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Jingle Jingle and a Merry Christmas to All!
by Jude Cowell
Today’s Winter Solstice got me curious about an article in the History Today archive concerning the blend that created what millions of people now celebrate in America and across the globe as “Christmas” though “Christ’s Mass” is closer to the truth.
Through the centuries, nearly all Protestant churches have fallen in line with the Vatican over this pagan-Christian mixture of ancient rites, symbols, and cults such as Rome’s Mithraism, and modern man has turned the holiday into Big Business today by commercial interests, as our bank accounts annually attest.
Writer Alexander Murray’s Medieval Christmas puts a modern bow on an old topic which is on almost everyone’s minds this week, and btw–my favorite color is purple, in case you’re already making your gift list for next year!
Related posts include Winter Solstice 2011 showing the horoscope set for Washington DC, my overview of the Nov-Dec 2011 Solar and Lunar Eclipses, and a speculative natal chart for Jesus of Nazareth, timed by a Moon/Jupiter occultation!
After reading an article by Godfrey Hodgson concerning Pres. Obama’s ‘hundred days’, which puts them into historical perspective from FDR to George W. Bush, I thought you might wish to read the article, too.
You may have heard or read Mr. Hodgson’s latest book ‘The Myth of American Exceptionalism’ and his article linked above is worth a few minutes of your reading time. You’ll discover where Mr. Obama’s ‘hundred days’ efforts, successes, and failures fall within FDR’s hundred days and the hundred days of…
…well, you’ll have to find out for yourself. And you may be surprised at a certain historical person’s name!
Of course, the mere title of Hodgson’s book might provide a subtle undermining of our nation in the vein of one-world-governmentism and the undermining of our national sovereignty, mightn’t it?
Pres. Obama’s ‘hundred days’ in office: Jan 20, 2009 — April 29, 2009.
With this evening’s celebrations going on at Ford’s Theater in DC, I have published the chart of Pres. Lincoln’s 1861 Inauguration with notations added of his 1985 Inauguration, Lincoln’s natal placements, and America’s natal placements from the Sibly chart.
The feed for my Political Astrology blog, Stars Over Washington, is slow to update these days in spite of my recent tinkerings with it, so I’ll give you the link here in case you’d like to directly check it out in honor of the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln:
Lincoln’s nickname, Abraham the Tyrant, is shown in the inaugural charts in several ways such as a zealous and violent conjunction of Mars and Pluto (1861), a trio of Moon, Mars, and Uranus in Gemini (1865), and his natal midpoint of Pluto-Chiron (plutocracy; oppression; racism; corporatism; primal violence) conjunct America’s natal Moon, which represents We-The-People.
And you may wish to visit the website of Ford’s Theater which has details of tonight’s celebration and more on our 16th president, plus news of the Theater’s own plans going forward:
President Andrew Jackson tried to warn us about this sort of thing – unelected private money men who have too much influence on our financial system and thus on our entire society. All of this instability, loss, greed, and fraud have been occurring - under their ‘watch.’ They’re the “experts.”
Jackson hated the Bank of America. And he was wrong about a lot of things – slavery, stealing Indian lands, women’s rights - but he was spot-on about corporations and their vulturing.
Look at the power they hold now.
No interest rate cut today – inflation still a possiblility, the Fed said.
Since I was skulking around my other politically flavored blog, Stars Over Washington, for financial posts and tidbits, I ran across an entry from the day before Ben Bernanke gave his first stateement as Fed chairman - written in expectation of it, in fact.
Then Hank Paulson took a demotion from Goldman-Sachs to US Secretary of the Treasury, so a few natal chart details were called for, so I nosed into Paulson’s ‘maverick’ status…and here again is a link for you with a quote on “the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations” from Thomas Jefferson closing out the post.
Something tells me Thom would be disappointed in how America has turned out on that score…
And here’s the one about Ben’s first shout out as Fedhead…
Having just read a thoughtful, insightful article, ‘Ahmadinejad Wants McCain and Palin in the White House,’ by Sam Sedaei at Huffington Post, I give its link here in hopes that anyone considering putting McCain-Palin and their warmongering rhetoric into the Oval Office will pause long enough to read this article from one who knows whereof he speaks:
Bush-Cheney in 2004 made Iran’s mullahs So Happy – will you make them jump for joy in 2008?
You know America helped Iran establish its nuclear program over 30 years ago when our puppet, the Shah, was ruling Iran, a country that hasn’t attacked another nation in 100 years!
Too bad America can’t say anything like the same, and Bush-Cheney-McCain-Palin are spoiling for fights before breakfast.
The Page concerning Monday’s Full Moon is spreading out and now includes the Moon’s symbol as given byAdriano Carelli, the midpoint picture created by thisFull Moon with Pluto, and a link to Stars Over Washington which has info on 17th century utopian, Thomas Campanella, who penned ‘The City of the Sun’ while imprisoned by the Spanish Inquisition (which Monty Python insisted nobody expects.)
The Sun’s degree on Sep 15 (’23Virgo’) is same as Campanella’s natal Sun which makes the Harvest Full Moon something of a Solar Return for Tomasso Campanella.
See sidebar, ‘Full Moon 22Pis54 9.15.08.’
With the text + video of Barack Obama’s The Audacity of Hope keynote address at 2004′s DNC now added as a link in the sidebar I want to give a shout-out to a great political resource: a database and index to over 5000 full text, audio, and video versions of American speeches, sermons, debates, lectures, media events, interviews, and more at American Rhetoric.
