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He’s often depicted as brutal, violent and merciless, but not invulnerable. He often returns to Olympia after battle complaining of his war wounds. To this Zeus responds with ambivalence, not only about war but about his feelings for Ares:
Then looking at him darkly Zeus who gathers the clouds spoke to him:
‘Do not sit beside me and whine, you double-faced liar.
To me you are the most hateful of all gods who hold Olympos.
Forever quarrelling is dear to your heart, wars and battles.
And yet I will not long endure to see you in pain, since
you are my child, and it was to me that your mother bore you.
But were you born of some other god and proved so ruinous
long since you would have been dropped beneath the gods of the bright sky.”¹
- PANTHEON OF THE DEAD: Greek Gods and marriage (tiggerrenewing.wordpress.com)
- The Twelve Olympians (aaronvergult.wordpress.com)
- When in Rome, Do the Romans: A Chat (sickpuppiescomedy.wordpress.com)
- Gods and mythological creatures in The Iliad in Ancient art (oup.com)
- Blog #2 (thejuggernaut61.wordpress.com)
- Vermont Kisses Ares’ Ass (dissidentvoice.org)
- The empire (bookofangels.wordpress.com)
- Girls Go to College… Boys Go to Jupiter… (cachonicole.wordpress.com)
- Project 3 (jcog94.wordpress.com)
- The seed of a garden (bookofangels.wordpress.com)
Archangel [Greek archos: ruler + angelos: messenger]
The Catholic catechism does not place too much emphasis on angels, but it does describe them as servants of both God and man. Perhaps this lack of hoopla is a definite move away from those New Age (and other) systems that exalt angels or individuals who believe they are angels.
For Catholics, the focus is always on God first. Even with Catholicism’s veneration of saints, it’s always God who is (and who supplies) the power and the glory. Saints merely intercede. This is a commonly misunderstood point among non-Catholics. But in reality, whenever some person (or type of devotion) becomes too eccentric – i.e. away from God, the source – the Vatican usually distances itself from or outright condemns these deviations.
The Catholic tradition outlines three archangels: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.¹ Essentially glorifying God, archangels are said to be spiritual powers whose perfection surpasses human beings.
Historically speaking, In the Celestial Hierarchies Pseudo Dionysus (c. 500 CE) arranged angels into three hierarchies, each consisting of three thrones.
- Closest to God are the Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones.
- The next level contains the Dominations, Virtues and Powers.
- The third and furthest level from God is filled with Principalities, Archangels and Angels.
In this schema the highest-ranking angels are apparently rapt in God’s glory, continually singing His praises, while the lower two levels interact with mankind. The schema was accepted by the medieval scholastic St. Thomas Aquinas, whose work was largely influential on the formation of Catholic dogma.
It is interesting to note that, for Catholics, the archangel is not at the height of the heavenly hierarchy, as many mistakenly assume.
A Catholic exorcism prayer appeals to St. Michael and other spiritual powers to expel the devil from an afflicted person.
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.²
¹ For more about archangels and their (alleged) equivalents in other traditions, see the Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archangel
² A much longer version can be found here: http://www.catholicfirst.com/thefaith/prayers/simpleexorcism.html
- [Video] Prayer of St Michael the Archangel (deaconjohn1987.wordpress.com)
- The Warrior of Light series of pocket books from author, Kevin Hunter (kevinhunter.wordpress.com)
- Holy Archangel Michael and all the Bodiless Powers of heaven, November 21 (November 8, old calendar) (1389blog.com)
- Your Old Life Is Over – Archangel Michael (pathwaytoascension.wordpress.com)
- Archangel – the city of Military Glory (voiceofrussia.com)
- Sirian Archangel Hermes – 11/21/13 (illuminations2012.wordpress.com)
- Saints and Feasts: Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers (orthodoxlogos5.wordpress.com)
- In wrecked chapel, 10 bodies, and a father’s pain (cnsnews.com)
- Archangel Gabriel: The messenger of God Interview (pure-love.org)
- An Hour With an Angel – Archangel Michael – 11/21/13 (pathwaytoascension.wordpress.com)
In Greek mythology Apollo (also called Phoebus) is the twin brother of Artemis, born of Zeus and the Titaness Leto.
He is associated with strength, order, youthfulness, light, beauty and reason, as opposed to the emotional and sometimes drug-induced frenzies relating to Dionysius.
