Mark Walker

Biography

John Starr Cooke Biography Project Work is currently being done on a projected biography of John Starr Cooke, co-authored by Michael C. McCann and Mark Walker. Input is welcome from people who can provide support, and useful information and insights on John Starr Cooke. Chamba Cooke, son of John Starr Cooke, has written an outline …

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Chapter Four

‘One is in motion That motion is love. You are that One in motion, in expression Here and now.’ Chapter Four From Tepoztlan with Love: the Initiation “…truth is in the obvious.” There are not words in any language, except perhaps Sanskrit or ancient Nahuatl, which can describe in measure the initiation episode Michael Bowen …

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Chapter Three, Endnotes

ENDNOTES (1) The major collection of Beat-generation art collected by Dr. Wennesland is now housed in the Wennesland foundation in Norway. Some of these great cultural treasures, brought back to his native Norway by the ever wise Viking doctor, where deemed important enough to be flown across the Atlantic Ocean where they exhibited in New …

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Chapter Three, Part Five

After he was satisfied that all the best legal and private detective help were focused on the long process of finding his son and getting him back, Michael got into his car and drove straight down highway one, crossing the border at Tijuana, Baja the next morning. Luckily Michael had from Dr. Wennesland a bottle …

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Chapter Three, Part Four

From those first moments with John in Carmel, life moved quickly and seamlessly from triumph to tragedy and back to triumph again. This oscillation continued for those late fifties and early sixties Beat-generation years that could be described as a mad laundry list of events. Michael’s paintings continued to be collected by Dr. Wennesland and …

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Chapter Three, Part Three

About two weeks after Michael Bowen had moved into the Commercial Street studio, Michael McCracken came in one afternoon and took Bowen aside from the others that were there and said very seriously, “Hey man, listen, there is a wizard that lives down the coast in Carmel Highlands.” Bowen, “Really?” McCracken, “Yeah man, I think …

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Chapter Three, Part Two

One Sunday, while Michael was with Sonia and little Michael having breakfast, little Michael playfully threw a plate at Sonia, hit her below the nose, and split open her lip. Michael immediately gave her what first aid he could, but the lip was badly cut and bleeding profusely. Olive helped take care of the baby …

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The New Tarot — Way-Shower

The New Tarot for the Aquarian Age Way-Shower The Star becomes the War-Shower Significance of The Way-Shower: Singleness of Purpose Shifting sands unroll to you a path once trodden when thy feet were unshod in the coarseness of leather. A golden path leads eastward again to the garden of you planting. A song pulls you …

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The New Tarot — Virgin

The New Tarot for the Aquarian Age Virgin The World becomes The Virgin Significance of The Virgin: BEing We may now proceed to the Book of the Virgin. Do not connect Books with entities. Now ask. Q: Have we this card in the present packs? A: Yes. It has several names. It has been known …

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The New Tarot — Unity

The New Tarot for the Aquarian Age Unity The Lover Becomes Unity Unity signifies: Completeness The hands you are in are your very own. A further step is needed. It requires that which has never been done before by an actor: reverse pattern. Willingness to continue game – not-game is a vital requirement of the …

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The New Tarot — Speaker

The New Tarot for the Aquarian Age Speaker The High Priest becomes The Speaker Significance of The Speaker: It is Done Speak out needful sayings! Hold not back that which you must speak for the word, unuttered, that ups shall sink, tearing holes in the dark shaft. Light shall not seep out through the holes, …

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The New Tarot — Seeker

The New Tarot for the Aquarian Age Seeker The Hermit becomes The Seeker Significance of The Seeker: Right Direction Welcome! We are gathered together to explore, to explain, to explode. We mold not the patterns already firmed. That which is to be done has been willed. From the dark deeps arisen are the feelings of …

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The New Tarot — Royal Maze

The New Tarot for the Aquarian Age Royal Maze The Wheel of Fortune becomes The Royal Maze The significance of The Royal Maze: Destiny A question of many angles can be squared now. We will take the uppermost which is at the bottom of all things: whither goest I? Into the Maze you have stalked. …

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The New Tarot — Reverser

The New Tarot for the Aquarian Age Reverser Temperance becomes The Reverser The significance of the Reverser: Channels Flow The journeyer stops along the way to renew himself. He rests, drinks, relieves, gathers, and continues on the way. At some of his stops, he exchanges with others. Yet he renews his Self and continues in …

