Monday, 27 July 2009

'Pope Benedict unfrocks Medjugorje priest...'

'Father Tomislav Vlasic, the former "spiritual director" to six visionaries who claim that the Virgin Mary visited them nearly 40,000 times over 28 years, has been laicised by Pope Benedict XVI a year after he was placed under investigation over allegations that he exaggerated the apparitions and had engaged in sexual relations with a nun.

While the Vatican has never given the shrine its formal blessing, an estimated 30 million pilgrims have visited Medjugorje in the last three decades and hundreds of thousands make the journey from Britain and Ireland each year. The unfrocking of Father Vlasic will come as a blow to Medjugorje followers worldwide who were hoping that the Vatican would one day legitimise the controversial shrine.'


Thursday, 23 July 2009

National Apostasy

'Swine flu has spurred the Church of England to revive a rule drawn up more than 450 years ago when bubonic plague swept the land.

As concern mounts about the spread of the virus, which has killed at least 29 people in the UK, some Anglican churches have begun to allow “intinction” or dipping bread in communion wine rather than sharing the chalice, while others have stopped offering wine altogether. The practices are permitted under the 1547 Sacrament Act, introduced after the plague, which requires both bread and wine to be given “except necessity otherwise require”.

... A number of Catholic churches have already taken the step of removing wine from communion and offering only bread amid fears of the spread of swine flu. The Archdiocese of Liverpool, which represents the Catholic church in Liverpool, said that some churches had taken the precaution but added that it was a decision made by individual churches.

Parishioners in the Anglican diocese of Southwark in London have been advised to hug rather than shake hands as a ‘sign of the peace’, while in Chelmsford they have been discouraged from using shared holy water stoops to dip their fingers and make the sign of the cross.

The Rt Rev Christopher Budd, the bishop of Plymouth, advised in a recent letter: “In the light of the decision to designate the swine flu outbreak a pandemic, I now recommend suspending the chalice and giving the Sacred Host in the hand only.”

Michael Fay, a spokesman for the diocese, told the Financial Times: “Some people say they are receiving the body of Christ and he will protect you, but it’s not a magic potion. We need to be prudent.”

Fears of the spread of swine flu are affecting churchgoers around the world. In New Zealand, the Roman Catholic Church has advised priests not to place communion wafers on the tongues of worshippers.

Church of England rituals including communion and shaking hands as a ‘sign of the peace’ are being altered or dropped altogether as concern mounts about the spread of swine flu.

More: here and here.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

'Feel the power of the dark side...'

A BTB article from February used the Dendermonde nursery killings to illustrate a wider point: the meta-narrative of the triumph of the moon in the Age of Horus-Maat. (The Maritime Signals.) The article ended by concluding that:
'The Dendermonde attack, then, is Diana/Delilah's return; arising from the depths of the unconscious to force the submission of the sun to the moon. (The total eclipse of the masculine by the feminine. Pertinently, a note found on [Kim] de Gelder's person indicated that he may have intended to attack a second creche, the Sunshine Nursery, a mile and a half from Fabeltjesland.)

The submission of the sun: the purpose not just of this, but of every occult conspiracy, those psychic operations directed by and from the paranormal field.'
As Anadae pointed out a couple of days ago, today is the Feast of St Mary Magdalene; one of the most significant of lunar archetypes, and a figurehead of the Black Virgin/Babalon 'current'. Appropriately, the day dedicated to the Hidden Church that may soon eclipse the Church Militant, also saw the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting as much as 6 minutes and 39 seconds in some places. According to Wikipedia:
This was the second in the series of three eclipses in a one-month period, being book-ended by two minor penumbral lunar eclipses, the first was on July 7 and second will be on August 6.

It was visible from a narrow corridor through northern Maldives, northern India, eastern Nepal, northern Bangladesh, Bhutan, northern Philippines, the northern tip of Myanmar, central China and the Pacific Ocean, including the Ryukyu Islands, Marshall Islands and Kiribati.
Interestingly, the best country from which to view the event- according to some experts- was India: the country whose lunar signals were comprehensively decoded by several synchro-bloggers through November-December of last year.

Todd Campbell has recently posted a new moon-related article- see here.

Rather wonderfully, in light of the Big Brother reflections which provoked Anadae's timely comment, a Telegraph piece about the eclipse from January begins: 'Addiction can be a brutal mistress.' (Encapsulating Akin's starry humiliation; the Seven Veils seduction of the Magdalene in the life of the individual; and the meta-narrative seen all over.) The title of the article is also appropriate: 'China's solar eclipse: Feel the power of the dark side.' (See here.)

