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DR EBEN GOES TO HEAVEN: THE POEM

THE PROBLEM AND POETRY OF BIG QUESTIONS

Neurosurgeon Dr Eben Alexander’s bestselling and controversial Proof of Heaven  (published last October) describes experiences while in a coma induced by bacterial meningitis. According to science he should not have experienced anything because his cerebral cortex would have shut down. In short, theoretically, his claims to experiences of the beyond offer a challenge to materialist notions of mind and brain apart from which “consciousness” cannot exist. Sceptics like neuroscientist Sam Harris have dismissed Alexander’s evidence wholesale and as plain unscientific (For the crux of the argument see:
http://iands.org/news/news/front-page-news/888-eben-alexander-answers-skeptics-criticisms.html. )
It is of course easy to dismiss Eben’s and all  NDE experiences if one denies the existence (for which others would claim evidence) of any soul/subtle body/aura/body electric, or just “consciousness”, able to detach from the body at death and other times during life.

The longstanding doyen of NDE studies, Raymond Moody, has hailed Alexander’s evidence as exceptional and remarkable, but is it? Meanwhile some Christians have oddly, or just ignorantly, claimed the account contains nothing against received doctrine. If anything it might be said to challenge it and most belief systems on most points as regards the hereafter (it is overall perhaps closest to Buddhism in not demonstrating any clear notion of self even while it has a notion of deity Buddhism denies ). What we do have to reckon is that if the soul exists and can experience visions, then there can be visions both true and false just as there are good and bad dreams.

With the conflicting viewpoints in mind I composed the following skit. Readers of poetry should be sure to tune in on May 12th for some more poetry,longer and more substantial than the following and anything but skittish, namely THE HELL PASSAGE.

DR EBEN GOES TO HEAVEN

Doctor Eben went up to heaven
Not quite on a ladder of light.

First stop was a blackness of slime
Where, caught like a worm  in a hole,
He remained  an indefinite time.
There the filth of that place made its bubble,
And its stench wafted fully its smell
While faces made menace through gloom
And, like maybe a heartbeat, the world
Struck a rhythmic mechanical boom.

Then light in the darkness shone out
Grew and spun to the form of a tunnel.
Through this Eben  rose from his swamp
To find gardens and people like earth’s,
But also a woman or angel for guide
With whom he was able to ride
Through celestial scenes and then fly
On butterfly wings up to God.

She or It was a genderless god
Who uttered no words he could hear
His guide gave the sense: it was love
Since at core that is all that exists
(Though it’s evil gives growth and free will!).
God was most like a kind of bright void
Or again like a dazzling dark
And it seemed that God’s name might be OM …
(OMNI something wouldn’t God need to be?)

Eben learned, given practice and time,
To bounce like a ball up and down
Between  heavenly  gate and  earth’s muck
Till at last the gate was tight shut. He regretted
Returning to earth, to terrestrial limits and strife
It’s not like his home, nor like any real thing
Where bliss is denied  with the purpose of life…
….Or….where truth is obscured…..so say….

———————-11———————

Dr Eben went down to hell
It was obvious  from  the very smell.
Sulphurous Satan was back at his tricks
Transforming to light within the Styx.[1]

But New York needed its special story
It wants no heavens of average glory
Publishing circles came  for the kill
It’s heresy sells and not God’s will.[2]

However, beware all gross deception
Which teaches nothing of God’s election
Nor lets the God whose name is Word
Speak anything that can be heard.

And makes of God who’s infinite light[3]
A  force of being much less bright
Indeed a dazzle of darkness, scarcely more
For a soul to see than a muddy floor.

To test all the spirits was sage advice[4]
Too often a vision is merest device
For fiendish minds to spread confusion
Misleading the masses about salvation.

Beware of angels with information
“You can’t do wrong”, else what’s temptation?
While too much love without condition
Belongs with the flatteries of perdition.

Like claims from God there’s no separation,
Half true in its way since all damnation
Is existence through God, but only as fire
Nothing else to support either love or desire.

Moreover the idea’s plain infernal
That love’s the absolute universal
When selves won’t recall their personal being
To love and relate with any meaning.

Both easier and more hard than this
Are death and soul’s entry into bliss.
Let visions agree, doubt odd revelation[5]
Such merely serve truth’s deprivation.


