Rene Guenon, nature of the real

Rene Guenon was a Frenchman who went East and discovered Islam. The timing was perfect: his beloved French wife (Venus in the twelfth in the house of loss) died just as Pluto was being discovered, (In his sixth house next to Neptune ). Guenon decided his faith in Catholic Christianity was misplaced and he moved to Cairo following the Sufi path of love and the 12th century mystic Rumi. Once there he became the Sufi mystic, Abdel Wahed Yahya.

Our header picture is from Anvari’s Divan via the preservation efforts of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York by Annemarie Schimmel and Stuary Cary Welch and is titled “The beloved comes at night”. 1 Anvari’s Divan: A Pocketbook for Akbar. The Divan literally a pocketbook of Moslem aphorisms, was created in 1588 for Auhaududdin Anvari, the Mughal Emperor in Lahore India c. 1588 . This painting is attributed to Shiva Das.

Once in a while you get shown the light
In the strangest places if you look at it right…

Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead, Scarlet Begonias

As William Chittick, the major scholar of Sufism in the West, writes in the second edition of Titus Burckhardt’s Introduction to Sufism 2 originally published in 1959 and considered the authority , “academic knowledge is only secondary and indirect to assimilating the intellectual content of oriental doctrines as the scientific method which approaches all from the outside and looks in, and thus does understand the idea of assimilation that can only be understood by going beyond the limitations of discursive thought.” 3 ibid. Preface, page xviii . But as all religious came East to the West, that is not an unusual thought , but lost in the West’s pre-occuptation was “plainness” and destruction of mysticism after the Reformation where adherents of Luther, though not Luther himself, thew out the symbolic baby with the bathwater in a too critical reaction of all things Catholic.

Guenon wrote over 24 volumes in his native French, on Du Soufisme, though few have been translated into the English most likely because French translators would prefer to keep his wisdom to themselves. 4 This is not my thinking but my French Canadian’s comment, when he While Guenon first toyed with the Vedanta through the works of Swami Vivekananda, the Indian mystic Annie Besant, Charles Leadbetter (correspondent to Marc Edmund Jones), and Alice Bailey followed, he did not pursue it,

Sometimes we are hidden, other times revealed.

Rumi from the Divan
The crux of his arguments are against the modern faith of positivity of progress; Guenon did not agree but felt that human kind reached a zenith and then fell backwards from that apex, which is based on the Hindu Yugas or yokes where each cycle gets shorter and shorter once it hits its zenith. Mircea Eliade was greatly, and this site attempts to explain it from Guenon’s “Traditional Forms and Cosmic Cycles.” The Athenian Plato also took this up this idea, based on Hesiod’s Theogony. Roman Catholic Robert Bolton in his The Order of the Ages: The Hidden Laws of World History also by Sophia Perennis Press, and he uses Sir Isaac Newton’s cycles to support this.

Where we are now

According to Guenon we are currently in the age of the “rejection of the sacred,” where not just one country or culture rejects the idea of God and sacredness but it permeates all of humankind. This unfortunately is obvious during the Great Lockdown that has permeated every aspect of our life, controlling it to an unprecedented degree 4 See the post on the Robert Court allowing Churches to be closed subsequently overturned after Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in that is of any not. .

Pluto led him to Islam because of its strong ties to revelation — a philosophical idea that Guenon obsessively devoted his life.

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Footnotes:

  • 1
    Anvari’s Divan: A Pocketbook for Akbar. The Divan literally a pocketbook of Moslem aphorisms, was created in 1588 for Auhaududdin Anvari, the Mughal Emperor in Lahore India c. 1588
  • 2
    originally published in 1959 and considered the authority
  • 3
    ibid. Preface, page xviii
  • 4
    This is not my thinking but my French Canadian’s comment, when he While Guenon first toyed with the Vedanta through the works of Swami Vivekananda, the Indian mystic Annie Besant, Charles Leadbetter (correspondent to Marc Edmund Jones), and Alice Bailey followed, he did not pursue it,

    Sometimes we are hidden, other times revealed.

    Rumi from the Divan
    The crux of his arguments are against the modern faith of positivity of progress; Guenon did not agree but felt that human kind reached a zenith and then fell backwards from that apex, which is based on the Hindu Yugas or yokes where each cycle gets shorter and shorter once it hits its zenith. Mircea Eliade was greatly, and this site attempts to explain it from Guenon’s “Traditional Forms and Cosmic Cycles.” The Athenian Plato also took this up this idea, based on Hesiod’s Theogony. Roman Catholic Robert Bolton in his The Order of the Ages: The Hidden Laws of World History also by Sophia Perennis Press, and he uses Sir Isaac Newton’s cycles to support this.

