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I'm a published author writing here on a range of controversial themes some of which I still can't easily get to talk about publicly or have published. I'm currently living in rural S.E.Queensland, a beautiful and sub-tropical part of Australia. This blog continues with some of the issues dealt with on and off since '08 in Rollan's Censored Issues Blog.

ASTRO-FORECASTING 2020: FOUNDATIONS SHAKEN, SYSTEMS CHANGING

A TIME ON THE ERA CUSP

Though any year can be called “memorable”, 2020 will undoubtedly be all of that because whatever emerges amid its turmoil, there will be real and marked change.

Clarity about the nature of the pressures building and the barriers passed might wait till the end of the year  and beyond, namely in the wake of an important conjunction at the Equinox on 21st December. However, significant conjunctions and factors precede 2020’s equinoctial event  and the movement towards change will be irrevocable and part of a larger turning of the ages, and life on the cusp.

Precisely when in astronomical terms the approximately 2100 years reign of one era gives way to another cannot be measured, but the end of 2020 and its December Equinox effectively serves as the nearest to a distinct celestial marker for entry into the age of Aquarius. It’s then that, following a total solar eclipse on the  14th December,  the generation chronometers, Jupiter and Saturn, make grand conjunction in air sign Aquarius. This is the first of an uninterrupted series of their conjunction across two hundred years of  in futuristic Aquarius and the air signs as opposed to earth signs which have been operative since the industrial revolution. The switch to air signals an inflow and consolidation of new interests, ideas and systems.

The inflow is unavoidable. Whether  it’s for  good or ill  depends on many things. Every incoming sign has its positives and negatives, though at its inception what’s ill may  not be  obvious. When any sign acquires an unfamiliar new strength, the sheer novelty can  seem the answer to everything unsatisfactory at the time and previously.

Way back in the seventies,  a new age figure, Sybil Leek, warned the coming age  might  shock many by being rather totalitarian.  It’s clearer now  that despite all the excited new age idealization of Aquarius in recent decades , society might soon find itself swept into unparalleled high tech arrangements supporting  super surveillance and limiting free speech.  As a sign and hence as an era, Aquarius has a dual Saturn/Uranus rulership, Senex et Puer, Age and Youth which need to cooperate. We have a taste of this issue in the increasing youth versus age conflict in politics, already well  exemplified in Thunberg versus Trump relation   Interestingly,  if her vision was  valid, the late Catholic seeress, Jeane Dixon, warned of the advent of a false prophet antichrist,  who would function like a guru to especially crowds of youth.  Born under a super-cluster of Aquarian planets back in the sixties, this person would deceptively precede the true and full expression of Aquarian Utopianism in the long desired Millennium.

WIDESPREAD DISCONTENT

Be that as it may, positioned on the cusp of the eras as we now are, for whole populations like those of  Lebanon, Hong Kong, Chile, Iraq, Iran, France  etc, late 2019 already carried the flavour of 2020. It did so because the period was already in the shadow of 2020’s first of that year’s major conjunctions between the slow moving and portentous Saturn and Pluto. The pair finally conjoin exactly around mid January (the 12th) at 22 Capricorn. This is likely to be a time (though not necessarily to the day) of considerable tension political and/or economic or even natural disturbance and in some places  given also asteroid Ceres involved, food shortages.

A Saturn/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn reverberates in the area of especially politics, leadership and economics…the more so as 12th January is preceded by a solar eclipse on 26th Dec at 4 Capricorn, and a lunar eclipse on the 10th January at 20 Cancer. (Eclipses engage themes that can work out across 6 months (lunar) and up to 12 months (solar) ). Both these eclipses lock in the power of the conjunction, engage and challenge the very public and political nature of the Cancer/Capricorn axis  which, however, is not especially democratic in feeling. In fact, as part of the current narrative, democracy is on the decline in the West,  not least in America and Israel which will be considerably involved in major currents of the time that lead towards he more Aquarian era mode.  Governments and leaders can topple in 2020 and corruption, both real and imagined, highlighted

A major current of the times but negatively, is simply lies, deception, fake news  and whatever undermines things. It’s a trend assisted by the fact that  at the end of the Neptune-ruled Piscean era, since 2012 Neptune has been particularly strong  in its natural sign  and will remain there several years yet during this time of transition.  At its highest level Neptune is enlightened mystical insight,  compassion and service.  At its lowest octave  it is  just  ultra-permissiveness , lies and self-deception   as of the white person self-identified as black and ready  to accuse whoever  challenges it as a bigot. The candle flame rises brightest  before extinction and the strongest Neptunian effects for good or ill attend the era-cuspal situation.

AMERICA AND ISRAEL

Both America and Israel are mired in  the charges and counter charges of noisy factions. The December solar eclipse at 4 Capricorn opposite modern Israel’s Venus at 4 Cancer, looks like a demand upon Israel in 2020 to sort out everything from the extraordinary stalemate that has overtaken its leadership and voting arrangements to working out some definitive Middle East peace deal (a Venus issue). This could be along the lines of Trump’s grand design, or Macron’s threatened alternative if things don’t hurry up,  or some new alignment with  Arab Gulf states with which Israel has been in quiet negotiation in  late 2019. It may be relevant  the solar eclipse begins over Mecca  and crosses Muslim zones on its way to South India and East towards the Philippines,

Israel’s  year will likely see both war and peace.  Since nowadays Israel seems to be so often on alert in a semi-war state or  in ignored or minimally reported skirmishes with Iranian proxies, it’s hard to pinpoint when there might be outright war but two seasons seem possible.   The month from the lunation of 23rd April at 3 Taurus which affects the nation’s ascendant and MC angles  and its moon could be  a trigger.  Hostilities might break out in August when that month’s lunation on the 19th makes conjunction with the national Mars in the nation’s destiny house while transiting Mars in bellicose Aries makes favourable, protective trine to the national Jupiter.

Given January’s lunar eclipse at 20 Cancer conjunct America’s Mercury at 22 Cancer, we can assume affairs of America are well in the spotlight, and divisively so in Mercurial style, whether in relation to impeachment, Israel, China or anywhere. Also that Trump won’t enjoy too much peace and overwhelming success given his natal restrictive Saturn within calling distance at 23 Cancer. The general security of America could be at risk during 2020. In  June the eclipse of the  21st falls on one of the 6 world points (the same O degree Cancer,  natal sign of America, that preceded 9/11. Since at the time of the eclipse America’s Mercury is degree exact opposed by Pluto, this is not a mark of safety for that month and following. Extreme situations and decisions are possible.

I am not well versed in the astrology of American politics or the status of Trump’s main rivals, but my impression is that Trump, who will suffer more Pluto opposition in  July,  probably won’t gain second election….or…he will do so narrowly and it will be burdensome for him  and he likely wouldn’t finish his term.  One could apply various judgements here,  but  my deduction is made simply from the way  the lunation prior to the Nov 3rd election is in degree exact stress square to Trump’s natal Saturn. Then on 4th November, when presumably America has the result, transiting Saturn squares Trump’s Venus, ruler of his leadership house. Granted Saturn can be involved with the weight of office for winners and losers alike, but one needs plenty of positive stuff to accompany a real winning streak

In Israel where embattled  Netanyahu may be correct that he is the object of a virtual coup, he is a little better placed than Trump. At any rate the January conjunction conjoins his natal Jupiter rather than his Saturn.  At the time of writing (early Dec 2019) it is expected Israel will go to a third election in probably March.  If Netanyahu can survive till then, things may go more in his favour, starting with a lunation in late February favourably trine his surprise bringing Uranus followed by a full moon in March which at 19 Virgo conjuncts his leadership Midheaven. Admittedly this moon  is directly opposed by the transiting Neptune at 18 Pisces which is tricky, deceptive and even belongs to a few potential mysteries pending for Israel and its leader that I’ll revert to in conclusion.

BRITAIN, AUSTRALIA, IRELAND AND  CHINA

   

Britain with its 19 Cancer moon in the nation’s important 1801 Union chart conjuncted by  January’s lunar eclipse, could remain well challenged not only by ongoing Brexit issues but Scotland’s desire to leave the union and divide Britain.

Dividing the nation or not, the royal family will continue to be swayed and weakened as living symbols of the British system. With the January conjunction’s degree in exact stress square to Prince Andrew’s 22 Aries Destiny/Reputation Midheaven, he may be expected to further squirm in 2020 and the Epstein scandal remain news at some level. And  since the lunar eclipse  hits exact on the Queen’s fated nodal axis,  the scandal affects her at a time she is already revising her role and deputizing.

The Andrew scandal broke with Pluto at 21 Capricorn, degree exact on the queen’s ascendant. It was a time some astrologers for some years had quietly speculated she might pass. That this did not occur nonetheless reflects the intense blow to the monarch and monarchy of what has  happened. No one and nothing emerges unscathed or unchanged from what for many can be a once in a lifetime  Pluto transit.

Traditionally the chart of a monarch was the chart  for a nation itself. On that basis at least, even if a clear Brexit break is not clearly shown for Jan 31st,  the fact that the monarch’s chart has the Saturn/Pluto conjunction so close to her ascendant is eloquent. In normal circumstances it would indicate a person’s isolation or going it alone. Alternatively here it could point to British independence as a theme for the year.

Meanwhile Australia, battered in late 2019 by massive fires, severe drought, record heatwaves   and also political issues with China, doesn’t look promised too much relief. The Dec 2019 eclipse  within  3 degrees of the national Saturn is hardly promising could be belt tightening for the people and demanding for the leaders. The nation has  nonetheless hopefully seen its very worst as regards fires (their  November peak in 2019  when many places were affected as opposed to the current greater concentration on New South Wales) corresponded to enlarging Jupiter in fiery Sagittarius conjuncting  Australia’s natal Jupiter in Sagittarius…. It  would be alarming if the conjunction should be read as opening a whole new cycle rather than marking a peak. The full moon of November 2019  at almost 20 Taurus  was closely conjunct Australia’s Taurus moon, general ruler of the home, and as this is natally conjunct Flammeus, the perennial  danger to rural  home properties from fire seems inscribed).

According to the  Australia chart I use (1) with its destiny and leadership Midheaven and hence its opposite IC point representing the land at 24 Capricorn/Cancer, the nation should feel some effects of January’s eclipse and conjunction. And since at the time of writing Sydney is threatened by encircling fires, it is not reassuring that the Jan eclipse  is closely conjunct asteroid Sydney in the national chart (19.40 Cancer). One must hope it means  re-think about the often careless planning and building  in the sprawling city.   With Pluto mid year hanging around the nation’s  Destiny/Reputation/Leadership point, Republicanism may well be re-ignited and the ruling party much challenged and  forced to be more pro-active on climate, water, food supply and safety issues if it is to retain power.

Since modern Ireland’s natal Mars at 20 Aries in its sector of land and history gets stress squared by both the Cancer eclipse and the Capricorn conjunction, Eire looks to be as threatened as its new nationalists/populists are warning it is. Forces, apparently globalist in the EU and assisted by dubious members of the Irish government, have encouraged the setting up of Direct Provision centres.  Despite Ireland’s  own desperate problems with homeless people living on its streets, the government is  bussing in refugees of a kind unlikely to integrate and  into unsuspecting,  unconsulted villages including remaining pockets of so far preserved Gaelic culture regions. It looks like the powers-that-be seek to undermine or abolish classic Irish identities perhaps as a test case for their policies elsewhere. And hate speech laws to be introduced in 2020 threaten to criminalize as “racism” nationalist protest resistance.

Plainly with Mars affected, many in Ireland will react with rage and with at  least 17% of the small country now composed of immigrants, by mid century the Irish, the only colonized nation in Europe, could become a minority in the land they waited centuries to reclaim. The historic evil of the Ulster Plantation policy now has its modern variation.  Europe, or at least the bureaucracy-ridden EU, is basically hostile to Irish interests, something  shown by the way Europa at 1 Taurus is in frustration stress square  relative to the otherwise fortune potential of the  freedom loving national Jupiter at 0 Aquarius. That this eloquent sign is no fluke is certified by the way England has its own perennial  alienation from Europe marked indicated by Europa in opposition to protesting, separative Uranus and involving the immigration and overseas affairs axis of the root 1066 chart for England. Brexit is fundamental to the English psychology and by the looks of it Irexit is or needs to be to Ireland’s!

With Jupiter in its hidden twelfth house at 22 Capricorn, China will not be immune from what affects the rest of the world, especially economic in 2020, though  with Jupiter involved it can roll  with the punches better than some countries and might even  in over- confidence precipitate some of the problems .

One of the more important effects on Chinese life during the year will be linked to what happened on Dec 1st 2019 when new phone users were obliged to be subject to  the biometric revolution and its face scans. The nation is constantly increasing surveillance in harmony not least with its natal Mercury/Neptune conjunction. This is a difficult, secretive aspect behind much of the suspicion internationally of China’s meanings and motives. Interestingly, the conjunction is closely conjuncted by the asteroid Draco (Dragon), an echo of earlier  beliefs and a sign the nation is not as attuned to modern values as it maintains it is, nor tolerant of non dragon beliefs Christian or other – expressions like “Almighty God” are being blocked  from mobile  phone messages in China!

However, let’s note the following point apparently so far unmentioned by astrologers and relative to  recent problems around Hong Kong.  Modern  China’s ascendant angle defining the people, falls at 5 Aquarius where  it is in conjunction with its moon at 3 Aquarius and asteroid Hong Kong  at 4 Aquarius.

Use of asteroids in analysis is fairly recent, but to unpack  the message here let’s first realize that Communist China’s moon/ascendant conjunction is much, perhaps chiefly, involved with China’s long time  one child policy  and its sometimes forced abortions – the moon is a general symbol of mothers while mythically Uranus, ruler of Aquarius, has birth control and abortion associations. Given these factors in China’s pattern,  one could expect “motherland” and family possession are issues for all concerned  and that is the case with the Hong Kong issue.

With Hong Kong just inside the nation’s twelfth sector, (often associated in personal charts and medical astrology with the womb), the Mother country sees HK as part of itself. Since however asteroid Hong Kong is placed  in degree exact 150 degree quincunx aspect (a keyword for the aspect is “adjustments must be made”)  to the ruler of Aquarius, Uranus,  and in the mother sign of Cancer too, Hong Kongers  perceive any Chinese belonging in different, less dependent  terms. They favour the Uranian theme of freedom and independence, even protest and revolt. Ultimately both sides will need to compromise for the best possible outcome.

