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SENSE AND NONSENSE ABOUT THE SIGNS OF 2017

  

August’s “Great American Eclipse” with its path right across America as though to divide it, is just one of a number of expressive, notable signs that are increasingly intriguing people whether their perspectives are prophetic and/or astrological or not.

Many feel we are living in tumultuous, very special times; but speculation about the possible omens ranges from the genuinely meaningful to the merely silly. Problematic is a now near gone viral line in Christian prophecy cum astronomy which emphasizes especially a rare celestial pattern on Sept 23rd. It’s getting associated with apocalypse and the so-called Rapture. How appropriate is this?

Below is an excerpt from the final chapter of my updated study Christianity’s Destiny which has special reference to this year’s signs and their accurate assessment. I accept the talk about signs (and others less known) are  significant, but they need more careful  evaluation than they are receiving. The excerpt will help clarify and even prove how and where  it can be misleading to embark like some would-be prophets and “biblical astronomy” afficionados upon the interpretation of signs oblivious to well-established principles of symbolism and astrology. It has caused trouble before and it will do so again. Notoriously, the much touted blood moon tetrad across 2014 and 2015 has now been  half forgotten, dismissed as error, exaggeration or another  date setter’s damp squib. Yet it did signal something, and something still relevant – given application of the right methods of interpretation.

It’s unsatisfactory and even presumptuous to dismiss as only “pagan”/unbiblical certain rules of interpretation that should be applied and which can actually be shown to work for history and religious issues. Refuse them and you’ll not only miss what you should know at this time, but you might as well declare with Bishop St John Chrysostom in the fourth century (he who almost single-handedly invented anti-Semitism ) that it would have been better if the Magi had never come to Jesus because astrology was so evil.

Today and sadly it is the myopia of new fangled “biblical astronomy” which has helped produce some fake prophecy and prevent irrefutable key evidence for many things (and I do mean that) concerning the data of Christ’s birth and death and what the Magi knew, from even being considered among Christians and others. Christianity’ Destiny, a book from which I excerpt below and which includes serious consideration of things like signs of Christianity’s ending,  is a sequel to Testament of the Magi. ( https://goo.gl/I28aCm ). That book proves beyond reasonable doubt (try to disprove the mass of evidence, you’ll have a job) that Jesus was born with messianic Jupiter at 19 Pisces, sign of the then incoming and now outgoing era, in a sector of the heavens associated with Israel. He was not born like someone to the lifestyles of the rich and famous with Jupiter/Venus aspects or with the sun in regal Leo. Instead his nativity was under messianic Jupiter conjunct testing Saturn better reflecting his earthly struggles and suffering apart from the fact Jupiter/Saturn conjunctions had  dynastic and cyclic significance . If this basic fact was ever realized there would be less error directed upon the signs like those of September 2017 which, though significant in their own way, aren’t so because of any supposed first Christmas-like association of Jupiter with Venus.

Christianity’s Destiny supplies a striking and unique demonstration of the identity, ideas and main personalities of Christianity from Pentecost AD 30 to today right down to the last relevant name, place and concept asteroid and so-called Part like Part of the Father. These all work so often against chance in such degree of harmony and into modern times they cannot be lightly dismissed. People should not fail to be aware of the astonishing facts and patterns (it’s even an open scandal that they aren’t). The data are intricately accurate to this day and it is from among them that any speculation about seasons of ending are best, most securely made. (But it is because I am persuaded of their accuracy that I am also suitably cautious about the forecasts one can ever make and the application of their symbolism).

To take at random just one example from a chart pattern which is by no means about just Christianity’s leaders and the papacy, at Pentecost (and needless to say long before Mexico was discovered or its asteroid seen and named) asteroid Mexico stood at 21.59 degrees Scorpio. When the first papal visit (John Paul 11’s) to that nation took place beginning on January 26th 1979, novelty-bringing Uranus was by transit at 20.36 Scorpio i.e. beginning to conjunct Mexico at 21 Scorpio. The trip was successful. When Pope Francis first visited Mexico for what by contrast was considered a disappointing if not failed mission beginning Feb 12th 2016, the sun at 22 Aquarius was directly square (a tension aspect) to Mexico which was being conjuncted by a difficult Mars.

Though data like that of Pentecost should in itself be a justification of  the supposedly biblically verboten subject of astrology (a position many rabbis would question), I don’t feel obliged to justify my position to dismissive, censorious religious critics for as long as against biblical rule to which they pay lip service, they still  listen to and broadcast noisy, failed prophets like Glenda Jackson or Jonathan Cahn. The former’s predictions, supposedly under direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit  concerning Obama as last president were breathtakingly wrong, while the latter has been proved sensationally wrong more than just once in prediction of everything from stock market crashes, to the fall of America and the end of the world. Enough! What some will dismiss as unredeemed “pagan” astrology can tell you more and better than these modern voices of confusion, indeed with all due allowance for some inevitable errors it would be hard put to do worse!

 

(From Chapter 14 of Christianity’s Destiny, “Ending Sometime: Between Astrology and Prophecy”

……………ECLIPSES WITHOUT AND WITH ASTROLOGY

The more blatant modern predictions, or virtual predictions, of Second Advent (whether over Arabia, at Jerusalem or anywhere) that conservative Christians normally opposed to specific speculations have allowed through, have their source and inspiration in speculations launched over a decade ago by the Messianic Christian Rabbi, Mark Biltz. Biltz is founder of El Shaddai Ministries devoted to stressing the more Jewish side of Jesus. Findings and variations on a theme by Biltz like John Hagee’s Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change (2013) rapidly became bestseller material.

Though Biltz and the rest haven’t cared to be too precise about the Rapture, some may be said to have hinted that Jesus could return to Mount Olivet in 2015 around the Day of Atonement. Because the gospels forecast signs in the heavens and (whether literally or symbolically), “the moon turned to blood” before whatever event precisely marks “The Day of the Lord” (a time of judgement, the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Second coming to Jerusalem?), it struck Biltz there could be some significance in a certain tetrad (sequence of four) red moon eclipses. These were due to fall on the Jewish festivals of Passover and Tabernacles six months apart in both 2014 and 2015. There had at any rate been significance in such festival tetrads for Jewish history. We shall see what this significance was but, as it happens, if one included a count of the festivals by traditional rather than more modern calculation put in place in the eleventh century, there was something seriously rare to unprecedented – namely a sextet of blood moons which stretched into 2016.

Undeniably rabbinic traditions can refer to blood moons as the moon “turned to blood” and solar eclipses as the sun “turned to darkness” (both these being biblical expressions). They have also regarded blood moons as important for Israel either for war or major change while solar eclipses have been deemed more important for the gentiles. It can however still be argued something stronger than just eclipses are indicated by the gospel prophecies of end times – if taken literally. But how literally are the prophecies meant to be taken? For example, asteroids and meteorites might fall from the heavens, but not stars (it would take too long!) as envisaged by Mk 15:23…..unless perhaps stars appear to be falling because there were to be, say, an axis shift. Which is always a possibility. So there’s an issue here around what and how much is literal or symbolic.

Though worth examining, the idea that the blood moon eclipses are end times “signs”, is nonetheless an assumption made against a background of uncertainty. All said and done, blood moons are not a great rarity, albeit one must grant the lunar tetrads that Biltz had first highlighted are fairly rare and rarer still falling on the Jewish feasts. (62 tetrads since the first century but only 8 on Jewish festivals). It therefore seemed the 2014/15 tetrad could correspond to significant events for Israel and possibly by extension the church.\

For claiming some direct relevance to Christianity of such eclipses, the test case would need to be the year of the crucifixion – or so blood mooners assumed. Yet as will be apparent from the present study and my Testament of the Magi, I would claim along with many theologians the year of crucifixion was AD 30. Jesus’ death was anyway of more global and era than national significance. Accordingly it was suitably reflected by the nearest solar eclipse. Any blood moons in 33/34 are more likely to reflect the division and general turmoil within Israel which Christianity, the conversion of St Paul, the martyrdom of Stephen etc were opening up for it.

Even conceding that point, many find it hard to think of the prophetic details of Peter’s Pentecost sermon with its mention of “the moon turned to blood” and other images drawing upon a prophecy of Joel, as fully realized at Pentecost (whether in AD 30 or 33), at least not literally so. It is not unreasonable to suppose the apostle’s audience may have been intended to understand and did understand the festival was a foretaste of a still greater day of fulfillment towards the end of the age. Regardless…a blood moon didn’t absolutely have to be in the skies for the first Pentecost to be the unique day it was. Nor did those present need to witness to the “drifting smoke” (of volcanos understood) and major signs in the heavens or in the earth beneath to be assured to major significance (though to the extent the Jews and Jerusalem are always deemed specially linked to end-of-era events, any future Pentecost might well be extreme and literally so after Joel’s description).

The relevance of the blood moons for the fate of Jews before modern times was best seen in 1492 when they were famously expelled from Spain. More recently, tetrads were significant in 1949/50 and in 1967/68. Modern Israel came into being in 1948, but it had to fight for its existence in ‘49 and ’50, so the blood moons suitably oversaw war and developments at that time. Then in 1967 there was the Six Day War and (East) Jerusalem retaken and Israel effectively unified after two millennia. This was seen by many as highly prophetic, an end of “the times of the Gentiles”, a first herald of the end of organized Christianity as we know it, a promise of the Second Coming. 1967 was significantly enough also a Hebrew Jubilee year, 50 years on from 1917 when modern Israel suddenly began to seem like a real possibility because Britain’s General Allenby took Jerusalem from the Ottoman Turks after centuries and Britain issued the Balfour Declaration). Jubilees in Judaism mark a season of setting free, of debt release or return of land.

