For When You’re In Love With A Figment

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Joseph Webb

Artist Joseph Webb has been featured here before, with (yes) the Love Zombie posts.  As you can see, he captures the vibe brilliantly.  So…i reached out to him for a quick chat via Facebook:

  • August 15

    Mystic Medusa

    • hey fab – my question is basically this – on my site we have a line of discussion about Love Zombies – basically people who get infected with the LZ virus behave like nutters, imaginary lovers, investing way too much energy into a not-really-happening or even impossible love affair, self-delusion etc. But the weird thing is that these sorts of insane crushes often generate a lot of growth, in bizarre ways. Even so, when the Love Zombie comes around, she (usually a she) realizes she is in fact clutching a figment. And your work seems to totally get this!? Please can you say a few words about your work and what the themes are for you? Also what is YOUR sign pls? Thanks. AND Please include best sites to link to for you just so i get it right!

  • August 16

    Joe Webb

    • Hi. Ok that sounds like that matches my work perfectly!

      I’m not great on explaining the work as I feel its a visual language which speaks for itself but…..

      The work explores the ideas you’ve covered really with ‘love zombies’ – those particular pieces are about the enigmatic missing person…someone who is lost, imagined, dreamlike, once there but is now absent. The Cosmos often fills the silhouette adding the the mystery of it all…touching on ideas of fate and destiny ‘written in the stars’.

      I can go into more detail if that isn’t enough but might take me some time!

      Please encourage people to ‘like’ my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/joewebbartist

      And also my main website is www.joewebb.co.uk for more examples of my work.

      Oh I’m Sagittarius…Any chance of a reading of some kind I’d like to know what the future has in store for me!

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      Joseph Webb couple

      God i can’t get rid of the Fb formatting to post properly here BUT – fast take on Saggo – get the $$$ & the spiritual dev happening and then you can bust out the Jupiter-Uranus-Zap-Zone individualistic freedom goodies.

    • I also think that The Cosmos often fills the silhouette adding the the mystery of it all is one of THE most profound little lines ever. What does everyone else think? And please go like Joseph on Fb as i think his work illustrating the schizz that is the Love Zombie Virus is invaluable. 

    And while i am here – sorry – but it’s the Cap Moon…not so much decadence or Zen as innovative salads and goal setting for the Zap Zone.

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Jeannie Goldwire

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Jeannie Goldwire
Jeannie Goldwire

Ack! couldn’t get the photo to download right.

leogroover
leogroover

2 days later grokking it bad. reality sucks

twinfishrising
twinfishrising

LOVE this post…
brings to mind…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0i7ImVXfqE0

leogroover
leogroover

I know that figment well. However he was not a blip on my radar during my birthday weekend which was fanastic full of friends, beauthful music, champers and lovely food and pressies. I was one very spoilt leo gal.

MmeE
MmeE

Love with a figment? Developing an online relationship can be like that; recently I met a man online; a Major in the Defence Force; who, just my luck had been recently deployed to Afghanistan. He was intelligent, thoughtful, sensuous, playful, sharing etc; I thought my ‘prince’ had finally arrived; we corresponded over a period of six months (100 A4 pages worth of emails). The dream came to an end, coincidently on my birthday, which also happens to be Valentine’s Day, when he was featured in an article in the local paper advising readers to be alert to online dating scams;… Read more »

calypso
calypso

I like that MmeE, that you can look at the silver lining and see it as useful training. I like to think of online courting stuff as useful training as well – just helpful for getting used to communicating with men, figuring out what you want, how you operate, etc.

Hope it leads to a truly satisfying dense bodied ending 🙂

MmeE
MmeE

‘truly satisfying dense bodied ending’; I like the feel of that…thanks

perfectPisces
perfectPisces

when i look at this picture (the stargazed man) i think of my creator. having a relationship with my creator is the most important thing right now.

Lux Interior is My Co-Pilot
Lux Interior is My Co-Pilot

I also think the “written in the stars” bit was pretty on the money.
As in, as an LZ I always cited “fate” etc as a good excuse for moping, e-stalking etc.

Cate
Cate

I have am finishing a book that has taken me ten years to write. A mighty creative act, fueled by love zombiness, in the form of being a Muse, is a mighty fine use of that energy. It also helped me let go of the zombie and stay in touch with the Love!

WOOHOO
WOOHOO

Feeling a bit LZ myself atm. Pining over the “enigmatic missing person… Once there now absent”. Does absence count when it’s only been one day? See LZ paranoia.

Time for a run.

Supercool artwork though!

