Alchemy, to exalt our very being, to express that which is the divine in us, in others, and in the world. A painting is a thousand words, and if you are given light and understanding, express it so others may also understand it through your work. On a canvas lies invisibly the art work. Self-assurance and faith brings that work into resolution. It is unbelievable how a work can manifest almost by itself when it is courageously started and persevered through its completion. I have often felt lost when starting a new work, but it is always amazing how through relentless will, a work can unfold.
The Hermetic Vase
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