The HK troubles belong with the period starting from June 2019 when transiting Uranus at 4 and 5 Taurus (natal sign of HK leader, Carrie Lam who is Taurus rigid and stubborn),  was making exact 90 degree stress square  to asteroid Hong Kong  in Aquarius.  Uranus continued on to 6 degrees then retrograded, and towards the end of 2019 with the success of the democracy movement in local elections and the intervention of Trump in support of democracy, Uranus was back at  a less overtly dangerous 3 Taurus. (2)

The tense square aspect to 4/5  degrees will repeat for the last time during March and first half April 2020. If  all parties can keep cool, the worst problems may be avoided for a while or more permanently; but one must always be ready for the shocks and surprises and openness to novelty  that are associated with Uranus. And  2020 is a difficult year. Theoretically, China with its sun in Libra should be a master of compromise and legal dealing, but factors within its pattern can work against this,  not least the mentioned Mercury/Neptune aspect which makes for distrust among negotiators. Different, perhaps  pragmatic attitudes from both sides might emerge in 2021 with Saturn across China’s ascendant and Hong Kong. Whatever  happens, it will not help China’s reputation in the world if it cannot acccept the element of Uranian individualism that will always characterize Hong Kong in relation to China.

THE SHEER WEIGHT OF PLUTO/SATURN

The cycle of Saturn/Pluto, especially at its conjunction or opposition points, is always serious news – the beginning of WW1, the onset of the Great Depression, the beginning of the Cold War, anciently the sack of Rome, the expulsion of the Jews  from Spain (anti-Semitism can wax strong  in this  cycle) and the crucifixion of Christ, the list goes on. It is the severest, most testing, ruthless and “apocalyptic” of transits, one at times assuming a kind of God versus devil conflict, Saturn being an old symbol of Satan and Pluto a newer symbol of Creator/Destroyer.

Saturn is involved with structure, politics, tradition, Pluto with creative power, destruction and transformation. The meeting of these forces tears down and destroys, hopefully but not automatically to transform. Often savage nature joins in, and in his analysis of political and cultural cycles, Richard Tarnass notes a correlation of even Melville’s birth and publication of his Moby Dick, with the Saturn/Pluto cycle, the whale that attacks ship and man is a symbol of pitiless natural force. Hardships through nature like major food shortages such as preceded and facilitated the French Revolution can be another feature of the times.

The mentioned Irish dilemma which highlights new problems with a radical globalism, looks towards what could prove a feature of the year more widely and one enabling to any globalist juggernauts, namely a whole new global currency system in the wake of general economic collapse. The reason to suspect this is given by an important conjunction in July of (once again) Saturn and Pluto, but this time the fatal pair joined by the more optimistic, internationalist input of Jupiter. But again this happens in politically and materially minded Capricorn, and that’s a sign factor which could send reform in a ruthless direction.

NOT SINCE THE THIRTEENTH CENTURY

A conjunction of these three planets within specifically Capricorn has not occurred since 1284. That was the year that the Republic of Venice launched the gold ducat that would be standard coinage for the next six centuries. Astrology is not wild forecasting but judgement from symbols and cycles. It would be surprising if some kind of economic revolution did not take place during 2020. Rendering the system more total, biometric or joined to some radical NWO 666 chip would come later, certainly not before the end of 2020’s Aquarian conjunction that seals in any push towards more Uranian, high tech and electronic trends.

That the July conjunction really should have global effects seems certified by the way it is preceded by a solar eclipse on June 21st on one of the six world points (in this case 0 Cancer – a point suitably eclipsed ahead of 9/11). Moreover a lunar eclipse on 5th June hits challengingly opposite the Vatican’s sun. Since the Vatican is an international institution and now under Pope Francis even a globalist-minded one but either way a body heavily involved in finances through the Vatican Bank, crisis would bring reforms its way. There look to be reverberations at once economic and religious for Vatican leadership over the six months from that eclipse. Altogether I think for several reasons June’s lunar eclipse could be a really important one for the Vatican..

Italy can hardly be dissociated from such events, and with a natal conjunction of Saturn at 23 Cancer and Venus at 21 (its Saturn inside the 9th house of religion and overseas affairs), Italy should be feeling the force of conjunction and eclipse. As indicated in my description of Italy astrologically, https://wp.me/p2v96G-Nc art is much involved in the nation’s Venus/Saturn in Cancer and it would be unsurprising if, given the eclipse and conjunction, there were not more Venice style challenges from nature to preservation of the national heritage along  with affirmation of national identity in the face of EU globalism.

APOCALYPTIC SCENARIOS?

Saturn/Pluto is weighty enough, but with shocks and revolutions Uranus transiting earthy Taurus during 2020 and for several years, it’s unlikely the momentum of earth moving quakes and disturbed patterns of season and weather will be dying down any time soon. The earth’s foundations are being, and will be further, shaken. Indeed, the pressing question (in line with the perennially “apocalyptic” concerns of Saturn/Pluto) is whether that also corresponds to actual “end of days” scenarios and the beginning of the so-called Tribulation period, itself sooner or later overseen by the NWO of 666.

There are undeniably some indications for such an historical tipping point like the fact that the medieval prophecy of St Malachy would have it the current Pope is the last in line, while in Israel  leading rabbis anticipate the soon re-building of the Jerusalem temple and the advent of the end of days Messiah. If that person appeared, Christians of prophetic persuasion would doubtless assume he was the Antichrist… If these same people were on earth to pass an opinion on the identity!

There is disagreement among students of the prophetic about whether any false prophet figure would emerge before or after the so-called Rapture of the believing prepared, often seen as signalling the beginning, or near approach, of the Tribulation period. However, consensus is for post Rapture. Regardless, the inbuilt perennial tension between Jewish and Christian understanding of the messianic appears wonderfully reflected in the way that in the foundation pattern for modern Israel, the Messiah asteroid  stands at 3 Taurus in challenging opposition to the Christ asteroid at 4 Scorpio. ( I maintainJesus was born under neither sign, but his  Venus/Neptune conjunction, so important in defining his messianic image and role, was at 3 and 4 Scorpio). On the astrology of Christ see https://wp.me/p2v96G-ip

TOWARDS CONFUSION AND DECEPTION

As to what is being said and believed in Israel, it is undoubtedly rather remarkable that over forty years ago the highly respected Rabbi Kaduri forecast that the Messiah would appear at a time of elections but no government, a cryptic claim…until 2019 when Israel’s politics became almost  exceptionally stalemated! It is a highly contested matter whether in the last years of his very long life Kaduri encountered the Messiah in dreams and declared he was Jesus, but decades ago he would not have implied as much in his strange prophecy.

Given the variety of contested expectations, is it possible to look for anything at all in terms of celestial signs for apocalyptic scenarios? For someone like myself who claims to have data still working today for the birth of Christ and for Christianity at the first Pentecost, there could and should be some indication of possible ending or major crisis. And if the false prophet were to appear, that should register on the chart for that person from the data for his birth if the late Jeane Dixon, was as claimed able to register his birth in vision. I will say something about especially that option and also about an interesting, strange celestial phenomenon of April 2020 that could be symbolically relevant to speculations for 2020 as the year of the onset of Tribulation and the Great Lie.

Jeane Dixon’s 666 vision of her “Child from the East” makes for a compelling astrological picture for this person given all the inner (material, earthly) planets in the human sign of Aquarius but none of the spiritual outer, Trinitarian planets (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) in the sign although the  pattern’s Aquarian ruler, Uranus through its connections  has potential for great popularity and power even if and while conveying ideas “human all  too human” that never arrive at the traditionally spiritual number 7. Add relevant asteroids and the picture is still more compelling as when one sees the pattern’s Christ asteroid degree conjuncting the Bethlehem Star of Jesus’ birth as though to occlude it. The pattern even seems to have worked and to be working as exampled in the article, “Malachy’s Last Pope Ringing Down the Curtain?” https://wp.me/p4kNWg-oM.

It is as though the person existed, but I assumed that given the eclipse patterns of recent years helping build influence, if this person truly existed they would have to have appeared to the public before the end of 2019 at latest. Otherwise could I honestly see the emergence? My position has become like those Jerusalem rabbis expecting a Messiah but saying “he delays his arrival” and by now I have to suspect a fluke or Dixon being misguided….even though I must still concede a point or two. For example, it’s of interest that January’s conjunction at 22 Capricorn falls conjunct the Messiah asteroid at 21 Capricorn in the chart for Dixon’s “child from the East”.

If I could  be persuaded Dixon saw true and the birth data is still relevant, then I would say with confidence that this figure must appear in 2020 if only because the eclipses of 2027 seem eloquent for the end of a reign prophetically expected to be of seven years duration prior to the open return of Christ to the world. So, I step back puzzled, except there is the other observational mystery that could be relevant….plus the mystery around Israel and Netanyahu with which I conclude – if, by half way through the year events don’t oblige it, I shall delete these final paragraphs as irrelevant.

A PECULIAR APRIL  SIGN

On April 3rd the rise and rise of Venus, the Morning Star is manfest towards and into the (to the naked eye) seven star constellation of Pleiades. It has been going on for centuries but in 2020 Venus is closer than it has been for over two centuries. This may not seem too significant if one doesn’t recognize certain symbolically related points. Marriages are of Venus, and “Morning Star”, a name of Venus, is a title of Jesus towards his church (Rev 22:16). He also addresses the church as the bearer of the 7 stars (Rev 1:16-20). Jesus and heaven have long been associated with the Pleiades (called the Seven Sisters back in the times Revelation was written) on account of just this imagery.

Biblically, 2 Pet 1:19, apparently referring to last things and Rapture expectation,             speaks of waiting till the dawn when “the morning star rises in your hearts”. It so happens that harmonious with this, in the birth chart for Christianity (the first Pentecost), asteroid Morgenstern (Ger.Morning Star) is at 1.10 of air sign Aquarius conjunct Hertz (Ger. heart) along with the birth time’s (9.15 am) Part of Destiny at O Aquarius.

This is moreover a cluster of factors being conjuncted on April 3rd by endings-associated Saturn at O Aquarius. Plainly it fits the biblical imagery of the morning star “rising” (air sign) in the heart at the last. Significantly too, since this morning star is  self-declared the root and descendant of David (Rev 22:16), one looks also for that. It is found in the way that at 1 Gemini, Racine (Fr. root) makes perfect favourable trine to Morgenstern at 1 Aquarius, while from the other end of Aquarius at 27, Davida (early asteroids were classified in feminine form) is in direct axis to the moon in royal Leo conjunct asteroid Church at 27 degrees. Clearly this fits the first Pentecost’s moon bride as Peter’s “chosen  nation, a royal priesthood” (1 Pet 2:9).`

Jesus was born with Jupiter (the Bethlehem Star) at 19.23 Pisces, sign of its ancient rulership and sign of the then incoming era. On 3rd and 4th April 2020, slow moving Neptune (modern co-ruler of Pisces) is rarely positioned on 19.20 and 19.23 Pisces. One could see the suggestion here of the Piscean era /age of grace at once fulfilled and ending and/or the meaning of Christ occluded. There are other interesting coincidences for this time that I relegate to note below (3).

A PARTING MYSTERY

Even if the just mentioned are valid connections and not mere flukes, I would of course never propose that they add up to a signature for the most extreme of events on that day.  Rather like eclipses whose themes unfold over time, major apparent “signs” can bespeak a general season of the event, the month or year. To acknowledge April 3 as a true sign would not run counter to any assumptions of those who believe that, whenever they might occur, apocalyptic events like Rapture or Tribulation would need to be associated, like crucifixion and resurrection at the inauguration of the era,  with one of the Jewish feasts.  (If one follows that line of speculation undeniably  there is, for example, some connection between April 3rd and 2020’s Pentecost season which among other things shows surprising Uranus on the degree of first Pentecost’s i.e. Christianity’s, Part of Marriage; the festival itself is preceded by a lunation conjunct  Christianity’s natal sun). 

I will however revert to Netanyahu, a person of destiny it might be said, and certainly according to another of the prophetically influential rabbis, the late Rabbi Schneerson of the Lubavitch movement.

Schneerson believed Netanyahu could hope to beat many enemies and hand the keys to the Messiah (a Messiah who takes Netanyahu’s place and solves the political deadlock?).  But interestingly, Schneerson  specifically said Netanyahu could stand against 119 enemies, just the number his rival Gantz is now saying Netanyahu has to deal with in the Knesset. So it’s a reasonable question: can we see something linking Israel’s embattled leader and the messianic theme in 2020?

The full moon of March 9th is at 19.37 Virgo  which is conjunct Netanyahu’s 18 Virgo career and reputation Midheaven…..Full moons tend to bring out what the new moon implied or promised. The previous new moon on Feb 23 falls at 4 Pisces trine Netanyahu’s Uranus. Given Uranus’ rulership in his chart, this can put Bibi in the news  without its necessarily having him  in jail or the pits at a time when, if held that month, elections might even work in his favour.

Netanyahu’s natal moon is at 19 Libra in his destiny, career sector. That admittedly isn’t too helpul in relation to 2020’s Pluto/Saturn conjunction and the  eclipses across Cancer/Capricorn. But they could just bespeak satisfactory ending, one that with relief  hands over the keys. Within conjunction of his natal moon is Masi (Messiah) at 16 Libra  but  also Achristou at 18 Libra (recall that prophetically minded Christians would regard any  new Jerusalem Messiah as antichrist). Might we be looking at some messianic developments as the year progresses and the new and that full moons register against natal and national patterns?

On  April 8th the full moon is on 18 Libra potentially sparking an (anti) messianic theme for Netanyahu.  The new moon falls on March 24th at 4 Aries i.e. it’s potently in relation to Israel’s 4 Leo moon and its 4 Cancer  Venus,  and then Netanyahu’s 4 Cancer Uranus.

The subsequent new moon on April 23rd then falls at 3 Taurus which is the degree of Masi (Messiah) in Israel’s chart. Does this mean anything? Likewise, what  might it mean that  late 2020’s solar eclipse at 23 Sagittarius not only aspects  Israel’s Sun at 23 Taurus and opposes its Uranus at 24 Gemini, but trines Achristou  at 23 Aries? Will Netanyahu indeed have handed over some keys before the year is out?

It is beyond me and perhaps any astrology to know just what is involved here, but it does look as though amid the very real dramas of 2020 some kind of messianic theme could be an important part of the general upheavals.

NOTES

1. The chart for Australia I use is the Chesleigh one for the beginning rather than the ending of the Federation  ceremony at 1pm. 1st Jan 1901 in Sydney.

2. In standard astrology one would not automatically expect the difference between 3 and 5 degrees to make such difference in affairs  and their timing as I claim to see. But to be technical here, asteroids are not representative of energies like planets. They are instead names and ideas acted upon  rather than acting, and even in personal charts the orbs for effect are small (up to only 2 degrees at most unless aspects with sun or moon are involved). It follows the transit of Uranus between 3 and 6 degrees Taurus should be able to register a lot of change in relation to   Hong Kong and appear to be doing so.

3. Additionally on April 3rd,  Pluto the death and transformations planet, is at 24.52 Capricorn  while Jupiter is at a close 24.48 of the same sign. At the first Pentecost, asteroid Anastasia (Resurrection) was at 24.30 Capricorn – in other words also in favourable aspect to Pluto (ruler of Scorpio) on April 3rd . This itself is relevant because, natally, Jesus shows Morgenstern at 23.59, (virtually 24) Scorpio conjunct Coelum (heaven) at 24. Themes of resurrection and heaven thus join. I won’t say more than to notice that on April 3rd shocking, upsetting Uranus at 5.16 Taurus is not just conjunct Pentecost’s Fides (Faith) and Lamb (possibly relevant to signalling any marriage of the Lamb theme) but is stress square to Pentecost’s   5.06 Aquarius Achristou which given its regular associations I have come to assume functions as the Antichrist asteroid.