Despite the interesting coincidences presented by blood tetrads, they don’t make too much sense and can hardly be used to predict and declare anything if one doesn’t understand the meaning of even a single, independent eclipse. This is where if there is anything to say here, astrology and the celestial data of Pentecost must be brought in to accompany, supplement and refine any predictions for today. Failing to do so leaves one with the inconclusive or unfulfilled picture left by such as Hagee. The fact is that eclipses, which are frequent enough, are not too significant if they can’t do a bit more than make a spectacle in the heavens every so often. And even if one refuses to consider little more than the time of their appearance, tradition would still have us consider the intensity (total, partial), the time span and track – there seems to be more effect and more that’s prophetic over where the event is most visible.

What any regular eclipse does astrologically is to shine a spotlight on a portion of a person’s, nation’s, or institution’s life as already defined by their birth chart. An eclipse in, say, a person’s ninth house might signal taking a university course or, for a nation, instigating reforms in higher education over the coming year from the solar eclipse. A solar eclipse introduces the new. Lunar eclipses are more by way of a challenge to resolve some already existing situation, expectation or problem and usually during the six months from the time of the eclipse. They at least leave people pondering certain issues more than others. They oversee a mood, a thought trend, even if and when they don’t produce the kind of major action Jewish rabbis are prepared to associate with blood moons for especially Israel.

Eclipse effect is anyway more in evidence if natal planets or progressions to them for persons or nations are hit by the eclipsed sun or moon and likewise the planets transiting at the time of the eclipse (the latter within a small orb of contact only). Without this not too much may occur. The outcome need not be immediate either; it can wait months until, say, a lunation or notable transit hits the degree zone sensitized by the eclipse. A classic example is the horror of 9/11. An eclipse on June 21st had hit a World Point (0 Cancer), itself related to America’s birth chart. When action orientated and bellicose Mars struck opposite that point, the inherent potential for disaster was released.

Although everyone from atheists like Dawkins to Christian fundamentalists may for their own reasons deny astrology and thus eclipse effect, one needs to be willfully blind to ignore their evidence, which is unfailing. I myself unforgettably received some effects negatively in 2003 when an eclipse hit inside my ninth house (universities, religious and overseas affairs and sometimes publishing) and near my Midheaven (reputation/career) at the same time as an aggressive Mars conjuncting my Lie asteroid hit opposite my natal Saturn (restriction, difficulties and some issues of reputation and career). Things proved suitably difficult. I received a doctorate to maximum media attention but as regards the subject matter got misreported in many places round the globe. It was even said I had been government funded to study Jesus’ sexuality – I had not broached that subject or been offered payment to do so. This was disinformation and fake news on a grand scale little of which I was able to correct (Saturn as restriction) because it was too interesting for those purveying it.

As said, traditionally the rabbis have always held that lunar eclipses are more important than solars for the affairs of Israel, the latter being supposedly more relevant to the gentile nations. Though the blood moons can be relevant to Israel, unless we could say Israel seems always to have a lot of proverbially “unfinished business” anyway (lunar eclipse material), the rabbinic assumption about lunar/solar difference can be overemphasized – it likely owes something to traditional fears of solar worship. Israel like any other nation will undergo important solar eclipses when things hot up for it. Significantly, a solar eclipse in May of 1948 in Taurus fell just days before Israel’s foundation (a typically solar “new thing”) under Taurus.

The difference between solar and lunar eclipses that I have described is empirically derived by astrologers and it is worth respecting and working with. This brings me back to my point that those like Biltz and Hagee promoting an interest in blood moons don’t know quite enough; and if they won’t work with the astrology they so readily dismiss or demonize, they stand to miss much and even mislead people about what is most likely to occur as regards the destiny of Israel and of Christianity.

When I first examined the blood moons, though it looked like they could destabilize many things, I doubted the last lunar eclipse could produce something on the scale of the biblical Tribulation whether thought of as more relevant to Jew or Christian. Even if literally believed in and deemed probable for within this decade, it was hard to see that the world-shocking and troubling effects of such as the Rapture (widely believed to immediately procede and herald the onset of the Tribulation) were present in 2015.

There was for example nothing super aerial, Libran and Rapture Ready about the solar and lunar eclipses of September 2015, though of course there had to be something, and there was, either to stir or reflect the kind of Rapture anticipation that talk of the blood moons aroused. The first eclipse of the tetrad had been conjunct the Venus that rules the endings sector of the Church in aerial Libra and so, with Venus conjunct a World Point in mid October 2015 something Rapture-like had to occur…and it did so in the form of a Hollywood Left Behind film about the Rapture. The specifically American premiere had the sun on 10 Libra conjunct Pentecost’s Trombke (Pol.Trumpet). And what is the Rapture if not the Last Trump? It was a prime case of the right idea at the wrong level.

If we dismiss as I am doing here the limitations of interpreting and anticipating events in the style of Hagee’s blood mooners who emphasise the mere fact and number of eclipses, how by contrast would regular astrology proceed in this area? While any astrologer will prefer maximum evidence, a convergence of signs because a single transit or eclipse taken in isolation is rarely sufficient to certify the most momentous claims such as the sheer weight of the tetrad invites to, it’s still always beginnings and firsts are crucial in astrology. The time of birth is always the most crucial datum. It is therefore essential to inquire what the first eclipse of the tetrad showed in order to acquire some notion of what its whole sequence might be about and oversee. Here we almost immediately have a real clue.

Rather sensationally, it happens that the first blood moon of the tetrad was fortunately trine to the minute of a degree to the asteroid Tempel (Ger. Temple) in modern Israel’s natal sector of land and property and it’s primarily affairs of Israel according to the rabbis that the blood moon should stress. Though back in 2011 I was sure something would turn up with regard to the the temple, I wasn’t sure what and how, but I am satisfied that was the most essential theme.

The whole period of 2014 and 2015 (and into 2016 if one admits the mentioned sextet factor) now marks a period of conflicts and protests around the temple and Temple Mount with a sea change in attitudes towards its status. Majority Israel’s near secular indifference to the fate of the Temple Mount and any third temple has radically changed, not least following especially the career of Rabbi Yehuda Glick of the Temple Mount Institute. He would move from dismissed fringe figure to influential politician, especially following the attempt on his life in the wake of the second lunar eclipse. In 2015 the Israeli parliament passed an historic law permitting Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. Although Jews were legally permitted to visit but not pray on the Mount, prior to the 2015 law rabbis had always ruled Jews should not even enter the area lest they inadvertently step upon where the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy of Holies once stood. Palestinian Muslims were meanwhile offended at the idea Jews should claim the Mount as their own or that Solomon’s Temple ever existed there. But in 2016 it was announced fragments had been found that absolutely certified a first temple. In June 2016 Israel’s chief rabbi finally suggested the temple could be rebuilt alongside the Muslim shrines instead of those shrines needing to be demolished first, a belief which had made fulfillment of any restoration aims far off or next to impossible.

Is this principle of the revelatory first moon of a tetrad reliable and validated by previous example? Effectively yes… In 1967 whose Six Day War among other things returned historic East Jerusalem to Israel, the first blood moon fell on 3 Scorpio. It was thus opposite (challenge, conflict) to 3 Taurus, the degree of precisely asteroid Jerusalem in modern Israel’s foundational chart. Although at 22 Libra, the fact that Mercury and Venus at 21 and 22 Aries opposed the eclipse point but in turn made fortunate trine to Israel’s foundation time Israel asteroid at nearly 22 Leo in its destiny and reputation house, bespeaks a successful struggle for land and identity at the time. It’s all tellingly exact, though doubtless St Augustine and various blinkered American evangelicals would say it could only be so because of Satan. Yet the skies are supposed to utter knowledge according to the Psalms (Ps 19:2).

Before proceeding it is appropriate to ask concerning 2014’s first blood moon as it could also relate to the church rather than only the Israel that lunar eclipses supposedly highlight. As mentioned regarding the Rapture theme among the speculations of blood mooners’ and then some fulfillment via a Hollywood treatment, the pattern was striking to the extent the northern autumn eclipse at 25 Libra had affected Pentecost’s endings sector. It hit opposite its Venus  which from its destiny house rules the fourth of endings. Even though across two millennia eclipses have hit the same point before, they have not necessarily joined with other factors like the month’s shocking Pluto/Uranus square in action-geared cardinal signs. And they have not hit around the end of the age of Pisces itself. It was time to air an endings theme though not to end more literally and completely.

This point is an example of how a mature astrology and any prediction must not go astray and run to sensation and need not do so if the principle of level is sufficiently recalled by way of caution. The same seemingly potent endings sign could mean no more than – as was the case and as was already anticipated and known when I was writing on the moons – that the church in at least its Catholic branch was due to beautify (Venus) its properties during 2014. This was simply in harmony with the fact the fourth sector of endings also and alternatively rules a person’s or institution’s home and property. Millions were to be poured into modern Christian art. If however one were to ignore all of the more this-worldly dimensions of interpretation, one could then just as easily decide that the related, theoretically more church relevant solar eclipse of April 2014, by simply conjuncting Pentecost’s Part of Marriage was necessarily pointing to the Marriage of the Lamb, to Rapture itself.

Earlier this decade I must admit the tetrad left me uncertain and undecided as to its real outcome. I suspected not just the violence of the period but the possibility of real war leading to some kind of treaty that would render the practically difficult aspirations towards a third temple possible. This has not occurred, not least because I think that anything to do with the crucial, even apocalyptically significant temple has been and is likely to be part of a larger, longer process. It is one that started before the tetrad at late November 2013’s Hannukah festival when Comet Ison was approaching the sun, and it stretches into 2016 after the tetrad but covered by the sextet and into the signs of 2017 which I will comment upon presently. I should have preferred to work with the late declared perspective of the rarest of rare blood moon sextet. Emphasis upon the tetrad encouraged one to think something very definite ought to be settled within its time framework even if one couldn’t perfectly see it.

