ICONOGRAPHIC ART OF JOXUA MOURNINGSTAR http://iconographicart.wordpress.com/


This is one of my best self portraits and photoshops, imho.  I was inspired by the art in one of my most prized possessions, a copy of the essays of Michel de Montaigne by none other than Salvador Dali.  And yes that is me,  I took the gratuitous buttshot motif from Kevin Costner, my idol.

Below is the piece that inspired my original.



I was particularly predisposed to understand this piece because of my love and understanding of Plato.   What Dali is here illustrating is the epiphany of the universe to Plato.   Plato of course made the platonic solids and the dodecahedron represented the universe seeing as it had 12 sides and there are 12 houses in the zodiac.  You remember that Plato came up with the metaphor of the cave to represent his concept of the causal world in which the monads, or ideal forms, from which all phenomena originate.  He believed the ideas were immortal and that they pre existed things.  First there was the idea of the thing and then the thing made in the image of the idea.

Dali obviously agreed with Plato as we see that he is showing him vindicated in his piece.




This is a painting I did based on my having rationalized so many occult systems.  I have not only wrapped my mind around the original metaphorical and allegorical meaning of the people that created the systems.  I look from their perspective.  They were all saying the same thing in different ways and when they appear to disagree with one another it is because of Shenanigans on the part of people in relationship with their authority.  They conceal the origins of their religion, and the connections of their religion to other religions.  They transliterate their prophets to conceal vital interpretations, rescuing their prophets from themselves when what they said and did are contrary to the current taboos of society.  What this does is attenuate the light and obfuscate the truth, it makes the message impotent.  

The red door in this painting is symbolic of kundalini and is also an escape from this plane into higher spiritual planes in th form of tantra.  The two serpents represent the Ida and the Pingala of kundalini, the male and female serpents that wrap around the sushumna, or the spine, the same two serpents that were eaten up by the staff of moses.  Also on the staff of merlin there were two warring dragons, fighting over the pearl of immortality, in that symbol the wings are on the dragons instead of being on the pearl such as in the aten of Egypt.  

Also the founding books of Modern Voodoo are the 6th and 7th books of moses.  If you read the account of moses correctly you realize that he is using voodoo curses to bring to its knees a power greater than himself with more resources than he has.  Voodoo has always been the weapon of revolution when one was fighting a superior foe with next to no resources. 



The light coming threw the door takes on the shape of the morning star, the herald of the light, the first celestial body that appears to signal the coming of dawn and the rising of the sun.  When Jesus referred to himself as the morning star was he not referring to himself as the devil?  the light bearer?  the Ferrier of light?  Lucky fire? Lucifer? 

Lucifer (/ˈlsɪfər/ or /ˈljsɪfər/) is the King James Version rendering of the Hebrew word הֵילֵל in Isaiah 14:12.[1] This word, transliterated hêlêl[1] or heylel,[2] occurs only once in the Hebrew Bible[1] and according to the KJV-influenced Strong’s Concordancemeans “shining one, morning star, Lucifer”.[2] The word Lucifer is taken from the Latin Vulgate,[3] which translates הֵילֵל aslucifer,[Isa 14:12][4][5] meaning “the morning star, the planet Venus“, or, as an adjective, “light-bringing”.[6] The Septuagint renders הֵילֵל inGreek as ἑωσφόρος[7][8][9][10][11] (heōsphoros),[12][13][14] a name, literally “bringer of dawn”, for the morning star.[15] ~wikipedia

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”Revelation 22:16.” Just as I have received authority from my Father, I will also give him the morning star.” Revelation 2:28

How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! Isaiah 14:12


Light of The World, Iconographic Art of Joxua MourningStar



I started painting this after Michael Jackson’s untimely demise.  It was devastating for me.  I didn’t get to go to his funeral either, I wish I had gone because they changed their minds and let people in and I would have gotten to go in.  

You see, I was raised Jehovah’s Witness.  MJ and I have a connection.  When he was disfellowshipped I was no longer allowed to listen to his music.  My family was very strict.  Peter Appleton an elder from his congregation harassed me when I was dating my first girl friend who was coming to meetings but who hadn’t been baptized.  He threatened to disfellowship me if I didn’t stop seeing her.  It was ironic because he had 7 ex-wives and 20 children none of whom had ever been baptized and yet he was in good standing.  I sold all of my shit and disappeared to Washington state with my fiance.  Things didn’t work out and I ended up on the street.  I felt literally no connection with my family so I never even thought to call them.  Everybody thought I was dead and I am glad.  I am dead to them.  

Long story short I ended up moving to Woodland Hills and I got hired at Whole Foods.  On the way to work I would drive past MJ’s congregation, it was a weird coincidence.  I also ran into one of his brothers, Tito, he was unpleasant. 

I know that Michael was attracted to boys that age because he wanted to save himself at that age.  He was sympathetic to them being a child star as he was with an overbearing father.  He was trying to rescue himself by rescuing them.  I know what it is like to be a misunderstood ecstatic mystic.  He wasn’t trying to throw his baby over the balcony he was enthusiastic, he wanted to share his happiness with the people that loved him.  He would never hurt that baby, he loved it more than his own life.  He just wasn’t thinking about how he looked he was thinking about how he felt.  

I feel bad for people like Michael and Tom Cruise.  I think about what a man has to do to try to ensure he has access to his kids in this day and age when you are rich and powerful and male and everybody wants a piece of you.  You want to be an influence in their lives.  This culture hates masculinity, intelligence, and talent.  We are surrounded by morons that feel thwarted by their lack of…. everything, but especially talent.  It is as though they think awesomeness is a finite resource and people like us and Charlie Sheen are using too much of it. 

Michael Jackson was a Maha Jagad Guru a world teacher.  He touched every person in the world.  He changed global culture.  He was a creative Genius.  He was in his way a shaktipat guru.  


Light of the world is done as a visual homage to Shiva Nataraja.  MJ is dancing in the sun.  See Michael and I are named after the same namesake Joxua was Jesus name when he was incarnate, but Witnesses believe that before he incarnated he was the archangel Michael, so the synchronicities never really cease.  I was always hoping that maybe Janet Jackson would buy this from me.  I feel that she and his children are the one’s that received his guru grace.  He passed on his spiritual lineage to them.  Even now I am tearing up as I write this.  It is cathartic.  I get so much shit for my feelings about Michael, but that doesn’t stop me.  I don’t care, haters gonna hate. 







I painted this a while back after I started using my psycholinguistic model to deconstruct the narrative that we get through media and then using my psychological model to see how people and groups of people would interpret it on an unconscious level.  I used the concepts of emotional data, and experiential data, and survival data, it is based on hermeneutics.  Long story short, I predicted a coming suicide epidemic that would disparately impact men and young men.  Guess what?  I was right.  Angel tide was all of the souls from the dead youngsters, that is what it means.

This piece is surreal and abstract, it has a lot of emotional impact. It is beautiful, peaceful, and at the same time full of action and a hint of sadness, contemplation even.