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Call Down the Thunder.

blog_xrsy_thorsFor the last decade or so the summer movie season has come to be defined by it's crop of super hero flicks. And with the Green Lantern, Captain America, and an X-men prequel all waiting in the wings to administer their own brand of justice for movie-goers in the coming months, 2011 is no exception. This weekend is the official kickoff for nerds around the world as Marvel's Thor finally swings his mighty Mjolnir across movie screens everywhere.

Chris Hemsworth (Kirk's daddy in the Star Trek reboot) stars as the Asgardian legend, cast out from a world of Gods by his pops Odin (Anthony Hopkins) for being a snotty little pain in the you know what. His sentence? To exist on Earth amongst us mere mortals. I know, pretty harsh stuff. Along the way he befriends Natalie Portman and the inevitable hijinks ensue until it's time for our hero to learn a lesson in humility and check his ego in order to defend the world from yada, yada, yada. You've seen more than enough of these movies to know the drill. Still, Marvel deserves some serious credit for the inspired decision to hand directing reigns over to Kenneth Branagh, a guy primarily known for really liking Shakespeare a whole lot. Early reviews are indicating that the movie completely works as smart popcorn entertainment (oxymoron?), with heavy praise being placed upon Hemsworth's performance.

I have to admit that trailers for this movie haven't managed to elicit much more than an indifferent half sigh from me which I'm sure is due to the obvious fact that I've just never been a Marvel guy. What can I say? I grew up walking around face first in the pages of their distinguished competition. So unlike a lot of fanboys that I know out there, I won't be lining up outside any theater wearing a blonde wig while holding a plastic hammer and drenched in sweaty anticipation. Nope, I'll probably end up sitting this one out and catch it on video like I did with Iron Man 2 (which is a lot better than everyone made it out to be). Besides, if for some unfathomable reason I do end up really needing to see Thor onscreen, there's always my copy of Adventures in Babysitting*.

*Yep, that's Vincent D'onofrio!

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In defense of Valentine’s Day

 

“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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