 

SIMPLE LESSONS FROM ASTROLOGY ALL CHRISTIANS SHOULD KNOW

Way back in the seventies, the Catholic Seeress, Jeane Dixon, alleged a vision was given her in St Matthew’s Cathedral Washington of the disciples as the signs of the zodiac. Rather as in the art of Bulgaria’s Rila Monastery portrayed above, Christ reigns in the centre of a zodiac. Dixon subsequently believed the basics of astrology was something all Christians should know and such would eventually be taught in schools.

I can’t prove Dixon ever had the vision and knowledge claimed, but I have my reasons to say that if she wasn’t right, one feels she ought to have been.

There really are major reasons why Christians need, even badly, to assimilate a few astrological principles; and it’s anyway beyond high time they were rid of the erroneous, vehemently held, conversation stopping view, not shared by many rabbis nor many Catholics (Dixon was taught astrology by a Jesuit priest), that astrology belongs with the biblically verboten “divination” (Deut 18:10). Isn’t it at least a hint of something that Magi (ancient astrologers) were associated with Jesus’ birth?

So before going further let’s immediately state that astrology (much of which as we know it didn’t even exist in the times of the prophets who condemned the omen astrology of moon gazing) most essentially was and is a study of cycles along the lines of Ecclesiastes’ talk of recurrent history and appropriate times to act (Eccl 3:1-8).

This is a wisdom based on observation which has nothing to do either with random factors as in the use of divinatory cards, nor establishing spirit contacts. (In some respects it can be like reading a train time table!). Astrology is, as Jung recognized, an ancient and core system of psychology. But it’s one being constantly updated and since Jung’s death name, place and idea asteroid have graced astrology in sometimes breathtakingly accurate ways.

However…. this isn’t some apologia or proof for astrology in itself but rather a notice about how it can and should legitimately function as a supplement to religious faith. And this is in some areas a lot because, if rightly understood and used, it could shut down some of the more fruitless, perennial theological and pastoral arguments that occupy minds and supply some needed objectivity in situations where people may be so troubled they can hardly know anything beyond the enveloping emotion that clouds judgement.

The following statements obviously simplify for those not in this field, but the following are the sort of questions astrology can answer, and I am of course talking about astrology beyond sun signs. Though these can tell you something, strictly speaking a birth time, place and all planets are necessary for the proper reading of natal data.

Question: Isn’t astrology all about “fate” which Christians say doesn’t govern our lives, in which case why should we need astrology when surely the Bible can tell us enough already?

Answer: Though we do have choices, the basic shape and span of a life is unquestionably subject to “fate” and cycles as surely as the gifts and career of a scientist are not those of a musician. There are things to know about a life that are indeed extra-biblical as surely as the hidden message of the gifts of the Magi which forecast a particular destiny – the death of Jesus was as fated under eloquently exact planetary transits as his birth (See “The Magi at Era’s End”, especially its op-ed article section “Proving an historic discovery”    (https://wp.me/p2v96G-ip). If you think you need nothing but the Bible, consider the confusion on some subjects that Christians using only the bible have arrived at without astrology. A common but erroneous view is that Jesus taught his soon return when in fact on more than one occasion he refers to the aion (age or era). What is the age or era  (Matt 28:20) that he is with the disciples on earth for?

The answer is the astrological age of Pisces, or age of grace that began around the time of Jesus’ birth and must last around 2100 years. Nowadays it is hard for prophecy-believing Christians to speak of the end of days at all, it has been preached so many times sensationally and falsely it has become almost redundant. Yet is should be apparent the end of the current age and the advent of the new Aquarian age (which corresponds to the biblical Millennium) are mysteries Christians simply haven’t understood and not least through lack of astrological understanding even of the most basic symbolism (see for example what I  say about Ezekiel, Millennium and Aquarian age in this article https://wp.me/p6Zhz7-4p) . But the mere fact that Jesus’ birth is a subject for Magi (astrologers) should have alerted Christians to an understanding the religion will include astrological symbolism and cycles and that the subject can’t be so evil it would have been better if Magi had never come to Jesus’ birth as Bishop St John Chrysostom so wildly proclaimed in the fourth century.

Question: So what is my general direction and purpose in life, my so-called “Fate”? Can you do as well or better than intuition and prayer?   

Answer: People believe God should or will tell them about their lives and God may. But like it or not, you won’t be having a full interview with God about your life, (though you may receive hints which you might then be tempted to doubt). Your natal chart, especially through factors like its Midheaven, tenth house and its ruler can supply you some objective pointers to your talents and life options. There are no exceptions for believers. Charts of believers from Popes to Preachers will indicate the religious direction of their life and career.

Question: Can you shed light on why some people claim to hear from God much of the time and I don’t?

Answer: While this is complex and there could be several answers (everything from the matter of innate spiritual talents to one’s spiritual state – you might be in sin condition) on a long term basis, an important element is what your sun and moon were doing at birth. If your sun (the will, the core self) is positively aspected, you will, or will think, like St Teresa of Avila you hear from God a great deal. If the main aspects are to the moon you will “hear” more indirectly, through ritual, music, feelings and intuitions. The status of Jupiter (faith) and Saturn (doubt) also count. (If you fear you are hearing from the devil you might need to see how the asteroids Lucifer, the devil as light, and Malin the devil as darkness, work within your pattern). Evangelical Christianity which has affinities for especially persons strong in fire signs, can cause needless anxiety and self-doubt by expecting people to keep hearing from Jesus to the point many pretend or kid themselves they hear messages they never heard and weren’t meant to.

Question: Do you presume to judge why was this or that prayer was not answered when I felt it should have been or a healing miracle didn’t reach a devout friend when they had faith for it and power manifestly touched others at the time. 

Answer: As Ecclesiastes tells you, there’s a time for everything under the sun. It’s useful to know when that time is. Good things like miracles only happen in harmony with good aspects and transits in the sky to your natal pattern. Likewise, bad things, including delays, only occur under hard aspects. Especially Jupiter accompanies blessings. Especially Saturn accompanies frustrations. An answer to prayer deferred is not an answer denied.

Question: Even if astrology can tell me something about life, surely it can’t tell me anything about God in relation to life and my understanding?

Answer. In some respects it can. And it may even help you understand the little understood Trinity and its interaction a little better. The outermost planets, commonly associated with transcendence and generational influences, at another octave reflect (in their highest manifestation) the Trinity. Jesus equals Neptune. Uranus is the Spirit and Pluto the Creator and Judge/Destroyer. For example, Jesus’ declaration that any sins against himself can be forgiven but none against the Holy Spirit (Mk 3:28-30), has strange echoes in the notably forgiving, compassionate, quasi permissive outlook of Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, sign of the age of Grace, as opposed to the perfectionist, absolutist rather unforgiving mind of Uranus, ruler of Aquarius. Pluto transits can deliver people sufferings of Job type experiences in which one either dies or is profoundly transformed….

…..This subject belongs with the earlier one about healing and miracles. For example, one astrologer studying patterns of healing told me of how a terminal cancer patient who had asked Jesus to heal him was healed and allegedly saw Jesus enter his ward with transiting Neptune, the Christ planet, exactly on his destiny Midheaven. The still working chart for the birth of Christianity at Pentecost AD 30 shows Uranus (the Spirit) rising conjunct the horizon in fiery Leo at 9.15 am. (This can be known as the birth time was roughly given in the bible as necessarily after 9 am).

Question: Can we hope to avoid what feels and looks, whether humanly or astrologically, like the “bad luck” Christians are not supposed to believe in and some imagine is all that astrology deals in anyway.

Answer: There’s no doubt some people and their birth patterns are more fortunate and opportunity-bringing than others (think if you like about Jesus’ parable of the talents). Christians are not immune from problems and to be frank, astrologers are used to the unofficial visits to them of Christians lamenting God seems to have abandoned them. It happens under Saturn and/or Pluto transits as the late Sybil Leek noted years ago. It was behind St John of the Cross’s celebrated “dark night of the soul”. In the long term, the way to overcome the seriously, recurrently negative in a life is to locate its centre and work with it, perhaps invert it. If one sees a drug addict’s chart with, say, a dangerous twelfth house of hidden enemies and trapped conditions, almost certainly their cure and adjustment will be involved with working with social services, prisoners, addicts that belong with the twelfth house. You have choices, especially as regards level, but there is a degree of fate from the natal chart – just as you are born an extravert or introvert and nothing will change that essential – and it is not for Christians to call this observable root pattern, occult delusion.

Question: Are you suggesting astrology can find me my soul mate?

Answer: If it can’t find you your soul mate it can tell you who isn’t that and whether a pair are well suited, not least sexually. Christians who don’t approve contemporary mores ought to be interested in a system which can show sexual needs and romantic types so that there’s no need to keep sleeping around before marriage or divorcing after it to be sure you’ve landed Mr or Mrs Right. From head to toe, basic turn ons or off or lack of same are indicated from the birth chart. When and where the system isn’t compromised for financial reasons, the relative stability of Indian marriages has been attributed to widespread recourse to study of the couple’s affinity for marriage by horoscopes. Also as regards the vexed issue of homosexuality, it is possible to read whether a person is likely to be that way orientated. The matter is complex, but arguably the few conversion cure claims as regards orientation owe something to what is called an afflicted Neptune aspect which can manifest as highly changeable, addictive, confused and potentially bisexual. There aren’t just gay aspects but revelatory gay asteroids and a Part of Homosexuality telling the core truth of orientation which like Jesus’ so-called “eunuchs” is “from the womb”. Jesus like certain ancient astrologers stands alone in assuming something like an innate sexual difference exists.

All  of the above only touches on a big subject and something I have not covered is the major subject of how different sun signs and birth patterns incline people towards different types of beliefs and emphases in religion. I deal with this in my The Astrology of Beliefs shorturl.at/fwKLX     

I have also not covered, but somewhat do in the mentioned book, how theology itself is coloured by the astrological factor. Much that may seem alien to us today in especially the OT as it relates to women and war is considerably explained by the different values and psychology of a sign and era.  The age of Aries which precedes the age of Pisces/ age of grace, shares in the often hyper-patriarchal and bellicose  characteristics of Aries whose ideal is in the opposite sign, Libra, sign of Laws and peace, just as Pisces looks towards Jesus who was born under VIrgo. The ideal of the coming Aquarian age is Leo and Revelation pictures Jesus as the returned Lion of Judah.

 

 

ISRAEL FOLAU IN A TIME OF FIRES AND DROUGHT

FIRES, DROUGHT AND SIN

I had been wondering if and when we might hear some religious speculation or declaration on the historic Australian fires and drought which currently are very dangerous and the worst on record. (Ten years ago the ever controversial  Pastor Danny Nalliah made out that Victoria’s Black Saturday fires were a consequence of the state undoing its abortion laws).

Disaster of all kinds is a regular part of life in an imperfect (Christians might say “fallen”) world. But really exceptional disasters do present special questions and it is biblical enough to inquire if the appropriate collective response should be serious self-examination, repentance  and/or re-dedication towards God. It’s more an OT idea than a NT one,  but only because the OT is more embedded in a national history and consciousness; but that doesn’t mean the issue is totally unbiblical and Christians need never consider it.

What I hadn’t anticipated was that first into the field with a rather predictable reaction to events, would be that most controversial of battering rams, Israel Folau.  He cruised in ahead of all and any churches to declare that legislating gay marriage and permitting the “murder” of abortion in NSW had brought down God’s judgement which, if there wasn’t repentance soon, would soon become more severe. (He incidentally ignored that as regards the fires, numbers had been started not by nature or “acts of God” but youthful delinquents!).

Public reaction to Folau was similarly predictable as also to the shortly following declaration of Sonshine Coast Baptist Church at Caloundra (on the affected Sunshine Coast). Its billboard cited 2 Chronicles 6:26  on a  connection between national sin and drought. Public response was that these people didn’t get it about Christ or the bible. The Pentecostal (Hill Song version) Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, declared Folau to be “appallingly insensitive” and “unhelpful” – Hillsong always   aims to be more helpful than theological and is not disposed to explore either life’s mysteries or tragedies. It’s the church of Justin Bieber.

IS THE TRUTH IN THE MIDDLE?

I am going to suggest that the truth in this sad and difficult matter could be,  as in so many things in life, somewhere in between what’s getting so wildly declared.

So, no, I am not about to say that I believe God is punishing Australia for legislating gay marriage – the nation is anyway one of the last nations of the west to legislate for it, so what about all those other nations? Likewise NSW was one of the last strongholds of a strict abortion law, and while I don’t say abortion is a good thing, I’d agree with Jordan Peterson that it’s not good “but it’s not that simple”. Christians can’t and shouldn’t call all abortion “murder” and impose laws that not even all Christians are in agreement about.

All this said, it’s possible, and churches should have the discernment to at least allow the possibility, that through events God might actually  be speaking to a highly secular, unbelieving, often corrupt, materialistic and violent Australia, nationally a classic example of those people  “who forget God”.

In fact, Australia has so far dismissed the Christian legacy that scarcely one person in authority (including Hill Song Morrison) or media has the guts or loyalty to protest the horrors of persecution of Christians across much of Asia and Africa, choosing instead the soft PC option of women’s or gay or Muslim rights as though in sheer numbers and ferocity there could be much comparison. (If you doubt the assertion, here is one recent article taken at random:   shorturl.at/f0467

When God’s word is neither proclaimed nor heard, God may use anyone or anything to declare it. When the Pharisees try to silence Jesus’ disciples he tells them he won’t because otherwise the stones would cry out (Luk 19:40). As I indicated earlier this year, Israel Folau under the influence of a strange, religion swapping father  is a bit of an ill- informed nutter on many issues   https://wp.me/p4kNWg-qT ); but if Folau can make Australia talk about divine judgment, it’s conceivable God might use him to say the unsayable and unpalatable truth. But what truth is that?

THE DARK SIDE OF GOD?

It is to misunderstand or misrepresent the Christian gospel to suggest that the perfect Creator will normally deal with imperfect humanity other than (to superficial view) negatively, i.e. apart from issues of judgement. The gospel, which modifies this situation,  is precisely  gospel (good news) in light of  a  Christ overcoming and mediating the automatic human separation from  God who is seen as having basically withdrawn from his creation. ( This incidentally is a situation widely assumed in world myth to the point it seems  to be some kind of collective memory and archetypal ). All the so-called punishments and judgements of God can be considered simply degrees of separation from God who, in the face of sin, increasingly  abandons what basic protection is allowed to attach to nature and life .

