Friday, January 29, 2010

Europa


Enlèvement d'Europe by Nöel-Nicolas Coypel, c. 1726


Europa looks like Mithras at first glance, and yet her story is more similar to that of Persephone. Europa is associated with Demeter but she's also known as a lunar cow, the moon and the cow both being traditionally feminine symbols in Indo-European culture.

For comparison, I've collected in this post links to various myths surrounding moon and cattle deities.

Europa (mythology) Wikipedia

Europa Mythweb.com

Europa www.greekmythology.com

The name of Europa far-hang.blogspot.com

Europa and Zeus by N.S. Gill, About.com Guide

Demeter www.in2greece.com

Demeter theoi.com

Sacred Cow – Cows and Cow-Goddesses Mythical Creatures World

A Celtic white cow goddess: Boann - The Clannada na Gadelica

River Boyne and the Milky Way Boyne Wisdom

Milky Way (mythology) - Wiki

Moons of Jupiter Buzzle.com

The primeval cow of Norse mythology: Auðumbla - Wiki

"Europa: Full Moon, the Great Goddess as Mother of all Europe. White Moon Cow. Garlanded white bulls were sacrificed to this Lunar Cow Goddess in Crete and Mycenae from a very early date." Goddesses of Ancient Greece, Avatars of the Goddess infinite8design.com

"...the cow came to symbolise the mother of the pharaoh. The cow was also a solar icon, where Nut carried the sun across the sky on her back, when she was in cow form." Animals and the Gods of Ancient Egypt

Bull (mythology) - Wiki

Io www.theoi.com

Egyptian mythology - Indopedia


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mithras in Religion and Myth



A winged Mithras wrapped in a Serpent encircled with the Zodiac


"Christianised rituals were among the cultural features of the Mediterranean world that were adapted by the Early Christians, as part of the thorough-going Christianization of pagan culture, which included the landscape (see Christianised sites) and the calendar (see Christianised calendar). The obvious connection to Jewish rituals of Christian practices such as the Eucharist and Baptism, is often argued to be by design." Christianised rituals Wikipedia

"Mithraism radiated from India where there is evidence of its practice from 1400 B.C. Mitra was part of the Hindu pantheon and Mithra was a minor Zooroastrian deity, the god of the airy light between heaven and earth. He was also a military general in Chinese mythology." Solstice Celebrations Dies Natalis Solis Invicti and Mithras - by N.S. Gill, About.com Guide

"Although Christianity eventually rivaled the four-century-old cult of Mithra in Rome, they were practiced by different social classes. Mithra was popular among soldiers and had a certain elitism because it barred women, and like Gnosticism, it emphasized hidden knowledge. On the other hand, Christianity was a version that could be practiced by women and so it was more popular. Under emperors like Julian and Commodus, Mithra became the patron of Roman armies. " Mythical figures Jesus was ripped off of - Simple Truth at Wikia

"According to the Mithraic myth, he would undergo a cultic transformation into a bull [or] a ram. He would be killed and his flesh and blood (or wine representing his blood) would be consumed by the faithful. The pictoral and sculpted scenes presenting this sacred meal were the ones which enraged Christian sensitivities, and many smashed-up Mithraeums show the traces of the fury of Christian iconoclasts. Tertullian [160CE-240CE] mentioned (De praescre., 40) this ritual of the Mithras which was a 'devilish imitation of the Eucharist'. He also mentions that the Mithraists enacted the resurrection." Mithraism and Christianity Jan 20, 2002

Sacraments in Mithraism and Early Christianity Hypotyposeis

Mithraic Mysteries - Wikipedia

"He is sometimes depicted as a man being born or reborn from a rock (the 'petra genetrix), typically with the snake Ouroboros wrapped around it. It is commonly believed that the cave in Mithraism imagery represents the cosmos, and the rock is the cosmos seen from the outside; hence the description of this god as 'rising from the dead'. According to some accounts, Mithras died, was buried in a cavernous rock tomb, and was resurrected. " Mithraism Crystalinks

Salvation and Revelation www.siloam.net

""Mithras” is the Latin name of a Vedic god that the ancient Persians called “Mithra”, and in the Rig Veda is called “Mitra”. Mitra is one of the hundred plus names of Soma in the Rig Veda and means “the friend of all men”. Mitra is an extremely old God, whose name first appears in writing in a peace treaty between the Hittite empire and the Mitanni in approximately 1450BC, Mithra was often invoked in contracts and treaties." Mithra & Avesta The Ambrosia Society

Mithraism The Cosmic Mysteries of Mithras by David Ulansey

Pagan Religions of the Old World - Sun Worship, Factsaboutfaith.com

"...Easter from the pagan festival of Eastre...High Mass, Sunday Sabbath, Holly and Ivy, Decorating trees, Monotheism, The Eucharist...All of it is taken from Mithra." Christianity Is The Plagiarized Version Of Mithraism - A Persian / Iranian Theology Patriarchal Tyranny: - The true origin of the three Abrahamic, Adam and Eve based religions; Judaism, and its two derivatives: Christianity and Islam. - By Bahram Maskanian

