Stoic Obsession

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Cloe is blind. She has been for two years. (Glaucoma…)

Her day, especially during the winter months, consists of walking with me and her ‘sister’ BeBe three times a day, eating whenever possible, and sleeping…a lot.

Now our neighbours to the back of our property have acquired two little puppies. They are the sweetest little bundles of brown and white fur, and cute as buttons. And they think it’s great fun to come up close to the fence and drive our girls crazy.

Although Cloe cannot see them, she can hear them, and I suspect she thinks they’re hers. This picture was taken yesterday, while Cloe patiently waited for the puppies to come out to play. She sat there in the snow for hours. Only dinner interrupted her vigil.

Finally, at about 7:30 pm, she relented. All that waiting tired her out. She came inside and slept the whole night long.

Motherhood is exhausting. Bless.

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Today…

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Amazed by Grace

Grace

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In the ‘old days’ (read, just yesterday), we thought we could earn our way to salvation. By following the rules, we thought we could buy a stairway to heaven.

What a waste of effort!

As I have pointed out before, we are programmed to disobey the rules. The Ten Commandments were given to Moses by God to give the Israelites some idea of what would constitute good behaviour. It opened their eyes to the potential of testing their limits with God. In other words, some of these things wouldn’t have occurred to them without their knowing about the Big Ten no-nos.

We all have sinned

Whenever I meet someone who has a ‘holier-than-thou’ attitude, I think to myself, “Who do you think you are, God?”

The whole purpose of this third dimension incarnation is to allow us a playground for doing exactly what we want, when we want, and how we want, without any lasting consequence. See it as a computer game. When you’ve used up your lives, you rest a bit and then start over.

This does not mean there is no consequence; there is, and it’s called guilt. But the only one who suffers your guilt is you. It colours your experiences and can totally ruin your enjoyment of life.

“Error, Error”

This is the tricky bit about sin: we hold it against ourselves, but God doesn’t. Like any parent, God sees what we do, and may not particularly ‘like’ it, but then s/he sees us and totally loves us as his/her children. Now, we’re back in ancient legendary territory.

It’s as if we are a spiritual virus hidden deep inside the Matrix. Little by little, we wake up to our spiritual nature, changing our environment by changing our ways of being. When we raise our vibrational levels, we raise the whole Earth’s.

Conclusion

We are already forgiven for everything we’ve ever done or will ever do wrong. That is the meaning of Grace. All we have to do is accept this fact, and our lives will be transformed.

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More Crossover Stars: UK to USA

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Deception

It’s not a new title. In fact, I think there have been several projects with this same concept. But this show is trying to fill the gap left by the “Mentalist” when it ended.

There are at least to Brits in this show. But I’m going to focus on the one that surprised me most.

Vinnie Jones

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Vinnie Jones used to be a tough football player in the UK (soccer for North Americans). When he left that business in 1999, he started showing up as a tough guy in movies. To say he made a great villain is an understatement. His scowl is legendary.

So how in heaven’s name did he end up as a roadie for a former magician in “Deception”?

I will say this, though: they have written his role with cracking humour, and that makes it great fun to watch. Catch it if you can.

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Sneaking a Snack

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Hal Lindsey: Prophet or Scaremonger?

Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth

Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth

Even the title of this book is fraught with fear. But sometimes that’s the only way people will wake up to the Truth. They have to be scared out of their wits.

When I first read this book in the middle of the 1970’s, I was still a firm believer in the Rapture. And I had no experience with alternate spirituality, so I didn’t really worry that I might have been deceived by the Devil.

This year is the first time I’ve reread the book since then, and boy, oh boy, have I ever changed since then.

Meet Hal Lindsey

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Because Dr Lindsey is a public figure, I have erected his birth chart without his permission. I didn’t even try to obtain his okay because, according to his book, he lumps Astrology in with other Satanic works. So, even publishing it here will be proof enough for him that I am doing the Devil’s bidding.

The timing of his birth has been rectified by an event that happened when he was 29. He ‘felt’ that God had prevented his death, and from then on he felt he was operating with the Holy Spirit in him. I equate that with the placement of Pluto in the early 7th House.

His Ascendant is Capricorn. That’s a natural position of a person who relies upon Bible Scripture for his ‘proof’ of God’s Word. (I will refrain from discussing any further planetary positions and aspects, but if you have any awareness of Astrology, you will have an insight into his personality.)

Still Preaching the Word

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Prophecy, as we have already seen, is an inexact science. In fact, it would be fair to call it an art, instead. Dr Lindsey has been saying, more-or-less, the same things for almost 50 years now. He may see the work of the Devil behind every event and thought process that doesn’t agree with his understanding, so I will not disparage him. But, he has misunderstood the most basic bit of information: we are all in this together.

Some of us who have been Gnostic Christians for a very long time, over many lifetimes, are beginning to make sense of Satan’s ‘job’. We have belief systems for our religious life. He is meant to ‘try us’ to see if we’re sufficiently ready to move on. If we’re not, we repeat our lessons until we finally gain wisdom.