Hannukah celebrates the historic re-dedication of the second temple in 164 BC following its desecration by Antiochus Epiphanes. The fact that Comet Ison was conjuncting the sun above Jerualem at the time it did in 2013 was seen by many Jews as a promise of developments around the temple issue. The blood moons tetrad then focused minds and issues around the temple as never before, but hope of concrete change has owed much to the largely unexpected achievement of the presidency by Donald Trump in November 2016 under the sextet. Hardly had Trump won highest office than the Jewish Sanhedrin was appealing to Trump and also Putin to help rebuild the temple. Rabbis had been anticipating a Trump victory as some kind of fulfillment of Torah and prophecy itself. They believed he could prove to be a (not the) Messiah to assist the Jews. Trump was presumed to be a kind of latter day Cyrus i.e. like King Cyrus of Persia who freed the Jews from exile and gave them the go-ahead for the building of the second temple. Some American Christians were of similar persuasion and anticipate many remarkable developments under Trump’s incumbency. Here is a truly a case where astrology can help examine trends and assess the status of forecasts. Is Trump, who does have a Jewish daughter and son in law and is favourable to Israel and its aspirations, truly a potential Cyrus? The perhaps unexpected answer is a resounding affirmative.

Trump’s birth chart reveals the Tempel (sic) asteroid not only in his tenth house of destiny, career and resputation, but conjunct almost to the minute of a degree to the future-orientated, revolutionary, surprising Uranus. But not only this. The suggestive conjunction is then in close fortunate, opportunity-making trine to a conjunction of Jupiter (affairs of belief and religion) itself conjunct of all asteroids, Cyrus. Granted that astrology reveals as much what is thought about persons as what will actually happen and thus the pattern could simply reflect how Trump is seen in some circles; but with the destiny house involved this does appear to be more like real fate, more a call to destiny than just talk around Trump. This time the visionaries could be onto something.

SIGNS TRUE AND FALSE OF 2017

Writing this early in 2017 I feel it is possible and even quite likely, that it is 2017, which anyway presents some notable signs for commentary here, that by its end could have marked the conclusion of a process in minds and events begun with the temple-relevant sun/comet conjunction at Hannukah in 2013. It is even possible that another comet, 67P, which makes significant conjunction with the moon in late September, could be that marker. There is no question that 2017 is rich in significance and signs in this way. However, one of the increasingly emphasized signs anticipated for September 23rd immediately following the Feast of Trumpets seems bogus and once again because “biblical astronomy” is muddying the waters of the astrology it dismisses at its peril. It is important to clarify concerning this alleged sign, but first one must appreciate the wider context supplied by simply 2017 itself and the Feast of Trumpets within it.

It will be clear from Chapter Four and considerations earlier in this chapter that among those who assume a Rapture and end times scenario at all, Israel’s annual Feast of Trumpets marks a high point for expectations. It can be allowed it does so with some reason. It is seriously possible that Jesus, whose earthly career may be said symbolically to have fulfilled the spring feasts but not the autumn ones, projected onto time and the cosmos common images amd idioms of the Jewish wedding as regards the time the bridegroom arrives, the fact that only the father knows the time of this and so on. The day and hour of the marriage/ return within the more than one day Feast of Trumpets would always be unknown, but the festival itself could be suspected as the general time of revelation. And just possibly even its year might be hinted at if the parable of the Fig Tree with its mention of a generation from a forecast rebirth of Israel would apply (Matt 24:32-35). A biblical “generation” can however be 120, 70, 40 or a Jubilee of 50 years.

Accidentally or otherwise, the fact is that 2017 cannot help but stand out as a year of potential convergence in which almost anything apocalyptic from an agreement to rebuild the temple and war in the Middle East to the Rapture itself might be imagined to occur. It is, after all, 120 years since the foundation of Zionism in 1897, 70 years from the UN’s declaration for a nation of Israel in late 1947 and 50 years from the Six Day War of 1967 which, in harmony with the return theme of Jubilees, saw the return to Israel of East Jerusalem, which includes the Temple Mount area, after two millennia.

With this element of expectation as background, it is not entirely suprising that some persons would seize upon sending almost viral what they consider to be a celestial sign attaching to September 23rd, a day following the Feast of Trumpets on the 21st and 22nd. The fact is, however, that this is a sign that no astronomer or astrologer would have invented or imagined to be such, requiring as it does the employment of an entire constellation to function as the crown of another constellation that is already said to be crowned, and even deciding that a rare line-up of transiting planets with the fixed stars of the second constellation somehow make up what the first constellation by tradition and symbolically is meant to be about!

The imagined, assumed sign of Sept 23rd is associated with the account of a great portent in heaven as described in Chapter 12 of Revelation. In this vision a woman clothed with the sun and with the moon at her feet and a crown of twelve stars at her head, is pregnant with child and about to give birth. She is threatened by a red, seven headed dragon who seeks to destroy the child who is nonetheless snatched up to heaven while the woman flees into the wilderness where she is protected by God during the period of Tribulation.

Much could be commented on this section of Revelation and over time has been, but it can be safely claimed that its imagery has something to do with the constellation of Virgo over against Draco (the dragon) which is pointing at Virgo’s feet and Hydra of the many heads (though the constellation only shows one). It can also be safely affirmed that despite the centrality of Virgo the Virgin to the vision, it is most unlikely as some have imagined, that the woman represents the Virgin and that her “man child” is Jesus. This is to ignore that Jesus ascended to heaven in triumph, not snatched there under threat of evil forces, while the Virgin, who by early tradition died in Ephesus, did not flee anywhere to spend extended time in the desert.

By contrast, both Israel and Jerusalem can be biblically referred to as the virgin daughter, and in the Revelator’s lifetime it had been Israel and/or Jerusalem that had given birth to the new and threatened faith. The “man child” seized to heaven like the mythological Ganymede, is an alternative symbol (arguably a sort of Puer archetype), for the believing community otherwise described as “the Bride”. (Symbols by their nature are ever flexible and multivalent). That the company of believers is indicated is betrayed by precisely the idea of the child being snatched away. The snatching (later called Rapture), involves the same harpazo verb that St Paul uses in Thessalonians in his teaching of the mystery of the great and sudden disappearance.

The message of Rev 12 seems to be that the believing prepared will be taken away from earth while the Israel that has not joined with the new faith will still be preserved but on earth and during the time of Tribulation or Jacob’s Trouble. The twelve stars at the woman’s head again help identify her as Israel whose twelve tribes have long been believed to correspond to the twelve zodiac signs/constellations which interrelate with sun and moon as in the dream of Joseph. Symbolic logic would allow the twelve stars could also be the twelve apostles, themselves of Israel and representing the twelve tribes.

It is important to note that the constellation of Virgo has long been considered and in the times of the Revelator certainly so, as already having twelve stars like a crown at her head contained in what is called Coma Berenices, or Berenice’s Comb or lock of hair. It is almost perverse to suggest the constellation of Virgo needs a crown and that such could finally be made up – and very top heavily so! – by the entire separate constellation of Leo above it, regal though Leo is. Leo contains only nine fixed stars but can be made to appear to have the requisite twelve stars of the vision when, very rarely (once in seven thousand years), three transiting planets (Mercury, Venus and Jupiter) will make Leo look as though it had twelve main fixed stars. It is also odd to make out that a pregnancy within and birth from the Virgin’s womb is being shown and timed by the circulation of messianic Jupiter’s transit through Virgo. As some have pointed out, the total transit is more like ten than nine months and due to forward and apparent retrograde movements, Jupiter is not always fully inside what could be thought of as the womb zone…or even the sign of Virgo itself. The sign is being identified as in Hindu astrology sidereally and by what is directly seen rather than tropically defined after the normal measurements of astrology. During 2017 these would instead have Jupiter in Libra – the sign, given Pentecost’s pattern, anyway far more related to anything like endings. There is, besides, nothing exceptional about Jupiter’s position or motion during the year – Jupiter enters Virgo around every twelve years much as the sun and moon traverse Virgo every year in the northern autumn, the sun at the head and the moon across Virgo too, though precisely at her feet more like every nineteen years.

The whole idea of a special “sign” created by three transiting planets is unsatisfactory. Ironically, the best one can say for it is what is not being stated yet very legitimately could be, namely that an exceptional impression is given of the joining together of Virgo and Leo. One could claim this was meaningful to the extent that the earliest zodiacs, certainly in Egypt, begin with Virgo and end with Leo. (So called “biblical astrology” paints the picture of creation and redemption against the background of a zodiacal circle which engages just this sequence of signs. The more usual, widespread Aries-Pisces circle is nevertheless profoundly meaningful for the round of spiritual and religious development as I stress in the course of my The Astrology of Beliefs.[1]

The alleged sign of 23rd September is unnecessary as it could be argued that, just as it is, the constellation of Virgo receiving its annual transits of sun and moon points to the season of Trumpets as forever marked out for something final and apocalyptic. Moreover, during 2017 there are quite enough other signs to engage serious attention and in line with more standard forms of information and assessment. Indeed on the 23rd itself and with the sun on a World Point (0 Libra), the Comet 67P will be conjunct the moon at the Virgin’s feet which itself is of some interest. I have already suggested that this comet might well be seen as the other bookend to the sequence of temple-associated developments started by Comet Ison at Hannukah in 2013. The fact that just before this and on the Feast of Trumpets itself Israel’s progressed sun will be into a new sign at 0.0 of Leo seems significant. For Israel regal Leo is the sign of anything Zionist or Davidic but at 0 Leo a tension square is set up with the commonest used foundational chart of modern Israel which shows 0 Scorpio rising.

