“Great American Eclipse” will happen on Aug. 21, 2017. We hear all of this on the news: how to view the eclipse and warnings to avoid traffic jams. 200 million Americans are expected to watch from our own county and a billion more worldwide will see it.
Astrologers, from the dawn of history and even before have charted the movement of the stars and planets, then made predictions or interpreted signs. Here are excerpts fom an article sent to me by an astrologe fiend. Whether you believe astology to be truthful o not, it's still very inteesting. Hee's the link for the full article.
I want to share with you a secret: What astrologers see in an eclipse that you don’t.
(I’ll give you a hint. Astrology predicts massive changes for the U.S. And it also suggests what you can do about it.)
So, astrology… really?
First, drop your perception of astrology as merely the mildly entertaining horoscopes you read on the Internet. Those have as much relationship to “Astrology” as fortune cookies have to “Chinese Philosophy” (not that I have anything against horoscopes, or fortune cookies — both can be an art form!)
Astrology is a vast and ancient art. Some form of astrology is practiced by many indigenous cultures around the world as they’ve sought to discover meaningful connections in the appearance of events in the sky with humanity’s more mundane world.
Over the millennia, astrologers — those who studied the heavens in order to interpret such cosmic signs — have devised numerous techniques to tease out the details of what a particular eclipse might mean for nations, their rulers and people.
The Great American Eclipse
Today’s astrologers are no different. They see this Aug. 21 “Great American Eclipse” as the harbinger of a major turning point for the U.S.
The Aug. 21 eclipse is also the first total solar eclipse to be visible in totality only from the U.S. since the nation was founded in 1776.
The “Great American Eclipse” certainly fits its name.
Then there's Symbolism of Saros 145
No eclipse stands alone. All are part of a larger family of eclipses, called a Saros series.
Each Saros series begins at either the north or south pole. Then over the next 1,300 years, it develops from partial to total as it moves toward the equator, then dwindles back to partial as it ends at the opposite pole.
For starters, the Aug. 21 eclipse occurs conjunct the fixed star Regulus. As the lion’s heart of the constellation Leo, Regulus since ancient times has been associated with kings and kingship.
A solar eclipse conjunct Regulus would have been an omen for the fall of the king. (And most certainly not news a court astrologer would want to have to deliver to his royal patron.)
The Season of Change
For everything there is a season, and that includes change.
And, in astrological terms, one of our handy timekeepers for deep, long-term changes is plucky little dwarf-planet-with-a-bit-heart Pluto. Thanks to his 248-year orbit, he returns to exactly the same place he was in the sky when the United States was born in 1776 in just a few years — in 2024…
If you’ve been paying attention to eclipse news, then you already know that the next total solar eclipse to overshadow the US is in — you guessed it — 2024.
“Great American Eclipse, Reprise” coming soon on April 8, 2024. Credit: NASA
The Great American Eclipse also occurs at the Moon’s North (Ascending) Node, which is another old astrological symbol that it’s time for something new to be born.
Another clue: the Great American Eclipse occurs at 28 degrees of Leo, which is exactly opposite the position of the Moon (27 Aquarius) at the birth of the U.S. on July 4, 1776.
Over the next few years, we must develop a process for having this conversation. Because, to echo Ben Franklin’s sentiments, if we don’t learn to hang together, we shall most certainly hang separately.
We must break free of the “curse of duality” — the either-or thinking that’s plaguing so much of our discourse at the moment. Rarely is life black and white, either/or.
Dualistic thinking is what creates The Shadow in the Jungian sense. We project our monsters onto the other, so we can avoid looking at the darkness within.
Eclipses are the cosmic reminders that opposites can be complementary poles which attract one another. The eternal dance of Yin giving way to Yang, to Yang giving way to Yin.
There are no winners and losers in the dance. Only endless change.
Over next few years, as we struggle over the “soul of America,” you will hear commentators harkening back to our foundational documents. Especially the Declaration of Independence.