Apollo’s chief temple and oracle was at Delphi, over which the expression, “Know Thyself” was inscribed. He obtained the rights to this temple by first killing Pytho, a serpent guarding it. There he allegedly spoke through a priestess known as the Pythia. Some believe the Pythia’s prophecies were induced by gasses (possibly methane) that naturally emerged at the site, causing her to go into a trance and speak fantasies or wisdom, depending on how you look at it.
Recent geological investigations have shown that gas emissions from a geologic chasm in the earth could have inspired the Delphic Oracle to “connect with the divine.” Some researchers suggest the possibility that ethylene gas caused the Pythia’s state of inspiration. However, Lehoux argues that ethylene is “impossible” and benzene is “crucially underdetermined.” Others argue instead that methane might have been the gas emitted from the chasm, or CO2 and H2S, arguing that the chasm itself might have been a seismic ground rupture, The idea that the Pythia spoke gibberish which was interpreted by the priests and turned into poetic iambic pentameter has been challenged by scholars such as Joseph Fontenrose and Lisa Maurizio, who argue that the ancient sources uniformly represent the Pythia speaking intelligibly, and giving prophecies in her own voice.¹
Said to create and stop plagues, Apollo was also worshipped by the Etruscans, as indicated by his statue at Veii. At Rome he was venerated as a god of healing.
Fittingly enough, NASA named one of its most successful space programs after him. From 1969 to the 1970s, Apollo, like the rational and powerful god he was once believed to be, took mankind to the moon and back—not once but several times. The lunar landing of July 20th 1969 saw Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin take the first historic steps. Some have tried to refute this achievement, saying the moon landings were a cleverly orchestrated hoax. But these claims seem spurious.
Apollo is also the name of small asteroids crossing the Earth’s orbit. In 1991 an Apollo asteroid came within 170,000 km of Earth, the nearest observed asteroid known to mankind.
- Cartoon: The Delphic Oracle (englishblog.com)
- Rediscovered Apollo data gives first measure of how fast moon dust piles up (phys.org)
- Rediscovered Apollo data gives first measure of how fast moon dust piles up (eurekalert.org)
- Apollo 13 – Exploration of the score (pwcotter.wordpress.com)
- Apollo (sorcerersskull.blogspot.com)
Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of beauty, love and fertility, worshipped throughout ancient Greece. Legend has it that she was born from the sea foam that arose at Paphos, Cyprus after Cronus had castrated Uranus and thrown the testicles (some say all the genitals) into the water.
My Classical Mythology Blog writes:
It seems surprising that the goddess of love would be sprung from such violence and mutilation, but when we explore the kind of “love” that this goddess delivers the connection makes more sense.¹
Homer says she is the wife of Hephaestus but also had romantic affairs with Ares, the god of War. From that union she became the mother of Eros. She also had sex with a human, Anchises, out of which the Trojan hero, Aeneas was born.
Primarily worshipped by women, men also took part in her cult, probably because of her role as guardian of the sea.
Although the beautiful Helen of Troy is usually blamed for the Trojan War, it was Aphrodite who bribed Paris for the prize of the Golden Apple by offering the reward of Helen, the Queen of Sparta, in the first place. So Paris abducted Helen on the – apparently – legitimate grounds of Aphrodite’s “divine” bribe.
The Roman parallel to Aphrodite is Venus.
¹ Read the rest of this excellent post here: http://mytholoblog.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/aphrodite
- Prayer to Aphrodite by Hester [Agon for Aphrodite] (sarahcoll95.wordpress.com)
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Anthroposophy is said to embrace Christianity while advancing the very non-Christian idea of reincarnation. Reincarnation is a belief that most Christians do not accept. Elements are also borrowed from several other mystical traditions that most Christians would reject, including the occult, astral travel and Gnosticism.
Steiner, himself, wanted “anthroposophy to be independent of any particular religion or religious denomination.”¹
As the name suggests, Anthroposophy centers on mankind’s development toward becoming Divine. It does not place the Divine as a separate, forever greater being than mankind [see comments, especially 4].
Steiner’s unique schools are, for the most part, respected throughout the globe, particularly in Germany, North America and the UK. The Steiner schools have developed a therapeutic dance called Eurythmy, modifying the Taoist Tai Chi and, to some extent, Hindu yogic idea that bodily movement and spirituality may be linked.
