In Christianity there is yet another holiday that ends in the suffix “mas” that isn’t widely celebrated or even well known for that matter. This holiday may not have the same shopping power the Western World is already far well familiar with as per a particular day in December but Michaelmas is a special day that takes place during a special time of year just the same.Read more "Merry Michaelmas to All and to All a Good Autumn!"
“Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember I have the duty to reject despair.” – Elie WieselRead more "September 11th – The Remains of the Darkest Day, Part III"
The modern marvels of construction otherwise known as the Twin Towers were built and promoted on the premise that nothing in the known Universe could ever take them down or cause them to fall. If one approached any given New Yorker between 1973, the year of their construction and September 10th, 2001 and said to them “The Twin Towers will eventually fall.”, you would have abruptly been told that was simply impossible or you had a nut loose (aka you were certifiably insane) .
But that all changed on a morning in mid-September in 2001.Read more "September 11th – The Remains of the Darkest Day, Part II"
Time has its advantages. When not too much of it had passed following that mid-September day back in 2001, my mind was able to go over those darkest of times in small pieces and only from the perspective of knee jerk reactions, as if re-living each moment of crisis as they had previously occurred. But […]Read more "September 11th – The Remains of the Darkest Day, Part I"
On September 4th, 2016 a woman was elevated to the highest level of Christian spiritual evolution by virtue of the Catholic Church proclaiming her a saint. A nun who entered this world on August the 26th and who left this plane of existence 87 years later on September the 5th.
With all of the key dates listed above taking place during the time period attributed to the sign of Virgo.
In nearly every way, the exemplary life of the nun known as Mother Teresa embodies the most evolved energies of the karmic sign she was born, died, and canonized under.Read more "The Saint Who Walked Among Us – The Canonization of Mother Teresa"
There are many in my generation who right through to the present day are still quite unsettled by the death of Michael Jackson. For those of us who grew up when MTV first emerged during those long ago days when that channel actually played videos, Michael Jackson’s persona, image, and artistry was constant. The King of Pop was such an integral part of the early 80’s and MTV, that many of us who were around back then assumed Mr. Jackson would be just as consistently present today as he was in 1983.
Thus even in the current here and now it still takes reinforced effort to remind myself the man left this world in 2009 at the age of 50.Read more "Michael Jackson: A Virgo Haunted by the Hubris of Perfection"
Renowned astrologer Brad Kronen presents the archived recordings from his “Welcome to the Zodiac“(WTZ) series, a group of 12 introductory lectures originally broadcasted on blogtalkradio.com, each dedicated to one of the 12 signs of the Zodiac. In each show, Brad explains everything you’d ever want or needed to know about those particular residents of that […]Read more "Brad Kronen’s Welcome to the Zodiac Series – Virgo"
Death & The Maidens: Sylvia Plath, Assia Wevill, & Ted Hughes by Brad Kronen Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath in their Boston apartment, 1958 “Can you understand? Someone, somewhere, can you understand me a little, love me a little? For all my despair, for all my ideals, for all that – I […]Read more "Death & The Maidens – Sylvia Plath, Assia Wevill,and Ted Hughes"
Dispelling the Nimbus Cloud: Eva Braun’s Role in the Mythology of Adolf Hitler by Brad Kronen A solidly anchored Eva Braun keeps a tight grip on her man for him to stay humanly grounded. Truth be told, coming into the Second World War Adolf Hitler did not have the best romance record. With […]Read more "Dispelling the Nimbus Cloud: Eva Braun’s Role in the Mythology of Adolf Hitler"
Part II left off after the emergence of a new layer of Hell which Roman Polanski was forced to face, that being Life following the gruesome murders of his wife Sharon Tate and unborn son. As this series has repeatedly shown, the man has been no stranger to horrific tragedy but it must be said the continuity of tragic theme throughout his life is nothing short of astounding when considering his pregnant wife’s murder to that of his pregnant mother’s untimely death in Auschwitz, to even the subject matter of the film he had just finished directing before calamity struck where in “Rosemary’s Baby” a pregnant woman is besieged by the followers of a Satanic cult. This thread of tragic theme is reflected in Polanski’s chart with the most elevated planet being the Moon, the planet of motherhood and pregnancy conjunct the planet of death and anything of cult-like status, Pluto by one degree.