Mithraism The sacred meal and the ascent to heaven - Farvardin

Mithra: The Pagan Christ Truth Be Known

Roman-Persian Wars - Wikipedia

Specific similarities between the lives of Jesus and Krishna - Religioustolerance.org

Astronaut Theology: Masonic Manhattan Edition Wednesday, May 07, 2008 The Secret Sun

Mithras Slaying the Sacred Bull, image from Saul of Tarsus and Christ's Blood borndigital.com



Yet Another Thing The Jews Have in Common with The Catholics

Yet Another Thing The Jews Have in Common with The Catholics Gawker

Suicide groom's anguish by Reuven Blau and Susan Edelman, New York Post - Last Updated: 9:08 AM, January 18, 2010



Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My Letter to the Polish Roman Catholic Bishop Re: Holocaust Denial

AJC Slams Polish Bishop's Holocaust Denial

Really, Bishop Tadeusz Pieronek? So, the Holocaust is a Jewish invention? Does that make anti-Semitism a Roman Catholic invention? It's only harsh if that's the way you make it seem, right? If a certain percentage of people who died in Hiroshima were not Japanese, should we stop feeling that this was a tragedy for the Japanese? What's your point? Is this a "Big Boy" vs "Little Boy" controversy you're stirring up, or is this your way of saying that your church is miffed that the Septuagint (Alexandrian canon) is not recognized by the Jewish elite (this happened 2000 years ago and people are still bitter)? Is this a lesson for them, that they shouldn't be so racist, and let those Greek books in? I just don't understand your animosity which spills over from your spiritual (?) world into the real world where real people suffer because of your bitter, insensitive and out-of-touch words.

It's not enough that American children get beaten up by Catholic kids when they learn that "the Jews" killed their God. I've been learning that some Catholics chatting online are angry that their Eucharist tradition was propagandized by "the Jews" (again, some 2000 years ago) as being a cannibalistic ritual (it's not - it's only in the abstract). So, is all the blood libel crap payback, too? I could hardly believe that such ignorant people as those who would give ear to the stupid and malicious conspiracy theories (of which there are zillions, mostly more amusing than your average "capitalizing off of Jewish tragedy" sloth) could hold positions as the highest ranking church leaders.

Holocaust deniers have no right to be spiritual leaders, because there is no good that could ever come of the denial or minimizing of anyone's pain. Understanding, and being proactive to help heal the wounds, is a far better message for a church professing the love God has for all mankind. Don't worry - no amount of genuflecting to Jews would take away the focus from the Catholic church's child sex abuse crimes, but showing a smidgen of respect to those who have SUFFERED and DIED would help redeem the reputation of the church just a little, in the eyes of those who would like so much to forgive you so we could all finally be free. If you're so concerned about the gypsies, Polish and Germans, why don't you speak for them, instead of pointing fingers at who's not?



Holocaust Encyclopaedia United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (What is Genocide?)

Genocide of European Roma (Gypsies), 1939-1945 Holocaust Museum

"The effects of genocide do not end when violence stops. Survivors live with trauma and loss; infrastructure and institutions must be rebuilt; and, too often, related violence occurs in a new location." Patterns of Genocide and Related Crimes Against Humanity

"It began in the year 66 initially because of Greek and Jewish religious tensions..." First Jewish–Roman War - Wikipedia

"The war of 66-70 was not only a war between the Romans and Jews, it was also a class struggle." Wars between the Jews and Romans: the War of 66-70 CE by Jona Lendering

Lesser Known Highlights of Jewish International Relations In The Common Era (an Abbreviated sampling) Simple to Remember

Blood libel - Wikipedia

Crash Course in Jewish History Part 46 - Blood Libel www.aish.com

The Catholic Church and the Blood Libel Myth: A Complicated Story by Massimo Introvigne

Italy's new ghetto? by Tana de Zulueta Monday 30 March 2009 Guardian.uk

"The Fourth Lateran Council in 1215 was the first to proclaim the requirement for Jews to wear something that distinguished them as Jews (and Muslims the same). It could be a coloured piece of cloth in the shape of a star or circle or square, a Jewish hat (already a distinctive style), or a robe. In many localities, members of medieval society wore badges to distinguish their social status. Some badges (such as guild members) were prestigious, while others ostracised outcasts such as lepers, reformed heretics and prostitutes..." Wiki: Antisemitism in Europe (Middle Ages) (1/2) - Wapedia


Friday, January 22, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Jewish Tefillin and the Bentō Box


Tefillin Barbie


Jewish teen's tefillin sets off bomb scare that diverts US Airways flight from LaGuardia Airport by Rocco Parascandola and Larry Mcshane, Daily News, Originally Thursday, January 21st 2010