Double Happiness
Double Happiness

Sure I’ve had my cards read a few times but one thing came up a couple of times. A strong attraction to someone, the first meeting is intense but no words are spoken. We are both with someone else, second meeting happens and things really start. Had the first part, all while my then husband is standing by oblivious, cue me leaving the scene ASAP like a real Cinderella moment NYE and all. I have since left the marriage due to bullying , manipulation and violence. Now I have to retrain my brain to forget this figment because the romance… Read more »

catfish moon
catfish moon

Love that line…..
explains it all, loving the potential, loving the memory of the happy times.

Scorporation, Inc.
Scorporation, Inc.

Venus into Libra & I realize I have two thoughtful, passionate, brilliant men in my life. Beautiful & strong, complete stardust real, both. *sigh*

Moon-Pluto in Libra/7th house, Venus in Scorp/8th natally. Also, a big uptick in my life recently of the arts, education, & independence, as well as making new connections & expanding networks. Lots of green lights. I’m in the zone, baby.

Still looking for my horse, though… I’ll find him, no worries 😉

freedom ala air
freedom ala air

The Cosmos often fills the silhouette adding the the mystery of it all…………… is absolutely such a gift with all this love zombie stuff… it really is the exaltation of the love zombie to surrender and allow the universe/cosmos to do its work and fill the space, to surrender to the mystery, this is the enlightenment of longing!!! maybe even the purpose of love zombie-ness!

I love this!!!

prowlncrab
prowlncrab

Well obviously owning up to my LZ tendancies with the VH cleared out enough psychic junk to go get me some real action over the weekend. Broke a four year drought!!!!! … and with two different guys I might add. LOL (not at the same time) :mrgreen:

Weirdly both had the same name and were Leo’s … ahhh Leo’s ….. and in the words of a very famous one “if you try sometimes, you might find … you get what you need.” 😉

calypso
calypso

way to go Prowlin, things Venusian are on the up!

prowlncrab
prowlncrab

helps when ya got Venus traversing your 5th house and conjuncting natal Pluto and Uranus along the way! 😉

calypso
calypso

ooh, ooh, Venus hits my 5th house next!

calypso
calypso

ah, either of them within earshot of VH? or did he get an introduction? have to make any one Vegemite toast and a cup of tea? 😉

prowlncrab
prowlncrab

LOL Nooooo …. one was an impromptu makeout session in the back of my car. The other one spent the night but I kicked him out early in the morning before VH came home from nightshift. :mrgreen:

Aquasunbird
Aquasunbird

Good for you…So funny you cleared your space quickly, before anything incriminating could happen…

Like YEARS ago when I had no idea or clues I wound up at someone’s apartment, the celebrity host of cabaret show at a night club, apparently engaged…

When I departed very politely and quickly early next day, clambouring into a taxi I thought it was a clean get away…

Then YEARS later again, I was at my next door neighbours, and there was the man, now married, directing a film of course…In a house up the road with some associates…Of an ex-partners of mine…

Quadrupled
Quadrupled

And Venus does her magic 🙂

emg
emg

I move tomorrow from a house I own in the wilds. Been here for the past four years and my gods have they been a hard four years. So I am glad to get that cycle done and finished. A last night in a house is always tough and very poignant. I can’t wait for the bustle of the removals tomorrow but can’t help but go back through all the memories here. Before I even moved in I had met a Tall Dark Handsome so he helped me on that day to bring boxed in and get myself settled. I… Read more »

VSLR
VSLR

Good timing. I’m away in a beautiful hot country for a month thanks to a scholarship. As much I want to enjoy every moment as I have been actively trying to do since break up. I can’t seem to do it here. Despite the excellent programme and exciting things coming up etc. I was hoping there wouldn’t be wifi to get a break away from social networks. I guess another chance to control myself and value myself. I had two amazing individuals sitting either side of me on my flight and I had profound conversation with one who was just… Read more »

emg
emg

Oowwww. I feel your emptyness. Ouch hurts doesn’t it. Yeah You know it’s right, you know it’s proper, you know it has to be done. But the brain knows fuq all. It’s the heart that will tell you when you’re ok and you can let it go with love. Let your heart feel all it’s got to and just dive into it. It will come to a release soon enough. And by all means love your trip away.

