WILL FEBRUARY 2019 BE TRUMP AND PEACE MEMORABLE?

THE BIG QUESTION: A DEAL OF THE CENTURY?

The much spoken of, long delayed “deal of the century”, the Trump Middle East Peace Plan, is now expected for February.  Since Israel is likely to go to the elections in May, the early part of the year is anyway almost decreed for this development  if it is to manifest at all before either Netanyahu or Trump are in waters too deep  on the political and/or legal fronts.

Even so, as of December 2018 there are still  too many nations, people and factors involved for it to be possible absolutely to predict February 2019 will be the month that introduces, and possibly even clinches, the Trump Plan.  Not to waste people’s time with irrelevant material,  I will remove this article in February, or even before, if it becomes apparent there’s really no prospect of any development in this area.  However… it’s safe to say that if a roll-out occurs, it would be happening at one of the most suitable times. And it would necessarily prove highly significant to the point of being a world-historical moment.

It would be major simply in its own right as a much needed, desired settlement. But additionally it could have the kind of more apocalyptic significance some give to the Peace Treaty, seen as being the prophecied “covenant with many” to be later “confirmed” or “strengthened” by a false Messiah figure (Dan 9:27). Why assume one  or both of these possibilities?

The following sets  out and decodes the relevant signs and symbols, especially celestial.

SIGNS OF THE MONTH. PEACE COULD BE ON THE TABLE

On the 4th February the lunation (new moon) affecting the month from then, falls at 15 Aquarius. This means it falls on one of the six world points. But 15 Leo, its axis opposition point,  is deemed the most difficult of the world points (and  even of any degree on the zodiac) so, by reflection, 15 Aquarius partakes in some of this difficulty. Any peace deal would anyway be problematic and highly contested. But potentially any involvement of this axis could also have connections to prophecy as mentioned later – indeed, at that level the signs might be thought almost sinister.

Also on one of the world points at the 4th Feb lunation, is Venus at 0 Capricorn. Venus is anything to do with peace, so, again, a world-relevant peace treaty could well be involved.

America and Israel could be strongly involved in seeking and directing the peace at this time because with Israel’s natal Venus at nearly 3 Cancer and America’s natal Venus at 4 Cancer, these two are, and always were, a naturally fated pair for peace issues in the Middle East. This time, however, it’s a Realpolitik challenge for them  given  the fact that the  lunation’s Venus  is opposite these two national Venuses and from another of the six  world points and at that, tough, ultra-realistic, highly political Capricorn.

It is disputed whether at birth Trump had 15 Leo rising over the horizon or 29 Leo conjunct the fame and King star Regulus;  but if it was 15 Leo, obviously the February lunation opposite Trump’s ascendant points even more strongly  to America’s leader being challenged by fated issues.  Also disputed is the exact time of America’s birth chart, but at any rate for the chart I and some others use, with 16 Leo at its destiny and leadership Midheaven, the lunation would further highlight and engage that crucial zone and with it America’s role in the world.

Expansive, fortunate, all-embracing Jupiter (which really should be prominent for and oversee anything like a “deal of the century”), at the time of the prior January 21st powerful lunar eclipse, favourably and suggestively trines the degree of the February lunation. This in itself  emphases February as a likely make-or-break  month within the larger time period for a resolution  staked out by any lunar eclipse. Jupiter also favourably  trines Israel’s Saturn (general significator for any borders, limitations, leadership and destiny issues)  in its house of leadership and destiny).

Israel could of course  well use this helpful trine at a time of negotiations. All said and done, the 15 Aquarius lunation  itself falls challengingly within the nation’s fourth sector of its territories and  land (which is what would be subject to the deal), and which would be differently divided up.

ISRAEL AWAITS

Also in treating of inherited land, the matter of the temple and ownership of the temple mount area could come up. It’s a subject in itself, but plainly many rabbis do now anticipate a soon construction of the third temple along with an arrival of the Messiah. The last day of Hanukkah (10th Dec 2018) even sees the dedication of the altar for the new temple.  (At the time, the sun will be somewhere 18-19 Sagittarius, which is to say it’s interestingly opposed to the 19 Gemini  position the temple asteroid in the birth data for Christ I claim to possess). So intense is feeling that the arrival of the Messiah is imminent, Rabbi Josef Berger, a direct descendant of the Davidic line, has now called for the making of a crown to place on the Messiah’s head at his advent. (For when the Jews might believe their Messiah has arrived, see closing observations)

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE JANUARY TOTAL  BLOOD MOON/ LUNAR ECLIPSE

Prior to the suggestively relevant February lunation, on Jan 21st a strong, super blood moon total eclipse  is to be visible across America –  suitably so since America would be a key player in any world-influencing treaty business. Lunar eclipses are, moreover, deemed more significant for Israel than solar eclipses, or so according to the rabbis.

Be that as it may, and one can question it… any lunar eclipse should still always define events over the next six months or so from the time they hit..  Traditional, non rabbinical  astrology would have it that lunar eclipses, unlike solar, deal in already existing problems requiring their resolution at any time within six months. That could well be how long it would take to get the deal fully agreed and working, and the deal certainly represents an already existing problem!

If lunar eclipses affect  especially Israel, and  even if, as per the rabbis, strong blood moons can indicate war for the nation, January’s eclipse is not too bad for Israel. It certainly highlights the nation by conjuncting her destiny Midheaven and tensely squaring her ascendant angle (the body of the people); but with fortunate Venus at the time of the eclipse directly conjunct the national Jupiter and in the second house of values and money, any deal gives indications of being distinctly fortunate and profitable….at least for a time. Jupiter/Venus is as lucky as it gets, the reason I am always opposing Christian talk about Christ’s birth being involved with Jupiter/Venus, it’s hardly a reflection of his life on earth!

POSSIBLY PROPHETIC DIMENSIONS. THE DISPUTED JERUSALEM FACTOR

Now for what could be more prophetic and even potentially sinister. On the day of the February lunation, action-generating Mars crosses 23 Aries in Israel’s chart. This is the nation’s natal degree of the Achristou asteroid which I have often found to be relevant to dark-side issues and persons like Satanist Aleister Crowley promoting 666.

Largely because Trump Tower is  Park Avenue 666, a lot of nonsense has been said about Trump being the Antichrist. He isn’t, indeed he rather strikingly has indications in agreement with Israeli  thoughts about him as being Cyrus and Temple- related  (see Jerusalem and “Apocalyptic” Trump  https://wp.me/p2v96G-Zs ),  but undeniably he does have a conjunction of his sun to the suspect Achristou asteroid, (22 Gemini sun, to 23 Gemini, Achristou).   I will suggest a  possible meaning.

Conjunctions are very for or against something depending on the factors involved, and certainly they entail some kind of connection. While Trump is not the Antichrist, it is possible that his deal could, however unwittingly, facilitate the emergence of the false prophet who will “confirm a covenant with many”. In any case…

15 Leo and its immediate surrounds is also significant for the birth pattern of Christ, which I claim to possess and that still works for Jesus issues to this day.

At Christ’s birth, asteroid Jerusalem at 16 Leo conjuncted the World Point. Present on 15 Leo is asteroid Shaim and on 17 is Lucifer. As asteroids are believed to read via sound vibe, not spelling (thus Yeates is Yeats, Shelly is Shelley  and can be efficiently read for those poets), Shaim is Shem which is the Name (of the Lord).

Suddenly a picture comes to life and one related to the vision of Zech 3:2.  “And the Lord said to Satan, The Lord rebuke you O Satan, The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you”. This in turn looks back to the statement at Solomon’s Temple dedication: “but I have chosen Jerusalem in order that my Name may be there” ( 2 Chron 6:6), in other words that God (circumlocution Name) will reside there and especially in the Temple.

For many in Israel any peace deal is what leads towards the building of the third temple. The renewed Sanhedrin expects and is actively preparing towards that as mentioned above).  But  any peace deal which might facilitate this, remains  sensitive and controversial. This is because, technically, Israel is less Israel’s land than God’s and legally it cannot be “sold”, not even for peace or that could entail a curse. It is a sin of the nations to seek to divide Israel (Joel 3:2) or to attack Jerusalem.

The lunation of 4th February falls one day ahead of the 5th Feb Aquarian birthday  of the most plausible candidate for the role of Antichrist, an as yet unknown person born in the Middle East, probably in Syria, in 1962. The birth was at a time that around the world mystics, seers and psychics of all kinds were declaring the arrival of an avatar under what were undoubtedly the rarest of celestial aspects. However, alone the Catholic seeress, Jeane Dixon, alleged to have seen and timed the birth on account of a vision she experienced and which made her realize  this person was the future Antichrist.

There were always numbers of reasons from the given  celestial pattern to suppose Dixon could have been correct. These include that all the inner, human planets were exceptionally crowded in the human sign Aquarius but none of the spiritual outer planets suggesting the name and wisdom of 666, a man, not reaching spiritual 7).

If Dixon was correct, the February lunation at 15 Aquarius  challengingly opposes the sun of the person’s birth (at 16 Aquarius) while the prior lunar eclipse at nearly 1 degree Leo opposes his action-generating Mars and also his politically geared Saturn. Over the last two years or so, this person’s advent could well have been imagined to occur (I even speculated on that in some articles) given all the standard factors, especially eclipses, which would powerfully rev up any birth pattern. But if he exists and Dixon was not deluded, these signs could still have represented recent increasing influence  behind scenes. So…

A TIME OF APPEARANCE?

It’s obviously a disputed, highly contentious point, but many students of prophecy today would maintain the false messiah cannot appear until the believing, prepared section of the church is removed from the earth in the so-called Rapture. This begs the question, does anything in the mentioned eclipse and then the lunation of 2019, permit even the idea of great disturbance/transformation for believers during 2019 with  some kind of manifestation to the world of the false Messiah in the wake of it his  emerge even being to explain the crisis).

The following is not conclusive but could be relevant for any more radical, world-disturbing picture of things.

The January blood moon hits the ascendant of the still working chart for Pentecost (i.e for the foundation of Christianity in AD 30). The ascendant is the body of the people, so the rank and file could be affected (though that might only be by more of the physical persecution striking many churches in Africa and Asia).

The fated nodes at the time of the eclipse are degree exact in  tension/difficulty square to the specific ruler of Pentecost’s sector of any endings.

On July 2nd, in what more or less completes a run of eclipses especially relevant to Dixon’s messianic figure, his career and emergence,   a solar eclipse at 10 Cancer hits his ascendant. That would  help him finally and belatedly to manifest him if he exists. The precise degree for the Middle East birth is not known as the precise birth place is not given in the relevant vision, but it would have to be in the 9 to 12 degree region and thus be conjuncted. This might be the most important observation here in view of the rest one could say.

The odd and disturbed pattern for the March 21st equinox would allow a good deal of upheaval and strangeness in the world for several  months any time from that time onwards…..Interestingly the 2019  equinox  (0 Aries, a world point) corresponds to a full moon on the opposite world point (0 Libra) which is then conjunct Pentecost’s (Christianity’s) Universitas (world) asteroid.

It is possible many Jews might think their Messiah had finally arrived in May 2019.  The reason?  The May lunation on the 4th hits the fated nodes of Israel’s foundation at 14 Taurus. This is then followed by a transit of shocking, surprising,  suddenly occurring Uranus across 3 Taurus. This is the degree on which  at Israel’s foundation the asteroids  Masi (Messiah) and Jerusalem were conjunct. One might need to be careful this wasn’t the false Messiah. Especially as messianic Jupiter will be at 23 of religious Sagittarius degree exact trine Israel’s  mentioned Achristou asteroid at 23 Aries!

ONE ALTERNATIVE

Planets are symbolically multivalent  and celestial patterns will never affect just one nation or person.               Anyone who favours a completely different scenario in February from that of any peace treaty, should consider current rumours that the Pope may well be retiring late February i.e. on what would be an anniversary of the unexpected retirement of Pope Benedict. Whatever happens we may assume the lunation month could present all of the surprises. upsets and novelties associated with Aquarius!

 

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APPEARANCE AND TRUTH. ENIGMAS OF PRINCE MBS

      

 In case you hadn’t noticed, MBS, aka Prince Mohammed Bin Salman of Saudi, is a rather gorgeous standout – what Americans would call “eye candy”. This Solomon could fit in anywhere from the boudoirs of the  Song of Songs, to Hollywood epics  like The Ten Commandments. I am not sure why, before and during recent scandals, the simple fact that the prince  represents some kind of poster boy ideal for his regional type, was not more  admitted, if at all.

Perhaps men don’t want to be thought gay for appreciating his looks, or women to seem easily smitten by a male who doesn’t too obviously need or impel admiration  due to the faint aura of self-contained or satisfied  transcendence that attaches to  him. It supplies him an allure not wholly  alpha male erotic nor easily romantic either despite  cupid bow lips.   MBS,  in short, has not just looks but accompanying  presence. He may, as per reports, be an eccentric and  more, but when he drifts into company, it can be a bit like a gracious angel on visit; the focus of the very clear eyes is vaguely  remote from the immediate setting, the expression slightly ironic. “Don’t worry” he coolly assures President Macron, whose manner by comparison seems like a  hot and bothered elf and one who, like a troubled child, unhappily exclaims ”but I do worry, you don’t listen to me”

Macron may not quite look the divine Jupiter part he has openly admitted aspiring to, but if MBS bothers him, perhaps he’s right to be a bit troubled in relation to who and what is one of the modern world’s living, breathing enigmas.

