Friday The 13th & Cleopatra:

Not A Horror Story & Not Fake News

Earliest depiction (51 BCE) of Queen Cleopatra (right): a stylized offering to the goddess Isis (left) who is nursing her son Horus (For details see Louvre’s description here)

Superstition is an artifact of the accumulation of fake news over so many years that its original source is forgotten. Of all superstitions, the fear of 13 qualifies as being the superstition of superstitions, the most embarrassing artifact of the influence of fake news stories in Western history. There would appear to be no definitive explanation of its origin. Nevertheless, it continues to have real effects that are hardly limited to Hollywood hyped horror stories. I live in Manhattan, a borough of NYC congested with buildings far taller than 13 stories, and yet hardly any (probably none) have a floor that is designated as the 13th.

That this manifests a childish phobia is bad enough. But given that NYC, thanks to Trump, is effectively now the capital of the US, and given that the US was originally comprised of 13 states, one might think that residents of NYC and US citizens generally would clamor to occupy, as visitors or residents, the 13th floor of any of its buildings. The fact that quite the opposite is the case is as amusing as it is disturbing.

The Surprising Relevance Of Ancient Greek Female Spirituality

There is an explanation for all of this, and though ultimately it involves a lot of ancient history, a key first step is easy to take because it involves meditating upon the meaning of what is for many a symbol of spiritual significance in an otherwise secular society: the US Flag.

The Original, 1776 “Betsy Ross” Flag Of The US

The stylized galaxy against a night sky that in various forms has adorned the left corner of the US flag since the American Revolution is a visual ‘echo’ of an early Greek poem (and others it inspired) about how the universe is governed by a goddess at its center. The ‘stars’ were variously imagined to be animated or even personified drops of her milk, lovingly garlanding her by dancing in ‘step’ with her gravitational ‘beat’ (‘galaxy’ derives from the Greek word for milk (cf. ‘Milky Way’)).

Greeks of course knew the world was round (the idea that before the ‘discovery’ of America that it was generally thought the world was flat is yet another fake news story). Though they did not have a concept of gravitation in the abstract, implicit in their belief in a goddess of love as governess of the cosmos is recognition not only that love always much contend with hate and that thus there is a basic push/pull, +/- polarity that in a figurative sense ‘makes the world go round.’ That leads first to appreciating magnetism (generally understood in antiquity) and then in modern times electrical and chemical reactions and relationships. Modern physics is rebranded, secularized goddess worship.

Appreciating how this relates first to human behavior on an interpersonal, then broadly social and ultimately governmental level began with dance. Choreography was modelled on the movement of the stars but also, because it guided human behavior essentially constituted the original form of legislation. Dance was closely associated with poetic performance in ancient Greece and both art forms inspired visions of how terrestrial forms of government could be modelled on principles implicit in the celestial laws for which the goddess was deemed directly responsible. Poetry on law is attributed to one of the earliest Greek statesmen, Solon, and by one account he is attested to have himself esteemed above all other poetry that of his contemporary, Sappho.

Is This Not Astrology? If So, How Can It Be Compatible With The Abrahamic Tradition?

While it is legitimate to identify the origins of democracy not just in goddess worship but specifically astrology, a distinction needs to be made between astrology as a general principle compared to the specific application of that principle to predicting one’s fate. That all phenomena interrelate on some level is not questioned by anyone, least of all a modern physicist. Nevertheless, that hardly can be translated into any one practice or belief (theistic or otherwise).

Astrological principles were absorbed into the Abrahamic tradition at an exceedingly early stage, primarily but certainly not exclusively via Egypt. A particularly dramatic example of how htis is manifested in the Christian tradition is the city of God of Revelation 21:9 ff. Obviously those responsible for the adoption of the design of the US flag, all of whom identified in varying degrees and ways with the Christian tradition, had no problem with this fusion of astrology, theology and legal and political ideology. An astrological poem composed around the time of Christ was referred to by John Adams in his proposal for a flag design that was substantively similar to that which ultimately was adopted.

From a purely theological perspective, it is worth pointing out that there is a long tradition of considering it to be a blasphemous blunder to attribute gender to God other than in a quite provisional way that, with appropriate qualifications, sanctions drawing upon the tradition of goddess worship as much as upon the tradition of thinking of God as only a grumpy old man in the sky. A notable example of the sexual egalitarianism such a theological tradition represents is to be found in the writings of Saint Gregory of Nazianzus of the 4th century, who articulated a genuinely feminist principle of legal interpretation that effectively allows for invalidating anything written exclusively by men. In more recent times it can be discerned in the thinking of the 20th century theologian Karl Barth. He analogized theology to ornithology, but with the proviso that the ‘bird’ that is its object of study is not caged but in flight. Implicit in that analogy is the recognition, articulated recently by Richard Rohr, a Franciscan theologian who lives in my old hometown of Albuquerque NM, that Christianity is ‘only’ 2000 years old and thus relative to human history, still young and with unrealized potential.

American Feminism’s Historical (& Hysterical) Naivete

Given the origins of the US form of government in ancient goddess worship it is fair to raise a question about why American feminists seem to be all but oblivious to that legacy. This is a byproduct of a general naivete about history generally among Americans that feeds off of and into an unhealthy narcissistic obsession with what is best only for American (primarily white) women and an indifference to, and ignorance of, women’s rights on a global scale. One example of this on an individual level is the profoundly disturbing way in which the murder of Berta Caceres, for which Hillary Clinton is unquestionably indirectly responsible, has been all but ignored by MSM in the US. On a more general level it explains the otherwise inexplicable refusal to do anything about how women are treated, for example, in many if not most Islamic countries.

With respect to domestic legal and political issues such narcissism is manifested in a cult of personalities that is utterly antithetical to the principles underlying early Greek forms of democracy (originally referred to as ‘equal rights’ (isonomia)). The separation of powers (with which Solon was identified) and term limits (across all branches of government) ultimately are predicated on a genuinely cynical assessment not just of men but women as well: no one person was deemed competent to run any aspect of government for very long. Ideally this should mean that you could pick all office holders by lottery, conducted from time to time, and that the system of government itself, as a manifestation of the power of the governess of the cosmos, would function if not perfectly at least without disastrous consequences.

By contrast, it is all too apparent that many American women view the outcome of the most recent election as itself disastrous, and specifically to women. The level of emotion that has been displayed has been at times so over the top that it can be characterized as ‘hysterical’ in more ways than one and no woman should be happy about that. Furthermore, to view and react to the election in this way is to imply that the very form of government — a legacy of goddess worship — is illegitimate. To do so is to repudiate an aspect of the Western tradition that is unique in world history for the authority it recognized women rightly have.

To come:

Cleopatra Beyond The Hollywood Lie: A Highly Educated Greek Woman With An Agenda To Die For

The 1:13 Ratio Of Gold To Silver In Antiquity & The Incommensurability Of Solar & Lunar Calendars

Venus & Its Rosey Pattern Of 5 Cycles Over 8 Years (N.B.: 5 + 8 = 13)

Our Calendar: Pope Gregory’s? Please!; Julius Caesar’s? No; Egypt’s? Yes, Probably Thanks To Cleopatra

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