As Ean Begg writes, in one of the most profound meditations on the Divine Feminine:
'The feminine principle is not a theory but real and it has a will of its own which we ignore at our peril. It is an independent principle and cannot be forced against its will to go anywhere or do anything without bringing retribution on the perpetrator. She brings forth, nourishes, protects, heals, receives at death and immortalizes her children who follow the way of nature... If she brings forth from her treasury things both old and new, we need to be wise to what possibilities are now on offer, before it is too late... Men need for the good of their souls to relate consciously to the power of the feminine or they become overwhelmed and possessed by it through their own unconsciousness.'

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

New article...

... at BTB, for the Elect.


Monday, 20 July 2009

Well, I shouldn't admit this...

... but Big Brother 10 is superb television. My career in voyeurism has progressed from catch-can and make-do passivity, to insomniac addiction. Something is truly wrong when you watch the live feed on E4 all night just to watch Noirin stir in her sleep. (Or Siavash, or Freddie.)

The crux of the show so far- what has made this series the most compelling thing I have ever seen on the box- is the fascinating relationship between the aforementioned Noirin (a Dublin lass, half-Kenyan, practising Catholic) and a 35 year-old window fitter from round my way called Marcus Akin. What makes it so intriguing is that both contestants- unusually for a 'reality' show- are real and complicated human beings, and that the 'relationship'- in all its strangeness- is not faked... Watching this proud, inexperienced but decent 'working man' flounder in his sea of obsession is car crash stuff... And Noirin: the sort of woman for whom Celtic ballads were penned, inadvertently (yet brutally) stringing him along...

Noirin is beautiful; a word which has lost its value in recent years. The value of beauty can- unfortunately- be measured: in multiples of millions; and Noirin looks like at least ten. Marcus, on the other hand, is the physical embodiment of Job Seekers Allowance; Swamp Thing with a pony tail; the vest made flesh.

The meaning of goetia is 'to charm... to beguile'. 'She's got the whole house mesmerised,' said Marcus, in one of the more revealing soliloquies from the Diary Room. That is slowly becoming the case... but the one truly beguiled, truly bewitched, is poor Akin himself; a man for whom this 'reality experience' is becoming more unreal by the hour. This wasn't meant to be happening; the most brazen show on television reduced to a war of attrition; a solemn sport. Unfortunately for him, another meaning of goetia is 'to groan... to bewail'- which is exactly what he'll be doing, in time. In spades. At the moon. For a very long while to come.

'Noirin is Beethoven's Fur Elise, smiles and wildflowers...'

Sunday, 19 July 2009

The Great Clairvoyant...

hopes Australia pull off a memorable victory at Lord's tomorrow. I backed them at 6/1 midway through the first day.

Friday, 17 July 2009

'Call me Delores,' says MI5 whistleblower...

'A little over a decade ago, ex-MI5 agent David Shayler was facing prosecution under the Official Secrets Act as a whistleblower.

Today the 43-year-old is a squatter who declares that the 'world will end in 2012' and dresses as a transvestite called 'Delores Kane' complete with false breasts, mini-skirt and ginger wig.

Friends and family of the former spy think he has suffered a 'severe breakdown' after moving into an empty farmhouse near Dorking, Surrey, at the end of June with eight other squatters calling themselves the 'Rainbow Movement'.

In 1997, Shayler went public after quitting MI5 and told the Mail on Sunday about a series of botched 'assassination' attempts and cover-ups.

In 2002 - after a series of legal battles and a spell in a French prison - he returned to the UK and was jailed for six months for breaking the Official Secrets Act.

Yesterday, posing in a wig and miniskirt and wearing false breasts, he said: 'I know in my heart that I am Christ and I am here to save humanity.'

He claimed his attire was 'part of the prophecy' because 'Jesus was a transvestite'.

Last night, his former partner and fellow spy Annie Machon, 40, said: 'I believe David is a good and honourable man but he has had some sort of severe breakdown.

'I do blame the Government and the intelligence agencies for what he has become and they have ruined his life.'


Thursday, 16 July 2009

'One dead and six injured after Madonna's stage collapses...'

'A stage being constructed for a Madonna concert has collapsed, killing one person and injuring six others - including one Briton.

Technicians were working on the rigging at the Velodrome stadium in the southern French city of Marseille when the roof of the stage collapsed at around 5.15pm.

The disaster led to the immediate cancellation of Sunday’s planned sell-out performance by the 50-year-old star.'


