Mars Retrograde 2020. The last quarantined stop before the Covid-free disco ball drops.Read more "The Mars Retrograde of 2020 – It Only FEELS Like It’s the End of the World"
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"
I have always been fascinated by authoritative figures within the realm of organized religion who come from backgrounds that are anything but religious or where they begin life following a faith with a foundation that seems almost diametrically opposed from the one they come to eventually embrace. Thus is the case with a Jewish woman born as Edith Stein who would eventually become the Catholic saint named Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.
Within Catholicism’s School of Saints, Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross is truly unique. Although reaching the highest level of Catholic spirituality, as a canonized saint Edith’s identity is still closely intertwined with her religion of birth given the fact Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross’ life ended in Auschwitz, the most notorious of Nazi extermination centers established during the Second World War which were built with the intent of annihilating the Jewish people as a whole.Read more "Edith Stein: Seeker of Truth in a World devoid of Light, Part I"
That’s how I first became familiar with the great composer, Giuseppe Verdi. I was in 2nd grade and my father was taking me on my first stroll through that vast, expansive world that is Classical Music. Knowing at the age of 8 I wasn’t quite ready to fully absorb or pronounce anything remotely resembling Italian, my father would animatedly say to me, “Giuseppe Verdi is another way of saying Joe Green.” He then proceeded to play me that popular Verdi hit used to sell anything from life insurance to car wax, The Anvil Chorus from “Il Trovatore” from Dad’s “Voice of Firestone” record collection. After becoming familiar with the tune, whenever the chorus of renegade gypsies broke into song in synch with their metallic hammers, my father would turn to me and say “Who wrote it?”
Joe Green. He wrote that and a whole lot more.Read more "Remembering Joe Green: The Life & Art of Giuseppe Verdi – Part I"
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!"
In astrology, the elements of Air and Fire are considered complementary to each other. The complementary ease of creative output that occurred whenever the Air sign composer partnered up with his Fire signed lyricist of a brother resulted in a song book that is distinctly American and a class unto itself.Read more "Rhapsody in Royal and Pastel Blue: The Complementary Combo of George & Ira Gershwin"
Romeo & Juliet, Betty White and Allen Ludden were not. More like a Libra Capricorn couple who had each previously been around the marital block and seasoned enough to work at something seriously substantial upon crossing paths during their Glory Years of Middle Age. The Libra Capricorn duo became one of Hollywood’s most recognizably endearing and long lasting of married couples with their union lasting to the day when Allen succumbed to stomach cancer in 1981 with Betty devotedly at his side.Read more "Betty White & Allen Ludden: A Seasoned Labor of Love"
The graciously mild mannered sign known for its knack of avoiding any/all forms of confrontation equally possesses the potential to confront the powers that be with an in-your-face aggressiveness that would make even The Donald run for cover. The sign that usually needs a full change of seasons before deciding upon anything remotely definitive can become radically decisive at will should they believe the concepts of Peace or Justice to be at stake.Read more "Libra – The Radically Extremist Sign of Peace, Truth, and Justice"
For the Venus-ruled, Love cannot exist without the presence of Romance but did you know the phrase “True Romance” is actually just another little white lie? Saying the phrase “True Love” to emphasize a purity of amorous feeling is acceptable and apropos but the fictitious nature of Romance’s origins technically makes the phrase “True Romance” a contradiction of terms.Read more "Libran Love – The Lie behind True Romance and the Truth behind Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones"
“Perhaps the basic thing which contributes to charm is the ability to forget oneself and be engrossed in other people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, Libra
“I’m the only man in the world with a marriage license made out “To whom it may concern.” – Mickey Rooney, 8 times married and 8 times divorced Libran
“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That or a kick-ass red lipstick.” – Gwyneth Paltrow, LibraRead more "Brad Kronen’s Welcome to the Zodiac Series – Libra"
The lives of Argentina’s President and First Lady who governed over South America’s second largest country from the late 1940’s and early 50’s have been likened by many to be the stuff of fairy tales.
However, directly beneath that fairy-taled exterior lay hints of an insidious horror story that concluded with an ending which was anything but happy.Read more "Juan & Eva Peron: ‘Tis Better To Look Good Than Feel Good"
The volley of debate behind Neptune’s rightful discoverer is reduced to lesser significance when realizing not long after humanity discovered its existence, Neptune transited through its own sign of Pisces. From 1847 to 1861 the Watery Planet’s energies were at their strongest potency over the residents of Earth. A period of heightened creativity began where masterpieces were made within every creative art form known to Man otherwise known as The Romantic Age.
A similar influence of the Watery Planet’s energies is currently taking place now within the 21st century. This same cosmic current will be a major force of creative and cultural influence as Neptune transits through its own sign from now until 2025.Read more "The Romantic Age – When Neptune served as Mankind’s Muse"
Luke 1:10-13 – “And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course, According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias, for thy prayer is heard.”Read more "Elie Wiesel – Modern Day Zacharias & Messenger to Humanity, Part II"
September 23rd, 1846.
Despite Mankind’s working knowledge of the Universe being expanded upon with the observational discovery of the planet Neptune that day, the heavenly body’s rightful discoverer remains a source of heated debate up until the very present.