O foolish world that can’t and won’t read a horoscope, nor look beyond appearances!

There are some facts from the skies about MBS worth noting. First, this prince, who has had half the princes of his nation locked up (even if for good reformist reasons) is a Sun King in waiting. He is the latest Louis X1V on the block.

MBS was born in Riyadh on 31.8.1985. The fatal combination of (usually)  brainy Virgo,  sign of the prince’s sun,  alongside the planets Venus, Mercury and Mars in theatrical, autocratic Leo, is  the single best passport to attitudes of the “L’etat c’est moi” (I am the state) variety. Louis X1V had Sun in Virgo with Venus  and moon in Leo. However, in the twenty first century, Sun King attitudes are more acceptable if they can blend, as in MBS’s case they do, with the more would-be different and futuristic tendencies of a natal Jupiter (philosophy/beliefs) in trendy, maverick Aquarius. Those beliefs nevertheless come and go – especially where women are concerned, since MBS’s reformist Jupiter in Aquarius is challengingly  opposed to Venus (women).

But with the sun in Virgo and the moon in Pisces (lunar degree unknown as the birth time is undeclared) there is – however secret and repressed – beyond a modern autocratic reformism, a feeling for something rather different again, a more radical and service-orientated role, even realizations of a self-as-Christ kind.

If this sounds unlikely, consider that not only are Virgo and Pisces signs prominent for the birth pattern of Christ, but that the prince has been exceptionally  liberal and tolerant  in affairs of  religion,  recently permitting a first ever Coptic mass to be celebrated in Saudi and entertaining a group of evangelicals (non Muslims until recently were not even permitted to worship in their own homes),  Moreover   the secret buyer of the world’s most expensively auctioned  art work,  Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi, an otherworldly portrait of Christ, is now widely believed to be MBS.

If the true birth time additionally rendered the unworldly Pisces moon closely square to Uranus, that would suggest the prince is the maverick he’s often said to be, an  original soul  better fitted to perhaps  art curating and criticism  than politics.  Which would be a reason he has fallen into what are now  widely deemed to be   reckless international policy positions.

    

Rather more concerning than the Pisces-Virgo input, and enough to make Macron worry and half the rulers of the world tremble in their boots  for their nations’ policies, is that the prince’s dramatic Mars in autocratic Leo is in close, tense, unfortunate 90 degree square to Saturn in often deadly and vengeful Scorpio (23 Leo to 22 Scorpio).

The Mars square Saturn aspect has traditional mauvaise reputation in astrology. If you heard recently of a certain Prince blowing his top, there’s no need to dismiss it as fake news and press gossip. It’s par for the course. Mars/Saturn square can be a virtual Hitler aspect, ruthless and liable to explode in terrible rages at the drop of a hat. The philosopher Wittgenstein shared the aspect with Hitler, and it looks like he beat a sick pupil so severely in a fit of rage that the youth later died, though connections prevented consequences in the matter.

However….damning through these associations are, this does not automatically  render MBS guilty as charged where murder is concerned.  Many people have difficult Mars/Saturn aspects and they are not all murderers, not even when transits hit off the natal aspect. They may just spit the dummy or strike someone in a rage. It is actually possible that on a day the prince spat the dummy, some over-eager supporters, thinking they could read his mind or  do themselves or Saudi  a favour, took action. Something of the kind  MBS half admitted in defence of his innocence  to the  visiting evangelicals. (He spoke of actions taken by over-enthusiastic people).

This is  at least plausible.  Virgo is a mild sign much given to ruminations  of conscience (Tolstoy for example takes it to extreme)  and someone seeking harmony of religions is  not the likeliest candidate to accept living with the thought of blood  on their hands. And it’s not to let MBS or Saudi  off the hook, to point out that  international  sympathy for Turkey at MBS’ expense, (and Trump’s)  is excessive given the repression, imprisonment, corruption and torture regularly associated with that country.

I think that when he’s cool, not feeling offended and fuming over hurts, MBS means well; but while he’s intelligent in his Virgoan way with a good grasp of details and a soft touch if and when he wants to extend it, he’s also pretty muddled. Between the moon (perhaps afflicted) in imaginative Pisces and with dreamy Neptune strong and almost misplaced on a world point (0 Capricorn) trine his sun, imagination could also run riot, and convey him almost anything. MBS could imagine so many things and so many alternative possibilities he may not practically imagine the death and wrecking ball effects his foreign policy could be causing on the ground.

I’ll not go on except to say that, at a guess given an unknown birth time, the rising sign that modifies the correct, neat and rather “perfect”  Virgoan appearance,  could  be “beautiful” and theoretically peace-loving Libra or else placid Taurus.  – the ascendant sign is the  personal image and how one is seen. All said and done, MBS seems, despite the Yemen horror, to be all for a historic peace in, and general progress for, the Middle East. But also the prince, at least in western garb, appears  slightly plump and could well become more so with age and the stress under which he will probably increasingly live.

As Libra/Venus, and also Venus/ Taurus, rule sugars,  one often finds Libra and Taurus rising people putting on the pounds and widening the waist line. That could become a great temptation to someone with a natal Venus opposed by enlarging Jupiter (at another level this marks a contact between the two most fortunate planets helping to protect and  keep MBS  in power).  Whatever the truth,  art loving MBS will have to beware of becoming one of Rubens’ weight-challenged royals. Especially If you’re a bit ruthless on the inside, it would be best to keep up a stylish appearance on the outside!

ARIANA GRANDE AND THE DARK SIDE

“SPEAK OF THE DEVIL”

Until quite recent times “speak of the devil and he appears” expressed a popular wisdom. Nowadays the devil and the dark side may get increasingly spoken about in Hollywood and especially the music industry although – apart from among death metal groups – it’s often obliquely. It can announce itself with something like a wink and a nudge, or a giggle and a smirk. This more light hearted treatment goes back to perhaps Marianne Faithfull who has often maintained the devil is the most fun person at any party. It was her love of the Bulgakov novel, The Master and Margarita in which the devil does visit a party, that influenced Mick Jagger’s ill fated 1969 Sympathy for the Devil song.

Communication with the dark side, or hints of it, can even add a touch of glamour and mystery to a performer; it’s something to gossip about on a talk show or sensationalize in a magazine like Complex if there’s report a person like Lady Gaga says she wears hats against attacking demons or Ariana Grande declares devils met her at a graveyard in Kansas or that a sinister blob was beside her hotel bed.

Lady Gaga can sound serious when she speaks of haunting and tormenting demons, but overall,   it is the non-committal, half witty approach is more common and  has given more rope to what might otherwise be dismissed as dark, sick or, as in the case of Grande’s hit song God is a Woman, profane – other faiths, especially Islam, would never tolerate that particular production. But does not Grande say to  any criticism, “it’s all art”? I will suggest that yes it is art, but it can still be something more about which Grande, Kate Perry, Lady Gaga and other artists along with their innumerable fans and followers, are less aware.

SING OF THE DEVIL AND HE APPEARS?

It’ s an undeniable fact that the horrifying 2015 massacre at the Bataclan theatre in Paris began when the audience raised hands in homage, even if it was mock homage, and joined in the song “Kiss the Devil”. It had been Mick Jagger’s Sympathy for the devil preceded a murder (as a result of a scuffle with Hell’s Angels!) at the Altamont rock festival in 1969. While it cannot be said that the Manchester Bombing of 2017 began amid any songs to the devil, it is a fact that before the bombing, in the latter part of the concert starring Grande in her “Dangerous Woman” tour,  (and Grande looks and acts more cute than dangerous), she had sung from her “Side by Side” album the words “cuz tonight I’m making deals with the devil, and I know it’s going to get me into trouble”.

Well, it didn’t get her into trouble, and with even something of the proverbial luck of the devil she posted what was the most tweeted tweet in tweet history declaring she couldn’t find words to express how sorry she was for what had happened. Clearly neither she nor her fans imagined her as even remotely responsible for events, and certainly not in the way her mother as Grande admitted to Billboard magazine, had peculiar fears about her daughter as someone who might grow up to be murder associated.

The reason no negative connections were made is almost certainly because Grande portrays herself, and is perceived as being, some kind of cutie liberator in service of especially women’s empowerment.  Today any will to inclusiveness, diversity and toleration of minorities covers a multitude of possible sins in the public mind. But the same public mind risks being duped, Faithfull style, by ideas that the devil as the original outcast is ally of all and any  outsiders and  minorities, rather as Santa Muerta (Saint Death) in Latin America is the patron of narco bosses!

Easy picturing of Grande as liberator is unquestionably how and why controversial material like “God is a Woman” got through so easily, when in fact and normally  no religion should have to suffer quite the misrepresentation and parody of its core beliefs on the scale involved.

Misrepresentation was particularly marked when, as in the MTV Awards version of the song, the Christian Last Supper is turned into an orgy of lesbian groping overseen by a female Jesus rubbing her crotch and declaring her disciples will know she’s god after they have been touched (had sex) with her. Above the stage is an eye of Horus (much associated with Satanist Crowley’s notions of 666 and the coming age) and a vaginal portal to the heavens.   Religion apart, there’s such a thing as democratic fair play and respect. In a free society you may not like or approve people’s beliefs and you are certainly free to criticize them, but not merely abuse or radically misrepresent them to the point of inversion of the entire picture.

DIVINE GENDER

…And in parenthesis let it be said that despite frequent use of religion’s “he” pronoun that’s receiving pop culture’s rejection, in fact, not even the Bible declares God a man as opposed to a woman. There are passages, especially but not uniquely in Isaiah, where God is imaged as a woman. Essentially however God is not “man” or “woman” but rather Spirit (Joh 4:24) and Grande’s play of images is less an original bit of modern theology than indulgence of a rather high level of narcissism.

It may be assumed that the reason the male aspect of God is regularly stressed, is because in the universal ying/yang of energies whether material or more spiritual, male energy is more likely to express as initiating, female energy as reactive to and  containing of it, so God as Creator is almost inevitably going to receive some male imagery.

There is also the fact that, biblically, deity seen as hard to approach  fire or invisible Spirit is contacted primarily through  faith, not more materially by touch. What “God is a Woman” is effectively asserting is that belief will or should follow upon the proofs of touch, the material, touch being primarily the realm of the female. (Also relevant, if you accept astrology, is that the bible’s Old Testament was composed during the era of Aries, the hyper-patriarchal sign).

As it is possible to get caught up amid the claims and counter claims of “artistic” practitioners of occult paths and various Christians and rationalists who oppose their influence , where possible I like to see if there is any kind of objective evidence to support the idea  real beliefs and energies rather than pure fancy are at stake. I will do that here by a means especially some Christians would call itself occult, but which I claim isn’t, but anyway weights the evidence rather to their side in the assumption Grande intentionally or unintentionally evokes the dark side.

DARK CELESTIAL  PATTERNS        

                                                                                                   

Astrology is guide and witness to more than people imagine. I expected to find and did so that Grande, born (26th June 1993,  Boca Raton, Florida USA at 9.16 pm)  under the Great Mother sign of Cancer with asteroid Babylon closely trine her sun, is all of a Lady Babylon.  And with Theotes (Godhead/Trinity) on the Galactic Centre, a point associated with events in religion, she can influence images of God and religion for good or ill.

“God is a Woman” was released this year under Grande’s sign, Cancer, which is also the birth sign of America, undoubtedly the most religiously feminist nation in the world. It is even said that witches in America now outnumber Presbyterians, and certainly ideas and images promoted by Grande  would contribute to the massive wicca trend,  the growth in which some  even see an end of era feature (1).

Grande is nonetheless telling the truth when she says of her ideas and beliefs  “it’s all art”, because with the two mystically relevant planets, Uranus and Neptune, conjunct but making  easy trine to Venus, she can and will turn spiritual themes to art (and money). However, with Venus opposed to Pluto (nearest to any planetary symbol for the Creator or  any force majeure), what is done can be “against” the divine and like much of the chart bespeaks challenge and tension of some sort.

The Cancerian sun is in tension square to the moon (habits, emotions, the mother) and to Jupiter (beliefs, religion) this pair conjuncted  in the sector of beliefs and religion in the general arts sign Libra,  Ariana’s theatre for her ideological cum theological contentions. Conjunctions are very for or against something, so this one  reflects  the kind of things Grande admitted to Billboard magazine, such as childhood weirdness, her  early tensions with religion and with her mother who had strange fears for her daughter – specifically that she might become a serial killer. (That imagined potential is reflected in the undoubtedly rather dangerous Mars opposite Saturn aspect).

