the golden bough: keeping the show on the road

Its the Antiques Roadshow up on Cripple Creek.The Golden Bough, the first king, sexless in suburbia and watch out for those in-laws.The comparison of today’s Royal family with Elizabeth I and James I are not that far-fetched as the current nuptials seek to avoid a crisis of monarchy that could see Charles as a repeat performance of James I, son of Mary Queen of Scots.

Hitchens:Together, Margaret and Charles set the tone for the dowdy, feckless, can’t-stay-married shower of titled descendants with whose names, let alone doings, it is near-impossible to keep up. There are so many of them! And things always have to be found for them to do. Read More: image:

Christopher Hitchens:For Prince William at least it was decided on the day of his birth what he should do: Find a presentable wife, father a male heir (and preferably a male “spare” as well), and keep the show on the road. By yet another exercise of that notorious “magic,” it is now doubly and triply important that he does this simple thing right, because only his supposed charisma can save the country from what monarchists dread and republicans ought to hope for: King Charles III. (Monarchy, you see, is a hereditary disease that can only be cured by fresh outbreaks of itself.)Read More:


---A limited-edition beer containing herbal viagra to mark the forthcoming royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29th. Brewed using various well known aphrodisiacs, the limited edition artisanal beer will only be available to buy from the website. According to the specially commissioned label, the Royal Virility Performance contains: herbal viagra (???), chocolate, Goat Weed and ‘a healthy dose of sarcasm’. The beer is a 7.5% ABV India Pale Ale and has been brewed at BrewDog’s brewery in Fraserburgh. With this beer we want to take the wheels off the royal wedding bandwagon being jumped on by dozens of breweries; The Royal Virility Performance is the perfect antidote to all the hype. A beer should be brewed with a purpose, not just because some toffs are getting married, so we created something at our brewery that will undermine those special edition beers and other assorted seaside tat,...---Read More:

James Frazer, The Golden Bough: In antiquity this sylvan landscape was the scene of a strange and recurring tragedy. On the northern shore of the lake, right under the precipitous cliffs on which the modern village of Nemi is perched, stood the sacred grove and sanctuary of Diana Nemorensis, or Diana of the Wood. The lake and the grove were sometimes known as the lake and grove of Aricia. But the town of Aricia (the modern La Riccia) was situated about three miles off, at the foot of the Alban Mount, and separated by a steep descent from the lake, which lies in a small crater-like hollow on the mountain side. In this sacred grove there grew a certain tree round which at any time of the day, and probably far into the night, a grim figure might be seen to prowl. In his hand he carried a drawn sword, and he kept peering warily about him as if at every instant he expected to be set upon by an enemy. He was a priest and a murderer; and the man for whom he looked was sooner or later to murder him and hold the priesthood in his stead. Such was the rule of the sanctuary. A candidate for the priesthood could only succeed to office by slaying the priest, and having slain him, he retained office till he was himself slain by a stronger or a craftier. The post which he held by this precarious tenure carried with it the title of king; but surely no crowned head ever lay uneasier, or was visited by more evil dreams, than his. For year in, year out, in summer and winter, in fair weather and in foul, he had to keep his lonely watch, and whenever he snatched a troubled slumber it was at the peril of his life…. Read More:

James I was the first king of Great Britain. He won the prize that had eluded his mother: the right to rule over a united kingdom. But he earned himself a very bad press. …

From Henry Makow web-site:Despite refusing a ring, William has placed symbolic significance on the engagement ring given to Kate. He has given her the same blue sapphire engagement ring his mother Diana had on her engagement. The blue sapphire is the gemstone of the planet Saturn....Sapphire is important in Satanic circles. 'Mauri' grew up in a Satanic family and suffered frequent sexual abuse as a child. She was conditioned with BETA Programming sex training and put to work in the child pornography industry. She notes that one Christmas, in between different sadistic tricks played on her, she received, 'a gold heart shaped necklace with a tiny blue sapphire stone. There was a matching bracelet.' Grace Powers, of believes that the wedding date of April 29th also fits into the astrological clock of Saturn: Prince William and Kate Middleton will be married while the planet Saturn is in Libra, just as William's parents Prince Charles and Princess Diana did. Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer wed on July 29, 1981. Thirty years later after one Saturn Return, their son, Prince William will marry Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011. This means that both royal couples will have the same Saturn/Venus influence in their marriage charts. Read More:

The year 1603 was once regarded in England as a decisive turning point, even as a year of doom- one that announced the prologue to a tragic mid-century confrontation ending in civil war. In that year James VI of Scotland was crowned King James I of England, and with his ascension the prestige of the monarchy began a decline that ended with the trial and execution of his son Charles I in 1649.

