Archive for March 29th, 2011

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April’s New Moon

March 29, 2011

 

Vulcan: a Moon God

Kozminsky Symbol for Vulcan at April’s New Moon

Aries 20:   A blacksmith hammering a piece of red-hot iron on an anvil.

Everyone knows about the Sabian Symbols, but only a few have knowledge of Kozminsky’s set of symbolic images associated to the 360 degrees of the zodiac.

Isidore Israel Kozminsky was born on 25th October 1870 into a Prussian Jewish family who had emigrated to Australia via London a few years before his birth. Kozminsky was a well-known Jewish occult and esoteric author, reputed to have been a leading member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. His works reveal a very broad knowledge of esoteric tradition and astrological knowledge. During his life Kozminsky wrote several valuable books on astrology and numerology.

In 1917 he published his work on the zodiac degrees in a book named ‘Zodiacal Symbology and its Planetary Power’; which is an invaluable tool for interpreting natal charts in greater depth. In this book, Kozminsky describes each degree of the zodiac in terms of its planetary vibration, symbol and interpretation. When ascendant, midheaven or planet has additional minutes of arc, he recommends that the interpretation for the next degree be applied; hence 17Leo14 is classed as 18 degrees Leo.

Kozminsky, along with his wife and two children moved from Australia to London around 1935, presumably because London had established itself as the centre of esoteric and occult tradition by that time and though Kozminsky had a doctorate in archaeology and owned a well established jewelry business it was esoteric tradition that became his lifelong passion. He died in London in 1940 aged 70.

Having survived two war time bombings he was knocked down an escalator on the London underground and sadly never recovered. His vast writings and deep understanding of esoteric tradition are his lasting legacy.

~ Cornerstone-Astrology

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Miller Time (I)

March 29, 2011

George Miller; lashed and splashed

Image Credit: Australia Greek Reporter

In the process of sorting my squirrel-hoard of magazines and images, I came across pages of a print interview that Australian film-director (Dr) George Miller gave back in 1995……

O the shock!  The horror!  I haz stuff squirreled from 1995?!?!  As if turning 50 wasn’t a jolt up the date…

One of the dangers inherent in sorting through hoards of paper with words and pictures on them, is the siren call to stop and read , slowing down the whole collating into new cachelets process ~ which is probably what happened back in 1995. (I dunno, I’m taking a wild guess here).

In 1995, when I was 34, I do know I was looking at the pages and images I had pulled out of magazines in the genre of Better Homes & Gardens, Home Beautiful, Your Garden and then there were the recipes.  I’d been pulling them since 1973 from the Family Circle, along with umpteen hundreds of craft articles.

Somewhere in here there is an intersection between OCD and a shamanic process of dreaming a future life into being.  Visionhoarding before vision boards became the flavour-du-jour in the New Age Candy Store.

Visionhoarding.

That’s my word in this context. If you use it, say you found it here or else I’ll send my squirrel. His name is Vito.

This early vision, a real Martyr Stewart deal, revolved around: Husband. House. Garden.  But I digress………..

George, if you are not a fan, was born in Chinchilla, Queensland to Greek parents. A chinchilla is another of nature’s cute little fuzzybutts; a crepuscular rodent, which sounds like something ya should put cream on, ya know…..

I’m just saying..

Image Credit: Routing by Rumor

Anyways, George’s parents were from Kythera and it was between the island of Kythera and Crete, that in 1900 the Antikythera Mechanism was found by sponge-divers.

That’s sponge-divers not Sponge Pants Bob…

The Antikythera Mechansim

Hmm....I have a Handy Home Tip that might clean this up

Image Credit: Archeology News Network

Now, you would think that Georgie would  have a lightbulb moment and make a movie about this crustaceous lump of antiquity, but no………he’s planning on making a futuristic version of the Odyssey with Brad Pitt.

George.  Siriusly. Your next bald-headed statue is  closer to home…………

Just in case George doesn’t read my blog, here’s a short film that has been made:

The Antikythera Mechanism in Lego

Maybe I’ll have to write the book so George can pay me squillions for the film-rights.

Yup.

Now that’s a vision!

“This device is just extraordinary, the only thing of its kind. The design is beautiful, the astronomy is exactly right. The way the mechanics are designed just makes your jaw drop. Whoever has done this has done it extremely carefully … in terms of historic and scarcity value, I have to regard this mechanism as being more valuable than the Mona Lisa.”

~ Professor Michael Edmunds, upon the most recent study of the Antikythera Mechanism.

Coming Soon to a Blog Near You: Miller Time (II)