Assuming the birth time is quite exact, ascending over the horizon was 20 Capricorn and conjunct on that degree were Uranus and Neptune. Since the ascendant is the persona and as Uranus shocks and reveals and favours individualism while Neptune dreams and hides, Grande’s freakiness from almost the outset is reflected here, along with her early turn towards her own highly idiosyncratic vision.

But because Capricorn rises at birth if follows that sign’s ruler, Saturn, “rules” the whole pattern. And Grande’s Saturn (itself the traditionally “unfortunate” and restrictive planet, once widely associated with the devil) is closely conjunct Lucifer .  (This remains the case for any birth time and since the conjunction is in Pisces, the image of Lucifer could easily run to that of victim).  Lucifer is the devil as light. Another asteroid, Malin, French for devil (but in context more the devil as darkness) makes opportunity sextile aspect to the distinctive ascendant pattern. The hell asteroid Hella makes easy trine to Mercury, the communicator.

These signs have affinities for the  tricky chart of Marianne Faithfull, a pioneer of the new showbiz attitudes towards the demonic. Marianne’s  Lucifer makes easy trine to her  Mars/Sun conjunction in the religion house while at the top of the pattern, Malin conjoins her destiny and reputation Midheaven.

There is an obvious suggestion  of a potential in Grande’s chart for simply channelling the dark side in nice and arty Libran ways and  for “sympathetic” Piscean reasons. And given that Veritas (Truth) is in affliction to her Mercury which communicates, it looks like Grande  could  have a hard time recognizing, telling or communicating truth, especially through media given that  Veritas falls in the media sector. More might be said, but sufficient to indicate here that it looks as though Grande might need to sort out her worldview rather more constructively for her own good and that of  fans. It’s possible because In most areas of life, nobody is completely free or fated by the celestial patterns that describe and affect them  under certain conditions.

THIS IS NOT A ONE – OFF

Whatever one makes of the above data, in conclusion I should say that what I have pointed out is not a mere one – off fluke.  That “the heavens declare” and “night to night utters knowledge” (Ps 19: 1,2) is a potent truth hid from the eyes of many people, including insistent fundamentalists. Truth about  people  really can and will come out  celestially; and even when the data is only suggestive as opposed to outright  conclusive (which is sometimes is), it is still powerful to raise questions.

The strangest case I have dealt with and which was sufficiently controversial for it to be published years ago in a NZ magazine and not in UK (where it was feared too much offense could be caused), was the strange case of an alleged visit by a group of people  to hell in April 1995.  I remain conflicted by the story, especially as I am convinced of what’s called elements of  “cultural contamination” in certain details and claims of the vision, a characteristic found to occur in many cases over time…but even so.

Some South Americans claimed to have been taken by Jesus to hell where they encountered among others, John Lennon. These people would  never acknowledge astrology, and even if they did, they could not invent the details I am able to derive  from the time and place they claimed their inferno journey began. Why in heaven’s name would the pattern for the time the vision began, reveal the Christ asteroid conjunct Lennon in astrology’s traditional hell passage, the eighth house, which also contains The Part of Revelation, itself on an axis to Veritas (Truth). That and other things have  to look like  the improbable meeting represents some kind of genuine reality.

I made the experience into a poem The Hell Passage: Inferno Cantos for Today, https://wp.me/p2v96G-7e which both in the poem and in notes on it, I seek to make sense of. Perhaps because, like truth, I don’t have the proverbial luck of the devil, the poem never went anywhere, though Howard Storm, former atheist and bestselling author of My Descent into Death, considered it noteworthy – not because he liked it in any ordinary way, but because he felt it true to the kind of horror he had experienced in his own reported experience of hell.

Unlike Storm, I make no claims to have visited hell, but certainly  it doesn’t sound like the place another dark side singer, the late Freddie Mercury of Queen, insisted one would prefer to go to and because it’s the destination of more interesting people. He must  have forgotten interesting souls would necessarily  include Hitler and Stalin; and he may have been unaware it seems you communicate with effectively no one but yourself once arrived! Popular artists are a poor guide to ultimate issues and people really shouldn’t listen to them. (For some comments on Freddie Mercury, see The Saint, the Devil and Freddie Mercury https://wp.me/p6Zhz7-2M

Note (1) “For they did not repent of their witchcraft” ( Rev 9:21). It’s a rather unexpected statement and one of several  suggesting the author did not expect the events forecasts to take place in his times because witchcraft was rather strongly opposed and outlawed under the Roman empire.

 

 

 

 

WHY JULY 27th’s BLOOD MOON IS SPECIAL AND COULD BE A SIGN

A STAND-OUT CELESTIAL PHENOMENON

July’s Blue Moon, Blood Moon, Super Moon Eclipse on the 27th is a stand-out. Not surprisingly it has gathered to itself some extreme associations even to its being called by some the Apocalypse Eclipse. Here are some facts to consider in assessment.

While whole centuries may go by without a cycle of total lunar eclipse blood moons, this century is richer in blood moons – it has witnessed a tetrad of them earlier this decade in 2014 and 2015 but….

  • This July’s blood moon is the longest this century – totality is 1 hr 43 minutes
  • This July’s moon is a supermoon i.e. at perigee (nearest to earth)
  • This July’s moon is conjunct Mars also at perigee
  • The perigee of Mars will be the second closest to earth in sixty thousand years
  • This July’s blood moon will probably be super red. It is conjunct Mars, and Mars the red planet has just begun to be enveloped by an unprecedented dust storm. Mars is due to be nearly twice as bright as Jupiter at the eclipse.
  • This July’s blood moon follows a few days after the 19th when all the planets will be one side of the sun and a cluster of asteroids is gathered between Earth and Mars.
  • This July’s blood moon eclipse is bracketed by two (partial) solar eclipses, a fortnight either side. (Normally a lunar eclipse falls a fortnight before or after a solar eclipse).

WHAT KIND OF A SIGN…OR ANY?

But does any of this amount to anything like in addition the  “prophetic” sign some see?

Undeniably the Bible does appear to forecast a blood moon prior to and as harbinger of apocalypse (Acts 2:20, Joel 2:31). It  also speaks of “fire and drifting smoke”, believed to be a reference to volcanic activity but possibly also something like the widespread wild fires recently  and presently in evidence.

Since in Jewish tradition and idiom the portentous sounding “moon turned to blood” may signify no more than a lunar eclipse (which Jewish astrology rates as more important for affairs of Israel and wars than solar eclipses), and since major blood moons though exceptional are not impossibly rare, any pre-apocalypse eclipse would need to be very special….But you can argue July’s blood moon is this.

  • This July’s total blood moon culminates over Jerusalem (this decade’s earlier tetrad of blood moons occurred on Jewish festivals).
  • This July’s blood moon occurs on the Jewish festival of the grape harvest which is redolent of various apocalyptic images “Thrust in your sickle and reap….for the harvest of the earth is ripe” (Rev 14: 14-16).
  • This July’s blood moon is the last long lunar eclipse of the era. An aion or era lasts somewhere between 2000 and 2100 years. The Piscean era (whose imagery runs through the gospels and which effectively constitutes the bible’s “age of grace”) began around the time of Christ’s birth. It is now due to end, a reason it could be said Christianity is in such trouble at present and faith declines as Jesus appears to predict (Luk 18:8).
  • This July’s blood moon occurs on what rabbis and some Christians regard as Israel’s prophetically pivotal, messianically relevant seventieth year, the year of the hoped for Middle East Peace Treaty and drives towards building of a third Jewish temple. (Suggestive for a soon Peace Treaty is the way at the eclipse asteroid Israel  conjuncts the national Venus (peace) to within minutes of a degree, while its four degrees of Cancer looks to the 4 degrees of Aquarius/Leo  of the eclipse.
  • Consistent with the possibility of a season of shocks, surprises and extreme events such as apocalypse watchers look for, the blood moon’s sign  is shocks and surprises sign, Aquarius. The eclipse is rendered a virtual firecracker by the fact it is not only conjunct aggressive Mars but in tension aspect (square) the shocks planet, Uranus and conjunct the moon’s south nodes which traditionally enjoys some association with situations of finishing or exiting.
  • A Star of David pattern among the planets precedes the Full Moon at the new moon partial solar eclipse on 13th July. Traditionally full moons enlarge on, fulfil or clarify what new moons are about, something  Christians and astrologers are ignoring in this important case. By every implication the fate of Israel is strongly indicated. But though I accept the main planets do form the Star of David as per astrologer Heather Ensworth’s reading,  I would also stress the sun/moon on July 13th’s eclipse  don’t belong to this formation; they are opposite Pluto which means the solar eclipse bespeaks considerable intensity and turmoil for coming months.

READING AND MISREADING SIGNS

At the level of possible sign, much error has already surrounded the blood moons, not least because those Christians like Mark Biltz and John Hagee who pronounce on them either discount astrology totally or substitute for it a faulty, largely imaginary “Christian astronomy” that the Magi would never have recognized.

It can be argued (not least because of the involvement of the Temple asteroid) that the blood moon tetrad which received doomsday and Armageddon type ruminations,  reflected what this decade has been an evolving Jewish identity and spirituality, concern around the status of Jerusalem (now declared) and the movement (growing) towards the next temple, issues this next eclipse might bring to a head.

This July’s blood moon is also potentially significant (as a sign) given how it appears to relate to other data such as for the foundation of modern Israel and for Christianity as taken from its Pentecost birth date and time in 30 AD and data for the Antichrist if vision once rightly saw concerning this. For these further and needed but more astrological perspectives, see the longer article on McCleary’s Alternatives, “Peace, Jerusalem and a 2018 Turning Point”. https://wp.me/p2v96G-14L

WHY REVELATION IS MODERN AND FUTURE, NOT OF THE PAST

Speculation of any kind in this direction assumes that apocalypse means something and is actually possible. Many, including Christians, will protest no one should even be considering apocalypse and citing the book of Revelation as any pointer to modern and celestial affairs because that book was composed late in the first century and codified Christian persecution under Nero and/or Domitian. (You can read this sort of thing in the recent Revelations, by scholarly popularizer, Elaine Pagels).

Among hints that this is not the case, is that Revelation improbably forecasts that all the world will gaze upon events in the streets of Jerusalem, (Rev 11:9) plainly impossible before modern technology. Overall I think we can say that Revelation struggles to describe in pre-modern language a world due to suffer the effects of a world war to end all world wars. This leads naturally to what can be said in conclusion.

WHAT CAN CERTAINLY BE SAID….WITHIN LESS THAN A YEAR

If you believe the blood moon is a sign, specifically of apocalyptic onset, then if traditional and ongoing experience as regards lunar eclipses  counts for anything, what is forecast must be manifested within six months. That’s the use-by date of any lunar eclipse. This means the end of January next year is the deadline – though practically and in this case given the expectations of Israel’s seventieth year to factor in, say the end of this year. However……I am bound to say that this eclipse is so long and strong some astrologers have said its relevance is more akin to a solar eclipse and its effect can be felt for more than six months. But obviously it won’t be effective as any sign for more than a year.

Though in the way that any full moon can be disturbing, it’s possible this blood moon could be witness to anything from street riots to earth movements; but it’s unlikely, even if its chief message is genuinely apocalyptic, that it would produce that crisis to the day or even the end of the month. Eclipses with their themes don’t work that way. [See Note Below ]  Moreover, since Mars at the time of eclipse is in what is called its apparent retrograde, any potential violence at the time could actually be muted. The eclipse could  even accompany a Mid East Peace Treaty however shaky. But the weeks and months following could witness more extreme scenarios, and in any case, just generally the future is not exactly bright.

It is noteworthy and relevant that coming times must undergo the increasing influence of the Saturn/Pluto cycle. This is truly the worst. Jesus was crucified on its opposition; major wars like the Thirty Years War in Europe, WW1 and WW11 have been shadowed by it. There’s a God versus the devil quality to it.

Any WW111, which the times of apocalypse and its Tribulation period could be thought to describe, would very likely be linked to effects of that cycle more than others. This renders it legitimate to think of the blood moon as a general harbinger of troubled times, apocalyptic…or other. The mere fact we now have Saturn transiting its own earth sign, Capricorn, does not bode well for quakes. The strongest recorded  quake (the 9.5 Valdivia in Chile in 1960) occurred under Saturn in Capricorn.

Whatever, for anything like apocalyptic scenarios it looks like a case of now or never, “now” looking to be overall a “best”, almost a Grand Central Station, time for signs. But we can still  somewhat test this blood moon’s status as sign.

A TEST FOR THE SIGN

Since  apocalypse is also the birth pangs of the earth and the messiah’s approach, if those harbingers of apocalypse, quakes, volcanoes, fires and floods, especially in tandem, continue and/or increase from now on, the eclipse is more likely to be  a sign that points to ultimate crisis. If quakes, volcanoes, fires and floods now abate, crisis is less likely to be signalled.

As said, a lunar eclipse has six months to manifest its main message (or in this case some astrologers would say a bit more that that). If the sign truly is apocalyptic and stage one of the crisis really  is set to begin (many Christians would claim stage one would be the so-called Rapture) then it will do so, or it won’t do so, but it will be apparent one way of another ….soon.

