We are the main creators of The Magic Garden. We are musicians, composers, facilitators and throughout our entire life dedicated psychonauts.
Ecaterina & Jacob Moth
The Magic Garden is Scandinavians first sustainable and CO2-neutral music & movie studio and a meeting place for creative experiences located in Fredensborg, Denmark. We provide the following services: Concerts, ceremonies, lectures, guided tours, composing, recording and producing music and multimedia, live stream channel for companies and private, rental of the studio for courses, meetings, workshops, and sales of related products.
Always on time and in the best quality.
We provide music for feature films, short films, TV series, animation, documentaries, computer games and sound designs. See Showreel Here
Live Streaming, Recording and producing music and multimedia
Professional recording quality at reasonable prices.
Have your music or movie recorded and produced in our professional Axis Mundi Studio
Rental of Axis Mundi Studio and The Magic Garden for courses, meetings and workshops
Here is created a framework for the unconventional meeting. Its unique qualities helps attendees to get rid of limitations and think big. Read more here
The Magic Garden Webshop offers downloads of digital content, including audio recordings in formats OGG, WAV and MP3, as well as Internet-based retail sales of physical music products, books, merchandise, event tickets and various other products.
Each month we play meditative healing concerts. See the program here.
Lectures and guided tours
With the creator of The Magic Garden, Jacob Moth:
The Adventure of Self Discovery.
CO2 Neutral Axis Mundi Studio, Tour / Powerpoint presentation
Find more here.
Listen to the world rock band LilaRose's music through our Cosmology Player. You enter the Cosmology player by clicking the Enter Cosmology in Sun Wheel at the left wing of the butterfly. In the Cosmology Player you can make your own playlist. Click on the song and it comes into playlist. For each track, there are four links: video, blog, lyrics and location. Each number is associated with a specific location in the Magic Garden. This location can be both a symbol, a sculpture, an image, a location and/or a story. The music and its associated location merge together in a meaningful cosmology. Click on the video blogs to explore the track and the location that you are interested in. In the bottom right corner of the Cosmology Player the link Location Overview will show you a map of all locations.
The Magic Garden is a multidimensional artistic concept manifesting the emerging paradigm - an entirely new holistic and transpersonal worldview.
It consists of 1) A physical place - The Magic Garden, 2) A music cosmology - The LilaRose Odyssey, 3) A book - Land of the Nocturnal Butterfly - An Inner Journey, and 4) A planned film trilogy/TV series.
We aim at integrating modern science, humanity's total wisdom (what Huxley called ”The Perennial Philosophy") and many art forms, including:
• visual arts
The concept works as inspiration, teaching and psycho-spiritual transformation. The purpose is to create cohesion between people as well as between people and nature.
"THE TRUE REVOLUTION IS THE INNER REVOLUTION"
Watch a video of the whole concept here from this presentation at the International Transpersonal Conference in Prague 2017
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The idea and the source of the place and the width and depths of the entire concept in Jacobs own words:
I was born in May 1967 at the same time as the hippie movement was born. As a teenager, a deep inner call awakened in me to explore the mysteries of the universe and seek answers to the great questions of life: Who am I? What's the meaning of life? Where are we coming from? Where are we going?
At the age of 17 in 1984 I had a shamanic initiatory crises, which triggered a deep and powerful inner journey, an adventure of self-discovery. For many years I used the technologies of the sacred - meditation, yoga, shamanistic practice, experience orientated psychotherapy and psychedelic substances in safe environments with experienced sitters.
Besides my professional life as a composer and musician I studied psychotherapy, philosophy, mythology, yoga, shamanistic practice and more. My journey is described in my autobiographical travelogue ”Land of the Nocturnal Butterfly”, which has a preface by the international renowned psychiatrist Dr. Stanislav Grof M.D. After 11 intensive years my quest culminated in a life changing experience.
This painting is from the book and is available as a poster here.
In 1995 - 11 years after my initiation crisis - I could not afford the money to buy the property where I wanted to live. No bank would help me and I was forced to search for a solution in another way. I decided to conduct a shamanistic ritual and ask The Great Spirit for help and advice.