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The New Tarot — Renewer

The New Tarot for the Aquarian Age Renewer Death becomes The Renewer The siren bell has rung. Its penetration has entered but not emerged. Therefore its vibration continues its wonders to perform. A troubled wind is oiled. A swaying branch dislodges its fruit. A famished one is nourished. The market place is a-thrive. Strange beads …

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The New Tarot — Reactor

The New Tarot for the Aquarian Age Reacter The Moon becomes The Reacter The significance of The Reacter: Not the Actor 1 is active. 3 are ready. 5 have made it. Ring of memory. It is a circle both free and binding. It is never worn yet is ever present. Its burden is great. It …

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The New Tarot — Mother

The New Tarot for the Aquarian Age Mother The High Priestess becomes The Mother Significance of The Mother: Creator Purity of purpose must accompany all Tarot readings for continued progression. A step backward is a long one, a step forward is a mighty one hard fought. Throw a card on the table and we will …

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The New Tarot — Knower

The New Tarot for the Aquarian Age Knower Judgment becomes The Knower The significance of the Knower: The Self In that day shall blend the elements. They shall be expressed in a new expression. He who knows shall be the expresser. Ye shall know that day and that One. Now it is a day without …

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The New Tarot — Hanging Man

The New Tarot for the Aquarian Age Hanging Man The Hanged Man becomes The Hanging Man Hanging Man significance: Redemption Q: Ought we to place one on the table now? A: Try Q: Please describe the Hanged Man. A: He is within the pyramid. He is suspended only, waiting. Hanging Man is better. Q: What …

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The New Tarot — Feeler

The New Tarot for the Aquarian Age Feeler The Empress becomes The Feeler Significance of The Feeler: The Prime Mover A curious retreat is observed. Tis better to advance however backward progression is recognized when the obstacle is insurmountable. All retreats are time consuming. It is well to study the obstacles well to determine its …

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The New Tarot — Donor

The New Tarot for the Aquarian Age Donor Justice becomes The Donor Significance of The Donor: What is earned is given The blade has cleft illusion. Middled are the halves. Blunted not is the instrument. With a thunderous stroke, it was done. The time of telling draws near. Twice–told it will not be this time; …

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The New Tarot — Doer

The New Tarot for the Aquarian Age Doer The Sun becomes The Doer Significance of The Doer: Right Activity The foretelling time. The pages from the rear are in the fore. Sun-worshippers have taken their place. The ray of love is seldom perceived and often misunderstood as having flesh. The daybreak of the new morn …

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The New Tarot — Changer

The New Tarot for the Aquarian Age Changer The Juggler Magician becomes The Changer Its significance cannot be said Hail to the conquering One! A cover has settled o’er all. When the cold abates, when the heat warms, when the light shines, ‘tis time for uncovering. Lethargy o’ercomes him who remains covered beyond season. The …

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The New Tarot — Actor

The New Tarot for the Aquarian Age Actor The Emperor becomes The Actor Significance of The Actor: The Mind Ho-Ho! This is the Book of the Actor. He has been called the Emperor. The Actor is bathed in light that comes from a point in front of him and at foot-level. In his right hand, …

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Session 85

THERE IS ONE ACTION FOR ALL: TO BE June 27, 1965 Present: Given, Legion and two visitors: Kate and Holly. WE: Proceed to what seems a hard saying: A stoppage is the most harmful of all actions. A stoppage is not an action; it is a most violent action based on destruction of Self . …

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Session 86

ONE IS ONLY. June 30, 1965 Present: Given, Legion and two visitors: Donald and Dorothy who were devoted weavers. WE: Passing. The turbulent sky lightens. The willows unbend. A swaying commences. The tierra welcomes the shod feet. A voice insistent beckons. The hidden ear responds. The movement of ONE is diversified. There is no question-only …

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Session 87

THE MOVEMENT IS UNSTOPPABLE July 3, 1965 Present: Given and Legion. Letters had been received in the mail from Lorna, Gayla and Sweet Timothy, all of whom were now in California. WE: A troubled mind is nothing. A troubled heart is nothing. Trouble seems to occur when motion seems contrary with the movement of ONE. …