In it, Thomas Jefferson famously penned:
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
The “pursuit of happiness” has little to do with the right to buy a sports car or scarf down any other form of instant gratification.
Thomas Jefferson’s choice of phrase could be traced back to the political philosopher John Locke, who borrowed the word from the ancient Greeks. That word for “happiness” is “Eudaimonia.”
Eudaimonia, quite literally translates as “union with the good spirit.” Whatever you call it — union with one’s personal genius, higher self, true will, or the divine spark within — the meaning is the same:
The foundational value of our nation is to empower each person to be able to pursue their full human potential. In other words: human flourishing.
Which means, every choice that we make as individuals, or as a society must be grounded in the simple question: Will this bring us closer to universal human flourishing, or further away from it?
Apep was seen as a terrifying great sea-serpent, but is considered a dragon in the same way Meso-American Quetzalcoatl is seen.
Apep lay in wait in the Egyptian underworld to ambush the sun god, Ra, who had to voyage through it each night ready to rise again.
Apep would viciously attack the boat Ra was in as he crossed the sky during the day, and when there was an eclipse, it was believed to be due to Apep swallowing the vessel whole. Despite Apep’s menace, he never gained complete victory over his eternal enemy. However Apep was also never believed to have been fully vanquished. The reddening of the sky at dusk was said to demonstrate that the serpent had been overcome by the sun’s strength.
According to one myth, Apep would hypnotise the sun god and all of his followers, except Set who would would repel the serpent by piercing his side with a great spear. In some texts, Apep would trap the boat of Ra in his massive coils or cause the waters of the underworld to flood to overwhelm him.
In other texts Apep was equated with Set, the god of chaos. Apep would swallow the sun god, but other gods would cut a hole in the belly of the snake to allow the sun god to escape. If they failed, the world would be plunged into darkness.
Like Set, Apep was also associated with various frightening natural events such as unexplained darkness such as solar eclipse, storms and earthquakes. However, unlike Set he was always a force for evil and could not be reasoned with. He was depicted as a huge serpent often with tightly compressed coils to emphasis his huge size. In funerary texts he is usually shown in the process of being dismembered in various ways.
In a detailed depiction in the tomb of Ramesses VI twelve heads are painted above the head of the snake representing the souls he has swallowed who are briefly freed when his is destroyed, only to be imprisoned again the following night. In an alternative depiction inscribed in a number of tombs of private individuals Hathor or Ra is transformed into a cat who slices the huge serpent with a knife.
Apep was also represented by a circular ball, the "evil eye" of Apep, being struck by the pharaoh in numerous temple scenes. Apep was known by many epithets, such as "the evil lizard", "the encircler of the world", "the enemy" and "the serpent of rebirth". He was not worshipped, he was feared, but was possibly the only god (other than The Aten during the Amarna period) who was considered to be all powerful.
The "Book of Apophis" is a collection of magical spells from the New Kingdom which were supposed to repel or contain the evil of the serpent. Apep was hated and feared by the Egyptians, but two of the Hyksos rulers chose his name as their coronation names
Along the theme of monsters and monster vanquishing
we meet John Meszaros "Fumito"
1. Go ahead and introduce yourself.
Why thank you. I’m quite flattered to be here today. My name’s Fumito Kotoheisei, and I am a teller of tales fantastic and lurid.
2.Tell us where and when were you born.
Well, I know my gray hair would suggest otherwise, but I’m really only 22 years old. The hair is a family thing. My sister Yoko has it too, and she’s only 17.
As to where I was born... well, let’s just say it was a little, out of the way village. Not much going on there. Oh sure, folks appreciated a good story, but if you want big crowds, you need to head for the cities. So I suppose the “me” you see now was really born in the big cities around the daimyo’s palaces where people will pay you well for an exciting evening of monsters and warfare and- heh- a few scenes to stir the more carnal senses.
