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INSIDE — here are some of the articles featured in the current issue of Pathfinder.
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Editorial: Close to Midnight?, pg 2

More about the Cover, pg 2

Glimpsing a Unicorn, pg 3

Griffins: Guardians of Treasures, pg 3

Featured Articles2

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Editorial: The minute hand of the Midnight Clock is sweeping faster. How. . .
Close to Midnight?
© 2017 by Rose A. Jenkins. All rights reserved.
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I withheld my take on the November 2016 election as I wanted to let the man elected by minority rule of the Electoral College [1] set the tone and stage first (which would have been after the publish date of the Jan/Feb 2017 issue).

[1] The Electoral College is a relic of colonialism, where there existed slave holders and slaves. It was created to (allegedly) balance the power of the less populated states with the more populous ones. Two hundred plus years and counting, it should finally be abandoned. It is time, in my view, to return to a Parlimentary system, where a truer representation of the People's Will may be found. Though not perfect, certainly, it doesn't provide a potential shunt to derail the Popular Vote like the American system does.

So far, two pieces of positive news have emerged from this new administration:

1) The TPP – trade agreement which would have essentially given soverignty to foreign governments is (apparently) dead; 2) Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. was tapped to overlook vaccine safety. (RFK has been a stringent critic of vaccine safety for a long time). But what else is in the offing?

Deliver us from Evil . . .
What America will descend to (barring a Cosmic intervention) under the pirate gang's banner is not something most conscious, enlightened people would want to contemplate.

The scope of the unfolding and accelerating tumble of America (and the world) into the abyss will stun those who voted with their fear-based lower chakras and/or those who couldn't find the motivation to vote at all. – Some sources say that less than 50 perc. voted, others than almost 60 perc. voted in that election, but not all of those voted for a presidential candidate from the major parties. Of the 60 perc. who voted, only about 25 perc. voted for the winning candidate. Is that enough to warrant the roll back of EPA safety measures, voiding the social and safety net, more sabre rattling and increasing military presence, putting an oil man (!) in charge of our "foreign affairs," ramping up the destruction of the drinking water of the nation (like ramming through the Dakota pipeline), etc?

Peering into the Pit
Lack of voter participation was understandable, as Machine Democrats elbowed out Bernie Sanders, who would have made Positive Change ("A Change [future] we can believe in") the change that the majority of people were thirsting for, in favor of the Queen of the Status Quo (and, according to various leaks, an exponent of the cabal).

Hillary's operatives did play dirty tricks and found ways to prevent Independent voters from casting their votes for Bernie during some of the primaries, for example. (Thirst for power brings out the worst in most people.)

For the record, Hillary was pro-TPP, pro-pipeline, a Goldman-Sachs-Kissinger protege, a "Goldwater-girl," and so on. She brought blood-soaked baggage into the presidential race through her active promotion of deadly conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Central and in S. America, performed during her term as Secretary of State (often in exchange for huge "donations" to the Clinton Foundation). Even before those dark deeds, there were others that occurred during the Clinton terms that were spiritually bankrupt. Yet, according to the people who voted, she was the "lesser of two evils," and as we know, won the popular vote.

Cut to the Chase
Now, though, we have an arrogant, toxic narcissist, a "T. Rex," with a microscopic attention span in charge of America (and America's military arsenal).

The people's misery is ceaseless, anxiety and fear have increased exponentially; nations eye each other with ever more suspicion; and other leaders begin to make their own displays of power-grabbing – either financial and/or military – as scientists demonstrate in front of the "Midnight Clock," [2] with the minute hand sweeping closer and closer to midnight.
[2] In 1947 (and afterwards), many nuclear scientists became disenchanted with the path that military governments of America and Russia were taking,with frequent nuclear bomb testing, etc., and came up with the idea of the Midnight or Doomsday Clock, and the world doom it represented, initially set at two minutes to "doomsday." – Since then, there have been several moves towards and away from "midnight," which if struck, all would not be well. . .

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Joan w/sword and Light of Grace


WAS there a Divine hand in this?
Though great changes were needed to correct the embedded corruption and glaring inequalities in America, is the battle many decent people are facing for basic survival evidence of that Hand? Or is the current popular uproar symptomatic of a mass realization that we can't leave corporatists and militarists in charge of our fates? Hopefully.