The change bespeaks the dawning of a new phase in national affairs, a change in consciousness or status since Leo oversees the nation’s leadership/destiny house. The progression of the sun into a new sign is an around 30 year event and points to new outlooks and situations. There would certainly be a whole new era for Israel if a third temple were to arise, though I don’t say that would have to occur on the dot when the sign changed. September nonetheless contains various transits like Mercury opposite Neptune and Jupiter opposite Uranus which are potent for mystery, surprise and change including in the way they affect the Pentecost chart.

Major events in and for (organized) religion in all its expressions are possible in 2017 simply by virtue of the fact that during it Saturn is back and forth in conjunction with the Galactic Centre (26 Sagittarius) and Uranus in trine to the point. Saturn is constrictive and painful and makes for endings, Uranus can be shocking but revolutionary. Saturn tracking through Sagittarius has been bad enough already as regards especially religious persecution and genocide (and also revelations of clerical abuse and corruption), so one wonders how much any aspect to the GC could hope to top it for crisis and significance. Speculation could run wild here: anything could be imagined up to and including the overthrow of the Vatican promised by ISIS – according to the old St Malachy Prophecy the current Pope is anyway last in the papal line, while the late Catholic seeress, Jeane Dixon believed there would be an overthrow followed by the inauguration of a new global faith through Rome. Undoubtedly a time when Saturn was on the GC would be one of the most favourable for the kind of darker prophetic outlook that envisages the advent of a great deception and/or an Antichrist.

Here is an example where talk of blood moons or constellational signs can tell us nothing too specific but standard astrology might be able to convey us something rather more. According to Jeane Dixon, the Antichrist was born at a time of very unusual aspects in the heavens back in 1962. Obviously I cannot certify that Dixon, who believed the point and purpose of her life and gifts was to receive especially that vision, was right and that the person of her vision actually exists. What I can affirm is that if he exists, factors in his chart, not least the two important eclipses of August, will impel him to appear before the world towards the end of the year or the beginning of 2018. For the length of his life nothing would be so compelling for the assumption of influence and power; and since this figure of prophecy engages war, there would perhaps be no time so favourable to appear as late 2017 ahead of likely effects of the next round of the war-associated Saturn/Pluto cycle. The latter was in evidence for WWs 1 and 11 and doubtless would be for any WW 111 from 2018 onwards.

So much could be said about just the solar and lunar eclipses of August 2017. The solar is already dubbed “The Great American Eclipse” for the way it completely crosses and divides America. It is also important for President Trump whose Ascendant and Mars it conjuncts; and for Christianity whose Pentecost Moon conjunct Church it conjuncts; and for Israel whose destiny house Mars it conjuncts and the Vatican whose Neptune it conjuncts also squaring its Jupiter; and for the alleged Antichrist whose ruling Uranus conjunct Achristou it conjuncts. This is without considering the lunar eclipse which directly conjuncts Pentecost’s seventh house Christ asteroid and Dixon’s Antichrist’s sun (and also North Korea’s Pluto whose Saturn will have been directly hit in the solar eclipse). The sixth months from August 2017 could well prove world-historical for decisions and events.

I don’t doubt that some will imagine by this I have either predicted or implied that the Rapture itself must occur in 2017 if only because it’s widely believed among students of prophecy that the advent of the Antichrist cannot occur unless and until the Rapture has taken place. My response is that I am not so so definite because one cannot be so. I have already demonstrated how failure to take level of manifestation into account in astrological interpretation can lead to over-statement and that overall astrology deals more in trends and possibilities than absolute forecasts, though in some contexts these can be made. But actually, I can even see an objection to 2017 as being a major year of destiny for Christianity. Quite simply, I can’t certify though eclipse or transit as some would require, what bespeaks any massive spiritual movement such as would be needed for any last pre-apocalypse Pentecost.

Admittedly that subject is problematic. Some words of Jesus suggesting lack of belief at the time of the end (Luk 18:8) could shed doubt on whether expectations of a last Pentecost were ever quite justified. If they were, then any last Pentecost could as easily be something to occur during the period of Tribulation as before it. But then again, there are some today who maintain that the last Pentecost is already occurring in parts of the world, especially in those places where belief is persecuted, if largely unreported by secular media. (Nowadays secular media hardly consider spiritual movements and issues of Christianity apart from the supposed interest of certain undermining scandals). Canon Andrew White, the so-called Vicar of Baghdad is one who has reported that though Christianity is virtually done for in Iraq, there are remarkable and unprecedented things happening, miracles, angelic appearances, visions of Jesus, even resurrections, things unimaginable to the secular West but which he is convinced belong to the end times only. Significantly but inevitably, this more dramatically religious aspect of White’s reports have not been widely conveyed by media. But if the idea is valid that the last Pentecost is taking place now, rather than awaits a period of Tribulation, then I should say those eclipses of 2015 and 2016 which fell on Jesus’ sun, then on the Bethlehem Star and then (lunar eclipse) on the Jupiter of the Pentecost chart, could be relevant as heralds of what was due to manifest and is now claimed to be happening. A blog article of mine, The Big Jesus and Jupiter Weekend, is also relevant here.[2]

Because of the possible misunderstandings around the signs for 2017 and the astrological complexity involved, I will not detail all that’s at least potential for the Pentecost chart. The bogus claims about the sign of Sept 23rd have been misleading enough already. All one can really say is that the period around late September either marks a crisis or is the symbolic gateway to a period of crisis and/or consciousness change over the months following. If one envisages extreme events, then the second half of 2017 presents itself as a stronger candidate for such than some other years. Whatever happens, the present time is one in which beliefs and values that have been building for decades now in society, politics and religion, will be put to serious test in a season which could seem like judgement itself.

Some, including Owuor, even believe we are already within the Tribulation and the first seals have been opened. I don’t agree, but one can appreciate why people might think so and how the symbolism can be made to fit to some degree. For Owuor, the white horse rider of the first seal (Rev 6:1,2) is not the advent of the Antichrist of much traditional commentary but rather the all-conquering modern forms of deception – everything from post-modernism with its relativism to the false prophecy of neo-Pentecostals, the prosperity gospels and inter-faith theologies. These invade the world and church so as to make them vulnerable to every untruth and false Messiah and thus sleeping and unready like the bridesmaids of the apocalyptic parable. Revelation’s red horse who brings war and violence is the “wars and rumours of wars” of the gospels and is a feature of our times through especially destabilizing terrorist movements and now radical Islamic terrorism and genocide.The black horse who introduces shortages and famines is the economic woes of the West and chronic shortages of the Third World. The pale (green) horse rider who brings death, plague and destruction on a massive scale (a quarter of the fish in the sea destroyed and so on) has not yet been released (though numerous fish have been dying) and for Owuor is unlikely to be so till after the Rapture and around the time of the seventh seal’s great quake and Day of the Lord which brings earthquaking on a tremendous scale.[3] But Owuor seems to have changed his mind about that one following widespread international interest in the odd image of a green horse rider on TV screens around the world at the time of the Arab Spring’s Egyptian riots. He now thinks the horse has been released and we will live through a period of increasing troubles symbolized by this green horse prior to the Rapture event. His mind change at this point doesn’t inspire confidence. I disagree with his perspectives here not least and obviously for astrological reasons. If there are to be really serious disasters in the world, I think they wait upon the wars, turmoil and agony dangerously possible under Saturn/Pluto cycle effects such as begin in 2018.

In the end it doesn’t come down to prophecy or astrology being perfectly right but ideally each supplementing and illuminating the other. Either you believe that prophecy naturally is or can be linked to astrology, or you don’t; you believe that astrology is a forbidden divination or it isn’t; that it’s a science of an unusual kind rather than superstition or devil’s work. I suggest it’s a resource, an often invaluable one. Again and again I see and hear the most abject nonsense allowed to surround church issues, beliefs and plans for futures that a basic understanding of the astrology of Christianity might help correct but that one cannot begin to use because to do so is to promote what is seen as most fit to ignore, misrepresent or even abominate.

And yet, is it even likely that so many working signs of which I have offered some record in this book, would exist not to be discovered or known? Conservative readings of scripture are more selective than they admit. The fact is that the Psalmist declares all the days of our lives are foreknown (Ps 139:16), a flat contradiction of the kind of argument which holds that Christians must reject astrology because it would align religion with determinism as against free will. By employing the technique of diurnals, astrologers alone come the nearest anyone can to tracing the general framework and possibilities of every day in an individual’s life. They can hope to understand what the psalmist was talking about… or indeed the author of Ecclesiastes who in a set of reflections akin to those astrologers might affirm, perceived the cyclic nature of reality which makes at least some aspects of life predictable.

Uranus is the acknowledged planet of astrology and astrologers. It “rules” Aquarius and hence oversees the coming Aquarian era that is at the doors. At a higher octave and for religion, Uranus is also the planet of the Spirit who is the central subject of Pentecost. To dismiss astrology is to deny a place at the table to prophecy or the divine “plan”, the outline and archetypal organization of things which is of the Spirit and Uranus. It would be better if faith took the plunge and accepted the wisdom offered; but if it doesn’t, it can be safely forecast that the age we are entering will see to it that sooner or later this form of knowledge will be accepted and integrated to religion and life more generally. Meanwhile, all one can do is offer the rather remarkable evidence for the ongoing truth of the celestial signs which single out especially Pentecost as a, or the, day which saw all history.

[1] Rollan McCleary, The Astrology of Beliefs., Createspace 2013

[2] McCleary’s Alternatives blog July 2016, http://wp.me/p2v96G-LL

[3] A self-styled visionary, Ken Peters, who claims to have been shown an extended panorama of the Tribulation as far back as 1980 but who today sees his scenarios as closer to today’s conditions, does place the killer quaking – which he says will also occasion a pole shift altering all climates permanently – inside the Tribulation just post-Rapture. So in a way, Peters, who was not even a Christian at the time of his visions, tends to confirm Owuor’s urgent picture. Whether he’s right or wrong, if you want a few chills and thrills I suggest Peters’ “I saw the Tribulation” (on YouTube) is preferable to wading through the Left Behind fiction series, something I’ve never attempted and won’t recommend.