VSLR
VSLR

“let it go with love” yes! Thanks for the reminder. I’m taking baby steps of removing him from my life. I tried the let it all go at once approach and a week later it all came crashing down on me and it was doubly painful. I’m trying to feel my way through this. I am at a stage where I am ready to block him from all those apps on my phone – little ties that bind me to him. *tears* Letting go. But I want to do it out of love. Right now its a logical decision. I’m… Read more »

Pi
Pi

I think it will be MUCH BETTER for you in November. you’re still emotionally attached to the guy, so naturally you want to share things with him. but the r’ship does not seem to leave you in a good place within yourself.. remind yourself of the good things your temporary travel companion said to you. Would you put up with anyone else treating you the way your former partner did / does? see cutting them out of your life as a way to protect yourself, serve your own needs, and rebuild a sense of who you are without their radio-static… Read more »

VSLR
VSLR

I hope so Pi! I’m entering my final year at Oxford and a close friend reminded me that I could do without all this drama. She held me together when I almost had a breakdown when he stopped talking for two weeks, when he played mind games. November will be mid-term for me so perhaps that energy and thought process can be shifted towards my future/goals/plans etc. It was a long distance relationship. No chance of me bumping into him or seeing him accidentally like a previous relationship of mine. My phone and apps are what connects me to him.… Read more »

Virgo Ellie
Virgo Ellie

Wow.. VLSR, that is great that you had time to openly chat with a male about relationships to get an opinion. Would you share some key points he made that made you say “a-ha” to some extent? I would be thinking about he said for a while. I would even write it down since you heard those comments from an actual male not just reading a book and refer to it if it helps you recover. I am sorry for your pain! It sucks but it is a learning phase to help you get better for the next one. I… Read more »

VSLR
VSLR

Yes! It felt like sitting next to a therapist-friend-lovely stranger. I got lucky I guess! He listened to me, encouraged me, analysed what I was saying, acknowledged my EXs good side yet managed to make me see that I am enough, And lastly…gave me h/w LOL I said: “So far I’ve noticed that when I let go of the reigns a little life seems to work out a path for me to tread” I was referring to relationships and post-uni plans. He loved that attitude! Encouraged me to keep thinking that way – let go of searching for love for… Read more »

Virgo Ellie
Virgo Ellie

Thanks for sharing VSLR: He said some powerful stuff for you! Very positive, truthful and inspiring for your next relationships. What I liked the most is his comment about how your guy will never be happy. SO, yes, you have to ask yourself, if he came back is that type of behavior worth your beautiful time. Painful because you are emotionally connection and feel you can love your ex however but it is something to look at. Your ex could try again with you so you have to be prepared. I wish you well because I know what you are… Read more »

Andro
Andro

Ooh I fancy a nice wedge of figment on crusty toast right now.. Keep seeing that word & being reminded of figgy quince. Love the art! I always focus on loving the Universe through the man, so that is the opposite of an LZ thing I think. This image is all about self love to me. 🙂 I mean the guy could be anyone, they just happen to be yr one true love/one night stand etc. does it matter? Hmm, seems a bit naughty now I’ve said it, but i mean it in a most wholesome and tantric kind of… Read more »

emg
emg

Oh get naughty Andro you know you are! I think your take is super fly or duper, take your choice.

Lulu
Lulu

Thanks mystic. His work is great and the interview insightful. Love that you tracked HIM down. So interesting that they are done by a man and a Sagg no less (in between bouts of kite boarding and rugby no doubt).

emg
emg

If ever I have been in love it was a cosmic mandate. I never made that choice, I just got dragged there, mostly with stars in my eyes and electric coursing through me. I like the image with the cosmos as but feel I’d like to see both parties represented that way. Wow then I get it. As the Horned Serpent pointed out, although we may think they never thought a second time about us, I bet that anyone who has loved you will take away something. I was once contacted by a lover some four and a half years… Read more »

Horned Serpent
Horned Serpent

Old male LZ here. Love Joseph’s work but would love to see some art with the roles reversed, some of us blokes go down that track too. Just sitting here looking for the karma that got me here tonight . I knew all along that it was LZ territory but the serial rescuer in me could not walk away. Tonight is somewhat of a relief but it still hurts like fuk.

emg
emg

Hi Horny ol divil.
So good for a guy to speak up and say yeah I do that too. Men do fall in love and they do feel. It just tends to manifest in different ways. Humans are designed to love and to enjoy it and mourn it when it’s gone and some of us more than most. Big Hug. Hope your sore spot heals soon, because I am sure there are many more who need your rescue.