Compared with his glamorous and strong-willed predecessor, Elizabeth I, James was not an effective ruler. He lacked the Tudor genius for self-advertisement and self-projection; he was basically a timorous man, not given to bold decisions and too set in his ways to initiate reforms. When the long war against Spain ended in 1604, James could no longer pose as a national leader in times of danger; his policy of peace and reconciliation was sensible but undramatic.

Eight months after James Stuart was born at Edinburgh Castle, his father, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley , lay murdered and James mother, Mary Queen of Scots was suspected of abetting the crime. Little James and his father's relatives kneel before Darnley's coffin while in the inset at lower left mary is captured by her avengers. Painting by Livinus de Vogelaare, 1567-68 image:h


Christopher Hitchens:A hereditary monarch, observed Thomas Paine, is as absurd a proposition as a hereditary doctor or mathematician. But try pointing this out when everybody is seemingly moist with excitement about the cake plans and gown schemes of the constitutional absurdity’s designated mother-to-be. You don’t seem to be uttering common sense. You sound like a Scrooge. I suppose this must be the monarchical “magic” of which we hear so much: By some mystic alchemy, the breeding imperatives for a dynasty become the stuff of romance, even “fairy tale.”

The usually contemptuous words fairy tale were certainly coldly accurate about the romance quotient of the last two major royal couplings, which brought the vapid disco-princesses Diana and Sarah (I decline to call her “Fergie”) within range of demolishing the entire mystique. And, even if the current match looks a lot more wholesome and genuine, its principal function is still to restore a patina of glamour that has been all but irretrievably lost. Read More:


...3. Contention: The reptilians' human forms are masks for their reptile forms, which they allow only each other to see (this is called, "shape-shifting"), for obvious reasons. However, there are many pics & videos of some reptilians "slipping" in maintaining the masks. The latest official portrait photos of William & Kate show some disturbing features, such as William showing his lower teeth in a "smile", which is a sign of aggression in reptiles, & his left hand on Kate's shoulder looks very unlike his usual long-fingered human-looking hand. David Icke says that the eyes of reptilians are the most obvious indicators, & there are many photos online of leaders & certain celebrities showing an intense stare, polygonal (rather than round) irises, & slitted pupils (rather than round). Some of these photos have been treated with various lenses to reveal the irregularities more clearly. 4. Fact: The date of the wedding has 9/11 in it. There are many other apparently coincidental factoids such as this, connected to these people, as well. I'm not the type to believe in UFO's, yet I find the family trees to be compelling, as well as the photos & some of the other data. So there's a brief rundown of the Reptilian Royal story. Where does fact end & fiction begin? Read more: image:

The major causes of the Great Rebellion of 1642 were already present, and had been for several generations, and only a wholly original genius could have averted a crisis. James was not that original genius; but he was an intelligent and experienced ruler, competent and wise enough to avoid confrontations that Charles I later seemed to welcome. As James VI of Scotland proceeded slowly south in 1603, to claim the throne of England, the nation surrendered itself to euphoria.

---The REAL Reason that Cups like this are being sold already as souvenirs is they are subtle implications of the Holy Grail in Myth of Divine Kingship Rites' Heiros Game. Thus making William out to be like King Arthur and Kate Middleton like Guinevere. --- Read More: image:

James I had a strong Scots accent and a slight deformity of the tongue that thickened his speech and gave him a tendency to dribble. His features were undistinguished and faintly vacuous: a straggly beard, watery eyes, thin lips, sparse hair trimmed unfashionably short, and spindly legs. None of this mattered in an age in which not more than 10 per cent of the population ever saw their ruler except on the face of a coin. What did matter was the fact he was a man. England had just had fifty years of female rule under Mary and Elizabeth, particularly Mary who could not tame an unscrupulous, rapacious and irresponsible nobility that had divided royal power among themselves. In fact, Mary offered new and handsome prizes in the name of lawlessness.