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Session 88

NOW IS. Guatemala City, Guatemala July 13, 1965 Present: Legion, Given, and their host and hostess: Neal and Kenny. Legion and Given had flown down to Guatemala City for a few days to visit Kenny and Neal. They were thinking of going on to El Salvadore, but the timing did not seem right. WE: Best …

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Session 89

THE MOVEMENT OF LOVE IS ONE. Xiutepec, Morelos, Mexico July 23, 1965 Present: Given, Legion, and three visitors: Dio, Laurie, and Janas. Legion and Given had just returned from Guatemala. Dio and Laurie had been staying at the house in Xiutepec in their absence, but were soon to return to California where Dio worked with …

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Session 90

THINK NOT OF ORIGIN BUT OF TRANSITION. July 28, 1965 Present: Given, Legion, and three visitors: Janas, Lem and Jeffrey. WE: Thinking days are done. There is a question. Legion: Who are the Gypsies? WE: The rovers of G. Legion: Where do we originate from? WE: Think not of origin but of transition. G transits …

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Session 91

BE NOT HUMAN: BE ONE. Present: Given, Legion, Sweet Timothy and four visitors: Kate, Holly, Marianne and Luther. Martin-Sweet Timothy had flown down from California -for a visit . . but was not to remain long. The period in Mexico, for all concerned, had been and would continue to be one of change-with much coming …

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Session 92

CONCERN YOU WITH YOU August 9, 1965 Present: Given, Legion, Sweet Timothy. WE: What will you? Legion: Who, from your viewpoint, is Meher Baba? WE: He is One of many who are moving in ONE. Legion: Why does he consistently come up as a liberator for Legion? WE: He does not. Legion: Why does his …

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Session 93

THE GOLDEN HEART MUST BEAT August 18, 1965 Present: Given, Legion, Sweet Timothy and two visitors: Susan and Ted. WE: Do you wonder what is happening? This is a period when decisions clear are needed. WE speak not of emotional outburstings, which lead one to confusion, but to the needed actions for you. How specific …

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Session 94

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL August 21, 1965 Present: Given, Legion, Sweet Timothy, and a visitor: Patric, an artist from Yucatan. Here is a tale: Travelers footsore and weary stopped at the well-spring. Having neither cup nor cap, they thirsted mightily. Only when the travelers plunged their heads into the water did relief come and …

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Session 95

SEPARATE NOT THINKER AND KNOWER August 28, 1965 Present: Given, Legion, Sweet Timothy. WE: Out what may out this day. Q: What may out? WE: If the flow from the heart is not outed, that which flows is not golden. These barriers to a golden heart must be stormed. The blocks of such barriers must …

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Session 96

A LION WITHOUT A TAIL IS A POODLE. September 14, 1965 Present: Given, Legion and two visitors: Donald and Tomas. WE: How is it that one derives strength? One gains only by out-ting, following in-ing. Donald: Will I live to see my book finished? WE: It matters not that books be writ. It matters that …

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Session 97

BEING IS ONE. ONE IS ALL. September 15, 1965 (Independence Eve in Mexico). Present: Given, Legion, Sweet Timothy. WE: ‘Tis the eve of nothing but now. The day is handled as it comes daily. Think not of tomorrow. What presses? Sweet Timothy: Could you speak on life? WE: WE speak thus of life: ONE is …

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Session 98

THE TIME IS NOW. September 30, 1965 Present: Given, Legion and Tomas. WE: This is the time. It is now. You are prepared well. Ghosts have fled for you know they were not. You know ONE is. Here is a tale. In a low place dwelt a highborn. He wandered freely among his fellows singing …

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Session 99

SHOOT NOT FOR THE MOON: ENCOUNTER THE HEART INSTEAD October 3, 1965 Present: Given, Legion, Sweet Timothy and Tomas. The day is not long nor short. It has sufficient measure for its happenings. Should there appear a time-pusher, or holder, know him not-for he is not in season. Ask. Legion: Asks about a house he …

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Session 100

THAT WHICH LOVES NOT, LIVES NOT November 12, 1965 Present: Given, Legion, Tomas and two visitors: Pat and Jorge. Sweet Timothy had departed for California after the last session, and was living in a little cabin in Bolinas, painting. Tomas was now staying with Legion and Given in Xuitepec, but was soon to leave for …