Wednesday, 15 July 2009

'Masked farm worker fired shotgun at crop circle tourists...'

'An angry farm worker has been arrested after allegedly blasting a shotgun over the heads of crop circle spotters.

Dressed in full combat gear, the masked farm employee hid in a camouflaged tent in the centre of the crop circle before bursting out and firing the gun over the heads of a group of terrified Norwegian tourists, it is alleged.

He is believed to have become enraged after the 300ft crop circle, which caused damage estimated at thousands of pounds, appeared overnight in fields near Cannings Cross Farm in Devizes, Wiltshire.

As he fired shots into the air the Scandanavians, who had visited the farm especially to see the complex crop circle, scattered in a panic.'

Read more:

Sunday, 12 July 2009

'Macabre photoshoot of Amanda Knox's sisters...'

'The sisters of murder suspect Amanda Knox have posed for photographs outside the cottage where British student Meredith Kercher was brutally killed.

Americans Deanne and Ashley Knox were taking part in a photoshoot for an Italian magazine.

And last night their decision to stand beside the house in Perugia, Italy, where Meredith, 21, was sexually assaulted and murdered was described as ‘macabre’ by her family’s lawyer.


Saturday, 11 July 2009

'Bono: I was inspired by the Virgin Mary...'

'The Irish singer Bono has revealed that he was inspired by the Virgin Mary while writing the U2 album No Line on the Horizon.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Bono said: "The song 'Magnificent'; was inspired by the Magnificat, a passage from the Gospel of Luke in the voice of the Virgin Mary that was previously set to music by Bach. There's this theme running through the album of surrender and devotion."

Bono has previously said that his faith gives him "the strength to get up every day and put forth 100 percent of my energy."

He celebrated his 20th wedding anniversary with his wife, Alison, earlier this year.

'Magnificent' was originally called 'French Disco' but was renamed in later recording sessions.'

Source: The Catholic Herald

Friday, 10 July 2009

'The Moons: Gods, myths and legends...'

'We see the moon as a Goddess, a great mother a benign presence floating in the sky. But, moon goddesses have not always been nice to know, and sometimes the lunar deity was male. 5000 years ago in Ur in Mesopotamia they worshiped the moon god Sin. The very name of Allah, may stem from the moon god Hubal. In Germany, the sun is feminine and the moon male - Frau Sonne and Herr Mond. Many Sanskrit names for the moon are male, including Kandra, Soma, and Vidhu. Here are eight moon gods and goddesses, they are all fierce and they are all proud...'


'Pilgrims flock to "Virgin Tree" in Limerick...'

'It has been 14 years since her last major apparition in Ireland but the Virgin Mary is back and this time in the lowly form of a tree stump in Limerick.

To the dismay of local Catholic church leaders, the freshly severed stump, with its supposed image of Our Lady, is rapidly becoming the focus of pilgrims. The last time that Ireland experienced anything similar was during its last recession in 1985, when a “moving” statue drew tens of thousands to Ballinspittle, Co Cork.

This time almost 2,000 people have signed a petition to prevent the stump’s removal and hundreds of worshippers have been gathering to recite decades of the rosary and light candles.'


Thursday, 9 July 2009

'G8 summit begins in L'Aquila...'

'At the Group of Eight summit in Italy, the leaders of the richest countries said there could be worse to come before the situation improved.

Meeting in L'Aquila, Italy, G8 leaders issued a statement warning: "The economic situation remains uncertain and significant risks remain to economic and financial stability".

... Though the summit was originally meant to take place on the island of La Maddalena, Berlusconi opted to move it to the quake zone, he says, to stimulate its local economy and raise awareness of the remaining devastation from the April 6 quake.'


'From La Maddalena to L'Aquila'

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

'Easter Island holds the key to human longevity...'

'A miraculous 'fountain of youth' drug that could extend people's life spans by more than a decade has been developed by scientists.

The anti-ageing pill was created from a chemical found in the soil of Easter Island - one of the most remote and mysterious places on the planet.

In tests, the chemical increased the life expectancy of animals by a staggering 38 per cent.

Although it is not yet suitable for use on people, researchers say it opens the door to the first generation of longevity pills that actually work.

While the breakthrough sounds like something out of science fiction, scientists say the discovery is a major leap towards longer lives for everyone.'


'A society without men?'

'Despite all the twists and turns taken in the new world of reproductive medicine, the news that a scientific team is trying to make the male human redundant is still profoundly shocking.