[A lot of people seem to have been reading this Dr Eben poem and if you enjoyed it, fine, but it is basically a skit. There is more serious and accomplished poetry that I hope you might think worth looking at and/or supporting here or on Twitter etc in other, subsequent posts]

[1]  The Styx in myth and Dante’s Inferno is the river that separates the world of the living from Hades or Hell. Traditionally it is “the river of hate” – Whether or not it’s near a river, Eben’s wormhole is declared to be a region of menacing faces. The devil transforms to an angel of light (2 Cor 11:14).

[2] Allusion to “the big six” of publishing of which Eben’s publisher (Simon and Schuster) is one while another is HarperCollins, or Heresy Central itself for the range of serious distortions or denials of Christianity it regularly promotes. However the poet has personal issues going way back as regards the dealings of Schuster and Harper over prose rather than poetic material.

[3]  1 Tim 6:16 …”[God]…..who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see”. The epistle’s author means the Creator, God the Father, not the Son, the Word who can be seen including as light”. Though they may have heard God, not even believers will have seen the Creator prior to the Last Things, unless possibly as an image within vision only, but not directly.

[4] 1 Joh 4:1, “….do not believe every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they are from God”.

[5] The Eben experience has many unique features. It’s hardly the “run-of-the-mill near-death experience literature” that Peter Sanford of Britain’s The Guardian had it, which is why for NDE researcher Raymond  Moody  it so remarkable and supposedly impressive. However, without suggesting all NDEs are true or that consistency is truth’s sole criterion in the matter, there is a certain level of agreement among a fair percentage of NDEs which cannot be ignored in assessment.

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Posted by on April 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

WITH DANTE DESCENDING AND WHY HIS INFERNO MATTERS IN 2013

THE INFERNO ARCHETYPE

It’s possible the much anticipated publication of Dan Brown’s Inferno mid May holds significance beyond the author’s conscious intentions. Just as Stravinsky’s originally controversial The Rite of Spring with its unprecedented outburst of primitive energy belonged with the psychological build up to the WW1, it often happens that productions in literature and the arts offer unconscious prophecy of what society can expect.

The matter is relevant in view of such as the aggressive threats of North Korea which could come to the boil in the wake of April 25th’s lunar eclipse. This falls degree exact on the Mars at 5 Scorpio (Mars  equals issues of war) of that nation’s foundation (Sept 12.1948). Korea’s threats should be taken seriously under such aspects. Anyway, it could be that a taste of the Inferno will become part of collective experience before the year is out. Inferno (hell) is not just an item of religious doctrine or something Dante wrote but a recurring archetypal idea which events periodically impose on persons and society.

Lunar eclipses unlike solars don’t introduce new themes. They demand resolution of existing ones within about six months of the time they hit. Korea has decisions affecting us all. This eclipse could introduce a truly Wagnerian period with perhaps a lot of solar if not missile and  nuclear activity. 5 Scorpio  is explosive – back in 2003 the sun on that degree produced some of the strongest solar flares on record.

Next month I shall have special things to say in relation to Dante’s vision. I shall even present some Hell Passage poetry for today. Here and more modestly I want just to capture and define Dante the man a little. I do so before, as could happen under the excitement Dan Brown seems to generate around any theme, the poet disappears behind not just a veil of  riddles and mysteries but alternative theories of hell, heaven and salvation aided by the Eternal Feminine represented by everyone from Beatrice to the Virgin. For Catholics May is the Virgin’s month.

DATING DANTE AND DANTE’S POETRY FROM BIRTH

There is some, but not too much, disagreement about Dante’s birth date today. Most seem sufficiently assured like translator Dorothy Sayers it was late May, and even among the meticulous and cautious Rodden list on Swiss Astrodienst for use of astrologers, a list which tries to avoid anything uncertain, it accepts May 30th 1265 (Julian) and follows Marc Penfield’s chart. If the nativity fell at the end of May at all, the birthday is unlikely to have been a day or two earlier than the 30th because then the moon sign and its aspect would not fit such a notable wanderer and exile, nor again someone who lost his mother early. That much is obvious.

Accordingly for the purposes of astrology the main question is a birth time for the 30th. Birth was supposed to have occurred at the time Saturn was rising, but records were not super accurate. It is more likely that beyond the Saturnian gravity of the poet, which would fit with a first house Saturn, still better fitting his alienation, disappointment and working alone as an artist is Saturn already just risen and behind the ascension in the twelfth house. This gives mid Gemini rising and it is indeed likely since if around 18 degrees of Gemini is correct as  Astrodienst’s chart assumes, then the DANTE asteroid follows it within the first house at 22 degrees. Names don’t have to be in that position, but they often are. We can now examine the rest of the pattern and it becomes hard to think birth date and time could be wrong especially once one starts adding the name, place and concept asteroids, a little used but very accurate tool in modern astrology. There are simply too many striking coincidences and expressive details at work.