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Session 101

ONE IS THE MOTHER December 6, 1965 Present: Given, Legion, and a visitor, Brite, an artist from Sausalito. WE: It has been said. It will be said again. The night of indecision has been illuminated, the day of doubt has set. Noon is upon you and shadows of doubt do not exist. Speak that which …

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Session 102

NOW IT IS SAID: YOU KNOW. January 1, 1966 Present: Given, Legion and two visitors: Janus and Patric. It has come to pass. The time of doing fuses with being. Heavy lay the questions which need not be asked. The turning point has not come; rather the route is ahead. Changes there seem–seeming only. Today’s …

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Session 103

ONE IS RESPONSIBLE TO SELF ALONE. Bolinas, California January 14, 1966 Present: Given, Legion, Lorna, Sweet Timothy. Given and Legion had flown up from Mexico after the New Year for a visit with Lorna, Sweet Timothy, and also Gayla, who was now living in Stinson Beach, a few miles south of Bolinas. Many questions were …

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Session 104

THE TAROT IS THE STORY OF ONE January 15, 1966 Present: Given, Legion, Gayla, Sweet Timothy. Gayla: What is the total meaning, or sentence, spelled by the Tarot Books? WE: This is the story of ONE. Gayla: Is there a correct sequence? If so, why? WE: Yes. Like stories, the sequence follows a seeming pattern. …

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Session 105

THE MIRROR IN THE UNLIDDED BOX Xiutepec, Morelos, Mexico. February 16, 1966 Present: Legion, Given, Janas, Tomas. WE: Foremost is. Decide that which you are for. Ask. Legion: What now? WE: Now is the period when the found box is unlidded. A clear gaze is required, a stout heart also. The contents issue forth powerfully. …

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Session 106

TAKE A BREATH Bolinas, California April 12, 1969 Present: Legion, Given, Lorna, Gayla, and three visitors: Pablo, Dr. Ralph Metzner and Rebekah. By this time, Legion and Gayla’s small book explaining the new Books of Tarot had been published and the 56 minors were being completed. John had flown up from Mexico with Pablo for …

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Preface to My Odyssey

My Odyssey: The First Human Be-In By the artist Michael Bowen Preface In the year 2007, of the Christian era, comes an epic story, written from the Northern reaches of Europe, in Stockholm Sweden . Forty years have passed since the grand performance art known as the Human Be-In. According to the New York Times …

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My Odyssey: the First Human Be-In

Introduction to My Odyssey Michael Bowen Introduction The truth of the Human Be-In is the perennial message of Love. It was The Human Be-In, as we now are beginning to comprehend world-wide, which initiated another event called the Summer of Love. It was this never-to-be-forgotten summer of 1967, the Summer of Love, which empowered many …

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Chapter One, Part One

[quote style=”boxed”]‘How is violence to be eradicated, without begetting more violence?[/quote] What method to stop war, without further killing? Nothing short of a basic shift in the human psyche – there appears to be no more readily discernable answer. The idea of change being effected by a mass change in the collective consciousness and conscience …

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Chapter One, Part Two

Bowen and Ginsberg at Be-In Michael Bowen’s human-art-tableau on the flatbed truck was as complete and all-inclusive as he wanted it to be on that magical day. However, those legendary individual egos, summoned by Bowen’s clever manipulation, had to be handled with care. All of those egos on the flatbed truck stage came and participated …

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Chapter One, Part Three

The Human Be-In forever broke through the chains of individual and collective human bondage such as alienation, insignificance, and hatred. When those who attended the Be-In saw for the first time just how many of them there were, they became empowered; something new had happened to them, something profoundly uplifting, exciting, and transformative. Every person …

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Chapter One, Part Four

Cannibals Violence, in all its many manifestations, is the key attribute that needs to be reformed and eradicated for humanity and civilization to survive. Formerly, many thousands of years ago, homo sapiens were cannibals. Now, the very thought of eating another human being, even if there were no other food source available, is a disgusting …

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Chapter One, Part Five

Grateful Dead on Stage at the Human Be-In The human tableau became complete with the Grateful Dead, who climbed up and down the flatbed when they were not sitting there, until it came time for them to play. Although the Grateful Dead, who were well known in the Haight-Ashbury and would have drawn a crowd …

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Chapter One, Part Six

He traveled via a variety of modes and conveyance – cars, planes, by train, on horseback, by boat and hovercraft, the London and New York City underground subways, to say nothing of walking. Just as he and other beat artists of that time used found objects to produce consequential works of art, Bowen used the …

