Thursday

An Esoteric Look at December 22nd.

On this date (approximately), the Sun enters the astrological sign of Capricorn.  Persons born under the sign of the Goat are said to be ambitious, practical, loyal, and often reclusive.  Capricorn is an earth sign and is ruled by the planet Saturn.

On this day (December 22) 1849, luck showed up for the Russian writer Fyodor Dostevsky as his execution was called off at the last minute by a message from a last-minute message from the Tsar.   Dostoyevsky had been accused of reading works by Belinsky, including the banned Letter to Gogol, and of circulating copies of these and other works. Antonelli, the government agent who had reported the group, wrote in his statement that at least one of the papers criticized Russian politics and religion. Dostoyevsky responded to these charges by declaring that he had read the essays only "as a literary monument, neither more nor less"; he spoke of "personality and human egoism" rather than of politics. Even so, he and his fellow "conspirators" were arrested on 23 April 1849 at the request of Count A. Orlov and Emperor Nicolas I, who feared a revolution like the Decembrist revolt of 1825 in Russia and the Revolutions of 1848 in Europe. The members were held in the well-defended Peter and Paul Fortress, which housed the most dangerous convicts.

Today's Esoteric Word is Censer.  And no, it is not something that congress does to you when you've done something silly like Help The Homeless or Protected A Wildlife Reserve
-- that would be Censure.  No, the Esoteric Meaning of Censer is A fireproof incense burner used in magical rituals, and symbolic of the ancient element of Air. 

Now you know.
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