If you doubt this point because you assume Jesus only ever says nice, comforting things, consider Jesus’ response to disasters like the tower of Siloam (Luk 13:14). It only makes full sense in the context of biblical assumptions about a well-nigh universal, death-invoking separation from God. “Do you think they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you but unless you repent , you will all perish as they did”. The point is everyone lives under a universal curse which makes for disasters and sweeps people away, and in the context of which the only proper response is an attitude of sufficient repentance to avoid worse.  As Ps 50:22 has it:
“Mark this, then, you who forget God, or I will tear you apart, and there will be no one to deliver.”

Prayer, (which many never even try to practice, abstract meditation having taken its place for many), right beliefs and attitudes alone give the perfect God, so to speak, “excuse” to bring blessing or protection on the imperfect. God throws no thunderbolts like Zeus; God is simply absent – hell itself is the absence of God.

Finally I must say there is one further  “prophetic”, speculative way of reading present conditions. True it’s again no great comfort to  those suffering in the immediate (and I don’t say we shouldn’t be sympathetic to them as victims of a collective fate), but it would at least make Australia seem less singled out!

The possibility is that at the end of the (around 2100 year Piscean) era inaugurated around the time of Christ’s birth, what is happening is part of a more worldwide, gradual meltdown towards the birth pangs that through apocalyptic horrors like the Tribulation of Revelation the next era is birthed. Moreover, by singular irony, aspects of the whole gay issue have an unexpected connection to adequate understanding and interpretation of that possibility. It’s a connection that would be unimagined by Folau and    his fans who should nonetheless for his and their sake try to absorb them.  Apocalypse as a gay issue https://wp.me/p6Zhz7-4p

 

 

POPE FRANCIS AND THE DIVINITY CONTROVERSY

ASKING WHAT POPE FRANCIS BELIEVES

If report is true, according to news from Rome quickly taken up by especially traditional Catholics and released on the 9th of this month through La Repubblica, Pope Francis does not believe in the divinity of Christ.

Here’s one report https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVz8CGkRieo

It may be that Eugenio Scalfari, the pontiff’s long time  journalist friend, has misreported and exaggerated what got said in the course of private, unrecorded conversation. Scalfari who founded La Repubblica is an elderly (95yr) atheist. The Vatican has described Scalfari’s claim as a “personal and free interpretation” of what was said…

…But this does not constitute  the more complete rebuttal that might have been expected from the institution which regularly works to cover for the by now almost routine puzzles and gaffes deriving from Francis. For example, a year or so ago Scalfari reported the Pope did not believe in hell, another claim the Vatican rejected, though perhaps more accurately so as it’s known the Pope does believe in the devil. But why for years now has Francis been interviewed (now for the ninth time)  by someone liable to misreport?  Are these “errors” a means of giving  leaks that convey the real Francis’s credo?

With the latest controversy, traditionalist Catholics feel they have found serious confirmation of their opinion Francis is simply an anti-Pope who should step down. While we may not have the full truth in this case –  and in fairness Francis has referred to Christ as “true man and true God” as in a Christmas Eve homily of 2013 –  it’s still likely here that “there’s no smoke without fire”.

DILUTED DOCTRINE

Pope Francis is, uniquely for his position, a Jesuit, and the direction of modern Jesuit thought like that of Teilhard de Chardin has long been suspect of various heretical,  universalist  and materialist/Marxist doctrinal swerves. This has been seen in South American Liberation theology and troubling policies like the excessive compromises with communist China. Traditionalist surprise about, for example, papal openness to  Fr  James Martin, himself an American Jesuit, and LGBTQ claims fails to take into account how this development may  well owe something to the neo-marxist basis of Queer (as opposed to gay) theory and theology (1).  Regardless, years ago Jesuit writer, Fr Malachi Martin, (d.1999) exposed not only many Vatican irregularities but accused fellow Jesuits of lack of adequate belief in Christ’s divinity.

A low or confused papal Christology would only be consistent with another earlier Francis controversy in which an audience was told that claims to any personal or direct relations with Christ are “dangerous temptations”. For Francis, the way to communicate with God is through the church, or perhaps he really meant Mary because qualities and attributes of divinity are liable to be directed by him away from Christ and onto Mary. He even told natural disaster victims in the Philippines they could take their pain to her calling her “Mum”.

That Francis’ beliefs would need to be ultra-flexible and “imaginative” on issues like divinity and Sonship is almost guaranteed by his unexpected and radical rapprochement with world religions, especially the agreement made earlier this year with Ahmed-al-Tayeb, the leading Imam of Sunni Islam. I regarded this as odd and commented on it critically earlier this year. (See St Malachy’s Last Pope ringing down the curtain?” https://wp.me/p4kNWg-oM).

This October’s Amazon Synod at the Vatican has itself raised controversy with the Pope attending a ceremony in which indigenous people worshipped the Earth goddess, Pachamama, a figure to whom they regularly sacrifice as a true and living deity rather than treat as just a symbol.

If there is truth in the charges of papal heresy, it’s unlikely the Pope Francis totally rejects Jesus’ divinity. By the sound of it Francis holds a highly original and ultimately unbiblical version of it which renders Christ wholly and only man while on earth, but lets him be divine before and/or after life. This cannot however be called strictly Christian. To the extent such belief would confound distinct notions of a unique eternal Sonship, it is even biblically associated with Antichrist teaching. “This is the antichrist, the one who denies the father and the son” (1 Joh 2:18)

Christians are supposed to believe, and Francis maybe doesn’t, that Christ is “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn (or pre-eminent) of all creation for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created….for in him the whole fullness of God was pleased to dwell….( 1 Col 15, 19 ).

Belief in divine incarnation has always constituted a mystery, one rendered unnecessarily difficult through its various definitions against Greek philosophy; but it can be more consistently and plausibly described in other terms (as in even two of my metaphysical poems “The Hidden God” and “A Divine Rejection” https://wp.me/p2v96G-wZ )

PREPARING THE GREAT APOSTASY?

The trouble with this latest controversy around papal beliefs is that no matter what the precise truth of it, its existence and widespread broadcast creates uncertainty and confusion in the world, and even in the churches, which can be biblically illiterate in a secular age.

I have never bought into the  sensational claims of those would-be visionaries who go to youtube and elsewhere to declare that Pope Francis is the Antichrist or the False Prophet who supports that person’s cult, but I would concede that this theoretically last Pope according to the prophecy of St Malachy, could be preparing the way to a/the false messiah and the coming of the great lie.

If Christians weren’t so opposed to and dismissive of anything astrological it would be rather clearer to them what is going on and that includes  traditionalist Catholics who never liked the trends begun by Pope John the XX111 and his Vatican   council. There is a connection between back then and now. Once again a free-wheeling Sagittarian has assumed the top job and this time with truly global and historic effects given a natal sun conjunct the Galactic Centre (important for events in religion) and at the end of the approx 2100 year long Piscean era which began around the time of Christ’s birth and is rather obviously identical with St Paul’s “dispensation of grace”.

Things are coming to a climax. As with the earlier case of the February agreement with the Imam and world religious leaders, the celestial signs point to the significance of this latest development  along the way to collapse. For example…

First, to mention Francis’ own pattern, he was born with a not altogether helpful for a Pope aspect of Neptune opposite restrictive, sceptical Saturn. Positively Neptune is anything to do with Christ, ideals, compassion and mysticism while negatively it is confusion, lies and addictions. As to when the Francis news was launched….

  • On 9th October transiting Neptune at 16.33 Virgo was almost perfectly conjunct Francis’ natal 16.30 Saturn in Virgo releasing and reflecting distortions, misunderstanding and whatever about Christ.
  • The sun that day was at 15 Libra. This meant that for Christianity (as represented by the Pentecost chart for Christianity’s birth in AD 30) the sun was suitably conjunct Bischoff (Ger. Bishop). Society would receive a report about a notable bishop – Francis calls himself “Bishop of Rome” in preference to Pope.
  • I have no exact time for release, but the moon was almost certainly in late Aquarius to supply shocks and surprises, and also perhaps to conjunct the late Aquarian factors of the pattern most likely to indicate the Antichrist as mentioned in my February article cited above.
  • In Revelation, the second Beast or prophet of the Antichrist is one who speaks like a dragon (Rev 13: 11). Interestingly, on Oct 9th Jupiter, strong in its own sign of Sagittarius, sign of religion and doctrines, at 19 degrees was conjunct asteroid Drago (Dragon) in the chart for Christianity. This would suggest facilitation of an Antichrist doctrine – if Francis is guilty as charged. The dragon always threatens the church. In the chart for Christ’s birth, and in line with the way conjunctions are either very for or against something, asteroids Church and Drago are conjunct at 8 Taurus. Their ongoing argument was, as it were, released by the challenging way that on 9th October Mercury (any news) was at 8 Scorpio.
  •  It’s ironic and almost amusing but the sort of thing that helps certify astrology, that the Pope was reported to say amid the controversy that he likes creating some confusion (because it’s creative). He shouldn’t do this as biblically it’s said God is not a God of confusion, but we may accept Francis was telling the truth here. Natally he has the confusion asteroid  Chaos in often confused and confusing Pisces at 11 degrees which means in perfect opportunity aspect to his natal Mercury (any media or newspapers) at 11 Capricorn in his house of the audience.

FACILITATING IF NOT MAKING ERROR 

Taken altogether this latest piece of papal controversy is an event that belongs with surprising, controversial Uranus in Taurus. This month at 5 Taurus, Uranus sets up tension square to Achristou at 5 Aquarius in the Pentecost/Christianity chart. I have found Achristou to work like “astrospeak” for dark side and antichrist issues.

Francis’ own Achristou asteroid is conjunct his Mars in Libra at 19 and 20 respectively. This week the full moon opposite there at 20 Aries attends and may possibly enlarge upon the controversy.

As said, conjunctions are very for and against something. One can hope that Achristou is not an Antichrist factor and that Francis would sooner oppose than support any Antichrist doctrine. But from now on it will be an uphill battle for Catholics, especially traditionalists, not to believe something is going wrong with the papacy.

And for those of us who are not Catholics, it can only seem ever more peculiar that Catholics choose to remain with a branch of Christianity they recognize to be so exceptionally scandal ridden, confused and even traitorous (as in the case of China’s Catholics, betrayed into communist hands by the same pontiff that should be defending them). Beyond a certain point, to stay around risks being undermined and contaminated and the relevant prophetic principle is always “Come out of her my people lest you partake in her sins…and suffer her plagues” (Rev 18:4).

NOTE  1)  I have stressed in various articles like The Muddle of Christopher Yuan’s Holy Sexuality (https://wp.me/p6Zhz7-3o) that non-essentialist, materialist queer theory and theology is inconsistent with Christianity in a way revisionist gay theory and theology need not be.  It would be ironic but not unexpected from a Jesuit background if papal acceptance of LGBTQ increasingly inclined to Queer.

Two poems about Pope Francis:
Pope Francis’ Heaven for All   https://wp.me/p2v96G-8y
Ichabod or papal glory departing? https://wp.me/p4kNWg-6c

 

QUESTIONS AROUND JULY’S LUNAR ECLIPSE ABOVE JERUSALEM

QUESTIONS  AROUND JULY’S LUNAR ECLIPSE OVER JERUSALEM

Just to look at, July’s partial lunar eclipse in 2019’s year of six rather than four eclipses will be a bit odd  –  dark at the top, light at the bottom and, though it’s not a blood moon as such, reddish at the side. It certainly invites speculation about signs and omens which hasn’t been lacking, and this has rather detracted from the possible importance of the solar eclipse on the 2nd which I shall briefly treat of later.

Does July’s  lunar eclipse over Jerusalem mark any turning point to be experienced over the next few months with everything on the table for Israel from war to peace deals and, for the church  (St  Paul’s other, extended, Israel), upheaval with  anything from a collapsing papacy to the so-called Rapture? Such are the questions raised by multiple expectations.

IGNORING TRADITIONS

   

Rabbinic tradition is less astrology-shy than Christianity. Despite the gospel birth narratives and the Magi, Christians mostly reject astrology outright. It’s a presumption paid for again and again in false imaginings about “times and seasons” along with the nuisance value of false date settings directed on events, not least apocalyptic. Even if and when it can do nothing more, astrology, essentially a study of cycles and symbols, can help indicate whether forecasts are plausibly significant and more or less likely to manifest at a predicted time – in other words act as a speculation filter.

For the rabbis, lunar eclipses are judged more significant for Israel than solar eclipses. Blood moon eclipses often presage war and upheaval for Israel, so are not wholly welcome. Solar eclipses are said to have more association with the Gentiles.

Traditional rabbinic lore has not prevented a recent spate of unexpected Christian (which usually means Gentile) astrology-free, speculation around the significance for Christians and the world of an only partial lunar eclipse (ie. not a blood moon) on July 16th above Jerusalem.

Undeniably and by the standard astrology Christians aren’t using, the pattern for the eclipse moment above Jerusalem looks heavy for Israel for three main reasons. 1) Pluto opposite Moon on the angles inclines to turmoil (outside the Mid East it could easily make for quakes), 2) Venus (any peace or peace treaty) opposite Saturn would indicate either no treaty or one much challenged or delayed and less than  truly ideal overall if passed, while 3) Uranus on the ascendant has some association with the disruptions of war. This Uranus is afflicted by bellicose Mars which renders aggression more probable and liable  to be sudden in the surprising, sparking  way of Uranus. Of the possible significance for Christians I will turn later.

First one needs to understand what kind of significance eclipses have and why July’s lunar, almost despite its modest partial self, suggests some interesting significance…. at least ironically but perhaps more if you believe in fate and reading it. And about that I’d best clear up some misconceptions ….

OBJECTIONS TO ASTROLOGY AS ‘FATE’ AND ‘DIVINATION’

Many Christians and some Jews dismiss astrology as dealing in impersonal, pagan “fate” or biblically forbidden “divination”. Neither is the case. Through celestial signs persons and nations are normally only fated to be presented certain choices and possibilities rather than any single, iron-clad destiny. The nearest to absolute fate and timing is most associated with Saturn, especially for the sick and elderly. Saturn over a natal ascendant angle (the body) could signify almost certain death, though sometimes even with Saturn there are choices (like Jesus who in Gethsemane and under an impossible Pluto/Saturn opposition could, he said, have called angels to deliver him).

An astrology corresponding to biblically forbidden “divination” would have to be looking at moon and stars and uttering forecasts by intuition or mediumship, i.e.”skygazing”. This would be is a better translation than “astrology”, especially as astrology as we know it today scarcely existed in the times of those like Jeremiah and Isaiah who denounced it. Standard astrology is based on observation of what occurs under regular cycles and assumes with Ecclesiastes that “what has been, will be”. (Ecc 1:9). ( Christians who presume to ask God for confirmations of their prophetic dreams from a number in Strong’s Concordance, which then gives them a word, are vastly nearer to “divination” and tarot reading than anyone practicing astrology!).

ASTROLOGY AND TIMING

Using certain techniques like diurnals, it’s sometimes possible to describe and time events to the day, and even theologically something of the sort should be feasible given that, as per Ps 139, every day of our lives are divinely known and written in advance – again the bible does not support the notion of totally free and open life paths. There is freedom and free will within limits; but no planet, or transit automatically means only one thing.

