If there were really such a thing as a spirit animal, Dr. John would be mine. The name Gilded Splinters is my way of paying homage to the musical medicine man. From the liner notes of “I Walk On Guilded Splinters“:
“Dr. John, he was very much interested in metaphysics… In voodoo they call the gilded splinters the points of a planet. Mystically they appear like little gilded splinters, like little gold, like fire that holds still. They’re different strengths at different times. I guess it ties in with astrology, and influence the energy. That’s what that’s about.”
Like fire that holds still. That’d be relevant to the North Node in Leo conjunct fixed star Regulus that guided the founding of this site.
My taste in music is eclectic – everything from psychobilly to ska, Ian Dury to Donna Summer and Kylie Minogue, Link Wray and Captain Beefheart to Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. Similarly, I’m eclectic in my spiritual beliefs. Was raised in the Bible Belt and do still read my Bible, though I view it more as a mystical occult text not unlike a grimoire than as a book of dogma to thump. I’ve flirted with other esoteric schools and taken something from all of them, but ultimately I remain independent, anarchic and eclectic – in astrology, in beliefs, in politics as well as in music.
I started reading quite traditional, old school astrology texts before diving into modern psychological and hippy-dippy astrology tomes. Here, too, I borrow something from each school and make my own gumbo with it.
There’s more, but that’s all you need to know right there – for now. I’m friendly and don’t bite so if you have any questions, just ask!