A related relevant article, An Astronomy/ Astrology of Apocalypse: Could There be Such?  is at http://wp.me/p2v96G-OA

 

 

 

 

 

 
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JEREMIAH’S LOINCLOTH: A POEM OF FAITH AND PHALLOS

I am publishing this controversial poem ahead of this week’s unprecedented address before the Pope on the 24th by a gay Catholic to the World Meeting of Families convention in Philadelphia, USA. Though the speaker Ron Belgau himself elects for celibacy, because conservative Catholics believe no one is born gay and so should not identify as such but rather seek cure (the position of most conservative Protestants), they are still opposed to the convention. Likewise liberal Catholics who think eros has some rights to expression. Obviously the would-be generous Pope still wants to uphold tradition. But the reality is the tradition to which conservatives are attached is not nearly as scriptural as imagined, not least as regards how people are born. No poem could fully cover all the points I make or try to suggest as a theologian writing  some considerably  didactic poetry, but the notes below will be some guide. (Some notes are offered more like suggestions to further inquiry and conversations and a precis of the poem or what used to be called “the argument” is added ).

loincloth JER'SLOINCLOTH

JEREMIAH’S LOINCLOTH: A POEM OF FAITH AND PHALLOS

Baruch had indeed been a blessing. (1)
In the calm of his secretary’s eyes
Their attentive, aware, knowing gaze,
What imaged futures, what revelations
Could not find reflection, not shine back
If with traces of more earthly wisdom.

Surely the Lord had granted him this. It
Was, he had privately felt, convenient
Being forbidden free choice among
Daughters of Zion.(2)  Most too easily
Turned aside to the wrong – a heavenly Queen,
In love with her and powerless idols (3).

Strong, firm, unyielding, bright as a flame
Mounts devotion to God. Woman will stray.
Her talk and her feeling imagines, suggests;
Naming, language and words were from Adam
His directions came first like an essence
Of action and order, not life’s adornment (4).

Yet even bound to and led by Law’s orders
And counsel, were any attached to the
Father Creator with genuine fervour?
Could devotion more purely or only ascend
To that sapphire of heaven, God’s floor (5)
Above limitless, testing bright sands?

Admit that beyond the desert of trials
And even by streams and waters of quiet
The holiest passions knew wrestle and
Struggle more fit to male circumcised’s will. (6)
Before love for his women the sweetest
Of psalmists could still rate a man. (7)

In Eden’s new symbol, the Temple, (8) near
The ark amid quiet flame and ascension
Of incense, peace like blue heaven’s repose
Might enfold such as he was, a priest, or
That Psalmist desiring to dwell there.
But where was rest for the many outside?

————————-11———————–

“Go”, said the Lord “and buy yourself linen”.
The linen was fresh as priests’ garments
And linen are pure. Its use was as loincloth  (9)
But not to be washed, worn only as sign.
Could a prophet complain? Isaiah was bound
To live naked, Micah determined the same. (10)

“Go” said the Lord and “in what you are wearing
Make way direct to the river Euphrates” (11).
Once arrived and removing the loincloth
There, as instructed, he had hidden his linen
In a hole to be dug in a rock by the waters.
The act was a mystery, no reason disclosed.

For long its purpose remained a deep secret
But during the interval sometimes he’d
Wondered, not least why unwashed, thus impure,
The cloth was a sign outside custom of Law.
Were not emissions by nature occasion
For dipping and corporal cleansing? (12)

Even so, might the intention be something
Of self to be gifted the rockface? –
The imageless Lord is imaged as rock.
Yet beside river waters, digging there
Had he enacted or seen something
Not of himself but other of Woman?

For was there not always a presence of
Lover, Wife, Mother, always emerging,
A something divine that’s also of Woman?
Surely God’s prophet Isaiah proclaimed such, (13)
And had not Elohim, that form of the
First name addressed to the Highest, implied it? (14)

Yes, water like flowers were blesséd, yet
For himself, for the height and depth of
His longings, did he not almost prefer
To see, touch and feel the rough naked rock
On which sun so fiercely beat down that day,
Elemental as he applied to the task?

Rock, stone, first and firm out of chaos
When all else was still waste and void! (15),
Primal, enduring, thrown up amid quake
And volcano, strong from the urge of
Creation and making! Clinging fast to
That rock was like love for God and the earth.

And the highest reaching of mind and of soul
Its purest, most undistracted direction
Was it not based on, did it not rise from
The pillars of earth and the root of himself,
Above and below joined in one psalm, one
Vibration, knowing praise of God’s force? (16)

Love moved and was where? At home, in the heart
In the heavens, with the children of men?
No matter where always with faith, its nature
Often departing from what was familiar
Taking the path of the rawly essential….
So, what had he learned beside a far river?

Long he mused. He’d returned but little conveyed
To Baruch. Sometimes we hold and desire
Secrets from even those dear. The relation
Of two may be helped by a third, spirit
And mind will sometimes demand it. Was not
Elohim the divine One as plural?

————————-111——————–

Many days having passed, the Lord said
“Go, return to Euphrates and what you
Once dug there and hid, now withdraw”. Yet
That seemed a hard labour for nothing
When the cloth emerged rotten. He was near
To complain task and sign must be worthless.

Except that all thought of the kind was not
Of the Lord, Who himself would declare
The linen was useless and as such, like
The prophet’s own people, prideful and
Evil in service of gods and of deeds so
Unrighteous they invited destruction.

 He was reminded his people were made
To be always distinctive, a house
Possessing a name, its function a praise
And a glory, its men – if only they
Saw it, if only they’d listen – bound,
Attached to their Lord like loincloth to loins [17].

The prophet knew and as well as the Lord
Jerusalem’s rebels would not grant
Him hearing. Yet the message left questions.
Which he addressed less to God than himself,
For a word once delivered and clearly,
The rest should be grasped through knowledge and faith.

Grasped no matter how novel or strange.
For now, no longer a serpent opposed to
The Lord nor a sword in conflict with life,
The member long hidden and shamed became
Symbol, with the priest’s rod that budded, sacred, [18]
Part with that all-self the Psalmist said praises. [19]

Being threefold in form it reflected
The powerful One of the plural
Elohim (20) and like prayer in its rising,
It joined with creation. Though of bodily
Form but one part and compact, its urgent
Desire might possess the whole frame.

Nor was it true, if folly compared it
With bodily features designed to allure,
Love’s member owned nothing of beauty;
In that is was closer to what is unseen,
Insubstantial, but sweet to the senses
Like incense aroma or notes of a harp

But raw too, kin to fires of God at the first.
Recalling the shaking and motion of
Earth drawn from chaos. Creation itself
Rose in explosion, foaming and violent
Darkness advancing to light and to order
Fierce and tender to nature emerging.

True, like nature, woman gave birth and helped
Finish creation; but though of its kind
Her own force was vital and flowing
As man’s, still it came after, was second,
More strong for response and reaction.
That much even the eunuchs could tell…(21)

Also one like the prophet barren of
Offspring and, wifeless. As such, why was he
Called to learn from the loincloth? Could he
See, sense or enjoy all the more strongly
The male side of God or even the female
But without bringing life to the world?  (22)

Yet even Isaiah, married with children
Spoke of a place that was higher, one
Reserved for the eunuch (23); and if for the
Regular man lost seed (because it spelled death)
Was impure, had not his own seed remained,
As though pure on his way to the river?

While some might be whores, he knew
That not all who were eunuchs were evil,
Though the Law refused them the temple (24).
Some were most righteous, God’s very own
Angels as was one who delivered him
Out of the well-pit when no one else would (25).

Of God or the most sacred urges what
Did these barren ones know? Though by law
No man could lie with a man, these did so,
Brazenly dressed and painted as women (26)
Shrieking and squealing , completely abandoned
In service of God or the gods, so they thought.

And they lived, for though Leviticus’ rule
Required execution, in practice (it might be
Because scribes endeavoured to change things (27)
Or even great Moses himself was unsure),
Deuteronomy let them to live but not
To give offerings to God from their wages (28)

And the same book excluded such men
From the list of those other ones cursed
For perversions (29). Perhaps some mercy
Had thought they arrived at their whoredom
As slaves or that, from birth little fitted to
Custom and home, in confusion they’d strayed.

Hardly he knew, though even he was aware,
Having taught no leopard will ever change spots,(30)
Major change was unlikely. At least
They were not quite the same as the violent
And greedy of Sodom, those who had lusted
Not just for women and men but for angels (31).

Yet they seemed, though Law had not added
Its curse, much self-harmed by addiction,
Disease or even by early decease
And – if they desired such – hurt by lack of
Relation for having too much, too long
Remained bound to their lives of sensation.

For unharmed, the body of soul could never
Sustain the effects of those many profane
And too meaningless couplings (32); and through
That same body it was, prophets knew,
Soul entered to different places and times,
Grasped more of earth and of heaven with God.

But then he recalled that dark time back when,
In anger with God and depressed, he’d charged the
Creator himself with great wrong: his rape (33).
Meaning what? So often in contact with God
His soul with its body was touched high and low
At base of the spine and the crown of the head (34).

Few lived or connected that way with life
Or the Lord. With or without the Creator
The regular man and his spouse, learned more
And were joined chiefly through body/soul centres
Of navel and heart as was, he could tell,
Israel’s wise king with the woman most loved (35)

It was why man and woman would always
Feel more materially owned by each other
Than prophets obsessed by God and addicted
Or those men in their shadow, the eunuchs,
For whom the life stream through body alone
Seemed like their only and dangerous truth.