For the first time, the possibility of 'parthenogenesis' - or 'virgin reproduction' - has come within scientific reach.

Put at its crudest, we now face the possibility of a world where women do not need men to make babies - with all of the immense moral, ethical and philosophical questions that raises.

... Combined with the inevitable advances in (related) cloning techniques which are sure to emerge from shady and unregulated labs, a bizarre future beckons, a future in which the wealthy and unscrupulous will be able to create offspring using any number of artificial means.'


'Scientists in Newcastle claim to have created human sperm in the laboratory in what they say is a world first.

The researchers believe the work could eventually help men with fertility problems to conceive.

... The sperm cannot be used for fertility treatment as this is prohibited under UK law. The scientists in Newcastle say it will be at least five years before the technique is perfected - when they believe it should be available to help infertile men.

This research also raises ethical issues. Josephine Quintavalle from Comment on Reproductive Ethics (Corethics) said: "This is an example of immoral madness. Perfectly viable human embryos have been destroyed in order to create sperm over which there will be huge questions of their healthiness and viability.

"It's taking one life in order to perhaps create another. I'm very much in favour of curing infertility but I don't think you can do whatever you like."'


Monday, 6 July 2009

'Is this the ghost of MJ?'

It had to happen eventually...

Sunday, 5 July 2009

'A New Age of female sexual assertiveness?'

'Tonight, it transpires, is something of an initiation for Claire, who, at 32, is the oldest of the four. For the first time, she will join the rest of her friends at what has become one of the most important nights in their social diary: a Killing Kittens party, an unusual private-members' event where, in the words of its organisers, "the sole aim is the pursuit of female sexual pleasure". According to Paloma, who is something of an old-timer (this will be her fifth party), if the event is a success, after an hour or two of cocktails and outrageous flirting, the gathering will turn into an orgy.

...Judging by the booming numbers attending parties such as tonight's – Killing Kittens alone boasts 6,500 members, 70 per cent of whom are women – we are witnessing something of a sexual revolution, or at the very least, a new age of female sexual assertiveness.'


Friday, 3 July 2009

The Queen of Grass

In a few hours time, we will know whether Andy Murray will have become the first British finalist at Wimbledon in... a long time; or whether the predictions of The Great Clairvoyant have once again been found wanting. One prediction I didn't make, however, partly because it seemed too obvious, was that Venus Williams was very likely to progress to the final, and probably to win. Wimbledon has always been considered the premium tennis tournament in the world, partly because it is the oldest; but also, in my opinion, because it conveys a clear- but silent- message of the Divine Feminine to the Dreaming Mind. With a name like Venus, the 'harmonic resonance' which draws like to like would will always ensure that the elder Williams thrives here, in the Venusian enclave of SW17. (Very close to where I used to live.)

Wimbledon, from memory, is in the Taurean segment of the land zodiac centred on Kingston, discovered by Mary Cain in the 1990s. Taurus, of course, is ruled by Venus; and Cancer by the feminine moon, under whose rulership Wimbledon is always held. The tournament's colours- defining its global 'brand'- are amongst those most closely associated with the Divine Feminine: purple and green; and it is still, of course, well-known for its unique insistence that its athletes all wear white. (The White Goddess.) (Andre Agassi was one of the rebels to buck the trend; but quickly learned that nobody can hold out against the wishes of maman very long. He caved in, respectfully.) It is also the venue for a mild case of annual (or anal) hysteria, centred specifically on the pert bottoms of young women players, usually of Slavic or Nordic extraction. The hind, of course, is a profound symbol of the May Queen; one of the reasons that pornography- for all its faults- may represent a form of sublimated goddess worship. Is that a hind on that intriguing Slazenger sigil I see featured so prominently all over Centre and Court Number One?

The full name of the club which hosts the tournament is The All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club: the game much loved by that icon of the faerie faith, Alice Liddell. But it is in the name and design of the women's trophy that 'harmonic resonance' is at its most obvious. Having now been held aloft by Williams on three occasions, and by her sister by a further two, I suspect even she might be willing to attribute something to the correspondence. (Her superb athleticism notwithstanding.) Its full name, this famous silver platter, is the Venus Rosewater Dish; and its design- which, at 18.75 inches in diameter, is considerably larger and aesthetically far superior to the trophy awarded to the men- draws not on sport for its decorative motifs, but mythology.

