Confiding in a Stranger


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It happens like this…

You’re standing in a queue and the person standing in front of you, suddenly turns around and says something/anything to you. You start a conversation with them, and before you know it, you’re telling them your life story.

Why do we do this?

Everyone Has a Story to Tell

It’s true! Everyone needs to share how the journey has been, so far.

That’s why some people become therapists, analysts and ministers. They want to help people share the load.

But there are pitfalls:


An example of this may even involve falling in love with a ‘father’ or ‘mother’ figure (someone who represents the nurturing and caring nature of a missing parent). It’s totally natural.

But the other person has to be aware that it’s happening to avoid being caught up in the first person’s fantasy world. Like the joint Cathar memory from Arthur Guirdham’s book, We Are One Another.

Confession is Good for the Soul

We need to tell someone else what’s been going on. That’s why the Roman Catholic Church instituted the act of confession. By telling your priest your sins, you clear the memory banks of obsessional thoughts, and become newly liberated from the weight of guilt. Unfortunately, it doesn’t end there, but at least you get a chance to start again with a clean slate.

The joke that Protestants like to tell is that the Pope must be a Protestant because he confesses his sins directly to God. But it’s likely that the Pope has a designated Father Confessor, too.


We are all in this together. I write this often, don’t I? No one need be totally alone in this world. Share your story. Tell your truth. And be grateful for the chance to confide in a stranger.

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Win the Battle, Lose the War


Pyrrhic Victory

The Battle of Asculum [5] took place in 279 BC between the Roman Republic under the command of the consuls Publius Decius Mus and Publius Sulpicius Saverrio and the forces of king Pyrrhus of Epirus. (Wikipedia)

It is this battle that is referred to whenever anyone states the title of this post.

(And you know that one of my favourite themes is that if we do not learn from the past, we will continue to make the same mistakes in the future…)

In a series of emails recently, I had a gentle disagreement with someone about writing a book together. Well, I thought it was gentle, the other person did not, obviously. The email I got in return was full of insults and innuendo. Then I was told not to write to this person, ever again. (And, true to form, I got two more emails casting dispersion on my relationship with my wife.) I did not respond.

Did the person feel justified to do this, just because I chose not to participate? Obviously, the frustration of not getting one’s way was too much to bear.

So, to demonstrate that this is a long running battle for supremacy between the males and the females of the species, let me share one more picture. This may put the cat amongst the pigeons, as it were.


And to demonstrate how synchronicity works: this BBC report, published the next day.

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Reincarnation: Why Can’t We Remember?


Hell is a State of Mind

Imagine, if you will, being born back into the world after a violent death in your previous life. If it had been an accident, you probably blamed yourself for your misstep. But what if you’d been murdered?

With the reports of so many killings going on in the world these days, as well as so many natural disasters due to fire, floods, hurricanes and such like, is it any wonder that the blessing of a new life would be better if you couldn’t remember your personal past life?

For those who are unlucky enough to know who they were and the circumstances of their death, life is a living hell. Anyway, no one believes them when they try to share their knowledge with the world, and the biggest obstacle to fully healing their past is themselves.

So be careful what you ask for, you just might get it…

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A Return to the Scene of the Crime


The Assassination of Marilyn Monroe

Reading this book is like watching Oliver Stone’s JFK. There were just so many people with axes to grind in 1962 that it seems that MM died as a result of too many ‘irons’ in the fire. Did anyone intend her to die?

The author, Donald Wolfe, thinks that this may have been a plot by Communist sympathizers to discredit the President. But instead of trying to kill Monroe, they were trying to keep her alive. She wasn’t any use to them dead.

Remember that all important press conference Monroe was going to call on the following Monday? It wasn’t about her career, it was about her relationships to Jack and Bobby Kennedy. You see, she knew a thing or two from their pillow talks, and her ‘little red book’ had all the details contained therein.

Bobby visited Marilyn on the day of her death, and that precipitated a blazing row between them. I can imagine it. She told him to get out and never come back. He left. Then he came back later in the evening to get that ‘little red book’. A struggle ensued.

All this was captured on tapes that the Mafia had eavesdropped through their planted bugs. The Mafia?

At this point, I am deviating from the text of this book, and am diverting to a TV special from Australia, Marilyn Monroe: The Case for Murder.


And here’s where it gets murky. According to them, Bobby Kennedy contacted Sam Giancana, through a go-between, to get him to persuade Marilyn to back off from exposing both the Kennedy men, in exchange for the Justice Department backing off from the Mob.

