March of 2020 stands to be a pivotal time both for the Vatican’s future as well as its past. Brad Kronen’s second history book of non-fiction entitled “The Controversial Life of Pius XII, The Wartime Pope” takes an in depth look at the life of the man who could soon gain entry into Catholicism’s hallowed hall of spiritual elite by becoming “Pope Saint Pius XII” or may soon be recognized as one the Catholic Church’s deepest sources of shame.Read more "Brad Kronen Writes His Second Historical Book of Non-Fiction, “The Controversial Life of Pius XII, The Wartime Pope”"
The dichotomy of differences between the personal lives of Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, made them not only appear truly odd together as a couple, it must additionally be stated neither was the other’s first choice for a romantic partner.
Much like their opposing backgrounds, History has placed nearly every one of President Lincoln’s deeds through a predominantly positive lens, while dualistically the vast majority of his wife’s actions have been put through a filter that’s as unattractive as it is thoroughly negative.
Astrologically, the Lincolns’ historical personae reflect the inherently best and worst aspects of the signs each was born under.Read more "Abraham & Mary Todd Lincoln: Constancy in the face of Dualistic Decimation"
Philip Glass: Music’s New Frontier in the Age of Aquarius by Brad Kronen “And now, South Park Elementary presents the happy, non-offensive, non-denominational Christmas Play, with music and lyrics by New York minimalist composer, Philip Glass!” [Philip Glass moves into position and begins playing keyboards. The curtains draw back, and the kids look out […]Read more "Philip Glass: Music’s New Frontier in the Age of Aquarius"
The Mozarts may not be remembered as one of the greatest romances of all time however their relationship is one of History’s best examples of a Saturnine union bestowed with the gift of constancy. Coupled Constancy, which must be said, ensured some of the most sublime music ever written be made accessible for all the world to hear, now and for generations to come.Read more "Wolfgang & Constanze Mozart – A Union of Unromantic Constancy"
Fiercest of Friends or Isolated Iconoclast?
“Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I, to my friends.”
– Virginia Woolf, Aquarian
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
– Thomas Edison, Aquarian
“True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.”
– Edith Wharton, Aquarian
July 20th of this year marks the 50th Anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s historic walk on the surface of the Moon. Not only was the astronaut destined to take his “one giant step for Mankind”, Neil Armstrong’s actions were also fated to begin the actual Age of Aquarius as well.Read more "This really “IS” the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius"
I got the call around 6:45PM. On the other end of the phone a woman’s voice tossed me a tailor made gauntlet of challenge, “If you’re still serious about meeting Alex, be at the lobby of the Beverly Wilshire by 8:00.” Considering I lived 45 minutes away in non-traffic time with it being the […]Read more "Table Talk Most Divine and Dreadful: Dinner with Mr. Alex Kaufman"
Throughout History one would be hard pressed to find such close friendships between individuals that yielded so much for the benefit of so many.
Read more "Susan B. Anthony – Mother of the Aquarian Age & Beyond, Part II: The Fiercest of Friends"
The current calendar year unto itself is a highly significant time which marks the evolutionary expansion of American democracy. 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, otherwise called the “Suffrage Amendment” which is better known as the Womens’ Right to Vote. This year also honors the pioneer who tirelessly fought for the rights of women in this country, since 2020 marks the 200th birthday of the founder of Womens’ Suffrage in the United States, the great Susan B. Anthony.Read more "Susan B. Anthony – Mother of the Aquarian Age & Beyond, Part I: The Female Aquarian of American Representation"
Capricorn may be the sign of Jupiter’s “fall”, another way of saying the planet’s most challenging environment for its energies to function in, but we must keep in mind, Jupiter is the planet of Abundance and provides Luck, Blessings, and positive energy wherever its location in the Heavens.
The Great Benefic’s “good stuff” will still accompany the largest planet in our Solar System as it transits through the sign of its fall, aka Capricorn, but much like that sign’s overall style of dress, Jupiter’s abundance will mirror their new surroundings by becoming more demure and toned down versus vibrantly overt or flashy.
With that in mind, those who are natural risk takers or extremely lucky by nature may perceive the King of Planet’s upcoming transit as a period completely void of the Jupiterian “good stuff”. The Great Benefic’s luck and blessings will still be present but in a more subtle, far less obvious way.
Conversely, those who believe themselves to be naturally unlucky may be pleasantly surprised during Jupiter’s upcoming transit through the sign of its fall that not only has their usual bout of bad luck subsided but that a noticeable change of good fortune has finally come their way.Read more "Luck Gets Lean and Mean: Jupiter Transits Capricorn, Part II – Societal Predictions"
For the duration of the calendar year of 2020, Lady Luck will try her utmost to keep that one business outfit she owns relatively clean as she starts her full time corporate temp job that will require some major work hours but with no overtime pay….Read more "Luck Gets Lean and Mean: Jupiter Transits Capricorn December 2, 2019 – December 19, 2020, Part I"
The planet known as “The Great Benefic”, Jupiter may be the “King of Planets” but the planet known as “The Great Malefic”, aka Saturn now has more courtiers. Citizens of Earth, let it be known that the planetary spotlight that was taken up for so long by Jupiter, the King of Everything has now been usurped as of this past October 7th! With it being officially announced that 20 new moons orbit around the ringed planet, Saturn currently has the most Moons of 82 edging out Jupiter’s long time record of 79. The ringed planet now bears another title of distinction as the newly crowned “King of Moons”.Read more "All Hail the Newly Crowned King of Moons!"
When Shirley Verrett switched fachs from mezzo-soprano to soprano much of the opera world didn’t know what to think since hardly ever did a singer make such a drastic transition while still in their vocal prime. One can only assume the constant hemming and hawing from those associated with such a pristine art form that got shaken up over the slightest bit of change must have worn out La Verrett over time. I made this presumption after walking along the fountained plaza of Lincoln Center one day in the late 1980’s to see banners being newly put on display along the cultural center’s entire perimeter which stated in big bold letters:
“SHIRLEY VERRETT – SINGER”
To which I murmured aloud, “What vocal coglioni!”
(If you’re not sure what that foreign word means, good.)
Through those simply worded banners, Shirley Verrett was telling every nay-sayer in the classical world in no uncertain terms to Fach Off.Read more "Shirley Verrett – Artistic Versatility at its Penultimate Best"