I love opinionated non-PC people. This blog is to vent my opinions on life, the universe and everything. Which is 42 which in gematria is "My Heart" (LBY) according to Rabbi Abulafia. The Divine Heart is the centre of everything.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Mystery of the Black Madonna

A recent article entitled the "Mystery of the Black Madonna" speculates on the origin and meaning of the numerous Black Madonnas found in Europe. Those who read my blogs would know that this mystery is connected to the mystery of the feminine dark waters and the dark mirror that is the Matronita. She has no light of her own but is the immaculate mirror that reflects perfectly the Glory of God back to God as mentioned in the Book of Wisdom. She is the mystery of the Dark Night discussed by St John of the Cross. It is also Our Lady symbolised as the moon (who has no light of its own) that reflects the light of the Divine Sun.

It is obvious that in the early Church the first Christians of Jewish origin understood the mystery of the Virgin Mary connected with the Well of Miriam and the dark waters of creation connected to the idea of the night. This was represented in artistic form with the Black Madonnas. They also knew that the beliefs about the famous Goddesses of pagan times had elements or sparks of the truth in them, these were then returned to their source in the mystery of the Dark Lady and cleansed of any perversions so that the people could honour Our Lady in purity of understanding.

The concept of the soul being cleansed, purified, healed and restored through the dark night of the soul is found in St John of the Cross and Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (see Likutey Moharan 74:B). This dark night is referred to with Marian -tabernacle language alluding to the soul dwelling in the dark waters of the womb of the Mother. One cannot see in this dark Light but in fact one is protected and surrounded by the Mother who is experienced as darkness and night. Rebbe Nachman refers us to the verse in Isaiah (26:9)"My soul longs for You in the night" and links it with the verse in Genesis (1:5)"And the darkness He called Night". Rabbi Kramer writes: "...Rashi on this verse [Isaiah 26:9] call's this the soul's exile. When trapped in the "dark night of the nefesh [soul]", healing comes through seeking God and yearning for his closeness. Thus in the context of our lesson, the verse reads: "My nefesh longs for You[despite my being]in the night[of judgement and affliction]."

This darkness is also associated by Rebbe Nachman with the blind eyes of Isaac who in the Jewish mystical tradition is associated with din (judgement). Din is associated with the female and Rebbe Nachman alludes to Isaac's mother Sarah. Sarah is seen as the Mother or Shekhinah in her role of constricted judgements. In the Jewish devotion of the Divine Face the eyes are associated with the Sefirot of Din (judgement/ justice) and Chesed (lovingkindness/ mercy). Rabbi Kramer writes: "...In his later years, Yitzach [Isaac]was blind. He is thus said to be enveloped in darkness...On account of his blindness, Yitzach, the aspect of judgements, is associated with darkness. This verse which Rebbe Nachman cites from Genesis [1:5 "the darkness He called Night"] shows that darkness is synonymous with "night", when one's vision is limited and it is difficult for him to see his way. Darkness/ night/ Yitzach/ judgements are thus associated with constricted consciousness, in which it is likewise difficult to see one's spiritual way..."

Thus the darkness that envelops Isaac is the dark Presence or waters of the protecting Womb of the Mother (Shekhinah/ Female). This dark light is called "Zohar". In Jewish tradition Zohar is also another name for Miriam. The darkness that enveloped Golgotha and the earth at the crucifixion was this maternal love and presence of Our Lady (manifesting from Eternity)holding her son in her spiritual womb in this darkest moment of deep mystical night. In Catholic tradition and art the binding and sacrifice of Isaac is also seen as a type of the crucifixion and the sacrifice of the Mass.

Pope Benedict XVI also associated the sacrifice of Isaac and the crucifixion with the divine comedy or laughter (see Behold the Lamb). Rebbe Nachman also alludes to the laughter (TzChoK) of Isaac (Yitzach) and its connection with the darkness and the night of judgements and affliction. The mystery of the use of the Divine Name Elohim in the Akeidah (Binding of Isaac)is associated with the laughter. Rebbe Nachman teaches in Likutey Moharan :"...YiTzChaK corresponds to judgement,the aspect of Elohim, as it is written (Genesis 21:6) "Elohim has brought me TzChoK (laughter)." For Yitzach was born to Sarah, who corresponds to Malkhut (Kingdom)as Rashi explains: She was named SaRaH sheh'SaRah (since she ruled) over the entire world (Genesis 17:5 based on Berakhot 13a). And Kingdom is judgement, as in: The judgement of the Kingdom is judgement(dina d'malkhuta dina)(Gittin10b)..."