Despite its worldwide success, the movement has been criticized for being too “artsy”, “elitist” and “trendy.” Even some insiders tell jokes to this effect.
More images related to anthroposophy can be found here:
- Steiner Doublespeak (stopsteinerinstroud.com)
- Hang a sign on the door… (stopsteinerinstroud.com)
- Ditch the anthroposophy (stopsteinerinstroud.com)
- Ahriman (earthpages.wordpress.com)
- Akashic Records (earthpages.wordpress.com)
- Nature Spirits and angels (cosmicwoodscenter.com)
- Tilda Swinton supportive of private Steiner schools (scotsman.com)
- In which C S Lewis meets the “bookish people” of the Middle Ages and shares their love of old books with new readers (gratefultothedead.wordpress.com)
Around the 6th century CE Pseudo-Dionysus the Areopagite‘s The Celestial Hierarchy outlined three groups of hierarchically arranged angels. And angels are mentioned in the Jewish Kabbala as inhabiting seven heavenly halls.
Both Jewish and Christian (especially Catholic and Baptist) cosmologies differentiate angels from gods—unlike gods, angels are never worshipped. Instead angels are revered or called upon as beings created by God.
However, the study of world religions is far from easy. And misunderstandings and uncertainties lead many to question this difference. For example, some gods in the Zoroastrian Avesta or the Hindu pantheon are worshipped as deities subservient to or representing a single God. And some casual observers liken these to angels without asking if the character and function of angels and gods could possibly differ.
In a somewhat Christianized Neoplatonism we find that Proclus (4th century CE) adapts ancient Greek philosophy in relation to otherworldly beings:
In the commentaries of Proclus (4th century, under Christian rule) on the Timaeus of Plato, Proclus uses the terminology of “angelic” (aggelikos) and “angel” (aggelos) in relation to metaphysical beings. According to Aristotle, just as there is a First Mover, so, too, must there be spiritual secondary movers.¹
Mystically inclined Christians tend to believe that angels are slightly more dignified than human beings, as evident in the Old Testament:
What is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?
You made him a little lower than the angels (Hebrews 2:6-8 NIV).
Gnostics, on the other hand, generally regard human beings as superior to angels. For Gnostics, angels serve God by serving humanity.
Jewish apocalyptic literature tells the story of the fall of the angel Satan – the author of all lies and evil – and his dark angels in terms of their unwillingness to humble themselves before mankind. And Jesus Christ sees Satan fall in the New Testament story:
I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning” (Luke 10:18).
Contemporary beliefs about angels take a different tone from the more traditional understanding. Some writers suggest that the warm, loving presence of angelic beings can be felt in every part of the body, almost like a romantic, sensual relationship.
This idea is found in the 19th century novel Ardath: The Story of a Dead Self by Marie Corelli (1889):
And by and by, as each mellifluous stanza sounded softly on his ears, a strangely solemn tranquility swept over him,–a most soothing halcyon calm, as though some passing angel’s hand had touched his brow in benediction…Ah! ’tis a glittering pathway in the skies whereon men and the angels meet and know each other! …she stretched out her hands toward him: “Speak to me, dearest one!” she murmured wistfully–”Tell me,–am I welcome?” “O exquisite humility!–O beautiful maiden-timid hesitation! Was she,–even she, God’s Angel, so far removed from pride, as to be uncertain of her lover’s reception of such a gift of love? Roused from his half-swooning sense of wonder, he caught those gentle hands, and laid them tenderly against his breast,–tremblingly, and all devoutly, he drew the lovely, yielding form into his arms, close to his heart,–with dazzled sight he gazed down into that pure, perfect face, those clear and holy eyes shining like new- created stars beneath the soft cloud of clustering fair hair!
And yet Corelli also mentions the stunning beauty of evil angels:
His countenance, darkly threatening and defiant, was yet beautiful with the evil beauty of a rebellious and fallen angel.
Throughout history many believe they have been guided by a guardian angel.
St. Basil writes,
Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life (Catholic Catechism, par 336).
The philosopher Leibniz (1646 – 1716) claimed that angels communicate with a universal language, and began to develop a universal symbolic language that would help human beings communicate among universities.²
The Roman Catholic catechism doesn’t place too much emphasis on angels but does affirm their existence as servants of God and man.
From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession (Catholic Catechism, par 336).
