When I am not infront of my easel painting, I am usually infront of my Mac working out some new piece of writing.|
A fair sampling of my writings is offered below...
|ENTER THROUGH THE IMAGE|
| In 1945, on a hill overlooking the Nile, a sacred text was accidentally unearthed after having been buried for seventeen hundred years. Within its aged pages, there appeared the cryptic inscription '...enter through the image.' |
Taking this as his starting point, the noted Visionary artist L. Caruana guides his reader through a labyrinth of imagery, exposing the forgotten image-language at the root of all dreaming, art and mythmaking....
Drawing examples from a diversity of ancient cultures (Buddhism, Alchemy, Gnosticism) and from contemporary Visionary art (Dali, Fuchs, Johfra), many beautiful and intriguing symbols are illuminated with crystal clarity. Retracing the steps of 20th century mythmakers (Hesse, Kazantzakis) and scholars (Jung, Campbell, Eliade), Caruana opens our eyes to the ancient mythic patterns underlying our lives. As many fascinating dreams are offered and decyphered (Baudelaire, Descartes), a new key is given to us for the elucidation of dreams.
By the end of this richly-illustrated study, we come to see how our own daily experiences are, in fact, heroic adventures culminating in rare moments of epiphany. We discover that our own lives are nothing less than "...a gradual unfolding of the Sacred."
|THE HIDDEN PASSION|
|A novel that elucidates|
the Gnostic worldview
in a clear and compelling narrative
- Now available in -
5.5" x 8" x 1"
ISBN 10 - 0-9782637-0-7
ISBN 13 - 978-0-9782637-0-6
THE HIDDEN PASSION MAKES|
THE GNOSTIC GOSPELS COME ALIVE..!
This is the tale of the Gnostic Christ, based on the ancient sources. In a compelling narrative, L. Caruana seamlessly weaves over 1500 sayings from the Nag Hammadi texts to recount The Hidden Passion of the Gnostic savior.
Wandering round Galilee, increasingly hailed as the Messiah of the Five Seals, the Gnostic savior preaches divine awakening through compassion. But he must still contend with Judas, his dark twin, and Magdalene, his promised bride. At once earthly and spiritual, the Nazarene's love for these two is finally transfigured into a higher, hidden passion.
Each page of this novel rings with the authentic message of the lost gospels. By combining numerous narrative fragments from the Nag Hammadi texts, The Hidden Passion makes the Gnostic Gospels come alive!
Complete with a map, diagram and glossary, this novel elucidates the Gnostic worldview in an eloquent, engaging narrative...
|THE FIRST MANIFESTO OF VISIONARY ART|
Read the Back Cover
|A New Edition of
the classic text
- Now available in -
Fuchs, Giger, Grey, De Es, etc.
6" x 9"
ISBN - 978-0-97826373-7
...WHAT IS VISIONARY ART?|
The sources of the visionary experience are many and varied: dreams, trance, madness, meditation, entheogens... This little book examines them all, pursuing both 'Visions of Light' and 'Visions of Darkness'. Through the art and writings of Fuchs, Klarwein, Giger, Venosa, Johfra, De Es, Grey and more, this new and unusual movement in art is put into proper perspective.
"...Concise as an instrument for presenting the current state and dimension of the visionary phenomenon." - DE ES Schwertberger
"Thank you so much for your Manifesto of Visionary Art - an intelligent analysis of the worldwide phenomena... Your online journal is terrific." - Alex Grey
|THE JOURNEY THUS FAR
- The Works & Wanderings of L. Caruana -
(Available online only)
CONTENTSI. THE WANDERING
Childhood in Toronto
Back to Toronto
II. THE WORKS
The Mystic Diptych
Enter Through the Image
The Harrowing of Hell
The Eternal Rise and Fall
The Sacred Life Journey
|Here is the life of L. Caruana: the wanderings from place to place, with temporary respites in Toronto, Vienna, Malta, Munich, and Paris. All the while, dreams uprise unbidden from within, demanding expression in visionary works of art. The Mystic Diptych, Christ Alchemist, and The Harrowing of Hell - all of these paintings are explored in depth, revealing their initial inspiration in dreams, their amplification through the myths and symbols of ancient culture, and their ultimate expression of a new life-philosophy.|
A Novel of Malta's Sacred Threads
A few sample pages|
of a work in progress.
Emmanuel and Sibylla, living in a cave above the village of Mellieha, struggle to understand what each has found in the other. For her, Emmanuel abandoned his noviciate in the Roman Catholic church. For him, Sibylla escaped the house of her rich and powerful father. Having foresaken the values of their island's longstanding traditions, they must now discover a different, deeper meaning in their love.|
Enter Nordin, an elderly Canadian archaeologist who meets the mysteriously haunting Sibylla under unusual circumstances. While his dig beneath the village church yields limited finds, he discovers in Sibylla a rich source of ancestral habits and memories. As Nordin begins to dig ever deeper into Sibylla's complex personality, Emmanuel stumbles upon a rich cache of Malta's history within the labyrinthine turnings of his own cave. Philosophical by nature, a self-confessed heretic, he begins to explore the myths and images underlying his own faith.
A novel set in Malta - the sunny Mediterranean isle resplendent with ruins from cultures past. The tale unfolds among Neolithic temples, Phoenician sanctuaries, early Christian catacombs, Muslim cemetaries, and the auberges of the Knights of Malta. A celebration of Malta's cultural heritage, this novel disentangles the many beliefs at the root of Malta's complex history.