December 30th, Mad Monk Day

The 3rd card of the Major Arcana is The Empress, symbolizing creative intelligence.  She is the perfect woman, the ultra-feminine, Mother Earth nurturer, who embodies our dreams, hopes and aspirations.  This card represents positive traits of charm, grace and unconditional love, but also negative traits of vanity and affectation, as well as an intolerance for imperfection.


December 30, 1692 - Friday

(from the Salem County Logs)

Andover paid widow Rebecca Johnson, free on bail, for her past duties of sweeping the meeting house and ringing its bell.  The town also reinstated her for the coming year, though she still had to appear at the next Superior Court to answer the witchcraft charge.


It was on this day in 1994 that a person obviously possessed by a demon, murdered two woman in cold blood.   Two women were shot by an activist who described himself as a pro-lifer.  Obviously, he wasn't Pro-Life, so what was he?

Well, according to The Army of God who has a rather provincial website page that looks like it hasn't been updated since the 1994 MURDER, John Salvi was just, "Thinking about the babies being murdered in these two death camps was too much for John to bear without doing what he could to save their lives. He did the right thing and stopped the killing of the children."

I'm not going to politicize this, but will say, What?


The Mad Monk

On this date in the year 1916, Rasputin (a famous Russian mystic monk,occultist, and court magician) was assassinated by his enemy Prince Feliks Yusupov. Rasputin, who was drowned in the frozen Neva River,presaged his own death.

Rasputin was killed on December 30, 1916 (December 17 in the Russian calendar in use at the time), in the basement of the Moika Palace, the Saint Petersburg residence of Prince Felix Yussupov, the richest man in Russia and the husband of the Czar’s only niece, Irina. His battered body was discovered in the Neva River a few days later.

In the decade prior, Rasputin had risen rapidly through Russian society, starting as an obscure Siberian peasant-turned-wandering-holy-man and then becoming one of the most prominent figures in the Czar’s inner circle. Born in 1869 in the village of Pokrovskoye, on the Tura river that flows eastward from the Ural Mountains, where Europe meets Asia in Siberia. He seemed destined for an ordinary life, despite a few conflicts in his youth with local authorities for unruly behavior. He married a local woman, Praskovya Dubrovina, became the father of three surviving children, Maria, Dmitri and Varvara, and worked on his family’s farm.

Rasputin’s life changed in 1892, when he spent months at a monastery, putting him on the path to international renown. Despite his later nickname, “The Mad Monk,” Rasputin never took Holy Orders.  Men in Rasputin’s position usually gave up their past lives and relationships but Rasputin continued to see his family – his daughters later lived with him in Saint Petersburg – and support his wife financially.

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