1 April

indexApril 1 is one of the major ordinary approved non-ordinary times of the year as it marks an officially acknowledged gap in the functioning of consensus reality. Its origins appear to be related with the manipulation of third dimensional time and the official shift of season in calendars. In ancient times both in the Western and Eastern world New Year’s Day followed the spring equinox and was usually celebrated around April 1.

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered the Gregorian Calendar, which called for New Year’s Day to be celebrated on January 1. Several people did not learn about it or refused to conform to the change, continuing to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1.

According to another explanation provided by prof. Boskin the practice of April Fools’ Day dates back to the reign of Constantine, when a group of court fools and jesters told the Roman emperor that they could do a better job of running the empire. In those times fools were regarded as shamans and medicine men. Their role implied creating balance between ordinary and non-ordinary reality through the use of humour, paradoxes and laughter.

As a result Constantine took the fools’ suggestion very seriously and allowed a jester named Kugel to be king for one day. Kugel passed an edict calling for absurdity on that day, and the custom became an annual event. This explanation was brought to the public’s attention in 1983 by Associated Press and printed by many newspapers. The point is that prof. Boskin made the whole thing up, and only after a couple of weeks Associated Press realized that they’d been victims of an April Fools’ joke themselves.

Typical jokes played on April Fools’ Day are sending someone on a “fool’s errand,” looking for things that do not exist, trying to get people to believe ridiculous things, tape a picture of a fish (April fish) on the back of their schoolmates and crying “April fish” or “April fool” when this is discovered.

In Scotland, April Fool’s Day is celebrated for two days. The second day is devoted to pranks involving the posterior region of the body. It is called Taily Day. The origin of the “kick me” sign can be traced to this observance.

Several major jokes have been played and disrupted ordinary reality on April 1. Here follow some British examples:

In 1957 the BBC news show Panorama announced that thanks to a very mild winter, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. This was accompanied by footage of Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees. Huge numbers of viewers were taken in, and many called up wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti trees. To this question, the BBC replied that they should “place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.”

In 1976 the British astronomer Patrick Moore announced on BBC2 that at 9:47 AM a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event was going to occur that listeners could experience in their very own homes. The planet Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, temporarily causing a gravitational alignment that would counteract and lessen the Earth’s own gravity. Moore told his listeners that if they jumped in the air at the exact moment that this planetary alignment occurred, they would experience a strange floating sensation. When 9:47 AM arrived, BBC2 began to receive hundreds of phone calls from listeners claiming to have felt the sensation. One woman even reported that she and her eleven friends had risen from their chairs and floated around the room.

 

Celebrities born today:

Abraham Maslow, born 1 April 1908, Sun and Moon in Aries.

The sacred is in the ordinary…it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, in one’s own backyard…travel may be a flight from confronting the scared–this lesson can be easily lost. To be looking elsewhere for miracles is to me a sure sign of ignorance that everything is miraculous.

 

Milan Kundera, born 1 April 1929, Sun in Aries and Moon in Capricorn, Czech writer.

Anyone whose goal is ‘something higher’ must expect someday to suffer vertigo. What is vertigo? Fear of falling? No, Vertigo is something other than fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves.

 

Sergei Rachmaninoff  (1.3.5) Sun Aries, Moon Gemini, Ascendant Leo,   Russian composer, pianist, and conductor (Semyonovo, near Great Novgorod, April 1, 1873 – 28 March 1943)

Edwin Austin Abbey, 1 April 1852, (1.5) American painter († 1911) epic themes

Gino De Dominicis, 1 April 1947, (1.5) Italian artist († 1998)

Luigi Schiavonetti, 1 Arpil 1765, (1.5) incisore italiano, da un disegno di William Blake

Toshirō Mifune (1.6) Japanese actor (China,  April 1, 1920 – December 24, 1997)

Salomon Gessner, nato il 1 aprile 1730, (1.6) poeta e pittore svizzero († 1788), boschi, miti

Samuel R. Delany (1.7) American author (New York, April 1, 1942 )

Susan Boyle (1.7.3)   Scottish singer and Britain’s Got Talent contestant Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland, April, 1 1961)

Yılmaz Güney (1.9) Turkish actor, film director (Adana,Turkey, April  1, 1937 – 9 September 1984)

Duccio Canestrini, 1 aprile 1956, (1.9) antropologo, giornalista e scrittore italiano

Fernando del Paso, 1 aprile 1935, (1.12) scrittore, saggista e poeta messicano “And so we continued, making love, for over two hundred years and when we finished, five hours later, we realized that our building had been knocked down three months previously and that our room had become a space ship of flesh and bone.”

1815 – Alexandre Thomas Francia, pittore francese († 1884), navi

1856 – Charles Maurin, pittore e incisore francese († 1914) nudi

1911 – Anchise Picchi, pittore italiano († 2007)

1960 – Frieda Hughes, poetessa inglese

1878 – Carl Sternheim, scrittore tedesco († 1942)

1886 – Arthur Pink, teologo inglese († 1952)

1906 – Pasquale Epifanio Iannini, poeta, scrittore e paroliere italiano († 1988)

1966 – Alenka Zupančič, filosofa e psicanalista slovena “The Real happens precisely as the impossible. It is not something that happens when we want it, or try to make it happen, or expect it, or are ready for it. It always happens at the wrong time and in the wrong place. It is always something that doesn’t fit the (established or the anticipated) picture. The Real as impossible means that there is no right time or place for it, and not that it is impossible for it to happen.”

Antonio Littencel: (1.3.5) born on 1 April 1933, in Giurdignano (Italy), with Sun in Aries, Moon in Gemini and Ascendant in Leo, Littencel is a most controversial anthropologist and ethnologist. Educated at the Sorbonne in Paris, he taught at the University of Lecce, before becoming Director of Studies at the École Pratique des Études Provisoires in Narbonne. In 1958 Littencel became professor of anthropology at the Collège de Luxembourg, also directing the Laboratory of Experimental Anthropology. In 1961-1963 he made a scientific exploration of the Salento area of Apulia (Italy), uncovering most contentious non-HAC details regarding local ancient sites and adorcistic practices, such as tarantella. Two years later he made the first of many trips to study the Kaheri and other indigenous peoples in F. He organized and took part in the expedition of 1968, which suggested the possibility of a strong relationship among north-western Mongolian, Scottish Highlands, south-eastern Africa and Apulian maritime cultures. Among his books are: Elementary Structures of Manhirs and Dolmens, Anthropological Patterns of Comparative Suicidal Tendencies, and his autobiography. Most of his researches have not been published due to their extreme non-HAC content. In 1999 he went on a scientific expedition in the Shetland Island of Foula, and since then all traces of his presence in HAC have been lost.

 

ACIM: 91. Miracles are seen in light.

Saints: Feria.

Gospel of Thomas: (83) Jesus said: The images are revealed to the man, and the light which is in them is hidden in the image of the light of the Father. He shall be revealed, and his image is hidden by his light.

Concise Epitome: 9.14 Quando oltre la Frontiera andate e verso la Sfera di Buio seguitate, l’oscurità talmente profonda traspare e l’impatto della veste così dissociato si rivela che dopo poco il contatto con la Sfera di Luce smarrite.