3. How would you describe yourself?
As I’ve said, I’m a storyteller all the way through. I’d like to think of myself as a historian. A historian who adds just the right amount of necessary embellishment to make history excited for my audiences.
4. Did you have a happy childhood? Why/why not?
My childhood, I think, was the happiest anyone could ask for. My father was always loving and generous. My mother loved and cared for me and my sisters too, in her own way. Though she was quiet an awful lot.... except when she was talking to people no one else could see.
Oh, sorry, what was I saying? Yes, happiest childhood anyone could want.
5. Past/ present relationships? How did they affect you?
Heh, well, I hope it is not too boastful to say I have had good luck with women. And several men too. I am not narrow in my tastes.
You’ve probably heard a little bit about me and Ikuko, I’m sure. She’s quite extraordinary. So full of tales. She’s an exorcist, you know that? And a monster-hunter. I could listen to her stories all day. Here, I’ve written down a few if you’re interested-
Oh what’s that? Well, yes, of course I like her for more than just her stories! She’s helped me through so much after what happened at my uncle’s castle. It’s been... comforting, having her around. Though I know deep down her heart belongs to Sakura. I just hope Sakura comes back some day before Ikuko’s heart completely breaks.
6. What do you value above all else in life?
Stories! Ghoulish monsters! Exciting battles! Ghosts! Oni! Have I mentioned how much I love collecting stories?
7. What are you obsessed with?
8.How do your beliefs make life better for yourself and the people you care about?
Well, I suppose not everyone loves telling and hearing stories as much as I, but I have no doubt my tales make life that much richer for my listeners.
9. Biggest fear?
Fear? Ha! I fear nothing! Everything is life is a tale to be recorded and read.
...Maybe my uncle. A little.
10. What line will you never cross?
I... well, my uncle has... has certainly shown me a few lines I had never even thought to cross before. Not that I have myself of course! Never. I just... recorded...
Look, the truth is, most of the things I tell are just stories, you know? Fiction. They’re gory and violent and fun. But.. but I know the difference between fiction and real life. It’s not so fun in real life. I know that. I do.
I was just recording.
11. What is the best thing that ever happened to you? The worst?
The best thing that’s ever happened to me has most definitely been all this freedom and opportunity to share all my tales with the world. And to make money doing it. Can a man ask for more?
The worst thing... uh, can we just move on, please?
12. Most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
I don’t embarrass easily. Though my sister Yoko can be pretty loud and rude. It gets rather uncomfortable when she gives me grief around others. Though, I guess I can’t blame her after what happened to our family.
13. Biggest secret?
I’m, well, I don’t think people realize I’m not always as happy as I may seem. I try to hide it. I think Ikuko might know, though. She seems to have an eye for seeing what’s unseen.
14. What is the one word you would use to define yourself?
Can a man really define himself in but one word? I guess I’ve been called “loquacious” a couple times. That’s among the more polite words people have used, anyway.
15. What is your current goal?
Now that Ikuko has shown me the worlds and beings beyond our mundane existence, I can make my tales even more vivid. That would bring in an even bigger audience.
Ahem, not to brag, but the yokai we’ve met so far have also taken quite an interest in my stories, as well. It’s flattering, really. Having such a diverse audience. I’ll have to see what tales they can tell me.
Meet Guy Donovan who writes of a Dragon's Treasure
Who are you as a person? (brief bio paragraph)
My name is Guy Donovan, and I’m the author of The Dragon’s Treasure Series, which is a four-e-novel series set in 5th century Britannia. The first three books are currently available at Amazon (The Forgotten Princess of Môna, A Cold, White Home, and Songs of Autumn). I spent a decade in Los Angeles working as an animator, storyboard artist, and designer for most of the big animation studios in both television and feature films. My proudest achievement there was as an animator on Warner Brothers’ feature film “The Iron Giant,” but most of the rest was paycheck material. Now I’m a soulless drone in a completely creativity-deprived job that will remain nameless in the interests of my corporate slavedriver employers not freeing me of my paycheck.
