• Murals and Street Art of Buenos Aires

  • Free your Mind

  • Rustic ARTitecture

  • The Eco-Shrine at Hogsback

  • Dublin Revisited

  • Resentment Resolved

  • Building the New World Within (1) – Introduction

  • Emancipate Yourself

  • Thoughts from the Streets (2)

  • Composition

  • In-sight

  • Quotes on Happiness

  • Intermission

  • Safer than Houses

  • Let me tell you an Irish story

About

  Welcome to Gypsy Café by J.J. Montagnier Short Bio 1:  J.J. Montagnier is an international travel writer and photographer – he writes under a pen name. He has a career in adult education, is a student of sociology, psychology and philosophy and is involved in non-commercial life coaching and counselling. The views and opinions expressed on this site are those of the author. Short Bio 2: J.J. Montagnier is an intuitive creative writer. He is a student of mythology, ancient […]

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Energy Shifts (5) – The Yin and Yang of Growth

In front of them lie the bright foundations of a New World. Those who have managed to traverse the Valley of Shadows in advance have become transformed by the process. They are now able to add their unique individual building blocks to the foundations of a bright New World while the Old World continues to crumble  behind them. The Rise and Fall of Civilizations The evolutionary drive of humans seems to know no bounds, to the extent that it would […]

Murals and Street Art of Buenos Aires

[click to enlarge] Buenos Aires is a paradise for street art enthusiasts and artists alike. One of the reasons is that unlike most large world cities it has an open and relatively unrestricted approach to urban art. This means that abandoned and derelict as well as occupied buildings can be used as art spaces as long as owners give their permission. On a recent long weekend visit to Buenos Aires I decided to join a guided street art tour instead […]

Santiago Murals

  Santiago Murals. January 2018. Photography by JJ Montagnier.   © Copyright. All Rights Reserved. Gypsy Café. — Also see: SANTIAGO STREET ART Recent & Related Murals and Street Art of Buenos Aires Los Lagos y Los Volcanes The Crosses on San Cristóbal Hill – Santiago The Fifth Element – Illuminating the Shadows Choose Conscience Building the New World Within (10) – What is Enlightenment? Stage Shifting

Los Lagos y Los Volcanes

Visiting The Chilean Lake District – January 2018 Photography by JJ Montagnier [click to view slides] These photographs were taken in the Los Lagos region of Chile, bordering North Patagonia: The lakeside towns of Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas are ideal places to take excursions from and there are regular local buses that go to the lakes, volcanoes, nature reserves and lakeside beaches. This gallery features the volcanoes and lakes that I captured in the area during my ten days […]

Energy Shifts (4) – What Does the Future Hold?

Energy Transitions (Part 4) – What Does the Future Hold? What does the future hold?  “It was halfway famine, it was halfway feast” [1]. This is the translation of the original Maya prophecy for Katun 2 Ahau (2012-2032). In the next chapters, we will match this prophecy with real trends and we will make realistic forecasts for the next fifteen years. Physical energy configurations, such as fossil fuel resources and renewable energies, will be factored in, and we will make […]

The Crosses on San Cristóbal Hill – Santiago

A visit to San Cristóbal Hill – Santiago  “The Sanctuary of the Immaculate Conception on San Cristóbal Hill is one of the principal places of worship for the Catholic Church of Chile, as well as being an icon of Santiago, Chile. It is notable in particular for a large statue of the Immaculate Conception, which is located at the summit of San Cristóbal Hill, some 863 meters above sea level.” – Wikipedia Photographs by JJ Montagnier, December 2017 Copyright © 2017 […]

Energy Shifts (3) – Paradigm Shifts in the Age of Polarity

** Note – this article refers to the Original Mayan Prophecies listed in Part 1 (updated) ** Paradigm Shifts in the Age of Polarity Mild Paradigm Shifts An example of a mild paradigm shift happened for many people during and after the unexpected global financial crisis of 2008. That crisis had been forecasted by lone voices for quite some time before it happened. Those voices were independent financial analysts who had been paying close attention to real unfolding non-mainstream events, but […]

Energy Shifts (2) – The Valley of Shadows in the Landscape of Light

** Note – this article refers to the Original Mayan Prophecies listed in Part 1 (updated) After Dark So-called “dark ages” are not only dark; they are also light. Although we tend to view dark ages with some trepidation or, perhaps, even with fear, they serve an important role. It is during dark times that we seek out our own light and the light of others. Dark times  show up the shadows in the world and bring them to the surface. […]

Energy Shifts (1) – Apocalypse Now?

** *For background on the Mayan Fifth World and the Fifth Element, please see: The Maya World Tree Apocalypse Now The first five years of the new Great Cycle, The Mayan Fifth World, have probably turned out much less apocalyptic than initially forecasted, considering the dire predictions for 2012, notwithstanding a lot of upheaval since then. In the years leading up to 2012 many leaders and their followers in the Mayanism movement threw bits and pieces of a broad selection […]

The Fifth Sky – Tuning In

*For background on the Mayan Fifth World and the Fifth Element, please see: The Maya World Tree Mayan Mythology and Symbolism The Mayan Calendar constitutes at least three calendars in contemporary terms which are used to map different cycles, but there are at least twenty Mayan calendars in total. For the sake of brevity and simplicity we can summarize that the most important thing to know about the Mayan calendar systems is that time is cyclical. As cycles return they […]

The Fifth World – Towards Harmony

  *For background on the Mayan Fifth World and the Fifth Element, please see: The Maya World Tree The Fifth World Where we have come from, where we are now, and where we are going to 2012 Revisited Prior to December 2012, scores of Mayan calendar enthusiasts, authors and scholars had put forward a plethora of predictions, forecasts and interpretations about what would or could happen around certain dates in 2012. The dates, when they finally arrived, were accentuated by […]

The Fifth Element – Illuminating the Shadows

 *For background on the Mayan Fifth World and the Fifth Element, please see: The Maya World Tree ** Introduction The Fifth Element Five years have passed since December 2012; we are five years into the Mayan Fifth World and the Fifth Element has entered the scene. We are in a new age of transparency and below-the-surface shadows are bound to be illuminated while submerged debris is likely to float to the top. Whatever is hidden may be exposed and the […]

Choose Conscience

When faced with difficult choices, especially amongst bad options, conscience can always show the way. Needless to say, what the planet needs right now, more than ever, is a return to conscience. Conscience lends itself to a variety of peaceful solutions. Moral relativity does not fit well into the realm of a well developed and active conscience. Conscience intuitively knows the difference between right and wrong. What is appropriate or correct within a given context or what is not. What […]

Building the New World Within (11) – Happy Go Lucky – Faster!

It’s All Theatre Tabloid press, reality TV, TV talk shows, social networking and, perhaps, increasingly also, modern-day politics have all got something in common – they contain similar ingredients to those found in soap operas. A trademark of soap opera is that the less exemplary elements of human behaviour are exaggerated and dramatised for effect. A hallmark of the tabloid press is the use of emotional and sensational language which draws readers into the drama. Gossip and the lives of […]

The Yin and Yang of Spirituality and the Future of Humanity

The Yin and Yang of Spirituality Carl Jung is famous for having brought the concept of working on shadow elements within the psyche into Western psychotherapy, although the process of self-therapy, self-transformation and psychic self-evaluation with subsequent spiritual elevation is indeed a very ancient practice. Advanced practice was perhaps considered to be found mainly in the realm of shamanism, priesthood and other high level spiritual roles. However, ancient civilizations and cultures integrated the identifying and processing of shadow characteristics also […]