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  Week of February 23rd - March 1st,  2001

Romance of the Road

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   Driving all over the country, I am reminded of two of the pagan gods, Zeus and Hermes. Zeus was the protector of strangers. This makes sound astrological sense, as Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Zeus, is a lucky planet associated with morality, religion, and long journeys. It was an act of sacrilege, an affront to Zeus if you will, to harm anyone who came under his protection. Zeus was the most powerful of the gods, and one didn't want to be struck down by his judgement. The whole point of returning, week after week, to these immortal gods is because they represented the last bastion wherein the astrological energies where bound together in a single, comprehensive philosophy. Whatever people already know about these ancient myths represents astrological tenets in disguise. With the advent of the Age of Pisces, all the gods were homogenized into one powerful all-father, which, by the way, is also the translation of the word 'Zeus'. Zeus was seen by the Greeks as the father of gods and men, and every time they mentioned his name, calling on him as 'Father', they were in effect saying 'Our Father in Heaven.' The names have been changed to protect the innocent.

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   While the Roman roads which connected the Empire and bound it to Rome were not the super six lane highways that we are familiar with today, they are, nevertheless the modern equivalent of these pagan paths. The difference was that theirs lasted much longer. But if we return to the attributes of Hermes, or Mercury in his contemporary guise, we find ourselves examining the powers of thought and the mind, the single organ which has been most developed and venerated by our species. It is what our educational systems exclusively focus on, and what books, papers and speeches extol. Is it any wonder that the attributes of Hermes were the most complex and varied of any in the Greek pantheon? He was a deity of wealth, the god of trade and travelers, of commerce, manual skill, oratory and eloquence, of thieves, and the wind, to mention a few. Through new breeding techniques, he figured out how to increase stock in the animal world, etc. And in returning to our road and highway theme, small markers can still be seen in his guise as guide to the underworld, as we pass silent crosses bearing testimony to those who have died on the way, each one marking the doorway to an entire lifetime.

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