It has always seemed strange to me that the idea of a female creator is something that most modern thinkers would reject. I’ve written about Sophia before, especially with reference to Gnostic myths, so the thinking on my part goes a long way back. It is definitely a Greek spin on Creation myths, of which there are many the world over. Modern spiritual thinkers see her as Gaia, Mother Earth.
When Christianity became the political norm in Roman times, Mary, the “Mother of God”, became their version of this individual. But that supposes so much, I’m not sure I can do it justice here.
What we need to do is recognize that some Egyptian and Greek elements have combined and formed a separate image of this ‘person’ of the Holy Trinity. In other words, she’s the Holy Spirit.
(Where do you think we get our Wisdom from? Obviously, it is from within our hearts.)
And even medieval artists seemed to try to illustrate this point, but making it more complicated for us.
Always and forever, the explanations seem to be steeped in astrological and alchemical symbolism.
But, we don’t have to follow their lead: we only need to listen to the still small voice coming from our conscience. She wants us to be the best versions of ourselves that we can be: she loves all her children.
It gives us a clue as to the reality of the Risen Christ. The phoenix is a legend of mythic proportions.
Does that make it ‘fake’ news? No. But it does put us back to basics when we try to discuss resurrection. What most people don’t realize is that ‘resurrection’ was the word that most ancient people interpreted as ‘reincarnation’.
The modern English word phoenix enters the English language from Latin, later reinforced by French. The word first enters the English language by way of a borrowing of Latin phoenīx into Old English (fenix). This borrowing was later reinforced by French influence, which had also borrowed the Latin noun. In time, the word developed specialized use in the English language: For example, the term could refer to an “excellent person” (12th century), a variety of heraldic emblem (15th century), and the name of a constellation (17th century).
The Latin word comes from Greek φοῖνιξ phoinīx. The Greek word is first attested in the Mycenaean Greek po-ni-ke, which probably meant ‘griffin‘, though it might have meant ‘palm tree’. That word is probably a borrowing from a West Semitic word for madder, a red dye made from Rubia tinctorum. The word Phoenician appears to be from the same root, meaning ‘those who work with red dyes’. So phoenix may mean ‘the Phoenician bird’ or ‘the purplish-red bird’
Etymology (from Wikipedia)
“[The Egyptians] have also another sacred bird called the phoenix which I myself have never seen, except in pictures. Indeed it is a great rarity, even in Egypt, only coming there (according to the accounts of the people of Heliopolis) once in five hundred years, when the old phoenix dies. Its size and appearance, if it is like the pictures, are as follow: The plumage is partly red, partly golden, while the general make and size are almost exactly that of the eagle. They tell a story of what this bird does, which does not seem to me to be credible: that he comes all the way from Arabia, and brings the parent bird, all plastered over with myrrh, to the temple of the Sun, and there buries the body. In order to bring him, they say, he first forms a ball of myrrh as big as he finds that he can carry; then he hollows out the ball and puts his parent inside, after which he covers over the opening with fresh myrrh, and the ball is then of exactly the same weight as at first; so he brings it to Egypt, plastered over as I have said, and deposits it in the temple of the Sun. Such is the story they tell of the doings of this bird.” (Herodotus)
Thus when Sophia Zoe saw that the rulers of darkness had laid a curse upon her counterparts, she was indignant. And coming out of the first heaven with full power, she chased those rulers out of their heavens and cast them into the sinful world, so that there they should dwell, in the form of evil spirits upon the earth. […], so that in their world it might pass the thousand years in paradise—a soul-endowed living creature called “phoenix”. It kills itself and brings itself back to life as a witness to the judgement against them, for they did wrong to Adam and his race, unto the consummation of the age. There are […] three men, and also his posterities, unto the consummation of the world: the spirit-endowed of eternity, and the soul-endowed, and the earthly. Likewise, there are three phoenixes in paradise—the first is immortal, the second lives 1,000 years; as for the third, it is written in the sacred book that it is consumed. So, too, there are three baptisms—the first is spiritual, the second is by fire, the third is by water. Just as the phoenix appears as a witness concerning the angels, so the case of the water hydri in Egypt, which has been a witness to those going down into the baptism of a true man. The two bulls in Egypt posses a mystery, the Sun and the Moon, being a witness to Sabaoth: namely, that over them Sophia received the universe; from the day that she made the Sun and Moon, she put a seal upon her heaven, unto eternity. And the worm that has been born out of the phoenix is a human being as well. It is written concerning it, “the just man will blossom like a phoenix”. And the phoenix first appears in a living state, and dies, and rises again, being a sign of what has become apparent at the consummation of the age.