When, reversing the order of female
To male, the Shulammite offered first of
Herself and her body, that way the
Male force was and could be contained;
And from there was the basis of pleasure
Prolonged, even savoured, not wasted away (36).

And so it should be, for indeed man having
Once entered the garden of woman, to her
He belonged and always – something of soul
Was absorbed to her being forever (37) Soul
Knew that, it’s why man could hate with great
Violence what he knew was great power.

Since divine grace and power are still stronger
Even two of same sex might  join as though one (38)
-The Psalmist assumed he could marry a man – (39)
But could that express the commonest way
Two men would know and enjoy who they were
Linked in spirit and mind but together distinct?

The eunuch, whether made or just born
Had more of man and of women together;
To appreciate, not to create seemed his role.
Bliss, nature or God through him all passed;
As witness he stood to lament or rejoice [40]
Or else with prophets enact and forth tell.

Not possessing but sharing, two persons
One teaching, one learning, (41) mind and will
More than body containing the life flow,
Such might be ground of attachment and not
Of necessity all and always forever (42).
When one loved without home, wife or child….

It was true that for him a man’s presence
And form might be a delight lower yet
Somehow akin to communion with God. But
How hard to admit such as prophet of all
That was pure in the land, a voice to
Recall his own people to keeping the Law.

The Law was imagined or wooed by some
As a woman, its rulings and words deemed
Adornment; but no, for him all pattern was art.
Law shaped, it fashioned a house, when it did
Not strip bare, returned man to nature and Adam,
Man unadorned, truth’s most beautiful form.

How much there might be to change and re-think!
But then, nothing was harder than what,
Quite apart from these musings of his, was that
Message revealed and to him quite uniquely,
How, in the heart and in people one day
A new covenant law would be written (43).

And dimly he thought he saw ahead to
That time a messiah regarded the eunuch
As symbol of difference and strangers
Of whom, to avoid hatred and violence
In self and more widely the nation,
It brought curse to treat with only contempt (44).

———————-IV———————-

Some of this he tried as he hadn’t before
To explain to Baruch. This proved rather
Hard and he failed, though being astute
Baruch half understood. He even laughed
Just a little, if lightly and sighed as
He sought for the words that wouldn’t offend.

“You are such a gloomy bear of a man,
Serious always! And I know it’s been
Hard for you, often quite lonely, but
I think you may now have found some new truth
With you as my teacher I’ll always learn more
And I knew you quite liked me – from that look
In your eye I’ve sometimes felt owned. Let’s not
Rush to conclusions, it’s no good idea.
But I too have thoughts I’d like you to hear ..”

NOTES

1) The name Baruch means blessing

2) Forbidden to marry Jer 16: 1- 4

3) Queen of Heaven Jer 7:18, 49:19

4). It is interesting that Adam names things before Eve’s arrival. According to theories of Écriture Féminine (Women’s writing) promoted not least by French Jewish writer, Hélène Cixous, language is phallocentric, forces woman to express a patriarchal worldview. She maintains in effect that woman is entirely a sexual organ who has feelings and impressions in numerous ways and directions that current language and writing do not express. Maybe and if so, one has to admit that the impression of this female alternative however suggestive and expressive would never make for an efficient organization of the world!

5) Reference to a description of heaven in Ex 24:10

6) A founding father, Jacob, wrestles with the angel at Peniel by the stream of Jabbok. (Gen 32:22-32)

7)  2 Sam 1:26. The love of Jonathan is rated as “passing the love of women”.

8) New studies of the Jewish Temple, especially from Margaret Barker stress the connection of Temple with Eden.

9)  Loincloth as sign, Jer 13:1-4.

10) Isaiah naked 20:2, Micah “I will go naked” (Mic 1:8). Originally prophets were often naked apparently fully as the story of Saul amongst the prophets would indicate (1 Sam 19:24). One might suspect not simply a sign as with India’s Jain monks of dedication and separation from norms, but unstated esoteric considerations (opening the whole aura to spiritual influences which clothing may prevent).

11) Tradition and this poem for convenience assumes Jeremiah went to the distant Euphrates 350 miles away indicative of the direction the future exile of Jews would take (and perhaps the direction in which Eden had lain) but the Hebrew is problematic. The prophet may as easily have gone only three miles away to the river Para and this might have better suited giving a sign to the people.

12) Any seminal emissions involuntary or otherwise occasioned a brief ritual impurity which required cleansing (Lev 15:1-3).

13) Isaiah is only one of those prophets who introduce female imagery to the predominant male imagery of deity. For Isaiah God can be a woman in labour (Is 42:14), a woman who has nursed her child (Is 49:14-15), a mother comforting children ( Is 66:13). This is necessarily, logically valid if both male and female are said to be created in the divine image (Gen 1:27). It is just (as per note 4) that in some fashion and way whatever the male force is, though it need not be superior it is still “first” in order and thus perhaps better or more spontaneously images the Creator.

14) Elohim, the first name of God is a uniplural word. Eloh is feminine singular while im is masculine plural.

15) The prophet had a vision of a world laid waste and void Jer 4:23

16) Especially Ps 103:1 but in anticipation of later claims regarding the soul which for David is the nephesh or animal soul which sustains the whole body, not the para-intellectual spirit..

17) Jer 13:11.”for as the loincloth clings to one’s loins, so I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, says the Lord…”

18) Num 17:1-8. Though potency and fertility are not the prime consideration in the story of Aaron’s rod, obviously in an episode involving authority that kind of symbolism attaches to it as it did for D.H.Lawrence, author of Aaron’s Rod

19) Again Ps 103:1 “Bless the Lord O my soul and all that is within me bless his holy name”. Soul (nephesh) has implications for soul body or aura while all within me is all of the body the soul sustains.

20) In Henry Miller on Writing (New Directions, NewYork 1964, p. 88), the pornographer declares, “before me always the image of the body, our triune god of penis and testicles…” The point might be obvious and even profound as a possible basis for more mystical treatments of sex, but being neither religious or mystical Miller gets it theologically, kaballistically and almost any way wrong. He identifies the penis (which would need to be the Creator, Keter the Head) with the Spirit. It is Son and Spirit who proceed from the Father/the Head and together they are like the Ying/Yang that realize and carry creation and thus would be beneath and symbolized by the testicles. In numbers of books and articles I take the position that the Eastern churches who insist that both Son and Spirit proceed directly from the Father represents the authentic, original  quasi-subordinationist Christian belief, not the Augustinian western formulation which makes the Trinity mathematically equal while claiming the Spirit proceeds from Father and Son).

21) The word “eunuch” is used rather loosely in this poem and thus more in the way of Jesus’ time than Jeremiah’s, namely as covering for anyone, often gay, who is different and apart from family rather than only a castrate.

22) Masters and Johnson research found gays seemed to enjoy or manage sex more than straights who could be bumblers by comparison. Assuming gays are more adapted in some ways to sex, (even if this might be linked to other energies more esoterically), how much should gays be denied it? St Paul controversially advises heterosexuals it is better to marry than to burn (1 Cor 7:9) but doesn’t advise this for gays. Christian therapists with experience of gay cures have other perspectives. For a critique of St Paul on maybe “homosexuality” (a word he didn’t use) see the poem and notes at http://wp.me/p2v96G-yS  However, if sex somehow pours through a person without procreative  aim, this must say something about libido as something larger, “eros” an energy which is somewhat its own justification. That gays can be  channel pleasure but not be merely addicted to it seems implied by some exercises of the Erospirit variety in which gay men once brought to “full body orgasm” (which has something in common with woman’s orgasm), addictive sex seems overcome.

23)  Favour to eunuchs Is 56:4,5 “in my house….a monument and a name better than sons and daughters, an everlasting name”

24) No eunuch admitted to the assembly Deut 23:1

25) Jeremiah delivered by a eunuch Jer 37:7-13

26) Lev 18:22 The first century Jewish philosopher understood the celebrated Leviticus ban as most essentially a ban upon what is technically called “sacred” prostitution. The difficult even corrupt Hebrew of the text is hard to understand outside that context. (After all, how could a man lie with a man as with a woman, which is hardly what most guys would care to do, unless as often occurred in ancient prostitution for heterosexuals, the role of women was taken by men in drag?). It is most likely the aim was to avoid association with the idolatries of surrounding peoples. In ancient times sex was always a religious statement of sorts. Whether execution was ever literally intended and commonly applied in early times is debateable. A lot of ancient codes ruled execution in unlikely cases probably just codifying by it what was deemed unacceptable.

27) Jeremiah accused scribes of tampering with scripture (Jer 8:8) and it is hardly sensible of fundamentalists not to perceive at least some elements of editing and development in the Torah. Not all need be deemed tampering either but just updating. After all, the individual is supposed to reason with God –  “come let us argue it out (Is 1:18)” . The core covenant was essential but at the margins change was possible as it was for the daughters of Zelophehad who questioned revealed Law on rulings as regards female inheritance and got this changed (Num 27). One could say Yahweh is an absolute ruler who is also democratic.

28) Male prostitutes not to give offerings of  their wages. Deut. 23:18

29) The twelve curses of Deuteronomy (Deut 28:15-26), though they include upon incest and bestiality do not include same sex activity, though conservatives always like to lump the latter together with them. This looks like development in the attitude towards same sex issues.

30) That leopards don’t change spots nor the Ethiopian his skin is affirmed Jer 13:23. In ironic contrast,  religious conservatives today are convinced no one could be born gay and change therefore must occur although even Jesus affirmed some are ‘eunuchs”, i.e. gay, from birth (Matt 19:12). Extremes of extraversion and literalism cannot envisage homosexuality as any mind state or world view but only a series of sex acts.