How long have you been a writer?
Pretty much since 1977 (I was 11) when Star Wars came out and I started writing (really crappy) fan fic in between that and Empire Strikes Back. I started taking it seriously though in 2009, when I began working on The Dragon’s Treasure. Back then, I intended it to be a single, long work of about 6-800 pages, but it…blossomed.
Are you Traditionally or Indie published? If not yet, what are you considering?
Indie. I wouldn’t mind a publishing contract, mind you, but that requires a publisher and/or agent wanting you and your work. So far, none of those guys are too interested in me. Rather than wait for someone else’s approval, I decided not to wait to die before just publishing myself.
What writers inspired you? Favorite Authors?
Lots! Hmmm…JRR Tolkien, Ray Bradbury, Victor Hugo, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, Arthur C. Clarke, Jules Verne, Vonda McIntyre, James Blish, Terry Brooks, Anne McCaffery, H.G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, Michael Moorcock, Roger Zelazny, Phillip K. Dick, Theodore Sturgeon, Steven Brust….the list goes on and on and---
What is your book/series about (elevator speech or quick tweet post)
11 year-old girl’s autism is cured by a dragon and the two go off to live together in the wilds of 5th century Britannia.
What is the setting and genre?
Epic historical fantasy in post Roman Wales, England, and Scotland.
Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Cerys, absolutely. She’s my other daughter that only lives in my head.
What character is most like you?
They’re all me…even the bad guys (maybe even especially the bad guys!). I guess that’s Cerys again, but she’s almost a more idealized me. In the end, I suppose it’s probably either Domelch (the old Pictish caregiver of Cerys) or Owena (the 15 year-old chambermaid that befriends Cerys. Both Domelch and Owena are well-intentioned, but make classically stupid mistakes out of either arrogance or laziness.
If you had a supernatural power, what would it be?
If I had no say in it, it would probably be something stupid like super flatulence. If I could pick it though? Hmm…flight, even if it’s powered by super flatulence.
Would you say your book has a message or underlying theme? What is it?
If you hang on long enough, you’ll get what you want…just maybe not in the way you wanted it.
How are you marketing your book?
So far, purely through Facebook.
Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
Film music composer Jerry Goldsmith. I was a huge fan of his before I even knew who he was. Then in 1978, I finally put the name together with the movies I’d loved for their music for so long and started collecting his work. It was a lifelong dream of mine in the animation business to work on a film that he scored, but that never happened.
A wonderful thing has happened! Hollywood wants to make a movie of your book! You get to pick the actors & actresses.
Cerys: Imogen Poots
Domelch: Brendan Gleeson
Owena: Jenna Coleman or Olivia Cooke (though in my mind, she’s a young Karen Allen)
Queen Lucia: either Emily Blunt or Olivia Wilde
Marcus: Ewan MacGregor of about 10 years ago
Bishop Pacilus: Tobey Jones
Etterni: Bill Nighy
Bran: Arthur Darvill (Rory from Doctor Who)
Prince/King Pedran: Jonathan Rhys Meyers
King Talorcan (Cerys’ dead father): David Wenham
Duke Gruffydd: John Rhys-Davies
What music do you hear (what songs) remind you of your story?
I’ve actually put together a “soundtrack” for the series composed mostly of film music by Jerry Goldsmith, Thomas Bergerson, Junkie XL, Trevor Jones, and John Barry, with a couple of others.
What Favorite foods
Pretty simple really, pizza, burgers, steak. What can I say? I’m a Yank. Oh, and fish and chips from a particular little hole in the wall place my family and I found in Llandudno, Wales, and haggis. Yep…haggis. My trip to the UK in ’13 opened my eyes to the wonders of offal boiled inside a stomach!
What makes you laugh/cry?
