Hilaire Belloc: Expressive Patriotism – Astrology Bites

Hilaire Belloc probably isn’t everyone’s cup of tea right now, but in the first half of the last century he was one of the leading writers of tradition, yet with eclectic tastes.

Born in France but living mostly in England, he had strong feelings for both countries and their traditions. He was a great scholar and Catholic, abhorred by the disappearance and deliberate dismantling of the old religion and the culture associated with it.

He became a Liberal MP in 1906 for four years and also served in the French army.

His wide range of interests and ability are shown by the Sagittarius ascendent, with his ruler Jupiter in a seventh house Gemini, opposed to Saturn in the first – he could not be pinned down to being a typical patriot and traditionalist, he was too restless, yet remained conservative in outlook.

Great Intellect

And with Mercury closely conjunct his ninth house Sun in Leo, he had a naturally expressive, creative intellect of great ability.

Moon conjunct Uranus, Venus conjunct Mars, plus the Moon’s North Node in Cancer in the eighth house, reveal how deeply invested his strong emotions were; he was both eccentric and caring, passionate and tender. He was able to instinctively home-in on the shared feelings and inheritances of England, France and their respective cultures, his life’s work. Little wonder that his patriotism and traditional sensibility stretched across The English Channel and beyond.

In other words, he epitomised the true patriotic spirit which cares for the integrity of all nations, not just its own, and due to this he was most insightful in his writings.


Copyright Francis 2022

Thought for the Day – 17 February – The Will — AnaStpaul (Reblog)

Thought for the Day – 17 February – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971) The Will “St Paul seems to contradict this idea when he writes: “There is question, not of him who wills, nor of him who runs but of God showing mercy” (Rom 9:16). What he says is true.Our will is inadequate to […]

Thought for the Day – 17 February – The Will — AnaStpaul

Jordan Peterson on the Sin of Resentment — The Imaginative Conservative (Reblog)

Rather than covet what we do not have, let us be grateful for the gifts and the traditions that have been passed down to us. Though he does not say so specifically, what Jordan Peterson ultimately calls upon modern, autonomous, post-Enlightenment individuals to do is to heed the commandment to honor one’s father and mother.…

Jordan Peterson on the Sin of Resentment — The Imaginative Conservative

The Gods of Mount Teide: Mythology and Folklore of Tenerife — Glyn Hnutu-healh: History, Alchemy, and Me (Reblog)

The Guanche people were the first known inhabitants of the Canary Islands. Their myths and legends still resonate through the ages giving small glimpses of these remarkable people. Some of their traditions and folklore still endure adding depth, color, and flavor to the modern culture of the islands. The Gods of Mount Teide: Mythology and […]

The Gods of Mount Teide: Mythology and Folklore of Tenerife — Glyn Hnutu-healh: History, Alchemy, and Me

Gog and Magog – The Guardians of the City of London — Stephen Liddell (Reblog)

This week saw the annual parade for the Lord Mayor of London which celebrated the 693rd incumbent . Every year as part of one of the oldest civic parades in the world you might catch a glimpse of two fearsome looking but generally kindly looking wicket giants. They are the traditional guardians of the City […]

Gog and Magog – The Guardians of the City of London — Stephen Liddell

The Dying and Rising Art of Motherhood — The Imaginative Conservative (Reblog)

Motherhood and any kind of public service or career are seen as a binary choice for many women. Many women have now agreed that “you can’t have it all” and have decided that the thing to sacrifice is the motherhood. 2,266 more words

The Dying and Rising Art of Motherhood — The Imaginative Conservative

One Minute Reflection – 11 January – ‘Consider the most prudent woman Mary …’ — AnaStpaul (Reblog)

One Minute Reflection – 11 January – Sixth Day within the Octave of Epiphany “He went down with them and came to Nazareth and was obedient to them and his mother kept all these things in her heart.” – Luke 2:51 REFLECTION – “Consider the most prudent woman Mary, Mother of true Wisdom, as the […]

One Minute Reflection – 11 January – ‘Consider the most prudent woman Mary …’ — AnaStpaul

Jupiter into Pisces: Welcome Home – And Get Ready!

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Recently, on December 29 2021, Jupiter finally entered Pisces, its own sign. Jupiter is not exactly badly placed in Aquarius, but perhaps can be a little too ‘holier than thou’ at times. I think there’s been a bit too much of that in 2021. In Pisces, the natural generosity of Jove exudes compassion and largesse.

So what does the ‘giant planet’s’ entry into the Fishes mean for us all? Well for Pisceans especially, it may finally feel like coming home, to a place where you can relax and breathe. Psychologically, we should all begin to feel a little happier; things should start to fall into place a little easier – and this may also be true for the world until May 11, when rapid Jupiter enters Aries until the end of October, auguring in a completely new phase for us all.

Make the Most of it

Therefore it is important, I think, to make the most of the period from January to early May. The world will finally feel a little easier to live in. There might even be a resurgence in the practise of traditional religions, especially Christianity, a feeling that we need to dig deeper to get the best and most meaningful sense of what it means to be alive. It will be a good time for introspection, to meditate, to start that yoga class too.

It won’t be until late October that retrograde Jupiter moves back into Pisces, but only for a couple of months. So any work and healing in regard to your subconscious mind, or deep seated psychological problems, should really be completed by early May. Make the most of it, before Jupiter’s entry into Aries truly restarts the world.

Copyright Francis 2022

Tarot Today, Saturday 13.12.21

Today marks something new and practical which can be achieved, not only personally but in a wider sense. We may hear news regarding the economy, or money, such as crypto, or equally, important new developments politically.

In the background some long standing emotional issues, relating to family, health and similar concerns have finally drawn to a close, although this may be far less obvious. It is time to move on because, inevitably, cycles do end and we have to let go to progress in our everyday and spiritual lives. Letting go can be the hardest thing.

Nevertheless, it is also important to retain certain fundamental traditions and roots from the past. For example, it’s not logical to tar everyone and everything with the same brush if certain long standing institutions are found to be a corrupting influence. There are good people everywhere, and although there are ongoing conflicts, disruption and change, we have to bring something from the past with us for the sake of stability and humanity. Very often these roots are cultural and spiritual – we must guard against wholesale revolution, which only brings misery and degredation. Look at the lessons from the past.

Copyright Francis 2021

The origins of New Years Eve traditions — Courageous Christian Father (Reblog)

The origins of New Years Eve traditions – Here is a closer look at some of the most popular traditions tied to New Year’s Eve, both domestically and around the world. #NewYears #NewYearsEve

The origins of New Years Eve traditions — Courageous Christian Father

on the fourth day of christmas… — a little bit of runion (Reblog)

Helloooooo 🙂 I know I’m already pushing it on this one, seeing as it’s literally 8 minutes until I’m a day late, but I’ve had a wonderful evening and I’d like to just recap a little for you so I can keep my promise. Is anyone even reading these blogs? Either way, I feel like […]

on the fourth day of christmas… — a little bit of runion