NOTE: HOW ECLIPSES TYPICALLY WORK  AND SIGNIFY

Definitely eclipses don’t have to manifest their chief message on the day. They normally deliver most when a transiting factor warms up the eclipse degree. Example: On June 21 2001 an eclipse hit on a world point (O Cancer) and degree zone relevant to America (whose Venus is at 2 Cancer). When war-like Mars conjuncted  0 Cancer on 9/11 the Twin Towers were struck..

It follows that some aspect within the next 6 months would need to relate to the blood moon’s 4 Aquarius. One such time would be the whole second half of August when the nodes transit opposite that degree. Another such would be end September when Mars hits the area.  It should be clear this is not prophecy, not date setting, it’s merely a possible time frame, the location of a potential.

 

 

 

NAKED IN THESSALONIKI : RIDDLE AND SIGN

 

      

WELCOME TO THE SPIRITUAL SYMBOLIC LABYRINTH

Religion mostly deals in absolutes. Art, which is often in trouble with religion, deals in the grey areas. But both religion and art are joined in their connection to leading, life-governing symbols. This article will conduct the reader through a veritable labyrinth of symbols towards an unexpected, quasi-apocalyptic message with links past and present to a biblically celebrated  Greek city. Be patient to discover and arrive.

Later this year an arguably misnamed film, The Changing of the Gods, based on the work of Cosmos and Psyche by culture historian Richard Tarnass, should be making irrefutably clear how much events follow cycles. It will demonstrate what’s ignored by scientists and Christians (the latter despite the Magi and all the statements of Ecclesiastes to the effect was has been will be),  namely  that as many  people have long  known, the course of wars, revolutions and social change generally, really does follow distinct planetary patterns. And these engage specific symbols.

Symbols are distinctively one thing  or genus (like the Mars long associated with war and mayhem), but they are also multivalent, not just war but a gun and sword, and then they have  positive and negative expressions too as when Mars is associated with  courage and decisiveness and not just strife.

At this point in history we are moreover on the cusp of two ages – that of Pisces “ruled” by Neptune and that of Aquarius “ruled” by Uranus. Accordingly, if we are at all sensitive to the flow of events, we can observe and are experiencing an often confused, half merged, clashing overload of Neptunian and Uranian symbols and themes.

On the Piscean side we have the Neptunian victim, refugee, suffering, compassion, inclusivism at all costs, a certain domination by film, image and dreams, also lies and corruption, drugs and addiction, permissiveness and mysticism in all shapes and sizes, good and bad.

On the Aquarian side, there is an obsession with personal rights, autonomy, difference and gayness. There is a disposition to shock, to revolution or group action and thus recourse to social media, also to achieve “perfection “ (at least of bodies), a tendency to domination by technology and abstract dogmatism, an orientation to future trends and Utopias (more “perfection”).

There is no need to enumerate the potential for positive and negative expression within the signs and their trends. It should be obvious. Sometimes Neptune and Uranus seem to complement one another as when Neptune is nature and Uranus is society, sometimes they suggest absolute polarities as when Neptune is sleep and dream, and Uranus is wakefulness and inspiration,. It is these polarities, natural and social, sleep and awake, which are also biblically stressed polarities and with an odd connection to the issue of nudity that I shall be stressing here even as reaching into a sign of the times worth noting.

We can return to the point and related matters presently, but here is one of the relevant, symbolically loaded biblical statements which may not mean quite what it seems. And it is  problematic, not just for what it might be thought to imply about sex, shame and nudity, but because of its odd comparison, one we need to understand, of the Christ of the apocalypse with a thief. …… “See I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and is clothed, not going about naked and exposed to shame” (Rev 15:16).

IT ALL DEPENDS WHAT YOU THINK AND SEE

Nudity is all of a mixed signals symbol. It is what especially postmodernists  might call a floating signifier. To many, even or especially in the permissive west, nudity signifies little more than having sex or being immodest or aggressively exhibitionist (as in streaking). Some laws may still treat nudity under the head of “indecent exposure” or “public nuisance”, a virtual crime (even if victimless) rather than anything that might involve art, a special statement or a lifestyle option. The fact is the condition proves  elusive when it comes to defining quite what it represents and does. Assumed to be sexual, for some it may seem less erotic than the effects produced by the behaviour of  an individual fully clothed.

Sociologically, the nothing-but-sex reaction is more in evidence where there is less gender equality and/or women are – as in Hollywood! – just objects to men. Thus in relatively egalitarian Scandinavia nudity is not a big deal with families sharing naked sauna. In other ages and climes, and famously in ancient Greece, it was rather men than women who had the right to be naked, (though not necessarily as an object for women who could be executed for observing the nude games!). And before the Christian West unexpectedly made something of a standard artistic fetish of the female nude, it was male nudity was more portrayed. Symbolically there was a  sort of natural correctness to this.  As in medieval alchemical art,  the male organ , anyway outside the body and thus quasi exposed,  is “solar” as against  the more hidden, “lunar” female genitals .

Where sex is not the sole association, nudity can symbolize protest and especially freedom from conventional personal and societal  images such as clothes impose. The purely legal or morals campaigner approach ignores that and risks compromising a type of sincerity and signification, including even biblically. St Francis did a holy striptease in the street in rejection of his father’s lifestyle and source of wealth as a cloth merchant and to make a point he  preached a sermon in the nude. The prophet Micah, who sounds like the nearest thing to a Jewish Diogenes (the Cynic Greek philosopher who lived naked in a tub) declares he will go stripped and naked and wailing like the jackals (Mic 1:8). Isaiah went about “naked” as a sign for three years (Is 20:2-4}. Quite how naked he was is not clear, but denying  his aristocratic status, it seems he went about slave-like at least buttocks bared as a warning of  impending captivity.

OPEN TO THE ETHERS AND THE HOLY ?

Signs and protests apart, Isaiah and Micah could hardly go far wrong because it is affirmed we are all naked before God anyway ( Heb 4: 13) and, at least symbolically, are even meant to be perhaps especially in relation to worship. In some paganism like wicca, nudity  is not symbolic but overt and in order, it’s believed, to free connection of the aura/soul body to the elements to increase spiritual power. It’s an idea that possibly obtained among Israel’s early school of the  prophets  given the statement that King Saul was thought to  be like the prophets because he had stripped off and lain naked like them  all night (1 Sam 19:24). The Rev Charles Kingsley (author of The Water Babies) was puzzled by the fact he felt more spiritual when unclothed.

Though most systems and persons are less radical than wiccans and less sensitive than KIngsley, and while nudity may have its spiritual uses, no religious  system outside  the Jains has deemed it essential. Even so and in Judaism, its priests, though dressed for temple service, must still go bare foot. Famously Moses must remove his shoes before the burning bush. Beyond just reverence, this is very likely to signify the humility and honesty of a symbolic nudity because, as any rabbi will tell you, the feet are often a biblical symbol/circumlocution for the genitals. It is even widely believed that Isaiah’s cherubim, whose wings cover their feet (Is 6:2), is circumlocution for covering their genitals….In which case, this begs the question why would God require a symbolic nudity for priests if the celestial realms of the cherubim have no room for an actual nudity  among those perfect, unfallen beings?

Though you could explore this difficult, sensitive subject through Jewish works like God’s Phallus by Howard Eilberg-Schwartz, in brief parenthesis I will supply one answer here and particularly as Christianity with its doctrine of God as Trinity has a special problem with, or clue to, the question if you at all accept as starting point what it took the pornographer Henry Miller to point out.  He opined that the  penis is like a Trinity symbol with its shaft and two testicles (1)  (He didn’t get theological about the female genitals, but one could theorize they represent either another version of the uniplural principle or else they symbolize earth, the  All that receives the divinity). What we do know of God is that, as per Ezekiel (Ez 1:27), below the waist he is pure (creative) fire. Sex and the genitals would always be a reflection of that. The lovers of the Song of Solomon are understood to be in the fires of Yah. And we may assume that in some form or other the angelic orders experience this fire – how else could the fallen angels of Genesis have intercourse with women on earth if they were totally sexless?

It follows that, almost as a point of what one could call erotic etiquette, i.e. from respect rather than shame, angelic beings closest to deity are seen as not presuming to expose themselves as though in rivalry to the prime source  – the likely reason they also cover their faces is not to rival the divine image). Even on the human plain some of the offence or shock of nudity can be involved with the fact the genitals do not so much belong to the principle of beauty with which the body gets identified as with a more alien, numinous element of power. This applies as much to the female as to the male and is presumably what is being conveyed, however grotesquely, by the peculiar medieval inclusion in churches of the Sheela-na-gig carvings, vestiges of ancient fertility goddesses. (But  note that as compared to the more naturalistic depiction of male nudity over the centuries, the Sheelas have, or draw attention to, an exaggerated, unnaturalistic  vulva probably  because the attempted power emphasis runs somewhat counter to what I have called the more hidden “lunar” aspect of female being).

REVISING THE EDENIC SHAME. WHAT WAS AND IS IT?

Biblical Hebrew has a variety of words and expressions for naked and in translation,  sometimes even in Hebrew itself, it is not always perfectly clear what is meant. It could be anything from full nudity to merely being without over garment – situation would indicate.  Sometimes the use of nudity can be a precious circumlocution for having sex as in Leviticus where “uncovering the nakedness” means having intercourse, a fact that reminds us the Genesis curse on Ham who saw his (inebriated) father naked, is almost guaranteed to signify a case of incestuous shame rape.   However, the nearest root meaning if not translation of naked  is usually impoverishment, a certain lack or loss or absence of something, anything from personal power to wealth. Obviously the nakedness of Isaiah was involved with prophetic warning of coming defeat and reduction to slave status.

Yet if there can also be, as in some art forms  or the Song of Solomon, something glorious about the naked body, especially if it’s believed to be any “in the image” reflection of the divine, how can and does our floating significator manage also to be shameful? And is it, strictly speaking, sexually/erotically shameful after all? Obviously age, disease and obesity can ravage the body to the point it recalls the all too human “fallen” condition rather than anything sublime, but I don’t think that the  idea of shame is principally involved with  just that.

In a previous article on my  other site (See: Issues of Love, Sex and Biblical ‘Incoherence’ https://wp.me/p2v96G-111)  I mentioned that the bible implies a belief in the soul/aura – some passages don’t even make sense without assuming it. I suggest that loss of the aura’s visibility, its radiance around the body that a few psychically inclined persons can still observe, is what the original shame was believed to be. After all, without some loss of the kind happening, how would the Edenic couple sense and observe they were naked in the first place? “Who told you you were naked”? is indeed the question to be asked.

The philosopher Schopenhauer may also provide another clue here. He remarks somewhere that the shame of nudity is involved with the sense of mortality (such as the Genesis story very much points to). The genitals are no longer just part of a  bodily whole or a reminder of pleasure, but rather a reminder of the need to procreate against undesired death.

I should say too that if the aura is not observed, it becomes easier for people to forget that one makes love not just to bodies but souls; and then the body without  any apparent radiance is more obviously object and thus easily object of a dissociated lust that can embarrass and more.

LOSS AND GAIN, WORLD AND LAODICEA

So at this point we arrive at paradox. For some people in some contexts to be naked is to gain or regain something –  one’s being, one’s pure self (i.e.freed of social expectations and without the props and often false signals of clothes), and more in tune with a sensed (aurically based) connection to nature and the All. At the same time, this gain still suffers the effects of all that’s entailed on account of the soul/aura’s invisibility.  Even if the naked person may sufficiently reach  self harmoney, others not  appreciating this  may reduce the person to the status of object only or question their honesty, so that in society’s eyes, they are  regarded  as  merely rebellious, eccentric,  exhibitionist, perverted etc.

It is thus  a win/lose situation for the individual. Even so, above and beyond this and on the cultural plain, we almost certainly need to be rid of notions  many easily hold and the bible can be thought to point to, but doesn’t  automatically ,  that nudity is shameful or embarrassing per se, that it equates with sex only and lewdly so. Relevant here are words to the church of Laodicea in the book of Revelation. The church is the last addressed of seven churches of Asia Minor, and although the relevant community did exist and was still active to shape church policy into the fourth century,  the churches are often seen as symbolic and prophetic for church history with Laodicea representing  an end of  age decadent religiosity. Historically, Laodicea was a prosperous city famed for luxury goods including a precious eye salve. The church shared in the general prosperity. It also drank from the well-supplied but tepid, lukewarm waters of the region.

Accused of boasting of a wealth they feel renders them invulnerable “we have need of nothing”  (is it possible  these believers anticipate today’s prosperity gospel advocates?! )  the Laodiceans are told in reality they are “wretched, pitiable, blind, poor and naked”. They are counselled to buy gold from Christ  in order  to be truly rich, “and white robes to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nakedness from being seen and salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see” (Rev 3:18). What is the shame of nakedness best not seen? Plainly it’s what nudity had broadly symbolized in Hebrew, namely a degree of poverty or loss,  a state the Laodiceans fail to realize is theirs no matter how fashionably attired and materially wealthy they are. But why must they acquire white robes to hide the shame of what is their “naked” spiritual poverty in fact?