For those who say that "things have to get worse before they get better," I say: things have gotten so horrible, that I have to wonder if the Patient (American Democracy) isn't already dead. . .

Some of the situations revealing the extent of our damaged democracy –

< Voters disenfranchised, recounts voided, votes (and voters) trashed

< forced expulsions and breakup of families, idiotic walls separating neighboring nations

< un-news that fails to inform or report useful truths, or reveal who the corporate/cabal criminals are, along with the extent of their crimes

< cabals and cartels that show no sign of being reined in (despite the Trump promise: "I'll drain the swamp,") but are being untethered. . .

Folks, we cannot let the rise of new "laissez-faire" capitalism destroy in a few days (!) what it has taken decades of effort by those of Good Will to achieve!

Back to the "Midnight Clock"
The climate and the World itself – its lands, waters, and air you and I depend upon – is being systematically attacked. NOT by divine hands – but by Infernal, demonic forces working to destroy what God and the Manifestation co- created. The fabric of Life, its precious creatures and protectors, has been savagely, deliberately shredded by the vaulting egotism of science-in- the-name-of-profit, power-grabbers- usurpers- militarists, leading to ever more destructive weapons of war, synthetic life and sneering disregard for God's Good Creation. The connections between us – altered through modulated, microwaved patterns of dissonance, discontent, malice, fear, hatred and loathing try to push us farther apart – making it more difficult for many to fathom what has happened: A coup! – A takeover.

Misuse of Power
The current pattern that dark beings are still trying to incite, infuse and insert into our nation's DNA is one of a towering, sinful, misuse of power at all levels, from Wall Street, to Government and elsewhere. The Will of the People has been violated – terribly, horribly – again (as it was in 2000, 2004).

Resistance on all fronts. . .
Despite these dire and monstrous situations, there are those who are aware of this and are doing everything they possibly can to re- harmonize, re- integrate and re- form what has been damaged, degraded or destroyed. Let us give thanks for these heroic acts of Good Will!

The Way of Prevention/ Discernment
For myself, I prefer the Way of Prevention, i.e., Discerning what is harmful and actively avoiding it, or taking measures that minimize harm, ever mindful of Beauty, the Creation, the Manifestation and the Love it represents. Let us, then, move more deeply into those waters purified by our soul's prayers, divinely inspired intentions, and Good Will actions that attest to best within us and True Pattern for our evolvement. [Except no substitute!] May it be so!


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  More About the Mar/Apr 2017 Cover
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Artist unknown. Background by Rose A. Jenkins (Some modification of the main image.)

Comment:
As I was going through some of my books and odds and ends during a clean-up frenzy, I found a few shreds of a book of art. Although I had intended to use another piece of art for the Mar/Apr 2017 cover, I happened to glance at this lonely Unicorn, in the bleakness before day, and thought it would make a good cover, representing my feelings at the present time. We can look at this image as a darkening sky at sunset or a bleak sunrise. I'm grateful to the artist, regardless. [See related story: Glimpse of a Unikcorn, next story],

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Unicorn by the river at dawn

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In honor of Easter's message . .
Glimpsing a Unicorn. . .

Material obtained from various sites. Noted. Excerpts reprinted as "fair use." Abridged. Some modification; condensed. Edited for brevity, clarity, and/or flow. Editor's comments, etc., in square brackets. References omitted for space. Editor's note: In my comment on this issue's cover [see above], the Unicorn, nudged its way into my field of vision. I glimpsed its marvels and felt inspired to include this additional information on the Unicorn for Pathfinder Readers.    Top
Unicorns signify * innocence * purity * beauty * grace * healing * transformation

Symbolism of the Unicorn
© 2017 Universe of Symbolism. All Rights Reserved.

From universeof symbolism. com/unicorn- symbolism .html. Condensed and edited for flow.

Beguiling in its beauty, a magical being – master of transformation benevolently gives us the power to believe anything is possible . . . The Unicorn opens up infinite possibilities that surround you and are available to you at all times, though many times we cannot see that possibilities abound, or even exist. The Unicorn gives us the "eyes to see" those possibilities, and the wisdom to take advantage of them.