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Chapter Two, Part One

[quote]Love is not an abstraction, nor merely an afterthought, It is tangible in its touch – a self-sustaining, unifying principle That forms the underlying basis of reality – that which some call Motion.[/quote]   The Summer of Love Love Consciousness painted by Michael Bowen 1960 The first six months of 1967, made the Human Be-In …

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Chapter Two, Part Two

Even if many of its participants were impractically idealistic, the memory of the Summer of Love will never be forgotten. Negative media attacks against the Human Be-In and the Summer of Love came immediately, and for decades to follow. Yet nothing could destroy the positive imprint of those seminal first six months of magical cooperation. …

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Chapter Two, Part Three

Pied Piper and Lute Player Michael Bowen painting Despite all the social and civil advancement put forward by the expanding counter-culture, and the reinforcing of the Bill of Rights, the excesses and frustrations that developed in the Haight-Ashbury that summer and autumn were also legendary, as 100,000 unemployed teenagers from all over America heeded the …

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Chapter Two, Part Four

The successes of the Summer of Love have now multiplied its base into thousands and thousands of building blocks; new-age bookshops, yoga centers, as well as health and metaphysical stores that are ubiquitous in major cities throughout the world. Those consciousness centers are growing stronger each year, and producing infinite varieties of the One consciousness …

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Chapter Three, Part One

[quote]The concept of Apartness is a seeming, a division of one from the Self. This feeling of being alone and separated from the Whole is what drives wars and killing. It stirs the desire to subjugate another, bearing the seeds of greed and intolerance. It is the great lie, the cruel hoax. Look to the …

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Video: Prophecy of the Royal Maze

Introduction

You are about to watch a film made by John Starr Cooke in 1976. This film represents his legacy to the people on earth, for he knew he was soon to die. Since he himself would journey no further in this world, he wanted to leave with us some intuitive pointers of the way ahead.

For the last turn of his life’s path, John had gone to Mexico, seeking the peace and quiet which he found in the small village of Tepoztlan. John was a magnetic figure, full of love and humor for all. As an energizing catalyst, he gave unique encouragement to each individual through listening and loving. John had always been a seeker. He went from the Church of England to the Sufis of North Africa, from Pak Subuh in Indonesia to Meher Baba of India; always searching. He read Gurdjieff and Madame Blavatsky, Alice Bailey, Krishnamurti, Carl Jung.

But John could never be a follower, and though he remained in loving contact with all, he continued on his individual path. When he was with a Muslim sect, he was stricken with polio in Algeria and returned to California anchored to earth by a wheelchair for the rest of his life. In the next turn of the path, he would search deeper rather than farther.

Since he was a little boy, John was captivated by the strange symbolic figures in the deck of the Tarot cards. The 22 Tarot trump cards are representations of fantasy images universally used by mankind. Down through the ages, instincts and hungers in the abstract unconscious can express themselves in us as symbolic personalities in order that we may understand them. The Greeks sculptured their gods, the African his mask, Hindus portrayed their deities, and Christianity uses its powerful symbol of the cross. So too, the Tarot cards have been envisioned and painted by many to personify 22 of the most universal archetypes of mankind such as birth, death, victory, love. The cards change as cultural aspects in the world change.

At different times in his life, John was given detailed instructions from the unconscious on how to paint three decks of Tarot which you will see depicted in this film. After debating about its form, John decided to give a direct Tarot card reading from his own, The New Tarot for the Aquarian Age. John, alas, did not live to see the film we are about to see. He died in August 1976. So here is John’s last gift to the world, his Prophecy of the Royal Maze.

as narrated by Alice Kent.

John’s final instruction

John’s last words on Prophecy of the Royal Maze film.

We are all being together. The whole universe is being. All move by the great force of eternal life. The Royal Maze, the royal way of the tarot is a never ending meaning for all of us. This reading for the future is indeed full of promise. Five fingers make a hand. You are no longer a stranger in a strange land. You have centered and found the language you have sought. You have solved the way to speak. Truly, the Royal Maze conceals no secrets. Secrets are a thing of the past. No secret remains once the secret is known as motion.

