View from the Eye – Gorilla Yogis to Urban Threads

Have you ever had one of those weeks where it was not only full of cool events and people, but the web was full of good and wonderful and intriguing news?  Well, here at the Eye, we try to stay in touch with what’s going on, and people mention things in passing, and it just seemed like it was time to start sharing these tidbits with the world. So, we’ve decided to do a semi-regular roundup of the latest bits of interest we’re calling View from the Eye. Take a look and feel free to give us your opinion in the comments!

A Look back at last weekend

Tess Whitehurst at Eye of Horus

Tess Whitehurst

Saturday we welcomed Tess Whitehurst to Eye of Horus from Venice California.  She’s been on tour promoting her book, Magical Housekeeping. If you weren’t able to make it to the booksigning or workshop, there’s a Chat on USTREAM.  She had nice things to say about the cities on her Facebook Page.  She highlighted the Current (radio station), the Ecopolitan, Eye of Horus, and of course all the people . . . so thanks to everyone who came out. You can also follow Tess on her blog, Enchanting the Day where, appropriately enough, the latest post is Hotel Room Feng Shui.

The one thing I would change in her advice is, instead of a head of garlic, you should bring Smokeless Smudge Spray. It’s a much nicer scent to go to sleep to, and hotel-friendly. Note that I have nothing against garlic in food. But for Smudging I’d rather use appropriate plant extracts.

Gorilla Yogis on Lyndale

Street Yoga

♦ Last Sunday was the first ever Open Streets and the Gorilla Yogis were out in front of our store. In case you missed it, 20 blocks of Lyndale Avenue South were closed off to motor vehicles and opened for walking, biking, running, skating – anything people-powered. It’s a pre-programmed and destination driven world, but this is part of a movement to build community connections and a more personal lifestyle.  Open Streets promote:

  • Sustainable transportation choices, including walking, bicycling and transit.
  • Public health, bringing healthy physical activity to communities in need.
  • Local business, drawing foot traffic past the front doors.
  • Public space, helping residents see our streets as places where we can all come together and take pride in our city.

A look around the web

Mythic Imagination Magazine Spring 2011 Issue – It’s Free! Articles of interest include

  • Excerpt from Fate and Destiny, The Two Agreements of the Soul By Michael Meade
  • The Witches of Lublin: A radio drama By Ellen Kushner, Elizabeth Schwartz and Yale Strom
  • Finnish Charms: Appropriating Folk Magic from the Kalevala and Kanteletar By K.A. Laity
  • Excerpt from Becoming Animal, An Earthly Cosmology By David Abram
  • … and a half-dozen more focused on the Mythic Imagination

Starhawk NovelStarhawk’s Book, the Fifth Sacred Thing has re-entered the womb of creation and we are expecting the birth of a movie sometime in the future.  It’s hard to say how long it will take because they are in pre-production and fundraising, but you can sign up for their newsletter for updates at their site: http://fifthsacredthing.com/ You can also check out their facebook fan page where they have posted the Artist Visions of the City.

Speaking of creative endeavors, our very own Tarot Reader (and author and teacher) Barbara Moore is working with the fabulous artist, Aly Fell, on an exciting new Steampunk Tarot Deck, due out next year.  But she’s posting sketches and color roughs and giving you an inside view of the process in her blog, Steampunk Tarot. Oh, and in case you didn’t know, International Steampunk Day was just yesterday, June 14th.  Why the 14th of June? Well, it is H.G. Wells’ birthday.

We also discovered Urban Threads while checking up on one of our favorite artists, Niamh O’Connor.  She had a show at the Eye a couple of years ago, and among other things, has turned her artistic talents to creating embroidery patterns both for machines and for hand-stitchers. All designs are sold as digital downloads. Just one look at the Urban Threads logo (a free design on their site) is enough to tell you that these are not-exactly-traditional designs.  I found it easy to delve into their site and explore designs for more time than I care to admit, and I don’t sew or stitch or anything, but I’d love to see more of these designs walking around town.  You can also explore their awesome blog of ideas tutorials and sundries, Stitchpunk.  Need I say more?

If that’s not enough to keep you surfing the web, all of you Pagans should know about The Wild Hunt Blog – they have their own link roundup.  They not only do stories, but also have their own weekly link roundup, they call Unleash the Hounds!

A look at what’s coming

We’ve got our own kind of M&M’s here at the Eye coming up. No it’s not candy. It’s just that our next three events are all about the Moon or Meditation (or both).

June 22nd (Wednesday) 7-9pm is the Signs & Seasons monthly Astrology class with Teri Parsley Starnes of Starsdance Astrology. This month’s class is devoted to the sign, Cancer which is ruled by the Moon. Join in and follow the Moon on a journey of intention, magic, and deep self-discovery. As the season of summer enfolds us in a blanket of green, let’s step out into the night to see how the Moon illuminates our souls. Come and join this practice of developing relationships with nature, self, and Mystery. Newcomers welcome! Get more info and free handouts about the Signs & Seasons class>

July 1st (Friday) 7pm – 8pm – New Moon Meditation. Thraicie Hawkner, Eye of Horus founder, Intuitive and High Priestess, will lead a guided meditation during this time for reflection and inner wisdom, capitalizing on the time of the earth’s shadow on the moon. Join the circle of shadow-workers. Bring Notebook and Pen. Suggested Donation $5

♦ July 6th (Wednesday) 7pm – 8pm is the Twin Hearts Meditation (New monthly event!)
Experience a cleaner energy body, calmer emotions, and increased mental clarity through Meditation on the Twin Hearts, in which we focus on blessing the Earth through the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum. Jason Calva, Pranic Healing instructor, leads this transformational monthly meditation. $10 donation requested.

