Answering James Joyce: If You Meet Zoe Christ on the Road

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Irish author, James Joyce, has influenced my life. My felt-connection with him has to do with Irish Roman Catholic questions with which we both struggled. I’ve only come to truly read his work in the last 10 years, but I am happy that I had time to find my own answers to our shared dilemmas.

Find below the lyrics of my song, Broken God. The song represents a public smashing of the icons of my Catholic youth. This was my way of expressing what Joyce called his war with Catholicism.

Broken God

I made my church in the streets
In muddy holes, I set the seats
A ruined child, I transfixed
upon my crucifix

I took the blood of a poisoned whore,
smeared it up across the door.
All the filth, I raised up
into a communion cup

God of pollution
O God of waste
God of suicidal grace

God of Chaos
God of Loss
O Broken God upon the cross

Broken God upon the cross

He struggled with the impact that the faith had on Irish originality and sacred sexuality. In July, 1992, at the Festival of Archetypal Psychology in Honor of James Hillman, I sang Broken God during a talk by Eugene Monick entitled, Phallos: Sacred Image of the Masculine and The Gulf War. 

The song unexpectedly triggered a psychic opening in me that I understand as a shamanic calling. By shamanic calling, I mean an experience drawn from suffering the ills of our culture and finding powers to heal them. At first, there were 3 main messages:

Help to heal your culture’s sacred connection to Earth.

Help to heal your culture’s sacred connection to the Ancestors.

Help the stars to touch the Earth again.

In October, 2018. I went to Vietnam to assist in the healing ceremonies for American veterans with the group, Warriors Journey Home. It was during that time that a new layer of understanding came clear to me. War is the deeper cause that splits us from the sacred of Earth, Ancestors and stars.

As I learned more about James Joyce’s life and work, I found in him a brother-in-arts. I feel joined in time and intention with his war on Catholicism by taking on my part in a larger work for peace on Earth. One thing I can do, due to my family’s 900 years or so living inside its doctrine, is directly address Catholic and Protestant Christianity’s God of War.

IF YOU MEET ZOE CHRIST ON THE ROAD…

There is a Zen saying that if we should meet the Buddha on the road, we should kill him. That has always seemed over the top to me. I realize that the message is that the Buddha we all seek is within our own experience and not to be met second-hand from authoritarian others.

There are unexpected insights that open up when we translate the Zen saying into a Christianized version:

If you meet the Christ on the Road….

My song, Orphan Soul, is based on having a conversation between two Christs who meet each other. There are advantages in a choice not to kill each other.

Here are the opening lines from Orphan Soul. It is an invitation to follow along in our ongoing (James Joyce/Christopher Reynolds) conversation. I can state up front that our mutual goal is a new realization of inborn universal worth and gratitude for life.

When you meet the Orphan Soul

May you talk all night because the time is full

May you know the growing edge of you

The secret questions, what your dreams told you.

Where did you wake up in this world?

These are the meanings, the signs and science I explored.

Feel your words grow thick, the synchronistic clues.

Feel the golden chills for the beautiful and true

Minds from all times visit our time.

Minds from all times are visiting our time.

I think one of the central messages of Joyce’s Ulysses is that the Christ we seek is to be brought forth from within ourselves and in relationship. Communities where that level of expectation for each person’s potential is where the Second Coming is.

Here is a passage from Ulysses:

THE GRAMOPHONE: Jerusalem! Open your gates and sing Hosanna…

(A rocket rushes up the sky and bursts. A white star falls from it, proclaiming the consummation of all things and second coming of Elijah. Along an infinite invisible tightrope taut from zenith to nadir the End of the World, a twoheaded octopus in gillie’s kilts, busby and tartan filibegs, whirls through the murk, head over heels, in the form of the Three Legs of Man.)

THE END OF THE WORLD: (with a Scotch accent) Wha’ll dance the keel row, the keel row, the keel row?

(Over the possing drift and choking breathcoughs, Elijah’s voice, harsh as a corncrake’s, jars on high. Perspiring in a loose lawn surplice with funnel sleeves he is seen, vergerfaced, above a rostrum about which the banner of old glory is draped. He thumps the parapet.)

ELIJAH: No yapping, if you please, in this booth. Jake Crane, Creole Sue, Dove Campbell, Abe Kirschner, do your coughing with your mouths shut. Say, I am operating all this trunk line. Boys, do it now. God’s time is 12.25. Tell mother you’ll be there. Rush your order and you play a slick ace. Join on right here. Book through to eternity junction, the nonstop run. Just one word more. Are you a god or a doggone clod? If the second advent came to Coney Island are we ready? Florry Christ, Stephen Christ, Zoe Christ, Bloom Christ, Kitty Christ, Lynch Christ, it’s up to you to sense that cosmic force. Have we cold feet about the cosmos? No. Be on the side of the angels. Be a prism. You have that something within, the higher self. You can rub shoulders with a Jesus, a Gautama, an Ingersoll. Are you all in this vibration? I say you are. You once nobble that, congregation, and a buck joyride to heaven becomes a back number. You got me? It’s a lifebrightener, sure. The hottest stuff ever was. It’s the whole pie with jam in. It’s just the cutest snappiest line out. It is immense, supersumptuous. It restores. It vibrates. I know and I am some vibrator. Joking apart and, getting down to bedrock, A. J.

Christ Dowie and the harmonial philosophy, have you got that? O. K. Seventyseven west sixtyninth street. Got me? That’s it. You call me up by sunphone any old time. Bumboosers, save your stamps. (He shouts) Now then our glory song. All join heartily in the singing. Encore! (He sings)… [Ulysses, 1922]

O, so many Christs!

Zoe Christ, Bloom Christ, Lynch Christ… In his way, he introduced a pattern to take in: (Your Name Here)-Christ. This pattern, it turns out, is trans-Christian, pre-Christian, post-Christian — all at once. You have to go out of your mind to write about it, to read about it, to speak about it.

As of June 16. 1904, in Dublin, you have to go out of the modern and late-modern minds that brought you to that day to understand it. You have to be drunk to understand it. This is the start of my personal response to Ulysses. It is offered as an invitation to a festival in which you can take all you want, so long as you enjoy it. Should anything be unsavory, then leave it behind. The fault falls on me as your host. So it is with drunkeness that my Answering James Joyce all begins.

Odysseus and the Sirens
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DRUNK ON NOBODY’S WINE OF APOLLO

The first hint of a deeper allegorical, psychological reading beneath the literal story is the title, Ulysses, aka. Odysseus. Ulysses is an epic, certainly an homage to Homer, but one with even deeper Gaelic roots in bardic traditions. Among the responsibilities of bards is to remind the people who they are. Memory as a force of transformation works in the same style as dreaming and dreams, singing and songs. When you read this story, you are entering a waking dream and singing along with it.

Reading the drunken lyricism about that June day, I invite you to consider how when Odysseus and his crew are prisoners of the cyclops, Polyphemus, the half-sighted giant, immediately devours 2 of Odysseus’ men and shuts the rest of them in his cave for future meals. In order to escape, the hero hatches a plan to get their captor drunk on the wine of Apollo.

This one-eyed power who will potentially consume all those you care about has a name that opens a gate. Polyphemus means Abounding in songs and legends. Using the sideways psychological approach of archetypal psychology, the pathologized contains a hidden and forgotten divinity who wants our attention. There are few lands that abound in songs and legends like Ireland, Brittany, Scotland, Isle of Man, Cornwall and Wales.

There is here an idea that people are being eaten alive by a one-eyed brutish consumer named Abundance-in-songs-and-legends. Here is a character whose name could also be, I-amthe consumer-half-blind-to-abundance-in-songs-and-legends. To complete the work on the pathologized character, continuing with archeytpal rhetoric, means to restore proper dignity to the forgotten divinity of the people, the songs, the legends and the landscapes of the Gaels for whom Joyce wrote — and move more deeply now to restore the proper dignity to the forgotten dignity of the people, the songs, the legends, landscapes of a now celestial Earth.

I think, then, the title, Ulysses, a Latinized form of Odysseus, invites a deeper look into more than a thousand years of colonizing whether by Rome, Roman Catholicism, Catholic Kingdom, English Protestantism, Kingdom, Empire, or multi-national.

To offer some of Apollo’s wine, is to shift the mind to be able to perceive the full depths of meaning before us. In the Greek tradition, the ancient de-literalizer is sacred geometry. To intoxicate I-am-the consumer-half-blind-to-abundance-in-songs-and-legends is to inebriate its single, shallow understanding — literalism. Once we escape from the cave, the adventure can continue. May your cup be filled. Here, now, is a taste of Apollo’s vintage.

In the Bible, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, pi, is removed from sight:

23 And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.

A circle that is ten cubits across does not have a circumference of thirty cubits. There are traces here and there that this section of text is meant to attract the attention of wide-awake readers. In Hebrew mysticism, where letters are also numbers, only one who asks about this hint learns about the hidden and deeper message — there are missing letter/numbers that complete pi‘s ratio. This is a teaching strategy called, remez, in Kabbalah. In Indigenous traditions, this is called, Coyote teaching.

Pi, taken as poetry, describes where and how the inner and the outer worlds meet — the seat of the soul. (As of 2019, there are 31.4 trillion digits to pi.) For this reason, pi is called a transcendental number or an inutterable.There is no naming of pi. When Polyphemus asks Odysseus who he is, he tells the cyclops, Nemo — Nobody.

With pi comes a teaching that all that is visible is seamlessly merged with invisble, infinite depths of felt meaning. Conversely, invisible and infinite depths of insight are co-present in all we perceive. Drunkenness on Apollo’s wine is a way of saying, From now on, all this is symbolic, metaphoric, psychological. Nobody owns these lyrical depths. They are within and all around you. Thus, you may enter the realm of soul.

Molten Sea
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I think this is why the molten sea is outside Solomon’s Temple. It is because until you know that all that is within the Temple precincts is poetic, mythic, archetypal, bardic, language, you risk seeing a literal meaning where there are depths all around you. Those who don’t know risk setting fire to the wine-dark sea.

(Your Name Here)-CHRIST AND THE CHRIST PATTERN

In his book, Pipe and Christ, Fr. John Stolzman wrote that he kept asking the shamans if the Lakota Spirits knew Christ.

They kept telling him to ask the Lakota Spirits himself! When he did ask the Spirits in a Yuwipi ceremony, they replied,

Mahpiya ekta na maka sitomni.

which means, roughly, “Into heaven (cloud) and throughout the Earth, Spirit who travels and helps the people.”

Stolzman interpreted the answer with colonial Catholic prejudice because he had trouble putting the Lakota Spirits on the same footing as his own Holy Spirit. However, the answer he received is worth further consideration as an indication of how an already existing tradition integrated the (Your Name Here)-Christ. The Lakota Spirits and culture have managed to integrate the archetype — even as they remained Lakota Spirits. In alignment with Joyce’s proclamation in Ulysses, Indigenous wisdom, expresses the Christ-message, a message of blessing meant to be integrated into already existing sacred ways. When placed together, the message seems to be strengthened:

Into the sky and throughout the Earth, all human beings are (Your Name Here)-Christ, traveling and helping the people.

Orphan Soul, continued:

When you meet the Orphan Soul,

Talk of erotic love, the Southern and the Northern Poles

As philosophers held out their mirror,

Again you know yourself, together the mind is clearer.

Once in painted caves, all the Spirit rooms

Across the wide oceans, along the rivers and roads

Know each other by laughter and heart

By the passion for your Work and your Art…

ASTROLOGICAL CODES IN GREEK CHRISTIANITY FOR (Your Name Here)-Christ

Because its value was borne out by decades of personal experience, there were sound reasons for C. G. Jung to write:

Astrology represents the sum of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity.

To describe astrology as “the sum of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity” is to recognize astrology as Western Indigenous Wisdom. Using the idea from above, that the Christ-message was meant to be integrated into already-existing cultural traditions, we should be able to find in Western Astrological Wisdom our version of Christian message.

Failure to carry forward our wisdom tradition appears in Bart Erhman’s 2014 book: How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee. and in Dara Malloy’s 2009 book, The Globalisation of God: Celtic Christianity’s Nemesis. 

In both books, there is a description of the centuries-long process of transforming an enlightened human person into an “all-knowing,” “all-good,” Godman who during the Second Coming will wage Holy War against the powers of evil and bring a New Heaven and New Earth.

