Renaissance Science – XXIII — The Renaissance Mathematicus (Reblog)

Without doubt, one of the most eccentric and certainly one of the most controversial figures of the entire Early Modern period was the iconoclastic Swiss physician Theophrastus von Hohenheim (c. 1493–1541), more popularly known as Paracelsus. Trying to write about Paracelsus is complicated by the fact that he is the source of numerous myths and […]

Renaissance Science – XXIII — The Renaissance Mathematicus

Beware of Those Demons and Delusions! Partial Lunar Eclipse November 19 2021

The full Moon, in fact a partial lunar eclipse in Taurus on November 19 2021, is closely conjunct the fixed star Algol, which probably has the worst press of any luminary.

After all, Algol in Arabic literally means the Ghoul, so what else should we expect? There have been many studies done about events and individuals with planets aspecting this malevolent star, which has associations with drugs, including alcohol (which almost sounds like the star, right?), delusion, violence and general extremes: Algol is the head of the Gorgon Medusa who was killed by Perseus in ancient Greek mythology.

So let’s be clear, this full Moon is likely to be pretty intense, more intense than usual. The Sun and Moon are squared by Jupiter in Aquarius in the third house, the ruler of this chart set for London, creating a tense T-square in fixed signs. Jupiter’s expansive nature is only likely to exacerbate the sense of darkness and drama. There is likely to be a coming to a head of an existing problematic political, financial and economic situation in the world as well as the UK. Jupiter is in the third house of communication, so we ought to hear about it, hopefully.

This is underlined by Mars, also in its own sign of Scorpio opposing Uranus in Taurus in the sixth house of health and work. I am thinking of the NHS and national issues involving health, work and money. However, Venus in Capricorn in the second house makes beneficient angles to Mars and and Uranus, highlighting an opportunity to offload some of this tension in new practical ways and directions.

What does a three card tarot spread suggest? Card 1 is the present situation, Card 2 the background or hidden story, Card 3 is the possible outcome.

I think we really are at a point of culmination here, but it may feel a bit like the dark night of the soul. Nevertheless, the Hermit is holding his light to show the way, it is essential that we look and discern what is going on. Knowing the truth can be a lonely place in a world of deception.

Behind the scenes a new situation is rapidly developing which we are still scarcely aware of. This is a spiritual battle, an undeclared war.

The outcome could be quite drastic around this time, or shortly afterwards. The Tower card in TDM is called the House of God; remember that any changes, however drastic are needed, even though it might be quite disruptive for a while. An old house has to be taken down before we can rebuild.

This card is number 16 of the Major Arcana, which adds up to 7, a number of progress, conjecture, change and strategy. God is working his purpose out, as the saying goes.

Copyright Francis 2021

Tree — A Poem

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Tree,
they say you’d have a story to tell;
the things you must have seen
unrecorded by Man,
his story not being the same.
But why should you tell me?
If Odin was nailed to you
for days and nights,
his self imposed agony
for insight and divination,
then why should I find those runes
among this moss and muck?
I’d have to stay here a lifetime,
my back to the bark
to hear the whole tale,
whispered softly on the wind
around your mangled roots,
through these open spaces,
your gentle spirit’s presence —
amid the silence of seasons,
of years.

Copyright Francis 2021

January 9 – The Feast of Janus — Dinosaurs and Barbarians (Reblog)

January is the month of Janus, the ancient Roman god of new beginnings and the patron god of windows and doors – yes, I’m serious. He is depicted as a man with a double face, able to look forwards and backwards at the same time. This symbolizes reflecting on the past and looking towards the […]

January 9 – The Feast of Janus — Dinosaurs and Barbarians

Armour of God

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Is it Mars, or Ares,
this armour of God?
Or maybe Woden
nailed to the ashtree,
reaching for runes falling
to the ground?
This present paradigm
emasculates me, turning
warriors in fugitives —
truth into myth

Copyright Francis 2020

VJ’s Weekly Challenge #123 Warrior

Psychopomps in Breton Myths and Folktales: Entering the Afterlife — Under the influence! (Reblog)

In many societies death needed a servant that would guide or bring the soul of the deceased to the place of the afterlife. Such servants were called psychopomps and presented here is a brief discussion of two psychopomps from Breton folklore and mythology.

Psychopomps in Breton Myths and Folktales: Entering the Afterlife — Under the influence!

Animals and Injustice: Exploring The Motif of the Faithful Hound — Under the influence! (Reblog)

In this work we will briefly discuss human relationships with animals followed by a look at the main structure of the tale tale type of The Faithful Hound. Three examples of such tales from different countries will be retold before concluding with a few reflections that may offer a deeper insight into the story.

Animals and Injustice: Exploring The Motif of the Faithful Hound — Under the influence!

Runaway (Poem)

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Footprints along the strand
stretching off to nowhere

A beach all my own
save for curious gulls

eyeing from Hesperides’ skies.
Kernow was never so lush

or windswept; are they bells
pealing on the breeze, like

lost Lyonesse beckoning
to this broken soul?

Maybe heartless time is melting,
melding; I run and run

into the gelid ocean, the two
once twain — now consumed

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Unimagined Eden – A Poem — Suzette B’s Blog (Reblog)

When uncertainty pours life’s shattered beaker When normalcy, once was a friend; now a stranger And comfort’s companion; unsweetened comfiture. When building the temple of an expected future – Like jackhammering Herculean rock to Poseidon – Chisels invisible smoke into sculptures hidden. But – Blazing a new trail has never been, nor, ever is easy […]

Unimagined Eden – A Poem — Suzette B’s Blog

The Inexplicable Giant Mystery Stones Near Guadalajara Mexico — Hyacinth Research (Reblog)

Brien Foerster The post The Inexplicable Giant Mystery Stones Near Guadalajara Mexico appeared first on Hyacinth Research.

The Inexplicable Giant Mystery Stones Near Guadalajara Mexico — Hyacinth Research

*Fascinating material which should be taken more seriously in my view. Find a book along these lines here.