Christopher Hitchens:The harvest was equally gruesome in both cases: Princess Margaret later married and divorced a man she did not love and then had years to waste as the model of the bone-idle, cigarette-holdered, gin-sipping socialite, surrounded with third-rate gossips and charmers and as unhappy as the day was long. (She also produced some extra royal children, for whom something to do had to be found.)

Prince Charles, subjected to a regime of fierce paternal harangues and penitential cold-shower boarding schools, withdrew into himself, was eventually talked into a calamitous marriage with someone he didn’t love or respect, and is now the morose, balding, New Age crank and licensed busybody that we flinch from today. He has also apparently found belated contentment with the former wife of a brother-officer.Read More:

---King James I. ---Much has been said of the strumpets of yore Of wenches and bawdy house queens by the score But I sing of a baggage that we all adore The Landlord's Daughter You'll never love another Although she's not the kind of girl to take home To your mother Her ale, it is lively and strong to the taste It is brewed with discretion, never with haste You can have all you like if you swear not to waste The Landlord's Daughter And when her name is mentioned The parts of every gentleman do stand up At attention Now there's Jane of the Blossom and Doll of the Crown Pretty Kate of the Garter And Star down in town Fat Dolly who keeps the Red Heart of renown, But I'll take the Landlord's Daughter O, nothing can delight so As does the part that lies between her left toe And her right toe ...Read More: image:

James Frazer, The Golden Bough: The bloody ritual which legend ascribed to the Tauric Diana is familiar to classical readers; it is said that every stranger who landed on the shore was sacrificed on her altar. But transported to Italy, the rite assumed a milder form. Within the
sanctuary at Nemi grew a certain tree of which no branch might be broken. Only a runaway slave was allowed to break off, if he could, one of its boughs. Success in the attempt entitled him to fight the priest in single combat, and if he slew him he reigned in his stead with the title of King of the Wood (Rex Nemorensis). According to the public opinion of the ancients the fateful branch was that Golden Bough which, at the Sibyl’s bidding, Aeneas plucked before he essayed the perilous journey to the world of the dead. The flight of the slave represented, it was said, the flight of Orestes; his combat with the priest was a reminiscence of the human sacrifices once offered to the Tauric Diana. This rule of succession by the sword was observed down to imperial times; for amongst his other freaks Caligula, thinking that the priest of Nemi had held office too long, hired a more stalwart ruffian to slay him; and a Greek traveller, who visited Italy in the age of the Antonines, remarks that down to his time the priesthood was still the prize of victory in a single combat.Read More:


James Frazer:The other of the minor deities at Nemi was Virbius. Legend had it that Virbius was the young Greek hero Hippolytus, chaste and fair, who learned the art of venery from the centaur Chiron, and spent all his days in the greenwood chasing wild beasts with the virgin huntress Artemis (the Greek counterpart of Diana) for his only comrade. Proud of her divine society, he spurned the love of women, and this proved his bane. For Aphrodite, stung by his scorn, inspired his stepmother Phaedra with love of him; and when he disdained her wicked advances she falsely accused him to his father Theseus. The slander was believed, and Theseus prayed to his sire Poseidon to avenge the imagined wrong. So while Hippolytus drove in a chariot by the shore of the Saronic Gulf, the sea-god sent a fierce bull forth from the waves. The terrified horses bolted, threw Hippolytus from the chariot, and dragged him at their hoofs to death. But Diana, for the love she bore Hippolytus, persuaded the leech Aesculapius to bring her fair young hunter back to life by his simples. Jupiter, indignant that a mortal man should return from the gates of death, thrust down the meddling leech himself to Hades. But Diana hid her favourite from the angry god in a thick cloud, disguised his features by adding years to his life, and then bore him far away to the dells of Nemi, where she entrusted him to the nymph Egeria, to live there, unknown and solitary, under the name of Virbius, in the depth of the Italian forest. There he reigned a king, and there he dedicated a precinct to Diana. He had a comely son, Virbius, who, undaunted by his father’s fate, drove a team of fiery steeds to join the Latins in the war against Aeneas and the Trojans. Read More: image:


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