Glorifying God, Catholic angels are said to be spiritual powers whose perfection – in contrast to Gnostic belief – surpasses that of human beings. Created by God, Catholic angels are inferior to Christ and the prophets but nearer to God, making them higher than human beings.
As for the contemporary notion that angels and aliens (ETs) are simply different cultural representations of the same basic essence, the American evangelist Billy Graham, among others, insists that angels and aliens are mutually exclusive.³
² Geert Lovink says “Leibniz also philosophized about a computer based on a binary numerical system. In 1679 he wrote, ”Despite its length, the binary system, in other words counting with 0 and 1, is scientifically the most fundamental system, and leads to new discoveries. When numbers are reduced to 0 and 1, a beautiful order prevails everywhere” (See “The Archeology of Computer Assemblage” 1992 at http://www.mediamatic.net/article-8664-en.html).
- Fallen Angel (reeablog.wordpress.com)
- “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread” (markatstpauls.wordpress.com)
- When a Politician Lies, an Angel Gets His Wings #tgdn #tcot (politicalbrian.wordpress.com)
- Gaurdian angel? (tiaralewis67.wordpress.com)
- Chuck Missler: Return Of The Nephilim! The Biblical Perspective on the Modern UFO-Alien Phenomena! (socioecohistory.wordpress.com)
David Bowie (1947 -) is a British musician, record producer, arranger, actor and visual artist. Originally David Jones, apparently he changed his surname to avoid confusion with the popular Monkee of the time, Davey Jones.
Most would agree that Bowie is in a rare league of iconic rockers, including the likes of Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Madonna and Elton John.
His best music synthesizes existing idioms to create something fresh and often exploratory. And because of his considerable talent, his musical explorations rarely go off the grid.
Bowie the philosopher, if you like, also takes us to new dimensions often passed over by status quo thinkers. His song “Starman” (1972) ponders the idea of extraterrestrial life and its potential impact on humanity.
There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds
There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’s told us not to blow it
Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile
And in “Loving the Alien” (1984) he sings:
Believing the strangest things
loving the alien…
Meanwhile, Black Tie White Noise (1993) looks to the meeting of spirit and the body, a topic that sometimes scares away so-called intellectuals who think they’re smart but really are quite narrow-minded:
Where the flesh meets
the spirit world
Where the traffic is thin…
You’ve been around
but you’ve changed me
In Bowie’s heyday the press often depicted him as “going away” from this world into some kind of creative journey and then “returning” whenever he produced a hit single.
There might be some psychological truth to this, as found in “Little Wonder” (1997):
Enter Galactic, see me to be you
It’s all in the tablets, Sneezy Bhutan
Little wonder then, little wonder
You little wonder, little wonder you…
Sending me so far away,
so far away…
Not unlike the Hindu Shiva-Shakti dyad, Bowie plunged into cross-dressing before this was considered chic in the music industry.
But there’s more to Bowie than meets the eye. Connecting him to religion and spirituality is far from spurious, considering his interest in parapsychology, as found in “Sound and Vision” (1977):
Don’t you wonder sometimes
‘Bout sound and vision…
I will sit right down,
Waiting for the gift of sound and vision
Within Asian systems paranormal abilities are known as siddhis, and in Catholic mysticism those which come from God are called called interior locutions, insights, perceptions and private revelations.
Bowie himself, however, is often critical of organized religion, as expressed in this chant from The Buddha of Suburbia (1993), released several years before the Catholic sex-abuse lawsuits hit the media:
Sex and the church
Sex and the church
Sex and the church
And the church
And the church
Bowie might someday be regarded not just as a musician but as a visionary or futurist. Considering the looming global water crisis the following scenario from “Looking for Water” (2003) doesn’t seem too far off:
Silver leaves are spinning round
Take my hand as we
go down and down
Looking for water…
I’m looking for water
Looking for water
I’m looking for water
Looking for water…
Pythagoras linked musical harmony to cosmic order, while Orpheus used his lyre to wrest his wife Eurydice from the underworld lord of death, Cerberus. But like Lot’s wife, and against a dire warning not to look back while escaping, Orpheus foolishly cast a glance backward, losing Eurydice forever.
This story speaks to the wisdom of accepting and trusting in the future, an idea summed up in Bowie’s tune, “Changes” (1971):
Turn and face the strange
ch ch changes…
time may change me
but I can’t trace time
Bowie has also ventured into acting and composing soundtracks for film and video games. For some time he hosted a lively, free internet forum called “Discourse” at davidbowie.com, which now charges membership fees.