    Where we are now

    According to Guenon we are currently in the age of the “rejection of the sacred,” where not just one country or culture rejects the idea of God and sacredness but it permeates all of humankind. This unfortunately is obvious during the Great Lockdown that has permeated every aspect of our life, controlling it to an unprecedented degree 4 See the post on the Robert Court allowing Churches to be closed subsequently overturned after Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in that is of any not.

J895 Electrifying Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla, date unknown.

Tesla was a Serbian American inventor and engineer .

He is credited with discovering and patenting the rotating magnetic field, the basis of most alternating-current machinery

Marc Jones has July 10, 1856 in Smiljian Austria-Hungary Empire, now Croatia, but Tesla was not Croatian as widely believed but was an ethnic Serbian and his father was an Eastern Orthodox priest.

Though he was famous and respected, he was never able to translate his inventions into long-term financial success—unlike his early employer and chief rival, Thomas Edison. Tesla died unfortunately penniless at the New Yorker hotel in Manhattan letting others make billions off his name and talent.

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Mental Chemistry, What is it?

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Getting a grip on Mental Chemistry

Marc Jones in How and Why Astrology works, posited the idea of Mental Chemistry. it is an odd name and often confused with intelligence. But that is a mistake, as Dr. Jones made clear at Point 5 of his Fifteen points of how an astrologer should read a horoscope.

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The idea behind Mental Chemistry is understanding how you react to information and then via the Department of Efficiency how you apply it to the task at hand. So Mental Chemistry is the initial grasp of information, or how you collect or react to information. It is not the impetus to action, because for that you need to look at the Line of Efficiency. So how do you find your Mental Chemistry, and then once knowing how do you use it? That is what this article wants to discuss.

First you must find your Mental Chemistry. To do that you need to know the daily average speed of the Moon. That is a simple numeric: 13 degrees and 10 minutes. Now you take the speed of the Moon on the day you were born. For our simple example it is 13 degrees and 09 minutes, or fairly exact. Now you take the position of the planet Mercury relative to the position of the Sun: it is close, very close, far away and in which direction? Thus the three items become a matrix of average, fast and gestalt depending upon the speed of Mercury, the speed of the Moon and the relation of the former to the Sun. So jot that down, and we are ready to go.

Understanding Gestalt Chemistry

First we have Gestalt. Here the planet Mercury is behind the great luminary in the sky by several degrees, and the speed of the Moon was slower than its average daily speed of 13 degrees 10 minutes. The term gestalt is misleading as many think it is related to the Gestalt Psychology method, but in reality, gestalt traces its heritage to the great German philosopher, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who first posited the idea of when the “whole is greater than its parts.”

Rather a good point if one remembers the parable of Solomon’s baby, where two mothers argued that the child was theirs. Great King Solomon listened to the two mother’s argue back and forth, and finally in his wisdom said, “Let’s split the baby and that way you can each have a piece.” Of course a piece of the baby is not only a horrific idea but worthless, what can one do with a dead child? And would you want kill your baby just to have it? how gruesome!

Naturally everyone was alarmed at such a decision, and so too was the “real mother” who cried out “No, let her have it I do not want my baby murdered”, hile the fake mother agreed to this monstrous atrocity. Solomon was not called the wisest man in all of Israel for nothing, and smartly told the first mother, “He’s yours” because he knew only the mother would rather see her baby wholly alive with another than partly dead with herself, for indeed, a half was not better than a whole.

Why Gestalt?

Student of Chemistry and Pharmacy by Karl Jos. Litschaur (1830-71, Austrian)

Marc Jones borrowed this term from his teacher Jenny Bollenbacher, and idea behind it is a gestalt mental chemistry does not react to isolated bits of information, but waits until the whole picture is known to them. It is that waiting, for the Moon is slow and thus not reflective of what is actually happening, that makes the gestalt individual need to see and verify a pattern before acting, and that need to know the whole picture, understand the whole megillah, that makes them “slow,.” it is not as Dr. Jones pointedly states a comment on their intelligence, it is a comment on their reaction to information.

Since they are waiting, as in in Samuel Becket’s proverbial Waiting for Godot scenario, nothing gets done, because it is possible that all the pieces will never be known, or are found out because the situation is now revealed and so nothing has to be done, for it is complete.

