The Re-Branding of America: Fame, it is the New Black

Fame… and it goes a little something like this

… and it smells a little something like cette

How to Make it in Famerica


FAME, as compounded by Lady Gaga:

Tears of Belladonna: One part government hooker #tearsontap, one part femme fatale #looselytranslated, one part Donna sans the Ma #bellathemonsterball, consummated in a nocturnal matrimony #nightshade and equally beautiful death #jumpingoutthewindow, wrapped in the skin of the most Luciferian fruit #suchaholyfood

Atropa belladonna or Atropa bella-donna, commonly known as BelladonnaDevil’s BerriesDeath Cherries or Deadly Nightshade, is a perennialherbaceous plant in the family Solanaceae, native to EuropeNorth Africa, and Western Asia. The foliage and berries are extremely toxic, containing tropane alkaloids. These toxins include scopolamine and hyoscyamine which cause a bizarre delirium and hallucinations, and are also used as pharmaceutical anticholinergics. The drug atropine is derived from the plant.

It has a long history of use as a medicine, cosmetic, and poison. Before the Middle Ages, it was used as an anesthetic for surgery; the ancient Romans used it as a poison (the wife of Emperor Augustus and the wife of Claudius both used it to murder contemporaries); and predating this, it was used to make poison tipped arrows. The genus name “atropa” comes from Atropos, one of the three Fates in Greek mythology, and the name “bella donna” is derived from Italian and means “beautiful woman.”

Crushed Heart of Tiger Orchidea: “It’s not everyday that a Tiger Orchid blooms in Brooklyn…” born to blossom, bloom to perish – born in New York, LA-bound to die… One part crushed heart of that most majestic and magnificent of the botanic family. Native to Asia, the plant boasts staggering bounties: leaves weighing in at a thousand pounds, and flowers with 13 inches in diameter. While the plant produces up to 80 flowers at any given time, the flowers only bloom every two to four years.

The flowering of orchid species are always initiated by the climatic changes in our environment. The entrance of the first new moon, which signals the start of the lunar year brings with it the transition from short days and cool nights of December to the warm nights and long days of the late January. This occurrence brings with it the flowers for the first quarter of the year. Coincidentally, ‘Tiger’ orchid blooms are the ones that dominate this first part of the year.

So regal, so bountiful, so prominent, so rare… such a subtle genesis, yet so staggering, and so fair… Fame called: said #kanyeshrug #crushit With a black veil of incense: One part veneered black baptism…

Incense (from Latin incendere “to burn”) is composed of aromatic biotic materials, which release fragrant smoke when burned. The term incense refers to the substance itself, rather than to the odor that it produces. It is used in religious ceremonies, ritual purificationaromatherapymeditation, for creating a spiritual atmosphere, and for masking unpleasant odors. Incense is composed of aromatic plant materials, often combined with essential oils. The forms taken by incense differ with the underlying culture, and have changed with advances in technology and increasing diversity in the reasons for burning it. Incense can generally be separated into two main types: “indirect-burning” and “direct-burning.” Indirect-burning incense is not capable of burning on its own, and requires a separate heat source. Direct-burning incense is lit directly by a flame and then fanned or blown out, leaving a glowing ember that smoulders and releases fragrance.

Pulverized Apricot: One part pulverized prominence, defaced dominance… 

An apricot grove, or field of apricots, is a symbol for success in the imperial examination system because the very first celebration honoring successful candidates allegedly took place in an apricot grove.

And the combinative essences of Saffron and Honey Drops: one part combined fire and imperial fuel

  • Saffron: the most natural of the flashing… lights

If there is any color that can symbolize all aspects of Hinduism, it’s saffron – the color of Agni or fire, which reflects the Supreme Being. As such, the fire altar is regarded as a distinct symbol of ancient Vedic rites. The saffron color, also auspicious to the Sikhs, the Buddhists and the Jains, seems to have obtained religious significance much before these religious came into being. When sages moved from one ashram to another, it was customary to carry fire along. The inconvenience to carry a burning substance over long distances may have given rise to the symbol of a saffron flag. Triangular and often forked saffron flags are seen fluttering atop most Sikh and Hindu temples. While Sikhs regard it as a militant color, Buddhist monks and Hindu saints wear robes of this color as a mark of renunciation of material life.

  • Honey: that which holds the essence together… that most liberating sweet, that most supreme sap, that undeniable product of double double – triumph, prestige, toil and trouble – that route to reign emerged from the tireless hustle of those ninety-nine bees forever caught in the trap… immortal libations, Olympic initiation, that most eargasmic siren song, drops of divine knowledge from the celestial heavens, the nexus of that passage between nirvana and terra nova, the sun god’s tears on tap for Pharaohs to absolve all material fears… purifying, deifying, that immortal link betwixt and between art and science… the incredible, edible soul of the renaissance

A basic foodstuff, but which can also be a drink – like milk with which it is often associated -, honey is a symbol of richness and sweetness in all traditions. In the sacred texts of East and West, milk and honey flow like a stream through the promised land. The Celtic traditions celebrate mead as an immortal beverage. In Greek mythology, in which honey is the drink of the gods of Olympus, it is the symbol of knowledge, learning and wisdom , it is a food reserved for the elect, the iniated, and to exceptional people in this world and the next. Greek tradition claims that Pythagoras ate nothing but honey throughout his entire life. All the great prophets refer to honey in the Scriptures. Speech is honey, it represents softness, justice, virtue and divine goodness. The Koran uses holy terms to talk of bees and honey :”Honey is the first blessing that God gave the earth”. Virgil calls honey the celestial gift of the dew, dew itself being a symbol of initiation. Honey even designates supreme bliss and the state of Nirvana. Symbol of all sweetness, the honey of knowledge creates the happiness of mankind. The perfection of honey makes it a major element in many religions rituals. For the Egyptians, honey was the tears of the god Râ and was a part of all the religious offerings in pharaonic Egypt. In Islam, according to the Prophet, it restores sight, preserves health and resuscitates the dead. For the American Indians, it plays a great part in ceremonies and the rites of initiation and purification. A source of inspiration, honey gave Pindar the gift of poetry and Pythagoras the gift of science. In modern psychoanalytical thinking, honey symbolizes the “higher self” , the ultimate consequence of work on one’s inner self. As the result of the transmutation of ephemeral pollen into a delicious food of immortality, honey symbolizes the transformation by initiation, the conversion of the soul, and the complete integration of the person.

Black fluid: #theleak like oil: the lubricative domesticated foreign dirty money, fueling the nation – the ailing empire – through necessary deviation – #blackgold… like tar: the prehistoric preservation for gods of a time long gone, plentiful in pits which suspend that former life unknown… that filthy divinity… that all black metathing… #thefame

 From the Haus Laboratories in Paris: The “First Black Eau de Parfum” – bonjour Paris, welcome noir #naggerdomneversmelledsogood #parisiansneversmelledsohood #blacksinthebighaus #thethroneshome



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