Quadrupled
Quadrupled

I began an experiment – getting vaccinated against LZ, after reading a snippet of an interview with Sophie Fontanel. At one point she told that she and C Grant were lovers in her mind, during the years she gave up on sex. My experiment, inspired by this very short sentence of hers, is this: I deliberately introduced myself a LZ persona – someone I know online, someone who probably would drive me crazy if I knew him in person. I assigned the LZ duties to this person. Why would I do something like this? I have this pestilent Scorpio in… Read more »

The Leo Socialite
The Leo Socialite

No offence but this seems dangerous – all that you are saying sounds like you still have the LZ virus. Or like an alcoholic saying they are fine as long as it is “not spirits” or we only drink in Europe – i don’t think you are ripping out the root cause here.

quadrupled
quadrupled

No offense taken 🙂 — because I know it is a LZ affair, that I deliberately created it, it feels like vaccination. I will go on for several more weeks, then see where I am at with the troubling LZ-hood inducing ones.

Christine
Christine

I have been mooning over a man for years who is so WRONG for me in so many ways -yet I can not stop. FML Both of us have Capricorn Moons which I think is the problem. That and I’m an Aries and he is a Cancer. Could I make myself more miserable? Probably not-.

LibSagg
LibSagg

I’m listening to Terry Callier – “You don’t care” and reading this. Perfect. I’d have to refer to French philosopher, Jacques Lacan…. between the having and the not having…. I straddle this a lot! I Like Lacan, I believe it to be the human condition. But nice to hear MM state it does lead to some evolution. So tragic! SO French?!

nocturnal
nocturnal

loved Josephs work long time, brilliant. lol had a feeling he was a sag

highly recommend a book on the “love zombie” theme – Love Sick by Frank Tallis, the psychology of erotomania mapped out with pure poetry http://www.franktallis.com/lovesick.htm

Mitra
Mitra

I really enjoy these pics too, especially the chakra connection fantasy. And he’s got the apparel just right.

Pi
Pi

also, less erotomanic and poetic but excellently funny , AND more importantly ONE OF THE BOOKS THAT GOT ME OUT OF LZ HABITS. “Textbook Romance” by Zoe Foster.

lia
lia

Goal setting, goal achieving. This morning fortuitously re-discovered, on an unmarked usb, Bernard Jensen’s digestive health mantra and his particular brand of iridology diagrams indicating specific digestive issues. Had been re-reading Dorothy Hall’s iridology book yesterday and assessing the changes in my iris. Armed with this information, goal setting and achieving feels like fun on a Cap moon. So that’s my plan for the next few weeks!

Pi
Pi

the ideas are so similar, you couldn’t have done better if you’d commissioned someone to create a series of artworks to go with the LZ stream. It’s cool to reach out directly and contact new people to learn about their work, imo. Thanks for sharing that little interview! I even decided recently that I am simply over e-stalking ancient crushes and once-upon-a-time types. Bottomless pits of my time and attention that I can spend working on being hot and getting top marks at uni. mwaha. innovative salads and goal-setting / 3 year plans / any year plans for Achievement are… Read more »

Dilettantebeth
Dilettantebeth

Ahh so true, glad to hear I’m not the only one who has wasted time/energy/qi in the past but is trying to go straight! I like the idea of a pop up reminder, would be good if it kicked your butt too! 🙂 Keep up the personal achievements!

LeoEscapeArtist
LeoEscapeArtist

Yeah, good stuff! That line struck me as well.

In between blahblah lines of AquaOprah, this gem always resonated…God can dream a bigger dream for you than you can dream for yourself.

If you stay in the game and ditch the LZ, you’ll be cosmically rewarded…tru dat!

12th house Virgo
12th house Virgo

Love his work. Glad to add him to my FB feed.

Venus in the 12th house square Neptune – I’ve accepted my first, greatest love affair is with the cosmos on some level that its both traumatic and kind of whimsical. I mean, I have a guy, a shape in mind, but Ultimately I’m just trying to hold the unknown. Blah. Whatever. Hard to articulate w/o implying something I don’t mean. I dig his work. I think it’s clear.

Double Happiness
Double Happiness

I have Venus in Leo 12 th hse square Nep and the Moon in Scorpio and it is now clear to me…. As much as it could be, that the artworks above are such beautiful renditions of the imaginary loves of my life while the real ones are heartbreaking human and sometimes damaged. I think the line above about the cosmos filling in the gaps and fated love is so achingly hopeful and just fuels my life long fire of romance fantasy life!

Sadge
Sadge

Oh I lurve this and just caught up with it! Multiple sadges l( like me with nearly everything in Sadge on IC) have just spent the last 101 years under going Pluto transits over everything, cue extensive therapy, 12step program’s or drinking blue hoochie juice in a foetal position in some cave somewhere just to get away from it all.
I’m so over my own LZ horror movie, I’m about to sue myself already!
Ps why isn’t anybody marketing this blue devil hoochie juice for Friday nights????

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