Thus for gestalt Mental Chemistry types, they have to set limits on how much they need to know, and how long they are willing to wait, otherwise the wait becomes the end result in itself, or after waiting for so long when it finally comes in they have lost interest.

Jumping ahead, Fast Mental Chemistry

On the other hand someone who has a Fast Mental Chemistry, barely waits at all. They jump to a conclusion basing it more on intuition, the Moon effect, than logic. People will ask them, how do you know? What are you basing it on, and often they do not have an answer, because while it seems readily apparent to them, they find when pointedly asked, they cannot pinpoint to a single thing that gave them the answer and so look foolish.

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#J844 Norma Shearer, a Canadian eye-catching beauty

Norma, growing younger by the site

The old adage that a lady never tells her age, really struck home with 1930s Hollywood Actress Norma Shearer. Whether it was intentional or not, she has a few birth charts out there — four in fact. The popular one for astrologer is on Astro.com and says she was born 1900. I think that one can be discarded — it makes her too old for her debut in New York.

The next two are strong contenders, and are just one year apart. The first is from Marc Jones 1000 Nativities with the entry of August 10, 1903. The second one is the Church of Lights doyenne, Doris Chase Doane with the same date but a year later at 1904. Just as I was about puzzle the two out, a monkey wrench appears, and her fan site says all of that is wrong, and it is really August 11, 1902. So many birth dates, I guess we have to hit the charts to choose.

The Stolen Jools comedy

Enjoyable comedy and the only full flick I could find. Pity, eh?

Cross-eyed Fame

Norma married Irving G. Thalberg, the Hollywood boy wonder in 1927 and they had two children. Thalberg, unfortunately had a bad heart –he had been born a “blue baby” — in the days before surgery for atresia was perfected, and several heart attacks throughout his life. Finally, in September, 1936,felled Thalberg at age 37. Norma wanting perhaps to follow Garbo in retirement and give a final farewell was thwarted by Louis Mayer, of MGM, and Thalberg’s boss, more-or-less who felt she was too a hot a property to let go and forced her into a six-picture contract, after which she left for good.

David O. Selznick, an independent producer, offered the First Lady of MGM the part of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939). but after viewing some pre-production still, he felt her cross-eyed stare was disconcerting and killed the deal. While many wanted the role, it was lovely Vivien Leigh who got it for her silhouette against the burning Atlanta set.

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#J75 Among many Hollywood’s Firsts, Warner Baxter

  • Warner Baxter was the first American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor.
  • He was the first actor to portray the character of Jay Gatsby on-screen in The Great Gatsby (1926).
  •  By 1936, Baxter was the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, earning a record $284,000.

His best role is that of the doctor who treated Abraham Lincoln‘s assassin, in The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936). Sorry, cannot find that one. But the one below was directed by the great Frank Capra.  This one is rather amusing as Baxter had a fear of horses — Uranus (which rules the Equines btw)  20 Libra 25 in the twelfth house, large corporations, self-imprisonment and self-undoing,  conjunct his ascendant at 23 Libra.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lEfBSWPKVA

Baxter was born on March 29, 1889, in Columbus Ohio but when his father died when he was nine, his mother moved the family West to San Francisco. Things according to his account were going well when in 1906, the Great Quake struck Frisco, and the Baxter family found themselves living in tents. They were lucky it was Spring. 

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J35 Queen Amelia of Portugal

Lovely Queen Amelia

In her day, Queen Amelia of Portugal was considered a great beauty.

One can see this by her older pictures where she still retains vestiges.  Her carriage and bearing are striking in aspect as shown below in this vintage shot at  the 1912 Chelsea Flower Show from Leslie Geddes-Brown’s book,

1 This picture is from the book, The Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show:  The Greatest Flower Show on Earth was published in 2006 by Dorling Kindersley, London. Currently, at the time of this post, it is available for about $4.50 on eBay shipping included — see the link above.  It is a coffee table book. and it is geared more towards the setup and organization of the event as it shows lots of vintage photographs of attending Royals and other celebrities There is scarce horticultural information within but instead emphasizes garden landscaping and the floral preparation for the show.
Queen Amelia, the tall woman — she was like Eleanor Roosevelt, 6 feet — in all black, is in the center.

Queen Amelia would outlive all of her children; King Manuel would die suddenly at age 42 from tracheal edema.  His wife and he had no children, but everything he had he left to the people of Portugal. 

