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In the year AD 312, Emperor Constantine had a vision, seeing the cross of Christ superimposed on the sun, with the words, “in hoc signo vinces” = "in this sign you shall conquer." He attributed a battle victory to this vision, and he became a strong champion of Christianity. The next year, he met with Emperor Licinius, the ruler of the eastern provinces, to sign the Edict of Milan giving equal rights to all religious groups within the Roman Empire. Constantine blended Christian and pagan traditions by combining two pagan rituals (Saturn the god of Agriculture and Mithras the Persian god of light). Constantine merged many of the traditions from these festivals with the Nativity story in the Bible and Christmas was born. From its beginning, Christmas was a holiday (or holy day), gifts were exchanged, families and friends gathered to feast, and a birth was celebrated; just like in the Roman and Persian festivities. The first mention of December 25 as the date of Jesus' birth is found in an early Roman calendar from A.D. 336.
Easter is is Chaldean (Babylonian) in origin - the name Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven. Astarte is the Greek name of the Mesopotamian goddess Ishtar. The worship of Bel and Astarte was introduced very early into Britain, along with the Druids, "the priests of the groves," the high places where the pagans worshipped the idols of Baal.
The Easter Bunny, the oldest pagan symbol of fertility - Semiramis - has absolutely NOTHING to do with the resurrection of Christ, nor does the Sunrise service. Jesus was resurrected while it was still DARK. John 20:1 (KJV) The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.
Guy Johnson has a Thanksgiving book for you; Rainbow in the Cloud, The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou. Listen in and hear Maya's tradition for Thanksgiving and how Guy continues it today. "One person standing on the word of God is the majority..." No one spoke like Maya....
Cesar Milan has advice for dog owners and I find it's great advice for people too. I'm grateful I finally got to say Thank You to Cesar.
Blank, the Musical. Crazy improv in NYC! Oh what fun.
Thank you so much for listening...Blessings to you...
Lionel Messi, the legend! Lionel Messi has broken the all-time La Liga scoring record with now 252 goals in La Liga, and counting. With rumblings of Messi being "unhappy" with Barcelona, it leaves great debate where Messi lands as an all-time great in one club. We will discuss this historic mark in his career, plus all of the La Liga roundup and we again talk Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid.
In the Barclays Premier League, Chelsea continue to dominate, Arsenal struggled against Manchester United, Manchester City pulls off a nail biter against Swansea City. We will also discuss the Bundesliga and the Milan derby. Plus UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League Matchday 5!
Plus, the draw for the 2015 Copa America in Chile will be done tomorrow. We will preview football's oldest tournament. 347-637-3859 is the number to call. You can also Skype into the show or tweet us directly @BDSIRNOFOULPLAY. Live at 6:00 PM EST/11:00 PM UK.
A special edition of VRWC on Friday brings you a three man booth
Obama handed down his papal edict last night about immigration reform. We discuss.
Staying on Welfare
Finally a critical look at a History Channel favorite - Mystery of Oak Island
All this on a special episode of VRWC at 6pm.
Emma Meston is the owner of Icone Paris. From a very young age, Emma, whose father sold antics, was fascinated by ancient extremely refined objects. She immersed herself in different cultures and traditions through countless trips in the world. Fascinated by women’s ornaments and beauty, she decided to make a living out of her lifelong passion. She launched her first brand Almaya Marceau, revealing to the public what she has imagined for years: baroque and sensual jewelry made with metal lace. She is the creator of this very special know-how which became quickly renowned in the luxury industry.
In 2003, she developed jewels for Christian Lacroix's haute couture fashion shows. She also created limited edition lines of jewelry for Caron. Nike placed a special order and jewelry shoes were exposed in the VO gallery for the Parisian retro-basket event. In 2006 Chivas asked her to customize their vintage bottle. Her work was exhibited for several years in the best Palaces of Paris such as the Ritz, the Crillon and the George V four Seasons hotels. Her favorite piece, her icone, is a tiara-crown representing French craftsmanship. It was exposed in the fashion week in Milan and appeared twice at the Cannes Film Festival.
Two years after its creation, she was present in more than fourty prestigious places around the world. She chose however to return to a more personal way to meet clients and be in tune with their wishes especially for women preparing their wedding. Through Ikone Paris Emma's ambition today is to reveal the best of and sublimate women. She also works closely with personnal shoppers, and is still referenced and suggested in the nicest palaces for the quality of her service.
