And Thereby Hangs a Tale…

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Blinded by the Light?

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Saul of Tarsus on the Road to Damascus

St. Paul‘s conversion to being an Apostle of Jesus Christ has all hallmarks of an internal experience. (The Acts of the Apostles, chapter 9, is where you can read about the ‘event’:)

 

The impact on Saul’s life was ‘blind-siding’. And, in this day and age, we would understand that his lack of sight must have been psychosomatic. The stress of his work, hunting down the Apostles, plus the heat of the day, would have been the initial cause. But what Jesus said to him was like a ‘bolt out of the blue’. His conscience was pricked, for sure. (Surprising, Jesus used that term, himself, at least in the King James Version.)

The guilt must have been overwhelming.

For Saul, this was totally unexpected. Had he been wrong, all his life, up to this point? But what if he had just been avoiding what his life’s plan was? The ‘crisis’ needed to wake him up to the truth of the situation: he was working for the wrong side.

A Reluctant Christ Bearer

People who take a specific path in life (a road to Damascus…) are sometimes shocked into changing course because of an accident or illness. Near death experiences are a case in point. Coming back from the dead can be a life changer.

Saul, also known as Paul, may have experienced an NDE. At any rate, he changed his life. But the people around him couldn’t see the reason why. Even the Apostles, and especially Peter, didn’t believe it was possible for a former prosecutor of the new “Christian” believers to completely convert to their side. Was this a trick? they thought.

I guess Jesus knew exactly what he was doing. His flock needed to include Gentiles, but Peter had a hard time reconciling this idea with his Jewish faith. So Paul (a Roman Jew) was needed to be the keeper of Jesus’ “other” flocks.

Turns out, he was right.

Phenomenon

 

“Hollywood favorite John Travolta stars in this acclaimed, uplifting story of an ordinary man transformed by extraordinary events! On the night of his 37th birthday, George Malley (Travolta) is knocked to the ground by a mysterious, blinding light and suddenly develops amazing mental abilities! With his newfound knowledge, George astounds everyone in town. But when his incredible powers cause even his oldest friends to turn away, George comes to realize that his wondrous experience has changed him and the lives of everyone around him forever.” (YouTube Movies blurb)

See, it can happen to anyone!

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Virtual Dictator of Russia

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Vladimir Putin (October 7, 1952)

Here’s another chart I’ve neglected until now. The whispers from the Other Side have hinted that Putin is the reincarnation of Julius Caesar. This should be interesting…

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Is there a direct tie into Caesar’s chart? I think so.

There is only one trine in Putin’s chart and it is the aspect between Mars and Pluto. This cannot be a coincidence. And the fact that Putin’s Mars is in Sagittarius, Caesar’s rising sign, has to double the effect, as the Yod (Finger of God) in Caesar’s birth chart pulled these three energies together.

In Putin’s chart, there is a double inconjunct, so I will focus on that:

Jupiter Inconjunct Saturn

This aspect may signify great restlessness and unease, so that it is difficult for you to achieve a state of balance or feel calm and at ease. Often you have contradictory impulses; you want to plunge ahead into some relatively risky activity, but you are held back by feelings of caution and inhibition. It is often difficult to decide whether you want to act on your own or in a situation that is very structured and regulated. If your situation is too structured, you will feel closed in and repressed; you will want to break free and go off by yourself and do things your way. But when you get that freedom, you feel rather lost and at loose ends, and you find it difficult to set your own pace.

The best solution is to learn to discipline yourself and structure your activities so that you do not have to contend with regulation by others. Then you will discover that your problems with authority come from within, not from the people who are trying to give you discipline and self-control from without. Perhaps the best way to handle this problem in your life is to make a reasonable evaluation of any situation, make up your mind rather quickly and stick to it until you have completed the activity.

Jupiter Inconjunct Neptune

You are an idealist with very vivid drams about how you want your life to be, and at certain times in your life you will follow those dreams with all your energy. But sometimes these idealistic dreams will let you down, because you are not concerned enough with what is real and possible.