Spiritually
If you summon the power of the Unicorn, the Unicorn will give you the blessings to be a success in whatever you choose to pursue.
Unicorn gifts
Shifting between the visible and the invisible worlds u Bestows wisdom and the ability to manifest what is imagined u Summons up dreams u Facilitates in calling upon the Universe for all answers.

Spirit animal qualities
[ ] Transmutation (passing through boundaries) [ ] Spiritual sight (to see past all illusions, until the truth is revealed).
Deep mysteries surround the Unicorn, veiled in the misty glow of the forest. Her energy beckons you, telepathically she communicates to you – an invitation to explore the true meaning of your life, transcendent illumination; a glimpse at your destiny awaits when the Unicorn appears for you. . .

Ancient myth and lore of the Unicorn speaks of innocence, purity, grace and mystical healing powers. To touch or be touched by the horn of the Unicorn can bring total and complete healing. The healing of the Unicorn brings everything in mind, body and soul into renewed, perfect balance. . . . Where you find a boundary in your life, there is where the Unicorn appears in symbols all around you. The Unicorn gives you a choice: To ride the winds of miraculous possibilities, or stay [mired] in the realm of your own fears and limitations.

Unicorn . . .
[ ] [Challenges] you to going beyond your limitations and fears

[ ]Tests you with riddles and puzzles to challenge your mind where illusions are created, to go beyond them, to continue on your path

[ ] Uses illusion to offer a choice to those who desire to shed the old, and embrace a new world where fear itself, becomes the illusion    Top

When you are going about your day, and something "symbolically" catches your eye, and you understand its meaning, it is because Unicorn symbolism is speaking to you! Unicorn "takes the form of symbolic messages to guide you along the path of your desired destiny! Spotting a Unicorn is like catching a falling star. . . it's so magical it whisks you off to another land in the twinkling of an eye.


History of Unicorn Symbolism
livingartsoriginals.com/meaning-unicorn.html


The unicorn is one of a very few mythological creatures that are considered to be beneficial in almost all traditions. The Unicorn is universally beautiful, mysterious and difficult to capture or tame. Although modern unicorns are depicted simply as horses with a single horn, traditional Unicorns also possessed a billy goat's beard, a lion's tail and cloven hooves.

Unicorns have a place in Greek mythology, Chinese traditions, in the art of the Indus Valley and India. Greek writers including Pliny the Elder and Aristotle mention the unicorn in their writings [Ed's: Unicorns are mentioned in the King James version of the Bible, though other versions typically translate the reference of the "one horn" Unicorn using "wild ox," or "rhinoceros." For myself, I prefer the poetry of the King James version. Biblical quotes included at the end.]

The Unicorn became a religious symbol in the art of the Middle Ages. The original tale was that a beautiful maiden – representing the Virgin Mary – managed to trap a Unicorn, whereupon [it] became tame and lay its head in her lap.

As the legend grew through reinterpretation, the Unicorn was viewed as the Christ or Incarnation and the death of a Unicorn as the Passion of Christ. This allowed a pagan symbol to become highly esteemed within the church. In fact, a grouping or herd of Unicorns is called a "blessing" of Unicorns.

Unicorns are also prominent in heraldic symbolism, usually with a spiral horn, sometimes of red and black. In heraldry, Unicorns are often shown with a collar and a broken chain, indicating that they have freed themselves from bondage and cannot be taken again.

. . .The magical powers of Unicorns are also legendary. Unicorn horns are said to be harder than diamonds and to be able to neutralize poisons. Unicorn tears can heal both physical wounds and sorrows of the heart.

A person with the ability to see a Unicorn may have a wish granted as a reward. Unicorns are often reputed to have the ability to fly. Some Unicorns are believed to be able to speak to all kinds of other creatures.

In modern literature, the lure and mystery of Unicorns remains [e.g., in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling]. . . The ongoing body of literature associated with Unicorns and the powers attributed to them will undoubtedly continue to add to their value as symbols of freedom, healing and beauty. . .