During this powerful shamanic ritual, which included help from plant allies, I suddenly found myself in a spacecraft catapulted out among the stars, galaxies, flying in and out of black and white holes. There I was contacted by a spirit guide, who presented himself as Goan-Quzook. The being transmitted detailed information about how to build The Magic Garden and Axis Mundi Studio, as a place which connects the various levels of reality; a microcosm, a cosmic space station, a modern temple, a modern Grail castle full of symbols, adventure, magic and symbolism - where artistic, spiritual and creative energies and impulses are gathered in one place.
To make the vision come true I immediately started to plant trees in accordance with the architectural drawings I had received from the spirit guide.
Some months after this ritual I succeeded in buying the property for 888.888,88 DDK on the exact date of my 11 years anniversary day for my initiatory crisis. The number 11 is a key number to the whole concept and my entire life.
You can listen to the chapter ”The landlord” (41.14 minutes) from my audio book about this experience.
Read more about “Land of the Nocturnal Butterfly” here.
Axis Mundi Studio
The physical place - The Magic Garden - is located in Fredensborg, Denmark. The main building is Axis Mundi Studio - which is Scandinavians first sustainable and CO2-neutral music and film studio.
Sensitive Eco-System, "State-of-the-Art" Technology, adventure level and archetypal level.
The Magic Garden has many levels. It has "state-of-the-art" technology, an adventure level and an archetypal level. The garden consists of sensitive eco-systems with at least one endangered species, namely the great water salamander. The trees and plants are intertwined with creative building constructions - towers, a subterranean meditation chamber, a death-rebirth tunnel, footbridges in the trees, an outdoor stage, a film- and music studio, a Roundhall with state of the art audio-visual equipment and much more.
Sculptures and art express a broad and rich symbolism including tarot, astrology, mythology and spirituality from all over the world. Among the many symbols and wooden figures are all the planets and the 22 Tarot cards from the Great Arcana.
All in all we are endeavouring to manifest a complete microcosmos. The whole spectrum from quantum physics to spirituality and mysticism. Thereby The Magic Garden is also a cartography of the psyche - a mythological landscape.
Map of The Magic Garden
Map of my vision for Axis Mundi Studio and the Magic Garden. At certain points in the Garden are placed the planetary symbols and the images of the 22 Tarot Cards of the Greater Arcana. The planetary symbols and the 22 Tarot Cards from the major Arcana are the great archetypes, the basic building blocks of the Universe.
Watch an introduction video about The Magic Garden and The 22 Major Tarot Cards.
The symbol of the Magic Garden
The butterfly is the ancient symbol of death and rebirth, and a symbol of the soul. It also refers to the famous old story, The Soul and the Butterfly, by Chuang Tzu:
Once Chuang Tzu dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn’t know he was Chuang Tzu. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Chuang Tzu. But he didn’t know if he was Chuang Tzu who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was Chuang Tzu. Between Chuang Tzu and a butterfly there must be some distinction! This is called the Transformation of Things.
The Sun Wheel and the Yin-Yang symbol
Adorning the left wing is the ancient symbol of the sun: the holy circle with the four corners of the world and the four elements, and in the middle, the centre of the Universe. Inside the circle is mythical time and space; outside the circle is profane time and space. The vertical line also symbolises the Axis Mundi, which goes from the Under World through Middle Earth to the Upper World. The horizontal line symbolises the temporal axis with the past, present and future. On the opposite wing is the Eastern universal symbol of Yin and Yang.
Lord of the Trees
In front of the Magic Garden we have a stub of Denmark's oldest beech tree that was situated in the Garden of Fredensborg Castle from 1666 - 1999. At the top is planted a tree. This is to mark and symbolize several of the fundamental ideas of the whole place: 1) Out of the old the new is born, 2) Death and rebirth, 3) Transformation and 4) The experience of - and to think and act from the view of - cyclic time instead of linear time.
The front gate
The first tarot card in the Great Arcana "The Fool" is located at the gateway to the road. At the port is an old lightning rod from the Powder House in Christiania and the hinges are from one of Christiania's ancient gates. The following tarot cards from the Great Arcana are set in accordance with the architecture and describes man's journey from childhood to the fully enlightened human being.