Jesus who brings peace into the world because all persons are capable of the same enlightenment and Jesus, co-equal with Almighty I AM who imposes imperial rule by war, globalization, colonization, and ultimate control of the entire planet, don’t seem to be the same guy.

(It is the second Jesus, God of Holy War that I lament in Broken God. Jesus, spiritual fascist whose rules cut off our sacred connections to Nature and Ancestors, invites disaster.  Disaster, in English, is derived from dis – “split from” and aster – “star.” My song was and still is intended to smash apart 500 years of feeling split-off, not at home on a living planet, in a living galaxy, in an ever-expanding 14,82 billion years old living cosmos.)

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There is a helpful invitation to reconnect to Christianity as a development out of ancient Western cosmology in David Fideler’s, Jesus Christ, Sun of God: Ancient Cosmology and Early Christian Symbolism.

Fideler demonstrates how the Christos or Annointed was integrated into the Alexandrian Greek, Egyptian and Hebrew traditions. He drives home how the New Testament is mostly in Greek and that Christianity is essentially a Greek mystery religion with roots in long-developed planetary archetypal knowing.

Through the use of Gematria, sacred writing in which letters are also numbers, (most probably learned from the Hebrew tradition) scholars created, IHSOUS, which is a mis-spelling of Yeshua or Joshua. They did that so that the name could be included in the numbers associated with the celestial archetype of the sun.

The celestial archetype of the sun is one of the seven celestial powers of our ancestors: Sun, Moon, Venus, Saturn, Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter. Handed down over the millennia along with those sky powers are a series of magic squares that were associated with the number patterns of the powers above. How exactly they were created is lost to history. I think it’s safe to assume that they were received in dreams, visions, and moments of awe.

The magic squares were developed as understanding geometry, astronomy, music, the motions of the zodiac and the synchronicities (The stars are like letters. Everything breathes together) expanded. As archetypes, magic squares they can be recognized as examples of Western cultural understanding of the root patterns of meaning. If Pythagoras famously said, All is number, then there must be particular numbers that are connected to particular planetary themes you find in the All.

The symbolism of the magic squares was used with gematria to create the dimensions of temples, art, amulets, prayers, curses, and songs. The number-letters associated with the divinities were imagined as a way to have architecture and life resonate with the divinity in question – as a means to invite powers in the sky down to Earth and to anchor them with numerical musical beauty as the lure.

A temple to Artemis, Goddess of the moon, would use “lunar numbers.” A temple to Venus would use the number/letters/timing associated Venus. A temple to Mars would be created in the same way.

With gratitude to David Fideler’s scholarship, here are the magic squares and some temples associated with divine numbers derived from those squares:

Moon Numbers
Mercury Numbers


Temple of Mercury
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Venus numbers

Temple of Venus
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Mars Numbers

Jupiter Numbers
Saturn Numbers
Temple of Saturn
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Sun: Temple of Apollo in Delphi:

Delphi
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Why would the name, Jesus, be associated with the celestial archetype of the sun? Here are some other “solar numbers” derived from its magic square using gematria:

37, 74, 111, 222, 333, 444, 555, 666, 777,

Over the years, I’ve heard a number of stories of persons repeatedly seeing sets of numbers in threes. One of my old friends used to call these, “angel numbers.” They tend to show up all around you during major life turning points.

An old version of the magic square of the Sun:

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The letters for the name, Jesus, in this Greek rendering, add up to the “solar” number, 888

With gratitude to the math, geometry, architecture, music, and cosmology, in Sun of God, I would like to add a fundamental message that carried within the astrology of our ancestors.

I AM WHO AM

Using the information from Jesus Christ, Sun of God, it becomes possible to look at an astrological birth chart where the symbolism is:

sun = identity, the center of the personality.

In the depths of this “natal sun” is what Joseph Campbell referred to as, the inborn, sealed-in soul or “intelligible character” of the individual at birth.

Birthchart of James Joyce.

When integrated into the psychological knowledge handed down from antiquity, the Christian message reads that carried within each human soul is an unexpected potential Christ. You can find the sun in James Joyce’s birth chart next to the symbol of Aquarius – his birth sign or sun sign. This is a cosmological writing of the name, James Christ.


This idea concerning the sacredness of individual identity informs author Steven Forrest’s 6th principle of evolutionary astrology from his book, Yesterday’s Sky: Astrology and Reincarnation:

Astrology recognizes only 2 absolutes: the irreducible mystery of life, and the uniqueness of each individual viewpoint on that mystery.

Forrest invoked the sun as identity and moon as soul in his saying:

The sun is the secret of sanity.
The moon is the secret of happiness.

As an evolutionary astrologer, he is referring both to true Identity (sun’s secret) as well as the relational, evolutionary soul-freedom of psychological awareness (moon’s secret) that nourishes and is nourished by that knowing.

This way of understanding, now, further strengthens the weave of a universal message expressed within the various cultural ways. Western tradition mirrors the Lakota mirrors the Bard of the Gaels. The air we breath calls us to be a sacred compassionate, merciful person to integrate into your awareness when you are truly yourself and to also acknowledge in all others. Now putting them all as one mind:

Into the sky and throughout the Earth, participate with humanity, See and Be (Your Name Here)-Christ. In the same way that all the planets are in the birth-chart, so all the Gods and Goddesses psychologically inform you and each person in a one-of-kind manner. Do this to help the people.

INDIGENOUS VIRTUE FROM THE WEST

The same in-born dignity of identity and soul is in Rupert Sander’s film, Ghost in the Shell. In the film, Aramaki reminds Major that she is not a weapon, but a sacred human being:

Major

Aramaki

You are more than a weapon.
You have a soul, a ghost.
When we see our uniqueness as a virtue,
only then do we find peace.

When we can see through Aramaki’s words and recognize the soul-respect he is living, then we, too, are Christian in the indigenous sense of the term. All human beings are capable of this awareness, even partially mechanized ones, though for some it comes easier and for some it comes harder.

The Gift of sovereign individuality in soul that comes from all these centuries is one of the better aspects of patriarchy. Ideally, a gift of the West to the planet is a cosmically expressed fundamental worthiness of each human being, regardless of class, caste, nationality, faith, gender.

William Wallace Lincoln
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I know that one of the better gifts of American culture is to establish a way of life that truly honors the true dignity of each and nourishes all communities who strive for the same heart. Here is Lincoln on February 22, 1842:

The preacher, it is said, advocates temperance because he is a fanatic and desires a union of the Church and State; the lawyer, from his pride and vanity of hearing himself speak; and the hired agent, for his salary. But when one who has long been known as a victim of intemperance bursts the fetters that have bound him, and appears before his neighbors “clothed and in his right mind, ” a redeemed specimen and long lost humanity, and stands up with tears of joy trembling in his eyes to tell of the miseries once endured, now to be endured no more forever; of a wife long weighed down with woe, weeping, and a broken heart, now restored to health, happiness and renewed affection; and how easily it is all done, once it is resolved to be done; however simple his language, there is a logic, and an eloquence, that few, with human feelings can resist. They cannot say that he desires a union of church and state, for he is not a church member; they cannot say he is vain of hearing himself speak, for his whole demeanor shows he would gladly avoid speaking at all; they cannot say he speaks for pay for he receives none, and asks for none. Nor can his sincerity in any way be doubted, or his sympathy for those he would persuade to imitate his example be denied.

The end of patriarchy is to know that there is no goddamned boundary between one human family and another. As American Afghan War veteran, Andy Wall, reflects on his time soldiering in our name:

We are all just human beings. We are all mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. We are all human beings.

Any jealous war-inciting gods now are abusive, generally, absentee Fathers in a world where all beings are worthy and deserve recognition. All traditions can learn to see through themselves into the sacredness of the others and all life.

Be on the side of the angels. Be a prism. You have that something within, the higher self. You can rub shoulders with a Jesus, a Gautama, an Ingersoll. Are you all in this vibration? I say you are!

HANDS ACROSS THE WATER, HEADS ACROSS THE SKY

The burden on Western persons seems more to do with how we regard others, all others, including all of the life of Earth and Earth as well, than has to do with claims about ourselves. In mythic thought, to eat and digest is to become. To follow this developing line of reasoning, does it seem like such a stretch to imagine that the Eucharist is eaten in the Christian mythology because the message is not to worship the Christ who will come down from the beyond to save unworthy you? Read as myth, the message is — become _______- Christ yourself, accept help from other beings and help all other beings become the I AM WHO AM who they are.

Is it an even greater stretch to imagine at Christmastide how the lowly unexpected location, neglected by the many and lost out in no man’s land, is human identity? Secreted away within each soulMary,  could there abide a new and unexpected Christ who goes by your name? Share this and ingest it in community in an atmosphere of Mercy. Live in the world in this way – from the darkness of every round year, a Second Coming.

Here again is Joseph Campbell at the close of Creative Mythology:

God’s initiative is represented by the inborn, sealed-in soul or “intelligible character” of the individual at birth; and the initiative, the freedom to act, must thereafter be one’s own, guided not by what other people say, have done, or may tell one is God’s will, but by one’s own interior voice; for indeed (continuing to speak mythologically) it is in one’s sealed-in soul, its hidden, God-given difference from all others that “God’s will” has been secreted, and to be found and shown, like an Easter egg: and not by retreat into a bed of rapture, either in darkness or in light, but through action here in this mixed world (why otherwise be born?), where nothing is foul, nothing pure, but all, like a magpie’s plumage, mixed.

James Joyce, saying the same thing in his Irish lyrical madness:

Florry Christ, Stephen Christ, Zoe Christ, Bloom Christ, Kitty Christ, Lynch Christ, it’s up to you to sense that cosmic force. Have we cold feet about the cosmos? No. Be on the side of the angels. Be a prism. You have that something within, the higher self. You can rub shoulders with a Jesus, a Gautama, an Ingersoll. Are you all in this vibration? I say you are. You once nobble that, congregation, and a buck joyride to heaven becomes a back number. You got me? It’s a lifebrightener, sure.


James Joyce’s Birth Chart = James Christ

(Your-Name-Here)-CHRIST AS AN ATMOSPHERE OF MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING

Rabbi Chaim Vital (1543-1620) taught and wrote that all humans are worthy of participating in G-d. From his book, The Gates of Holiness:

Part 3 Gate 7: On attaining Ruach Hakodesh (holy spirit) in our times

After our warnings in the previous gate of all the types of attaining (supernatural revelations/powers and the dangers), one should not despair (due to the difficulties involved). Because on the verse “And Devorah, was a woman prophet…”, (there is a commentary from) Tana D’Bei Eliyahu: “(says G-d) I testify on Myself heaven and earth, whether man or woman, whether gentile or Jew, whether slaveman or slavewoman, everyone according to his actions, the Ruach Hakodesh will dwell on him”. (i.e. anyone can reach Ruach HaKodesh even women, slaves, or non-Jews).

In the Hindu ways, the doctrine of the divine human, (Your-Name-Here)-Christ pattern, is called, Narayana. 

In his book, Kali’s Child: The Mystical and the Erotic in the Life and Teachings of Ramakrisha, Kripal elaborates, affirming Joyce’s view:

…for Ramakrishna’s teaching on the divine nature of every human being is unconcerned with the moral worth of the person in question. God plays every role in the play of the world. Thus, after he watched a play about the life of Krishna, for example, Ramakrishna declares: “I saw clearly that she herself had become everything, I see that whoever was dressed up [in a female role] was the Blissful Mother herself! Those who were dressed as cowherds in Golaka I saw as Narayana himself. He himself has become everything!” The world is a play in which the god and the goddess play all the parts. (p. 228)

The Sufi’s are a mystical branch of Islam. It’s not a big leap to hear the (Your Name Here)-Christ/divine human with a part to play in the words of Rumi about the sacred individuality of each soul that has its hidden reasons for coming into being in this life:

There is one thing in this world you must never forget to do

There is one thing in this world you must never forget to do. If you forget everything else and not this, there’s nothing to worry about, but if you remember everything else and forget this, then you will have done nothing in your life.