I’m over 50 now, so basically everything. I’m a real sucker for a bittersweet ending though.
What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Dunno, really. “He did his best”?
Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
As a kid, I made a lot of model kits and have recently introduced my daughter to that as well. I’ve been out of it for a while now, but riding motorcycles really used to do it for me. Also backyard astronomy, though that’s been a bit too. Basically reading and watching movies with my family now, I suppose.
What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Mostly fantasy/sci-fi, such as Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars (particularly the original trilogy), pre-JJ Abrams Star Trek, 70’s/80’s era Spielberg flicks, all the usuals for an aging geek.
If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I would have loved getting a crack at directing films, but that never quite panned out.
What are you working on right now?
I’m currently deep in editorial on the fourth and last of my Dragon’s Treasure books: Memories so Distant and Brief. Look for it on Amazon in January or February of 2018 (I hope).
What future plans do you have in writing? Next up, I want to try my hand at my first literary love: science fiction. It’ll be something bordering on hard sci-fi, but not quite.
What links or website do you have? List them below.
My amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Guy-Donovan/e/B00EO3VRD8 My Dragon’s Treasure Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Dragons-Treasure-Series-172879129537712/?ref=br_rs
Thanks, Guy! Next week we'll talk to Cerys herself.
When Worlds Collide I'm not referring to the 1951 film. I'm writing about an unfolding writing adventure in which characters from Children of Stone meet and create story with characters from the Valkyrie tales written by Mark McQuillen.
Mark and I have never met anywhere but Facebook. We're busy writers and so we've never even read each other's stories. We do keep promising to do that one day, and of course we'll review each others work. In early May, he invited me to work on a thread called "Healings" in his site "Black Rose - Tales of the Petals". Our main characters were to meet and interact.
Neither of us knew each other's story, remember. What blossomed was the writing of another set of dreams set in a fantasy version of future Earth and the Elysian Fields. Ancient Egypt was no more. My character Marai, tired of being viewed as a god throughout history was back at his childhood home at the foot of Mount Sinai. Mark's character, Malice was no longer in her own world but had slipped through a portal while battling the minions of he ach enemy Pathen.
It was magical. Here (with annotations) are the first four exchanges.
Mary Woldering (as Marai)
Saw it come down.
Brought some memories back of a long time ago when I sang to my goddess. it's been really too long...another lifetime.
I've been here a few days. They seem like years. Another person's there; just one woman this time, a warrior, slipping through the portal. There was some battle. I sense that. Wings. Perhaps I should go see if she needs help. I'm in no way ready to start things up again, being the hero, but I can't help myself I was a shepherd once It's what I do best.
Mark McQuillen ( as Malice) "Ohh fuck that landing could have gone better." Mal groaned. "Did any one get the registration of that shuttle that landed on me?"
"Good Nyborg man." She chuckled remembering an old movie the humor caused a coughing fit as she tried to get the sand out of her lungs.
As Malice became more aware her right arm and hand blazed with pain causing the Valkyrie to hiss.
Looking at her forearm she saw a three inch sliver of metal from the warhead of the missle that got her in this fix.
"Shit!" she snarled as she tried to pull it out but with her hand and the metal sliver covered in her blood she couldnt get a good enough grip even if she had the strength to pull it out.
"Ok Soldier on your feet lets get to the ship." She muttered as she got to her feet wobbling slightly. She felt drunk as she climbed the impromptu crater she had created.
"Malices Divot." She declared as she got to the top her crater was five or six foot deep in the soft sand. Not ten yards from the spot she landed was rock.
The Valkyrie raised the fingertips to her lips and kissed them thanking her luck. Then she saw the remains of the fighter strewn all over the landscape.
"This just keeps getting better and better," she whispered before she fainted dead away back to the sands.