(For Dante’s horoscope which WordPress doesn’t allow me to paste here go to this address   http://bit.ly/102KzdY )

  • 15 degrees of Gemini sun, itself within conjunction of FAMA  (fame) at 13 Gemini, has to be correct given the improbably indelible way  I find it places Dante’s identity- giving sun between two vitally important influences for him…..We can see his celebrated muses or guides represented by asteroids BEATRIX (Beatrice) at 15 Cancer and VERGILIUS (Virgil) at 16 Taurus, i.e. both making the meetings semi-sextile aspect either  side of his  sun. And “meetings” is the right word. Despite material or mental encounters Dante never really   knew either despite their huge influence on his vision and values from the  house of dreams (twelfth) and the house of values (second). LUCIA is  another female guide or help. She is within conjunction of BEATRIX at 17  Cancer.
  • Dante’s alienation, his exile   is suggested by the opposition of the moon in roaming Sagittarius opposite  natal Saturn. Here the roaming (some believe he went as far as Paris) is enforced and the response produces Sagittarian philosophy and religion. Dante’s  mother (moon) died when he was five – Saturnian separation or loss.
  • Dante considers himself above all a Florentine and loves  Florence. Two relevant asteroids can only be FLORENCE and FLORENTINA and   as asteroids were originally registered in feminine form even when the   reference is male,  Florentina can  be male – Florentinus. So FLORENTINA seems the relevant asteroid. It  closely conjuncts Dante’s Venus – what he loves – and in the sign of home and patriotism, Cancer, too. It is  also conjunct his fated (South) NODES. The South Nodes are what comes easily but can be unfortunate while the opposite North Nodes show to what  we must aspire, the proper values. The aim for Dante thus lies in the   opposite sign from Florence and Cancer, namely Capricorn, (responsibility and politics) and (if the birth time is correct) within the eighth sector  of transformations, even of death and hell. He must leave the beloved   Florence, and even perhaps see hell to transform his vision and values.
  • Dante’s Mercury on 3 degrees of Gemini links the poet directly to the  interests that so concern him regarding Christianity. It is the religion which he will influence as perhaps the greatest or most memorable Christian poet. It was founded at Pentecost AD 30 with 3 degrees of the sun in that sign. (Dan Brown’s natal Mars here puts him in special, if rather contentious, relation to both  Dante and Christianity).
  •  If the birth time is correct, it is wonderfully suitable that  for someone who took it upon himself to represent reform for Christendom, the peculiar asteroid CHRISONSOM – surely “astrospeak” for Christendom and I have found it to work as such –  conjuncts Dante’s Ascendant.
  • Dante’s genius with its universal curiosity is guaranteed by  his hard working Saturn conjunct Mercury in Mercury’s own sign of versatile Gemini in close aspect to brilliant Uranus. (Someone I know who came academic second in their nation had this same Mercury/Saturn  conjunction in Gemini!).
  • This Mercury that aspects the original and often gay-linked  Uranus could reflect an admired and regretted gay teacher such as many   believe Dante had in the Florentine scholar Brunetto Latini. He features in Canto 15 and Circle 7 of the “violent against God” who are oddly categorized as being sodomites and usurers. The gay connection is acute  especially as this Uranus also squares Mars. Uranus/Mars is another aspect which can either accompany homosexuality or make for heterosexuals dealing with it and with gays (along with unusual, inventive ideas strongly put). Since Dante’s Mars which is square Uranus is also loosely conjunct Neptune we could suspect a touch of bisexuality (afflictions of Neptune equal bisexual potential) such as is not so uncommon among poets – Shakespeare and Tennyson notably so. Dante’s marriage was not happy while the  relationship with the patron Can Grande was known to be very close.
  • At another level of teaching and significance, the Jesus  asteroid (Ar. ISA) also closely conjuncts Uranus. Dante’s attitude towards Jesus may thus be unusual. Certainly Jesus is invoked in a reformist way against popes and authorities, but his role is somewhat muted against that  of an extreme Marian cult (on the rise in Dante’s time) and reflected in an exaggerating square of MARIA in dramatic Leo to Dante’s Jupiter, his beliefs).
  • Dante’s political and power struggles are represented by the  natal Sun opposite Pluto. The Sun besides is in the sign of division opposite a Pluto in the sign of organized religion. Dante’s life was riven between Ghibellines and Guelfs, the imperial and papal supporters  respectively. He was born of impoverished Guelf nobility but in the confused politics of the times he drifted towards what he found most  idealistic among the Ghibellines and he was often called a Ghibelline.
  • Conjunctions can be very pro or con something depending.  Dante’s Sun within conjunction of BABYLON reflects struggle against what seemed to him a corrupt “Babylonian” church against which he hopes a purer Italian imperial vision will arise – his sun is in opportunity sextile to  precisely ITALIA.
  • If the Sun/Pluto opposition properly falls across the first and  seventh sectors this would correspond to a difficult, conflicted marriage. Gemma to whom he had been affianced aged twelve was not Beatrice, and Gemma did not accompany Dante in his exile…..Also someone has also pointed out to me that – whether or not the Galactic Centre and its opposite point are heaven and hell linked religion linked though we know they are – the GC at 16.37 Sagittarius opposite Sun at 15.25 and an ascendant at 18.13 Gemini seems fitting for the proposed Inferno travelling picture.
  • Dante’s essentially Catholic and scholastic worldview is represented by Jupiter at 28 Taurus (same sign and degree as for the modern Vatican) and its opportunity aspect to HELL(a) at 29.58 Cancer is an indication his most famous literary output can relate this to the Inferno with his HELL(a) organized along the lines of Aristotelian and Thomist values. The HELLA asteroid almost on 0 Leo fortunately trines his voyaging, religious 0 degree moon in Sagittarius and it nearly conjuncts his 1 degree Mars in the sign. This belongs to the pride of Dante and his will to confront and dramatize (Leo) people in his Inferno. Mars is probably his gate of hell.
  • Any classic and spiritual literature is of Jupiter. Since Dante  began the Inferno in 1308 probably around Easter – his vision enters hell on Good Friday – we may imagine  work began with tr. Mars around conjunction with his Jupiter in April that  year.
  • The influence of Thomas Aquinas’s Summa is suggested by asteroid THOMASAQUINAS in the same Taurus sign as Jupiter. Dante’s controversial poetizing of Aquinas’ Summa for the poetry – the Commedia  has been called “The Summa in Verse” – and this may be its weakest point,  is displayed by the tension-betraying opposition of POESIA to THOMASAQUINAS.
  • POESIA is at 13.50 Scorpio in the sixth house, an odd position      except that Shakespeare’s POESIA is in the same house – perhaps both poets   regarded poetry as work!  The fact  that Neptune and Uranus were in conjunction in deep and “hellish”  Scorpio in 1308 when the Inferno was supposedly begun and that around Easter visionary Neptune was retrograde at 14 Scorpio conjunct  Dante’s POESIA, is again a strong hint the right birth date and chart has  been established and for inauguration of work on the Inferno.