Evidently, her hairdresser, George Masters*, accompanied Marilyn to Momo‘s ‘office’ at the Cal-Neva Lodge in Lake Tahoe (Frank Sinatra’s place), the night before she died.

But, because she wouldn’t listen to Giancana, he may have had a slow acting drug be added to her drink, without her knowledge or consent. What that drug was may have been a few drops of the “Mickey Finn” chloral hydrate. Later, the next night, when she was sedated by her psychologist, Dr. Greenson, the effect was lethal.

If Dr. Greenson was part of a Communist plot, as has been suggested by Wolfe, his actions that night speak volumes: he attempted to give Marilyn a shot of adrenaline straight into her heart, but he botched the job. According to the ambulance driver, James Hall, that’s when she died.

The subsequent cover-up seems to have been orchestrated from the top down. Only now are we getting some of the details. But, it’s not over, yet.

Marilyn Monroe did not commit suicide.

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Live by the Sword; Die by the Sword

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This may be the truth, this may be a lie: but someone is responsible for the deaths of the powerful and famous in the 1960’s. Could it really have been Sam Giancana all along?

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“I’d Rather Be Dead in a Ditch”


Boris Johnson

I know that I’ve said this many times before, but, be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.

When asked, yesterday, about requesting a further delay of Brexit of three more months, Johnson uttered the above-noted quotation. Oops.


Often, when I research the birth details of a public figure, I have to rely upon others. In this case, the accuracy of the timing of Johnson’s birth seems to be fairly spot-on. How do I know? The placement of Jupiter.

According to A.T. Mann’s concept of Life*Time Astrology, Jupiter would come into play around Johnson’s 50th birthday. The significance of Jupiter could be summed up in the words of Nicholas deVore in his book Encyclopedia of Astrology:

Expansion and growth, and their expression in terms of material wealth; occupations, persons and places associated with religion, law, and education; public functions and assemblies of a state or official character; charitable and philanthropic movements and institutions; social gatherings, theatres and clothing.

It was around the time of his 50th birthday that Johnson decided to lead the Brexit charge to leave the European Union.

Boris Johnson became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom just after his 55th birthday.

As listing of birth times used to be to the nearest hour, I would surmise that Johnson was born about 30 minutes or so before 2:00 pm. But, for our purposes, this chart is as accurate as we need at the present. There is only one inconjunct in his chart, but it’s a doozy.

Moon Inconjunct Mars

(Text from Robert Hand’s Planets in Youth)

Until you learn to handle your feelings, you are likely to get angry easily, have temper tantrums and be touchy about what is yours and what is not. You may feel you have to defend yourself against imagined threats. The problem here is that you are likely to become too emotionally involved with ideas, opinions or even objects without knowing it until someone threatens them. Then you react as if you were being personally threatened or attacked. You have to realize that it is possible to change your opinions and attitudes without damaging your worth as a person.

Your relationship with your mother is especially important. If you and she don’t get along in some important way, you will have similar problems with other women when you get older. You are likely to be very aggressive and unpleasant when you are emotionally upset.

However, if you have a good relationship with your mother, you will develop self-confidence and the ability to stand up for your rights against any obstacle. You will be courageous, and your strength will inspire others to follow where you lead. You will be independent and able to go your own way, even if others do not choose to follow. But this will happen only if you have healthy emotional experiences as a child.

Mars, the planet signifying ‘accidental death’, occurs sometime after Johnson’s 60th birthday. You read it here first.

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Hong Kong: Too Little, Too Late?


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Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong

It isn’t hard to imagine that Beijing is pulling the strings of their puppet in Hong Kong. But it gets a little bit troubling that a British/Chinese agreement that was supposed to run until 2047 looks likely to be set aside much, much earlier.

Yesterday, we heard that Carrie Lam announced the withdrawal of the extradition law which would have seen Hong Kong criminals tried in China. This concession was a step too far when these protests began in June. So why now?

The 70th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China is to be celebrated on October 1st.

The ‘powers that be’ in China want the violence and unrest in Hong Kong to die down by that date. If this concession doesn’t do the trick, Hong Kong will be ‘inviting’ the Chinese military machine presently parked on its border with China to help them restore law and order (for the protection of its citizens). It’s a perfect solution…

But the pro-democracy protestors of Hong Kong won’t take this lying down. After all, the whole world is watching.

Are these actions the death throes of democracy on the world stage?

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