THE TEMPLE THIEF

  

In Revelation the redeemed who are seen as like priests unto God (Rev5:10)  are said to wear white robes, doubtless because priests of the temple wore white robes. To be frank about it, heaven itself could  be dull and impoverished if the redeemed could never get beyond wearing a single garment, however precious, of one colour for all eternity! So the meaning is virtually guaranteed to be otherwise. The reason the priests wore white while their feet were bare was because their white robe represented the lost and to be reacquired radiance of the original, body-surrounding aura which of course could also be coloured but white is the source colour and light itself.

The bible, not least Revelation and apocalyptic themes, is saturated with temple symbolism and theology, though it is only recently  being acknowledged and studied quite how much so. We can now return to the earlier mentioned thief in the night passage. What does it mean to say Christ comes as a thief in the night (something he surely can’t be ) and so one needs to keep awake not to go about naked?

The answer is that Christ is being identified with the chief of the Temple guard composed of levite priests whose leader was called the thief. It was as good as sacrilege for selected priests to fall asleep on any night of duty. If they did, the shame of their failure risked being marked out by “the thief”, in effect a clothes thief , who set the offender’s robe alight so that to protect himself he would need to fling off his garment and flee the scene naked. All sorts of symbolism is involved here but most obviously fire represents the judgement and purifying force of deity and the priest is symbolically judged, sent to hell. And if we identify his ritual robe with the aura lost at the fall, then a second death or fall is imaged. I reserve to note another important way in which Christ is symbolically “thief” related. (2)

But we must also remember especially the following point of symbolism as regards sleeping and waking. No matter how pure, free, natural or healthy the nudity of any Christian St Francis, pagan Diogenes or poetic Walt Whitman might be at a certain level, symbolically (even or especially for traditional symbolic systems like astrology), nudity still equates as much as for Hebrew with some kind of loss, lack, even poverty (Francis and Diogenes were both devoted to it).

ASLEEP AND AWAKE, NAKED  AND CLOTHED

Symbols are multivalent and like notes they have octaves. It’s thus that, depending on the context, Neptune can signify not only poverty and nudity but film, dream or sleep – recall how much nudity features not only in film but dreams – it’s a commonplace people dream they are suddenly naked in public. It follows that nudity as linked to sleep and dream is also a lack of sorts in relation to its Uranian polarity of wakefulness. The latter can also be identified with knowledge, not like Neptune knowledge  of unconscious nature but conscious “enlightenment’ in relation to being, the more archetypal, utopian, celestial plan of things.

We can now better see what is happening with biblical and especially apocalyptic imagery. The state of nudity risks engaging a shame related less to eros and sex than symbolically the condition of sleep which is oblivious to and unprepared for what is to happen. It is confused slumber as against enlightenment, a kind of sleepwalking confusion that characterizes the end of the Neptunian age of Pisces which will suffer the Uranian shock of the coming Aquarian age (which can be equated with the biblical Millennium)   with its potential to fulfil among much else the Uranian concern with the improved, perfected body, biblically the immortal one  (it is also seen as snatched Ganymede-like to heaven, a thoroughly Uranian and air sign theme in itself).

In the classic, most cited statement regarding the end of age and the so-called Rapture event that precedes the end and disappears the believing prepared, St Paul to the Thessalonians makes the whole subject one of precisely day against night, being awake rather than asleep:

“But you beloved, are not in darkness for that day [the day of the Lord, the Rapture] to surprise you like a thief, for you are all children of the light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober” ( I Thess 5:4-6).

Nothing of the naked/clothed polarity explicitly enters in Thessalonians and at one level it needn’t. The omission can  even seem positive  if one questions what is often felt to be a biblical penchant for anti eros and mere body shaming. But life is stranger than fiction and symbolism has almost autonomous powers, works in chains of association enforcing something like the Jungian compensation factor. Try to leave out the clothed/unclothed equation and what among other things does the end of the age produce but….nudity in or from of all places St Paul’s apocalypse-associated Thessaloniki?

URBAN NUDISM

     

Urban nudism names the practice, (or claim to be able to practice) a more public nudity. It is and remains more or less illegal, though laws may not be strongly applied in some places and times especially protests and festivals like the World Naked Bike Ride or Gay pride. In several countries it is more or less legal (Denmark and Netherlands, and actually legal in Spain where the freedom was locally curtailed after it was alleged prostitution in Barcelona was exploiting it – inevitably however it was mostly men were seen about town where they functioned as curios for tourists. Because what is Neptunian insinuates rather than rebels and organizes like Uranus, there never has been nor will be any aggressive or highly organized naked revolution akin to Gay Lib but there can be local trends and movements that favour greater freedom.

Harmonious with the symbolism so far mentioned and which includes the idea of poverty, we find urban nudism, the will or desire towards it, enjoys some association with societies either passing through major economic problems like Argentina, Spain and Greece, or societies more prosperous like California’s, but which include a partly ghettoed, less prosperous, alternative lifestyle minority such as gays in San Francisco or Berlin. I recall a TV interview with a Buenos Aires urban nudist who maintained that as he was anyway poor, unemployed and excluded, why not go naked when he had nothing to lose? In San Francisco the pioneer of urban nudism, Naked Guy Martinez, was a university student with radical leftist interests and little cash.

THESSALONIKI’S LATEST “PUBLIC FIGURE”

In politically troubled Greece and since 2014, apart from a celebration of the World Naked Bike Ride  in that year and the mayor himself posing nude in  support of gay rights and pride,  urban nudism is chiefly the property of the not so impoverished artist and architect, Giannis Maskidis (John Mask to his English language followers). Almost certainly it is under the cover of “art” and helped by something approaching a model’s body, that JM has got away without cover of clothes in a conservative society that nonetheless remembers and cherishes its more body free ancient past.

With events like World Naked Bike Ride and Gay Pride it’s collective and annual only, but with  JM it’s  individual and almost a case of “we see him here, we see him there, he’s mostly naked everywhere” – in parks, under Corinthian columns, draped on statues, posed on balconies, standing on church roofs, in front of altars and icons (though that may be photo-shopped), crawling around art galleries on a dog’s lead (does he want to reproduce  Diogenes the Dog?), riding a fairground carousel, doing just about everything but not riding the public transport  like a German youth in Berlin. GM’s programme started in his home town of Thessaloniki and spread to Athens and the Greek islands.

But  apart from holiday brochure-like suggesting “follow your myth in Greece”, is there any message? Is the chief aim, fame, freedom, art, health, political protest, a neo-pagan campaign, gay pride (JM is gay)? Gayness and its celebration is often accused of precisely exhibitionism or glorification of the body. To the extent that’s valid it would seem inevitable because if the esoteric formula is correct that gays are a female soul in a male body (or a male soul in a female one for lesbians), the body expresses and certifies who the person is more strongly than it does for others. For JM “art” seems the main justification if not quite the main aim. Pictures of nudity often alternate with images of architecture, some of them desolate and almost mournful like some of the comments such as on death being a companion on this or that day or the day requiring one live and suffer.

JM reports the priests hate him (unsurprisingly given that one pic is posed before an altar and extravagantly declares ‘religion spoils everything”!). But given how political, censorious and recently homophobic Orthodoxy – especially its Russian version can be – see my poem Icon World  https://wp.me/p2v96G-cs   – it is surprising, if wise, clergy have remained more critical than litigious. Orthodoxy is a liturgically exquisite but peculiarly static, monolithic,  unprophetic faith that relates almost more to icons and saints than God. And the way its icons deform the human body denying it all Solomonic or Renaissance glories, was perhaps bound by a massive act of psychic compensation, to produce alternatives at the first modern opportunity. But JM’s beliefs are odder than any icon – in one article I can’t and needn’t bother to retrace, he endorses a popular underground piece of neo-mythic philosophy that regards God as by chance excreting human beings rather than making any being “in his image”.

STARTING AT NIGHT

      

Although JM’s “protest” against the norms may have arisen from a walk in the park in 2013, it can be said to have been birthed, trialled and first  filmed for public consumption in 2014 when there were night walks on main roads and past restaurants of central Thessaloniki, evidently to test the waters and loosen up attitudes. Originally we see bag, clothes and camera carrying women supported the venture, something I wouldn’t explain by faghagism towards the two gays involved, but more likely something characteristically  Greek. Greece has never quite accepted contemporary feminism which was not long launched before the then Arianna Stassinopoulos produced The Famale Woman which stressed any reforms would need to be for an equality in difference  she saw under threat (as would often prove true). I suspect therefore that original support for JM has some connection to a local will to (re)assert threatened principles of phallos by the same society that anciently displayed herms at house entrances.

It is however a coincidence of symbols and their timing that I should wish to stress. It was observed that we are currently at the end of an era, the Piscean whose Neptunian range includes and even exaggerates like the last flare of a candle at era’s end, such things as image, film, photography vulnerability,sleep, the dream, what’s natural including nudity. So it is hard not to notice that the nude protest is birthed towards era’s end at night and at a time which due to a tetrad of blood moons of Jewish festivals in 2014 and 15 caused a particular obsession in some circles with precisely end of days, end of era speculations. (Although there was a lot of exaggeration and misinterpretation about this, I accept the blood moons were an element within larger patterns and cycles and considerably involved with the growing movement towards the building of a third Jewish temple, a potentially apocalyptic, end of days subject indeed).

With  so much involved, one cannot usually be either fully for or against nudity. (Unless you are a morals campaigner, solicitation and  commercial treatment of nudity are what seem most legally relevant).  However, “For everything there is a time/ season…..” says Ecclesiastes (Ecc 3:1) in what is almost a statement of astrological theory and its principle of cycles. In line with this  it easier to state  whether the kinds of nudity practiced and portrayed, advocated and tolerated are socially and culturally timely.

TOWARDS WHICH LIGHT?

Curiously enough, what has begun in Thessaloniki, the same city to which St Paul conveyed secrets of the end of days, is in its way very timely, though more by way of a counter sign. It begins at night (“we are not of the night” says the apostle) and it progresses into the light of day when not as a game and  joke, through a struggle with “dog days’ including with thoughts of death and decay and a kind of meaninglessness which disbelief in deity (or any ideal one) engenders. The emphasis is at variance with futuristic  Uranian type concern with the perfected body, the body electric, the body of light or biblically the immortal and resurrected body that gets associated with the Thessalonian teaching of Rapture and the coming age.

As said, neither of the two letters to Thessalonians mentions nudity after the manner of Revelation, but they might as well do so  because we know that the asleep/awake polarity that haunts end of the age teachings naturally embraces the clothed/naked polarity also.

It would  be   misleading to present JM as  some kind of unique anti prophet. He belongs to and arises out of his times  and unknowingly enacts something within the collective unconscious  and between nudity and gayness  undeniably engages  Neptunian and Uranian themes to a degree  as do perhaps the parading and celebrating  citizens of Thessaloniki more generally. The Laodiceans that the Christ of Revelation accuses of a shameful nakedness were not literally naked and their species of nakedness was spiritual  rather than  material.

In the same way, arguably JM’s clerical critics in Thessaloniki and beyond it, could be deemed as naked as he himself is in relation to the times, which is to say both parties are half slumbering, unawakened to, or sleepwalking amid the events and ideals, symbols and beliefs including in relation to the body and attitudes to it that must change with  era’s. change. (If that sounds a  heavy put on  it seems undeniable that JM has  ignored all the big issues of his nation  –  the national debt, chronic unemployment, near destitute pensioners, the migrant flood, the wild fires, the weather  etc and it’s not much different with the highly conservative national church ).

So at one level and in the immediate, JM is the original, norms challenging individual,   sometimes arty, amusing  or just lurid he aims to be. At another level he is a new Everyman who at the end of the era, unconsciously enacts through a key site of Christian origins and prophecy, what is not done,  understood or anticipated  at a time that calls for heightened awareness and engagement.

I have long claimed to possess  the true and still working chart for Christianity (I.e. Pentecost AD 30).  The asteroid Thessalia,  the only possible and surely correct indicator for Thessaloniki  within the pattern is, of all things,  in shocking, surprising, “expect the unexpected”,  next era  Aquarius, and at that in the house of unions which is what the Rapture/Marriage of the Lamb is.  And there it’s  conjunct, as though in some sort of warning recalling the tone and message of Christ’s apocalyptic parables, The Part of Unpreparedness.  All this seems  curiously harmonious with  the apostle’s words  “therefore let us not sleep as others do , but let us watch.” (1 Thess 5:6).

NOTES

1)  Some   would protest the pornographer’s daring symbolism is inexact because the three elements are not “equal”. Ironically I would insist the doctrine of absolute, geometrical Trinitarian equality which is St Augustine’s and which ultimately split West from East, is misleading. Greek theology, more in line with biblical statements, teaches something closer to semi-subordinationism with both Son and Spirit issuing from the One, a position which, as pointed out in various of my books and writings has implications for how deity, creation and sexuality are to be understood.