Perhaps you should not gamble or take excessive risks at any time in your life. Your dreams in this area also will probably go far beyond reality, and you will take chances that can’t possibly be realized.

Your idealism can be the source of much creative imagination, leading to profound insights and realizations, but only if you remain connected with the actual day-to-day universe in which the rest of the human race lives.

Saturn Conjunct Neptune

Wherever this aspect affects the chart, it brings about a feeling of insecurity, as if reality itself were not quite dependable. You are fearful and tend toward depression. However, if you master its energies, you can learn to live with very little. This aspect does not necessarily mean that you won’t have physical resources, it merely means that they are less essential to you than to others. Many persons with this aspect choose to be unencumbered by material possessions, preferring to live ascetically, with few comforts. And the psychological effect is similar, in that you may have a very great capacity to sacrifice yourself for others or for your beliefs.

 

Ruler of the Whole World

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Imagine having to wait almost 2,050 to have a second chance at your original goal. But what is time, but a human construct, to explain why everything doesn’t happen immediately…

Jupiter in Putin’s chart is coming back around to the position it had when Caesar was born. And Putin’s Ascendant is conjunct Saturn in Caesar’s chart. Because that energy combination is opposed by Caesar’s Sun and Putin’s Uranus conjunction, I can only surmise that Julius Caesar’s time has come, in the Age of Aquarius.

Who says it will all end in a whimper?

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The First (and Only) Dictator of Rome

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Gaius Julius Cæsar (July 13, 100 BCE – March 15, 44 BCE)

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with Caesar.

(spoken by Mark Antony in Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare)

I waited a full week since I wrote about Mark Antony before writing this post. There is a reason for this. It has to do with Cleopatra’s #metoo moment.

The injustice, the adverse partiality, of the attitude assumed by classical authors will speedily become apparent to all unbiassed students; and a single instance of this obliquity of judgment is all that need be mentioned here to illustrate my contention. I refer to the original intimacy between Cleopatra and Julius Cæsar. According to the accepted view of historians, both ancient and modern, the great Dictator is supposed to have been led astray by the voluptuous Egyptian, and to have been detained in Alexandria, against his better judgment, by the wiles of this Siren of the East. At this time, however, as will be seen in due course, Cleopatra, “the stranger for whom the Roman half-brick was never wanting,”2 was actually an unmarried girl of some twenty-one years of age, against whose moral character not one shred of trustworthy evidence can be advanced; while, on the other hand, Cæsar was an elderly man who had ruined the wives and daughters of an astounding number of his friends, and whose reputation for such seductions was of a character almost past belief. How anybody, therefore, who has the known facts before him, can attribute the blame to Cleopatra in this instance, must become altogether incomprehensible to any student of the events of that time. I do not intend to represent the Queen of Egypt as a particularly exalted type of her sex, but an attempt will be made to deal justly with her, and by giving her on occasion, as in a court of law, the benefit of the doubt, I feel assured that the reader will be able to see in her a very good average type of womanhood.

(from The Life and Times of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt by The Project Gutenberg)

 

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The Conquering Hero

What’s his most famous quote? Ah, yes:

Veni, vidi, vici

I’m going to jump to the YOD (Finger of God) in Caesar’s birth chart. That alone tells the story of this man.

Mars Inconjunct Ascendant

Learn to work for the good of others by making their objectives your objectives, whenever possible. This aspect can accomplish a great deal, as long as you do not spend all your time and energy feeling angry or resentful about seemingly undeserved defeats. When you have a real goal to work toward that you can share with others, you will be able to attain that goal.

In close relationships you also have to learn to compromise. Initially you may come on very strong and act very aggressively toward someone you are interested in. But that approach only provokes conflict because the other person feels threatened. If you learn to take a softer approach, you will be able to get what you want, within reason, without having to fight for it.