The Promised Land and the system of path
In order to enter the sacred space - the "Promised Land" - the seeker must cross a lake. The Magic Garden is divided into two: a profane garden and a sacred garden.
The entrance and all paths in the entire garden are made with tile stones from Norwegian mountain rocks in many colours. They form the skeletal structure of this microcosmos and lead into the lobby of the studio and to the Portal with carved animals, which leads to the sacred garden.
The Empress and The Emperor - Soulmates and creative partners
In 1999 I met the Moldavian song bird Ecaterina at a jam session in Helsingør, Denmark. The joint venture of our life paths and deep love kick started a cascade of creativity, founded in deep trust to the Creator and the Universe. Ecaterina was born in 1978, 11 years after me and our energies function as yin and yang, as The Empress and The Emperor. All dedicated psychonauts sooner or later experience synchronicity, and it is also so that true magic is interwoven in our entire life. It turns out that my life tarot cards is number 0 ”The Fool” and number 4, ”The Emperor” and Ecaterinas life tarot card is number 3, ”The Empress”. Now the creation and manifestation of the concept really started to take off. We started to build systematically on our place and we formed our band Lila, which later became LilaRose. 22 years after I got the vision we finally completed it with the manifestation of the 22 tarot cards of the major arcana.
The heart of the place - the foyer
The entrance of the studio is the heart of the place and connects the inner and outer space. Some plants have a direct connection through the foundation to the earth. An old vine plant stretches out from this room through the other rooms and goes through the wall to the outside, where it embraces the Axis Mundi Studio. The vine plant symbolises the Tree of Life. Some of the furniture, doorposts, shelves, etc. are carved by hand and are highly aesthetic.
Medieval alchemical dictum
Axis Mundi Studios cockpit
Axis Mundi Studios cockpit and the control room is a converted old annex building from 1908. It's The Magic Garden’s "navel" and is a recognized audio and film studio. The studio is used for professional audio and video productions and is adventure and technology unified. The cockpit is equipped with a meditation cave, fireplace, organic carved shelves, tables, hammock and "state-of-the-art" studio equipment. In the studio and the Magic Garden is drawn more than 4 km of cables for audio, video, midi and ethernet. This gives great flexibility in terms of sound recordings, live streaming and settlement of audio-visual shows.
There is a mandala on the floor of the studio’s cockpit. Each of the six equally sized parts holds symbols of one of the six world religions (three from the West: Christianity, Islam and Judaism, and three from the East: Buddhism, Taoism and Hinduism). In mutual respect, the six world religions point to the same source. Surrounding the circle are four animals (Dolphin, Tiger, Snake and Eagle) which for me represent the four elements and mankind’s primal religion: Shamanism. Encompassing the circle is a square representing agnosticism and atheism. We are all sisters and brothers who share the same planet.
The Roundhall in Axis Mundi Studio
The main hall of Axis Mundi Studio is the Roundhall, which forms the framework for the Magic Garden main activities: Internet concerts, live streaming, concerts, lectures, events, recordings, workshops, ceremonies and courses. It is specially designed with a starry sky, 250-degrees big screen, a large Yin-Yang symbol on the floor and hand-carved wooden pillars in the four corners of the world. The round shape is created to experience cyclical time rather than linear time and think holistically and sustainably. The Roundhall is built of unfired clay bricks that are environmentally friendly and have extra sound insulation. The last tarot card in the Great Arkana No. 21 "The World" is located here.
The Key to the Universe
Axis Mundi Studios ground plan is exactly 123.4 m2 and is shaped so that the basic form seen from above forms a key - the key to life, creativity, innovation and the Universe. All rooms in the Axis Mundi Studio and The Magic Garden are deliberately placed in different levels to go beyond "Flatland" and invite people to think and experience the multidimensional. Flatland is the denial of the existence and importance of the inner world.
Through the Portal - to the sacred garden
The Magic Garden is built like a Garden of Eden - a mythological landscape. The sacred garden is not visible from the profane garden. The only hint of its existence is a large Portal supported by two pillars with carved power animals. Going through the portal, you find the three classic paths, one going off to the left, one to the right, and the golden mean.