Biblical quotes (King James version) include:

"God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn."—Numbers 24:8

"His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth."—Deuteronomy 33:17

"Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib? Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee? Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him? Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?"—Job 39:9-12
"But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of the unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil."—Psalm 92:10    Top

Homage to the. . .

Griffin: Guardian of Treasures
[Also: Gryphon, Griffon]    Top

Griffins symbolize * the sun * wisdom * vengeance and protection* strength * salvation

Material obtained from various sites. Excerpts reprinted as "fair use." Abridged. Condensed. Edited for brevity, clarity, and/or flow. Editor's comments, etc., in square brackets. References omitted. Note: Readers may have noticed the frequent inclusion of the Griffin as "page art" in Pathfinder pages. For Harry Potter fans: Harry's House at Hogwarts was the House of Gryffindor. Image found at yahoo.com /images. Many thanks to the artist who composited this intriguing version of the Griffin.


King of Heaven and Earth
Excerpted from Suzetta Tucker's "The Bestiary," obtained from thanasis.com/griffin.htm.

The griffin is a mythical creature with the face, beak, talons and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. At times, it is portrayed with a long snake-like tail. In some traditions, only the female has wings. Its nests are made of gold and its eggs resemble agates. Pliny believed griffins came from Northern Russia; Aeschylus thought they originated in Ethiopia; and Bullfinch wrote that their native country was India. In its body, the griffin is blessed with the speed, flight, and penetrating vision of the eagle and the strength, courage, and majesty of the lion.

Symbolically. . .
[The] griffin combines the qualities of both the lion and the eagle. It is the king of birds and lord of the air united with the king of beasts and lord of the earth.

The griffin's dual nature led it to be associated with Jesus Christ, God and man, king of heaven and earth. The eagle half of the griffin signified Christ's divinity and the lion half represented His humanity. Because no one could block the path of a griffin, this creature was especially associated with that passage in the Gospel which records Christ's marvelous passage through the crowd at Nazareth who were determined to throw Him off a cliff. [Luke 4:28-30] . . .

Legend The griffin's ability to soar like an eagle made him an emblem of poetic and spiritual inspiration. The eagle parts of the griffin represented the saints with their thoughts, aspirations, and souls lifted towards God. Its lion half stood for their courage in the arena and in the continuing struggle against sin, evil, and [Satan]. As emblems of the saints, griffins are sometimes pictured eating fruit picked from the Tree of Life. [See Rev 2:7]    Top
Griffin, Guardian of Treasures – lion and eagle

Historically . . .
Both Persians and Assyrians decorated with images of this magical beast. Images of two griffins drinking from a flaming cup were common in the Persian religion, Zorastrianism. Later, the Crusaders, coming across this image, would be reminded of the Eucharist and the cup of fire became associated with the Holy Grail. . . . Because of the griffin's strength and powers of sight, it was believed to guard hidden treasures and hide them in their nests with their young. . . . Other treasures guarded by griffins were the Tree of Life, knowledge, and the roads to salvation. Greeks and Romans used griffin images to guard tombs [to keep plunders away]

The Griffin (Gryphon)
From Thomas Bullfinch's, "Age of Fable," mythological site.

. . . Their instinct led them to know where buried treasures lay, and they did their best to keep plunderers at a distance, [where they dwelt among and fought with the one-eyed Scythian tribe, the Arimaspians]. . .

From Hans Biedermann's, "Dictionary of Symbolism"

In Greece the griffin was a symbol of vigilant strength; Apollo rode one, and griffins guarded the gold of the Hyperboreans of the far north. The griffin was also an embodiment of Nemesis, the Goddess of Retribution, and turned her wheel of fortune. . . . The creature later became (from Dante onward) a symbol of the dual nature – divine and human – of Jesus Christ, because of its mastery of earth and sky [and] Christ's Ascension came to be associated with the griffin. The creature appeared frequently in the applied arts (tapestries, goldsmiths) as in heraldry. In the latter domain, Boeckler (1688) offered the following interpretation: "Griffins are portrayed with a lion's body, an eagle's head, long ears, and an eagle's claws, to indicate that one must combine intelligence and strength."    Top

 

 
   
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