Pluto Inconjunct Ascendant

This can be an indication that through experiences with others, you will be forced to undergo many significant changes in life. At times the crises may be quite unpleasant, but for the most part the results will be very positive, although for some people, they may be less constructive. But you must be careful about the kind of people you get involved with. Choose your friends with great care and try to find people who have a healthy outlook on life and who seem reasonably well balanced. People who are driven to extreme behavior or who act compulsively, as if they could not plan anything in advance, are not very good for you. They will get you into difficult situations that you do not need.

Sagittarius Rising (I came)

You are a very open and outgoing person, quite frank and honest; in fact, you may be blunt to the point of indiscretion. But people who are hurt by the frankness of your remarks feel better when they realize that you really do not intend any harm. Your honesty results from a sincere desire to keep life straight and simple. You do not like social niceties, seeing them simply as obstacles to real communication.

You have a great deal of energy, and you enjoy freedom very much. When you have to remain quiet or confined for any length of time, you get extremely restless. If you can’t direct your own life as much as you want, you feel trapped. For this reason you are particularly fond of open spaces. Sagittarians usually like mountainous areas, and being outdoors in general is very good for you.

Pluto in Taurus (I saw)

Mars in Cancer (I conquered)

As in all things, Caesar seemed to have a single-minded ambition: to conquer the world.

But “forces” at home in Rome felt that he had stayed ‘too long in Egypt’. So they plotted to remove him from the scene. They did not want an Egyptian Queen or her “unacknowledged” son to ‘rule’ the Republic with Caesar.

The Knives Were Out for Him

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Although I have written about Julius Caesar’s assassination in a chapter of my book, At This Point in Time, I had not thought to compare his end with his beginning, until now.

There are a lot of ‘hot spots’ linking these two charts. For example:

Moon/Jupiter conjunct in the ‘event’ chart is transiting Caesar’s natal Uranus; and Caesar’s Part of Fortune is conjunct the ‘fatal’ Venus.

But I think the most striking feature involves the three Fingers of God aspects:

The ‘fatal’ Mars in the apex of the two inconjuncts with Caesar’s Sun and Midheaven, coupled with his ‘natal’ Sun forming the apex of the ‘fatal’ Mars and Saturn sextile; and the most obvious of all, the ‘fatal’ Pluto/Ascendant conjunction forming the apex of the Yod from Caesar’s Uranus and Ascendant. The timing couldn’t have been more exact.

There are no accidents. This was the will of the ancient gods.

Conclusion

Mark Antony was Julius Caesar’s friend. They shared so much throughout the years, including Cleopatra…

Antony must have sensed Caesar’s rising sign, because he nicknamed his eldest son and heir “The Archer” (Antyllus).

But to go back to Antony’s oration at Caesar’s funeral, the speech that Shakespeare put into his mouth was just a clever bit of writing:

 

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First (Female) Cardinal of the Season

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Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa

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Just so we don’t skip by yesterday‘s post and not mention St. Teresa of Ávila, here’s the coat of arms for the order she founded. Isn’t it great how divergent thoughts link up?

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Who was the Beloved Disciple of Jesus?

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Was it St. John the Divine?

This is one of the enduring questions which has puzzled Christians from the 1st Century CE to the present day. And the fact that there are so many competing theories has not made it any clearer for the faithful.

So, how does one get to the truth?

The Secret Initiation of Jesus

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The Gnostic tradition says that John the Baptist is the real Christ. Now, that may be hard to swallow for some, but if you get past the initial shock of that revelation, you will see that there is some truth to the idea.

Jesus couldn’t start his mission until John baptized him. And John was an Essene. Much like in the rites of Osiris, the novice undergoes a series of initiations, after which he partakes of a special meal (bread and wine). Jesus inaugurated this for the disciples at the Last Supper.

And all of this seems to be linked to Mount Carmel, an Egyptian ‘holy mountain’.

(From Britannica:) Sanctified since early times, Mt. Carmel is mentioned as a “holy mountain” in Egyptian records of the 16th century bc. As a “high place,” it was long a centre of idol worship, and its outstanding reference in the Bible is as the scene of Elijah’s confrontation with the false prophets of Baal (I Kings 18). Mt. Carmel was also sacred to the early Christians; individual hermits settled there as early as the 6th century ad. The Carmelites, a Roman Catholic monastic order, were founded in 1150; they received their first rule, or laws and regulations governing the conduct of their order, in 1206–14. Their monastery (rebuilt 1828) is near the traditional site of Elijah’s miracle.

