Today the lines are active, rebalancing the energies of the land. The frequencies are rising. Dark forces will be cast off the planet when we are sure we don´t want them anymore. We can still extend our desires, but it is important that we give all of them into God´s hands. Then we are free to move on and enjoy whatever enters our way.
The energy on the planet intensifies. That means a speeding up of time. The day lasts nowadays only 16 hours, (even clocks showing us the old result of 14hrs) in case you are wondering how it can pass so fast. Today´s lesson of ACIM says that forgiveness is the way to freedom. But we need the right context in order to be able to forgive. We need to see that this world is just a dream. We never left reality but felt into sleep.
St George’s Day. Interesting choice for a French election given the saint’s widespread patronage in areas I surmised in my Archaeology of Dragons presentation as being known for revolting peasants.
His experience with the dragon is covered in Pieces of Eight and the reasoning for and antiquity of is explored in Star.Ships.
This year, in an hagiographic version of “Where Are They Now?”, we look at what George did next. And that is, he went meddling in the prefect Dacian’s persecution of Christians.
He arrived in the town, shouting that all their gods were actually demons, and that only the God of Heaven was the true God. This is the sort of behaviour that tends to get one arrested and sure enough, George ends up in the clink.
It’s notable how typologically similar conversion stories are. George’s subsequent torture motifs look very Cyprian/Justina. If Cyprian represents the incorporation of the wisdom and magic of the pagan world into the new milieu, a Roman soldier may be a stand in for the same process happening to its military might.
In prison, George is dismembered -archetypally obvious- and has his limb wounds burned and salted. The next morning, after Christ visits him in the night, he’s put back together again.
Dacian hires a sorcerer to defeat him -a sorcerer who promises his own head if he fails. (Guess we’ve been bad at business dealings for quite some time.)
This sorcerer first attempts to poison his wine but George cures it by making the sign of the cross over it -just as Justina nullifies Cyprian’s dodgy ‘love’ magic with the sign of the cross. You’re getting a very clear battle of the symbols here. A stronger dose of poison is similarly nullified. At this point the sorcerer -Cyprian style- begs at George’s feet to be converted. I find the magical logic behind these conversions fascinating: this magic works better so I want it.
He gets beheaded, obviously. A deal is a deal. (Note to Rune Soup Premium Members: Clearly insufficient “more” in his statements.)
The next day, Dacian orders George to be tortured on yet another super-obvious symbol of the universe he clearly just has lying around, which is a great wheel covered in knives. It falls apart as George approaches it.
Then comes the Cyprianesque cauldron of molten lead. As George is lowered into it, he prays and the lead just swirls around him, leaving him untouched.
Dacian then decides to play Mr Nice Prefect: “George, my son. You see how long-suffering our gods are; they put up with your blasphemies so patiently yet are ready to forgive you if you consent to be converted. Give up your superstition, sacrifice to our gods, and win great honours from them and from ourselves.”
George decides to spring Dacian’s trap and agrees, as long as Dacian brings the whole city together to watch him parade up to the temple and to perform sacrifices and contrition. Dacian orders the population rounded up and the city garlanded. The next morning, George parades up to the temple, falls to his knees, and asks God to destroy it.
“Fire” comes down from heaven and destroys the temple in front of the whole city. The earth swallows up its ruins along with the pagan priesthood. (In The Golden Legend, “George” as a name comes from “earth” and “worker”. Also note that the temple and its priests are now in the underworld.)
But George isn’t done. When he is summoned before Dacian to be accused of murder and destruction, the prefect’s wife Alexandria is converted to Christianity in front of him. (On my way to steal your girl!) Dacian strings her up by her hair and tortures her to death -making Alexandria one of the few martyrs who didn’t receive baptism.
Dacian orders that, the next day, George is to be dragged through the streets and beheaded -because headlessness hasn’t yet featured enough- and indeed this does happen.
As Dacian is returning from the execution site to the palace, presumably remarking to his courtiers that it really was “quite the weekend”, more fire falls from heaven and kills him.
Happy Fear and Loathing in St George’s Day to you all.
POSTSCRIPT: It is useful to consider the definition of a Jungian archetype in this context as a story or motif that is infinitely dense. That is to say, your exploration of it will never exhaust it. George is and has several of these, which are interesting to consider in light of his appearances and roles in the subsequent 1800 years. By Gordon/Rune Soup Blog
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