Wednesday

I - The Star

I've heard people say that the Star over Bethlehem was a nova, that it could've been a nova.

"Nova", in Latin - mother tongue of the foreign occupiers of that town - means "new" or "strange". A nova is a sun that has shuffled off its mortal coil, a sun with the life squeezed out of it.

Others say the Christmas Star was a comet - a mighty ball of sludge and ice that starts to steam as it nears the sun. Comets have always foretold disasters - The Fall Of Jerusalem to the Romans, The Fall Of England to the Normans. The ancient Chinese too, I'm told, had high regard for the celestial doomsayers.

In fact, a comet, all reasonable people agree, was the gut-shot that doubled our Earth right over about 66 million years ago and allowed furry little meta-lizards to grow big, use tools, and dominate all. This catastrophe we have dubbed "The K-T Extinction Event".

The Romans though, who wrote everything down, including:
"Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and become popular. Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind. Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths. Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight had expired."
i.e.,...
"Et haec quidem humanis consiliis providebantur. mox petita dis piacula aditique Sibyllae libri, ex quibus supplicatum Vulcano et Cereri Proserpinaeque ac propitiata Iuno per matronas, primum in Capitolio, deinde apud proximum mare, unde hausta aqua templum et simulacrum deae perspersum est; et sellisternia ac pervigilia celebravere feminae quibus mariti erant. sed non ope humana, non largitionibus principis aut deum placamentis decedebat infamia quin iussum incendium crederetur. ergo abolendo rumori Nero subdidit reos et quaesitissimis poenis adfecit quos per flagitia invisos vulgus Christianos appellabat. auctor nominis eius Christus Tiberio imperitante per procuratorem Pontium Pilatum supplicio adfectus erat; repressaque in praesens exitiabilis superstitio rursum erumpebat, non modo per Iudaeam, originem eius mali, sed per urbem etiam quo cuncta undique atrocia aut pudenda confluunt celebranturque. igitur primum correpti qui fatebantur, deinde indicio eorum multitudo ingens haud proinde in crimine incendii quam odio humani generis convicti sunt. et pereuntibus addita ludibria, ut ferarum tergis contecti laniatu canum interirent, aut crucibus adfixi aut flammandi, atque ubi defecisset dies in usum nocturni luminis urerentur. hortos suos ei spectaculo Nero obtulerat et circense ludicrum edebat, habitu aurigae permixtus plebi vel curriculo insistens. unde quamquam adversus sontis et novissima exempla meritos miseratio oriebatur, tamquam non utilitate publica sed in saevitiam unius absumerentur."
... they do not make mention of a Great Comet in 4 B.C.

Some say the Star was a spaceship, looking down upon the young woman, who had been brought aboard some months before and - and she thought it was a dream - received inside her belly a Being who would have access to all its father's heavenly powers and walk the world in the form of a man - and give wisdom and explain what was important and what was not important.

That low slung star.

The evening star. The morning star.

Did the ancients know that the evening and morning stars were one and the same? That Lucifer The Light was Venus Goddess Of Love?

The fallen beloved brother of Christ. Oh, my sweet Lucifer! And the stinking pagan cauldron that is Venus, that is Aphrodite, that comes on the beach via shellfish. O God, keep them separate in my manly brains!

The Hell that Lucifer was cast into was lonely according to some, chock-a-block and smelling of burning bacon according to others. The Hell that Venus and her marbled uncles knew was utilitarian, necessary, cold, and gleaming with jewels.

When I arrived here, and I looked out and saw what was illuminated by the Star, I saw both of these Hells and many, many more, above and beneath them, before and behind them.

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