It’s as if a king has sent you to some country to do a task, and you perform a hundred other services, but not the one he sent you to do. So human being come to this world to do particular work. That work is the purpose, and each is specific to the person. If you don’t do it, it’s as though a priceless Indian sword were used to slice rotten meat. It’s a golden bowl being used to cook turnips, when one filing from the bowl could buy a hundred suitable pots. It’s like a knife of the finest tempering nailed into a wall to hang things on.

You say, “But look, I’m using the dagger. It’s not lying idle.” Do you hear how ludicrous that sounds? For a penny an iron nail could be bought to serve for that. You say, “But I spend my energies on lofty enterprises. I study jurisprudence and philosophy and logic and astronomy and medicine and the rest.” But consider why you do those things. They are all branches of yourself.

Remember the deep root of your being, the presence of your lord. Give yourself to the one who already owns your breath and your moments. If you don’t, you will be like the man who takes a precious dagger and hammers it into his kitchen wall for a peg to hold his dipper gourd. You’ll be wasting valuable keenness and forgetting your dignity and purpose.

BECOMING CONSCIOUS OF THE FORGOTTEN SPLIT

At the beginning of the use of magic squares was the realization of the ecliptic. The ecliptic is the path of the sun, moon and planets across the sky.

Looking outward from the rotating and orbiting Earth, due to the tilt of our planet and its orbit, the sun, moon and planets appear to follow the tilted circle that passes through the 12 constellations of the zodiac. That tilted sky circle is called the ecliptic. The horizontal circle in this drawing is called the celestial equator. Notice how the two circles create a flattened “X” where they cross.

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The moon in its orbit around the Earth is not drawn in the image above. The movement of the moon along the ecliptic is more nuanced. Here is Michael McCoy on Astronomy.com:

The Moon follows generally the same path, but with some important differences. The Moon’s orbit is tilted 5.1° relative to the ecliptic. So, the Moon can appear anywhere in a band extending 5.1° north (above) and south (below) of the ecliptic.

Each month, the Moon twice crosses the ecliptic on opposite sides of Earth. These intersections are called the nodes of the Moon’s orbit…

…The nodal points also wander along the ecliptic. An imaginary line connecting the nodes through Earth’s center rotates around the planet every 18.6 years. When the Moon lies on a node, Earth, the Sun, and the Moon lie in the same plane. Rarely do the nodes line up exactly, but when they do — and if the Moon happens to be at new or full phase — total solar or lunar eclipses occur. However, due to the 5.1° tilt, eclipses do not occur every month. The 18.6-year period is called the Saros cycle, and it is used to help determine the periodic repetition of eclipses.

The Moon’s rising and setting points wander back and forth between the extremes, but not over an annual cycle like the Sun. Instead, the Moon performs this cycle every month (overlaid on a slow 18.6-year cycle as well), and with a swing relative to the Sun that can reach plus or minus 5.1°. When the line of nodes aligns with the solstices, the tilt of the Moon’s orbit causes the Moon to pass either 5.1° above or below the ecliptic at the nodes’ northern and southern extremes.

Ur-Gur, King of Ur, 2500 BCE
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Knowledge of the ecliptic, of 18.6 year Saros cycle along with literacy, numeracy, and knowledge of the north and south nodes of the moon gave any person, priesthood, family, or people with that knowledge immense numinous influence over illiterate persons without that knowing. It was like harnessing the power of a sky dragon and using it. Case in point, in his Masks of God series, Campbell cites the city of Ur as an example of the results of this kind of “heavenly” order lived out by a people. There are archeological digs that reveal burials of the king and the entire court – all buried while still alive in order to satisfy the heavenly order. In all of my reading, I have never learned of the bones of a high priest or a high priestess who offered their lives in the mass suicides. Perhaps with such immense numinosity, they considered themselves too important to be sacrificed?

(To this day, the north and south nodes of the moon on a birthchart retain their early symbolic shapes and names in a birth chart as head and tail of the dragon. If you look at Joyce’s birthchart, you can find his north and south nodes of the moon.)


nodes of the moon
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Ecliptic and Celestial Equator
Soruce: ase.tufts.edu

Our Greek and Biblical texts still carry inherited vestiges of this split-off power above. In Plato’s Timaeus and in the Book of Job, there remains an assumption that the reader knows about the existence of the ecliptic. The Hebrew word, Mazzaroth, is the name of the ecliptic in their tradition.

Timaeus:

Next, he cleft the structure so formed lengthwise into two halves, and laying the two so as to meet in the center in the shape of the letter, X, he bent them in a circle and caused them to meet themselves and each other at a point opposite to that of their original contact: and he comprehended them in the motion that revolves uniformly on the same axis, and one of the circles he made exterior and one interior.

Book of Job 38:

31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?

33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?


Eclipse of 2017, in Princeton, Kentucky

I traveled with my cousin, Penny, to watch the 2017 total eclipse of the sun in Princeton, Kentucky. During minutes of its totality, all human life around me stopped. I walked out into the middle of Main Street. A total solar eclipse was the single-most-powerful sky-sign I have ever witnessed. Even for me, a 21st century American, the eclipse was numinous. There was a man down the street with his church community nearly shouting words from Job as he read aloud from his Bible to proclaim the awesome power of the God on High:

Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?

As I noted above, it is clear that any human beings who figured out how to predict solar eclipses could claim to know the superior mind of a power on high. In this, the 3 current forms of monotheism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, have contentiously appropriated a way of the split sky split off in earnest in Sumer around 2350 BCE forming a Messiah Complex. According to Joseph Campbell in Oriental Mythology:

The world was no longer to be known as a mere showing in time of the paradigms of eternity, but as a field of cosmic conflict between two powers, one light and one dark.

The earliest prophet of this mythology of cosmic restoration was, apparently, the Persian Zoraster…The system associated with his name is based on the ideas between the wise lord, Ahura Mazda, “first father of the Righteous Order, who gave to the sun and stars their path,” and an independent evil principle, Angra Mainyu, the Deceiver, principle of the lie, who, when all had been excellently made, entered into it in every particle. The world, consequently, is a compound wherein good and evil, light and dark, wisdom and violence are contending for a victory. And the privilege and duty of each man–who himself, as part of creation, is a compound of good and evil–is to elect, voluntarily, to engage in the battle in the interest of the light..

It is obvious that a potent mythical formula for the reorientation of the human spirit is here supplied–pitching it forward along the way of time, summoning man to an assumption of autonomous responsibility for the renovation of the universe in God’s name, and thus, fostering a new, potentially political (not finally contemplative) philosophy of holy war. (p.8)

Fortress of Khor-Rorim, Sacred area dedicated to the God of the Moon Sourc: Creative
Commons

Source:
https://alchetron.com/Khor-Rori

I think there is line of continuity from 2350 BCE in Sumer to the fortress of Khor Rori in Oman. I visited the fortress of Khor Rori with my son, Isaac, in 2016. It was there that a people, ancestors of the Hadrumat people, whose name means, Death has come, established a port and stole the lucrative frankincense trade by war in the name of Sin, the Divinity of the moon, Saros cycle and ecliptic, around 100 BCE. (The name has no relation to the English, “sin,” by the way.)

I think it’s reasonable to consider that human authority by relationship with a War God Above began with the consciousness of the ecliptic. Monotheism, as we experience it today, looks a lot like elaborations over the centuries of ever higher and higher God the Most Highs chronically aspiring to demonize, destroy and replace each other.

LET THE CURSES BE UNBOUND

With a recollection of the developments that brought us here, it becomes possible to unbind ourselves, our relationships, our way of life from what is a cultural weaponization of soul via demonization of the Other. Humanity’s creation of nuclear armaments puts an extra burden on Americans. Since July of 1945, it has been our responsibility as citizens to become conscious of any leftover prejudice for the “saved” due to the ecliptic, numeracy, literacy, based on the Bible and its flat-earth cosmology.

Botticelli’s 1485 Map of Hell inspired by Dante’s Inferno is a reminder of a Western habit of mind. There is a now-dying way of life that has landed in our laps that began some 4370 years ago. Its collective mental habit has assumed that the direction upward is the heavenly best and downward is the hellish worst. We are the inheritors of a way of life that has believed that the Earth is renewed at the end of time by force of will through an Almighty Power who is victorious in a battleground of good against evil after which the past, Memory, is forever forgotten in a brave New World.

St Mary the Redeemer Catholic Church
Norwalk, Ohio
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In the spring of 1969, I made my First Communion at St. Mary’s in Norwalk. On my way into the church that day, one of the older students came charging up to us with a grimace on his face. He growled, Grrrr! I’m prayin’ to the Devil! I’m prayin’ to the Devil! In that moment, he put his hands together, as we were taught to pray with our fingers pointing up to God in the Sky, but then, he turned his fingers downward. In our world at that time, he was pointing to make a prayer to the demons in Hell. That scared me to death and I had a real hard time staying focused for my Communion!

PRAYERS FOR THE FACES COMING UP FROM THE GROUND

Sun Dance in a Lakota Ledger Drawing
Source: American-tribes.com

Not all of Earth’s cultures share the rather recent cosmic battlefield concept. There are Indigenous peoples who continue to thrive after 10,000 years or more. For them, the world is renewed when human beings honor oral traditions, songs, dreams, visions, and participate with Creation in the co-creation of the future together. To live in right relationship with the planet, mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually with all our relations calls for a balanced, yet dynamic merging of Memory and Will. In the enduring view, the world is healed when human beings remember who they are and choose to be the best form of themselves in service to the happiness of all beings.

I think James Joyce’s war on Catholicism and my struggles with Christianity’s God of War can now find a path forward. Joyce’s war can be imagined as against any Jesus portrayed as a reboot of the Sumerian cosmic force of good in the battleground of the universe.

Doctrine of Discovery, 1493
Source: Upstanderproject.org

This Son of the Father Almighty has been Catholic since 325 with the Nicene Creed. You can discern his voice in 1200 years later in the 1493 Doctrine of Discovery:

Among other works well pleasing to the Divine Majesty and cherished of our heart, this assuredly ranks highest, that in our times especially the Catholic faith and the Christian religion be exalted and be everywhere increased and spread, that the health of souls be cared for and that barbarous nations be overthrown and brought to the faith itself.

Cromwell’s Souldiers Pocket Bible
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Here is from Oliver Cromwell’s 1649 Letter to Lenthall about invading Ireland with his Model Army:

And now give me leave to say how it comes to pass that this work is wrought. It was set upon some of our hearts, That a great thing should be done, not by power or might, but by the Spirit of God. And is it not so, clearly? That which caused your men to storm so courageously, it was the Spirit of God, who gave your men courage, and took it away again; and gave the Enemy courage, and took it away again; and gave your men courage again, and therewith, this happy success. And therefore it is good that God alone have all the glory.

James Joyce’s proposal of Florry Christ, Stephen Christ, Zoe Christ, Bloom Christ, Kitty Christ, Lynch Christ, (Your-Name-Here)-Christ, represents a re-affirmation of Gaelic integration of a divine human identity into Irish literature. In my mind, Joyce was re-claiming the wisdom of Pelagius, who affirmed the goodness of human beings and human will. Joyce, with his own Ancestor decried the falsehood of the teaching of Original Sin.

In this, I agree with him and going forward, nationalist, exclusionary, elitist, colonial, continuing memberships in ways of any Highest Gods, or in ways of any powers claimed by assumptions to privilege, are best checked for hidden hatred, racism, homophobia, and when the Bible is involved, anti-semitism and misogyny.

POST-APOCALYPTIC AMERICAN

It is the Second Coming where my life experience can offer an affirmation that Earth is renewed by participation with deep reverence, communication and courageous human love in peace-making and not by militaristic moral discipline preparing for the end of time in cosmic war. I’ve enjoyed the unique experience of knowing both forms of the end of the world and a new beginning.

From 1980-1982, I lived through an apocalyptic group understanding of Christianity It was triggered by the death of one of my best friends, Dale “Butch” Fisher. This end-times mentality did not materialize out of nowhere. Growing up, my grandmother and her religious community were convinced the End was coming soon. In high school, a number of my friends and I were inspired by Black Sabbath’s song, War Pigs, and fervent believing adults around us, to become enamored with the Book of Revelation and its prophecies. Lastly, from the womb onward, as a Catholic, I was bathed in the Church’s ritual words – to wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Weeks after Dale’s passing in late August, 1980, during a prayer service, I suddenly became certain that we were in the Final Days. As pristine as in ancient Sumer some 4000 years before, the idea of my sacrifice for the good guys in a soul-saving cosmic war between good and evil possessed me as much as I possessed it. I can share that within this mindset, as an individual, you assume you are in the hands of a power beyond yourself. The best thing you can do is to soldier on, pray together for the end, do good things for other people to store up treasures in the afterlife, and convert as many persons as possible to Christianity.