As a Gemini Dante is almost inevitably very social and political. He is so to the point it compromises his view of the religious and spiritual. It makes for example no sense, unless by precisely certain contortions of Thomist and Aristotelian philosophy, that Dante should place the likes of the high priest of Jesus’ crucifixion Caiaphas in Canto XX111 at Circle 6 of the hypocrites in the Malbowges section of hell above the Nether region of the inferno while placing Julius’ Caesar’s assassins at the lowest point with Judas and Lucifer himself. This is because sins have been rated more rationally than spiritually and according to social or political effect – what worse than Judas-like traitors to upset the imperial rule of Caesar – a good Ghibelline sentiment!

Dante is pre-Protestant in his willingness to condemn even Popes to hell, to regard like Luther the Vatican as a kind of Babylon and to prefer the separation of Church and State which Christianity, itself a Gemini born religion, has always preferred or assumed following Christ’s rule that God must have what is God’s and Caesar what is Caesar’s (Matt 12:17).

At the same time, Dante is very Catholic not just in being so political and philosophically scholastic à la Aquinas, but also (for his times) as trendily Marian as he is in his devotion. He is also very Catholic in accepting the doctrine of Purgatory which is not biblical doctrine but more a matter of medieval tradition. It was even the trigger of the Reformation when it was felt that buying ways through purgatory had become a source of deception and corruption. For non Catholics the Purgatorio nonetheless nicely symbolizes types of spiritual progress. Like Pilgrim’s Progress the whole Commedia is an allegory.

