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a rich character

Headaches, no sleep and a palpitating heart with rain and thunder and the dark of an endless night. Today the wind makes sounds ancient and whispering as the Celtic Bards of long ago.

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e has a rich character, our dear Joseph Campbell. His insights into myth, history, art, religion, and our unconscious is telling us such old stories. A book that is a necessity for every person to read is, Goddesses, Mysteries of the Feminine Divine. For anyone who wants to know where they came from and solutions to the problems of our current modern times. I recommend this book. But be careful and beware, this book is not a fairytale ride at Disneyland.  It is deeper than our DNA contained in a place beyond time. As above so below, this knowledge is mystical and enchanting.  Which is to say between life and death. It moves one into another place beyond time as the Celtic Bards did. Stories real and part of all our histories. A lovely escort to any study of art, history, science, psychology, philosophy, sociology, and religion!

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 “When Dante was going through the stages of hell, the first and least horrendous was that of the carnal lovers. Among them were Tristan and Iseult and Lancelot and Guinevere, all the great lovers of all time. And he recognizes one couple, Paolo and Francesca, and like a good sociologist he called Francesca down and asks,

“How did you get into this condition?”

In the most poignant line in the whole poem [The Divine Comedy] , she answers,

“We were reading the book of Guinevere and Lancelot. And when we came to the meeting of the eyes, we looked at each other and read no more in the book that day.”

There they are in what looks like hell to us but the wonderful wise miracle man, William Blake, said in his book of aphorisms, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell,

“I was walking among the fires of hell, delighted with the enjoyment of Genius; which to Angels look like torments and insanity.”

I think that’s the answer. So what Tristan accepted was the fire of this agony that is love for eternity, and that will be his life in eternity. ”

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~Pg. 245 Goddesses, Mysteries of the Feminine Divine, Joseph Campbell


The Devil is a creation of the Inquisition

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While munching on a rum nougat See’s Candy, celebrating between Valentine’s and St Patrick’s Day, I realized that I figured out the film The Ninth Gate by Roman Polanski. The film is running along the same lines as The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, A puzzle or a comedy of divine proportions. A mockery of a contemporary world filled with greed, power, money and materialism.

A savvy book dealer, a Professor who wants to summons the Devil for power to control his own destiny, and all the other characters that enhance this mockery play a handsome part in this film. A strange and delightful film with a bewildering soundtrack. A slow-moving film that is very film Noir.

Who is that strange otherworldly female with green eyes with a trace of darkness calling up our shadows to an evil agency? This is not the case. She is a protector, witness and watcher. She is illustrated in a book and mocks the pages of this strange book. Almost similar to a strange cosmic comic book character.

The film is all about a book or are there three books? Maybe only three remain because the rest of the books were destroyed and burned with the author during the Inquisition. That time and  place in history where any folk’s tale or ancient religion was destroyed by the Catholic Church of greed, power, money and materialism. Are you catching the karma of this film?  It is a Divine Comedy! The game is to solve this riddle.

The Nine Gates to the Kingdom of Shadows, written by Aristide Torchia, Venice 1666 is the strange book that everyone seems to want to have. Yet the joke is on those that pursue it for the wrong reason. A book of magic is a book of alchemists and witchcraft. An ancient tradition almost killed off by the Inquisition and more indirectly by our wonderful religious patriarchs.

That “castle and the ninth gate” is a mystery to some. Enlightenment is a strange woman I assume. A witch that protects and shows the way. No Devil just a simple woman with the power of her sexuality. This is strangely hidden and what is so powerfully impressive about this film is that she shows us the key to the ninth gate. Silence, wisdom and patience are the protectors of enlightenment.

 

BBQ of beans

 

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Man Flower Stencil By Holly

Family mornings move. Cook up the range free chicken. Eat the leftover from My Brothers BBQ of beans and coleslaw. Watching a science program  on TV.  Oldest son changed it from the Jazz I was listening to. Arguments over “soul and mathematics” leaves me steaming.

Facebook is my get away. Music, friends and “Happy New Year.” Happiness, sadness and achievements; or shows to go to. Pictures reflecting back always make me smile. I can see what friends are doing, have done, or their goals and resolutions.

"Overcome by stupor, I turned back to my guide
 The way a little child will always run
 To the place where he is most trusting;...
 I stood like one who stifles in himself
 The sharp trust of desire and does not dare
 To ask, for fear he might be asking too much.
 And the largest and most luminous
 Of those pearls came forward to satisfy
 My curiosity concerning it."

Paradise 22 PG. 86 The Divine Comedy, DANTE

Here on the threshold of a new year I read from a book that satisfies my soul even if my oldest son does not believe in his…yet.