On the Origin of the World (Gnostic Gospel)
So, just to be correct, the story of the Phoenix Rising became a motif for the Eternal Christ (a Gnostic concept). In order for ordinary folk (early Christians) to accept his ‘specialness’, Jesus had to rise from the dead. They didn’t know it was a retelling of an ancient legend.
Clive Staples Lewis (November 29, 1898 – November 22, 1963)
This post is in response to a HillFaith post I got in my email account today. Now, I have a great respect for C. S. Lewis. My parents thought he was a worthwhile author to read, whether as an adult (“Mere Christianity”) or a child (“The Chronicles of Narnia”). As for myself, I thoroughly enjoyed “The Screwtape Letters” in which a demon, Screwtape, communicates with his nephew, Wormwood. (Perverse, I am.)
There is but one inconjunct.
Mars Inconjunct Midheaven
This aspect can mean that you have mixed feelings about all authority figures, including your parents. You may feel that you have to violate the rules laid down by your parents in order to get your way. This is a significant problem, because if it continues into adulthood, you will have great difficulties with employers. Therefore it is very important that your parents teach you how to express your self-assertive drives without going against their teachings. Unfortunately it is impossible to state how that should be done, because the conflict between self-will, on one hand, and self-denial and work, on the other, is different for each person.
A way to solve this kind of conflict is to learn that you can say what needs to be said and not be forced to remain quiet. You can’t expect your elders to always go along with your ideas, but you should be able to feel confident of your right to say it. The exception to this, of course, is that you do not have any right to say something just to hurt others.
Lewis married Joy when he was 57 years old. That is why I rectified his chart to place Venus at that age for him. She died four years later. It’s one of the great tragic love stories of the 20th century. His own ill health started after her death. Just before his 65th birthday, he died suddenly.
The Yod pointing at Uranus is ‘proof’ of his sudden death. His ‘fatal’ Venus/Mars conjunction in Sagittarius is opposite the death Ascendant in Gemini. Quite apt, in my opinion. Reunited at last.
When I did the Google search, I typed in “cracked egg”. Can you see what I did there? I correctly interpreted what he was attempting to say about Jesus being a lunatic or not. There are lots of allusions:
I’m getting a bit ahead of myself, here. I’m about to start Peter Ackroyd’s book “Tudors” but I got prompted by a suggested YouTube video of More and Wolsey discussing Henry VIII’s lack of a male heir from the 1966 film “A Man for All Seasons“.
This Orson Wells/Paul Scofield exchange is one of the most incisive bits of dialog in any historical movie for showing the intricacies of political maneuvering in Tudor times. I feel sorry for them: Henry didn’t make it easy for anyone during his reign and if you disagreed with him or stood in his way, it would end up with the courts saying, “Off with his head!” (It wasn’t just the Red Queen who said that.)
Most astrology sites give his birth time as 2:30 am, mainly because his father noted the time as ‘between 2 and 3 in the morning’. One person suggested 2:51 am, so I’m going with that time. Nine degrees Sagittarius as the Ascendant seems a very reasonable result. Besides Uranus/Neptune conjunct in Scorpio in his 12th House gives a flavour that would otherwise be missing. There are two inconjuncts.
Sun Inconjunct Pluto
There will be many changes in your life, and you will be affected by deep psychological forces that may be difficult to understand at times, as well as confusing to the people around you. You approach people with great intensity, and your emotional involvements are seldom casual. Either you like people very much or you dislike them intensely. Possibly your attitudes on other matters will be extreme also. One of the most important lessons that you will have to learn is to be more moderate.
You have a very strong will and can be quite stubborn, even when you don’t have any particular reason to be. It is as if you automatically resist any pressure to act in a particular way, even if you know it is good for you. This may arise from a fear of being controlled, helpless or manipulated by anyone else. As you get older, this fear may lead you to manipulate others so that they cannot manipulate you. It is very important to develop confidence in yourself, so that you will not behave this way very frequently. Your relationship with your father will be particularly important, for his actions and his opinions of you will strongly affect your sense of well-being.
You are very serious for your age, perhaps too much so, for taking everything very seriously can destroy much of the joy in life. Not all encounters are important and require you to put yourself on the line, although you may try to live that way.
Moon Inconjunct Saturn
This aspect usually means that your need for emotional security conflicts with your need to live with the world’s demands. Each of us needs to be accepted and loved for what we are, in order to have enough self-confidence to deal with the world. But we also have to learn to live with our own life situations in order to survive. In other words, we have to realize that we can’t have everything we want. With this aspect, these two needs are working against each other. Probably you will satisfy one of them at the expense of the other.
If the Moon, because of environmental conditions, becomes the stronger energy, you may be afraid that you will never get enough love or support from other people, especially your mother. Because of this fear you may become too dependent on your mother. It is important that she or someone else give you plenty of emotional support and at the same time encourage you to go out on your own.