My family’s, friends’ and religious community’s Apocalyptic potential also did not materialize out of nowhere. In the 1980’s there were surprising numbers of fellow Ohioans and Americans who had the same certainty.

Puritan Leader Johnathan Edward
Source: apuritansmind.com

Stretches of years in American history, from the Puritans onward, have always featured leaders, literature and ideas that foster an atmosphere of Apocalyptic expectation. Even Jefferson in his version of the Bible in which he cut out all miracles, he held on to the Apocalyptic End-times without missing a step.

Here is a brief list of dates for the Final Days:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dates_predicted_for_apocalyptic_events

It turns out that American culture at large in August, 1980, was in one of those Doomsday periods. In 1970, Hal Lindsey and C. C. Carlson predicted that the end was near with the book, The Late Great Planet Earth.

The Late Great Planet Earth predicted that the Rapture would take place in 1981 and after 7 years of persecution by the Antichrist, the battle of Armageddon and Second Coming would be in 1988.

By November 1980, the book reached into the White House through the minds of Ronald Reagan and members of his inner circle. In Jonathan Kirsch’s, A History of the End of the World: How the Most Controversial Book in the Bible Changed the Course of Western Civilization, Kirsch notes:

To hear Lindsay himself tell it, Reagan was eager to win over the American military establishment to apocalyptic true belief. With the president’s blessings, Lindsey asserts, he was invited to brief Pentagon war planners on the divine implications of nuclear combat with the Soviet Union. And Reagan invited televangelist, Jerry Falwell, another prominent and outspoken apocalyptic preacher, to attend briefings of the National Security Council and deliver the same message. (p. 225)

The Dreaming Gourd
Sidereal COEX constellation
F. Christopher Reynolds

Moving through the fever of End-times mindset into a post-Apocalyptic time in my case, came in four steps. The first step came through dreaming in which I was shown in a dream, in very direct language, that preparing for the End and saving up treasures for the afterlife were parasites on my life.

Tristan and Isolde

The second step came with a loving kiss to the center of my chest. When Paula, whom I would later marry and have children, pressed her warm lips up against my skin, my entire awareness dropped in from above me. It was as if, up until that point and all of my life before, my self-awareness had been living about one foot above and behind my body, up in the air and to the right. I woke up inside myself and outside any sense that the Earth was going to die.

The third step was reading Elaine Pagel’s book, The Gnostic Gospels. Her book gave me language for the direct knowing of the sacred of my dreaming and of my embodied loving — gnosis.

The fourth was watching Carl Sagan’s, Cosmos, on PBS.

I think my journey through the End-times mentality into a participatory Earth-centered future by dreaming, embodied loving, gnosis and into cosmos was a lot like Joyce’s path with Nora Barnacle. It was my path forward from 1982 onward until July of 1992 when the God of War broke me open into my Calling.

My 2018 trip to Vietnam confirmed for me how healing of God of War requires not only a personal, family approach. War is a collective experience. Surely, it is a gift to find how to heal from the collective. Unfortunately, to face Christianity’s God of War requires discovering strategies that heal the collective by finding ways to participate and heal with the collective. American culture has never had this, nor have there ever been any Christian rituals nor Catholic sacraments to heal the faith from its own supremacy.

POST-APOCALYPTIC AMERICANS

By an incredible miracle of my life, I was invited to my first Sun Dance ceremony at Pine Ridge, South Dakota by a friend whom I consider to be my big sister – ma grande soeur Lakota – I call her. It was there that I learned that the community of the world and humanity beings can be renewed through loving participation in Earth-based ritual. Sun Dance is one of them.

The Lakota themselves are “post-Apocalyptic” in their ways. Their hopes for a new world were destroyed along with the Ghost Dance Movement on December 29, 1890, at Wounded Knee, South Dakota. They are a “post-Ghost Dance” people. It would not be until 1978 that their traditions would be de-criminalized. What few people know is that during the years when it was a felony to pray, a small number of elders kept the Sun Dance Tree alive.

I did not know this was true until I saw the Sacred Tree coming over the hill. I wept when I saw it. A woman standing next to me said, “They kept it alive when it was against the law.”

With tears in my eyes, I responded, “The Tree never died?”

“No, The Sacred Tree Lives!” — she exclaimed.

Sun Dance is a ceremony whose intention is to restore the balance of the people and all life of the Earth, including enemies. It was not difficult for me to notice the many similarities between the mythology of Sun Dance and the mythology of the Second Coming. The central theme they share is the renewal of the Earth. It also shone clear as the sun in the sky the many ways that dancing, loving, healing, singing, sharing, and praying together for the good of all for the world to come, as in the coming year, was so much more generous than praying, working, and saving the chosen for Final Days not far off. A world to come that is a long-awaited home cut off from condemned billions of people and many ecosystems and a world to come that is a flourishing of the many human lives now participating with a healthy planet Earth are markedly different.

During that first Dance in 2010, I felt a healing of those energies of my being, those deepest intentions, that were so unexpectedly overloaded during my 3 years in the American Christian End-times mentality. This was an affirmation of a basic tenet in depth psychology regarding what Myers called, the subliminal self, Jung called the Self, Hillman called, force of character. 

Every individual human consciousness appears to feature within a guiding and organizing self and world image that has the potential of self/cultural/world renewal or destruction, depending on how we engage it.

In my essay, The Immanent Function, I update a description of that guiding and organizing center and whole of the personality. My update borrows heavily from John Wier-Perry who, as a Jungian, used Jung’s image of the mandala. In Immanent Function, I make the case that Jung’s use of a 2 dimensional mandala requires a four-dimensional understanding. This is because human beings are not psychologically time-bound. The psyche moves quite freely in all directions of the past, present and future. To move freely through time requires the 4th dimension.

The Immanent Function
Sidereal COEX Constellation
c. 2019 by Author

With that shift in mind:

Two motifs – self-image and world image- are companion pieces in the process of renewal. They share the same representative image: a mandala that is now to be imagined as a 4D hypershere turning like a gyroscope on its axis mundi. The process of renewal is to participate as consciously as possible with the work of this powerful planetary image symbolizing the psyche’s governing source.

At Sun Dance, I was affirmed in my experience of life renewal by participating with my own psyche’s governing source. I learned that to engage my own soul at the depth of self-image/world image, I need to commit to care for the well-being of all life — beyond, yet including myself. I learned that it is possible to join at the same psychological depth with the collective group with one heart, one mind. When each person takes part with this same intention during the season of the year when the ecosystem resonates with this same vitality, a renewal of our our felt connection with Earth and sky, a Second Coming, takes place. We deserve a Second Coming every year, a cultural birthday to nourish our personal birthday.

Second Trumpet in the Book of Revelations
Cloisters Apocalypse, Creative Commons

ALL IN THIS VIBRATION

It came clear to me how the Final Days mythology birthed with the ecliptic, whether called, a split structure so formed lengthwise into two halves, and laying the two so as to meet in the center in the shape of the letter, X, or Mazzaroth, took kindness from the entire cosmos, from all past, present and future life within it. The Earth was no longer imagined as a self-healing wise being. Saving the now-demonized Earth was imagined as coming from Above and Beyond. As Campbell noted, this shift also placed a burden on human beings, not to steward by participation the balance within and around them, but to fight in a chronic war against evil.

I know from being inside this mentality that it has a domesticating effect. You are no longer able to remember why you were born or feel your connection to your own loved ones — both your Ancestors in the Spiritworld as well as the sacred beings of your bioregion. It is a twisting-off of our life’s nuclear core, eventually mirrored by nuclear weapons. Inner worth seems derived from beyond and above, in service to the Purest Good and Divine Laws. It feels like you are in a bunker or a war-room waiting for the end to come.

At the end of my first Sun Dance, I felt a seamless continuity between my being, the other people, and with the intricate varied beauty of the ecosystem, landscape, and sky. I felt proud to be a human being for the first time in my life.

At the end of their prayers, the Lakota say, All my relations. This is a lived experience. Pride in being human came because I felt we did our part together to restore the dynamic balance of the beauty of the world. I did not feel a pride like some kind of pharaoh in dominion. I consider myself to be one among many post-Apocalyptic Americans —
simple, humble and fully human.

I learned the hard way that the process of renewal includes participation in the work of the powerful planetary image that symbolizes the psyche’s governing source. I learned by taking a wrong turn that it is an archetype of our own being that has the potential of self/cultural/world renewal or destruction, depending on how we engage it.

I learned by letting go of the past that the archetype of our deepest potential, when lived collectively, can be a well-spring of life renewal. I now know from direct experience that when ritually engaged in Earth-based, embodied ways, the well-spring beautifully and fiercely sustains human cultures. I also have paid in life-time wasted to find out how deeply our own potential can be manipulated and weaponized. It’s a hollow victory to live within a split-off bunker mentality fighting in an imagined war of good versus evil. Intuitively, I know that we all have paid enough for 5000 years or more for the Glory of the Coming of the Lord.

Into the sky and throughout the Earth, remember the deep root of your being, participate with humanity, See and Be Zoe-Christ. In the same way that all the planets are in the birth-chart, so all the Gods and Goddesses psychologically inform you and each person in a one-of-kind manner. Do this to help the people. You are more than a weapon. You have a soul, a ghost. When we see our uniqueness as a virtue, only then do we find peace. You have that something within, the higher self. I say you have a logic, and an eloquence, that few, with human feelings can resist whether man or woman, whether gentile or Jew, whether slaveman or slavewoman, everyone according to his actions, the Ruach Hakodesh will dwell on him The world is a play in which the god and the goddess play all the parts.

Dark Side of the Moon and Earth
Source: PBS.org

The mental split that brought about the patterns of the ecliptic, the sun, moon, and planets, appears to have personally split apart the inner worth of everyone. We have accepted the domestication of the archetype of self and world renewal and have struggled in the confrontation with the draft into service for the “good” side in a ruined universe. Where the late-modern world view has lopped off the numinous from the cosmos, it still continues to hang onto the ruined universe in open or assumed nihilistic proclamations of cosmic absurdity.

It is time for us to consciously choose to learn from those long enduring Indigenous peoples in whose ways the renewal of cultural flourishing comes by actively participating in caring relationship with our conscious self-renewing planet. It is time for us to consciously seek out the hundreds of thousands unto millions of future-oriented others who have already been called into and who are already living in wholeness of soul, who have devoted their willpower to the good of all beings.

C. G. Jung wrote:

Indeed, it is becoming ever more obvious that it is not famine, not earthquakes, not microbes, not cancer but man himself who is man’s greatest danger to man, for the simple reason that there is no adequate protection against psychic epidemics, which are infinitely more devastating than the worst of natural catastrophes.

The supreme danger which threatens individuals as well as whole nations is a psychic danger. Reason has proved itself completely powerless, precisely because its arguments have an effect only on the conscious mind and not on the unconscious.


The greatest danger of all comes from the masses, in whom the effects of the unconscious pile up cumulatively and the reasonableness of the conscious mind is stifled. Every mass organization is a latent danger just as much as a heap of dynamite is. It lets loose effects which no man wants and no man can stop.

It is therefore in the highest degree desirable that a knowledge of psychology should spread so that men can understand the source of the supreme dangers that threaten them. Not by arming to the teeth, each for itself, can the nations defend themselves in the long run from the frightful catastrophes of modern war. The heaping up of arms is itself a call to war. Rather must they recognize those psychic conditions under which the unconscious [tsunami-like] bursts the dykes of consciousness and overwhelms it.

KNOWLEDGE OF PSYCHOLOGY

My reading of Ulysses is informed by knowing how it feels to be possessed by and freed from a psychic epidemic brought on by the End-times mythology and its Messiah Complex. I have looked through blinded eyes that saw the “Glory of the Coming of the Lord.” I think it is this same kind of psychic epidemic is what drove millions to murder each other in the 20th century. Ruin of life, nation against nation, brother against brother, sister against sister, taken up enthusiastically by so many, sadly, happens when all those millions feel they doing something good.