Phylacteries, or Tefillin, are Suddenly Big News - Thursday January 21, 2010 Beliefnet

Tefillin Terror! by Yitzchok Adlerstein, Cross-Currents

Tefillin layer's rabbi: Put on phylacteries after landing Ynet Published: 01.22.10

A Flight Is Diverted by a Prayer Seen as Ominous - James Barron January 21, 2010 The New York Times

Jewish Prayers Cause Bomb Scare On Airplane Gothamist

Tefillin - Wikipedia

When I was growing up, I was mortified by my experiences of bringing Japanese food to school for lunch. Back then, sushi was not trendy, and most people would shriek "ewww!" at the sight of all of the unfamiliar things in my bentō box. Granted, some things looked a bit freaky to me, too, having grown up in the US and not exactly being familiar with everything my mother wanted to make sure I had in my very uniquely eclectic diet (an example of a "heavy" (an acquired taste) would be nattō...although I don't think I've ever had to take *that* to school, phew). Times have changed, thank goodness, but maybe not so much for other cultures.

I grew up in NYC where I became familiarized with the different types of Jewish religions and customs that are practiced. Some people are more orthodox than others, just like in other religious groups. The scrolls inside the tefillin contain verses from the Torah, and the teffilin are bound to the body during prayer, because of the literal interpretation of a biblical verse (according to Wikipedia: The source texts for tefillin in the Torah are obscure in literal meaning. For example, the following verse from the Shema states: "And you shall bind them as a sign upon your arm, and they shall be as totafot between your eyes."). It's no different than Catholics believing in the Eucharist and literally consuming the flesh and blood of Christ, or Protestants believing in a physical rapture (being caught up in the sky) in End Times. Surely, there are many more examples like these, and the practice of different religions and interpretations within each are a sign of religious freedom in our shared world. I, for one, hope we'll continue to embrace these unique aspects of people's lives by learning more about them. I understand people can be freaked by things foreign to them, especially in light of security and air travel these days, but ya know, it doesn't hurt to be a little hip.

Related Links:

Tefilah: Prayer - Judaism 101

"What would you like for lunch today, my little cherry blossom?" asked Yoko's mother..." Yoko (Yoko and Friends-School Days) (Hardcover)
~ Rosemary Wells (Author)
› Visit Amazon's Rosemary Wells Page

Tefillin Barbie: Considering gender and ritual garb - January 2008 Jewish Women's Archive




Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Transubstantiation and Alchemy



"Renel the Alchemist", by Sir William Douglas, 1853


Aristotle and transubstantiation - From The Times October 26, 2009

"How is transubstantiation understood from the point of view of Taoism? Taoist alchemical practices fall into two basic categories: external alchemy and internal alchemy. External alchemy involves ingesting mineral and/or herbal elixirs, for the purpose of extending life or achieving the Immortality of the physical body." Inner Alchemy & Transubstantiation by Elizabeth Reninger, About.com Guide

Substantial form Wikipedia (also see Aristotle)

Alchemy - Wikipedia

Ouroboros - Wikipedia

Formal cause - Wikipedia (also see Theory of forms)

Learning about transubstantiation is, for me, revisiting a familiar unresolved issue, namely the idea of Form (Plato), a doctrine passed on through Aristotelian Realism. Some call it "creative visualization" or "creating your own reality". Do things of this world come from our thoughts first, and if so, to what extent? Is matter, including the people in our lives, the consequence of our "thought energy" or "choice"? Is choice even a choice if it's unconsciously made? There are many schools of thought that say all matters are of the mind, such as Buddhism, The Secret (theosophy) and New Age. The problem I have with this idea (besides the "mind control" aspect of it, a discipline which is always more restrictive than it is freeing) is that it doesn't always work in what I call "actual reality", and this reality is addressed by the serenity prayer that goes like this: "Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I can't change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference". Transubstantiation is real to those who believe: such is faith, even if that faith is in shapeshifting magic, from Aaron's snake to the holy trinity. The idea, I believe, is that it's the thought that counts when it comes to how we view and internalize our experiences. However, that ability to "change" our perception of reality doesn't actually change the reality of what occurs to us in life, and how we act doesn't always follow our thoughts. Sometimes, we mean well and fail.

Another issue I have is that it tends to put blame (cause) on victims instead of oppressors, with the notion of karma being that bad things can only happen if you "allow" them to happen. It is related to monism. I believe the caste system works like this; if you're born a social outcast, it must be because you did something in another life to deserve your lowly status. The fault always lies with the self, even when it doesn't make sense. Obviously, if you can't remember your past life, you can't say for sure whether you did anything wrong. Besides, things sometimes just happen, without there being a good-or-bad narrative. Why should cause not make sense, if the answer lies in truth, the opposite of confusion? The idea that karma is always deserved is called Fate, something the Bible explicitly tells believers not to worship. Karma sounds just, but is it always? Is karmic justice true justice or the absence of mercy? Is life all one big circle in which we run around forever, with mysteries unsettled in circular thinking? What loving God wants ignorance for us, if ignorance can't save? People die from lack of knowledge - or so the Bible says. This knowledge that saves probably doesn't come from the tree of knowledge that leads to death. I can reason that perhaps the teachings illustrate that not all knowledge is equal nor necessarily true, and that some truths become untruths the more truths we learn.