Ultimately however Dante’s faith is primarily mystical and God centred in the way the climax of the Paradiso vividly conveys. Dante’s THEOTES (Gk.Godhead) at 10 Aries conjuncts SALAVAT (Salvation) on the same degree. This pair then make degree exact trine to mystical Neptune at 10 Leo. (A vision of God as pure light and fire, “light that inly burns”). But the light turns out to be lights of the interpenetrating Trinity. A certain implicit Christology is present in the way the other asteroid name for God BHAGWAT (Sk. Lord) in Dante’s chart is almost conjunct the position of Jesus’ natal sun while (if his birth time is correct) Dante’s destiny Midheaven shares the religious power point degree and sign of Jesus’ 20 degree Aquarius Midheaven, a case perhaps of “he was despised and rejected” on the way to fulfilling a completely unique role.

DANTE AND DAN BROWN

Finally Dante does connect to Dan Brown or rather Brown to him in ways productive of an anticipated bestseller.

  • Dan Brown was born with his sun at 1.14 Cancer (a useful position for success as anything up to 1.15 is deemed conjunct a worldpoint at 0 Cancer!). Asteroid ROBERTA (i.e. Robert since originally asteroids were registered in female form, like Nelsonia for Nelson) in semi-sextile at 1.40 Leo bespeaks Brown’s natural penchant for a Robert Langdon alter ego.  More importantly, at Dante’s birth asteroid BROWN was at 1.56 Cancer.  Connection across time.
  • At Brown’s own birth asteroid DANTE at 26 Virgo was nevertheless in affliction square to his (Brown’s) Venus at 26 Gemini (a distinct but not perhaps an understanding artistic contact) while this same DANTE is inevitably in fortunate aspect to Brown’s GLO (a fame and controversy asteroid) at 26 Libra.
  • Dan Brown then connects to Dante strongly, if somewhat contentiously, through the conjunction of his natal Mars at 3 Gemini to Dante’s Mercury/Saturn conjunction. Brown will see perhaps especially the structure (Saturn) of Dante’s very structured hell. (Dante’s Mercury/Saturn conjunction in the sign of languages is of course also very involved with his giving birth and form Saturn to Italian as we know it through his use of the Tuscan dialect).

Even so and regardless…At Dan Brown’s birth the HELL/INFERNO asteroid (i.e.HELL[a] for reasons given above) was at 19 Leo. The novel’s pre-publication eclipse at 19 Taurus on May 10th makes immediate exact square aspect to its author’s HELLA asteroid at the same time as – if we have the correct chart for Dante as we very likely do – this same eclipse squares Dante’s reputation Midheaven at 20 Aquarius. It’s all fate and connection but not an automatically illuminating, enlightening one. Will the original intended poetry, allegory and vision of Dante get lost amid the modern adventures?……

HELL WORKS….AND NEXT

In passing I must insist the HELL(a) asteroid truly works for any inferno themes.  Everything which concerns my next Blog on the Hell theme and that you can read next month issues from what happened just before Easter on 27th March with the full moon at 6.52 Libra falling unbeknown to me at the time conjunct my own HELLA position on 7.30 Libra…..

Mid next month (the 15th not the 14th will do) the Blog will consider can we emulate Dante today whether poetically or in vision and offer some example through a specifically modern hell vision. Look out for it….This won’t be any normal Blog!

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

SHAKESPEARE THY NAME IS HYPOCRITE!

SHAKESPEARE THY NAME IS HYPOCRITE!

SHAKESPEARE THE CHEAT

I wish, alas, I’d never read and didn’t know the latest about Shakespeare. It is going to stick with me more than pornography sticks with some. And although I hope it’s wrong, I’m rather afraid it’s true.

New research would have it Shakespeare was not just dishonest, a regular tax dodger often before the courts, but a wealthy landowner who enriched himself hoarding supplies in times of known shortages and famine when the government was trying to support the people, selling food at inflated prices, and harrying the poor struggling under burdens of debt. See for example the news at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301829/Was-Shakespeare-tax-dodger-Bard-ruthless-businessman-exploited-famine-faced-jail-cheating-revenue.html

The man it seems was plain dishonest in line with lit crit observations that have long wondered why a lot of the plays, especially the tragedies, seem to hinge upon lies and their effect. And then there’s Coriolanus  about the conservative fanatic who’s ready to deny the poor bread. Was this perhaps a literary recognition rather than a moral admission of guilt round a serious personal deficiency?