Three Paths of The Hero’s Journey
Going through the Portal you enter a very important location we call ”the hero’s choice”. To the right is the Path of the Hermit leading to the Wizards Tower and the Subterannean Meditation Chamber. The Golden Mean leading to the center of the sacred garden. To the left is the Death-Rebirth Tunnel.
The Death-Rebirth Tunnel
In the middle of The Magic Garden, just besides the Portal, the Death-Rebirth Tunnel is located. This is one of the very important archetypes which is manifested, and it is central for the function of the whole place. Throughout all ages and cultures in pre-industrial cultures, rites de passages have taken place. Modern consciousness research has demonstrated, that a deep experience of psycho-spiritual death and rebirth is essential for our life quality and general wellbeing. It leads to the healing experience of Oneness and releases our fear and anxiety.
The innermost part of the Magic Garden and the Medicine Wheel
The innermost part of The Magic Garden is quiet, hidden and undisturbed behind trees and hedges. It is built as a Medicine Wheel. It is centred around a lake that with branches going off to other little lakes and waterfalls has a freshening effect on the plants, animals and spirits of the garden with its purling. The Garden is divided into different sections and levels connected by paths, stairs, winding stairwells, footbridges, a suspension bridge, platforms, plateaus, a tunnel and little hills. The places for immersion, relaxation, regeneration and inspiration gathering include flowerbeds, a tower, an elf castle, a pavilion, a tribune, a subterranean meditation chamber and a stage among the trees.
Animal and plant life
The garden’s flora and fauna are extremely rich. The long list of animals includes salamanders (both small and big), frogs, grass snakes, dragonflies, hedgehogs, squirrels, blackbirds, great tits, blue tits and owls.
The synthesis between nature and culture
One of the garden’s unique dimensions is that it consciously creates a synthesis between nature and culture by synthesising the plants and trees with the man-made contraptions. Thus the beech, oak, poplar, and willow trees are guided to carry the upper levels in several places, with their branches intertwined with the footbridges. I started building the Magic Garden in 1995, so now the trees and the ivy have started growing together with all the buildings. The footbridges go through the crowns of the fruit trees (cherry, plums, apples, nuts), whose branches are bent into tunnels. So there’s easy access to fresh vitamins and natural nourishment. Climbing plants have been planted everywhere (Ivy, woodbine, clematis, wisteria, winter jasmine), intertwining and flowing in a rainforest symphony. The Garden is also endowed with an abundance of magical light and fountains, all powered completely by green energy. The figures, symbols and characters from different parts of the world contribute to creating the vision of a microcosm. Among others Odin and his two ravens gazing out over the world, a Mayan mushroom god and the Cosmic Tree. Many who come here feel swept off their feet and say they feel they have returned to childhood or that they are entering other states of consciousness.
Aerial runway with specially built Butterfly Gondol
A specially-built iron butterfly is suspended over the sacred part of The Magic Garden on an aerial runway.
The jaguar head and the subterranean meditation chamber
Behind the wizard's tower is the Magic Garden’s treasure: a large jaguar head carved from a thousand year old Danish oak, whose mouth is the entrance to the subterranean meditation chamber. Passing through the mouth of the Jaguar gives it an extra dimension. It's a very powerful place to meditate, think innovatively, get visions and inspiration. Look forward to meditating in our subterranean meditation chamber.
From the Underworld to the Upper World
As a microcosm we aim to represent as many levels as possible in The Magic Garden. From the Under World and lower chakras, to the Upper World and the Crown chakra. At an altitude of 11 meters we have The Eagles Platform with 360 degrees panoramic view.
Musicians, artists, friends, project partners and visitors tell me again and again that it is like stepping into a completely different world and becoming like children again – revitalised and full of zest for life. For the people who come here for a long or a short while, it is an endless source of inspiration. Come and take part in the inspiration.
Thank you for visiting. We look forward to seeing you and inspire you to manifest your innermost dreams and visions.
Ecaterina and Jacob Moth
All wood sculptures are made by the talented Danish artist Finn Rune. www.finn-rune.dk
Most of the pictures on the website have been taken by the talented Danish photographer Per Rask.