ECLIPSES – EVENTS AND/OR PROCESSES

Great confusion in religious circles has ensued from misunderstanding what eclipses signify . Much got written and preached concerning just the blood moons across Jewish festivals, Passover and Tabernacles, in 2014 and 15. They were taken as a sign of apocalypse since disappointed. People like the charmingly inimitable Brother Chooch who has been awaiting Rapture since 1986 but more seriously since the blood moons, are still wondering what the moons  could have meant. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHavQBeMuks And not unreasonably so because, historically, undeniably sequences of festival blood moons (only nine in two millennia) have corresponded to turning points in Jewish history.

But of course, that is the first point. Jewish astrologers assume that lunar eclipses are more vital for Jewry. At that rate lunars would reflect the fate of Christianity more indirectly or secondarily and it’s solars one should be looking at. Also, for anyone or anything, general process in some area of life could be as vital as any single event.

A classic example of muddling Jewish and Christian concerns is the way bestselling Christian Blood Moon commentators have made out the blood moons of AD 32 and 33 cover the crucifixion and the birth of the church. They don’t, not least because Jesus was crucified and the church founded in AD 30. This is certifiable for multiple reasons including that AD 30 gives a forty year generation span to the fall of Jerusalem, the forty years that Josephus records the temple sacrifices were not accepted with the normal signs. AD 32 and 33 surely describe rather the growing split and turmoil in Judaism (main issue) caused by Christianity and St Paul’s conversion leading to a split and the new religion’s dispersion abroad when restrictions upon the faith began to fall (secondary issue ).

WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS

Really to understand eclipses (and astrology at all), one should think in terms of interlocking patterns and wheels within wheels. Eclipses are only one fact, if an important one, of what happens. By standard principles, wherever an eclipse falls in a national or personal chart, a light is shone. Either a new theme enters (solar eclipse) or an existing situation needs attention and resolution (Iunar eclipse).

Solars can work out over a year, lunars around six months. To judge what the eclipse is pointing to, unless special independent features accompany it, (like, say, conjuncting an important fixed star), you do best to read it against other factors, at very least the natal chart of a person or nation. Also, and before getting carried away with wild predictions, you should be aware that though the most relevant event or theme may manifest on the day of the eclipse or just before or after (it’s often a good time for wild weather or quakes!), that’s not guaranteed. Things might wait a few weeks or months until some transit awakens the eclipse pattern as happened with America’s 9/11 crisis foreshadowed in the prior June solar eclipse but which it took a major transit to release.

BLOOD MOONS AND ISRAEL’S MODERN EVOLUTION

The first blood moon eclipse of the important and rare 2014/15 series fell at 25 Libra. This hit within modern Israel’s house/sector of the unconscious, hidden and spiritual things. The moon made positive aspect in one direction to Uranus at 24 Gemini, ruler of Israel’s fourth sector of  land and inheritance, and in the other to asteroid Tempel (Ger Temple) at 25 Aquarius in the nation’s “house” of land and inheritance.

What’s called an expansive, fortunate grand trine was thus set up between the eclipse’s revolutionary Uranus and Tempel with its historical associations. The message, perhaps not obvious at the time and near impossible to predict, was that the mind/unconscious of Israel would become, as it has since continuously become, more insistent upon claims to its land and for a third temple on it, a movement spearheaded by Rabbi Glick.

Changes in Israel were underway, an evolution to a more spiritual, less secular Israel but significantly, in October 2014 and following the next festival blood moon, Rabbi Glick was shot at point blank range but miraculously recovered. It was like a promise the temple issue was unstoppable. The next blood moon fell conjunct Israel’s Neptune. Neptune is any dream and for Jews the dream of ages, the Messiah so messianic hope would increase and has been continuously doing so now.

But because ultimately lunar eclipses aren’t just about Jews but apply somewhat everywhere to everyone, the first in the 2014/5 series at 25 Libra significantly hit the birth pattern for Christianity at the first Pentecost. It hit where it applied to the natal pattern’s endings theme (more about that presently). And this is why, and because what people think and not just do, can be reflected astrologically, the apocalyptic theme assumed new and unprecedented significance among especially American Christians.

In the deeply ironic, multi-level way that astrology can work, even if Brother Chooch didn’t get caught up by the angels, the Rapture did (sort of) occur on cue in the northern autumn. Many were awakened to the theme by the October near blood moon launch of Left Behind, a Hollywood movie about the Rapture. Almost amusingly, the premiere took place on the day the sun conjuncted Pentecost’s Trombke (Pol.Trumpet) asteroid within Christianity’s endings sign of airy Libra.

To prove it exists and for the benefit of those who know some astrology, here is the chart for the foundation of Christianity. But I need only describe the most basic point which is what the pattern indicates about endings. Birth time is as per the bible. Peter speaks of the third hour of the day (meaning 9 AM), but as he had no watch it was actually around 9.15 am with fire sign Leo rising, (not and never the waters of Cancer) and shocking, revolutionary, planetary sign of the Spirit, Uranus, conjuncting it.

  Click to enlarge. Anastasia between Neptune and Mars

CHRISTIANITY’S ENDING  PATTERN

But endings are primarily described by the fourth house (at the base of the chart). The sign of this sector is Libra, a cardinal (fast moving) air sign ruling a cardinal house. In turn, and harmonious with the idea a fiery dove descending, the endings house is “ruled” by Venus of the doves in again a cardinal sign (Aries) and in a cardinal house (the tenth).

In the chart of an individual we might say their final resting place could be rapidly arranged for, possibly in a time of war (Aries sign of the military) in a beautiful, probably elevated setting, mountain side or highest point of a cemetery.

In the chart of an institution with a known disposition to speak of ending ideally in resurrection and super-translation to  the heavens, we can allow room to the idea of something very fast, “in the twinkling or an eye” and up, up  in the air because there’s nowhere else to go. This is a stellar pattern with affinities for Brother Chooch’s “Rapture Bang Zone”! It’s also impossibly biblical too, because directly opposite the Arien Venus at the top of the pattern and which is like a  trigger for this ending, which is also the “Marriage of the Lamb” (Aries, the Ram/Lamb), are such factors as….. The Part of Fortune, The Part of The Hour of Marriage, the Part of Divorce and Luce (Light). It need hardly be said this is suggestive of scenarios like Matthew’s apocalyptic parable of the Ten Bridesmaids.

But there is still an inbuilt mystery, a potential misunderstanding, misinterpretation or just something tricky that attaches to this endings picture. This is  due to the chart position of Neptune. Well aspected and positively this planet  is mysteries, mysticism, compassion and even Christ, but negatively in some contexts  it’s lies, deception or plain confusion and there’s been more than enough confusion around Rapture and Second Advent.

Pentecost’s Neptune “afflicts” by tension square both the base of chart endings angle and the top of the chart’s destiny/reputation angle. We know this can reflect negative understanding  of the ending and a negative reputation – early Christians were maligned as child murderers, guilty of incest, cannibalism etc. And if the likes of Rapture occurred tomorrow chances are it wouldn’t be well understood but simply confuse! The endings angle also gives fair warning of the rise of  egregious date setters. It’s no accident that the impossible Harold Camping who wasted millions advertising a false Rapture date, was born with his Cancer sun in direct affliction aspect to Pentecost’s endings angle…. and opposite its Neptune.

Neptune nonetheless falls in Pentecost’s sixth house of health, healing and miracles, if any,  and it conjuncts  Mars which is terribly fitting.   Though there is a Trumpet asteroid, planet-wise any trumpet or loud voice such as is said to announce the resurrection/Rapture is symbolized by Mars. So we can’t ignore how Neptune conjunct Mars  is in this house of healing at 23 Capricorn conjunct asteroid Anastasia (Resurrection) at 24. With this we reach the nub of the issue…. July’s lunar  hits 24 Capricorn.  So…. does this humble eclipse above Jerusalem, site of the church’s birth, mean something, or nothing, or something in between to be aware of?

MINOR ECLIPSE, WEIGHTY EXPECTATIONS

Given current events in the world like the threat of Middle East war, and given “apocalyptic” weather in many places, the lunar eclipse is increasingly seen as potentially significant, even extremely so for the fate of Christianity. It has begun to be seen as herald of the Rapture itself of (the believing prepared section of) the church who are translated while the believing dead are resurrected). This emphasis is what by almost an infection is catching on to the point of declaring that the Rapture must be on the 17th especially according to several insistent would-be female visionaries from New York to Sydney via London. Insisting on this single date plus the bizarre coiffure of one of them is enough to raise serious questions and radical doubts! (As regards the 17th, it can be noted Saturn is closest earth at that time and Pluto opposite the moon the date and a day or two either side  might well connect to some strong quaking and general turmoil).

The Rapture event, at any time it might occur, is widely understood to mark the end of the Church aion or age (roughly synonymous astrologically with the approx 2100 year age of Pisces that began around the time of Jesus’ birth), and it  would open the door to the appearance of a false prophet Antichrist and the period of Tribulation. The latter occupies the years immediately prior to Christ’s Second Advent to Jerusalem at the time of Armageddon and the Return or Second Advent. This would inaugurate the so-called Millennium, (itself suggestive of the utopian style themes of Aquarius).

Since major events for Christianity like the crucifixion, resurrection and Pentecost corresponded to Jewish feasts, many have supposed, (and certainly ardently supposed last Pentecost), that any Rapture event should occur at a Jewish feast. Undeniably there’s a plausible case from its symbolism to favour, in any year, especially Pentecost or failing that Trumpets in the autumn, as the fated end times/end-of-era feast.

Alternatively you can place the accent on the surprise element of Christ the bridegroom’s appearance and anticipate it at any time of the year. The only strong biblical clue to time and season is the indication it should  be at a time of talk of peace which is nonetheless surprised by sudden destruction (1 Thess 5:3) much as the bridegroom in the apocalyptic parable surprises the bridesmaids who are supposed to be watching and waiting. After the failure of what were some more than usually suggestive signs for major events around the last Pentecost, instead of silence and disappointment expectation has if anything redoubled and around a non festival month, namely July. Surely only the eclipse to Pentecost data could allow for and cover this sea-change in feelings of expectation.

HOPES ON JULY

Speculation about the significance of July seems to have been started by Pastor Paul Begley, a lively, tireless broadcasting and youtube figure that the secular press now and again approaches for hints and gems of possibly apocalyptic relevant signs. Three years ago Begley had a vision which included seeing a large 7/17 which he has since decided had to mean 17th of July in whatever year but now probably 2019. Others protesting they knew nothing of this have reported seeing the same numbers. Some of the expectation is getting seriously urgent even when July is not specifically mentioned as here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVFZ1-vGGw4 (but note the questionable recourse to numbers proof!).

Begley at least has never forecast any Rapture for the 17th but only some kind of significance (as said, it’s Saturnian and might produce something negative like quaking).  He has also stressed the significance of the prior solar eclipse in light of especially mid East tensions. And here he can be allowed a  point and I shall briefly digress on the solar eclipse.

Recall for Jews solars are about the Gentile nations. Though I believe solars  demonstrably  affect Israel too, obviously July’s solar is plenty Gentile. As Begley rightly notes, the actual eclipse path is across South America and any astrologer would agree with him that this is likely to bring the issue around Venezuela to the fore and likely to a conclusion.  But the eclipse is also generally potent  for the USA regardless of the eclipse path.

At 10 Cancer it conjuncts America’s founding 13 Cancer putting the nation  in all of a spotlight. That’s if at the same time it doesn’t somewhat limit or “eclipse”  America’s  power, perhaps especially so in relation to Iran whose Sun at modern foundation was 11 Aries which means   in affliction square to America’s sun at 13 Cancer.  After two centuries and the natal Mars turned retrograde by what’s called progression,  American military force is not quite all it was.

Given that the solar eclipse  is guaranteed to stir America in some way,  August is one month that might prove significant as its mid month full moon falls  at 22 Aquarius. This is  interesting because 22 degrees could hit off  America’s difficult natal Mars at 21 Gemini that aspects its Neptune at 22 Virgo and  also  its natal Irani (from Iran) at 22 Leo, this at the same time as Saturn, arrived at 14 Capricorn,  sets   up tension square to America’s foundational 14  Libran Saturn. This makes for distinct pressures around a time  – full moon –  that people are liable to be het up.

PEACE AND SECURITY TIME  (AND NO GOVERNMENT EITHER)

So July’s solar has potency, but  as said, the 17th  July, one day following the lunar, has recently assumed  heightened  significance in some circles. It has done so  because admittedly it corresponds to a season in which the Trump Peace Plan’s talk of “peace and security” is being discussed (along with talk of peace with Korea) at the same time as the Mid East is on the boil. Thus, conceivably a Gog Magog war is in the offing  (as of July 3rd Iran has declared it could destroy Israel in 30 minutes and would attack Israel if America attacked Iran).  Such times could thus be imagined as manifesting the “sudden destruction” which according to the St Paul of Thessalonians, accompanies the Rapture event (1 Thess 5:3)…. But then, theoretically,  so could other times and dates within upcoming months.

Of interest is the  fact that currently Israel has no government….. Forty years ago the much revered late Rabbi Kaduri puzzled many by giving out a strange prophecy that the Messiah would be at the doors when there were elections but no government. It is only now that just that situation has occurred in Israel which must go to a second election in September in the hopes  a government can be formed. Of course, it depends what sort of Messiah you are expecting , but the situation is interesting for Jew and Christian alike.

However, if the present time is well and truly portentous, the test here for the astrologer is to ascertain  whether there is anything that distinguishes the July eclipse beyond the mentioned usual things  signalling endings. One necessarily asks because the brutal reality is that even if the eclipse seems suggestive, this July is hardly the first time in history a lunar eclipse has hit Christianity’s Neptune/Anastasia. The last time was in July 2000 and I don’t know what happened then either normally or with possible apocalyptic overtones. Probably not much!

This  wouldn’t automatically rule out  the extremer possibilities of 2019’s lunar, provided one could trace  either 1)  additional contacts  to the  Pentecost pattern by planets at the time of the eclipse and/or 2) significant  placement of the eclipse relative to what has  preceded and succeeds it, like the rare blood moons of  earlier this decade and soon changes in the celestial cycles mentioned presently. This could render the  weight to be given signs back in 2000.

It is not overwhelming evidence, but one can notice that at the time of eclipse Mercury (news, transport, connection) is conjunct  Pentecost”s ascendant (the body of believers). More to the point, Venus (love and marriages) at 15 Cancer is on Pentecost’s Sun/Moon midpoint, deemed a major destiny  point. Saturn at 16 Capricorn opposite Venus could bespeak separation for some  (Left behind type  effects). I also note that Neptune is at 18.33 Pisces, Saturn having been at 18.35 Pisces at the time of Christ’s birth. Might that be like a cutting off of the era?