There's a great saying I found on an online friend's Facebook page: "what defines us, limits us". We need to see the consequence(s) of all philosophies, and apply them in context and not try to artificially harmonize, or universalize, every aspect of our lives with philosophies, in an effort to substantiate them in physical reality. Such logic-only based application of a fixed doctrine upon the complexities of our world is insane. Take Codex Alimentarius, which is a trade commission NOT based on the scientific method: it's hyper-orderly food philosophy without sense in the real world where nutrition is more important than harmonization. Reasoning is logic, not science. Metaphysical alchemy is medicine for the mind. Even a soulless computer can write harmonies in perfect accordance with musical rules, but would it be music that's pleasant to our ears? To what extent can humans control Mother Nature, and if we can control nature with our minds, do victims of natural disasters ask to be victimized? Of course not, any more than perpetrators of crime are the causal effect of a victim's "victim mentality"; such deduction is not only inaccurate but merciless. We can't always have mind over matter, and so, we can't follow a food code based on Aristotelian theory of universals and expect it to nourish us physically.

No philosophy is exactly one size fits all, or even capable of achieving perfect, predictable harmony, applied to all that actually exists. It's important to remember all things can be understood within each their proper context, so that our understanding of reality can be truly holistic. What's ancient need not be erased - we can still learn from the past. The mysterious, and therefore, seductive, idea of first cause, is very old, generated long before generations of more current, evolved minds have added onto the wisdom of the past. Thanks to the emergent wisdom of human, therefore real, physical and emotional experiences, we can nurture sanity in the real world, not just make theoretical sense. "Just because" is no longer an option for me, because God never minds questions nor criticism - He can take them, because the substance of my faith is that that's what He's there for, to fulfill my spiritual need. Some say food is god, but in the spiritual / abstract realm, God is food. The question remains, then, whether God is food that satisfies forever, or if the energy we receive is for limited time only, making me keep coming back for more, like terminator seeds.

Related links:

Monism and Serfdom vs. Christian Theism and Liberty, Conservative Underground ^ | 24 November 2009 | Linda Kimball Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 12:09:43 PM by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

One Monist's Philosophy by Allen Lutins

Reductionism - Wikipedia

Emergence - Wikipedia

Problem of universals - Wikipedia

Logos and Logic - Dr. Wheeler's website

"In some representations the serpent is shown as half light and half dark, echoing symbols such as the Yin Yang, which illustrates the dual nature of all things, but more importantly, that these opposites are not in conflict." Ouroboros - Crystalinks

"Besides, things that exist with a form are endowed with the formless aspects also. Vice verse, the things that exist beyond form are not without the formal appearance. Things, though they have their inherent fundamental nature which does not change, are neither absolutely manifest nor absolutely unmanifest. Clay is a materially existent entity, but, it has, besides its visible clay form, numerous other forms inherent in it- pot, plaque, brick and a lot more. " Forms of the Formless - an Interpretive Study of the Indian Trinity - Exotic India Art



Monday, January 18, 2010

Ode to Joy and the EU Flag

The myth of the "Marian seal" on the European Union flag - www.crwflags.com

Why the sign of Our Lady reigns over Europe - by Angelo Stagnaro 4 December 2009 The Catholic Herald

Roman Catholic values to dominate the EU - Monday, September 18, 2006 Archbishop Cranmer

EU president picks Catholic forum to outline vision - Thursday 7 January 2010 www.euractiv.com

So, I'm just wondering what kind of flag we would have if we became a North American union or some such thing resembling the current EU, with their own newly appointed president and EU flag. I've got some ideas: a picture of the Holy Bible? How about "WWJD" or the word of God as a double-edged sword? I like the dove of peace, personally.


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"The anthem of the EU “Ode to Joy” also contains religious symbolism. “Ode to Joy” is the prelude to the last movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which has religious implications. EU publications state that the anthem really is an “ode to freedom, community, and peace”, however the lyrics, by Friedrich von Schiller, are actually about the entering of the shrine of a pagan goddess and the uniting of all men in brotherhood, by the power of magic...The EU constitution has also raised the ire of protestant leaders by banning the mention of Christianity as part of Europe’s cultural heritage, while at the same time, including references to the civilizations of Greece and Rome, and the philosophical heritage of the Enlightenment. " Is the E.U. the Revived Roman Empire? - contenderministries.org


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Related links:

Herman Van Rompuy and Baroness Ashton: the EU's perfect couple of nobodies by William Langley 21 Nov 2009 Telegraph.co.uk