It takes courage to face the peer pressure and to step away from masses that use Apocalyptic ideation. Stephan D. O’Leary calls this mental mode, Arguing the Apocalypse, in his 1994 text. O’Leary reminds how Derrida, like Jung before him, struggled with how to argue with those who argue the Apocalypse.

O’Leary writes:

In this reading, the proper answer to the question, “When will the Last Judgement occur?” is not “In 1842, or “In the year 2000”: for all such answers deny the truly ultimate significance of the Apocalypse and are destined to reveal, with the passage of time, their misapprehension of its message. Only and answer the fundamentally tragic assumptions one which the apocalyptic question is based can prevent the Apocalypse from being rendered irrelevant and thereby preserve its ultimate significance. The proper reply to this question then, is “It has already occurred; it is always about to occur; it is here now and has always been.(p. 220)

O’Leary’s words carry within them a pattern of depth psychology as regards the archetypes of the collective unconscious — for they are unchanging and recur throughout time. What has already been, is about to happen, is happening now, will happen in the future, is an archetype, but that archetype is not The Last Judgement. It is the archetype of self and world renewal. The Last Judgement is only one cultural way to live out our potential. It is a way that we do not have to choose any longer.

Our planet has many other life-giving stories of renewal in which to participate. Those other cultural stories of renewal share theme of being revealed to the people through dreams, visions, visitations, Near-death, out of body, abduction experiences. We are here now to create new courageous and loving ways, unimagined in the past.

It’s not the fully engaged self-image/world image that has caused so much devastation. We can all be psychically renewed in rituals that call us to fully live that self-image/world image. It’s the story we act out of our self-image world image that is issue.

…to participate as consciously as possible with the work of this powerful planetary image symbolizing the psyche’s governing source.

I, as an individual, am healthier if I get to live in a way that I can participate at the Turning Point of my whole being in the renewal of life and the birth of the future.


It is possible to choose ways of gentleness and be wise as serpents near any Messianic fight against evil in league with any Catholic, Protestant, and/or nationalistic military-industrial-entertainment industry energies of an Almighty God. Participation in Earth-based rituals that place me in right relationship with the season on the ground, with the atmosphere of the planet and with others, works.

A full commitment to participate in the work of the powerful planetary image that symbolizes the psyche’s governing source with my own inner Reason for being renews waking and dreaming life. There is a mental, emotional, physical, spiritual health, clear-minded embeddedness in what I experience as our planet’s seasonal sacred text.

I don’t think each person needs a Sun Dance. I do think each person can feel better about life and the future of the planet in some collective ritual that is in sync with the symbolism of the season of the year in whatever ecosystem you may find yourself. Below is a cloutie well. The pieces of cloth hung near it are prayers left by people who are keeping alive an enduring Earth-based tradition among the Celts.

Strips of cloth, “clouties” left as prayers
near a sacred Cloutie Well, Ireland
Source: Creative Commons

There rings a bardic depth in Joyce’s announcement of the Second Advent. He encourages getting down to the bedrock of Atonement with the Mother and remembrance of the Abyss of Her Sacred Wells:


…it’s up to you to sense that cosmic force. Have we cold feet about the cosmos? No. Be on the side of the angels. Be a prism. You have that something within, the higher self. It is immense, supersumptuous. It restores. It vibrates. I know and I am some vibrator. Joking apart and, getting down to bedrock…

POST-APOCALYPTIC-POST-GHOST-DANCE JESUS

My first sweat lodge teacher was a Vietnam veteran. He was sick for 10 years after the war. All the strategies of the VA and ways of self-medication did not work. He received 2 life-changing healings during his first two sweats. Later, he was invited to be a Sun Dancer at a Veteran’s Sun Dance. He passed away a number of years ago. I am sharing one of his sacred stories in a good way:

He chose to pierce during the round (one of 8 periods during a day) before the children’s healing round. To pierce means to be connected to a small harness attached to rope that is connected to the Tree by 2 wooden pegs. Each peg is slipped beneath a thin layer of your skin on either side of your chest, (In a Sun Dance, the Dancers offer a bit of themselves, feed the Tree, in order for those who come to have healing in the healing round after the piercing round.)

During the piercing round, there is a time when you pray and dance with the others who have pierced with you. Around the Tree in the center, there is the circle of Dancers who have pierced. Around the pierced Dancers, there is a larger circle the rest of the Dancers who did not pierce. Around them is the great circle of the people who pray and dance just outside the Sun Dance Altar. On the south side of that outer circle, there are the Singers.

After praying and dancing, the Sun Dance Chief will call the Dancers to approach the Tree 4 times in preparation to break free from their piercings. On the fourth time, my mentor described his experience as broke free:

When I broke, my Spirit was pulled up and out of my body. I flew upward over the Tree and went straight into the inside of the middle of the sun. 

He did not share more, but he knew that I knew that he described how he experienced the deepest healing moment of his life. He did not go to be a Sun Dancer for his solar knowing. He was only told that, as a veteran, if he went to Dance for others, chances were favorable that he, himself, would experience a healing. He was not dancing for himself when he broke. He was dancing for the children and the future generations to have a good life. He was dancing so maybe he could take some of their pain and sorrow from them.

I share his story now as a example that brings all the above into a more peaceful way forward. A Westernized soul can participate in a renewal of the Earth in a way that includes the Christ-message, but chooses to leave Apocalypse and the first father of the Righteous Order, who gave to the sun and stars their path, to a bygone Age, yet hopefully never-forgotten era.

The same transformation, of liberating a human being who learned how to participate in divinity from a man of War and Apocalypse has already happened in the book, The Five Gospels: What Did Jesus Really Say, by an international group of schools called, The Jesus Seminar.

In their study, they offer the following:

Scholars are agreed that Jesus spoke frequently abut God’s imperial rule, or, in traditional language, about the kingdom of God. Does this phrase refer to God’s direct intervention in the future, something connected with the end of the world and the last judgement, or did Jesus employ the phrase to indicate something already present and of more-elusive nature.

The first of these options is usually termed apocalyptic, a view fully expressed in the book of Revelation. which is an apocalypse….One thing is clear, John the Baptist and the early Christian community espoused this first view: they believed the age was about to come to an abrupt end. Did Jesus share this view, or was his vision more subtle, less bombastic and threatening?

The Fellows of the Jesus Seminar are inclined to the second option: Jesus conceived of God’s rule as all around him but difficult to discern. God was so real for him that he could not distinguish God’s present activity from any future activity. He had a poetic sense of time in which the future and the present merged, simply melted together, in the intensity of his vision. But Jesus’ uncommon views were obfuscated by the more pedestrian conceptions of John, on the one side, and by the equally pedestrian views of the early Christian community, on the other. (p. 137)

Allenby walks into Jerusalem, December 11, 1917
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Next, I think we can deliver a post-Apocalyptic Jesus by recalling that the Earth as already gone through one Battle of Armageddon. It took place during the First War War from September 19 to September 26, 1918. The Allied victory was the reason that Field Marshall Allenby was given the name, Allenby of Armageddon. Here’s a short excerpt from Wikipedia with a link if you want more:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Megiddo_(1918)

Battle of Megiddo, 1918
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The Battle of Megiddo also known in Turkish as the Nablus Hezimeti (“Rout of Nablus”), or the Nablus Yarması (“Breakthrough at Nablus”) was fought between 19 and 25 September 1918, on the Plain of Sharon,  in front of Tulkarm, Tabsor, and Arara in the Judean Hills as well as on the Esdralon Plain at Nazareth, Afulah, Beisan, Jenin and Samakh. Its name, which has been described as “perhaps misleading” since very limited fighting took place near Tel Megiddo was chosen by Allenby for its biblical and symbolic resonance.

In his book, The Great and Holy War: How World War 1 Became a Religious Crusade, Philip Jenkins makes the case for how both the Allied leaderships use of biblical Apocalypse to boost enthusiasm for the war and what appears to be the public’s psychic epidemic brought on by the End-times mythology made for a literal playing out of the script in the Bible’s last book.

We can separate Jesus the human being from the realm of the Father God of War by taking back the archetype of self and world renewal into our own inherited tradition of Hermeticism and the images from Tarot:

Tarot de Marseilles
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The image above is the 20th card of the Tarot of Marseilles. Here are our lost elders. They are persons who are able to welcome and receive those who awaken. They are persons who are able to be vulnerable and honest and who know that the goal of the person who is awakening is to now consciously and lovingly participate in the world. They have been lost to us for a very long time. If you grew up with no help and felt orphaned by life, I invite you to consider that you are here to be a part of the restoration of elders. You are here to offer the next generations, the children and grandchildren what you longed to receive. You are here to carry forward all the good you did receive. In our own tradition, Judgement is not the end. It is a New Beginning and Return.

Judgement, the 20th card, follows with the 21st card named, The World. Our destination is not the Eternal Beyond. We are all trying to arrive into the Beauty and Rhythm of life that merges Eternity and Time in the here and now.

The World
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With this in mind, (Your Name Here)-Christ, in our Western ways, can be imagined like this:

The Fool
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With No End to the Many…

Promethea Christ
Source: Moore and Williams

The Book of Revelation belongs to one of a number of individual life experiences called, spiritual emergencies, in transpersonal psychology. At this time, there are 12 main kinds, with the list still growing. They are: shamanic illness, alcoholism/addiction and co-dependency, peak experience, near-death experience, psychic opening, UFO abuduction, possession, moral injury/PTSD, past-life experiences, awakening of Kundalini, communication with spirit guides and channeling, and psychological renewal by return to the center.

At some point in the process, there comes an end of the world that is also the end of the person’s life and reality as they understood it. The experience of it is, at the beginning, like being in a cosmic battleground:

Whenever a profound experience of change is about to take place, its harbinger is the motif of death. This is not particularly mysterious, since its the limited view and appraisal of oneself that must be outgrown or transformed, and to accomplish transformation the self-image must dissolve. In severe visionary states, one may feel one has crossed over into the realm of death and is living among the spirits of the deceased. One is forced to let go of old expectations of oneself and to let oneself be tossed about by winds of change.

Far less familiar is the companion piece to this death motif–the image of world destruction. Like the self-image, the world image is a compacted form of the very complex pattern of how one sees the world and how one lives in it. We learn most about this from cultural anthropologists, who find that, in times of acute and rapid culture change, visionaries undergo the shattering experience of seeing the world dissolve into chaos and time whirl back to its beginnings. This dissolution of the world image clearly represents the death of the old culture to pave the way for renovation. Thus, in an individual’s life, when a transformation of one’s inner culture is under way, dissolution of the world image is the harbinger of change. Expressions of cultural reform are explicit.

These and other archetypal images have the function of implementing the process of spirit, of liberating and transforming its energies, which will then slip out of the old structures and into new ones geared to the future. All this happens in he interest of development, of cultivating a more capacious consciousness, open to new dimensions of experience…

The energy that had been bound up in the structures of the old self-image and world image, the issues of who one is and what sort of world one lives in, is immense. In dreams or visions, nuclear explosion is a frequent expression of this enormous change of psychic energy that is loose during the renewal process and raises havoc for a period of time. Though one’s own nature is struggling to break through, one may feel that who one is and what one values is up for grabs. Indeed, values and the emotional issues of life seem to be clashing opposites…  

…What is the ultimate goal of spiritual emergence and the renewal process? It has the same goal as that of the mystic way or of meditation: in Buddhist practice, it is called wisdom and compassion or love.” (pp. 68-69, in Spiritual Emergency, Christina and Stan Grof, eds.)

In the Tarot card of Judgement, we are shown a person who has successfully passed through the transmutation of an initiatory passage, generally experienced as world-shattering. The Traveler is being welcomed and received by elders who understand the process. The goal of the journey is a return, in fact, it is to become the World’s Beloved.