At its centre, sits the figure of Sophrosyne (the god of temperance and moderation), with a lamp in her right hand and a jug in her left. Around her are placed her elements: a sickle, fork and caduceus. Around this centre four classical gods are depicted, each with their elements; and presiding over the whole, is Minerva, shown in conjunction with her seven Liberal Arts (which include astrology.) Interestingly, Sophrosyne means 'moral sanity'; and encapsulates a philosophical ideal of attaining happiness through living in harmony with yourself and with nature. A Classical equivalent, perhaps, to the 'focus' and 'positivity' of tennis stars, Williams the Elder is one in whom the 'sophrosynic' injunctions seem deeply embedded. 'So long as I'm playing great tennis... Just goin' out there and bein' the best I can be... I'm happy,' is an almost Delphic utterance, highly characteristic of her media style.

The full name of the Black Madonna I imagine will lift this platter for a fourth time tomorrow... is Venus Ebony Starr. (Informing the name of her interior design company, V Starr Interiors, based in Jupiter, Florida.) As a devout Jehovah's Witness- according to some reports- Venus's personal life has been somewhat less colourful than her lapsed younger sister. And in the Christian tradition, the word sophrosyne has come to mean purity, integrity and virginity.

Witnesses of the Marian Dawn [#1]

'A 400-yard naked "Green Goddess" is to be carved into the Northumberland landscape, under a new plan revealed by a mining company.

Dubbed the "Goddess of the North", Northumberlandia will be made from two million tonnes of earth dug out from an open cast mine in Cramlington, and tower 112ft into the northern sky.

The Goddess, designed by artist Charles Jencks, will recline over the Shotton open-cast mine and form the centre piece of a new public park at the site.

The entire development is estimated to cost around £2.5 million, and work will begin on the sculpture next year.

Plans for the sculpture, which will be visible from the A1, were originally blocked by Northumberland County Council 2006 after 2,500 people objected to the proposals.

But after a successful appeal to the Government by the Durham based The Banks Group, which runs the mine, the Goddess will now be able to go ahead.'


Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Our Lady of the Angels

The funeral of Farrah Fawcett has taken place in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in Los Angeles. (Fawcett was famous as one of the original 'Charlie's Angels' in the 1970s TV series.) The cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic diocese of Los Angeles; and one of the more prominent Marian churches in America. Its patron saint is Saint Vibiana, a female martyr saint, whose relics are also housed there. (Vibiana, interestingly, was the titular saint of the cathedral this new building replaced, after the original sustained damage in the Northridge earthquake of 1994.)

Its postmodern design- by architect Rafael Moneo- has attracted criticism for breaking with the conventions of Catholic aesthethics. The church and visitors' center are predominantly built around obtuse and acute angles; eschewing right angles, for some undisclosed- possibly esoteric- reason. The icons and statuaries are also contemporary in feel: as this rather masculine image of the Blessed Virgin Mary (by artist Robert Graham) indicates.

Clearly, Catholic one-upmanship was responsible for the decision by Cardinal Roger Mahony to exceed the length of the main sanctuary of St Patrick's Cathedral in New York (often regarded as the mother church of American Catholicism) by a single foot; bringing its total to a highly suggestive 333 feet.

The name, interestingly, was approved by the Holy See in the 1940s, for a cathedral which was never built. The pope during that decade was Pius XII, the 260th pontiff from 1939 until 1958. Pius was one of the great Marian popes, invoking papal infallibility to introduce the Fifth Marian Dogma (her Assumption into Heaven, a teaching which leaves open the question of whether Mary died before her assumption, or whether she was 'assumed' still living) in 1950. (On May 1, appropriately.) He also instituted the Feast of Queenship, currently celebrated on August 22.

Some images of the cathedral:

'Grieving Jackson fans commit suicide...'

'The man behind the world's biggest online Michael Jackson fan club has said heartbroken followers of the star have committed suicide because of his death.

Gary Taylor, president and owner of, said he understood the tragedies had mostly taken place outside of the UK but he believed one may have been British.

"I know there has been an increase, I now believe the figure is 12. I believe there may have been one Briton who has taken their life," he said.

"It is a serious situation that these people are going through but Michael Jackson would never want this. He would want them to live."'


'Have we found the body of St Paul?'

'Ruthless, half mad, he stoned Christians to death. He also founded modern civilisation. And until yesterday, his fate was one of history's great mysteries...

Deeply moved, the Pope delivered the news on Sunday that fragments of bones found in the tomb traditionally considered to be that of Saint Paul did indeed date from the first or second century.

Which means that, in all likelihood, they are the bones of the Apostle Paul - bones that have lain there for 1,950 years yet, astonishingly, have only been discovered in our time.'