2)  Another reason that the Christ of Revelation is the night “thief” is because of his associations with Mercury, traditionally planetary symbol of the thief. The occultist Mme Blavatsky was the first to call Jesus Mercury outright and basically because like pagan Mercury he is described as mediator, healer and the go-between in relation to heaven and earth. As it happens however, and despite the fact that messianic Jupiter was “his star”, technically Mercury “rules” Jesus birth because with a Virgo sun and Gemini rising, the ruling factor is necessarily Mercury. These matters are covered in my Testament of the Magi: Mysteries of the Birth and Life of Christ, https://goo.gl/x8KASy . This is the only astrological study, a radical development of the respected D’Occhieppo/Hughes theory of the birth, which proves itself again and again. It still uniquely works to register Christ issues across history to our times – in short, it’s material too hot for many inside or outside religion to handle and is insultingly ignored accordingly.

For further exploration of the theological and sexual see my  Solomon’s Tantric Song    https://goo.gl/sU21My

 

Genesis: Paradise Lost. A brief review of the film

It took such a long time for my DVD of this film to arrive from America, it was a surprise it arrived at all. But between the hype and my expectations, finally seeing this film, which expresses a variety of more or less creationist views from people of faith who work and teach in science, was a bit of an anticlimax.

The so-called “animations” of creation and natural scenes were good and some meaningful points were made as regards certain unquestioned assumptions and prejudices of scientists; but overall the film with its slow start and slow reading of Genesis1 and then almost too fast for average absorption claims, made the kind of mistakes I had hoped it might be able to avoid.

It has to be understood, and thoughtful Christians like C.S.Lewis writing about science (as in The Magician’s Twin)  have understood, that there are two layers to any arguments about creation, design and the Creator. There is a basically philosophical argument about truth and whether or not the record indicates scientists have some unstated prejudices and are fudging the facts and then there are the more purely faith and spirituality related questions because what you believe about nature and God can colour your entire outlook on life.

It seems undeniable a lot of the creation/evolution dispute begins with Charles Lyell who aimed to dethrone Moses via a doctrine influencing Darwin of Uniformitarianism in nature applied to geology. He proposed  although it’s questionable, not completely provable and challenged by problems with carbon dating, that change follows the same rate always and everywhere and that change is super slow.

But to the extent there are challenging facts and untold stories, then these facts, which should be heard, can and will largely speak for themselves. They must be allowed to prompt, as they will do, questions which  lead into the realms of religious and metaphysical meaning. And in work lthis film undertakes, one disc (the main film) should have kept solely to the facts and the other two discs to discussion of related religious issues.

If however you mix throughout the  legitimate fact-based arguments with an emotional faith-linked one like suggesting persons who question the bible’s plain words on creation are rebels against God and/or lost, even if that were true and could be proved, you compromise credibility as regards your objectivity with the more verifiable facts. Especially so as, regardless of your precise beliefs, you still need to recognize that the bible you cite as authority, no matter how true, is still not a full blown science text book but often closer to poetry….

I was accordingly appalled to hear someone express the opinion that one must accept the Genesis account of creation literally because it is written in prose, not poetry and is therefore “history’. It shouldn’t need to be stated that a lot of poetry, even from Shakespeare, is precisely exalted prose, while the bible offers so many variations on a symbolic theme (like Daniel’s weeks of years) and Jesus states there are twelve hours in a day, that it is and always was seriously stretching things to insist that a Genesis day has to mean twenty four hours only.

What a lot of the bible does in its more poetic,  literary and symbol- ladem sections, is point towards facts, ideas and situations. A lot of it could reasonably be called generalization to be understood and accepted as such. A good example would be some writings of St Paul (who gets cited along with Genesis). Because how much beyond generalization can and should one accept St Paul even on religion?

A prime example of a statement one one could question but which is cited as absolute by some creationists, is the apostle’s reference in Romans 1:20,21 to the supposed existence for a universal conscience and a kind of inborn knowledge of God. Its  existence Paul believes leaves people “without excuse’”

The apostle’s assumption is, as it happens, the grounds some creationists have to condemn those who do not believe what they say. But while we can accept the reality of  a universal conscience,  the evidence frankly  does not exist, or else is very mixed and  weak, for any kind of universal knowledge/awareness of God. You can read Christian conversion stories where the person might say something to the effect they always had their doubts about their version of Asian Buddhism and suspected there was something more that they weren’t hearing; but others, from godless places like North Korea, can report being astonished to hear of any notion of God and creator. Such ideas had never crossed their minds. So at most one could speak of a universal capacity to accept belief in a deity, not Paul’s universal awareness.

Paul who himself admits we “see through a glass darkly” surely only generalizes and points to what is a sort of truth in this case. His idea of a universal awareness of a single deity might actually have owed something to Cicero on the subject of religion. Anyway, Paul was a man of his times and his problematic view of homosexuality, also in the questionable rhetoric of Romans 1, likewise shows some affinity for opinions and understandings of his time re sex plus some awareness of the advanced decadence of Roman imperial society, which had no notion of sexual orientation but did practice recreational bisexuality. If we take Paul to the letter on “homosexuality” (which creationists tend to do, linking defence of creation to opposition to gay rights and a variety of issues so that creationism becomes almost political), we stand to be misled and limited in outlook. Sometimes truth exists in grey areas we must see and respect. Jesus is self–described as Truth while the bible is by contrast “true” because it points to him and the Creator. Other ideas of truth risk becoming unhelpful bibliolatry.

I don’t consider Paradise Lost a completely lost wreck of a project. It includes some things that need to be said and known, but it was wrong and fails to the extent among the more scientific experts it brought in persons, evangelists, like Ray Comfort whom I had criticized in a previous article (Another Side to the Creation/Evolution Debate https://wp.me/p2v96G-10p ) because their views belong to another order than the main one the film is supposed to address.

If you are an American by birth or like Comfort by adoption, then your familiarity with a type of evangelical extravagance might be more accepting of the hybrid this film is; but I think others might be less easy with it and even a little confused. A bold effort, almost daring in today’s religiously dismissive atmosphere,  but half marks only.

For my own and poetic treatment of the creation/evolution debate, see the mini-epic Raphael and Lucifer at https://goo.gl/Xqd5BF

Also on the universality and otherwise of beliefs in God see  The Great Circle: Asia, David and God Consciousness  https://goo.gl/ZHYQPw

STARRING ST PAUL AND THE MAGDALENE ON TELLING DATES TOO

FILMS FOR EASTER AND A NEW  MAGDALENE

The run up to Easter 2018 sees the release of more than one religion-related film and not only the season but the dates of release are eloquent for what is involved.

The newest cinematic take on the Magdalene is Australian director Garth Davis’s film, Mary Magdalene premiered in Australia  on the 23rd and generally released on 30th March, Good Friday (world premiere was in London on Feb 26th on which I comment presently). Said to be visually impressive,  the film is not, it seems, controversial by reason of making the Magdalene Jesus’ wife nor the prostitute of non biblical tradition, but rather by endorsing and imagining her in the role of spiritual feminist and 13th apostle. Through her is conveyed some rather new age (or  end of age)  mysticism of the “unconditional” variety that can lend a forgiving, sympathetic ear to a vividly portrayed Judas. There is a lot of water, of mystical “letting go” and accepting in the film reflected in a framing sequence of a seemingly sinking yet surviving Magdalene.

The timing of the film is rather exquisite. The planet/symbol of truth is Jupiter. It is under its current transit of Scorpio, sign of sex and mysteries, that the truth has been coming out about Hollywood and sexual exploitation generally. On March 23rd and 30th, Jupiter stands on 22 of water sign, Scorpio. When it does this it is directly opposite asteroid MAGDALENA at 22 Taurus in the Pentecost 30 AD foundation pattern for Christianity. This challenging or just oppositional position not only invites to a revisionist re-thinking of the Magdalene in the manner of the current “apparent retrograde” of Jupiter and its watery sign, but warns that what is presented is also largely untrue to the person and her beliefs.

(If one were to take the Feb 26th London premiere that message is arguably stronger. Jupiter just inside 23 Scorpio is again opposite MAGDALENA at 22 Taurus.  At whatever was the time on that day, the moon in Cancer was is in the opposite sign from MAGDALENA in the chart for Jesus whose passivity in the film is reflected in a Venus exactly transiting his Jupiter/ Bethlehem star but in stress square to Mars in Sagittarius, sign of religion and philosophy, this well reflecting how the conclusion of the film as good as maintains any kind of organized religion is the enemy of what the Magdalene represents).

HOLLYWOOD STARS A FOUNDING FATHER OF CHRISTIANITY

The premiere of the film, Paul, Apostle of Christ, falls on March 23rd (brought forward from the 28th). Those involved in the film, not least Jim Caviezel who starred as Jesus in The Passion of the Christ but in this film is Paul’s travel companion, Luke, hope much for the film.  Remarkable coincidence would suggest it can make a real impression at a time when faith is challenged and great figures in religion are either being  nostalgically remembered or longed for in the wake of especially the decease of America’s Billy Graham in February.

THE ASTROLOGY OF CHRISTIANITY…. IGNORED BUT CORRECT AGAIN

I wrote the following  before I learned of the premiere of the Magdalene film…..Correctly yet again, both my data for Pentecost AD 30 (the birth of Christianity) and name asteroids prove themselves remarkably able to register notable issues and events for the faith to this day .

On the 23rd March, the sun is bordering 3 degrees Aries. This is the degree, and within Pentecost’s ninth house of religion and distance travel (and thus anything “apostolic”) of Jupiter, planet of faith, preaching, religion and the Bethlehem Star.

(It also happens that March 23rd ‘s 3 Aries is  challengingly opposite the 3 degrees of Libra that rises at Caviezel’s birth. This factor times the premiere for the actor and gives him all of an audience for it, though unlikely with the acclaim he was bound to receive for his portrayal of Jesus given that his actor-friendly natal Jupiter is degree exact Jesus’ identity-giving birth sun) .

Shocking, extreme but crowd friendly Uranus on the day has just entered 27 degrees Aries. This means it’s just minutes of a degree past perfect conjunction with Christianity’s natal Venus at 26.57 Aries. (That natal Venus is itself conjunct the religion’s destiny, reputation and leadership Midheaven at almost 24 Aries). The contact is, I believe, involved with what seems to be the film’s rather Venusian theme of forgiveness and reconciliation that’s extreme. However this is not what is most striking in the pattern……

We next ask where is the reputation-affecting Venus itself on the day? Sure enough it is on 20 Aries. This suitably makes it conjunct both Pentecost’s LUKAS (Luke) at 20 Aries and its PAUL at just 21 Aries. And let’s note this pair stood at Pentecost in favourable sextile aspect to APOSTEL (apostle) at almost 20 Gemini.

The pair’s natal conjunction and then this March 23’s Venus conjunction to it (and within Pentecost’s travelling, missioning ninth house too), agree with the fact that Paul and Luke were fated to travel together on some wide ranging missions (witness the so-called “we” passages of Acts) and were together in Rome as portrayed in the film.

A PERSECUTION THEME

On the 23rdforce majeure factor, Pluto, is almost to the minute of a degree in stress square to Pentecost’s PAUL. I should say this reflects a persecution theme, the one-time persecution of Christians by Paul and then pagan persecution of Paul. Persecution is central and it is possible too that the film itself will be opposed because people don’t entirely like the person and/or his cinematic portrayal. Some argument over the film seems almost guaranteed by the way that additionally  Mars at 3 Capricorn stress squares the sun of the day.

Of some significance, but I am unsure quite what, Mercury at 16 Aries on the day is at stationary apparent retrograde. This could invite to re-thinking and re-examining Paul in the way retrogrades do retrace steps and rethink things; but the fact 16 Aries is conjunct such asteroids as VATICANA and CRUZ (cross) makes me wonder, especially with Caviezel praying the rosary to get through the film, if this won’t be a very Catholic kind of production as was The Passion in its way.

I have only read articles and seen a trailer and so can’t judge, and as this film will not apparently like The Passion have input from the interpretations and ideas of any Catholic visionaries, I asked myself quite what I meant by a “Catholic” film. I think it was this.

A “CATHOLIC” KIND OF FILM?

The theme in such cases  can be emotionally Christian, concerned primarily with a few black and white choices (in this film  between love and hate, forgiveness and vengeance) but with no especially “Judaeo-Christian” character to it. One anticipates little that’s suggestive of more intellectual or theological conflicts such as Paul’s story involves.

A “Catholic” art, even at its most sophisticated, carries with it little or no suggestion for Christians of Paul’s alternative jewishness, none of his sense of gentiles being the wild olive shoot grafted onto the tree of Israel (Rom 11:17,18). One almost never deals in historical religious development but as in Dante more like supposedly rationally derived timeless principles promoted by Aristotle and Aquinas, truths and emotions justified more by logic than dialectic. This risks the faith becoming precisely a kind of independent gentile “boasting above Israel”  against which the apostle warns.