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
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Finally, in America you can still hear news of groups who have walled themselves off for a Second Coming and read about persons who hoped to fan the flames of hatred in hopes of bringing creativity by destroying. America has already lived through its own Bible-inspired literalization of The Coming of the Lord. Lincoln, more than anyone, grasped this about what the nation faced after the war. Here’s what a post-Apocalyptic American Dream sounds like:

…Neither party expected for the war the magnitude or the duration which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with, or even before, the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes his aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces; but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered–that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has his own purposes. “Woe unto the world because of offenses! for it must needs be that offenses come; but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.” If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through his appointed time, he now wills to remove, and that he gives to both North and South this terrible war, as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to him? Fondly do we hope–fervently do we pray–that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away…

THE FATHER GOD OF WAR IS A TIN MAN

What we face now is similar to how the Six Nations in their Great Law of Peace and the reforms of Handsome Lake became discerning about prayers to God the Controller. In the Western tradition, the Controller is often indicated by the term, Omnipotent. The most recent pre-Christian omnipotent god was the Roman Jupiter. What made Jupiter the Father of all was his absolute power to do as he pleased in the Heavens, on Earth, in the oceans, and in the Underworld.

It is worthwhile to remember how Alchemists assigned to Jupiter the element of tin. Tin offers symbolic language to describe the worth contained in a particular self/world view. Like alchemists, we can use Jupiter’s metal to recognize qualities that are to be in service to the Gold of the Philosophers. Jupiter’s element has its value and serves best when will-power is devoted to service to the whole.

However, omnipotent and private will that claims power over all, boasts of knowledge of all things, demands worship or else, is the style of a tin man and his followers. This kind of being in the world is, male or female bully, tyrant, fascist, crime-boss, etc. This style can be recognized by demonizing, by weapons, technological powers, economic might, dominion over. Any Claimants to God-given Divine Right, aristocracy, or genetic superiority, hermetically seal-off their worlds.

Historically, wherever missionaries of this tin man go, in the shadows of worship hides a juggernaut of a warship.

In the line of reasoning I offer, omnipotence belongs to a self and world view that is unable to be transmuted because it is too brittle to change. For example, the arrival of a new moon that was captured by the hillsphere of the Earth and the discovery of a lifeform that can exist without oxygen, both force us to review of all of our sacred texts regarding lunar wisdom as well as our understanding of life.

Chronic failure to steward our understanding in light of new information becomes parasitic when it comes to leadership. John E. Mack called this kind of stubbornness to new facts leadership, ontological tyranny and wrote of it:

We rarely stop to think that what we have come to accept as real may be determined by individuals and groups whose point of view in a culture at a give time seem authoritative, or who have the power to impose upon the rest of the society their methods and criteria for perceiving and defining reality. [In The Politics of Ontology, 1992]

Jupiter in the Tarocchi
Source:
https://research.britishmuseum.org/

Melville, in Moby Dick, noted the Christian troubles with tin in his reflections on the whiteness of the whale:


But not yet have we solved the incantation of this whiteness, and learned why it appeals with such power to the soul; and more strange and far more portentous- why, as we have seen, it is at once the most meaning symbol of spiritual things, nay, the very veil of the Christian’s Deity; and yet should be as it is, the intensifying agent in things the most appalling to mankind.

I my song, What Heaven Taught, I offer a perspective of deep regret of moral injury. Perhaps, we could imagine how it would feel to learn that the noble cause for which we died was not as noble as we were led to believe:

I felt the Word set fire of the Spirit in my heart
Boldly mocked the crossroads, so certain of my part.
I did not see it coming, I guess that I went blind
Until I lay broken in a deathbed of my pride

When you run headlong toward the guns
with the Truth burning in your veins
for you children, for the Kingdom, for the Union, for the slaves
the lesson of your dyin’ is hollow at the Gate
The Keepers ask your soul what Heaven taught of hate?

The lesson of your dyin’, Ain’t it hollow at the Gate?

The participatory world view invites believers to become temperate about use of adjectives like; Sovereign, Almighty, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnibenevolent, Highest. Scientific materialists are invited to be temperate about use of nouns like natural resources, mineral rights, private property, natural laws.

Like alchemists, we are invited to separate the tin out of the gold, to let our images of God, evolve. The partial view pretending to be whole has seen its days here.

Here are four examples of stepping away from the tin god: In Kripal’s Mutants and Mystics. He writes:

That Other, however, is not simply alien, foreign and scary, but also by definition, what one is not. Hence, if the seeker or hero is spiritually mature (that is, neither a true believer or a righteous patriot), the Other can also complete one, function as one’s own, always relative and limiting lifeworld. (p.31)

David Spengler has a wonderful essay that offers the term, holarchy, as a way to discern any partial concept of hierarchy that presents itself as whole. He defines holarchy and distinguishes it from hierarchy this way:

Holarchy is the system—or the attitude—that allows information, love, caring, and creative energy to flow between levels of a system without regard for rank or position…In a holarchy, there is no “higher” or “lower.” There is difference and the creative value that such difference can provide. In a hierarchy, the structure itself imposes clear rules on communication and evaluation; information flows in a regularized way up and down a chain of command. A hierarchy imposes order. In a holarchy, order and integration are co-created in the moment at the boundaries between people; rules are often made up in the moment based on the conditions and requirements of the unique relationships that are present at the time. It can appear chaotic, though in fact it is not. Negotiation and openness rather than position provide organizing factors. [from A Vision of Holarchy]

Maison Dieu
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The anonymous author of the book, Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism, warned:

…anyone who preaches the pure and simple omnipotence of God sows seeds of athiesm for the future. For he makes God responsible for wars, concentration camps, and physical and psychic epidemics from which mankind has suffered and will suffer again.

And sooner or later one arrives at the conclusion that God does not exist because his omnipotence does not manifest where it should without doubt manifest. The contemporary Marxist-communist movement, has, truth to tell, no other argument for the non-existence of God than this lack of direct intervention by the all-powerful divinity…(discerning between a reign of love as opposed to a reign of omnipotence pure and simple)…it was not omnipotence that was at stake, but rather love.

Thus, it is dangerous to preach the omnipotence of God–and then to leave his sheep to extricate themselves from the inner conflicts that experience will sooner or later lead to. The petition of the Lord’s Prayer; “they will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” when well understood, guards us from making divine impotence a stake of faith. It teaches that divine will is not done on earth as it is in heaven, and that it is necessary for the human will to pray for it, i.e. to unite with it…it is not a unilateral act of divine impotence, but rather, an act resulting in the union of two wills — namely, divine will and human will.

Thomas Berry, in Dream of the Earth, made this distinction by calling to mind the difference between experiencing our universe as a collection of objects versus experiencing our universe as a communion of subjects.

POST-APOCALYPTIC-POST-GHOST-DANCE JESUSES

It was a great gift to psychologically untie my self-image/world image from the Christian cosmic battleground story. I assumed that the healing work was completed until I went to Standing Rock in 2016. While I was there helping move large portions of a mesquite tree, I unknowingly hurt my back. At first, I hardly noticed it. But through the night and the next day starting my drive home, I was overcome with back-spasms. They came in waves, a lot like what I observed as my wife labored with our children. It dawned on me that I was quite possibly in a sort of somatic man-labor, a back-labor.

Curiously, an aspect of those spasms was how they seemed hugely out of proportion to my initial injury. It felt like my own unconscious was tripling the energy involved. Luckily, I knew a friend with whom I felt safe enough to go into labor in her presence. I stayed at her place for 2 days until the waves ceased and then made my way slowly home to Cleveland.

It took me a year to heal from the injury. I found that there were metaphors all through my muscle tissue. My healing process included finding out the functions of the muscles involved at different stages and imagining images that would require use of the particular muscles. So, for example, early on, when I asked the massage therapist when the muscles she worked on were responsible for, she replied, standing, walking, and turning. The image that came to mind immediately was a labyrinth:

Labyrinth at Chartres, France
Source: Smithonianmag.org

For the next 6 months after, I authored by using the poetry of my body. In fact, through what began as psychosomatic labor pains came new understanding of the outdoor labyrinth. After nearly 800 years, an outdoor labyrinth represents a path that is a passageway to journey to the Holy Land that is all the Earth.

Outdoor Labyrinth
Crown Point Ecological Center
Source: WKSU.org

Next, as I considered the mesquite tree, I learned that it is the Tree of Life for the Apache as well as other tribes. There have been harsh seasons when only the fruit of the mesquite kept the people alive. It was a new understanding of the Tree of Life as my own spine that came out of my body through writing.

In Genesis, what gets Adam and Eve kicked out is the fear that they will eat of the Tree of Life and become immortals. The angel with the flaming sword who blocks entry to the Garden is stationed there to keep human beings away for the Tree. Since 1905, in the writing of William James, we have known that there is nothing blocking human beings from gnosis. Direct knowing within the flow of time, past, present and future, with enduring consciousness is the goal of a true education. In Varieties of Religious Experience:

Disregarding the over-beliefs, and confining ourselves to what is common and generic, we have in the fact that the conscious person is continuous with a wider self through which saving experiences come, a positive content of religious experience which, it seems to me, is literally and objectively true as far as it goes.

The further limits of our being plunge, it seems to me, into an altogether other dimension of existence from the sensible and merely “understandable” world. Name it the mystical region, or the supernatural region, whichever you choose. So far as our ideal impulses originate in this region (and most of them do originate in it, for we find them possessing us in a way for which we cannot articulately account), we belong to it in a more intimate sense than that in which we belong to the visible world, for we belong in the most intimate sense wherever our ideals belong.

Yet the unseen region in question is not merely ideal, for it produces effects in this world. When we commune with it, work is actually done upon our finite personality, for we are turned into new men, and consequences in the way of conduct follow in the natural world upon our regenerative change. (pp. 505-506)

At the tail-end of my recovery, I asked my chiropractor how he understood my journey of injury and healing. He said that the simple form of the journey was that my spine was twisted and I didn’t know it.

Birth of Venus (Simonetta Cattaneo)
by Botticelli
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There is an especially heart-rending and symbolic story of this intergenerational trauma of the flipped and twisted off Western mind. Botticelli, famous for his paintings, Birth of Venus and Spring, burned many of his other paintings in the Bonfire of the Vanities. This happened in his hometown of Florence on February 7, 1497. The artist was swept up in an End-times mentality preached by Savonarola. According to the Dominican friar, Florence would become the New Jerusalem.

Not only did Botticelli burn his paintings, but he also set aside his creativity. Sadly, the artist would die in grinding poverty, walking with crutches. It was because Birth of Venus and Spring were locked inside a castle outside of Florence that the two works survived. The model for both oeuvres was la Bella Simonetta. Botticelli had been so inspired by her beauty that he asked to be buried at her feet. I think his Message was that Beauty is the Revelation.

Primavera by Botticelli
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The split of embodied life from eternity is common throughout the Christian centuries. Here is how it sounded when preached by Savonarola:

…We will go through this repetition so that those who have not heard [these things] in the past may understand and know that [this] renewal must certainly occur and soon. And may those who have heard it before and believe be confirmed this morning [in their belief]; may those who have not believed or do not believe be converted; and may those who will not believe, ever obstinate as they are, at least be left blankly confounded by the reasons we shall adduce.

In every creature, its creation is limited, both its being and its power; eternity has no limit or end, quia aeternitas est interminabilis vitae perpetua possessio. Time is not all joined together, while eternity is, because time is partly past, partly present, and partly future. But God, Who can do anything, is eternal and embraces all time because everything is present to Him; what has been and what is and what will be are always present to Him, and He sees and understands everything in the present.

Ignatius at Manresa by Rubens
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In 1522, Saint Ignatius of Loyala, founder of the Jesuit Order, was in Manresa and had the visionary experience below. This is from his autobiography, though he refers to himself as he:

It was while he was living at the hospital at Manresa that the following strange event took place. Very frequently on a clear moonlight night there appeared in the courtyard before him an [Pg 41]indistinct shape which he could not see clearly enough to tell what it was. Yet it appeared so symmetrical and beautiful that his soul was filled with pleasure and joy as he gazed at it. It had something of the form of a serpent with glittering eyes, and yet they were not eyes. He felt an indescribable joy steal over him at the sight of this object. The oftener he saw it, the greater was the consolation he derived from it, and when the vision left him, his soul was filled with sorrow and sadness.

To the best of my knowledge, which is open for new information should it arise — Western-educated souls need to know how all of our cultural institutions have twisted our awareness of direct spinal connection with wider, deeper, enduring consciousness. We carry still a flipped idea that our entire embodied life, past present and future, is completely severed from the altogether other dimension of existence from the sensible and merely “understandable” world, enduring consciousness and with the planet. In the de-colonizing work called, ethnoautobiography, the name for our twisted-off and flipped condition is normative dissociation. 

