all, and welcome to the Mojo issue of Meniscus Magazine! When we
put out the call for submissions a few months ago, we had no idea
what we’d be getting on this hot topic. But as you’ll
see, the creative artistic and musical counterculture has got it
So what is mojo? Well, according to artists Yuko
and Andy G., in Cosmic Mojo, it
starts with the powerful, innate desire to survive and prosper.
At its most fundamental level, mojo is the tendency for beings to
attract each other and produce off spring. This mission to survive
lies at the very base of evolution and is everyone’s ultimate
Mojo is the zesty spark that makes life amazing
and allows it to continue. Within each human being there is a holistic
energy system stimulated by a powerful sexual battery. The tendency
to procreate is the fuel for the spirit that adds primal vitality,
essence and energy to life—balancing the yin and yang.
Emlyn Lewis thought he knew all about mojo prior
to the recent birth of his first child. What he found out is that
mojo is not only the life force driving us to survive, but it is
also the result of that life force brought into reality. If this
doesn’t make sense, just flip to the picture of his embodied
mojo in the Elements section and see for yourself.
On the other side of the spectrum, this barbaric
life force can be harnessed and channeled to any area of your life
that requires pizzazz! One of the greatest gifts of human evolution
is our unique ability to shape life through our intentions. Not
all creatures are lucky enough to have such manifestable will power,
but humans can literally create reality with our thoughts through
action. More highly evolved people are thus able to harness the
animalistic desire for sex and channel this powerful energy towards
other areas of their life. When you’re not using this creative
force for procreation, it can be channeled to any thing you set
your mind to: art, music, photography, spirituality,
philosophy, travel, technology—even
fishing! (Not that fishing is better
Have you set your mind on your greatest potential?
In Music Maestro Please, Michael
Levy urges us all to ask a few simple but important questions in
regard to where we focus our will power: Have I truly been the maestro
of the orchestrations in my life? Or have I let other people conduct
my compositions without my input? What does it mean being the maestro
of one's own life?
Of course everyone is different. Maybe you’ve decided to channel
this vital essence towards spirituality as Annie Rigo has. Maybe
your bag is photography. Or perhaps
your driven to get out of bed because its past noon and the rest
of the world has been awake for hours.
Everyone is different.
For Addison Groove Project, the band members are
driven by the memory of John Hall,
friend and band-mate. Even though it was tragic to lose a 25 year
old to cancer, he lived a life of strength, positivity and empowerment
that his friends will remember forever. Now with the true realization
that life is short, they tour with everything they have, always
remembering not to take life too seriously when the glass seems
Sounds like mojo to me.
So how does our mojo relate to others? Carl Jung
might say that when you’re out on the town and see someone
with a “supernormal degree of luminosity” it might be
just chance—or it could be a meaningful coincidence. I’d
like to think it has something to do with the natural harmony of
the universe leading us to find people on the same wavelength.
Everyone’s energy vibrates at a certain
frequency. We are all motivated at different levels based on human
needs; from basic survival needs to self-actualization and transcendence.
Less energized individuals will be motivated by hunger, thirst and
bodily comforts. But those that are able to capture and control
the vast power of their personal mojo will be able to drive towards
self-actualization, where you can truly realize your full potential.
Highly evolved individuals are not only able to
drive towards their own self-fulfillment, but they are able to take
on the greater struggles of the world. We here at Meniscus Magazine
recently had the opportunity to work with some amazing people that
have taken on the daunting task of making the world a better place
by working to end the war in Iraq.
On March 26th, Meniscus and Boston-based musician
Brian O’Connell hosted Assembling
Peace, a party for peace and justice in Jamaica Plain, Mass.
When we began planning the event two months ago, we had no idea
how it was going to turn out. What we found was a rich culture of
activists and organizations that are set on bringing justice to
the world by educating people and ending
the war. It was a truly amazing experience to be a part of such
a powerful grass roots movement and to see the gusto that these
people exude. Thank you to everyone that focuses his or her energy
on bringing light to the rest of the world.
So as you peruse this springtime issue of Meniscus,
enjoy the art and ideas from the upper echelon of human consciousness.
This creative energy made its way through the perception of the
artist and now is in front of you as a resplendent snapshot of Awareness.
What you’ve got here is electronically-transmitted liquid
mojo: manifest destiny.
Peace and Love,
PS - Speaking of mojo, check out the new line of
swimwear from Victoria Secrets.
NOW THAT'S DEAD SEXY!!!
From the Swim Sale 2004
Vol. 2 catalog.