So, imagine my surprise to realize that Fundamentalists are really immature Gnostics. When they wake up to the Truth, they will be surprised, too.

Oh, and this book showed up in the Google search as “Satan is Alive and Here on Planet Earth.” Why the change? Obviously, we don’t want the Devil to be ‘well’. One word changes everything.

 

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The Star of Bethlehem: Appendix B

Planets, Signs and Houses

The Planets

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Sun

Individual faculties; consciousness of Ego, the Individuality as distinguished from the Personality. The vital energy that flows from the Sun through the solar system, enabling life to exist and its activities to be pursued; inspiring men to the consciousness of a destiny to be achieved.

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Moon

The instinctive mind, the desire-nature with respect to material things; the external reactions to every-day affairs and to those pertaining  to the home and domestic life; moods that fluctuate between the extremes of optimism and pessimism; sympathy, not compassion.

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Mercury

Concrete mental faculties: memory, speech, intonation; thought, understanding, reason, intelligence; vacillation, hesitancy to face issues; brilliant and facile but not profound.

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Venus

Physical faculties: friendship, romantic amativeness; the affections, particularly love; aesthetic sense, but not analytical; enjoys elegance, comfort and pleasure; good taste; sex sensitivity, but discriminating.

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Mars

The vital faculties: combativeness, acquisitiveness, desire, enthusiasm, passionate amativeness, courage, ardor in pursuit, not easily rebuffed and seldom discouraged, indiscriminate sexuality, haste, anger, intolerance, fretfulness.

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Jupiter

The abstract and creative faculties: comparison applied in generalizations upon the broader aspects; idealism; powerful sense of the dramatic, and obsessed with the desire to be of service to society; optimism, order, harmony.

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Saturn

The concrete creative faculties: asceticism; well-ordered mind for the technical and concrete with an emphasis on detail; the conservative realist who asserts the authority of experience.

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Uranus

The iconoclastic tendency: characterized by an aloof, offhand manner and approach; reacts violently against anything that would deprive him of his free and conscious choice of thought and action.

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Neptune

The social unrest: entertains false hopes and indulges in tricky schemes, yet is highest in human sympathy; loves mystery; acts dictated by powerful but inexplicable motives, directed toward invisible, intangible ends.

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Pluto

Sociological urge. The organized group as the instrument with which to amputate parasitic growths on the body politic, in order to reconstruct society along more altruistic lines.

The Signs

 

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Aries – The Ram

The first sign of the zodiac. Its symbol represents the head and horns of the ram. It is a symbol of offensive power — a weapon of the gods, hence an implement of the will. [more]

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Taurus – The Bull

The second sign of the zodiac. Its symbol represents the head and horns of a bull. The sacred Apis was presumed to be the incarnation of the god Osiris — hence a symbol of a sepulchre or tomb. [more]

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Gemini – The Twins

The third sign of the zodiac. Its symbol represents two pieces of wood bound together, symbolical of the unremitting conflict of contradictory mental process. [more]

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Cancer – The Crab

The fourth sign of the zodiac. Its symbol, presumably the folded claws of a crab, probably is intended to symbolize the joining together of a male and female spermatozoa — as indicative of the most maternal of all the signs. [more]

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Leo – The Lion

The fifth sign of the zodiac. Its symbol is possibly an emblem representing the phallus, as used in ancient Dionysian mysteries. It is also an emblem of the Sun’s fire, heat or creative energy. [more]

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Virgo – The Virgin

The sixth sign of the zodiac. Its symbol is probably a representation of the Girdle of Hymen, and has reference to the Immaculate Conception of a Messiah. It is usually pictured by a virgin holding in her hand a green branch, an ear of corn or a spike of grain. [more]

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Libra – The Scales

The seventh signs of the zodiac. Its symbol, representing the balancing scales, is emblematic of equilibrium and justice. [more]

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Scorpio – The Scorpion

The eighth sign of the zodiac. Its symbol resembles that of Virgo, but with an arrow on the tail — doubtless to represent the sting. It is symbolized by the asp or serpent, harking back to the serpent of the Garden of Eden, and indicating that the will governs or is governed by the reproductive urge. [more]

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Sagittarius – The Archer

The ninth sign of the zodiac. Its symbol represents an arrow and a section of a bow, typifying aspiration. It is usually pictured as the Centaur: half horse, half man — representing the conflict between the philosophical mind and the carnal instinct of conquest; also aspiration supported by the effort that aims at the stars. [more]

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Capricorn – The Sea-Goat

The tenth sign of the zodiac. Considered by the ancients to be the most important of all the signs. Is it possible the ancients recognized in the Winter Solstice the point of gravitation that controls the Sun’s orbit? Its symbol represents the figure by which the sign is often pictured — that of the forepart of a goat, with the tail of a fish — vaguely suggesting the mermaid. [more]