To heal the dissociation, we require a new mythological understanding of the ecliptic. I have been making the case in preparation for this moment in the reading to affirm that the very understanding we need already exists. It is not a big stretch now to dare to step into (Your Name Here)-Christ. It has already been integrated into evolutionary astrology. To untwist our original split, we can go backwards, recall a flip or two, to go forward.

MEETING FOR WISDOM AT THE BRIDGE

Gatherings to untwist and unflip in order to go forward are all around us. In the academic world, the gathering space is called, Ethical Space. This kind of “ritual-space-classroom” where the wisdom traditions of the world can share is defined by Marie Battiste as:

…the in-between space that connects Indigenous and Eurocentric knowledge systems…the space that is created when Indigenous and Western thought are brought together…It is not a merge or a clash, but a space that is new, electrifying, even contentious, but ultimately has the potential for an interchange or dialogue of the assumptions, values and interest each holds

Adding ethics to this space entertains our personal capacity and our integrity to stand up for our cherished notions of good, responsibility, and duty. (p. 105 in Decolonizing Education: Nurturing the Learning Spirit, 2013)

Her definition is a good place to begin. Working with her 2013 description, I have been forced to move beyond the borders because, in Ohio, Ethical Space soon includes Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, Yoruba, Dagara, Umbantu, Celtic, etc…informed persons who feel marginalized by the Indigenous/Western dichotomy.

My drawing below is the union of the red, black, white and yellow circle of the 4 Directions of the Medicine Wheel with the wholeness of a sweat lodge:

The 4 Directions represent many teachings: the cardinal directions of North, East, South, and West, the seasons of the year, the periods of a person’s lifetime and the 4 parts of the human being–mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual, are just a few of its lessons. Each Direction has its own wisdom, stories, dreams, songs, sacred plants, powers, weaknesses, friends, not-so-friends, and so on. Each Direction contains all of the other Directions within it.

There is also an understanding that comes when you spend lots of time outside. It’s that the Direction, Above, is included in the South and the Direction, Below, is in the North. This is true for the lands of the northern hemisphere where there are four seasons. In the Indigenous understanding, the Wheel is a sphere.

A traditional sweat lodge is imagined as a sphere with human beings sitting in the middle of all that is. The ‘dome’ above represents objective experiences of realities outside yourself. The ‘bowl’ below, which is imagined passing underground, represents subjective experiences of realities that you experience by becoming them. This is how Indigenous teachings describe the simultaneous both/and that Robert Bly called, two-fold consciousness, Jeffrey Kripal calls, human as two, and I call, Immanent Function.

The Medicine Wheel, the Four Directions, the Lodge and its architecture are descriptions of all of life and all that lives. They certainly are meant to be experienced in the sweat lodge itself, but more importantly, they are realities that are always present to us whether we are conscious of them or unconscious.

From our Western Hermetic tradition of Tarot, the image above looks like this:

The World in Tarot de Marseilles
Source: Creative Commons

TRAVELING FORWARD TOGETHER

See below an image of the ecliptic restored to Earth. This is a way to imagine what the goal looks like:

Those who conceived of the ecliptic did not know about our spherical planet’s bi-polar sovereignty. They were able to observe over centuries that the zodiac was moving in a motion called precession of the equinoxes. This realization is the experiential base to our Ages. This is why there was an Age of Aries that preceded our current Age of Pisces. This is the basis for now saying that we are moving into the Age of Aquarius. One entire cycle around all the signs of the zodiac is called, a Great Year. It lasts roughly 26,000 years.

So, using the idea that humanity psychologically projected incredible powers into the Celestial Rules of the Heavens, it’s now time to remember how those selfsame powers have always native to and mirrored by Earth and human beings.

Find below is a new star pattern that you can use over the next stretch of time. You are invited to lay the zodiac to rest for a bit. Let its measuring of time loosen. We all can take on the hard work of coming home to our own natures and Natures. This new star pattern indicates a now conscious projection of the 26000 year cycles traced above and below by the motions of the axial precession of our world’s poles. This is an invitation to a visual image to imagine seamless psychologically felt connection with past, present and future for millions of years. There are 2 halves meant to be put together like 2 sides of a coin. It is called, The Stolen Fruit.

The Stolen Fruit
Sidereal COEX Constellation
c. 2019 by F Christopher Reynolds

These are the 26,000 year circles of the North and South Poles. It is a reminder that we live in a bi-polar cosmos and that our lives require an imagination of time that can match our galactic Invitation.

The 26000 year cycle of North Pole
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Bi-polar Earth
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This is the sum of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity, with the (Your Name Here)-Christ thrown in, united together with a symbol of Indigenous wisdom. This is also the symbol I have been using as a way to describe our deepest potential:

Two motifs – self-image and world image- are companion pieces in the process of renewal. They share the same representative image: a mandala that is now to be imagined as a 4D hypershere turning like a gyroscope on its axis mundi. The process of renewal is to participate as consciously as possible with the work of this powerful planetary image symbolizing the psyche’s governing source.

When it occurs right in front of you, it sounds like this:

When I broke, my Spirit was pulled up and out of my body. I flew upward over the Tree and went straight into the inside of the middle of the sun. 

and this:

At the end of my first Sun Dance, I felt a seamless continuity between my being, the other people, and with the intricate varied beauty of the ecosystem, landscape, and sky. I felt proud to be a human being for the first time in my life.

Whether manifesting as flying above the Sacred Tree and into the center of the sun or feeling pride to be a member of the human species, or as countless other forms, recall how Forrest described evolutionary astrology:

Astrology recognizes only 2 absolutes: the irreducible mystery of life, and the uniqueness of each individual viewpoint on that mystery.

and

The sun is the secret of sanity.
The moon is the secret of happiness.

For the sun to be the secret of sanity, we truly embrace the gift of our birth into a unique viewpoint into the irreducible Mystery. When we allow for Joyce’s (Your Name Here)-Christ, our sanity belongs to participation in divinity that includes our Earth.

THE CAMINO TO THE HOLY LAND

For us to participate in this way:

as inheritors of the soul of Western culture in this way,

is to know that where we are living was, is, and always will be, a Holy Land. If there is a burden of Jerusalem and Israel, it’s that so many millions of persons have forgotten that the Holy Land is everywhere. Each bioregion is a living sacred text. unimaginably rare in the cosmos. This is one of the messages of Remebrance of the 1914 Christmas Truce:

For 4.3 billion years now, Earth has been Our Mother, the source and teacher of life. Imagined as Grandmother, she has modeled all the cherished virtues of humanity: integrity, generosity, wisdom, love, creativity, authenticity, healing, harmony, truth…no single human faith or ideology has any claim, text or ritual that entitles its followers to privilege. The virtues, like the Earth that spread before me, are possessed by no one – our entire planet belongs to all, not just human.

C. G. Jung complained that in the American unconscious, there is a dangerous drop of hundreds of feet. He was referring to the distance between everyday American consciousness and the Holy Land of the Indigenous ground.

A way to imagine Jung’s drop of hundreds of feet is to compare the experiential distance between minds that use the cardinal directions of a GPS:

And minds that seamlessly merge with the infinite depths of meaning that use a sweat lodge:

It is possible that a new giant I-amthe consumer-half-blind-to-abundance-in-songs-and-legends needs to drink a lot Apollo’s wine. Here we meet again with Joyce:

the End of the World, a twoheaded octopus in gillie’s kilts, busby and tartan filibegs, whirls through the murk, head over heels, in the form of the Three Legs of Man.

WALKING AWAY FROM THE ORIGINAL GROUND

Fortunately, we don’t have to make a death-leap downward to return to the home planet. It can be taken in flights, moving along a spiral. The forward and backward flips that hide in our forgotten intergenrational trauma appear to cancel each other out when their existence is understood.

Let this be the Ground:

When this is expressed as cultural art, it looks like this:

Source: Sedona.com

The first twist away from this Ground came with cultures who developed a priest or priestesshood who tracked the movements of the sun. Generally, those cultures also had a developed metals technology. For the Celts, for example, they were a people who had learned to forge iron. The iron advantage gave them great power over other cultures. The movement of the sun through the year looks like this:

Source: U of Mass, Amherst

The first twist comes now, when the direct North and South, shift to Northeast and Southwest. It is a form of an “X”. There is an example of this shift at Clava Cairns near the haunting battlefield of Culloden, Scotland.

Clava Cairns, Scotland
Source: Visitscotland.com

Clava Cairns is built over a more ancient sacred site. The alignment of Clava Cairns is the Northeast/Southwest pattern.

The next twist comes with the establishment of the ecliptic and the zodiac. Originally, the signs of the zodiac were derived from the seasons. That is why JVHV proclaims at Job: Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?

The next twist appears with a “flipped” orientation of an astrological birthchart.

This twist is going to continue going forward into Christianity. The 4 symbols of the Gospel writers: Matthew’s eagle (Scorpio), Mark’s lion (Leo), Luke’s bull (Taurus) , and John’s angel (Aquarius) twist our separation further:

The second buried flip is hidden within the 3 images above. It is a Mithraic/Christian flip. When the stars were imagined as points of light in a single dome/vault, it seemed miraculous that somehow the entire sky of eternity was moving. This realization was centered in Tarsus. It was the mythology of Mithras.

Mithras slays the Bull,
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The imagery of Mithras shows him slaying the bull of the constellation of Taurus, but the bull is flipped backwards. This is how Western mythological understanding first took in the reality that the constellations of the zodiac were moving sign by sign, completely around, every 26,000 years. Mithras was that Power higher than the Gods and Goddesses who moved the dome from above.

Before Mithras, a person’s birthchart was a fate not to be questioned. After Mithras, and what made him a Savior, was the idea that with his help, you could overcome what might be considered an astrologically bad birth. The theme of a Savior above the stars, more powerful than the sun, moon, planets and stars, was eventually taken over by Christianity.

That the Mithraic flip remains hidden to us inside Christian images. The actual constellation of Taurus, as we observe it at night, faces left. Look again at the now double-flipped Christian tetramorph of the 4 beings:

See how the Bull now faces right, an unacknowledged flip taken from Mithraism. This same awareness appears to have made its way into Tarot, now with the entire group of four flipped:

As the Christian monarchies traveled over the oceans, Earth orientation split from local directions, life, teachings, songs, dreams and lands — the Wheel abstracted further:



The Four Directions above, with their fleur-de-lys, are now expressions of expansion of colonial control. After the political revolutions, the Four Directions below became the navigational tool of a compass. For a person with this kind of compass or GPS, planet Earth no longer has any sacred references.

THE LABYRINTH’S PATH HOME TO HOLY LAND

Outdoor Labyrinth
Unity Spiritual Center of Westlake
Source: unityspiritualcenter.com

The twisting, flipping and splitting off of the primal world view’s Way of Orientation can be healed. It takes devotion and time. When you walk an outdoor labyrinth as a meditative path to return to the Earth as the Holy Land, it’s helpful to notice all the turns, the reverses, the times you come close to completion only to wind out away from the goal. There is also the walking outward from the center, the living with a circulation with the pulse of the planet. I call this practice:

Harmonize the Mind of Place.

Our work now is to re-align all our layers, all our times in order to deeply resonate with the sound and silence of life. Here are the layers, spiraling backward, unfolding, untwisting:




CHRIST DOWIE AND THE HARMONIAL PHILOSOPHY, YOU GOT THAT?

To bring this all home, I think Joyce’s reference to the harmonial philosophy indicates the Platonic roots of Hermeticism, the larger (harmonizing) whole within which astrology is a discipline along with alchemy and Tarot. Harmony and philosophy have had a long relationship with each other.