Although criticized for being cheap when it comes to charity, Bowie replies
I can never make my mind up, I’m so f***ing flippy floppy. I can see both sides of everything and it’s really awful. Source » “DAVID BOWIE – BOWIE’S CHARITY STRUGGLES” at contactmusic.com
Cheap or not, for his considerable import as an artist he was awarded the 2008 Andromeda Award at earthpages.org.
Around 2004 Bowie suffered a heart attack and underwent emergency surgery. Since then he’s understandably kept a low profile, appearing here and there, and endorsing his son’s 2009 “Moon” movie.
All that changed when on his 66th birthday he released a new album, The Next Day (2013). Keeping true to form, one of his videos for the record upset the Catholic League. And so far it’s the fastest-selling album of 2013.
Other interesting things about Bowie:
- he was offered but declined a knighthood
- his actual religious views remain somewhat mysterious
- he just wants to make records now (and not give concerts)
- he’s apparently vowed never to do public interviews again
Earthpages.org’s Very First 2008 Andromeda Award!
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The Big Bang theory is a popular scientific theory but by no means a proven fact about the development of the universe.
The Big Bang theory suggests that a massive cosmic explosion took place about 14 to 20 billion years ago, out of which our known universe expanded and developed.
The theory does not account for how the matter/energy required for the hypothesized explosion got there in the first place. Nor does it account for the high degree of specialization and structure found in life that theologians say points to an intelligent designer (i.e. God).
The Big Bang theory is not, as some believe, an adequate replacement for theologically-based creation stories. The Big Bang is nothing more or less than a scientific theory that has captured the imagination of many people.
Not everyone is aware of the fact that many scientists are critical of the Big Bang. The discussion can get pretty technical, so I’ll just outline three leading links for those interested:
The idea of the Big Bang Theory is so popular that it’s not surprising that a hit TV show goes by the same name. IMBD.com sums up the TV show as follows:
A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory.
- Theoretical and Controversial Debates : The Big Bang Theory (blackorwa.wordpress.com)
- The Big Bang Theory – Should they quit while they are ahead? (goodgeekranting.wordpress.com)
- Big-bang and its problems (releasingthetruth.wordpress.com)
- Reddit on The Big Bang Theory (brandsandfilms.com)
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- Why He Said Yes To ‘Big Bang’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- The Big Bang! (kristinekilmer.wordpress.com)
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- Bob Newhart to guest on ‘Big Bang Theory’ (theclicker.today.com)
Chuck Berry (1926-) is one of the first great American Rock and Roll performers. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, as Charles Edward Anderson Berry, in his early life he sang Baptist hymns, swing and the blues. He later adapted these styles to songwriting.
In 1962 Berry was sentenced to three years in prison for transporting a young 14 year-old native American woman, Janice Escalanti, across state lines. He was freed on bail by his friend and record producer, Guy Stevens, who then introduced Berry to the UK.
Berry’s 50s hit “Roll over Beethoven” was recorded less successfully by the Beatles. But his “Sweet Little Sixteen” was a runaway hit with the Beach Boys. His songs “Maybelline,” “School Days,” “Nadine,” “Rock and Roll Music” and “Johnny B. Goode” were also crucial to the development of early Rock, as was his oft copied style of playing the electric guitar.
Little Richard often claimed to be the originator of Rock and Roll. But Berry’s equally important role in the formation of this pervasive musical genre is rarely contested.
- Chuck Berry on Grooveshark (grooveshark.com)
- The Great Lost Rock Memoir: The Autobiography by Chuck Berry (litkicks.com)
- Chuck Berry Kinda Sorta Liked Punk Rock (buzzfeed.com)
- March 31 – Johnny B. Goode, Luna 10 tune, Expensive guitar! (drelectromix.wordpress.com)
- The Blues (lolachuckles.wordpress.com)
- Hopes for Compromise Fade, Congress Leaves for the Weekend! It’s Like How it Was for Poor Chuck Berry as He Chased the Elusive Nadine. (Another 420 Character Poem in 9 Lines, with Chuck Berry Substituting as My Muse Instead of the Birds) (wordswewomenwrite.wordpress.com)
- Chuck Berry Begins Jail Sentence Over Sex With 14-year-old Girl (raresoul.com)