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The Fourth Turning
The Fourth Turning
by William Strauss
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Winter came early this saeculum...., July 19 2004
This review is from: The Fourth Turning (Paperback)
Somehow I missed this book when it first came out- too much was happening in my personal life I guess. Yet, I'm glad that I waited until now to read it, for it serves to verify much that I came to discover on my own from both personal experience and from reading such diverse works as those of the Taoist Sages and Marcus Aurelius. For this is a book of Great Cycles, rooted in the ancient traditional concept of large and small recurrent cycles to human history, as well as to nature.
This book speaks of the Saeculum, to use the ancient term, the great cycles that stretch approximately the span of one long human life. There have been seven of these in the last 500 years of "modern" history. Each of these large cycles is divided into four parts, or "turnings." Think of them as generational seasons. And then each of these generational turnings is associated with one of the four classical human archetypes (prophet, nomad, hero, and artist.)
When you examine the individual Saeculi you realize that everything has happened before. Time is neither uniquely chaotic, nor is it linear. The same pattern of growth, maturation, entropy, and rebirth occur again and again. The historical documentation is exhaustive- this book serves the secondary function of being an excellent review of Anglo-American history.
It is more than that, though- it is a predictor of what to expect in the rapidly approaching winter or Fourth Turning. Of course, it now looks like winter came too early, for we are trying to cope with it using the techniques and tools of the Third Turning of unraveling and culture war. What we need are the elder statesman or prophets that have guided and inspired us through all our previous periods of crisis. We need our next generation of heroes to come of age. We need time for Merlin to find and teach Arthur. But first, we need the return of the Gray Champion to herald the age.
One other thing, before one becomes too comfortable with the idea that we've always come out of these cycles stronger than the one before, it is best to reflect that Fourth Turnings mean Total War- and we have nuclear devices and material in global abundance....
By the way, the excellent charts and tables make the concepts in the text very easy to rapidly digest.

Robocop 3
Robocop 3
DVD ~ Nancy Allen
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Knight in Shining Titanium, July 17 2004
This review is from: Robocop 3 (DVD)
This is the first time I remember the third film in a series being the absolute best. Maybe it is because this is the film where Robocop finally gets his priorities straight- as well as the rest of the Detroit PD. I always saw the character as more of a knight in shining armor than a cop, and here he comes across as all that. As a matter of fact, with his new flight pack he comes across as a shining avenging angel.
I especially enjoyed the scenes where the corporate managers of the OCP Corp (Offensive Capitalist Pigs) offed thenselves by jumping out of windows and shooting themselves. Too bad life doesn't follow art more often. After all, this film only slightly exagerates the attitude of multinational corporate managers towards the American people. They sold us out to their corporate masters....
There were scenes in this movie that I actually stood and cheered for, and other scenes that brought a lump to my throat. That doesn't happen very often to me these days. Then I notice who wrote the screenplay- the great Frank Miller ("Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" and "Sin City.") That explained everything.
I really loved this film.

Resumen de Metafisica Integral
Resumen de Metafisica Integral
by Frithjof Schuon
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Principia Metaphysica, July 17 2004
This is not an easy book to read, but on the other hand, it was not really written for the general reader. As the author points out, the majority of people are not metaphysicians or pneumatics. In fact, if you do not accept the basic epistemological premise that there are archetypical truths that are intuitively accessible to the Gnostic, then most of the book will make no sense to you. You must accept the existence of pure Intellect and the faculty of the immanent Spirit.
This volume is perhaps the best summation of Schuon's thought- and of the Sophia Perennis. It deals with the underlying nature of creation- from the Absolute to the Infinite, from Transcendence to Immanence. The inner esoteric core of religion is examined from the perspective of both the traditions of "God become man" (Christianity, Ramaism, Krishnaism, and Amidism) and "God as such" (Abrahamism, Mosaism, Islam, Platonism, and Vedantism.) Yet, it is made very clear that this isn't mere "comparative religion."
Schuon states that the artist brings the Divine into the world, the mystic reintegrates the world- his soul- into the Divine. In this volume the author shows that he is both artist and mystic, as well as, Philosopher in the highest sense of those terms.
This book reminded me of Guenon's _Symbolism of the Cross_ and _The Multiple States of Being_. Indeed, it was also originally published as two separate works. The current volume is divided into three parts: The World of Principles, The World of Tradition, and The World of the Soul.
There is one danger to reading such a book- it awakens you to just how trivial almost everything else you've ever read really is....