Belgian PM is first 'president of Europe' - November 19, 2009 CNN

EU equality law is an 'instrument of oppression', Roman Catholic bishops warn - by Simon Caldwell, 03 Aug 2009 telegraph.co.uk

UK equality laws 'fall short of EU requirements', says Commission OUT-LAW.COM • Posted in IT Director, 26th November 2009

The UK vs. The EUSSR by Paul Belien December 2, 2009 Hudson New York

Euroscepticism - Wikipedia


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Religion in the European Union Wikipedia

Papal Rome and the European Union - Richard Bennett and Michael de Semlyen

Europe’s True Nature Exposed by Ryan Malone, From the August 2004 Trumpet Print Edition

"No Protestant denomination born of the Reformation believes in the Real Presence of Christ--this should not come as a surprise to any. At the heart of this rejection of Jesus is the rejection of apostolic succession. This is a critical distinction between Catholicism and Protestantism." - Pope's "Controversial" Statement on Protestantism Reveals the Necessity of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ 24/07/07, Real Clear Religion

Apostolic Succession - Wikipedia

The Eucharist - Catholic Bible 101



Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827)



Sunday, January 17, 2010

Praying for Haiti

How you can help with Haiti earthquake relief efforts via PayPal & eBay - The PayPal blog

Donate to help Haiti during Internet Radio-Athon on Sunday, January 17 The PayPal blog

Hillary Clinton flies in to Haiti to get aid moving - The Australian, January 18, 2010 12:00AM

Haiti quake aid effort still slow - Sunday, 17 January 2010 BBC

Fear of the poor is hampering Haiti rescue - American views rule among the rubble of Port-au-Prince. That’s one reason aid is taking so long to get to those in need - Linda Polman January 18, 2010 Times Online

Remarks: Hillary Clinton on Haiti January 13, 2010 - by Mark Halperin Sunday, January 17, 2010 TIME

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Japan, Black Pope...Random Thoughts


Three trees print, CB2


Wise man from Japan now the black pope by Kevin Rafferty, Monday, Feb. 11, 2008 Special to The Japan Times

The new "Black Pope" promises more Jesuit turmoil - January 21, 2008 www.catholicculture.org

Roman Catholics: A New Black Pope, TIME Friday, May. 28, 1965

The Jesuits in Japan - www.reformation.org Reformation Online

Book 7 Tanner, Mathias, 1630-1692. Societas Jesu usque ad sanguinis et vitae profusionem (Prague: Typis Universitatis Carolo-Ferdinandeae per Joannem Nicolaum Hampel factorem, 1675) - Spiritual Journeys

They say Japanese and the Ainu language have nothing in common, but the Ainu word for god is "kamui" and Japanese is "kami". BTW, it's cold today, as in it's "samui". It must be pretty damned brutal to live as homeless people in the very samui climate off the borders of Siberia...cold enough to hunt bear and wear the fur, I'd think.

As for the Black Popes in Japan (I learn something new every day)...well, it sounds like they commit themselves to living there to apprentice in a spiritual sense, but why? Is Japan a romantic place...by that, I mean "otoko no roman (a man's idea of romance, to be illuminated)"? It sounds so Buddhist (an imported religion), doesn't it, to want to be a pure, blemish-free, superhuman perfect man?

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Related links:

Human Rights Report: Japan - US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - February 25, 2009

Vanity - Wikipedia

Seven deadly sins - Wiki

The History of the Jesuits by Joseph Nicholson www.ehow.com

Why does the Catholic Bible have different chapters than the King James version of the Bible? - www.answerbag.com

5 Myths about 7 Books - by Mark Shea, www.catholiceducation.org

Unicorns and the KJV (King James Version) by Rick Norris

Can A Catholic marry a christian? - www.greenspun.com

The Holocaust: What Was Not Said - by Martin Rhonheimer 2003 First Things 137 (November 2003): 18-28.

Confessions of a Recovering Catholic by: Diane G Sun Nov 15, 2009

Why do you think the Catholic Church in the US is dying? Yahoo Answers

Catechism - Wiki

Catechism - www.vatican.va

Discussion on the Eucharist - Yahoo Answers



Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Pantone Color of the Year: Turquoise