Well, those are the highlights.  Feel free to discuss in our comments below.

Handmade Leather Journals

These handmade and hand bound journals are meant to take us back to a time when things were not mass produced—to a time when value was placed on how much skill and effort was required to produce a truly unique item. Even the paper is handmade by a family that has been crafting paper for nearly 150 years.  Actually, the paper is premium quality handmade linen parchment that passes the most strict PH – acidity-marker test. This tree-free, environmentally friendly paper is wonderful for all types of media such as water colors, fountain pens or any type of pencils and ball point pens you can think of.

Handmade Leather JournalsTop grade vegetable tanned leather is used throughout our entire line of heirloom quality, Coptic bound journals. At first stiff, the leather becomes softer and gains character with use and age. One of the great joys about a hand bound Coptic laced binding is that the book always lays open flat, there is never a need of holding down the page so its easy to write in . . . perfect for a sketch book, Gratitude Journal or Book of Shadows!

Vintage, old world craftsmanship and consistent quality become more precious as time marches on.  Perfect for a personal journal, or to create your own family or craft tradition heirloom, detailing your seasonal celebrations, quotable moments, and magickal themes.  Look closely and you will see the beautiful woven linen pattern in the tree free paper of our journals. You can see, touch and feel the quality of each journal with the turn of every page. It’s a personal and lasting experience of texture and senses which will ignite your creativity and invite you to try new mediums and explore your inner and outer world, knowing the record you keep will last for generations. The image above features the Entangled Dragons Journal, Earth Mother (Gaia) Journal and the God’s Eye Journal.

Other styles are planned and we will add more when they become available.  View all handmade leather journals.

Ancient Deckle Edge Scroll

Ancient Deckle Edge Parchment ScrollFor those who like a little more room for artwork, diagrams or creating your own illuminated manuscript, we also offer the large 14½” x11″ Parchment Scroll. If you are truly into the “old ways” this journal/sketchbook is made exactly the way they made them 1,000 years ago. The cover is free-ranged goat skin. The pages are handmade deckle edge parchment paper of high grade organically grown cotton which is acid, resin and toxin free. Just roll it up and use the leather string to tie it into a compact and attractive scroll which can fit into a satchel, messenger bag or backpack. Then when you get to your destination, unroll and record your observations.  The larger format makes it easy to stretch beyond the imposed boundary of a smaller book.

On some of these you can see the actual spots of the goat on the naturally vegetable tanned leather… very ancient and tribal look and feel. Some of them are tanned all the way to black.  Each one is unique.  The paper can be removed and refilled. Great for Artists!  Another plus for artists is that we are able to offer it at a reduced price because we get this direct from the makers. Check it out!

  • Size when flat and closed: 14 1/2″ x 11″
  • Size when rolled in a scroll: 11″ x 3 1/2″
  • Paper is approx 13″ x 10 1/2″
  • Refillable

Are You a Visionary?

Eye of Horus is looking for people who can help carry our vision for the next step in our evolution as a business.  Since we’re all about alternative paths, we’re not just going to banks (don’t you just love them?) to raise capital for necessary improvements and expansion. We wracked our brains for ideas and then  heard about how some other independent book stores were going direct to their communities and customers to raise capital.

Visionary Keeper of the FlameWe’ve listened to your stories about what the Eye means to you, thought about it, and decided it made sense to invite you to join us as we step further on this path of exploration. And because we know you like great art, we decided to create a series of Exclusive Limited Edition Art T-shirts!

UPDATE:  Order Placed 7/26 – No more pre-orders!
We will have a limited selection of shirts available when the order comes in, sometime in August.  Thanks to everyone who placed their order.

Joseph Campbell said, “Knock and doors will open where there were no doors before.” So here we are, knocking on your door, raising money by creating something uniquely cool.  We know you want to keep the flame burning at the eye, and you can make it possible for us to reach a new level of selection and service.

We’ve selected eight amazing designs and created a limited edition badge that you can wear proudly as a Visionary Keeper of the flame.   Choose one or more inspiring designs, including a couple with artwork by Nene Thomas, and all of the shirts are available in sizes M through XXXL! Eight of the T-Shirts Are Also Available in Small and Kids Sizes! You will also get invited to special Visionary events and be the first ones to know about our transformation.

Reaching New Heights

These exclusive t-shirts will be made available this summer only. If you decide to become a Visionary, a Keeper of the Flame, you will not only get the T-Shirt, but you will make it possible for the Eye to continue to be much more than a store. We want to serve you better, but need your help to take the next step.

There will also be special Visionary exclusive events throughout the summer, for those of you who decide to join us in this adventure. We can’t give you details yet, on what all it means to be part of this unique group of Visionaries.  We can only let you know we’re working on all kinds of ideas. Click here to order your T-Shirt and become a Visionary for the Eye!

Exclusive Limited Edition Art T-shirts!

UPDATE:  Order Placed 7/26 – No more pre-orders!
We will have a limited selection of shirts available when the order comes in, sometime in August.  Thanks to everyone who placed their order.

Check out All of these Amazing Art T-Shirts:


The T-Shirts are printed in the U.S. by The Mountain, and we’ve made special arrangements to have them customized with the Visionary logo shown here.  So yes, you can find them cheaper, but not with the exclusive logo, and you will know that 100% of the profits from these shirts is going to a special expansion fund to make sure we can continue to add more products, enlarge our teaching space and store, and oh, so much more.  Because we are having the shirts customized, it will take a few weeks before we get you the actual shirt. But the moment you place your order, you will be giving the Eye the leg up it needs to reach the next level.