Rebbe Nachman alludes to Sarah as Shekhinah (the female associated Malkhut) here as the Ark of the Covenant Sovereign of all the earth (Joshua 3:11) discussed in the Zohar as the Elleh (Elah/Goddess). The mystery of the darkness also alludes to the darkness of the Holy of Holies enveloping the Ark of the Covenant and the darkness in the interior of the Ark where the middle box (arc)made of acacia wood is called Gulgalta (Skull).

When one studies the Kabbalah and the pagan religions in the light of the truths of Catholicism, it reveals how the whole of history was preparing for the revelation of the mysteries of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. One then elevates the sparks of truth hidden even in the pagan religions back to the side of Light.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Great White Bird

My mother

My mother died in 2005. She began to write down some of her life story in the last year of her life for a book on her family. I also saw this huge white bird from my bedroom window fly from our house to a tree and then fly off again down the hill. I never shared this with any one until I read my mother's account.

My brother Dean with my sister Tamara the year he was killed in a car accident

My Mother's Account 

"...Religion – My greatest love of all is the study of the Word of God, to find the great eternal truths embodied within the inspired pages of the Bible; the understanding of the great struggle between good and evil and the ultimate end of all things as ordained by God. The understanding of the forces that direct the world powers that are bent on destroying truth and light from out of our world and substituting a world of darkness and slavery in their place. How frightening and terrible are the events coming on our world, yet how wonderful is the ultimate triumph of our Lord. The glorious future for the Sons of God in a world made perfect. How exciting is life, how exciting is life after death.

This just about sums up a rough outline of some of the events of my life. It has been a life of tragedy and sorrow – a life of great joys and highs, of bitterness and despair of unparalleled happiness and joy. Let life roll on and I look with anticipation of tomorrow – God willing.

The Story of the Strange White Bird

Most people have at least one “other world” experience in their lives. This story of the Great White Bird is one such.

When my son, Dean died my 5th son Adam and I were sitting at the end of the long passage that acted as a bedroom for a lot of the children. As we looked out of the window at the other part of the house that ran at an angle from where we were, we saw a strange little white bird land on the guttering of what we called the “new” part of the house.

First he stared intently at us with very piercing eyes then he started to dance up and down along the gutter, all the while peering intently at Adam and myself. As we watched in fascination he suddenly swooped off the roof straight towards us, but the strange thing was that it was no longer a little dove-like bird but a huge white bird with about a six foot wide wing span. It seemed to be coming straight for us, but suddenly turned and flew back to what we called the Angel bush. Then back it came and flew into a tree at the end of the house.

Adam and I raced outside looking in the tree but could see nothing, the huge bird was totally gone. When my nephew came home from work - he was boarding with us at that time – he said as he was coming up the drive he saw a white bird flying away from the house. Both myself and my son were shaken up by this strange phenomenon but in some peculiar fashion it was very comforting.

Years later at Dumbleyung, late one night, when my husband and I had gone out the back of the hotel to have a few drinks with the publican and some friends one of the men, a great big regular aussie bloke suddenly seemed to feel impelled to tell this unusual story about when his father was dying. According to him his father was seriously ill in the Wagin Hospital and as he was dying of cancer, was heavily drugged. He kept telling his family of this strange, huge white bird that kept coming to him in his dreams. The father was convinced that the bird was coming from heaven.

After the father died - one day or rather near dusk one day the son went up to one of his top paddocks on his farm and on getting out of his vehicle (it was now almost dark) and walking a bit away from the vehicle he suddenly saw a large circle of light all around him. Startled he looked up and saw a great white bird hovering over him. He recognized it at once as the Great White heavenly bird of his fathers dream – terror swept over him and he fled to his ute, jumped in and took off for home – totally rattled by this strange unearthly experience. I never told him of my similar experience, but I knew immediately as he told his tale that it was the very same great white bird that had visited us after my son’s death.

They say truth is stranger than fiction – this was a case in point."

My mother wrote this in early 2005 as part of a longer story about her life that she was doing in preparation for the Bartram Family Book that Tamara and I were working on at the time. She died on September 24 2005 in my and my sister Tamara's arms. The huge white bird I saw looked like a pelican or stork (I think) and I have never seen before or since such a bird where we lived in the Hills of Perth. The bird was pure white with no other colours. I was 9 years old at the time of this event.