Hathor, aka the Mistress of Turquoise


Pantone's Color of the Year 2010 is Turquoise. It's a pretty color, one I associate with oxidized copper and mythical goddesses of love and beauty. I find it especially beautiful in glass, like the UN building in the sun, and my beloved glass bottle of the original Comptoir Sud Pacifique Tiare, but aside from a swimsuit I bought for location (when I wore a matching turquoise Statue of Liberty headpiece...yeah), I have no need for this color in my wardrobe. Sure, I think of Tiffany boxes and retro perfume packaging, but it's also the color of '80s sports jackets (with "complementary" colors thrown in for super high stimulation) and giant phallic '50s automobiles. Ditto decor: I generally don't do '50s (think Space Age "diner interior"), and the '80s are avoided if the vibe I get is shoulder-padded Scaasi. Also, why doesn't Pantone just come out and say that the color palette is Mediterranean? Listen to these names: Turquoise, Tomato Purée, Fusion Coral, Violet, Tuscany, Aurora, Amparo Blue, Pink Champagne, Dried Herb, Eucalyptus. These could easily be notes for a perfume. Combine turquoise with the old gold (greenish gold hue) trend in accessories, and you've got a mix of Mediterranean and Futuristic (on the other hand, it seems an extreme juxtaposition of Old World vs. Civilized, maybe taking on a Brave New World theme). Of course, turquoise is also associated with many cultures around the world, like ancient Egyptian and Aztec art. You don't suppose magic, riches and divinity are on anyone's minds these days, do you? Let's not forget the futurism of our time can be seen in how the Vatican is looking for aliens. If escape is the motif, turquoise must be our soma.


Francesco de Mura (18th century), Aurora e Titone


Related links:

Retro-futurism - Wikipedia

The Gods of Ancient Egypt - www.touregypt.net

Hathor was associated with turquoise, malachite and the metals gold and copper. [alchemy of consciousness] Hathor, www.crystalinks.com

A comprehensive restoration and documentation scheme is underway at a major temple and mine complex in Sinai, as Nevine El-Aref reports: Sinai's turquoise goddess - Al-Ahram



Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Futurism and Fascism



"Building design" by Antonio St'Elia 1888-1916


"Futurism arose as part of the general artistic ferment that characterised the intellectual life of Europe, and particularly France, in the period before 1914. This was a period of spectacular advance of capitalism, which was developing the productive forces at a dizzying pace. Europe and the USA were industrialising rapidly. Industry was advancing at the expense of agriculture, the proletariat at the expense of the peasantry. Old ideas were crumbling. In the field of science the basis was being laid for a twin revolution, connected with relativity theory and quantum mechanics. The human mind was gradually penetrating beyond the world of appearance and discovering a deeper reality in the sub-atomic world, where the laws of the ordinary world of sense perception do not apply. The sensation existed that this was a new age, an age of progress in which the machine was king. Out of this idea arose the cult of the modern..." Italian Futurism and Fascism How an artistic trend anticipated a counterrevolutionary tendency - by Alan Woods, London, April 23, 2003

Hmm...does this remind you a bit of the Zeitgeist movies? I'm thinking about the ending of Zeitgeist II, a scene in which a technology-based future is depicted as a new Utopia.

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Boccioni's Materia


Related links:

Technical Ecstasy: Futurism and Dystopia Grand Strategy: The View from Oregon 28 February 2009

The Futurism Art Movement (1909 - 1914) www.keithgarrow.com

"The original opposition to Liberalism came from the aristocracy. In feudal times the interests of Church, State and Commerce were all tied together into one generally mutually supporting entity. The aristocracy held exclusive rights to property, usually passed down by family lineage. The aristocracy owned the land and controlled the government. Because the aristocracy owned the land and also held rights to all the general avenues of trade, by controlling harbors, bridges, etc, they received much of their income from rents on land, taxes, and tariffs on the State regulated trade." Redefining the Political Spectrum - The Rational Spectrum - by R. G. Price - June 20, 2004 www.rationalrevolution.net

"The adoption of Cubism determined the style of much subsequent Futurist painting, which Boccioni and Severini in particular continued to render in the broken colors and short brush-strokes of divisionism. But Futurist painting differed in both subject matter and treatment from the quiet and static Cubism of Picasso, Braque and Gris. Although there were Futurist portraits (e.g. Carrà's Woman with Absinthe (1911), Severini's Self-Portrait (1912), and Boccioni's Matter (1912)), it was the urban scene and vehicles in motion that typified Futurist painting - e.g. Severini's Dynamic Hieroglyph of the Bal Tabarin (1912) and Russolo's Automobile at Speed (1913)" Futurism on WIkipedia

"The intention of Dada art – often called anti-art – was to expose the ridiculous pretensions of a society that countenanced World War I by producing nihilistic and antirational art...In Paris Dada was one of the sources of surrealism, officially launched in 1924. Several artists (including Picabia) participated in both movements. The two movements shared an antirationalist outlook, but while Dada was nihilistic (believing in nothing, or denying all reality), surrealism was more positive in spirit."Dada on Free Dictionary

Techno-utopianism - Wikipedia







Fragrance of the Moment



My fragrance of the day is Pink Manhattan. :-)


Monday, January 04, 2010

Nazi Idyll and Anti-Postmodernism



Paul Klee - The Angler [Der Angler] confiscated "degenerate" art www.moma.org

"First, to see Nazism as restorationist, as nostalgic for recreating past idylls in any literal sense, is to fail to recognize that the mythic core which acted as the lynch-pin of all its ideology, policy, and propaganda was the myth of national palingenesis: the nation's rebirth is a radically new order..." Nazi Art: Romatic Twilight or (Post)modernist Dawn? - Oxford Art Journal, Vol. 18, No.2 (1995), pp. 103-107 (full text on www.jstor.org)