31) Although even a modern translation like the NRSV will speak of the men of Sodom as pursuing “unnatural lust” (Jude 1:7) which makes it sound like another terror text for gays, as a footnote concedes, the Greek literally says they pursued “other flesh” or “strange flesh”, meaning angels. Along with gang rape and general violence, lusting after angels is what the story of Sodom is much about.

32) The soul (Heb Nephesh), the aura, subtle body of esoteric traditions is assumed here and also common views as regards its damage and pollution through promiscuity. Nowhere is the doctrine explicit in the bible but it seems everywhere assumed especially among the prophets and through the different words covering notions of spirit and soul. The notion a soul body that departs the body at death is perhaps most explicit in Christ’s parable of the rich fool: “this night your soul is required of you” (Luk 12:20), a soul independent of the dying body..

33) Jer 20:7. Scholarship is divided and translation likes to be discreet using words like “overwhelmed me”; but a strong case can be made for the prophet accusing God of seducing and raping him like a woman – the vocabulary echoes Deuteronomy on such matters. This is more explicable if one assumes a gay psychology and inbuilt cultural fears of the period of the disgrace of being shamed and disgraced as a man and then factors in the esoteric factor (see next note ), then it all makes sense.

34) An esoteric objection in world religions to sodomy, especially as rape, is that it can interfere with the lowest, base of spine chakra, which some systems, notably the Buddhist, won’t even deal with in meditation. It is a powerhouse for the rest of the soul body (aura/subtle body), primal, elemental, animalistic yet linked to the highest chakra to. Some may be born with automatic connection to this and controlled it allows great power, but if this region is blown open uncontrolled it can open to all kinds of imbalance, obsessions, addictions, bad kundalini trips, possession states etc. (We have hints of this in the classic gay poet Cavafy’s poem Terror, an appeal to Christ against the stalking demons who know his secrets.

35) Heterosexual sex is less potentially multi-dimensional and complex (straight, straightforward!) than gay eros and does not usually include highest and lowest but the mid range of the soul/body connection. Rather emphatically so as in some imagery of Solomon’s Song with such as “your navel is a goblet”…   Song 7:2.

36) Prolonged, savoured…. suggestions that Solomon’s way is at least partly tantric see my Solomon’s Tantric Song: Questions of Spiritual Sexuality http://amzn.to/14aa5Qe

(2012) To achieve real satisfaction beyond obsession and violence heterosexual sex may need to absorb something of the kind. Note that the poem having earlier indicated that woman comes second, suggests in sex she does and should be first and the energy flow reversed.

37) Early Israel did not even have formal marriage ceremonies. Marriage was sealed by no ceremony but intercourse. The assumption always was and remains, (as when St Paul speaks of believers marrying prostitutes I Cor 6:16)  that a male is married to whoever he has sex with. The notion seems meaningless outside of more universal esoteric traditions embracing doctrines of soul bodies which blend whenever full penetrative sex takes place. Therefore each partner joins with and imprints the soul. This would explain why the varieties of “fornication” (originally meaning prostituted sex) and divorce without good reason risk exclusion from the kingdom. Casual partners can be at variance representing different spiritual fields and beliefs like Corinthian prostitutes attached to other deities. Chastity seems less a matter of purity than safety and observing boundaries!

38) It is possible for same sex partners to become one. See my A Special Illumination, Equinox, London, 2004 which includes alleged revelation from Jesus to Christine Troxell see pp 117/8 about this. One can dismiss this as heretical private revelation but not only did enormous sincerity surround the reported experience but arguably the Davidic experience supports the notion.

39) King David made a berith (covenant but a word that can be used for marriage) with a person of same sex. While undoubtedly the biblical ideal and norm of marriage is one man and one woman, it is to ignore the fluidity of biblical thought when conservative literalism insists biblical tradition teaches only one norm and never could or should envisage exceptions. This position’s only real claim to authority is Jesus’ single reference to an original Edenic (“in the beginning”) ideal (Matt 19:5), and Eden is not the world we live in. While believers can hope to realize that ideal, they still do not have automatic authority to impose it on all.

40) In the ancient world eunuchs had ritual functions being employed especially in lamentations. It is quite clear that at the other pole gays are good at celebration; some would seem to wish to be at perpetual dance!

41) A suggestion that something nearer the Greek model might suit some gays. Also that anything like “tantra” (gay tantras have been theorized) might more intellectually than physically “contain” the energies involved, but that any arrangements need to recognize difference. The gay marriage movement is the product of American desire for equality and social sameness, whereas what is significant about gays for themselves and society is their difference rather than sameness. Keeping to and developing gay “unions” might have better reflected and served that. Like gay activist Ken Mills in Ireland who opposed the nation’s marriage equality referendum, some gays have realized the new drive has almost more significance for children and family, adoption, surrogacy etc (things some gays like Dolce and Gabbana and actor Rupert Everett don’t favour), than simply marriage.

42) Stress on difference might better illuminate ethical issues. If the sexual and psychological basis of gay relations are different, should one expect the same kind of contracts and values?

43) Jeremiah is known as the prophet of the New Covenant,  Jer 31:31-34

44) Matt 5:22   In the Sermon on the Mount’s section on anger, it is forbidden to dismiss anyone as “fool”/worthless person. This is almost inexplicable in context unless one realizes racah  could function as Aramaic slang for something like “effeminate pervert” or “faggot” (according to the Peshita Aramaic bible). Cursing persons for a faggot then appears to be symbolic of all and any angry dismissive rejections that risk generating violence in self or others towards  outsiders, sexual, social, racial or whatever.

PRECIS/ ARGUMENT

The poem begins with suggestion of a possible more than business feeling between Jeremiah and his secretary. J, forbidden to marry but not unhappy to be so, suspects some connection between male impulses in establishing attachment to the Creator (the poem implicitly questions contemporary theories of “woman’s writing” where such as religion is concerned). God soon imposes on his prophet the task of a mysterious sign with a loincloth. J wonders about its meaning, not least since not washing what he must wear seems to run against the purity laws. Despite himself, and even while performing the sign of hiding the cloth beside the Euphrates, J recognizes something feminine in God but for himself instinctively still prefers the “masculine” side of God and himself and nature. He also wonders about love. Its demands can separate (as he had to do from Baruch to go to the Euphrates) as much as join. And again even love seems to him somehow elemental, raw and male. He also realizes true love between any couple might require something like love on the side to survive – a love affair with God? Later with the loincloth gone rotten the prophetic sign seems valueless but God agrees about the negativity. The sign was about a faithless Israel needing to be as attached to God as loins to the loincloth. J doesn’t interrogate God about the revelation but realizes that among other things the penis is assigned new dignity and symbolic meaning. It also appears to certify his intuition of the role of the masculine in the roots of spirituality and life organization, but if so it still makes no sense that a celibate should realize it. The revelation makes for questions about sex and its expression , especially given that for Israel sex is about reproduction. But there is the further problem  that J had himself once accused God of raping him. What did that really mean, why would he even think it? The secret lies in the hidden (esoteric) features of sex which could include heightened awareness of male or female energies or both within the self and relative to God through reception of divine energies/eros but through different parts of the soul body (aura). The idea is unfamiliar so  the prophet can only look at the case of the eunuch and/or male temple prostitutes as any point of comparison. Truth about them then proves to be more grey biblically and socially. Their unsatisfactory lives could nonetheless be influenced by mismanagement of inborn tendencies that engage different parts of the soul body that the prophet himself naturally intuits. As J has always taught the leopard doesn’t change his spots, likewise the relevant impulses would need less change than recognition, use and proper management distinct from heterosexual sex and its organization. As had been in the case of Solomon, the latter might ideally be quasi-mystical or tantric to be fully successful. The role of the born eunuch type by contrast was more (angelically) about vision and praise than reproduction, family or exclusive bodily possession on the material plane. If it was to be expressed at all, (and the “eunuch” role seemed natural and necessary including for clarity and inspiration itself), its own form of relating might be more akin (by implication) to the Greek teacher/pupil relation  than the regular marriage by whose standards it could not automatically be judged (an implicit critique of modern marriage equality as universal panacea). Not that the prophet, who does not seek to justify simple licence of relations,  is quite sure. He is left with much to consider. He nonetheless acknowledges he is designated prophet of “the New Covenant”, so new views of life and sex could be included. He looks towards a future Messiah’s declarations. He can’t explain his many thoughts to Baruch who proves a bit coquettish,  conceding in response he was always aware J rather fancied him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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BEYOND DOVER BEACH: A POEM OF OUR TIMES

BEYOND DOVER BEACH: A POEM OF OUR TIMES

 

[The imagined setting of this poem is obviously England, the setting of Matthew Arnold’s original Dover Beach, but the symbolic range and topical application is wider]

BEYOND DOVER BEACH

The grey whale changes hemisphere to go
Like Jonah’s fish towards the coast of Joppa.[1]
But otherwise and elsewhere pods have beached
And dolphins died in struggle with the nets
While fish by shoals and millions wash ashore
The brine no cover to their stench of death.

These are the signs symbolic of an era’s end.

The last degree, the anaretic, gains in power
Two fish so long opposed now drift apart [2]
They lose their will, they know their time is short
The current sees them fall away, the surge
Rolls higher with each speeding year.
No Trojan horse will now make cities fall
Lies as of the luring Lorelei suffice
The sense of boundary and of barrier is lost
There’s only flood gates open to the land
Pollution, dissolution rush to drown.
As out at sea the storm clouds lower.