If the Saturn energy becomes stronger, you may learn to distrust your emotions and become rather cold and unfeeling. You may also be suspicious of anyone who tries to touch you emotionally, especially your mother. But when you are emotionally upset, you may get out of control and act in ways that you usually would consider wrong. This problem would be at its worst when you are older. Later in life you might feel that you have no roots, that no one cares for you and that you don’t belong anywhere. This is called alienation, and you are likely to feel that way if you do not learn to balance the needs of both planets.
If you are able to balance the two, this aspect can have a positive effect. You will be able to keep a lid on your feelings and control yourself in difficult situations, but at the same time feel and express your emotions when you should.
Is It Any Wonder More Wrote “Utopia” (meaning Nowhere)?
Movie at the Ellipse During the “Save America March”
Never underestimate the power of words when combined with ‘dog-whistle’ images. Trump’s 2017 Presidential Inauguration speech makes up the words, snap shots (worth a thousand words each) make up the images. And to those of us who don’t know what the images mean, they look innocent enough.
To see the full movie, click here. And, while you’re at it, read the analysis, too. Trump claims to have not incited the Storming of the Capitol, but his words, behind the images, were what made them do it.
Was he attempting to make the United States of America a fascist country? You decide…
Three Days, Three Weeks, Three Months and Three Years
A friend of mine died yesterday. I’m not in shock. I’m not in mourning. “Why not?” I asked myself.
Because, my mourning of her passing started in October, 2017, when I thought she was already dead.
Only when I got a reply to my hand-written note, after the end of that month, did I know that she was still with us on this earth. But the process must have kicked in, regardless of this knowledge. Now, almost 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days laer, she has died, and I find my grieving is done already.
You might reasonably expect that the man who brought the ancient art of astrology into the ‘modern’ age would at least have a horoscope. Unfortunately, none exists, so I cannot show you his birth chart.
The 9th century Persian astronomer Abu Maʻshar presents Ptolemy as a member of Egypt’s royal lineage, stating that the descendants of the Alexandrine general and Pharaoh Ptolemy I Soter, were wise “and included Ptolemy the Wise, who composed the book of the Almagest“. Abu Maʻshar recorded a belief that a different member of this royal line “composed the book on astrology and attributed it to Ptolemy”. We can evidence historical confusion on this point from Abu Maʿshar’s subsequent remark: “It is sometimes said that the very learned man who wrote the book of astrology also wrote the book of the Almagest. The correct answer is not known.” Not much positive evidence is known on the subject of Ptolemy’s ancestry, apart from what can be drawn from the details of his name, although modern scholars have concluded that Abu Maʻshar’s account is erroneous. It is no longer doubted that the astronomer who wrote the Almagest also wrote the Tetrabiblos as its astrological counterpart.[
The reason I’m looking at this individual is the sneaky suspicion I have that he is one of my past lives. But I have no empirical proof, it’s just a hunch. The Egyptian city of Alexandria is at the heart of it all.
I am humbled by the idea that such an individual may be in my background, but it does explain why I am so adamant that astrology is the answer to all of life’s mysteries: “As Above, So Below”.
For friends and partners-in-crime, it took an age-old problem to split them up: handing over priests and other clergy who have committed secular crimes to the justice system of the country, not just to be tried in ecclesiastical courts. Does this sound familiar?
The main source of the friction was over what to do with clergy who committed secular crimes. Because even those men who took minor orders were considered clerks (clerics), the quarrel over the so-called “criminous clerks” potentially covered up to one-fifth of the male population of England.
Becket felt that anyone considered a clerk could only be dealt with by the church and Henry II really felt that this position deprived him of the ability to govern effectively, and undercut the law and order in England. In addition to this the other issues between them included the actions Becket took to recover lands lost to the archdiocese, some of which he reacquired with a royal writ that authorised the archbishop to restore any alienated lands.
If you were the King of England, and 20% of the male population was effectively outside of your control, wouldn’t you have a problem with the man who was standing in your way? So, Henry II decided to circumnavigate around this obstacle, while at the same time, insulting Becket.
Henry II chose to crown his son Henry the Young King of England via the Archbishop of York which infuriated Becket who had the right to perform the coronation.
Becket sought redress by excommunicating Roger of York, Josceline of Salisbury, and Gilbert Foliot, the Bishop of London which when bought to Henry’s attention riled him so much he was reported as saying ‘Will no one rid me of the turbulent priest”.
Hearing these words inspired 4 knights to independently set off from Normandy to Canterbury and murder Becket within the Cathedral.
Crowning of Young Henry
As you probably know by now, this disagreement didn’t end well. And the problem of pedophile priests in the Roman Catholic Church is still plaguing Pope Francis in today’s day and age, much as it ever did.