Perhaps your favorite propaganda tout is there! So if you’ve missed this site so far do have a visit, but be sure you have some time to mosey around this fascinating world of speechifying, propaganda, and history.
You’ll find a direct link to Obama’s 2004 speech under two categories: ‘Politics’ and ‘Speeches.’
Even Pat Buchanan is here along with The Daily Show:
Blowback From Bear-Baiting
By Patrick J. Buchanan
Mikheil Saakashvili’s decision to use the opening of the Olympic Games to
cover Georgia’s invasion of its breakaway province of South Ossetia must
rank in stupidity with Gamal Abdel-Nasser’s decision to close the Straits of
Tiran to Israeli ships.
All the Propaganda That’s Fit to Print: The New York Times, Again, Tells It Like It Ain’t
By Sean M. Madden
As part of an all-out Western media campaign to bury the simple fact that
Georgia invaded South Ossetia a week ago — an act of aggression which led,
subsequently, to Russia’s response — Thursday’s NYT’s top headline helps to
further instill the lie, at home and abroad, that Bush and the U.S
government are truly concerned about the welfare of Georgians and human
Don’t Forget Yugoslavia
By John Pilger
The secrets of the crushing of Yugoslavia are emerging, telling us more
about how the modern world is policed.
Georgia: Another Neocon Farce?
By Sean Gabb
I am a citizen of a country that was a principal actor in the two big wars
of the twentieth century. I believe that these wars were unnecessary for the
security of my country and killed unimaginable numbers of people. They also
destroyed British primacy in the world and were the means of transforming
Britain from genuine liberal democracy to politically correct corporatism.
The Daily Show Live From The White House
By Paul Craig Roberts
The Bush Regime imbeciles don’t know when to stop. With the world still
rolling in laughter from John McCain’s claim that “in the 21st century
nations don’t invade other nations,” the moronic US secretary of state
declared: “This is not 1968 and the invasion of Czechoslovakia, where Russia
can threaten a neighbor, occupy a capital, overthrow a government and get
away with it. Things have changed.”
Yeah, I thought Washington’s holier-than-thou “invasions are unacceptable (unless WE engineer them)” statements were too hilarious – and I hadn’t checked in with Jon Stewart yet!
If you own a hypocrometer, it must need major recalibration after this political charade.
Being now the “21st century” should make a difference to despotism? What a hoot! Where’s Rumsfeld the Poet when you could profit by him?
Wonder when Cheney will haul off and call for war? And with what resources? You’d think even the war-drum-beating jingoists of the Bush-Cheney administration could understand that the candy store has closed due to lack of inventory – they, after all, are its looters!
And I don’t know who the scriptwriters are for this particular Capitol Hill Theater production, but either they’re fresh out of sensible dialogue, or the political thespians of Washington aren’t acting – they’re deer-in-Putin’s-headlights and showing the world how ‘crying wolf’ always gets you in the end.
UPDATE Aug 12: listening now to NPR’s MarketPlace and they’re talking about Russia’s motives concerning Georgia – that Putin wants to control other resources besides oil and gas – he also wants control of GRAINS. See notes on Ceres and Demeter at the end of this post!
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Like most bellybutton-gazing Americans I’m way behind on the history of the region now ignited.
So far, the best background info I’ve found is Russia Today’s August 11 article, ‘Georgia vs South Ossetia: roots of a 100-year conflict’ here:
NPR is reporting at noon that Russia has opened a second front. Saakashvili is saying that ethnic cleansing is going on, Wake Up, World. McCain is urging Bush to dispatch Condi Rice to the region ~like Bush couldn’t think of it himself in this macabre political farce in which innocent people pay with their lives.~ And the DOW is up, btw.)
Bush is flying back to the US now from what was “likely his last trip to Asia while in office.” That Bush would think to open his gob about anyone else using force to impose ‘peace’ has to be a clue that this is political theater, dahlink – hiding the real deal made behind the scenes.
Perhaps it’s more instructive to listen to what they DO and not to what they say.
So last evening (just for curiosity’s sake) I consulted my set of The Century Cyclopedia, 1898 edition, and looked up ‘Abkhazia’ in the Book of Proper Names finding this entry from 110 years years ago:
“Abkhasia: A region, not an administrative division, on the southern slope of the Caucasus, having an area of about 3,000 miles. It was permanently subjugated by Russia in 1864. Population: about 80,000.”
No entry for Ossetia, South or North in 1898.
The entry for ‘Georgia’ says that the area is “almost identical to the ancient Iberia” and that it was conquered by Alexander the Great (who may be understandably rolling over in his tomb with the current goings-on) but that Georgia “soon after his death became an independent kingdom. It was at its height about 1200, and had a flourishing literature. It was sub-divided in the beginning of the fifteenth century, and was annexed by Russia in *1801. The Georgians are a very handsome race, of the purest Caucasian type.”
Well, that’s a time capsule from 1898 for you, antique racial comments and all!
*1801: asteroid Ceres was discovered Jan 1, 1801 – notably the date that Ireland was united with Great Britain thus creating a useable natal chart for the UK. Ceres, Roman goddess of the grain and Earth Mother, is now considered in Mundane Astrology to be a significator of national security, ecology, food resources, and of course, as The Mother archetype, of nurturing and safety.
Ceres’ Greek counterpart is Demeter whose origin is Indo-European. Demeter has been associated more with the Earth Mother, and Ceres primarily with grain. The ‘Cerealia’ on April 19 was the chief festival of Ceres. (‘New Insights into Astrology,’ Nona Gwynn Press.)