After posting this I found references to death and the white bird- see http://www.horrormasters.com/Text/a2806.pdf and also see Devonshire_Characters

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Pedro Regis and the Pole Shift

Those who have been following the prophecies of the Jewish Catholic Brazilian visionary, Pedro Regis, have noticed that Our Lady is predicting a magnetic Pole shift. A recent article (February 4) has claimed that the recent super storms are part of this pole shift. The article on Salem News website begins: "Superstorms can also cause certain societies, cultures or whole countries to collapse. Others may go to war with each other." Since the superstorms began we have seen the Muslim countries such as Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan and Albania erupt with violence.

The article continues: "NASA has been warning about it…scientific papers have been written about it…geologists have seen its traces in rock strata and ice core samples… Now "it" is here: an unstoppable magnetic pole shift that has sped up and is causing life-threatening havoc with the world's weather. Forget about global warming—man-made or natural—what drives planetary weather patterns is the climate and what drives the climate is the sun's magnetosphere and its electromagnetic interaction with a planet's own magnetic field.

When the field shifts, when it fluctuates, when it goes into flux and begins to become unstable anything can happen. And what normally happens is that all hell breaks loose. Magnetic polar shifts have occurred many times in Earth's history. It's happening again now to every planet in the solar system including Earth. The magnetic field drives weather to a significant degree and when that field starts migrating superstorms start erupting."

The article then goes on to state that the superstorms have arrived:"The first evidence we have that the dangerous superstorm cycle has started is the devastating series of storms that pounded the UK during late 2010. On the heels of the lashing the British Isles sustained, monster storms began to lash North America. The latest superstorm—as of this writing—is a monster over the U.S. that stretched across 2,000 miles affecting more than 150 million people."

The article also mentions the recent events in Queensland. Some readers of Pedro Regis believe now that the reference to "the land of the Queen" refers to Queensland in Australia rather than to England. The Salem-News article states: "Yet even as that storm wreaked havoc across the Western, Southern, Midwestern and Northeastern states, another superstorm broke out in the Pacific and closed in on Australia. The southern continent had already dealt with the disaster of historic superstorm flooding from rains that dropped as much as several feet in a matter of hours. Tens of thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed. After the deluge tiger sharks were spotted swimming between houses in what was once a quiet suburban neighborhood.

Shocked authorities now numbly concede that much of the water may never dissipate and have wearily resigned themselves to the possibility that region will now contain a new inland sea. But then only a handful of weeks later another superstorm—the megamonster cyclone Yasi—struck northeastern Australia. The damage it left in its wake is being called by rescue workers a war zone. The incredible superstorm packed winds near 190mph. Although labeled as a category-5 cyclone, it was theoretically a category-6. The reason for that is storms with winds of 155mph are considered category-5, yet Yasi was almost 22 percent stronger than that."
This article written by Terrence Aym was first found in a fuller form on the science website called Helium.

In this fuller article he also speaks about the wobble. "...One of the most stunning signs of the approaching Ice Age is what's happened to the world's precessional wobble. The Earth's wobble has stopped. As explained in the geology and space science website earthchangesmedia.com, "The Chandler wobble was first discovered back in 1891 by Seth Carlo Chandler an American astronomer. The effect causes the Earth's poles to move in an irregular circle of 3 to 15 meters in diameter in an oscillation. The Earth's Wobble has a 7-year cycle which produces two extremes, a small spiraling wobble circle and a large spiraling wobble circle, about 3.5 years apart.

"The Earth was in October 2005 moving into the small spiraling circle (the MIN phase of the wobble), which should have slowly unfolded during 2006 and the first few months of 2007. (Each spiraling circle takes about 14 months). But suddenly at the beginning of November 2005, the track of the location of the spin axis veered at a very sharp right angle to its circling motion. "The track of the spin axis began to slow down and by about January 8, 2006, it ceased nearly all relative motion on the x and y coordinates which are used to define the daily changing location of the spin axis."..."
I don't know if the stopping of the wobble means the advent of an Ice Age but it certainly means something major is happening to the earth's axis and weather as predicted to Pedro Regis by Our Lady.