Conquest of Space
Conquest of Space
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Space Corps, the Great Wheel, and Mars, July 16 2004
This review is from: Conquest of Space (VHS Tape)
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of this remarkable film. If you were born before the start of the Space Age it is a real nostalgic blast from the past. If you were born later, then it gives you a window into the minds of the visionaries of space flight. Both Chesley Bonestell and Willey Ley were advisors on this project, so you know that both the visual design and the technical background must be first rate. In fact, it is absolutely amazing how non-dated much of the film is after all these years. Plus, you get that indefinable positive spirit from the Age of Optimism. This is the sort of film that fueled the dreams of many a young scientist and engineer.
A pleasant additional aspect is seeing all those great old familiar faces in the cast that would later go on to television fame: Eric Fleming in "Rawhide", William Hopper in "Perry Mason", Ross Martin in "Wild, Wild West", and even Vitto Scotti in "Laverne and Shirley."
As for this release of this film, the "Master Sharp imprint" makes this the sharpest, brightest, clearest version since the original theatrical release.

Ring Around The Sun
Ring Around The Sun
by Carroll & Graf Publishers
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worlds without end- human potential without limit, July 6 2004
This review is from: Ring Around The Sun (Paperback)
Jay Vickers was an ordinary man, or so he thought. All he wanted was to be left in peace to finish his next book. However, strange things started happening- from his discovery of a mouse that was not a mouse, to the visit of an old neighbor that was not a man. Or at least he was not an ordinary man. For as it turned out, neither was Jay Vickers.
This is the story of human mutation- the next step in the evolution of the species. What if mutants walked among us already? What if they were organized? What if they had unbelievable powers, such as the ability to cross between alternate worlds or dimensions at will, or to intuitively reach the absolutely correct answer by intuition or "hunch", or to telepathically reach out to the stars? Such supermen would automatically try to conquer lesser men, would they not? Or would they do everything in their power to free the rest of humanity from slavery and suffering? Just what would the political and corporate powers- that- be do to keep their power and their slaves? How would mutants undermine the power of these bosses to set mankind free?
This is a story of unlimited freedom, of worlds without end, ready for the taking. It is also the story of powerful, benevolent beings that exist only to help those who need that help. Simak sets this optimism off against the far-flung future- of 1987. This is a future of a lop-sided mechanical culture of technology that could provide creature comfort for a few, but not human justice or security for the many. It is a future of hate, and war, and worry. Nothing like the way the world really turned out....
Years ago when I first read this novel the uncanny "coincidences" with my own life gave me chills.
But then, there couldn't really be an underground of mutants working to free humanity... could there?

By Oak, Ash, & Thorn: Modern Celtic Shamanism
By Oak, Ash, & Thorn: Modern Celtic Shamanism
by D.J. Conway
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First you heal yourself, then you heal the World, July 3 2004
Speaking for myself, I found the true spirit of shamanism in this book. Conway succeeds in connecting it with Celtic culture. She understands the core essence of both subjects. Some readers seem to think that she intended some sort of archeological study of "true" Celtic shamanism. This was clearly not the intent, as is stated in both the introduction and in chapter two, "Shamanism: ancient and modern." She is trying to introduce people to the SPIRIT of shamanism, and in this she richly succeeds. You have to approach this book with an open mind- not unlike the guided visualizations that form an important part of the text.
The goal here is to try to heal modern man's almost total disconnect with the heart of nature- and with the deep archetypical powers. The author is correct in stating that we have cut down the World Tree and blown up the tunnel to the Underworld. This book is to identify and steer the sort of individuals who are born to sense and heal this soul-killing divide. It will point the way to the true teachers.
For a change Llewellyn assigned a first rate designer and artists to this book- the cover and interior illustrations and details add and do not detract from the whole. Of course, I may be biased here- the frontispiece is the sacred Oak....