As the reports that research has uncovered refer to legal cases around the Warwickshire region, we are looking at the Stratford Shakespeare. This person’s identity and origins have long been contested by marginal scholarship on weak grounds, evidence which however more people may now want to believe because these new revelations leave such a nasty taste in the mouth. They do so rather as the great Wagner appals us with his fatally influential anti-Semitism and willingness to make love to the wives even of patrons and supporters. “Trust not in princes”…add great artists to that dictum!

TELL TALE SIGNS OF THE BARD’S DISHONESTY

I have long maintained I possess the true and working chart of Shakespeare, set for 23 April (Julian) 1564 at around 11.20 am with 19 or 20 degrees of theatrical Leo rising. This chart works for the life and it works now, making an awful lot of plausible sense of chart features one might not otherwise comment too closely if they raised questions.

Saturn in Scorpio this Easter has been loosely opposite (at 10 degrees) Shakespeare’s natal Taurus sun at 12 degrees. The last solar eclipse fell at 21 Scorpio afflicting by square to Shakespeare’s ascendant affecting how we see him. The next solar eclipse at 19 Taurus, due next month, will square this point more exactly. The last lunar eclipse in November was on 6 degrees of Gemini. This means it was almost to the minute of a degree at 6.47 Gemini on Shakespeare’s career/reputation sector Neptune, a promise that within 6 months we might see his reputation and career differently. We do.

This same Neptune rules Shakespeare’s eighth house of shared resources and taxes. It contains a Pluto (often present in the eighth sector of wealthy persons) and in affliction to his career section and Taurus sun’s ruling Venus (any immediate cash flow).

The eclipsed Neptune is natally almost perfectly opposite Uranus in Shakespeare’s fourth sector of family and background. Apart from saying, as we know is the case, that there could be something odd about the Bard’s last home or resting place which is something else covered by the fourth, it contains a promise that one day people might well have shocks about his background including about his father. John Shakespeare is not believed to have been particularly honest in local politics.

Shakespeare’s genius like that of many geniuses owes something to Gemini. His Neptune and Venus are both in that sign widely conjunct. But add to his more artistic, moralistic but also rather materialistic Taurus sun the magic of this Gemini conjunction, a conjunction in a sign with such a flair for words, and then throw in his Mercury (actual writing) in rapid Aries and you have someone who can pour out verbal magic without blotting a line as Ben Jonson noted.

But Gemini is light and dark like even Christianity born under the sign and which has produced saints and sinners to the max. Gemini is clever but has a touch of the trickster, criminal and the torturer about it -it’s the sign of the Marquis de Sade (Recall Shakespeare’s gory early Titus Andronicus)

Anything Libra tends to get entangled with law. Shakespeare with his Mars afflicted Moon in Libra seems to have done that on cue at the same time as his moon in Libra tends to hold up a mirror to reflect all he observes. Life and people just passed by and through the Bard and he reflected them exquisitely but he didn’t necessarily feel with them as much as he should. Plainly he could be just cold and ruthless.

AVE ATQUE VALE

I feel really disappointed, even sickened by these new and special revelations. Things that over the centuries moralists have questioned like affairs with dark ladies or young men have been safely disregarded, reasonably enough relegated to the life of artists. But taking bread from people’s mouths? ‘Tis damnable. How shall these hands be clean?

Shakespeare, I hope it’s all wrong and I’m wrong about you; but otherwise, frankly, I can only say I think you’re detestable. Genius isn’t enough and not all the perfumes of Arabia can save you. You’re a smooth talking, charming, wily, hypocrite. You didn’t just cheat the peasants, you have hoodwinked the world. You aren’t as bad as Jimmy Savile, of course, but you aren’t hugely better either. Away with you! You left your wife your second best bed, you denied your daughter education and you even wished to curse us in Jesus’ name if we dared so much as to look inside your tomb. But what else in God’s name might we find out about you?….What else might you be hiding?! (You even have asteroid LIE conjunct the rising at your birth! And it’s conjunct the theatrical Leo ascendant. Did your first known critic Robert Greene have it right about you right from the start when he accused you of being “a Tygers hart wrapt in a Players hyde”?).

I’m just glad that at this Easter time my mind has been more occupied with a poetic genius who was a Gemini and Gemini marked but who was poorer, far more honest and worthy of our respect, namely Dante. My next article this month will be about him. And next month, around mid May when Dan Brown’s Inferno is due to appear, I will have certain Dante linked revelations and surprises that go well beyond just the astrological. You might be very surprised. I hope you wouldn’t be disappointed because if so, I might want to know why.

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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