Once again it seems that this Brazilian of Jewish Catholic ancestry seems to be truly receiving messages from Our Lady. Many are also taking the prophecies of the African Protestant Dr Owuor who prophesied the recent events in Queensland six months before when he was in Queensland in July/August in 2010 seriously. He also predicts two huge earthquakes and Tsunamis for Tasmania and Western Australia. Dr Owuor for years has been saying that these chastisements are coming because of the corruption, sins, false teachings and modernism of the Bishops, priests and pastors of the Christian Churches. Many of us have known for years the pitiful state of the Catholic church in Queensland where many have half-joked "Does the Catholic Faith still exist in Queensland?". No doubt things would have been worse in Brisbane if a chapel of Perpetual Adoration had not been reestablished recently. Perth was recently spared being hit by Cyclone Bianca no doubt due to its Perpetual Adoration chapels.

Also see Dr Owuor prophecy of the mud in Australia.

Also see Pedro Regis and the Future and The Land of the Queen and Is Pedro Regis Jewish?

Note: Dr Owuor has had a number of mystical visions of the opening of the heavenly doors or gates where he perceives events about manifestations of Glory of the coming of the Lamb and of the wedding feast of the Lamb and the purification of the Church. He interprets these visions according to his Protestant theology about the Rapture whereas Catholics would see that his visions on this would seem to allude to the Eucharistic reign and coming of Jesus which is represented by the Lamb that was Slain in the visions of the Book of Revelation. Catholics know that while a visionary may receive genuine messages from Heaven, the visionary can misinterpret certain aspects of those visions.

Friday, February 04, 2011

1000 year reign of Peace

The Catholic Catechism states: "The Antichrist's deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgement. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism, especially the 'intrinsically perverse' political form of a secular messianism." Many have misunderstood what the church is saying in regard to the millenium. Obviously the church cannot contradict Scripture which states that there will be a 1000 year reign of Peace in which the fulfilment of the Lord's Prayer will occur that the Divine Will shall be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Many Catholics, getting confused about what this means, make statements which contradicts the Fathers of the Church. The Church forbids millennialism but what does this mean? It is the idea that Jesus or a Messiah figure or system will come and reign in physical form over a physical earthly kingdom during History. Catholics believe that it is only at the end of history and time that Jesus will return in a bodily form and usher in the World to come in Eternity. This does not mean that there wont be a 1000 year reign or era of Peace ushered in by a spiritual coming of Jesus to reign in and transform hearts through the Eucharist within history. The Fathers call this spiritual coming where Jesus reigns from Heaven in human hearts and minds through the Eucharist and the Holy Spirit- the Hidden or Intermediate Coming. Some refer to this as the Second Coming. St Cyril of Jerusalem mentions this Hidden Coming as does St Bernard of Clairvaux who also calls it the intermediate Coming. St Bernard states " We know that there are three comings of the Lord. The third lies between the other two. It is invisible, while the other two are visible... The intermediate coming is the Hidden one...".

There are some different opinions about what the first resurrection means. Many Catholics believe that this refers to the spiritual resurrection of the soul mentioned in Romans and other places. Others believe it does refer to a bodily resurrection but only of the 144,000 martyred priests who then reign in Heaven with Jesus and Mary in their resurrected bodies. What is forbidden for a Catholic -is to believe that this resurrection of saints means they reign with Jesus in bodily form on the earth in their resurrected bodies during the era of Peace. While they may reign through the Holy Spirit and the Eucharist in hearts over the earth from Heaven they will not do so in bodily form on the earth.

While most Catholics see the figure of 1000 as symbolic or allegorical; a literal belief of a 1000 year Sabbath Rest in History is also acceptable as long as it does not include a belief in resurrected bodies dwelling on earth indulging in carnal delights and feasts. St Augustine also allows such a belief while preferring a different interpretation himself. "And this opinion would not be objectionable, if it were believed that the joys of the saints, in that Sabbath, shall be spiritual, and consequent on the presence of God..."

This Hidden Coming is the one Our Lord referred to as Coming like a thief in the Night. A thief in the Night is not seen clearly. The Final Coming is as clear as Day. The coming like a thief in the night happens at the time of transition between the 5th age of the church of Sardis (from the reign of Charles V till the Great Monarch) and the 6th age of the Church of Philadelphia (Sabbath Era of Peace) as mentioned in Revelation 3:3 (this is also referred to in 1 Thessalonians 5:2-4; Matthew 24:43-44; Luke 12:39-40; 1 Peter 3:10). The Final Coming happens at the end of the Church Age of Laodicea at the end of the world (see Revelation 21).

For a more detailed look at this topic see "The Splendor of Creation" by Father Joseph Ianuzzi.