See her work at www.ikone-paris.com
It's with great pleasure to have Ms. Afedziwa Hayford, an artist and designer, as a guest on my show. Ms. Hayford comes from a diverse background. She was raised bi-cultural as a Ghanaian and as an American person, but then after college, she decided to become courageous and move to Europe to study design. Though she initially knew no Italian, she dared to learn Italian and became fluent in the language and resided in Milan Italy and she learned another culture. She also travelled within Italy and other European countries. I look forward to speaking to her about how her cultural experiences have shaped her perspective in life and how my book can help children see things in more creative perspectives.
MY SPECIAL GUEST Matthew Alper will discuss his book The God Part Of The Brain - This show will be riviting! Don't miss it! CALL IN 347-850-1090
"Excellent Reading!" Edward O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize Winner
"Alper uses a Socratic technique to brilliantly and flawlessly argue that our concepts of spirit and God are derived from the mechanics of our brain...enormously important...full of scientific and philosophical truths." Transpersonal Review
"This is an essential book for those in search of a scientific understanding of man's spiritual nature. Matthew Alper navigates the reader through a labyrinth of intriguing questions and then offers undoubtedly clear answers that lead to a better understanding of our objective reality."Elena Rusyn, MD, Ph.D.; Gray Laboratory; Harvard Medical School
"Hauntingly Logical...Fascinating" Art Bell, "Coast to Coast am"
"An atheist edict…masterfully researched…a brilliant analysis of religiosity without the usual vitriolic…presented with a razor–like clarity, logic and aplomb. A must read for any thinking person." Sarah Harney, Ph.D. Baruch College, Math Professor
Is the human animal "hard-wired" to believe in a God?
"This cult classic in many ways parallels Rene Descartes' search for reliable and certain knowledge...Drawing on such disciplines as philosophy, psychology, anthropology and biology, Alper argues that belief in a spiritual realm is the product of an evolutionary adaptation—a coping mechanism—that emerged to help humankind deal with the fear of death. Highly recommended." Library Journal
The Ghost Hunters, Psychic to the celebrity "Pat Oberlien" & American Exorcism?
The diocese in Italy is training priests to meet increasing demand for exorcisms.
Catholic churches in Italy and Spain are reportedly increasing the number of priests trained in performing exorcisms following a rise in occult practices.
The diocese of Milan recently appointed seven new exorcists and the Catholic church in Sardinia has sent three priests to Rome for exorcism training to deal with the increasing number of people partaking in practices such as black magic, paganism and Satanic rites, The Daily Telegraph has reported.
In Spain, the Archbishop of Madrid also selected eight priests to undertake exorcism training in May, according to the paper, to deal with an “unprecedented rise” in cases of “demonic possession”.
Increasing the number of priests who can perform exorcisms also comes as part of efforts by the Church to tackle self-proclaimed exorcists who perform unauthorised exorcisms.
Father Francesco Bamonte, the president of the Italy-based International Association for Exorcists told La Repubblica in December that there were not enough exorcists to help the number of people possessed. He said: “Diabolical possessions are on the increase as a result of people subscribing to occultism.We take you inside and you decide real or just bad acting
How did the Patriots fare against the Bears? Chicago is a team is disarray, is this an opportunity for Pats or do injuries take their toll? We'll give our thoughts on the outcome and what comes next as we head towards the mid-point of the season. We'll also touch on the Bruins and where they stand in the early NHL season. Do the Royals win their first World Series since 1985? We'll talk some baseball World Series, Red Sox off-season, and Gold Glove nominations. There might be some games, and always lots of random thoughts or discussion so stay tuned!
We look at a person, place or thing based on a set of ideas we've learned.
We learn what we live and what society has taught us. But is everything that society has taught us correct?
There are subtler ideas we've been tuaght to beleive and theses ideas have caused the systematic repression of woman-especially woman of color- for the last 2000 years.
From the latter idea false notion that we alone brought sin into the world, and that our sexuality[men lusting after us or our expression of our own sexuality] has to be repressed, stunted or exploited because we alone listened to that horrendous snake [that God allowed] in the garden!
From that sin and the the curse that followed he life of a woman was changed to: Wanting her husband, being ruled over and pain of childbirth.
1. The realtionship between man and woman was one of sujugation of the woman
2. The authority of a woman was in question and repressed and not co-equal by the second edict.
3. The very life giving fuction of childbirth would cause pain therefore bringing a child into the world from a stressed and harried mother, which could effect the growth and development of that child for its lifetime.
Damn...now that some cursing!
But is it real? Was that God, who had been for many many years considered a woman and a mother...or was that from the minds of males in a quest to subugate all things womanly and later all things African?
It is a must listen for all who have daughters...what will she be in the 21st century?
Friday @ 5-7pm pacific time or 8-10pm eastern time on October 24, 2014