The link is confirmed with Edgar Cayce’s readings:

Q: What was the nature of the records studied by Josie in Egypt?

A: Those same records from which the men of the East said and gave, “By those records we have seen his star”. These pertained, then, to what you would call today astrological forecasts, as well as those records which had been compiled and gathered by all of those of that period pertaining to the coming of the Messiah. These had been a part of the records from those in Carmel, in the early experiences, as of those given by Elijah, who was the forerunner, who was the cousin, who was the Baptist. All of these had been a part of the records — pertaining not only to the nature of work of the parents but as to their places of sojourn, and the very characteristics that would indicate these individuals; the nature and the character that would be a part of the experiences to those coming in contact with the young Child; as to how the garments worn by the Child would heal children. For the body being perfect radiated that which was health, life itself. Just as today, individuals may radiate, by their spiritual selves, health, life, that vibration which is destruction to disease in any form in bodies. These were the characters and natures of things studied by Josie. (1010-17) From Edgar Cayce’s Story of Jesus by Jeffrey Furst

The Raising of Lazarus

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I have written previously about the story of Lazarus coming back from the dead. I think this New Testament story is a blind for the truth of what really happened.

The full description is contained chapter 11 of the Gospel of St. John! (That’s a hint…)

In my post about The Refiner’s Fire, I quoted this:

After Jesus brought Lazarus back from the dead, he had him prepare himself for a spiritual baptism by meditating with the angels of the Heavenly Father and Earthly Mother for 6 days in the manner of the ESSENES. Then on the seventh evening, Jesus took Lazarus to a cave with a stream running through it and initiated him with a secret ceremony.

I can no longer find the source of this quote, so it must have come from a book I had, now long gone. It may have been from the ‘secret’ Gospel of Philip.

At any rate, Lazarus (Mary and Martha’s brother?) drops out of sight after the secret ceremony, and isn’t mentioned again except in parables about the afterlife.

Could he have been renamed John by Jesus?

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According to Rudolf Steiner, St. John (the scribe of Revelation) is the prior life of Christian Rosenkreutz. That would also make the Count of St. Germain part of this spiritual lineage. (And when I say ‘spiritual lineage’, I actually mean a series of reincarnational lives.)

As you might imagine, this is exciting. There is a Christian hypothesis that John would continue to live until the Second Coming of Christ.

20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”

22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” 23 Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?” John 21:20-23

Of course, the thinking is that somehow he would remain as he was for 2,000 years. The obvious solution is for him to reincarnate continuously throughout time. But that can become a stumbling block for the true believer because only Jesus resurrected from the dead. Really? Lazarus got there first. (And resurrect was their word for reincarnate…)

Parsifal Unveiled

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The thread for this image was revealed when I searched for St. John the Divine. Was it an accident? Or was the Universe making sure I included the obvious connection?

The Grail story is very powerful. It also hints at other things, such as Mary Magdalene being the Grail, herself. She is often thought to be the Beloved Disciple. As her brother, Lazarus, John could have been legitimately related to Jesus by marriage.

But I want to turn this back to Colin Bloy and his “Close Encounters of a Fourth Kind”. As shown in that passage from Who’d Have Thought It, Colin was told he was Parsifal in the re-enactment ceremony, and also that he was greeted by Jesus as his brother. Colin didn’t know what to make of those statements, since he did not believe in reincarnation.

But, as I’ve noted many times in these posts, you don’t have to believe in something for it to be true, anyway.

Conclusion

We’ve come a very long way from the beginning of this quest, and although we have no definite ‘proof’ that this could be true, we do know that all things are possible in God.

The author of the Revelation of St. John has seen the End Times, and although his latest incarnation died a few years ago, there may be yet another one coming, before the Second Coming of Christ. We can only wait and hope!

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