Lord of Light & Shadow: The Many Faces of the God
Lord of Light & Shadow: The Many Faces of the God
by D.J. Conway
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars God/Goddess- balanced and blended in Man and Universe, July 3 2004
This is not a trivial, "new age", potboiler- it is a book of deep spirituality. Conway has succeeded in showing the proper, traditional interrelation of Goddess and God. Of course, she also points out the patriarchal distortion of the male and female roles in the mainstream Western religions, which no doubt explains the attacks she has drawn from both Fundamentalists and academics that reject the whole matriarchal/patriarchal approach to history. It should be noted that Joseph Campbell raised the same points about western distortion and imbalance in religion.
I cannot think of a better book for focusing on the natural balance of male-female energies in the universe. Conway shows that the true, original God was a complex deity, as opposed to the sterile, one-sided, authoritarian idol that was erected in his place. The original God is examined in all of his aspects: divine child, lover and consort, lord of creation, lord of the forest, hero and warrior, trickster, judge, lord of the waters, etc. The examination of his role as sacrificed savior (long before Christianity) is especially interesting. It is enlightening to find that the concept of double birth is symbolized in Dionysus. He who seeks and finds a true spiritual path is granted a second birth- or is "born again." These are not separate, distinct, non-overlapping aspects of different "gods", but are all aspects of the one. Indeed, it is shown that even in individual human beings, not only do we all contain these various aspects, but we also contain all the various aspects of God AND Goddess, for each person is fundamentally both male and female to some extent.
As for accusations of errors in the supplemental appendix', anyone can use a bad source now and then. Agrippa's three books are full of such errors, yet no one dismisses them. Just take a look at the excellent and extensive bibliography- Conway is a true scholar of understanding and depth.

Sea Wolf
Sea Wolf
by London Jack
Edition: Audio Cassette

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5.0 out of 5 stars So he wasn't Lucifer afterall...., July 2 2004
This review is from: Sea Wolf (Audio Cassette)
This is not a book that one easily forgets. True, you can read it as a simple adventure story of life on a turn-of-the-century seal-hunting schooner, but it is far more than this. It is essentially the story of Wolf Larson- and Wolf Larson is the entire mainstream of 19th and 20th century America in microcosm.
Larson is no simple brute. He is, rather, a complex brute. He is a master of men and a master of the seas- but that is ALL that he is. Larson is an intelligent, driven, ruthless master of industry (in this case, seal hunting.) He has succeeded through his own abilities, hard work, and talent- or so he would have you believe. Truth is, brutal backstabbing, deception, exploitation, and disregard for the law has played an equal measure in his rise and dominance. You see, Larson believes in the rule of the jungle. He believes in it so much that he is driven to prove that this is all there is to existence. He must always seek to degrade and destroy anyone who seeks to rise above this state. This is also why he must disregard the possibility of the existence of a human soul. Larson is an intelligent, hard-nosed materialist that simply cannot conceive of anything beyond a social Darwinist hell of survival of the fittest. And Wolf Larson must be the fittest of them all. As much as money means to Wolf, it is really power over other beings- men and animals that means the most to him. Without this power to sadistically degrade and dominate others, the money would have no meaning. Ultimately that explains why he has risen to command his own vessel at all costs- he is a control freak that MUST be in absolute, totalitarian command of his whole world. This is why he only mans his ship with the lowest, most bestial types of human being, and does everything in his power to make them worse- not unlike many modern corporations. This is also why the sudden presence of a higher sort of individual, with ideals that transcend mere survival and materialism are so totally threatening to him.
There are moments when one is almost tempted to sympathize with the Wolf as a champion of freedom- until you realize that in his sort of world his "freedom" means that everyone else must be a slave.
Ultimately, the Wolf meets the inevitable fate in a world ruled like the jungle. When he loses his sight and strength, the monsters that he has surrounded himself with turn on him. In the last measure there is nothing great about Larson after all, for in facing death he proves to be a petty, murdering, weakling that would rather take all those around him down with him. It seems that despite his grand pretensions, he was no Lucifer at all, but merely a sick, pathetic, sociopath incapable of making the leap into being truly human.