Mary Woldering (As Marai) Movement. Scanned the wreckage from here. Yeah, the silver eyes still work. I'm retired but still have the perks: enhanced senses, strength, a dubious mortality. don't age much although I think I pass more for a fit forty than 35 of centuries ago. Only thing I don't have is the ability to find the others.
Scattered to the far sides again -- maybe even off world -- other dimensions or existences. Not even sure if I AM in physical form any more.
After you die a few times, and get brought back; rejuved, it starts getting sketchy.
A battle in between worlds and her ship fell out of the sky.
My senses tell me this comes to no good. I'm tired of the missions. Tired of being blamed It's what people do. They call on gods and when things still go sour they curse and blame then -- style them as demons. It's why I left the mountaintop; rounded up a few sheep and goats, and decided to sit it out for a few eons. Miss my family, but we all went through that, broke apart and lost touch.
The vessel broke apart on contact? They don't make them like they used to. A woman warrrior is hurt in there. I could cure her with a touch, but she'd just be ungrateful. She is a warrior after all. I've known a few like her: my Ari, Pothe-Athene, Suli, Diann, Hatse... Kara. She's collapsed now. Perhaps, if I am quick, I can get in fix her and get out before she wakes.. ***
At this point Marai steps out onto his never-changing stone porch where thousands of years earlier he sang to Ashera, raises his fist and brings the pink bubble into encompassing reality around him. He would rather run on powerful and swift legs, but she might be awake and ready to argue. *** I step from the bubble. She's groaning, but still too weak. If I work in dream mode...
Mark McQuillen Malice sensed the presence of the other person then there was a burst of magic.
There was enough residual energy to bring her back to more or less fully aware. The Valkyries eyes changed as she extended her claws. She was injured and the pain reduced her to a primal level.
Growling deep in her throat she backed off, to give her more fighting room. Then she tried to blink, nothing.
Shit Mal thought, Nothings working. Her armor wouldn't deploy.
Guess I'm going to have to do this the old fashioned way. Time to die. Was the next thought.
She bared her fangs and locked gazes. Malice was ready to die.
"If your here to kill me fucker i'd rethink that plan pal. Touch me and Ill geld you. Turn around now and Ill forget I saw you."
Through her pain she noticed the amazing colored energy field. It was pink.
Great she thought, I'm going to die in a bubble gum bubble. No one at home will ever believe it.
"If your here to kill me get on with it. Ive got more important things to do."
Then as if on cue their was another blazing flash of pain that made her fall to her injured side.
"Help me." she pleaded in her pain filled voice.
Mary Woldering (As Marai) Poor thing thinks I'm a threat. Don't blame her. Wounded animal. Gives me plenty of "stay back" cues.
For that instant he thought of Ari again.
She was dying when we met....wounded warrior in her own way although she'd only ever been a thief and an enforcer for her men. He shrugged, remembering how he sat in Sheb and Houra's old hut and waited until she was helpless before lifting a finger.
This one just asked for help. I didn't understand her words. I don't know her race. Looks part bird, part metal housing of some kind, but it's just sparking and fizzing... isn't going to help her. Claws and fangs. Wolf? or Lion? Shape changer too? She'll have to stop that. Poison tips won't hurt me too much, but they'll slow me down and sting a bit. I don't want to have to knock her lights out to see about that wound in her arm. It's giving a good bleed...why she's weak, I guess.
So he sat, a piece of destroyed and mangled craft between them and sent her a thought.
Not everyone you meet wants to kill you...unless you give them a reason
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What's next? Davina Purnell joins us with the character Saleah who starts our adventure as a rather unusual cat. Then my characters Djerah, a mysterious youth named Dio, Ariennu, Naibe, and eventually Prince Maatkare along with Mark's character Aryn, a maenad join the rest.
We're also stating the second novella "Mirrors of the Mind" with the same cast of character, and new ones too - off on new journeys in other universes and times.
As mentioned last week Aaron-Michael Hall has an offer surrounding the release of her newest novel.
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