Meanwhile that roar of faith’s recession
First sounding on the pebbled shore [3]
Now beats amid the traffic’s hum
On main streets of the sceptics’ citadels.
There commerce wrestles with decay
And, bold against the sullen skies
Like tinsel that’s been thrown about,
Life glimmers still from out new towers
Refurbished terraces and op art shops
Down streets on which for all to see,
The chapel closed serves as an eaterie,
The church abandoned is a mosque.
The road hosts urban theatre every week
A drunken dance of death, all stupor,
Screams and vomiting, souls staggering
On pavements round the gutter’s edge,
Abandoned joy’s first port of call
Before the beds of mindless sex for those
In skirts, not yet teetotal in niqab. [4]

You should change your life. [5]

Themselves as stupefied and blurred
By toxic rivers of corroding thought,
Beyond the street on college lawn
The student staggers back and forth
Weighed down by theory of the cynic kind
And extreme doubt,[6] voicing a
Vulgar insolence and easy blasphemies.
No natural piety towards the past
Nor any learned belief remains;
Lives pass not sacred but from
First breath to the last profane….
“Believers begone or keep
Your practice private. Religion’s death.
Thank small g God to be so rid of it.
Would you offer prayer’s false hope
Or trouble minds with carolling?
All faith is mad. Consider circumcision;
That’s assault. Would you abuse an unfree child?
Will you defend the fascist state of Jews?”

Despite convictions built on shifting sands
Of randomness in nature, for science and
The goddess Reason’s world all’s
Theorem-clear, all’s geometric light.
It can’t allow design, cannot permit
That God or shape might work within.
For stumblers in the agnostic night
Deity must be nowhere now unless
Outside; and currently God’s somewhere
Dead. And death itself’s not much, an incident,
Or else, like life, “get over it”.

You should change your thought.

But purblind and disloyal now
To all inheritance they are
Their guilt and generous deeds misplaced.
Directionless they’ve travelled far
The C.E, all-inclusive world [7]
So ardent for neutrality
And near fanatic for equality
They’re noisy to protect most faith,
Except the known, assured in vain
It’s education holds the key
And trump card’s power to
What’s the privately intended aim
A secular enlightenment.
And thus they scarcely take offence while
Foolish laws and judges worse
Who hesitate to fine a thief
Decide will Christians wear a cross
Or speak of credo or of prayer at work.
All’s relative, except for that.

Meanwhile in near conformity
Led by non leaders at the helm
Declining churches wrangle on
By day and night on women’s rights
And could gay couples walk the aisle [8]
Uncaring or else unaware.
Too many Christians have been slain
Confined, restrained, or lost
All rights to worship and to normal life.

Say something! But you know you can’t.
Weak as a palsied patient, go limping on
Lukewarm as Laodicea and worse.

Preach! But you do not have the words
Unless it’s “love”, by which you mean but
Universal toleration, each soul the same.

Cowards and hypocrites of false Enlightenment
Defenders of all rights except what’s most essential
You did not choose or just forgot, or maybe feared,
To speak of any matter lest the guests complain
And call mere mention of an obvious truth, “discrimination”.

Nigeria and Somalia,
Sudan and Indonesia,
Afghanistan and Pakistan,
Iran, Iraq and Syria
Guinea, Mali, Kazakhstan
Egypt and Eritrea land so dark [9]
The finger points though you don’t see
You will not hear, will not report
Or else turn evidence conveniently
To nothing but a tribal war
Or race or stresses of economy.
You live within a Dar al Harb. [10] You’re
Drifted nearer to extremes of war.
You’ll disappear with those you scorned,
Ignored and almost always failed to aid.
And so submit. It’s all that you have left to do
You have no will or choice but to
Absorb, assimilate and accept
Until your sinking boat goes lost
Within the fogs to which you steered.

Religion knows no vacuum
Nor end of tides, its nature
Is it will return to fill the empty
Rock pools of the secular sands;
And as the mad philosopher declared [11]
All faiths are cruel, but if that’s so,
Or seems, it is because like hornets
Who pursue the waves, it’s devils chase,
Pursue and ride each spiritual tide.
Learn to discern it and discriminate!

But you, for whom God seems but absent
Or responsible for every evil in the world
Or not restraining it at every turn,
Perceive the “wrath” of God aright:
It’s God withdrawn, protection’s end
For all that now and here below
God does not own. [12] You would not learn
Or hear, or in the right ways fear,
(Your pride and aspiration hurt)
That Evil rules the freewill world
And now, by your own selves invoked,
Its weight of darkness blots the sky.
Seas rise, storms rage, floods overwhelm
Tsunamis hurtle to the shore
And like the fleeing refugee you sink,
Bewildered victim to a ruthless fate.
The magian heralds of the era’s span
(Unless themselves obliged to flee
New forms of arrogance and power),
Do not return declaring what will be.

The next age dawn shines distantly,
More promise than for you true hope.
Before the glimmer will become sun blaze
Before the gleam turns morning’s light,
With lightning that divides the skies [13]
Much will dissolve, too much occur.

You must change your life.

(Rollan McCleary. Copyright 2013. This poem with others published on this blog will be included in New Poems and Two Celtic Plays which should be available on Amazon before Christmas).

NOTES

1. The grey whale is native to the Pacific, not the Mediterranean. Its appearance off Israel in May 2010 occasioned much surprise. The book of Jonah is usually taken as allegorical but that a more literal reading was intended can be supported to the extent God is described as having specially “appointed” or “chosen” a whale (Joh 1:17) so that the exceptional is positively envisaged. Some have asked was the whale which appeared outside Tel Aviv (ancient Joppa from which Jonah sailed) likewise “appointed”.

2. The last or 29th degree of a sign is called anaretic. It is insatiable exaggerating features of the outgoing sign as a candle flame is strong at last burst. The “opposed” fish are the east/west facing fish of the sign of Pisces. 29 Pisces is deemed one of the worst on the zodiac with implications for murder, suicide, drowning, poisoning. An era’s end (they last approximately 2000 years) will have anaretic features (like the excess of violence and blood in even Roman entertainments at the end of Aries) so concluding Pisces has much to do with death by water but also Neptunian deceptions.

3. “Listen you hear the grating roar/Of pebbles which the waves draw back…”. Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach

4. The alcohol fuelled weekend behaviour of England’s bachelorette girls is notorious. It is suggested these celebrants mighty one day be either forced, or just like the White Widow by way of reaction, succumb to some opposite extreme in terms of modesty and abstinence.

5. Du musst dein Leben andern (You must change your life) Rilke, Archaic Torso of Apollo,in Sonnets to Orpheus

6. Not classical Greek cynicism but more like what critic Harold Bloom dubs “The New Cynicism” he sees represented by various intellectual and academic trends like post-structuralism, deconstructionism etc which incline to negation of individualism, of ethics and most things in a way to dissolve common perception towards a paralysing relativity.

7. C.E. Current Era, rather than A.D.

8. It’s not that concern with women’s or gay rights is illegitimate, only that the attention given is disproportionate to that accorded other issues, the hardships, persecutions, dire sentencing of Christians – recently in the supposedly liberalized Iran of Rowhani to 80 lashes for just drinking communion wine http://bit.ly/176CsuB – in societies from Egypt to Pakistan. In the latter nation Christians can be lifelong bullied by vigilantes even if law courts absolve them of blasphemy charges under a law that encourages every corruption. (Recently a Pakistani journalist was threatened with death for even reporting the plight of Christians).The many abuses are so little advertised the multicultural “tolerance” of Britain’s BBC hands leadership of religious broadcasting of a traditionally Christian society into the hands of a Pakistani Muslim no more vocal about his country’s wrongs than Baroness Warsi, Britain’s Pakistani minister for Communities and Faith who reasonably avers Europe should be more confident in its Christianity while not acknowledging Christians in Pakistan have no chance to be the same. This poem was written in October during which on the 21st Muslim radicals invaded the Syrian Christian towns of Saddad and Haffar, holding 3000 hostage for a week using many children as human shields. 14 churches were attacked, schools, businesses and homes looted and wrecked, the hospital destroyed. 2500 people fled. Subsequently between 45 and 70 dead bodies, many children, have been found. The incident like many similar outrages against Christians globally, (not just in Muslim countries), scarcely reached western media. It’s an inconvenient truth. A church leader in Saddad said….”We cried out to the world and no one heard us. Where is the Christian conscience?”. Where indeed? Number one offender against “Christian conscience” is President Obama, who has not only supported the Muslim Brotherhood guilty of so many murders of Egyptian Copts but whom it took endless petitioning and over 1 million signatures to even raise the issue of injustices done to American citizen, Pastor Saheed in Iran. Obama’s real politik has only ever been vocal to condemn soldiers in Afghanistan talking Christianity – in a country which reckons to execute any convert, a situation so grave for basic liberties it would have justified the West never supporting Afghanistan for anything. But for the “Christian” Obama the call of the muezzin to prayer is the most beautiful sound in the world. A poet would need the satirical gifts of a Juvenal to evoke the elements of vacillation, contradiction, and weakness that characterize this president.

9. Eritrea is not an Islamic society but its human rights record and extreme inhumanity, not least towards many Christians, is scarcely better than that of atheist North Korea, the world’s leading rights abuser. Its leader is Eritrean Orthodox, a fact which joins with my critical position regarding Orthodoxy more generally (see Icon World – July blog) whose social and political policies have been consistently such for centuries it can only sometimes merit the name of Christian at all.

10. Dar Al Harb. All non Muslim territories and even Muslim territories where Sharia is not strictly imposed are defined – by at any rate fundamentalists – as the place of war/chaos as opposed to the Dar al Islam, where peace naturally reigns because the system has imposed rightful submission (Islam). Non Muslim territory is a chaos either by its own nature or it may become so through the struggle to impose Islam fully.

11. Nietzsche.

12. The original Christian view progressively obscured or denied by religious philosophy which preferred the image of a wholly omnipotent God was that the world was cursed and owned by evil. The question of God and evil is considered in my Cosmic Father 2008

13. The coming of the Utopian Aquarian age either will or will not be the Millennium. But it is not just a sunburst; it should enter suddenly, surprisingly as per the sign’s glyph, the lightning flash.

 
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