God of War and Death Coming Close to our Blue
Planet Earth in 2003
At 5:51 a.m. EDT on Aug. 27, 2003, Mars will be
within 34,646,488 miles (55,746,199 kilometers) of Earth. This will be the
closest that Mars has come to our planet in about 73,000 years, based on
detailed computations by Jean Meeus of Belgium
The month of March was named after him.
Mars, unlike his Greek counterpart, Ares, was more
widely worshipped than any of the other Roman gods, probably because his sons
Romulus and Remus were said to have founded Rome; the Romans called themselves
sons of Mars. As the consort of Rhea Sylvia and father of Romulus and Remus,
Mars was considered the father of the Roman people.
The Face of Mars has changed to the Face of the
Great Buddha, who looks down from Mars now. We are looking at the profound
changes in the world due to Buddha, Zarathustra and Christ. Global consciousness
grasps something different in the approach of Mars now. Who can forget the Ides
ofMarch, that significant moment when
the Roman Empire and our current Roman Empire, The U.S... pivoted on the Ides of
Beware the Ides of March!
"Said of a warning or impending misfortune and made
popular in William Shakespearse's play Julius Caesar. A soothsayer tells Caesar
who is already on his way to the Senate (and his death), "Beware the ides of
March." Caesar replies, "He is a dreamer, let us leave him. Pass." The Roman
ruler, Julius Caesar, was assassinated on the Ides of March - March 15, 44
According to Plutarch's account of the story
written in 75 A.C.E, the unidentified soothsayer was a Roman astrologer by the
name of Spurinna. It was reportedly sometime prior to the fateful day of March
15 that Spurinna had first given Caesar the famous warning to "beware of the
Ides of March." The astrologer, Spurinna, had previously warned Caesar that on
the Ides of March, he would be in great danger. If, however, Julius Caesar took
care on that one day - then all would be well.
According to Plutarch, Caesar had previously made
the wise decision to stay within the safety of his bedroom chambers on the 15th
of March. However, Caesar's "friend" Decimus (Albinus) Brutus (not Marcus
Brutus) managed to convince him that the astrologer's warnings were nothing more
than superstitious foolishness. So Julius Caesar decided to attend the Senate on
the 15th of March. On his way to the Senate, Caesar "accidentally" met up with
the astrologer, Spurinna. Caesar then told the astrologer "The Ides of March are
come." Spurinna answered, "Yes, they are come, but they are not past." Later
that day - on March 15, 44 B.C.E - Caesar's enemies assassinated him in the
Pompey theater, at the foot of Pompey's statue, where the Roman Senate was
meeting that day in the temple of Venus.
Et tu Brute
"Thou, too, Brutus!" Julius
Caesar's exclamation when he saw that his old friend, Marcus Brutus (85-42 BC),
was one of his assassins. "Does my old friend raise his hand against
What Are the Ides?
In the ancient Roman
calendar, each of the 12 months had an "ides." In March, May, July and October,
the ides fell on the 15th day. In every other month, the ides fell on the 13th.
The day always fell eight days after the Nones. The word "ides" was derived from
the Latin "to divide." The ides were originally meant to mark the full moon -
but since the solar calendar months and lunar months were of different lengths,
the ides quickly lost their original intent and purpose."
The number of stab wounds in Caesar were estimated
between 23 and 33 wounds and the Speech of Marc Antony comes to mind regarding
all these current Political fools. But beyond the idea of actually Impreaching
George Bush for foolhardiness and risking America we should consider the
incredible efforts of thinking that have gone into this enormous approach from
Mars into the psyche of Mankind. We are dominated by the Psyche of Old Mars
thoughts in the War Machine of Mankind and New Mars thoughts as per my essay on
Thoreau and Buddha's Steering of the Mars forces in the Devachan. We see just
how deeply the approach of Mars is stirring up events. It is here where we
should be bigger, bigger souls and say, look we got this guy Saddam fenced in.
If he sneezes we will know about it. But that means we are bigger souls to say,
now we won't strike even though the Bush Presidency is tilting on it. Who do we
follow Buddha or Bush?
Xena as well?
"Caesar awakens to find Callisto in his room and
she has a proposition for him. At Callisto's request, Caesar places a huge price
on Xena's head. Hearing of this, Xena decides to go to Rome and settle her feud
with Caesar by killing him. She leaves Gabrielle and Amarice (Jennifer Sky)
behind in fear of the visions she has had of her and Gabrielle being crucified
in Rome. As Xena pursues her destiny, Gabrielle and Amarice visit Eli (Tim
Omundson), who is teaching his peaceful ways in Greece. However, all three are
captured by Brutus (David Franklin) and taken to Rome. Brutus expresses his
dislike for arresting Gabrielle, but promises her that no harm will come to her.
He tells her that Caesar needs her to insure that Xena will not kill him.
When Xena arrives in Rome and makes an attempt on
Caesar's life, she is surprised to find Callisto. Callisto tells Xena that
Caesar is about to declare himself emperor, and that Gabrielle is in Roman
hands. Xena tracks down Brutus and warns him that on the Ides of March, Caesar
will drop any pretence of wanting to establish a democracy and will "remove"
anyone that stands in his way. She tells him that Caesar will transfer him to
Gaul, and then arrange for his death. Brutus does not believe her, but he tells
Xena where she can find Gabrielle.
Callisto knows of Xena's fateful visions and offers
her the chance to ensure that they do not come true. In order to avoid her
death, Xena must stop her warrior ways and become a messenger of peace. Xena
refuses her offer and rides on. Meanwhile, Brutus is troubled by Caesar's plan
to execute Gabrielle, in spite of his former promise that she would be safe.
When Caesar offers him command of Gaul, Brutus realizes that Xena's predictions
about Caesar appear to be coming true.
Xena helps Gabrielle and their friends break out of
prison, but as they escape, Callisto throws the chakram into Xena's back,
shattering her spine and breaking the weapon in two. Xena falls and Gabrielle
turns back to help her. To protect her friend, Gabrielle strays from the path of
nonviolence and fights valiantly, but both are captured. As Xena and Gabrielle
make their peace with each other, Brutus plots with the other Senators to kill
the power-hungry Caesar. Brutus and the senate succeed in assassinating Caeser,
and Xena and Gabrielle are crucified. Callisto's mission is a failure and she is
summoned back by her master. As Xena and Gabrielle's spirits rise heavenward,
Eli comforts a grieving Amarice"