"Degenerate art is the English translation of the German entartete Kunst, a term adopted by the Nazi regime in Germany to describe virtually all modern art. Such art was banned on the grounds that it was un-German or Jewish Bolshevist in nature, and those identified as degenerate artists were subjected to sanctions...While modern styles of art were prohibited, the Nazis promoted paintings and sculptures that were narrowly traditional in manner and that exalted the "blood and soil" values of racial purity, militarism, and obedience. Similarly, music was expected to be tonal and free of any jazz influences; films and plays were censored." Degenerate Art - Wikipedia

"This system of idealized mythology, though it tended to depict the material world, had little or nothing to do with realism. According to Hinz, “Objectivism is not realism if the objects depicted are not themselves drawn from the reality of the present.”19 In fact, realist painters in Germany had been among the first victims of the art purges, since the verism practiced by painters of the Weimar period depicted the capitalist, bourgeois world; a world that National Socialism attempted to destroy by claiming that it was egotistic and destructive. In contrast, NSDAP art depicted a world that, if it ever existed, was no longer possible in modern western societies; a world of joyous labor, unified culture, and unending prosperity." Art in the Third Reich - www.jamescockroft.com

Nazi Approved Art - A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust

"'Postmodernism' is a bogy monster designed to frighten middle America. Nobody knows what it is, but they get the sense that it's bad." The postmodernist problem - Salon.com Feb 8, 2001

"A new German art failed to materialize, as the limited subject matter for artistic concerns—military heroism; a fit body; portraits of the Führer; and seductive, almost pornographic, images of women—became the style of the period. The two major German sculptors who have remained the subject of artistic investigation are Arno Breker and Josef Thorak because of their focus on the human body, considerations of classical form, and a type of slick modernism that crept into corporate commercials and advertising during the 1990s." Art, Banned - Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, www.enotes.com

How postmodernism controls your identity, Part 1 - New World Order University

"Rather than censor modernist art, the Nazis confiscated it. In 1937 they removed more than 20,000 such works from the collections of German individuals and museums — works by more than 200 artists, including Otto Dix, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Oskar Kokoschka, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Käthe Kollwitz, Emil Nolde, Max Pechstein, Pablo Picasso, and Kurt Schwitters. With 650 such works, they mounted an exhibition titled Degenerate Art ("Entartete 'Kunst'")...In each installation, the works were poorly hung and surrounded by graffiti and hand written labels mocking the artists and their creations...The Nazis expected Germans to recognize these works as presenting "negativity and the incomprehensibility of the world," which pitted modernist aesthetics against what fascists characterized as their own positivism, progressive goals, and noble ideals — an ostensibly hopeful Weltanschauung (world-view) that led to their ruthlessly forcing their "solutions" on the world. www.artlex.com



"I Shop Therefore I Am" Barbara Kruger


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I've written here before about the suppression of postmodernism in colleges in the USA and why I thought that was going on. Basically, my theory is that it's the remnants of the Nazi mindframe and intolerance of anything they can't understand. Realism is celebrated by many traditionalists because it doesn't take any effort to, say, try to interpret it, as realism doesn't require imagination on the part of the observer. I know that sounds simplistic but I believe all hatred stems from fear, insecurity and lack of understanding.

I also believe the rejection of postmodernism is really a rejection of mixing styles and genres, perhaps to go hand in hand with fear of multiculturalism. In defining a genre or style rigidly, you could exclude any new, emergent creativity in favor of conservation of that one familiar thing, frozen in time without unwanted derailment (from political goals attached to the style). To slay threat of competition, you can condemn any style as being all bad, or inferior, and rationalize such acts as preservation of high (or "real") art.


(Image: No._5,_1948.jpg‎ (175 × 353 pixels, file size: 163 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)An abstract painting by Jackson Pollock)

"One compact definition is that postmodernism rejects modernism's grand narratives of artistic direction, eradicating the boundaries between high and low forms of art, and disrupting genre's conventions with collision, collage, and fragmentation. Postmodern art holds that all stances are unstable and insincere, and therefore irony, parody, and humor are the only positions that cannot be overturned by critique or revision. "Pluralism and diversity" are other defining features." Postmodern Art - Wikipedia