Amelia, despite being active in many social projects, such as the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis and the foundation of charity organizations, sanatoriums and drugstores was despised by Communists in Portugal because of her title, no other real reason though one can read it was because of her English birth, she was not a native, etc. and so on. 

If true, then what was the reason for killing the king and the heir?  They were all of that, so throw that idea out the window. No, the reason is they hated the monarchy and wanted it overthrown with their own brand of totalitarianism. After World War II she was invited back to Lisbon; she declined.

The queen and her famous Cartier ruby necklace

The Sabian Departments

 

 

Her Line of Efficiency is between Venus and Mars, which is sextile with Mars in its detriment but accidentally in its own house. This aspect is indicative of how much she is affected by her environment, and how that affects her goals and aspiration. Because it is sextile, as an aspect of sixty degrees, to make her goals real she needs a helping hand, because Mars is rather hampered and not as strong as it would like, so she prefers not to go it alone. Her abdication, on behalf of her son and herself, is a good example of that showing she was uncomfortable ruling in an inhospitable environment.
Her third department, the Line of Motivation or aspect between Jupiter and Saturn, highlights the old guard of astrology.  This time we have a semi-sextile, or thirty degrees difference, demonstrating not only her  (Jupiter is in its rulership while Saturn is exalted) disciplined approach to life but also her need for encouragement to perform difficult, at least to her (Jupiter is sextile Mars as well encouraging her shyness)  difficult tasks. 
This aspect also highlights very well her grace and royal bearing for, despite her great height, she was six feet tall, she was neither clumsy nor awkward as the picture at the Royal Flower Shows well, and there she is about fifty.
Finally, the last department Jones considers is the Line of Culture.   This is the flip of the previous line and shows the aspect between the two modern planets of Uranus and Neptune.  This relation is squared, or ninety degrees apart.
This is also her Dynamic Aptitude shows the stressful relationship between herself and her environment. Neptune makes the Queen prone to morbidity and environmental illness

, that she was often forced herself to work through because of her position; the previous Line of Motivation shows her devotion to duty, but as Neptune is opposite its essential rulership in the twelfth house, it came at quite a cost; she probably was prone to anxiety and bouts of depression.  But under the circumstances of the murder of her husband and son, unfortunately also very understandable.

 

Little Water

The Queen also had little Water in her chart, just one planet, Uranus, in Cancer in the ninth. This would have made her more intuitive than emotional, particularly as it is square her Mercury in the twelfth she recounts how she had many bad “premonitions” about her husband’s insistence on not showing fear and always appearing in an open chaise.[mfn_note] ibid. [/mfn_note} 

Footnotes:

  • 1
    This picture is from the book, The Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show:  The Greatest Flower Show on Earth was published in 2006 by Dorling Kindersley, London. Currently, at the time of this post, it is available for about $4.50 on eBay shipping included — see the link above.  It is a coffee table book. and it is geared more towards the setup and organization of the event as it shows lots of vintage photographs of attending Royals and other celebrities There is scarce horticultural information within but instead emphasizes garden landscaping and the floral preparation for the show.

Footnotes:

  • 1
    This picture is from the book, The Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show:  The Greatest Flower Show on Earth was published in 2006 by Dorling Kindersley, London. Currently, at the time of this post, it is available for about $4.50 on eBay shipping included — see the link above.  It is a coffee table book. and it is geared more towards the setup and organization of the event as it shows lots of vintage photographs of attending Royals and other celebrities There is scarce horticultural information within but instead emphasizes garden landscaping and the floral preparation for the show.

FDR Supreme Court Justice Frank Murphy

The dates on Supreme Court Justice Murphy are incorrect. William Francis Murphy was born on April 13th , 1890 not April 13, 1893 in Harbor Beach, Michigan to two Irish immigrants and devout Catholics. He got his law degree at the University of Michigan (LL.B., 1914) and, after serving in the first World War and held several elective posts in the 1920s.

His efforts to help the unemployed got President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s attention, who after Murphy finished his term as Mayor of Detroit (1930-1933) appointed him to the governor-general (1933–35) and then U.S. high commissioner (1935–36) in the Philippines, where he supported the independence movement.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NR1s1xeVI4

Strong Liberal Credentials

Upon returning home, Murphy rose to governor of Michigan where again he got national attention for refusing to break the illegal sit-down strikes at Ford and GM auto companies. FDR applauded those actions, and he appointed him the United States Attorney General.