Not long after its discovery , the Watery Planet’s creative influences would fully manifest themselves on Earth. Seven months following its existence being made known to humanity, Neptune transited its ruling sign of Pisces and a period of heightened creativity began where masterpieces were made within every creative art form known to Man otherwise known as The Romantic Age.Read more "The Discovery of Neptune – A mini-Drama of Hazy Misperception & Heated Debate"
Hollywood fame. Tinsel Town glitz.
With the foundation behind the Mecca of the movie business being based in such non-realistic energies as hear say, rumor, and empty promises, the majority of Hollywood’s best known couples tend to have the shortest of shelf lives with most not being in any way memorable together as a romantic team.
Intriguingly, the couple from Hollywood’s “Golden Age” that’s still respected and admired in the present day just as much as when they were at the height of their romantic prime were both born beneath the most non-Tinsel Town like astrological element of Earth. Known for its ethic of hard work, grounded practicality and non-diva like behavior, both the great “film noir” actress Lauren Bacall was born beneath the middle of the Earth signs, Virgo, and the love of her life, one of the most popular actors of all time, Humphrey Bogart was born beneath the last of the Earth signs, Capricorn.Read more "Bogie & Bacall: Astrologically Honoring the Last of Hollywood’s Golden Age"
By President Trump taking it upon himself to officially pardon Womens’ Rights leader Susan B. Anthony for the criminal act of “illegal voting”, he is in effect condoning a world long passed where people of color and women at large were seen merely as the owned property of white men.Read more "History Doomed To Forget Itself – The Last Minute Desperation of a Losing President"
It’s truly an immense shame to discuss an artist as astounding as Kathleen Battle and hardly anyone has even heard of her in the present day. Sadly, her vocal legacy will soon enough be forgotten due to her acts of hubris causing one of classical music best singers to fall from grace while at the height of her artistic prime some 30 years ago.Read more "Kathleen Battle: A Virtuostic Legacy Denied by the Mortal Sin of Hubris"
What makes Barber’s music and Agee’s words stand apart from most artistic works considered to be “American cultural treasures” is that both artistic greats were born under Mutable signs and their conjoined efforts resulted in a Mutable masterpiece of music that has established itself as an everlasting fixture within the canon of American composition.
Read more "Knoxville: Summer of 1915 – Seasonal Inspiration During A Time of Plague"
Kronen’s 3rd installment of his Hubris Manifestor series focuses on the lives of 2 Leonine women who at the height of their powers ruled over their realms of expertise like Queens without rivals – the singer dubbed the “Queen of Pop”, Whitney Houston and the literary “Queen of Children’s Books”, J.K. Rowling. Both Leo women reached the penultimate top within their respective fields by achieving world-wide fame along with amassing material wealth for both Leo Queens to live like Kings in their own right. However, both Leos have committed acts of Hubris so intensely serious, one risks the world she single handedly created as her penalty price and the other Queen has already paid with the dearest price possible – her life.Read more "Brad Kronen Releases His Third Book Focusing On His Independently Created Behavioral Tool – The Hubris Manifestor"
Some of the darkest pages of this country’s History deal primarily with one evil in particular – Slavery. Where in times of old, humans beings were treated as if mere pieces of property through the sin of Slavery, its presence still echoes across the ages to the Present day in the form of America’s broken race relations. Despite all parties being American citizens, those who are not Caucasian still find themselves in the 21st century being singled out with many non-whites today being treated as if they were citizens of a lesser, second class kind. More often than not this is especially the case whenever a person of color must deal with the police.
Horrifyingly, the tragic fate which recently befell George Floyd is nothing new. Police officers abusing their power through the harassment, violence, and deaths of this country’s black citizens is as old as American History, itself but has become even more prevalent especially over the last 5 decades. Recent victims who lost their lives to police brutality that immediately come to mind are Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Willie Tillman, among countless others. George Floyd’s name may be one of the most recent but it certainly won’t be the last addition to a list that shows how exponentially worse America’s race relations have become lately, along with the abuses of power displayed by the police.Read more "Defending The Human Family: Facing A Global Pandemic in these Not So United States"
The recent astrological weather has indicated that America and the world at large can no longer act upon decisions based strictly on the needs of individual economies or in the best interest involving the finances of a choice few, the world must move forward as a united whole with humanity basing all of its upcoming actions in scientific fact strictly unto itself.Read more "A Plague on Both Your Houses: Astrologically Analyzing America’s Role in the Midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic"
Could the planet known as the “Lord of Karma” taking its leave of the sign of Status in order to enter the sign of egalitarian justice precisely as the world is in the midst of facing a global pandemic be taken as a sign?
Sure looks that way to me.Read more "Saturn Transits Aquarius, Part II: The Great Equalizer"
March 11th, 2020 – The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declares the Corona Virus to be a global pandemic with the strong likelihood of the virus making its presence in every country on the planet.
March 11th, 2020 – The heavenly body known as the “Lord of Karma” transits into the highly karmic or last degree of the sign it naturally rules over, or in other words the planet Saturn becomes newly positioned in the sky at 29 degrees Capricorn.Read more "Saturn Transits Aquarius, Part I: The Past Merges at Present"