One can’t place too much stress upon such coincidences. I have seen several suggestive prophetic patterns which don’t deliver, especially if one applies asteroids. These can be brilliantly descriptive for natal patterns, but since they are not multivalent symbols like planets nor whole energies either, their application is limited. Coincidences involving asteroids are significant when there are so many of them they become overwhelming against statistical probability. (My data for the birth of Christ and for the Church belong in that category or I would never promote them). So….for honesty’s sake I mention with caution and less than strong conviction that for the chart of the eclipse over Jerusalem one can see  Church 24 Taurus trine the eclipse and conjunct Trombka (Trumpet) 26 Taurus, conjunct Schwanden (disappear) 28 Taurus. Obviously this could be a Rapture forecast, but I don’t suggest counting on it!

But if I’m looking for significance while ignoring asteroids, I should want to see where July’s eclipse belong amid other cycles with which it interacts. And from this perspective I feel confident to take a compromise position that allows the lunar eclipse could signal something important and mark a major bridging period, a hinge for all that will take place fairly soon, with or without precisely such major interventions as Rapture and Antichrist, which however need not be discounted all things considered….things which could include the strange matter of the chart for Thessaloniki,  home of the church originally so crucial to the whole doctrine of Rapture. The eclipse packs Thessaloniki a wallop. I will put the evidence in note to avoid breaking  up the article and making it longer, but the strange coincidence could be important.. [1]

THE ONE CERTAINTY: MASSIVE CHANGE SOON

Apart from the fact  that Christian forecasters ignore to their disadvantage in proclaiming our times an “end times”, namely that we stand at the end of the Piscean era, this much is guaranteed.

2020 will be a year of massive change that releases the force of this  well into the future. It does so not only because with three heavy planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto) conjuncting mid-year in political  and often politically ruthless Capricorn, expect major social change, especially political and economic. The economic change is further backed up by disruptive Uranus in Taurus where it entered this May for around 7 years (time span of the Tribulation if that’s soon relevant). But there will be change at many levels with the first of the generational Jupiter/Saturn conjunctions in Aquarius in 2010. This is positively era defining.

AND INTO “AIR” WITH GREAT CONJUNCTIONS

With only one exception in 1980, which was a year important for technology, the generational, every twenty year Jupiter/Saturn conjunctions have occurred since 1842 in earth signs. Their introduction accompanied the development of Victorian society and the Industrial Revolution and the scientific/materialistic outlook. Finally in 2020 the conjunction will fall in Aquarius and the conjunctions occur for the next 140 years in air signs. This makes for affinity with and consolidation of the whole incoming age of Aquarius.

Christianity which was inaugurated around the time of Christ’s birth and the arrival of the age of the Fishes, will soon end or change radical direction with the new era. The inauguration of Aquarius could prove a painful birthing – simultaneous effects from the Pluto/Saturn cycle in Capricorn associated with major wars historically, could be violent and warlike.  A  false start by an Aquarian Antichrist is a possibility.

A DELAY FACTOR?

One Israeli rabbi observing many strange “miraculous” events in Israel and anticipating the soon arrival of the Jewish Messiah has recently stated “the Messiah is delayed”. If the highly suggestive data I possess for the Antichrist drawn from a reported vision of a 1962 birth in the Mid East are valid, then I could say the same for the false prophet. A series of eclipses which would normally assist career advances have hit the pattern but no one has appeared yet (though most prophecy buffs maintain this figure can only appear post-Rapture anyway). July’s solar eclipse has some relevance to that birth, but the last for the time being,  just as July’s lunar is the last eclipse directly relevant to the Pentecost data, for the time being anway.

The simple and obvious conclusion from any astrological standpoint is that while July 16th/17th may not immediately produce extreme effects, the season introduced from that time onwards is absolutely final for the Piscean era and thus  perhaps  Christianity in some fashion (even the current pope is supposedly the last according to the Prophecy of St Malachy). No doubt if nothing happens there will be Christians to anticipate Rapture but it is unlikely to be in quite the same way under the same conditions.

July 16th is effectively the bridging point to some notable dramatic changes. Either Brother Chooch will at last and before long be taken by the angels or he won’t; but soon no one and nothing will be quite the same again regardless.

NOTE  [1]  THE STRANGE COINCIDENCE OF THESSALONIKI

Astrology assumes the power of sensitive degrees. Due to core essential being involved these will recur across centuries appearing when nations and cities are re-established or re-named. We don’t know when ancient Thessaloniki was founded, but there is a modern foundation: May 16th 1918 at 12.01 pm. It is virtually impossible that the pattern for this time would not bear marks from what originally contributed to make Thessaloniki famous across religious history and almost what it is now most remembered for. So at the time an eclipse suggestive to many for end times themes strikes, what connections do we see with Thessaloniki? – a pattern suddenly lit up like a Christmas tree. I am using tight orbs of contact not more than one degree. Thessaloniki is to the left, data for Eclipse and/or first Pentecost to the right. Asteroids in italics. Mythic Ganymede snatched to heaven by Zeus/Jupiter is archetypal for any endings/Rapture theme so the contact is odd.

24 Taurus Sun                                        trine 24 Capricorn
Asc     25 Leo                                            conj 26 Leo Church (Pentecost)
Moon 8 Leo                                             conj 9 Leo
Mercury I Taurus                                    conj   0 Taurus Ganymede (Pentecost)
Mars     9 Leo                                             conj   8 Leo Moon
Jupiter 16 Gemini                                  opp   15 Sag Jupiter
conj  Part of Year of Death
conj Part of Faith and Hope ( Pentecost)
Saturn 9 Leo                                             conj   8 Leo Moon
Uranus 27 Aquarius                               opp   27 Leo Moon (Pentecost)
conj   28 Aqu Groom (Ascension)
Also, Thessaloniki Mars at 16 Virgo is square eclipse Jupiter and opposite 16 Pisces (Pentecost)

PC GODTALK AND ESSENTIAL SPIRITUAL ENERGIES

PC GODTALK AND ESSENTIAL SPIRITUAL ENERGIES

At first sight nothing might seem more reasonable than the new move among Catholic schools in Australia (and other places and doubtless soon many non Catholic schools as in Sweden ) to introduce gender neutral language around God whom it’s assumed  should be easier by this to relate to. To be dropped are such words as “Father” “Son” and “Lord”. It seems to be assumed, rather in line with radical feminist Mary Daly’s once groundbreaking Beyond God the Father, that such words bespeak only the patriarchy.

Since the bible anyway nowhere categorically states that God is male – there are even places in the OT where God is compared to a mother, nurse or wife, – the new emphasis would hardly strike anyone as an inappropriate adjustment. It can still seem reasonable even though, as Catholic journalist Ann Widdecombe insisted on TV, Jesus always referred to God as his Father  so that should be good enough for us. Even so, we have to consider that Jesus also maintains, God is most essentially Spirit (Joh 4:24). And Spirit is, and is reflected through, certain energies more personal than abstract. Disposing of common names and terms for God risks leaving us with only the impersonal deity of the philosophers.

I suspect that what is going on has more ramifications than meets the eye, and especially for Catholics these may be linked to the Pope’s surprising swerve, signed into being last February with Islam’s leading imam, towards a new ecumenism of faiths with special and surprising reference to the often hostile Islam.  (See article on this site “St Malachy’s Last Pope” https://wp.me/p4kNWg-oM )

Before going further, let’s consider three problematic biblical verses for the project of dropping such key, familiar words as “Father”, “Son”, and “Lord”.

“….and every tongue should confess that Christ Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father” (Phil 2:11).

“no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor 12:3)

“This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son” ( 1 Joh 2:22).

These verses accord the “patriarchal”, non PC words a special spiritual status in the realm of belief;  and undeniably, if you aim for a very strong Chrislam union of faiths, Christianity would need to downplay or cancel out especially the third quote because the Koran (Sura 23:91)  is dogmatic that “God has begotten no Son”. Indeed for Islam anything Trinitarian is as good as pagan and polytheistic.

What is Christianity trying to say with and through its “patriarchal” words attached to a religion for whom God is Spirit?

I suggest the matter is a bit confused by the fact the whole of the West (including somewhat St Paul) until the Enlightenment and modern science, had what Thomas Lacqueur would call a one-sex theory rather than a two sex view of reality. Women, like children, were regarded as less and below men but in some sense the same sex; the understanding of human relating was hierarchal throughout. Had there been a two sex theory (as we implicitly assume today) it might  have been possible to speak in terms of something more like a continually interacting, equal but different energies in the style of Yin/Yang.

This doesn’t sound like it would be much help to a Christian view of reality, but in fact it helps quite  a lot and tidies up what might not seem to fit, everything from the Spirit impregnating the waters at creation to Jesus declaring himself subordinate to the Father in John’s gospel and not being the fully, mathematically equal being that Augustinian and western philosophy has made him.

Where sex and gender are  concerned, there is of course a spectrum which contains a fair amount of difference so that male and female display a variety of styles and degrees in expression of their masculinity and femininity; but the core/archetypal energies are, and always will be, basically more or less yang active first and yin receptive. Though God is Spirit and male and female only reflect, imitate or symbolize transcendent divine energies, the fact remains that Yang more nearly “begins” is “first” or creates just as the male impregnates the female, starting a process the female brings to term.

Accordingly, to refuse to admit God is “the Father/Creator” or to think of Jesus as “Lord” can amount to denying God orders things and represents order rather than chaos. The created needs to acknowledge the Creator short of precisely chaos – in contemporary life a fair deal of mental disturbance and crime is associated with males raised without fathers. Though historically women have too often suffered from male domination, the fact seems to be that many men themselves crave some degree of domination by other males. God may be imagined as anything from pure light to a figure enthroned, but a deity without the quality  of an initiating power and authority is no deity, or not one that spirit and soul can ever quite adequately interact with. And it belongs to religion’s duties to help keep the doors to spiritual communication open. Which is something PC revisions may not psychologically and spiritually assist.

A strong case for Christian understanding of the Trinity, especially against the background of our two sex apprehension of reality is as follows. It is not as per Augustinian, western  and less than strictly biblical notions of a total, mathematical equality of the persons, but rather a complementary union and semi-subordination in harmony with statements like “The Father is greater than I” (Joh 14:28).

…………………..GOD (the Father/Creator)

JESUS…………………………….HOLY SPIRIT

Jesus and the Holy Spirit, both as the Eastern churches even split from the West to affirm, proceed or emanate from the bosom of the Father (who can also be like the Mother) who contains both energies analogous to male and female. (The West makes the Spirit proceed from the Father and the Son, which is most unlikely, not least in view of how much Jesus waits upon the Spirit!).  Son  and Spirit are however  the fundamental  ying/yang who together help materialize things “below” the level of the hidden and transcendent deity of which  however they are part. Christ and Spirit  in their different ways are both divine mediators of  the Godhead who being as immaculate as humanity is imperfect, cannot be directly approached or experienced in fullness.

While it is feminist trendy to propose the Spirit is feminine, the Holy Spirit, as Jesus insists (Joh 16:23),  is “he”, essentially male in terms of energy (like the Spirit who impregnates the waters at creation). It is Jesus –  who will do nothing until the father first wills or the Spirit moves him –  who is effectively the female principle hidden in plain view. He is self described as the mother hen who would like to protect Jerusalem and the world.(Matt 23:37). Practically and to human view obviously Jesus is male, the Logos or Word of God. But he is also called by St Paul the Sophia, the Wisdom of God which is feminine. Jesus is a face of, and the principle of “change” within the essentially unchanging deity; he is deity’s visibility and invisibility.  One needs to realize this, in effect a mystical realization in its own right, but as Jesus remarked, “Wisdom  is justified of her children”  (Luk 7:35).

All this and more would be much easier to absorb given only a few mystical and esoteric understandings that Christianity is by and large determined to pass over and dismiss. It cannot be adequately covered here.

However…sufficient to stress that though the historic and sometimes present misuse of terms like “Father”, “Son” and “Lord” can be acknowledged, any easy dismissal of their current usage is still a danger to Christian spirituality.  What has been to many the unexpected Catholic role in this radical change belongs to a wider problem, namely that Catholicism is at heart the least Judaeo-Christian and biblical of the branches of Christianity. It has too often, as now, inclined to impersonalize God, substituting relation to deity for a cult of saints, angels and especially Mary. The latter has received an abundance of titles and roles drawn straight out of especially biblical Proverbs and the Jewish apocrypha where they apply to the mysterious figure of Wisdom. Christians understand this figure to be the Jewish Messiah, Jesus, not any “Queen of Heaven”, a title that especially the prophet Jeremiah denies the right of existence to.

At a certain level, mystically, Catholicism is all of a potential  world faith though scarcely Christian with it but Neo-Platonic in the style of Plotinus.  This thinker would shape Christian mysticism from  St Augustine onwards right up to the popular Thomas Merton who from his many impersonal, as good as non-theistic realizations, easily slipped into the position of virtual or actual Buddhist convert. Questions can well be asked what Catholicism and its controversial Pope is doing and preparing behind its various adjustments to contemporary trends  and realities.

BRAZIL’S PROTESTANTS GET THEIR DESERTS

Trust not in princes” is a well known biblical saying (Ps 146:3). But ironically it is among those like evangelicals and fundamentalists who set so much store by the bible and always read it most literally that the advice is liable to be most ignored.

Partly this may be because if you are unswervingly, rigidly literalistic,  you won’t take the spirit of any message and won’t mentally paraphrase a statement like that of the psalm to render it: “trust not in presidents or prime ministers” . Politics is a pragmatic business at best. It’s nevertheless possible for Christians to outright disgrace themselves and their faith in the eyes of society when, through determination at all costs to have “Christian” rulers in charge or absolutist “Christian” policies implemented, they throw uncritical support behind dubious politicians apparently willing to serve them.

Brazil’s rapidly growing Protestant/ Evangelical/Charismatic community never had any business to be supporting the likes of the as good as fascist Jair Bolsonaro who is now the nation’s president. Here was a man who has said he would never give one inch to his nation’s struggling, hard done by indigenous peoples, who is seriously indifferent to the dangers to the Amazon and the environment (he has silenced even his own ministers on this topic) and who has declared (in a country which has held the record for more homophobic murders than any other nation in the world) that he would rather his son were dead than gay.

There is pay day for the kind of mindless Christian voter policy that goes along with this and it occurred recently (on the 24th of last month) when to great ceremony, President Bolsonaro consecrated his nation to the Virgin Mary.

Nothing could have seemed more unlikely and out of character. Bolsonaro  who is married to a Protestant, has attended a Baptist church for a decade and has enjoyed some kind of relation to the Assemblies of God too. But he has never renounced his Catholic roots. So he has now done what will please the crowds  because Brazil, despite its many new Protestants,  is still the world’s largest Catholic nation even if devotion is often wildly syncretic, mixed with all manner of folk beliefs, spirit cults and superstitions. Images of Mary of Fatima now adorn the Presidential palace.

Arguably there is little more in this than pandering to sudden Catholic fears in the wake of the slaughter of Christians in Sri Lanka at Easter, that Catholics could be at serious risk short of overt dedication to Mary assuring them new and special protections. But many Protestants would insist, not without reason, that authentic Christian devotion today requires renunciation of a Marian cult that has come to obscure what and who Christ represents. (Just how far the obscuring can go I touch on in a recent article related to the Notre Dame fire: “Belated Idolatries and the stunning Stabat” https://wp.me/p4kNWg-rw ).