Paul arrives at a more protesting if not Protestant, “amazing grace” set of beliefs through argument with a type of legalistic, Jewish background. As such Paul is a revolutionary, transitional figure who straddles two eras, (the ages of Aries and Pisces astrologically), helping to define the nature of the latter. Philosophically Paul belongs with the existentialist KIERKEGAARD who conjuncts him at Pentecost, in being against the status quo in religion and the world and defining beliefs against experience.

Great men make great mistakes and that includes Paul. People don’t stop calling Churchill great because he had a dark side and some of his decisions, especially as regards Ireland, were unfortunate and deadly. We may regret today that Paul could be myopic in relation to women and gays – even St Teresa of Avila complained to Jesus about Paul on women – but he was a man of his times. And it is because he was a protestor and reformer of many things that we are at least free to question him in turn as part of the whole spiritual and intellectual revolution he began.

THE DESIRE FOR LEADERSHIP

As said, I think this film speaks to both a certain nostalgia and hope for great(er) leadership in religion. Possibly this is reflected at this season  in yet another coincidence – the fact that currently Neptune, chief significator for cinema, is at 14 Pisces, its own sign,  opposite Pentecost’s GRAHAM at 13 Virgo, an asteroid highlighted by a Venus conjunction on the day of his death (21st February). This could remind us that whatever his particular gifts, Billy Graham was not a figure quite like St Paul but very much his own person and of his own time, someone made possible by media who could be as much his persecutor as his supporter.

Across time the differences between a St Paul and a Billy Graham might be large, but the same pattern for Pentecost 30 AD will still register after two millennia for matters concerning them. Christians who demonize and dismiss astrology miss much that they should know of times past and present; and at the end of the era Christ’s birth may be said to have inaugurated, that’s unfortunate and serious.

TRUDEAU’S CANADA ISN’T SELLING SWEET 666 ICE CREAM….YET

        

…..For now it’s doing the next best thing. The Sweet Jesus Ice Cream franchise which began life in Toronto in 2015, is doing a roaring trade and expanding. That’s despite what should be warning signs to the wise that its Sweet’s T is an inverted cross while the E of its Jesus is formed in the lightning flash sign employed by the late Anton Le Vey to indicate Satanic associations – Satan fell from heaven like lightning.
The SJ sales pitch is openly profane and mocks Christianity in a way that should not be acceptable in a liberal democracy that proclaims equality, inclusion and tolerance et al for all peoples and beliefs and accordingly is down like a ton of bricks on anyone suspected of “Islamophobia” . (Here’s a Gatestone Institute article on how a much trumpeted ideal can become oppressive abuse in for example national media https://goo.gl/m4sSv6 )
Plainly the SJ team has got a hefty, not so sweet dollop of Christianophobia in its mouth and at the very least fans of its trademark have no loyalty to or respect for the Christian faith and its legacy. Even if some find SJ humorous, unless you have a few problems you don’t compose ads (or buy what they offer) which tell you to eat the ice cream like it’s the Last Supper or suggest that if everyone has their cross to bear it won’t be hunger. Some of the ads with their adultized kids wearing or holding religious or occult symbols have been understandably thought twisted by critics.

I haven’t read of any notable church protests such as would be justified. I dare say in many instances clergy feel protests only give added publicity….in which case and in this instance, so what? Truth and justice must still be defended. But it may be Canadian churches don’t know how to protest, warn, affirm…or do anything much but move sidewards or backwards. The United Church of Canada has been several years debating whether Gretta Vosper (of Toronto like the ice cream) a self- declared atheist, should continue as a pastor. It’s also possible that at least some would-be liberal Christians find the whole thing amusing and too silly to trouble about, though in that case perhaps they should remember the saying, “Woe to those who laugh now”….and also the saying which precedes it.

Be that as it may, it is never advisable to play around with powerful symbols As the old saying goes, “Speak of the devil and he appears”. Those who desire or invoke 666 or just dislike Christians and Christianity enough to work up a dismissive hate vibe, may get just what they want….possibly even this year and later on by food shortages and last suppers too.
666 in 2018?
As widely reported in some circles, in early February (2nd or 3rd according to source ) the NYSE dropped 666 points. Then on the 5th the NYSE suffered its greatest single day crash/correction in history. What could make this occurrence more eerie is something that didn’t get mentioned, perhaps wasn’t known or had been long forgotten. It happens that early February (specifically the 5th ) is the date Washington’s late Catholic Seeress, Jeane Dixon, believed was the birth date of the Antichrist in 1962. She had supposedly witnessed the birth in what she deemed the most important vision of her life.
The Antichrist is one who initiates a new world order linked at some stage to a universal currency. Adding to weird coincidences, back in 1988 The Economist magazine in Britain forecast for heaven alone knows what reasons (I would speculate an astrological forecast was involved as one can’t easily explain it otherwise), that specifically 2018 would see the beginnings of a world currency called the Phoenix.

The name itself was appropriate in its way to the extent that for most of 2018 until into November, wealth related Jupiter is in Scorpio, sign of the phoenix, shared resources and various aspects of finance, and Phoenix is also an asteroid in the heavens. The latter will be transited in the birth chart of Dixon’s Antichrist, if he exists, in May, June and July.
Is it actually possible the signs of early February were like a forecast and warning omen of pending radical economic and other changes this year?
It might actually be that my article  Peace, Jerusalem and a 2018 Turning Point  https://wp.me/p2v96G-14L     has  seen and hit on  something. Whether you fancy ice cream or not, perhaps you should go there and check out what it says.
In any case you should begin to question the hip and hypocritical ways of the elites of Trudeau’s Canada. Though the same charge could be levelled at many in the West, the nation’s feminists are not protesting the various repressions of women in Muslim majority nations and haven’t supported their protests as in Iran recently; their gays are not protesting the repression and torture of gays in Muslim majority lands like Chechnya and Palestinian Gaza and West Bank; their Christians are not protesting the widespread persecution of Christians and minorities in many Muslim majority countries. In Pakistan, reportedly fifth worse persecutor of Christians in the world, Christian children are persecuted in the schools, their parents are deemed filthy infidels fit for only the most menial work and all risk being accused of blasphemy for almost anything, some like Asia Bibi left to rot in prison for years, periodically beaten by vicious guards, the police and laws help almost nothing…..Meanwhile western countries, desperate not to offend  (very) sensitive Muslim feelings, protest none of this but pontificate about “Islamophobia”. And the governments will uncritically fund and grant aid to oppressive societies.
The situation is one of  deception, lies, even cowardice, and should the Antichrist appear, that would be the time of the great and permitted delusion visited upon wilfully deluded people. (2 Thess 2:17). Dixon possibly included Canada in her understanding that  “America” would be largely responsible for promoting the figure of her vision to the world once he appeared. If Trudeau’s Canada wishes to entertain lies while stuffing itself on bad imagery ice cream, then it must do so, but it should be rather ashamed.
PS   The Milan Gucci Fashion Parade – Satan Chic?
If there are such things as omens, adding to 2018’s bizarrely occult  picture, February’s Gucci fashion show for the Milan Spring Fashion Week  has been called  nightmarish and creepy, as it included models carrying replicas of their severed heads, others parading with such as third eyes, horns and baby dragons!  See goo.gl/BMK5K4 

 

“THE STAR”: A FILM JOKING THE WAY TO BETHLEHEM FOR CHRISTMAS

THE STAR: ARE YOU SERIOUS?

You can call the animated family friendly feature film The Star (premiered on the 17th Nov) a comedy if you wish, but intentionally or otherwise (and it is supported by various Christian groups who call it “faith based” and regard it as positive) it finishes closer to lampoon, a Jesus of the jokes performance.

The film’s poster improbably declares, “ït takes many tails to tell the greatest story ever”. Really?  The message of the comically retold Christmas narrative is to the effect the animals, especially an insistent donkey who Mary thinks just needs belly rubbing, are the true  heroes and wise guys of a story which it proposes for the minds of children, its chief audience, has never been either quite rightly told or understood…till now.

I don’t wish to be too harsh having only seen the trailer, but I feel this is enough to indicate that the effect if not the intention, can only be to sow doubt and almost to contribute in its season  to the war on Christmas in a cute way not easily opposed.

I can’t comment on the possible significance some early critics choose to see in various poster images and ads with a child in the manger who could be anything from a Christmas parcel, to an illuminated mutant or a pagan all-seeing eye. Some of this may be owing to hostile awareness that a notable new ager, Oprah Winfrey, is a voice in the film  (as is also the virtually new age preacher Joel Osteen). But  no critic can be called merely bigoted for sensing some blurring of facts and irreverence or just cheapening  is happening in a way  other faiths given the same treatment could be expected to protest or censor.

Ironically too, whether or not images for The Star  film distort, the film happens to be appearing at the same time as something of a scandal has broken out in England over Gregg’s Bakery posting an image, and offering a calendar, that includes the Magi worshipping at a manger which substitutes the Christ child for a pork roll – one could take that as anti-Christian (some might say anti-Semitic too). The company has apologized but meaninglessly since it seems the calendar goes on general sale next Monday anyway.

A QUESTION OF THE RIGHT STAR

All this said, it remains undeniably the case that where especially the star of Bethlehem is concerned, the birth narratives have not been adequately understood even to this day, a situation which for some has been a pretext to dismiss the entire Christmas story as pious myth. Others have inquired into celestial phenomena and come up with various theories – one of the oddest yet popular being to declare the Bethlehem Star a Venus/Jupiter conjunction. It’s odd  since this bespeaks especially  lifestyles of the rich and famous and big money. The record breaking sale of da Vinci’s Salvador Mundi was suitably overseen by just this among other factors.

Long one of the most academically respectable theories about the star, and commended as plausible by the scholarly Pope Benedict, is the D’ Occhieppo and Hughes thesis that I have radically developed and with remarkable results. Especially with the addition of factors like asteroids and so-called Parts, the standard data will speak in terms the layperson can understand  (like the Part of Redemption conjunct Christ’s theme and identity giving sun). I claim the pattern is so accurate it registers Jesus associated events and issues for his reputation to this day……As it does for the film The Star which is and isn’t at all about the Star of Jesus’ birth.

Only this week I published an article on my other blog, McCleary’s Alternatives, about the mentioned auction of Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi painting demonstrating how rightly timed the auction was for its connections to the charts of both Leonardo and Jesus. https://wp.me/p2v96G-YJ     The time was plainly fated. But so arguably things also were for the premiere of The Star which has been put back from the 10th of November to the 17th and needed to be so to properly reflect itself. I note the following three points.

1) In astrology Neptune rules any film and so it is apprpriate a film about The Star is featured during the Christmas season which this year and on 17th November shows Neptune near stationary on 11 degrees of Pisces. This in Christ’s natus conjuncts asteroid Stern – German for star – the asteroids work across time in translingual ways.

2) Saturn (any restriction) unhelpfully for religion generally at this time, is in the religions and philosophies sign Sagittarius (which as the signs are multivalent at another octave can be about the animal realm and humour). Saturn is in that sign at 26 degrees. This means it is conjunct the Galactic Centre which enjoys a certain association with events in religion. I would suggest that in line with things Saturnian, neither religion, nor for that matter even the animal realm and humour, are being particularly well represented.

3) If the film had premiered on the 10th rather than the 17th, the theme-giving sun of the day would have conjuncted no expressively asteroid-conjuncted degree in Jesus’ birth pattern. As it is, on the 17th with the sun on 25/26 degrees of Scorpio, conjunction is made to natal Malin (Fr devil) which hints behind the laughs at the potentially undermining nature whether of the film or offensive  calendar.

I would likely see more connections if exceptionally at this time I was not encountering problems accessing data for asteroids which I would like to read for the 17th November. But sufficient to make the point here  that whenever there is anything of real relevance to Jesus and issues around him they will be eloquently present in the data I claim to possess for Christ. It’s a fact that can well be declared during what is in fact the wrong Christmas season as Jesus was born in September.

For a very different view on the star and the Magi, see The Magi at Era’s End: A Poem                                                                  https://wp.me/p2v96G-ip

 

BEING GAY AND NOT FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY

BEING GAY AND NOT FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY

“The gay marriage issue captures brilliantly how degraded the notion of equality has become. If you listen to government ministers and gay-rights campaigners, you will believe that gay marriage is all about equality, all about equal rights. It is referred to as “equal marriage”, to drum the point home. And of course, this means that anyone who criticizes gay marriage can be written off as a friend of inequality, and no one wants to be thought of in that way………Writing in the 1950s, the great liberal thinker Hannah Arendt said: “[The] right to free association, and therefore to discrimination, has greater validity than the principle of equality.” What she meant is that if freedom and equality were put to battle, we should cheer freedom rather than equality”.     (Journalist Brendan O’Neill in talk to the British House of Lords in 2013)

THE EQUALITY AND RIGHTS LESS NEEDED

When Ireland went to referendum on same sex marriage in 2015, a leader of the No movement was a gay activist, Keith Mills. Like many people including even gays, he didn’t believe it is the function of same sex partners to be parents. It is actually possible to be gay and to hesitate, however reluctantly, in the face of what some gay activists are claiming and promoting and just how as in Australia.