Once there, Murphy won further accolades for instituting the Civil Rights Unit (now a Division of the AG’s office). Finally in 1940 Murphy got an appointment on to the Federal Bench; but that did not last long as he died in 1949. He voted with Justices Owen Roberts and Robert Jackson against the majority opinion of Justices Black and Felix Frankfurter on interring Japanese residents into camps in California in the the Korematsu v. US case.

I dissent, therefore, from this legalization of racism. Racial discrimination in any form and in any degree has no justifiable part whatever in our democratic way of life. It is unattractive in any setting, but it is utterly revolting among a free people who have embraced the principles set forth in the Constitution of the United States. All residents of this nation are kin in some way by blood or culture to a foreign land. Yet they are primarily and necessarily a part of the new and distinct civilization of the United States. They must, accordingly, be treated at all times as the heirs of the American experiment, and as entitled to all the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.”

Justice Frank Murphy, Korematsu vs. U.S.1

Murphy was among 12 nominated at the 1944 Democratic National Convention to serve as Roosevelt’s running mate in the presidential election that year. He acted as chairman of the National Committee against Nazi Persecution and Extermination of the Jews and of the Philippine War Relief Committee and established in early 1944 committee to promote rescue of European Jews, and to combat antisemitism in the United States.

Murphy died in his sleep at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit on July 19, 1949, of a coronary thrombosis. He was of 59 and was slated to get married the following month. Over 10,000 people attended his funeral in Detroit and is s buried in Our Lady of Lake Huron Catholic Cemetery in Sand Beach Township, Michigan, near Harbor Beach.

The third judicial court of Michigan is named in his honour.

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Saturn Return: Mandela Freed from Victor Verster Prison

a closeup of the Statue thanks to Architectural Digest magazine.

 

Freedom Fighter

MAN IN THE NEWS: AN UNWAVERING OPPONENT AND AN UNPREDICTABLE LEADER OF SOUTH AFRICA

NELSON MANDELA By ROBERT D. McFADDEN

Published: February 12, 1990 from the New York Times.

One thing seemed clear yesterday: the years of imprisonment had not broken Nelson R. Mandela. Emerging from Victor Verster Prison near Cape Town, (it has been renamed Drakenstein Correctional center) the 71-year-old black nationalist leader – who had not been seen or heard publicly for almost 26 years – raised his fist in a triumphant salute and spoke to a sea of cheering followers of their dignity and his dreams of ”peace, democracy and freedom for all” in a new nation without apartheid.

The biwheel of Mandela and his release date from Verster.

A lawyer and leader of the outlawed African National Congress who had gone underground and launched guerrilla warfare against Pretoria, Mr. Mandela was arrested in 1962 and convicted of sabotage and treason in a 1964 trial for trying to overthrow white rule, a charge he conceded before sentencing in his last and most famous affirmation of principle.

Young Mandela

A young Mandela, date unknown

”A time comes in the life of any nation,’where there remains only two choices – submit or fight. That time has now come to South Africa. We shall not submit and we have no choice but to hit back by all the means in our power in defense of our people, our future, our freedom. “

Mandela, April 20, 1964,

For 18 years, he was kept at the prison fortress at Robben Island, where he endured substandard food, deprivation of reading material and hard labor that included breaking rocks in a lime quarry.  In 1982, he was transferred to Pollsmoor Prison near Cape Town. There he shared a cell with other prisoners and was allowed to cultivate a small vegetable garden and to study for an advanced law degree, which he received last year.

His communications with his wife, Winnie, and children were limited to two 40-minute visits and one 500-word letter a month.

Campaign for Freedom


An international campaign to free him began in the 1980’s and culminated in a call for his release by the United Nations Security Council. Around the world, streets and squares were named for him. Peace prizes and honorary degrees were awarded to him. A song, ”Free Nelson Mandela,” became a hit, and ”Sarafina,” a musical about him and his nation’s racial struggle, appeared on Broadway.

In 1985, President P. W. Botha offered to free him if he renounced violence, but he refused to do so until the Government granted blacks full political rights and took the initiative to dismantle apartheid, South Africa’s pervasive system of segregation and white preference. While his health for years was good, Mr. Mandela underwent prostate surgery in 1985. And after he contracted tuberculosis and nearly died in 1988, he was moved to a comfortable bungalow at the Victor Verster prison farm at Paarl, near Cape Town. There he was allowed unrestricted family visits, strolls on the grounds and access to television.

Xhosa Tribe

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