Whatever the precise motivation, I would suggest rather more  than is realized could be involved in the consecration at this point in time. It occurs during the pontificate of the ever controversial Pope Francis and at a period that especially many evangelicals would assume to be end of days itself and approaching apocalyptic and AntiChrist scenarios. (Celestially it is certainly the end of the Piscean era whose beginnings were around the time Christ was born).

As I wrote on this site  in “St Malachy’s Last Pope ringing down the curtain”? https://wp.me/p4kNWg-oM, Pope Francis has already opened the way towards a new world religion with special emphasis upon unity with Muslims. And for some time now some Muslims have shown reverent fascination for Portugal’s Fatima shrine (Fatima was a daughter of Mohammed). If there will ever be anything like a world faith and enabled through Rome, it is clear it will be through devotion to an ecumenical, universalized, paganized Mary, not any doctrinal and historical Christ. It has been seen how Hindus who have no interest in Christ can still be deeply attached to Mary as a mother goddess.

The attitude of Pope Francis towards Mary is peculiar. On the one hand he has appalled Protestants by shedding doubt on any claims to personal contact with Jesus while strongly recommending praying and talking to Mary, even calling her Mum. At the same time he has also shocked Catholics as last December when he spoke of Mary becoming holy and perfect, not being, as Immaculate Conception doctrine would have it, born perfect in order to mother the perfect Jesus.

The IC doctrine has always been incomprehensible to Protestants and rationalists – if Mary was born perfect, how and why weren’t all her ancestors perfect too? All humans are said to have sinned (Rom 3:23), so why and, where would the divine-imitating Marian perfection originate? Wouldn’t it be enough for Jesus to be fathered by the Spirit – how far need and should perfection go, especially given that Jesus’ spiritual destiny was, on the cross at least, to himself become sin for us (2 Cor 5:21)?

So…. while IC doctrine bristles with problems for Protestants, even the present pope at a certain level is conflicted about it. It’s just that no element of doubt prevents him from demanding extreme devotion to and intimate connection with Mary whether deemed humanly or divinely perfect, and in a way that will serve his questionable ecumenism of world faiths.

This new aim, however unintentionally, the half Protestant Bolsonaro via Brazil is now helping to make a reality as surely as he will let the Amazon increasingly deteriorate. At the end of the era there are all kinds of pollution, material and spiritual. The Protestants of Brazil have behaved foolishly, even ignobly, and now we see the results of trusting in princes.

 Maryianity: A poem concerning the Virgin:   https://wp.me/p2v96G-dQ

 

BELATED IDOLATRIES and the STUNNING STABAT

SIGNS SEEN AND HEARD

Prophecy can be conscious or unconscious, openly declared or more symbolic, presenting itself like a Jungian synchronicity.

Something of the latter occurred at the Palm Sunday mass in Notre Dame on April 14th less than twenty four hours before the ancient cathedral’s destructive fire. And quite clearly those so calmly present were unaware of any subliminal messages being conveyed by especially the choir’s impressive performance of the thirteenth century  Stabat Mater (The Mother was standing), a Latin hymn  nearly as old as the cathedral  itself but sung in a dramatic modern arrangement. Looking back on that morning   can supply something of a frisson. It’s like observing a last meal on the Titanic. After centuries of sacred music rising to the rafters, shortly the historic moment will strike in which song will be silenced for no one knows how long. And who would imagine it? For a youtube video with Latin and English subtitles, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbdXXzhVKJc

The performance has been compared to angels lamenting. Though the all-female choir looked relaxed enough, what is certain is that, as it develops, music and performance convey something agitated, urgent and towards the end almost frenzied in a way that would better suit precisely warning and prophecy than the post-communion reflection the average mass-goer might prefer. And although the hymn’s reference is not directly to things earthly and any church ediface, the words do make an appeal against flame and destruction by fire. Altogether there is something of a requiem about the performance.

The irony does not stop there. The fact that the disaster occurred during the Christian Holy Week, that it struck during a season when worldwide there is much persecution of Christians (highlighted  the following Easter Sunday with the Sri Lanka massacre) and that  celestially, we are currently at the very end of the age of Pisces which began around the time of Christ’s birth, raises a variety of questions. It does so perhaps especially for those of us who are non-Catholic Christians. For us, sacred space is less sacrosanct than in Catholic tradition – biblically we will recall that, as in the vision of Ezekiel 10, God may  depart from and remove protection from even the holy city and the Temple when it no longer represents what it should.

AN END TO SOME MISLEADING IDEAS?

From the standpoint of history and aesthetics, there is every reason to preserve and restore  Notre Dame. Religiously the case is less strong, or it is if one’s position is, like some,  that the cathedral should be seen as almost the leading symbol of Western Christianity.  That’s  one  claim too far, especially if you mean Christianity as representing any species of Judaeo-Christian tradition.

Amid its undoubted beauty, Notre Dame represents almost too well  a chequered tradition of questionable beliefs and values  launched upon Western Christianity  through mainly France  from the twelfth century St Bernard de Clairvaux to the eighteenth century St Louis de Montfort.  St Bernard,  leading  advocate of the crusades and persecutor of the philosopher Abelard, was the “Marian doctor” par excellence.  Certainly he claimed the Virgin had gifted him her breast milk and, taking devotion to Mary to unprecedented levels, suggested God recreates the universe through Mary and that  it’s from the overflow of her graces believers receive the Holy Spirit.

The Marian cult of St Louis is so extreme it scarcely recognizes any  distinction between Christ and Mary who becomes virtual  co-redemptrix, (which however is not necessarily the liberating/feminist idea it might superficially appear to a few connoisseurs of the mystical). It was the always extreme Marian associations of French cathedrals and of Notre Dame which housed a miraculous image of Mary for pilgrims,   that arguably occasioned the hostile substitution of Mary during the French revolution  by a “goddess of Reason” enthroned on the   high altar in the person of a prostitute).

A work like Stabat Mater betrays the repressive influence of a strong Marian tradition as indicated presently. But to accept its outlook is in any  case  to deny virtually everything that especially the Bible’s Epistle to Hebrews affirms in relation to Christ and redemption; it’s an outlook become seriously untethered  from atonement doctrine’s  symbolic and doctrinal basis in the Old Testament and Judaism. This disconnection would to some extent  facilitate a medieval anti-Semitism which Notre Dame half endorses with its disapproving Synagoga image near its entrance.  Christianity’s Judaic inheritance is as good as denied.

But consider what the excruciatingly medieval and masochistic Stabat Mater actually says.

Unlike for example “Oh Sacred Head Sore Wounded”, from the outset Stabat invites us to observe and identify less with Christ’s own suffering than Mary’s suffering observing it : “Who is the person who would not weep seeing the mother of Christ in such agony?”

Mary sees Christ in torment for “the sins of his people”. (It’s not perfectly clear if this means the Jews or the greater world).

Mary, next addressed as Fons Amoris (fount of love), is then implored to make us feel the power of love so that we may grieve with her…… Is there no spontaneous, natural spiritual love towards Christ to make us grieve?  And how and why is Mary the “Fount of Love” if  God is the true and ultimate source of Love? (1 Joh 4:8).

The remote origins of extreme forms of address to the Virgin in this style, derive from  Jewish apocrypha where they attach to the figure of Lady Wisdom first introduced in the Hebrew bible’s book of Proverbs. However for Christians, St Paul, the New Testament and even Jesus himself, Jesus is not only the (male) Logos but the (female) Sophia or  Wisdom combined  – even if psychologically and spiritually the implications of this have never been fully worked out! Short of wanting a substitute for Diana of the Ephesians, there was never a case to bestow Mary divine-sounding attributes and status, especially given her less than perfect record in the New Testament where she evidently joins her family in questioning Jesus’ vocation (Matt 12:48, Mk 3:21,22).

The Sancta Mater (Holy Mother) is then implored  to drive the wounds of Jesus deep into our hearts  and let us bemoan the crucified as long as we may live. One doubts the choristers and Palm Sunday mass goers would  really consent to that vocation …. and they shouldn’t as it’s anyway unchristian. It is not to rejoice in and proclaim the resurrection and redemption achieved. Hebrews urges believers to offer not tears but a sacrifice of continual praise (Heb 13:15) and to God, not Mary, and their leaders are told to lead the people with joy and not with sighing as this would only be harmful to them (Heb 13: 17)!

But Stabat continues  asking “the Virgin of virgins” not to be “bitter” towards the would-be mourner (why should she be bitter?!), but let us weep, letting “me” be “inebriated” by the cross and Christ’s blood. “Inebriated” is an astonishing idea and meaningless too since till modern times Catholics weren’t even allowed communion in two kinds, though nowadays they may have a wafer dipped in wine as looks to be the case at  Notre Dame.

Now turning to Mary as though to the Redeemer, the hymn continues, “Lest I burn, set afire by flames, may I be defended by you on the day of Judgement”. This fearful, mistrustful approach to God is the very opposite of what faith in Christ  as “pioneer and perfecter of   faith” is supposed to engage (Heb 12:2).  Moreover as regards confidence,  Heb 4:16 even proposes, “let us approach the throne of grace with boldness.

The noted Christian apologist C.S.Lewis once asked to summarize the difference between Christianity and other world faiths, answered simply “grace“. But this is not entirely true in much Catholic tradition and absolutely not Stabat’s. One is still considerably left, almost Hindu style, with a religion of  earned merit. Never quite good enough, the believer doesn’t go to Christ, the “high priest” of Hebrews, for pardon and deliverance so much as to Christ through Mary, a mediator to the mediator. As in Stabat she almost protects you against Christ, a Redeemer more crucified and suffering than resurrected.  Indeed, instead of  his offering “one sacrifice, once and for all when he offered himself” (Heb 7:27),  Jesus is sacrificed in the mass again and again to the end of time… with the incidental effect that there needs to be a priestly elite to oversee the constant sacrifice.

SO HERE IT GOES AGAIN

One of the reasons  the misguided psychology and theology of Stabat Mater has kept in circulation, is because around 20 noted composers ancient and more modern from Pergolesi to  Poulenc have put it to music.  It’s nonetheless  time for some real change, but as long as people refuse to critically examine their hymns and  won’t examine the bible to absorb the general  drift of its messages, there won’t be any revision.  As it happens, Stabat Mater is even  taking on new life and being used as almost the defining statement for Notre Dame,  its disaster, Paris and France via an agreeable post-disaster popular song called  Notre Dame, Stabat Mater  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o4XuluCDmM

Notre Dame,  the ediface, is now seen as “ou Dieu vit et appelle (where God lives and calls), it’s “sa demeure” (his dwelling place) as though it were Solomon’s Temple. She, Notre Dame, is  herself Stabat Mater, attacked and killed like many mothers. “Elle est pour nous Stabat Mater (She is for us Stabat Mater) while since Mary is a being  “sans pareille” (without compare), at our side and watching over us, “let us present to Mary our prayers for France”.

It sounds nice and despite the touch of traditional  Mary for France nationalism, doubtless well-intentioned. However, it may  only be to compound an  old problem and possibly even  signals a reason there was not more divine protection in the first place, namely because it’s high time to exit from a serious ultra-medieval bind.  Unless Mary  were herself divine along with  Jesus as part of God, there can be no shared divine powers with a queen of heaven  to  appeal to in the beyond or to treat as centred upon a place of worship on earth. The prophet Jeremiah was inevitably and automatically opposed to  Israel’s devotion to  any “queen of heaven” because, as per the Covenant revelation,  “the Lord Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other” (Deut 4:39).

However… I am writing this in the month of May which the present  pope has urged Catholics to be sure to dedicate to Mary – a Jesuit custom since the late eighteenth century –  and  the Catholic trend (considerably under French influence) has been towards ever closer association of Mary with redemption and heavenly authority. This is the case despite, and paradoxically so, that last February this same Pope signed an accord which, contradicting all evangelical obligations of the faith and envisaging a union of religions, has declared differences of faith divinely willed.

To be a little  speculative and prophetic, I am inclined to say that if the medieval rut is not escaped from, any renewed Notre Dame will not finish a truly Christian site but the arm of a new end-of-era false world faith in which Mary will share space with, or at  least be increasingly identified archetypally  with, various goddesses. It is perhaps no accident that already there have been suggestions ND’s fallen spire could be replaced with the form of a minaret.

The times we are living in must be taken seriously as a turning point and a theme of endings needs to assume its due place among our perspectives.  Catholics who regard Pope Francis as an “anti-pope” they want out  and Protestants who fear he may facilitate the world faith of a false prophet Antichrist, must be allowed their point.

Further reading. See poem: “Maryianity: A Poem concerning the Virgin” https://wp.me/p2v96G-dQ 

“St  Malachy’s Last Pope Ringing Down the Curtain?” https://wp.me/p4kNWg-oM

 

 

 

 

The Passing of Writer, Rachel Held Evans

HEALTH AND THE HIDDEN PATTERNS OF FATE

The sudden unexpected loss of the still young (37 yo) mother and Christian bestselling writer Rachel Held Evans, is a great pity. But I suspect despite all the hopes for the recovery of one so young and normally healthy, that her time had come. The death about which many questions are asked, appears to have been from encephalitis triggered by some unknown infection. It may be hard for those who have treated her to feel certain of the precise nature and cause of her fatal illness but this may hopefully yet be determined including via the system that could well hold the secret.

Christians and the medical profession alike reject and despise, even demonize, the astrology that for centuries used to be routine in assessing health and prognoses. However the data is always there to test and examine, and in this case at very least it would suggest how some extreme fatedness rather than just random accident was likely involved.

Among other things I note Evans was born (8th June 1981) with her Neptune at 23.40 of Sagittarius, Neptune being planet at one level of things mystical but physically of any flooding and enlargement (and any sleep – death was preceded by an induced coma to prevent the unexpected frequent brain seizures!). This natal Neptune was somewhat unhelpfully in its apparent retrograde, not needing to be highlighted as it recently was.

The day Rachel died (May 4th), Jupiter, “ruler” of Sagittarius, planet of expansion, was itself in apparent retrograde at 23.29 of Sagittarius closely conjunct the tricky natal Neptune. A Jupiterian expansion and with increased, ‘flooding” or enlargement of the brain tissue combined to overtax the whole system that had been unsuccessfully put to Neptune’s sleep. The crucial seizures are mapped by a natal affliction between Mercury and Saturn (3 Cancer to 4 Libra) being hit and awakened by transit of the nerves, seizures and shocks relevant Uranus at 3 Taurus, the latter setting up a quincunx (150 degree angle), known as a major health hazard aspect often involved in deaths and towards restrictive and painful Saturn, itself often about endings and “fate”.

If one had a full-timed birth chart and then the medical knowledge of those who still read charts for health, the cause of sickness might well be quickly ascertained, though the mysteries of Neptune might always slow things down and cover up for a while. But even from the little one can glean without a birth time and full chart and then medical qualification to apply to reading of the complete picture, I would still assume the author’s time had come given just the loaded, afflicted picture I’ve mentioned.