I happened to be in Ireland at the time of the referendum campaign and what I saw on TV gave me a few misgivings I didn’t expect to have. It was too apparent the campaign was overly sentimental, blithely ignorant of a century or so of theory about who, what and why gays are who they are, and the laws were being chiefly treated as what atheist journalist Brendan O’Neill would call “therapy” (making gays feel good about themselves, healing wounds, preventing suicides) which it is not really the function of the laws to do. Something of the same is occurring here in Australia with activist actor Magda Szubanski getting emotional about love and toleration as though only tears could and should have authority in what is a complex, sensitive issue which will never just by itself heal wounds. Another similarity is the influence of big money and corporations like Qantas behind Yes

As an expert on aspects of the gay question (my doctorate on gay spiritualities published in UK as A Special Illumination was a world first from any religious studies dept and an associate of the Archbishop of Canterbury said it included probably the best survey of gay theology to date ( https://goo.gl/1Pr94i), I suggested an article or interview with The Irish Times on the gay and other issues. I was told it would be considered but I was never as promised got back to despite a polite reminder. Though I believe the religion writer I had dealt with was just inconsiderate and indifferent, undeniably there have been complaints Irish media was strangely hostile to anyone questioning the marriage equality movement. Supporters of No felt intimidated under the force of the massive publicity given to Yes which it was said had been flooded with funds from American multimillionaire gay activist, Tim Gill.

BE CAREFUL, YOU MIGHT GET BITTEN BY “LOVE IS LOVE”

The intimidation of No voters like the poor or irrelevant arguments proceeding from the Yes party should be noted. Too many gays are still victims, (sometimes even thrown out of their homes} but other gays, and they seem over represented in advocacy groups, can be little dictators, intent on having their way, refusing to be crossed or criticized. Two years on from Ireland and here in Australia even solicitors are claiming to feel intimidated if they express anything contrary to the ideal of marriage equality (“Solicitors afraid to speak out” The Australian 30.9.17), while a leading gay activist, Michael Barnett, is intemperately describing Australian Christian Lobby opponents as “murderers of children” and a church to which the member of a No campaign TV ad belongs has been threatened with violence. Such gays are a type that thinks of their community as so righteous and wronged none among them ever exploited inexperienced, sometimes homeless adolescents seeking affirmation and guidance, and never got them entangled in drugs and prostitution rather than love. Persons of that kind hide behind superficial individuals inside and outside their community who keep everything to sound bytes and chant mantras like “Love is Love”.

But since we do all want rights, could there really be any reason for a gay person to be against voting for marriage equality today? Actually there is; and no matter how much one might disagree with groups like The Coalition for Marriage about homosexuality per se, given the tide of events and the tenor of values in society there is some substance to No party claims about the dangers to freedom of speech, a parent’s right to choose, freedom of religion etc.

There is some drive at work that potentially undermines democracy in or through gay issues of which marriage equality is only the latest and perhaps strongest example. Politicians like Labour leader Bill Shorten have no right to say, and it’s even highly insulting, that what is being claimed on the No side is everything from “rubbish” to “cruelty”. That’s lies, ignorance or political opportunism speaking. It involves confusion about different types of rights as they apply to public and private spheres, and it involves what Brendan O’ Neill would call “phoney equality”, the type which allows no proper “discrimination” like the right of an institution or club to debar the plainly unqualified. (Gays demanding religious organizations must employ them regardless of their beliefs is rather like persons demanding on the basis of “equality” they must be entered to a music academy though they can’t and don’t wish to read music).

DIFFERENT OR SAME?

For over a century the first gay liberationists protested the rights of gays on the basis of their perceived difference from the norm but a difference that society needed and gays should work with. While plainly not all gays are Leonardo da Vinci or Alan Turing, there are qualities that sets them apart and which they and society are bound to recognize. Any equality should be about equality in difference. Gays, or at least their leaders, want to have their cake and eat it. They are happy to be seen as different, special and cutting edge and almost outside or above common laws and custom, yet they also demand to be seen and treated as completely same.

For a long time gay difference was called Uranian (including because German astrologers found Uranus strong in the birth patterns of gays). But it was generally accepted same sex orientation was somehow innate. It is conservative Christians and against Christ’s own teaching that some people are born different – the eunuch word could cover the nearest thing to gay in Jesus’ times – who like Queer theorists assume that orientation and gender are malleable. Queer theory is about identity without essence.

The Christians want the gays made straight, the Queer theorists, rather as in the Safe Schools programme, want the toleration and teaching of an endless chosen diversity and it is  the Safe Schools programme that  will almost certainly be imposed if the Yes campaign succeeds. And let no one mistake the fact the proposed change in the laws is “therapeutic” and an open sesame to many things beyond the immediate gay rights pretext. The Australian Psychology Society makes it clear enough that the marriage equality debate “is an opportunity” to discuss the varieties of sexual difference with children https://goo.gl/LBGtDt    Of course, there should be some kind of basic awareness among the young, but how much and at what age?   

I agree with anti-feminist feminist Camille Paglia in regretting how much the silly convolutions of French Queer theory with its false glamour has conquered academe. From there It has become the highly political advocate of gay causes and much else. It does so under a rainbow “diversity” and “inclusion” umbrella which is as undermining of all values as liberating and at times can be as totalitarian as the cultural Marxism to which it is linked and which positively relishes the upheaval and chaos of culture wars. You don’t easily oppose these dangerous and hypocritical people. Very recently in America a popular blogger mother who criticized Teen Vogue magazine for its bizarre advice to girls on being sodomized by boyfriends was banned from the same Twitter that lets through videos of child abuse.

UNIONS MIGHT BE BETTER

In a sense, vocally conservative Christians by never originally giving gay identity or rights an inch and remaining unrepentant of all the bullying and discrimination they had turned a blind eye to, have brought the extremer, more wide-ranging,  secular, political and amoral Queer policies to the forefront. Between Christians insisting upon conversion cures and secularist Queers pushing the “choices”  and “inclusions” conservatives are sure anyone can and should make, one can finish between the devil and the deep blue sea where rights and sensible attitudes are concerned. And both parties  again seem blind to the extent at least some of the newer trans issue they are divided over is likely a culturally influenced one.

American culture especially has long held such rigid stereotyped gender divisions of a “me Tarzan, you Jane” type that if they diverge from them individuals cannot accept themselves as they are but believe they must be of the opposite sex. In California, of course and inevitably, there is already a trans kindergarten but even in Australia children under ten are receiving therapy and treatments for conditions that adolescence and more flexible cultural attitudes might alter with time.

For long centuries especially the eastern churches had ceremonies for the union of brethren which looks as though this at least sometimes covered for gay unions. (Ironically England first invaded Ireland to help stamp out the supposed evil of such unions!). There should have been and long ago a legal form of union for the same sex orientated but not called “marriage” which is to upset mainstream sensibilities and traditions unnecessarily while it is to accord gays a social sameness they don’t quite have, and perhaps don’t quite want and perhaps today won’t in many instances quite practice once the knot is tied.  Civil unions do of course already  exist which  gays in Australia can have recourse to, but whether from the religious or secular standpoint this is not a particularly distinctive, gay specific arrangement and attitudes towards unions among gays seems wrong. One Irish Yes voter said on TV about Australian issues that unions left him feeling only 80% equal. Which is ridiculous. What is needed is some rite that lets him feel 100% involved in society as  gay and responsible as such.

Indeed, author Douglas Murray, himself gay, has pertinently hoped that gays who married would observe the laws and have understanding as regards the meaning of adultery. Clearly he doubts too many fellow gays won’t have it. Homosexuality has only just emerged culturally from a twilight zone of often necessarily fleeting encounters which hasn’t been any preparation for more solid relating. When I think of the lifestyles of the more partying kind of gays (the only type conservative Christians seem to see), I can’t imagine how they would make responsible parents even though I do seriously believe many gays can make better parents than many straights today – too many seem to have lost the plot where children are concerned. But over the years I have observed part of being gay is usually a desire to be independent and not have offspring.

Obviously some gays, especially lesbians who perhaps have more difficulty than gay males recognizing or affirming their true orientation, will have had offspring and the laws must cover for this. But whether society should accept gay parentage as so normal as to be irrelevant to or almost encouraged by any reformed marriage laws is questionable. One can encounter the parent of four children who decides they must always have been gay really (though surely they must be bisexual?) to the point of abandoning their family for the same sex partner and there are thrice married persons with children from each marriage who suddenly decide they were always of the opposite sex. It is not unreasonable and should not be deemed semi-criminal under the laws to raise questions about what is getting accepted due to “diversity” and “equality” ideals which brook no hierarchy of values……similarly to “love” if love is never allowed to distinguish between its types of expression, marital, parental, filial etc which may be in contention and require choices if they are not to end up in hopeless subjectivity and selfishness.

HOW MUCH INCLUSIVITY CAN AND SHOULD YOU TAKE?

Many would be shocked if they were aware just how inclusive queer is, including among those who pass for Christian like the late bisexual professor of Contextual Theology at Edinburgh University, Marcella Althaus-Reid, who dismissed the Ten Commandments as elitist and associated religious inspiration with adultery. This author of such books as Indecent Theology and The Queer God, wowed readers and audiences with talk of “Transcendence in Brothels”, “Mary Queer of Heaven and Mother of Faggots”, “French Kissing God”, “The Gospel and Inculturation: God the Sodomite; Leading God by a dog collar; “Find God in Dark Alleys” and much more of the kind.

I cite this profane craziness because it is a warning of how, when queers secular and religious say religion is safe under any changes they promote, it isn’t. It’s not that queer will abolish religion so much as it will offer, allow or encourage its own version of spirituality which can finish almost unrecognizable and unprecedented (unless as the prophet Jezebel of Ephesus in Revelation who teaches believers anything goes!). If there is identity without essence and in the post modern style and everything is anyway just “text”, then almost anything, including morally is admissible.

The corollary of this is that likewise every belief is acceptable, except whatever makes for any exclusive truth claim. What seems like mere paranoia from Christian lobbies is well enough supported by what has happened in England and Europe where diversity has produced a situation in which religious freedom is freedom to worship but not to endorse, promote or discuss one’s particular view without risk of legal intervention.

Jobs have been lost, court hours wasted arguing over whether Christians can wear a cross to work, needn’t bake a gay wedding cake, can offer to say a prayer for a patient, or even offer a non Christian a Christian book without its being “harassment”. And of course, no one is allowed to say they believe homosexuality is wrong. Arrests have pursued street preachers. I realize it could of course be irritating for gays to have whatever precisely St Paul may have meant about “homosexuality” (a word the bible does not contain), thrust at them. Surely it is not more of an inconvenience than living among people telling you you shouldn’t smoke or take too much alcohol? How sensitive are and should gays be, and are not some being spiteful to press charges in which people’s businesses and livelihoods are under threat ? It’s not the same as religion preventing you from getting a job or housing or, as in Russia or some Muslim societies suffering violence for who you are. (But noticeably gays like feminists have been extraordinary politically correct or plain cowardly in not criticizing Muslim societies while bullying the milder Christian ones). In democracies beliefs like opinions vary and must just be tolerated even when they displease. To  undermine  too freely and easily the  freedom of conscience principle is dangerous  even if and when you question the convictions involved.

THE UNCERTAIN FUTURE

Plainly Australia will soon go the way of England and much of Europe if it doesn’t put its foot down and perceive the very real secularist and Big Brother threat to religion and freedom of speech more generally occasioned by claims whose ultimate basis is in cultural Marxism and/or the related relativistic Queer theory. Already in recent weeks there has been the scandal of a Queensland Education proposal that children should not mention Jesus in a playground though (kind concession!) a Christmas card is OK, and now the scandal of a Sikh father in Qld bringing a sword to school because it’s his religious duty. That situation is then permitted (despite any weapon being absolutely prohibited in any school area anywhere) because provided it can be concealed beneath clothes it can be respected as a tradition.

In short, if religion poses as colourful tradition, rather in the way that LGBTQI can make inroads as identity politics, that is acceptable; but if it expresses itself as any idea, as doctrine, it risks serious disapproval, even legal action especially if it is Christian and associated with the host people who should always give down to the guest people. The post modern way is to banish all question of truth in favour of the rights of custom.

Though I believe conservative Christians have painted themselves into a corner and their theology is inadequate and not nearly as justified on the subject of difference as they imagine, I am forced to recognize the larger legal and political ramifications that their current position opens upon. Education, charity and adoption organizations all stand to be effected in the long run. Gays already enjoy a reasonably high level of acceptance within society. Unions without the marriage word could and should suffice and even be more meaningful.

Not all that glitters is gold. The equality demands that sound just and dominate the marriage equality push risk eroding truth and transparency in society and I refuse to support what makes for that erosion. Though I believe same sex partnerships should be acknowledged and legally supported in some fashion, I will not vote for gay marriage in its present form and I would warn well-meaning but arguably sentimental Christians and others who think it’s fair and trendy to vote for it: the effects of your action may come back to bite you.