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Aquarius – The Water Bearer

The eleventh sign of the zodiac. Its symbol represents a stream of water, symbolizing the servant of humanity who pours out the water of knowledge to quench the thirst of the world. It may also symbolize an electrical current which is associated with Uranus, its ruler. [more]

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Pisces – The Fishes

The twelfth sign of the zodiac. Its symbol represents a pair of great sea-horses or sea-lions, yoked together, who dwell in the innermost regions of the sea, symbolical of life after death; of bondage — the inhibiting of self-expression except through others; and of the struggle of the soul within the body. [more]

 

The Houses

1st

The cusp of the Ascendant, the first and most important of the four Angles of any Figure, marks the Eastern end of the Line of Particular Being. Representing Selfhood, its primary significance is Action: Destiny in the making. It defines and particularizes the native, his personal appearance, disposition and manner, moral and subjective viewpoint and motivating impulses — Personality as distinguished with individuality.

Equated with ARIES.

2nd

Repository of the native’s strongest desires, it determines the quality of the life-substance used by the Ego — that which the Life is dedicated to redeem; financial standing, money, movable property and possessions; earning and spending capacities, personal debts; the manner in which he meets his obligations.

Equated with TAURUS.

3rd

The synthesizing powers of the mind and its ability to form sense impressions and mold destiny within one’s social environment; dexterity, cleverness, duality, restlessness; the rational mind and its adaptability to education; short journeys.

Equated with GEMINI

4th

Its cusp, the Northern end of the meridian that paces through the birthplace, is the degree of Integration. It is the drain through which everything that is to be sloughed off, merges and passes away. It is an index to the home and all domestic affairs.

Equated with CANCER

5th

The conception of offspring; hence the exteriorization of self through all manner of creative and procreative urges and activities; recreational and other pleasurable impulses of mind and heart.

Equated with LEO.

6th

Food, clothing, comforts and domestic pets; mental and physical conflicts resulting from the externalization of the ego…out of which, mental, nervous or organic disease may develop. It has been termed the House of Service in that it portrays one’s capacity to serve.

Equated with VIRGO.

7th

The cusp of the Descendant, the Angle of Relationship, at the Western end of the line of Particular Being, depicts the subjective side of the Nature, the Individuality, as opposed to the Personality that is revealed objectively in the First House. Since it defines the native’s reaction to law, it becomes the House of the Public, show the relation of the native to others; particularly his open adversaries; lawsuits and contracts, including marriage.

Equated with LIBRA.

8th

Release from personal limitations through human interchange; the realm of Birth and Rebirth; of evolution through the suffering incident to all human experience; regeneration through enlargement of viewpoint, both spiritual and mental; and the subjugation of the personal Self — a difficult process since so few realize the horror of its impact upon the mind and consciousness; wills, legacies, trust funds, insurance.

Equated with SCORPIO.

9th

The realm of the abstract mind, of intuition and inspiration of dreams and visions, hence an index to one’s reactions to philosophy, success and religion; the probability of distant travel, timing, nature and results; world-wide contacts and mental adjustment to racial ideas, ideals and collective needs.

Equated with SAGITTARIUS.

10th

From this arc one traces the native’s business or professional life and affairs, his honor, preferment, fame, credit, reputation, career and position in society; hence his standing in the world. Of the four angles it is second in importance, the Southern end of the meridian running through the birthplace: the Midheaven.

Equated with CAPRICORN.

11th

One finds here the externalization of the native’s social position, the nature and characteristics of his circle of acquaintances and friends; his ideals with respect to human and therefore social relationships: his hopes, wishes, projects and ambitions.

Equated with AQUARIUS.

12th

This is the arena wherein transpires the combat against the inertia inherent in all forms of society. Here are expressed the innermost and secret emotions; the source and nature of hidden and underhanded opposition; imprisonment, hospitalization.

Equated with PISCES.

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(All text from Encyclopedia of Astrology by Nicholas deVore)

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Taurus – The Bull

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The second sign of the zodiac

Its symbol represents the head and horns of a bull. The sacred Apis was presumed to be the incarnation of the god Osiris — hence a symbol of a sepulchre or tomb. The Sun’s entry into Taurus was celebrated as a Feast of Maya (Maia) — our May Day — the Sun represented by a white bull with a golden disc between his horns, followed by a procession of virgins, exemplifying the fecundity of Nature in Spring.

The Sun is in Taurus annually from April 21 to May 20. Astrologically and astronomically it is in the second thirty-degree arc from the Spring Equinox, from 30° to 60° along the Ecliptic.

It is the Fixed quality of the Earth element, conferring external will power that, ordinarily passive and negative, becomes obstinate and unbending when aroused. Negative, nocturnal, cold, dry and melancholy.

Ruler: Venus.

Exaltation: Moon.

Detriment: Mars.

Fall: Uranus.

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