Why be threatened by love? Why be unwilling to give yourself to another? To all others? Love, for there the future lies. Love, for the future is in your own hand. Understanding is given. We are Legion. May the blessing of the imperishable brother hood of being rest ever upon thee in peace eternal.

John Starr Cooke August 1976

Black Magic in Tangier

John Starr Cooke in Brion Gysin’s The Process Tangier in the 1950s Tangier in the 1950s was a place where diplomats, spies, smugglers, eccentric millionaires and bohemian artists and writers rubbed shoulders with the native Tangerinos. As the northernmost city of Morocco, with Spain in sight across the strait, Tangier had for hundreds of years …

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Black Magic Question Mark

Black Magic Question Mark Originally published in The American Theosophist Volume 33 Issue 8, August 1945 when John was 25 years old.

The Church of One

To Each One Concerned: Are you still doing that? Are you still hooked on the concept that you are doing something to eradicate something else? better someone else? Elevate or alleviate? Are you, for instance, thinking you are in revolt from the situation as IT is? Or, by past habit patterns, determinedly attempting to repeat …

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The story of T-Ruth

San Francisco Oracle Volume #9 page 7 The story of T-Ruth Few if any historians have understood the mystical significance of the Cooke-Bowen legacy. The story of T-Ruth is one of those enigmas of history that can best be understood many years later. The story has been an open secret for over 40 years, ever …

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John Starr Cooke — Links

John Starr Cooke on Wikipedia The Word of One Tarot – Review Tarot collectors forum – The mysterious Book of T Allen Cohen, Founder of the San Francisco Oracle

Be-In permit story

We knew we had to have a permit for the Human Be-In and that was our greatest worry between Allen Cohen and myself. Sure, we could create this gathering of the tribes but how could we get the permission of the city? So Allen decided that he would go down to city hall and present …

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Beast upon the Sea Michael Bowen etching

Bowen mystic etchings

Asked the Seeker: Oh Master, tell me of the way to bliss. The Master said: Beloved Seeker, child of karma, you are alike unto a beast upon the sea. Formed by your tears is the ocean upon which you pass alone from point to point. The doorway to the land of Oneness, the heart, seems …

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Michael F. Bowen biography

Michael F. Bowen by Marlena Donohue In the history of arts, letters, culture (and anti culture) there are always individuals who—through some serendipitous combination of vision, charisma, timing, sheer focus of intent– take their place not so much as textbook names on the tips of our tongues, but rather as important pollinators; keepers of the …

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The Honorable ONE

The Honorable ONE Poetry by Ramanatha War is fought, hypocrisy, greed and vanity, Upholding the Bill of Rights, for all to see, Sleighing the dragon of ego, you fought and won, Glories to you, the Honorable ONE * Playing your tune of LOVE they came, Rejecting the establishment, oh so lame, To the call of …

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The Tuscan Cross

Writing by Michael Bowen Warhol “electric chair” The cross is an assemblage painting made in the Villa above Florence. The Tuscan hills are filled with churches and the churches are filled with crosses. All the crosses have a dead body hanging on them. For me it is one of the weirdest symbols ever invented by …

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LOVE Portrait

1966 Oil Painting by Michael Bowen A short history of the San Francisco Love Generation By R.W. Bruch This seminal prophetic painting of Michael Bowen is one of the most influential works of art produced by this prolific artist during his short period spent in the turbulent mid 60’s Haight-Ashbury community of San Francisco. Collected …

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Buddha-Nature art series part 1

This Bowen art series is based on an exhibition in October 2009 in Stockholm Sweden. The Bowen exhibition was the first showing of his artwork since his passing away in early March of the same year. Bowen’s good Swedish friend and Tibetan monk, Johann Neumann, spoke at the exhibition about Bowen’s unique cultural contribution and …

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In memory of Michael Bowen

In memory of the Great and Honorable Michael Bowen (aka Baba Kali Das) By R.W. Bruch March 13, 2009 Yes, Great, like Alexander the Great, Michael was also an influential and visionary leader who will be remembered into the distant future. Michael Bowen was not an ordinary fine artist; he truly was a great soul, …

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Gone to the Unseen

An homage to the honorable Michael Bowen At last you have departed and gone to the Unseen. What marvelous route did you take from this world? Beating your wings and feathers, you broke free from this material cage. Rising up to the sky you obtain the world of the soul. You were a prized falcon …

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