New Painting (June 2013): “To Break All Spells”

In late winter, early spring 2013, as I had begun a deepening attempt to shamanically ‘track’ the occult underpinnings of the nuclear industry, I started a new painting.  Turned out that in order to complete it I had to remove myself completely from work and living environments in which any form of  collusion with aspects of ‘fear culture’ plays any role, particularly if they pertained to the archetypal “darkest dance” (a dynamic that involves “off-alignment with Spirit” that can involve plays of force (heart-detached ‘power-over’) as well as forms of deception, however subtle.)


Somewhere in that tracking journey, I came across a medieval ‘amulet’ known as the “Sigillum Dei”, described as (wikipedia here):

“(seal of God, or signum dei vivi, symbol of the living God, called by John Dee the Sigillum Dei Aemaeth) was a late Middle Ages magicaldiagram, composed of two circles, a pentagram, and three heptagons, and is labeled with the name of God and his angels. It was an amulet (amuletum) with the magical function that, according to one of the oldest sources (Liber iuratus), allowed the initiated magician to have power over all creatures except Archangels, but usually only reserved for those who can achieve the blessed vision of God and angels (beatific visionary).”

It was modified in my design process to a 3-4-5-5-6-6-7-14 geometric sequence:

Beginning of design for 'To Break All Spells'

Beginning of my design for ‘To Break All Spells’…

It was eventually -finally!- finished, after I left California and began looking for a place to live in awesome Portland (Oregon), and then went to a friend’s home (in Summerland, BC -Canada) to take a break from living-out-of-my-car.  In sweet Canada, basically working “inside a mountain” (the house was built into the mountain and I worked on my painting in its basement), I finished it in mid-June (2013):

Michael Van Broekhoven

‘To Break All Spells’ (low res image)
40″ x 30″ Acrylic on Canvass
Painting by © Michaël Van Broekhoven

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Image of an older version of the Dutch-language version of 'The Never Ending Story'.  Click on image to see current version on

Credit where credit is due: part of the dragon is an adaptation inspired on the Dutch version of ‘The Never Ending Story’ by Michael Ende.

–> Image of an older version of the Dutch-language version of ‘The Never Ending Story’. Click on image to see current version on

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