Flipped “X” of Ecliptic and Celestial Equator
At Grand Central Station, NYC
Source: Author’s photo

In the section of text where the “X” of the celestial equator and ecliptic are described, there is a series of ratios. Here is the text:


And he proceeded to divide after this manner:-First of all, he took away one part of the whole, and then he separated a second part which was double the first, and then he took away a third part which was half as much again as the second and three times as much as the first, and then he took a fourth part which was twice as much as the second, and a fifth part which was three times the third, and a sixth part which was eight times the first, and a seventh part which was twenty-seven times the first. After this he filled up the double intervals [i.e. between 1, 2, 4, 8] and the triple [i.e. between 1, 3, 9, 27] cutting off yet other portions from the mixture and placing them in the intervals, so that in each interval there were two kinds of means, the one exceeding and exceeded by equal parts of its extremes [as for example 1, 4/3, 2, in which the mean 4/3 is one-third of 1 more than 1, and one-third of 2 less than 2], the other being that kind of mean which exceeds and is exceeded by an equal number. Where there were intervals of 3/2 and of 4/3 and of 9/8, made by the connecting terms in the former intervals, he filled up all the intervals of 4/3 with the interval of 9/8, leaving a fraction over; and the interval which this fraction expressed was in the ratio of 256 to 243. 

The numbers in this text are descriptions of ratios between notes in the music of the time of the writing. This is the conceptual framework in support of the experience and idea of The Music of the Spheres. We are of a tradition that for 3000 years or so now, has invited us to hear the harmony of the truths of our life in this universe. Let Mazzaroth, then, remember its song is the music of the Garland of Earth. Our music, our songs, belong to the family of all the melodies of spacetime.

To bring the garland of the ecliptic and the celestial equator home, first, we are called to redress an error of our Ancestors. They assumed that there are literal objects in a literal vault of heaven that control the paths of the sun, moon, and planets. Plato’s “X” of the Maker is how it looks while standing on the northern hemisphere of the globe of our planet.

As Earth turns on its axis mundi, its wholeness includes our life-sustaining atmosphere. We are always turning, and seeing through the body of the atmosphere. We are always in the bi-polar, seasonal affected order of Earth.

Next, we can fully intuit how our atmosphere has much in common with ancient notions of the sacred masculine. Our sky holds space and protects the perimeters of all Earthly life through its own. Our sky literally holds space for life. Moreover, not only does our atmosphere hold space, it is also being revealed as a gravitational medium of communications.

C. G. Jung did not state it directly, but in his 1958 Flying Saucers : A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Skies, the modern myth we are witnessing is better named, Things Seen in the Atmosphere. In all the stories I have experienced personally, heard about or read about from others, the message that has been coming through the medium of our atmosphere is that we must do all we can to return to right relationship with each other and the planet. Jung noted this too, early on:

In the threatening situation of the world today, when people are beginning to see that everything is at stake, the projection-creating fantasy soars beyond the realm of earthly organizations and powers into the heavens, into interstellar space, where the rulers of human fate, the gods, once had their abode in the planets…. Even people who would never have thought that a religious problem could be a serious matter that concerned them personally are beginning to ask themselves fundamental questions. Under these circumstances it would not be at all surprising if those sections of the community who ask themselves nothing were visited by `visions,’ by a widespread myth seriously believed in by some and rejected as absurd by others.

We are called to harmonize the Music of the Spheres, the wisdom of the music of the Garland of Earth with the hearts of all we can hear in Indigenous wisdom — regardless of the people. All that exists has its song, its dream, its medicine, its wisdom, its teachings, its helpers and contraries. This is a language that all traditions share. It is a way of expression of states of consciousness that call us to full participation. Story, Song, Dream, Consciousness, and Silence, all offer ways to both embody and point to our full wholeness. Earth’s seasonal text is musical and it is resonant with the sound of our solar system, galaxy, and cosmos.

IT WORKS IF YOU WORK IT


Unlike Ulysses the Romanized Greek hero, Ulysses, the book, would never make it home after its war. James Joyce would never reconcile the Ireland he envisioned, the Ireland he was embodying, with the nation as it was during his lifetime. Though not officially banned in Ireland, if the book had been imported, there were fears that both the tome and its author would be officially banned and exiled. James Joyce, Nora Barnacle, and their son, George Joyce, are buried in Zurich, Switzerland:

James, Nora, and George’s resting place
Zurich, Switzerland

To end our walking and meeting as Christs on the road together, I leave these final hints. Personally, I’ve been approaching soul-life using the union of ecopsychology, evolutionary astrology, birthchart, zodiac, Hermeticism, alchemy, the 12 Steps of Recovery, our own Indigenous Western traditions, in symboisis with Indigenous wisdom. I think it is a more peaceful and gentle way to live with others with All Our Relatives.

As I stressed above, there exists a mental, emotional, physical, spiritual health, clear-minded embeddedness within planetary seasonal sacred text. Not only that, but here, at the end, I can attest that the music of our planet’s seasonal sacred songs harmonize with the solar, galactic and cosmological multiscient symphony. When we get the timing and the tuning right, we can see into and hear it all.

To be (Your Name Here)-Christ is a journey. Certainly, all who are born arrive with the potential to bring forth an awakened soul in relation to all that is. You are called to participate in your own educational process. In the 12 Steps of Recovery, they say, It only works when you work it. There is a similar saying in the Gospel of Thomas:

If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.

I hear this now as a Call to humanity as a whole. We have it in us to bring about the turning point into a World of Beauty and Rhythm.

The rest of this is to be sung as a finale:

You call me up by sunphone any old time. Bumboosers, save your stamps. (He shouts) Now then our glory song. All join heartily in the singing. Encore! (He sings)

The Turning Point of evolutionary transformation of human identity is now over a century old. Here is Sir Oliver Lodge with an update from his 1908, Man and the Universe:

A discovery once made by the human race is permanent: it fades no more and its influence grows from age to age. We are now beginning to realize a further step in the process of atonement. We are rising to the conviction that we are part of nature, and so, a part of God, that the whole creation — the One and the Many and All-One – is working together towards some great end: and that now, after ages of development, we have at last become conscious portions of the great scheme and can co-operate in it with knowledge and with joy. We are no aliens in a foreign universe governed by an outside God: we are parts of a developing whole, all enfolded in an embracing and interpenetrating love, of which we too, each to other, sometimes experience the joy too deep for words. And this strengthening vision, this sense of union with Divinity, thus, and not anything artificial or legal or commercial, is what science one day will tell us is the inner meaning of the Redemption of Man. (p. 234)

Consider now too how Ervin Laszlo’s 2017 Credo , reflects the growing edge of science (and consciousness) Lodge prophesied:

I am part of the world. The world is not outside of me, and I am not outside of the world. The world is in me, and I am in the world.

I am more than a skin-and-bone material organism: my body, and its cells and organs are manifestations of what is truly me: a self-sustaining, self-evolving dynamic system arising, persisting and developing in interaction with other such systems and with the world around me.

I am one of the highest, most evolved manifestations of the drive toward coherence and wholeness in the world. My essence is this cosmic drive. It is the same essence that is inherent in all the systems that arise and evolve in the universe.

There are no absolute boundaries and divisions among the systems that arise and evolve in the universe, only transition points where one set of relations yields prevalence to another. In me, in this self-maintaining and self-evolving coherence- and wholeness-oriented system, the relations that integrate the cells and organs of my body are prevalent. Beyond my body other relations gain prevalence: those that drive toward coherence and wholeness in humanity, nature, and throughout the universe.

The separate identity I attach to my fellow humans is a convenient convention to facilitate my interaction with them. My family and my community are just as much “me” as the cells and organs of my body. There are only gradients of intensity in the relations that distinguishing individuals from each other and from the world, no absolute divisions and boundaries. There are no “others” in the world: we are all dynamic, coherence and wholeness oriented systems in the world and we are part of the world and so part of each other.

Collaboration, not competition, is the royal road to the wholeness and coherence that hallmarks healthy systems in the world. Collaboration calls for trust, empathy and solidarity. Comprehension, conciliation, and forgiveness are not signs of weakness but signs of courage. Harming others, even under the banner of patriotism and national or corporate interest is a mistaken intention. I am part of whoever I harm, and so I harm myself.

“The good” for me, and for everyone in my world, is not the possession and accumulation of wealth. Wealth, whether in money or in a material resource, is but a means for maintaining myself in my environment. As exclusively mine, it commandeers a part of the resources that all living beings on the planet need to share if they are to live and thrive. Exclusive wealth is a threat to everyone in the community of life on the planet, and because I as well as the holders of wealth are part of this community, it is a threat to the wealthy, and to me.

A healthy person has pleasure in giving: it is a higher pleasure than having. I am healthy and whole when I value giving over having. The true measure of accomplishment and excellence is my readiness to give, whatever I can give without harming myself, my family and those in my care. A community that values giving over having is a community of healthy persons, thriving through solidarity and love. Sharing enhances the community, while possessing and accumulating creates demarcation, invites competition and fuels envy. The share-society is the norm for all communities of life on the planet; the have-society is an aberration.

Only life and its development have intrinsic value as ends in themselves. All other things have value only insofar as they add to or enhance life and its development. Material things, and the energies and substances they need or generate, have value only insofar they contribute to the development of life in the community of all beings on the planet.

I recognize my responsibility for evolving my consciousness, and through my example for helping the evolution of consciousness in others. We have been part of the aberration of human consciousness in the modern world, and we need to be part of the evolution that overcomes that aberration. Living and working toward this goal is my duty, as a conscious member of a conscious species in a conscious cosmos. I am part of the world. The world is not outside of me, and I am not outside of the world. The world is in me, and I am in the world.

In my own verse in this song, your Author and Host’s voice now joins in this Song:

With all your love and courage, choose to gather for the happiness of all beings. Participate in communion with the collective ecological conscious and unconscious. Know the awe that opens your human heart to the Mystery of life. May your intermingling be recognized by an ensouled, living atmosphere of warmth, love, surprise and humor that makes your life-cycles worth living in enduring planetary and interplanetary relationships. May synchronistic anomalous, synesthetic, paranormal, psychokinetic, miraculous, prophetic, numinous, aesthetic arrest experiences that are immanent to the transcendent occur in your midst.

THE GRAMOPHONE: Jerusalem! Open your gates and sing Hosanna…

(A rocket rushes up the sky and bursts. A white star falls from it, proclaiming the consummation of all things and second coming of Elijah. Along an infinite invisible tightrope taut from zenith to nadir the End of the World, a twoheaded octopus in gillie’s kilts, busby and tartan filibegs, whirls through the murk, head over heels, in the form of the Three Legs of Man.)

THE END OF THE WORLD: (with a Scotch accent) Wha’ll dance the keel row, the keel row, the keel row?

(Over the possing drift and choking breathcoughs, Elijah’s voice, harsh as a corncrake’s, jars on high. Perspiring in a loose lawn surplice with funnel sleeves he is seen, vergerfaced, above a rostrum about which the banner of old glory is draped. He thumps the parapet.)

ELIJAH: No yapping, if you please, in this booth. Jake Crane, Creole Sue, Dove Campbell, Abe Kirschner, do your coughing with your mouths shut. Say, I am operating all this trunk line. Boys, do it now. God’s time is 12.25. Tell mother you’ll be there. Rush your order and you play a slick ace. Join on right here. Book through to eternity junction, the nonstop run. Just one word more. Are you a god or a doggone clod? If the second advent came to Coney Island are we ready? Florry Christ, Stephen Christ, Zoe Christ, Bloom Christ, Kitty Christ, Lynch Christ, it’s up to you to sense that cosmic force. Have we cold feet about the cosmos? No. Be on the side of the angels. Be a prism. You have that something within, the higher self. You can rub shoulders with a Jesus, a Gautama, an Ingersoll. Are you all in this vibration? I say you are. You once nobble that, congregation, and a buck joyride to heaven becomes a back number. You got me? It’s a lifebrightener, sure. The hottest stuff ever was. It’s the whole pie with jam in. It’s just the cutest snappiest line out. It is immense, supersumptuous. It restores. It vibrates. I know and I am some vibrator. Joking apart and, getting down to bedrock, A. J.

Christ Dowie and the harmonial philosophy, have you got that? O. K. Seventyseven west sixtyninth street. Got me? That’s it. You call me up by sunphone any old time. Bumboosers, save your stamps. (He shouts) Now then our glory song. All join heartily in the singing. Encore! (He sings)… [Ulysses, 1922]

The Dreaming Gourd
Sidereal COEX constellation
by F Christopher Reynolds

Orphan Soul, ending

When you meet the Orphan Soul

Talk of your loved ones, from the young to the Invisible

Share this ritual, bless the humankind

With a Mysterious Heart

That is In Love with Time

Minds from All Times visit our time

Minds from all time, They are Visiting Our Time.

copyright 2020, F. Christopher Reynolds