The aspect about the myth of Persephone which I find most fascinating can also be directly applied to the life of Roman Polanski. What binds Persephone to the Underworld is the eating of six seeds which can be interpreted as the innocently pure maiden ingesting the darkness of her captor and it taking hold or in the literal sense takes “seed” to further grow in her psyche. Said another way by being exposed to Hades/Pluto’s violence, lust, and assertion of power, Persephone has the potential for those very same Plutonian expressions at her disposal since she has eaten that which comes from the Lord of the Underworld’s domain. In the same vein, as a helpless child the director had his mother taken from him, followed later by both his wife and helpless unborn child being destroyed, yet when the opportunity arose Mr. Polanski as a 43 year old adult at the time felt the impulsive need to sexually dominate a victim who was herself, a mere child.Read more "Roman Polanski: The Ever Elusive Search for Security, Part III"
As with anything possessing key significance within the Universe, Pluto’s conjunction to the Moon has repercussions in both the positive and negative spectrums for Polanski. The primal power created by their conjunction in the positive spectrum enabled the man to survive both his childhood and the War. Yet the Moon being placed next to Pluto produced repercussions deep within the negative spectrum that have held influence over the darkest depths of Polanski’s psyche, causing him to act from a place of pure impulse with no rational thought or moral sense of judgement being applied whenever triggered. All in all the repercussions from both spectrums would indicate that Roman Polanski has existed in a state of inner unrest for most of his life.
Inner unrest that throughout the course of his life would drive him to search for that most elusive treasure which lies beneath the Moon’s domain – the inner peace and fulfilling contentment brought about by emotional security.Read more "Roman Polanski: The Ever Elusive Search for Security, Part II"
There are some people in this world whose lives are not to be believed. With a statement of that kind, one immediately assumes a reference is being made to those who are maverick rogues or bold adventurers due to the automatic presumption their lives are THAT exciting and function wholly within the positive spectrum of things.
Not so with Roman Polanski.
Practically from the moment the man entered this plane of existence, he was forced to face horrors so profoundly disturbing, one has a hard time accepting the fact these various layers of Hell were all experienced by the same individual over the course of just his life span.Read more "Roman Polanski: The Ever Elusive Search for Security, Part I"
Seeing Red: The Myth of Persephone by Brad Kronen A painting whose creator is unknown depicting Persephone’s abduction by Hades and his herd of “nightmares”. Your author presumed the woman in the water on the far left represented the goddess Demeter trying to save her daughter. Not so, after further research into different variations on […]Read more "Seeing Red: The Myth of Persephone"
The Pontiff of the Catholic Church who canonized Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was a man who lived in the vicinity during the time when St. Teresa’s martyrdom took place, the Polish Pope, John Paul II. His homily given on the day Edith Stein was made a saint sums up this extraordinary woman’s life quite fittingly:
“A woman in search of the truth has become a saint and martyr through the silent workings of divine grace…With her whole being she sought the truth, of which she wrote: “No spiritual work comes into the world without great suffering. It always challenges the whole person”. For a long time Edith Stein was a seeker. Her mind never tired of searching and her heart always yearned for hope. She traveled the arduous path of philosophy with passionate enthusiasm. Eventually she was rewarded: she seized the truth. Or better: she was seized by it. She discovered that Truth had a name: Jesus Christ.”
May each of us, no matter our creed, follow Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross’s example by giving our best to seek and hopefully find our own version of divine Truth.Read more "Edith Stein: Seeker of Truth in a World devoid of Light, Part II"