The Sea Wolf
The Sea Wolf
by Jack London
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars So he wasn't Lucifer afterall...., July 2 2004
This is not a book that one easily forgets. True, you can read it as a simple adventure story of life on a turn-of-the-century seal-hunting schooner, but it is far more than this. It is essentially the story of Wolf Larson- and Wolf Larson is the entire mainstream of 19th and 20th century America in microcosm.
Larson is no simple brute. He is, rather, a complex brute. He is a master of men and a master of the seas- but that is ALL that he is. Larson is an intelligent, driven, ruthless master of industry (in this case, seal hunting.) He has succeeded through his own abilities, hard work, and talent- or so he would have you believe. Truth is, brutal backstabbing, deception, exploitation, and disregard for the law has played an equal measure in his rise and dominance. You see, Larson believes in the rule of the jungle. He believes in it so much that he is driven to prove that this is all there is to existence. He must always seek to degrade and destroy anyone who seeks to rise above this state. This is also why he must disregard the possibility of the existence of a human soul. Larson is an intelligent, hard-nosed materialist that simply cannot conceive of anything beyond a social Darwinist hell of survival of the fittest. And Wolf Larson must be the fittest of them all. As much as money means to Wolf, it is really power over other beings- men and animals that means the most to him. Without this power to sadistically degrade and dominate others, the money would have no meaning. Ultimately that explains why he has risen to command his own vessel at all costs- he is a control freak that MUST be in absolute, totalitarian command of his whole world. This is why he only mans his ship with the lowest, most bestial types of human being, and does everything in his power to make them worse- not unlike many modern corporations. This is also why the sudden presence of a higher sort of individual, with ideals that transcend mere survival and materialism are so totally threatening to him.
There are moments when one is almost tempted to sympathize with the Wolf as a champion of freedom- until you realize that in his sort of world, his "freedom" means that everyone else must be a slave.
Ultimately, the Wolf meets the inevitable fate in a world ruled like the jungle. When he loses his sight and strength, the monsters that he has surrounded himself with turn on him. In the last measure there is nothing great about Larson after all, for in facing death he proves to be a petty, murdering, weakling that would rather take all those around him down with him. It seems that despite his grand pretensions, he was no Lucifer at all, but merely a sick, pathetic, sociopath incapable of making the leap into being truly human.

Dr Strange [Import]
Dr Strange [Import]
VHS

5.0 out of 5 stars In the Name of Riel, Scourge of Demons!, June 30 2004
This review is from: Dr Strange [Import] (VHS Tape)
There is a barrier that separates the known from the unknown. Beyond this threshold lies a battleground, where forces of Good and Evil are in eternal conflict. The fate of mankind hangs in the balance and awaits the outcome.
In every age and time, some of us are called to join the battle.
This is the story of Dr. Stephan Strange, a man in middle years who suddenly discovers the great mystery of his own life, and of all life. He comes face-to-face with the Ancient One, Master of the Hermetic Arts- Sorcerer Supreme. He is told that he has been chosen to be the next bearer of this mantle, the next champion of Light. Yet he cannot accept it. To change his mind it takes exposure to the nemesis of Light, Morgan- who is Kali, who is Lillith, who is Ishtar.... Only then does Stephen accept his destiny- and the sacrifice of the mortal pleasures of ignorance, progeny, and an easy death. The only thing he doesn't sacrifice is Love, for that is the very fabric of the Universe itself- the Universe that he now serves.
Based on the Marvel Comics series, this film will probably disappoint some purists. There is no mention of Tibet, or the accident that cost Dr. Strange the use of his hands (in the comics he was a surgeon, here he is a psychologist), and the Ancient One is a westerner (John Mills) and lives in New York. However, the spirit of the original is definitely here. I saw this on television in the late 70's and never forgot it. A measure of how good it is, is the fact that it was released on video even though it was a made-for-TV pilot for a series that never materialized.

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