A DEGREE OF FAME

Incidentally…. The fame and influence of this communicative Gemini who within her short life challenged many religous assumptions , is reflected by the way religion and philosophy planet, Jupiter (it was the Bethlehem star), is strong on a world/solstice point in Libra, sign of balance and fairness. Rachel wanted to weigh things up,  Libran style and be as fair as possible to two sides of tradition and argument. She did this and the pattern fits.

I can’t quite leave this subject without adding it is deeply shocking as regards the whole American system (which not least the evangelical society Evans grew away from ardently, uncritically supports), within a few days imposed punishingly high medical fees. Appeals have been made to help fund the absurd (over $135,000) cost of treatment and support of the family over a few days. How dare Christians sing the praises of societies of the extravagantly rich American kind and mock as “Nanny States” or hard left “Socialist”, the majority of western countries by contrast. Most deal better by their citizens than this and don’t support a ruthless system that demands everyone be so self-sufficient and self-made, it only takes a health crisis to ruin a family or the fruit of a life’s work overnight. “I love America”, “God loves America” etc are patriotic mantras; but do those that utter them truly believe, short of being brainwashed, that God really loves this and so much more that is obviously wrong?

UNDERSTANDING FOLAU FOLLY

BATTERING RAM FAITH AND UNFAITH

It is an irony in its own right that the bible cited  by sports star Israel Folau sacked for “homophobia”, doesn’t employ a precise equivalent of the “homosexual” word as used and understood today any more than it includes the word “atheist”. Folau evidently thinks  both belong in scripture. But the ironies (and confusion) don’t end there, they only begin and since I wrote this article confusion extends to his cousin dismissed from a Catholic college for teaching Catholics are damned and pursuing a religion of masked devil worship.  O la la, quelle famille, but let’s keep with Israel.

Criticized and now penalized Wallabies Rugby star, Israel Folau, who has declared gays are hell bound (along with other classes of people) if they don’t repent, has something in common with atheist crusader, Richard Dawkins. In the realm of faith and unbelief respectively, both are uncompromising fundamentalist literalists.

Something neither they nor their fans would even recognize, is that both were also born under the (battering) ram sign of Aries which has a remarkable history and function in the sphere of beliefs. Neo-atheism is almost the province of Ariens – Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, A. C. Grayling. Evangelicalism like that of General Booth of the Salvation Army derived from  a fiery Arien,   while it was the missionary saint, St Francis Xavier, whose unmitigated homophobic fervour would prove a major reason Christianity failed to take root in Japan. The level of insult and abuse directed upon gay courtiers (“worse than pigs and dogs”) was considered barbarian brattishness beyond the pale. Coming up to date, Folau’s chief Australian defender of his abrasiveness as free speech justified, is the Arien broadcaster, Alan Jones.

FREE SPEECH AND ITS LIMITS

Although it is undeniably controversial for free speech anywhere to penalize Folau  with termination of contract for his outspoken beliefs, there is an exasperating, tactless insensitivity and  confusion in them all the same,  especially as regards gays. A rather six of one and half a dozen of the other  type situation has now  arisen  as regards free speech and its censorship in Australia  because Folau is just so extreme. (He has even criticized Christians for celebrating Christmas !). Since it is well established that young gays have extra struggles of adjustment and a higher than usual suicide rate, they don’t need to have a celebrity promising them the hell fires on Instagram (especially not one who in the not distant past has not been unhappy to model for a gay magazine and be spokesperson for “diversity”). Folau has the right to change his mind without being called  a hypocrite, but he should in common decency have left any words about gays to others. For an impassioned gay response to Folau see this article in the Sydney Morning Herald shorturl.at/klrS8

If public figures must criticize gays at that level, it might be more to the point to call out, say,  those whose rave party enthusiasms help keep the drug cartels in business or again older gays who exploit the vulnerable  and inexperienced young who may have just been shunted into the big world by rejecting families. (This might  besides better approximate to the apostle’s “homosexual offenders” as a modern  translation like NIV has it).

For the likes of Folau and his supporters (who now regard him, as he plainly does himself, as a bit of martyr ready to suffer any rejection in service of Jesus except perhaps to lose any money  for Jesus or stop  driving a half million dollar racing car) the matter is as simple as “what the bible says” and needing to repeat it. Anglican Bishop Michael Stead of South Sydney in rather similar vein told The Australian (April 17th) if Folau did nothing more than post to social media “what is essentially a summary of the Bible, then it’s a signal to the rest of us to keep our mouths shut”….. WHAT?!  Can  the bishop be so misguided (and self interested in relation to personal freedoms) as to propose a summary of the bible or gospel is involved?!

The matter  certainly isn’t as simple as “what the bible says”  or some “summary” of it, and it’s important to realize why.

THE LIMITS OF LITERALISM

As regards specifically homosexuals, words for “homosexuals” and “homosexuality” simply don’t occur in the bible so that translation and terminology will have a lot to do with how the subject is understood today by different scholars, historians and Christians and with other statements and references in the bible taken into account.

Psychology didn’t come into the picture for the ancient world so what the bible, especially the OT, would recognize as indicated would tend to be persons, sodomites, known for acts such as would be committed by especially paganish temple prostitutes masquerading as women. It was this class of persons who got dismissed from the Jerusalem temple (but not executed) under the reforms of Israel’s King Josiah. Such were almost certainly the original target of the often cited Leviticus ban of male same sex. (But lesbians aren’t even mentioned in the OT, while if male same sex is paganish “abomination”, then so too is eating the pork many Christians eat. So let’s belatedly obtain some perspective!).

But almost more to the point for understanding biblical condemnations and any vice lists of the damned which Folau derives from St Paul to the Galatians (which unlike 1 Corinthians doesn’t include anything re “homosexual” or “homosexuality – the guy can’t quote right, only paraphrase), let’s notice it includes liars.

Think one moment. The fact is that even the most honest people do, or need, to lie at least occasionally. The bible doesn’t endorse Kant’s “categorical imperative” according to which one should never lie. In Exodus God blesses the two righteous midwives who lied to save the Hebrew children from Pharaoh.

Thieves. Are all thieves damned? Would it be so evil for the starving to steal a loaf of bread? Obviously by thieves St Paul has in mind all those who Mafia-like spend their lives turning the wheels of corruption.

That it’s so easy in this way to start deconstructing what the bible via St Paul states, should alert us to the following:

  1. The apostle is generalizing. At most he is speaking regards what his supposedly regenerate flock should not exhibit while pointing to symptoms of a larger unregenerate state in the world beyond. But more importantly…
  2. For purposes of random, sensational quotation like Folau’s, there is anyway a certain irrelevance in these vice lists seeing  that in Paul’s understanding, there is another, more crucial generalization involved. This is that – by and large – everyone, even the good, can be hell bound. For the apostle the chief feature of society is that it is “fallen” and largely doomed. “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing” (2 Cor 4:4).

In the ancient world and before acceptance of resurrection belief became common enough to produce more RIP style optimism in even unbelievers, save in rare exceptions the post-mortem state for everyone was understood to be the darkness of Hades. This was unremitting, a version of hell. Consider the Homeric horrors of Odysseus’ visit to Hades and the souls trapped there that blood sacrifice alone can summon up  to record their misery. The gods can never save from death.

DEATH, HELL AND ALL THAT

Christianity arrived to promise deliverance from death, conditional upon especially faith and repentance. Folau is all for these and not incorrectly; it’s just that he gets the emphasis and application wrong. Without these, and because God is perfect and humanity imperfect, the two can otherwise never now be easily reconciled and. “Flesh and blood cannot enter the kingdom of God”(1 Cor 15:50). The regenerate soul would require nothing less than  the house of a new spiritual body via resurrection to reside anywhere but deep earth or Hades.

Today, neither faith nor repentance (lit. mind change) are popular, well understood concepts, especially amid trendy doctrines of personal autonomy and pride in self and one’s accomplishments. Faith and repentance are nonetheless secrets of meaningful spiritual change …..even if not change to the extent Folau assumes that the gay orientated person will become straight. (As the himself probably gay orientated prophet Jeremiah famously had it: “Can the leopard change his spots?” ( See my “Jeremiah’s Loincloth” feature https://wp.me/p2v96G-Hm).  The gay person needs to be responsibly rather than chaotically gay.

Though the bible does argue for God from creation, belief itself is treated less philosophically than existentially. Accordingly,  “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand” is how the Baptist introduced his ministry. It is honest recognition of human failure, brokenness and mortality which can best prompt both realization of the need for God and what the nature of God is. “Repent” in this case denotes a general direction of the mind for everyone –  a whole vice-list of those needing to repent  doesn’t come attached.

REPENTANCE AS A USEFUL PRACTICE

Providing it doesn’t descend into morbid, self-unforgiving  guilt, repentance or permanent self-criticism, is (with praise) almost the prime religious exercise. (Luther though in some respects broadminded for his time and background was one who maintained regular repentance was the core exercise of Christianity.  To say repentance “doesn’t work” because people keep failing, is almost but not quite irrelevant. Just as people do (or should) reckon to keep saying “sorry” if they hurt and offend others, even though they are virtually guaranteed to do so again (but perhaps less so over time!), so it is good for mind and spirit to keep “repenting” failures. It’s  the opportunity for renewal of mind and spirit. Simply to recognize one is not Superman or Superwoman for achieving  ideal performance in the course of life can be both a relief and a means of being closer to interaction with the perfection of God. Confession to self, others and God and being forgiven by them is even a profound human need inadequately understood. The rationalist poet, Goethe, couldn’t understand his irrational need for it.

It nonetheless makes sense because, from a certain point of view, it could be said we are anyway always a bit “wrong” even at our best (our righteousness like filthy rags as the apostle had it) and moderns especially are half neurotic living in what the writers of bible would probably regard as a state of ritual impurity from sheer lack of regular, sufficient “repentance” in  their lives. Some would even boast “I never say sorry”, but perhaps they really should for their own and everyone’s good!

NOT ALL AND QUITE LOST

Though unquestionably he does regard the whole world to be “perishing” and needing to repent,  in fairness to the sometimes severe apostle, this doesn’t mean St Paul assumed as some extremists since St Augustine and up to Folau today evidently do, that everyone, (from unbaptized infants to even the ignorant in the case of Augustine!) are all automatically lost souls. In fact, he surely negates that claim in such as Rom 2:14. However….there’s  no need to go into that subject here nor regarding hell, matters I touch on in an article Greg Sheridan’s God is Good for You: A Major Book with and odd flaw https://wp.me/p2v96G-16w What should be stressed  is where Folau’s outspokenness  puts the rules of public conversation  in an era of PC.

Folau’s pushing of his beliefs despite warnings against their unsuitability and possible danger to impressionable young minds, is  troubling. His aggressive “witness” and then his martyred stance is almost a caricature of  type of Christian role. Little good can come of it…. Except possibly that it reminds us of one thing that church leaders ignore, namely precisely the need for “repentance” as a major aspect of life  and Christianity itself, and almost as a   technique…..

FUNDAMENTALISTS WITHOUT REAL FUNDAMENTALS

….Radical change is not being preached in the majority of churches, especially where whole areas of private behaviour are concerned. A too frequent, puritanical over-emphasis on sex in the past has led in the present to an almost total silence to the point almost anything has been allowed, or at least conveniently ignored. The scandals of especially clerical sexual abuse have occurred only because it was too easy to forgive or just dismiss things where a more serious repentance was plainly required. You  don’t say  like Cardinal Pell “I’m not interested” when faced with a case of notorious abuse.

The churches, reduced almost to just arms of smiling public charity, have ceased to teach their members, let alone preach to those outside, some basic spiritual and theological principles of the faith. It is  scarcely possible  to understand what has happened through the Folau controversy otherwise. Folau’s actions and attitudes are both an accident and over- compensatory reaction to what the churches have become where beliefs and witness are concerned. There is a crisis of ignorance that neither church silence nor celebrity shouting can hope to resolve but against which Folau kicks and butts.

This is an article it should not even cross my mind as a lay person  to write. It should be  unnecessary because if they were attending to their their job so many church leaders should already have given meaningful answers to Folau and to gays and others; but so far the silence is either deafening or as in the case of the cited Bishop Stead, almost in itself another scandal of misguided thinking.  No one wins in this case. If Folau loses that’s bad for freedoms, if he wins it will  seem like open day to the uninformed, careless even eccentric treatment of religion in public. Folau is an insensitive messer should have just kept quiet and  whatever happens, he and the world  should not see  him as any martyr to the things of Christ.

…..UPDATE: A FUNDING SCANDAL

Late June has brought on a new controversy. First of all Folau applies to GoFundMe and draws in hundreds of thousands  to support the sums he assumes he needs to fund his dispute with Rugby Australia which he claims wrongly dismissed him.  Then GoFundMe returns the contributions accusing him of being against their inclusive principles.

But almost more to the point, GoFundMe, anyway exists to help people in need like children requiring expensive operations. It does not exist to help the rich like Folau, a multi millionaire who owns expensive property and a Lamborghini car that costs half a million. The excuse for this controversial move by Folau is he is  helping the Christian community, by being their representative and giving them an opportunity, through contribution, to be involved. Only elements of modern Christianity corrupted by prosperity gospel nonsense that ignores the bible about “money is a root of all  kinds of evil” (1 Tim 6:10)  would listen into any of this. The same people also ignore according to St Paul one is not even supposed to take one’s  issues to secular courts.

Frankly   I am becoming  more repulsed by this story as it develops.  If Folau wishes to be a martyr for  Jesus he had better learn that the way can be hard indeed and it isn’t walked by multi millionaires who could well sell a  luxury car to pay for their expenses, not to say help children in need. Indeed if one really followed he gospels one would be turning the other cheek and letting Christians and the government take up the matter of better laws to protect religion (a problem now acknowledged and being attended to), not yourself digging in for, if need be, years of legal carry-on which looks rather like an ego-fuelled desire to be justified and perhaps gain more loot too… Rugby Australia is being sued for a punishing 10 million.

….Or  it may not even be money but love of a fight is strongly involved. Going back to near my starting point I suggested  that Aries, the fighter and often the egotist, is at the back of much of this story  along with, as so often with Ariens, the father. The father sounds like a fanatical nut. I read somewhere I should have taken note of, that  he had told his son not to climb  down or remove his Instagram post on pain of damnation.

A father figure revolted against (the basis by extension of a lot of atheism) or extremely hero-worshipped, is an Arien issue  in itself, and I suspect it counts a lot in this unfortunate case which is helping no one in that it savours of unspiritual ego. Behind it all I suspect Folau is a bit of an unsubtle dope who wants to do and feel right, a sort of Sir Galahad, but can’t see the trouble he is causing along the way nor accept the real spiritual demands of his martyr role.  Even if it hastens attention to establishing long delayed rights of religion and freedom of speech, one dreads to think what sort of image of Christians and Christianity it will leave in the public mind.