"Classic Photography In Lego” by Mike Stimpson


Related link:
Banned & Dangerous Art




Sunday, January 03, 2010

When in Rome

It's 2010, and I've got a lot on my mind. Is it just me, or are we all seeing a trend? I understand the difference between orthodox and cultural religiosity but a trend is a trend: We have a new Roman Catholic judge in the Supreme Court, a new president of EU, "Haiku" Herman who is Roman Catholic Christian Democrat, the Codex Alimentarius commission in Rome that's supposedly handling global food matters (who are these people?), and we still don't know whether or not the US will eventually join the International Criminal Court (Rome Statute). Even Japan has a Roman Catholic PM, the first Catholic to rule the nation. Rare, yes, but Japanese Catholics exist: my own grandparents are proof of that. Any one of these things independently happening probably wouldn't worry me so much...well, Codex still sucks, and I'm really iffy about that ICC thing, especially after that bizarre news about Interpol getting immunity, but I'm just gonna come out and ask: is this the New World Order? I remember the speech the Pope© gave about the need for NWO...is this what he meant (and what does he want all those artists for...is he building a new church somewhere?)? I don't want to sound anti-anybody because I'm not at all, but I love America and our freedoms...where will people go to get away from Europe if we turn into another EU? Does globalization mean collectivism = One World?

Articles of Faith - Why Americans can't talk about religion and the Supreme Court: Slate.com (PS: According to the article, it appears Pat Buchanan is alarmed by the number of Catholics in the Supreme Court, but he is Catholic, too, and a traditional one).

I guess all these years of timewarping into the Classics (and classism) trend should have prepared me for all this, huh? Everywhere I turn, I see more and more attempts to control: on popular makeup forums, I'm expected to conform to a specific taste and set of rules or face being ridiculed, ostracized or worse. The bullies on beauty industry sites want to sell products and their narrow ideas of what beauty is. I left these boards after realizing I didn't need to be preached at by strangers on what to think and wear: age appropriateness, gender appropriateness, to accept being called anything they want to call you directly or indirectly: "old ladies", "girls", Japs, dirty hippies, heck - "American" as a pejorative, etc. and learn to equate passivity (victimization) with grace (or you'll be accused of playing victim). Verily, even my favorite board of the bunch didn't feel like an American board even with all the American posters on it, but more like my worst childhood years spent attending Japanese weekend school where, obviously, I didn't conform very well to cliques. People are taught in subversive ways not to make waves, even if "making waves" means standing up for what's right. Like in Victorian days, speaking up means being rude. Shutting up and taking it means being cultured. Yep, it's just like Japan where bloodlines, gender and hierarchy still rule one's fate.

Maybe the ugly ijime culture existing on some of the more collectivist boards is meant to be like a sorority house initiation. Perhaps I'm just a bit removed from the mainstream scenes being an artistic soul and just don't get what others plainly accept as being "the norm". Anyway, if you're a concerned parent, or if you give two schnitzels, you may want to check out some of those forums and blogs to feel these trends out for yourself.

Still, isn't it all just one warm and fuzzy little coincidence? What happened to the days of Kevyn Aucoin and celebrating the beauty in diversity? Why must we do as the Romans do even if we *are* in Rome?

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Happy New Year





Wishing you the best in 2010!






Music, Numerology and Pseudoscience



Frequency 528 (DNA repair freq)

Frequency 528 Hz, the miraculous frequency for transformation and DNA repair. There is a special sound and color of love according to Dr. Horowitz, a Harvard-trained award-winning investigator...Read more @ You Tube


Now, let's see if I could find a song in that key...how about a little Earth Wind & Fire? I always wondered why recorded music was in a slightly modified pitch from the keys that our musical instruments are tuned to (and also why different countries tune to different Hz). Could the piercing, colorless sine wave tone hold yet another key?


I wonder why music is used as a tool for numerology at all, but I suppose it's the same reason people can theoretically demonize certain sounds (tritones and blue notes, for instance) and outlaw them.

This isn't anything new - in fact, if you want to believe God is a sound, that's your right, but I don't want to spend my life singing these so-called healing notes like some Buddhist monk in Tibet. Give me my blues, jazz and rock 'n' roll over global musical "harmony" any day.

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Related links:
"Mi = 528 hertz and is associated with middle ‘C’, the 3rd note of the sacred Solfeggio frequencies.": Reconciliation of Science and Religion

"The early church demonized it. It is also called the tritone or the "blue" note. Exactly halfway through an octave, the flatted fifth has a primal and irrational (square root of 2) frequency relationship with the tonic. It is also an enharmonic sharped fourth." A Fascinating Interval - The Flatted Fifth

A short history of bad acoustics (article can also be found here) - Acoustical Society of America Digital Library - J. Acoust. Soc. Am. Volume 120, Issue 4, pp. 1807-1815 (October 2006)

Does anyone recall those MakeupAlley posts about how certain perfume notes had the power to make some forum posters angry? Banned Odd Musical Instrument “Causes Insanity” - www.oddstruments.com

Sacred Circle of Sound - Freewaves Project

The Use of Tonal Frequencies to Enhance, Heal, & Rejuvenate - The Unhived Mind

The Number 528: The Key - www.biblewheel.com

Some types of music were suppressed - www.lightbridgemusic.com