17 February

imagesAwakening is not a thing. It is not a goal, not a concept. It is not something to be attained. It is a metamorphosis. If the caterpillar thinks about the butterfly it is to become, saying ‘And then I shall have wings and antennae,’ there will never be a butterfly. The caterpillar must accept its own disappearance in its transformation. When the marvelous butterfly takes wing, nothing of the caterpillar remains.

Alejandro Jodorowsky, born on 17 February 1929 with Sun in Aquarius and Moon in Gemini, Jodorowsky is a typical Aquarian director, actor, comic book writer, tarot-reader and therapist. In the 70s he was known for his outrageous, psychedelic and consensus reality disintegrating esoteric movies (El Topo and The Holy Mountain), which provided a lot of inspiration during my youth. He once said: “Most directors make films with their eyes. I make films with my testicles.” and “I ask of cinema what most North Americans ask of psychedelic drugs.” Jodorowsky has recently devoted attention to a psychological therapy called psychomagic, which is based on the belief that the performance of certain outside acts can directly act upon the unconscious mind, releasing it from a series of collective traumas. Other movies are Tusk (1980), Santa Sangre (1989), The Rainbow Thief (1990), The Dance of Reality (2012). He has also written a series of science fiction comic books, such as The Incal (1981-1989), Technopriests and Metabarons. (11.3)

“What I am trying to do when I use symbols is to awaken in your unconscious some reaction. I am very conscious of what I am using because symbols can be very dangerous. When we use normal language we can defend ourselves because our society is a linguistic society, a semantic society. But when you start to speak, not with words, but only with images, the people cannot defend themselves.”

“For art to be art it has to cure. If it does not cure it is not true art.”

“The person who does not control his territory does not control his existence. If someone is not conscious, he is taken over, not only outwardly but also with the thoughts that assault him. He is very vulnerable to desires and feelings. For example, you live calmly with your wife, and then—catastrophe! Suddenly you lose control because you have fallen in love with another. You don’t have to fall victim to that reality; what you have to do is navigate in it, overcome the winds and sandstorms. Amid the storms at sea and the signs, you must move forward calmly and look toward the port you’re heading for.”


Giordano Bruno (c. March 1548 – February 17 1600) was an Italian monist philosopher, mathematician, astronomer and poet.

Time is the father of truth, its mother is our mind.
It may be you fear more to deliver judgment upon me than I fear judgment.
Time takes all and gives all.

This whole which is visible in different ways in bodies, as far as formation, constitution, appearance, colors and other properties and common qualities, is none other than the diverse face of the same substance — a changeable, mobile face, subject to decay, of an immobile, permanent and eternal being.

Divinity reveals herself in all things… everything has Divinity latent within itself. For she enfolds and imparts herself even unto the smallest beings, and from the smallest beings, according to their capacity. Without her presence nothing would have being, because she is the essence of the existence of the first unto the last being.


Other celebrities born today:

Loreena McKennitt (11.7.6), Sun in Aquarius, Moon in Libra, Ascendant Virgo, born February 17, 1957, Canadian singer, composer, harpist and pianist, world music with a New-Age/Celtic feel.

Arcangelo Corelli (Fusignano 17 February 1653 – 8 January 1713) 11.7 Italian composer of Baroque music.

Luca Ferrari, (Luca da Reggio) (Reggio Emilia, 17 February 1605 – 12 February 1654). Italian painter of the Baroque period.

Nicolas-Thomas Baudin (17 February 1754 – 16 September 1803) French explorer, cartographer, naturalist and hydrographer.

Raffaele “Raf” Vallone (17 February 1916 – 31 October 2002) 11.5.6, actor and international film star.

Karl William Pamp Jenkins (born 17 February 1944) Welsh musician and composer with Sun in Aquarius, Moon in Scorpio

Alice Dona is a French singer and songwriter, born February 17, 1946 in Maison-Alfort. . Sun in Aquarius, Moon in Virgo, Ascendant Leo (11.6.5), Pluto Instrument.

Sir Alan Arthur Bates: (11.1) (17 February 1934 – 27 December 2003) English actor.

Gene Pitney (11.8), February 17, 1941 – April 5, 2006, American singer-songwriter, musician.

Shahrnush Parsipur: born February 17, 1946 in Tehran, Iran) novelist.

Oliver Taylor Hawkins (11.1) born February 17, 1972 in Fort Worth, Texas,  American musician, drummer of the Foo Fighters

Kaoru (11.10) born February 17, 1974, in Hyōgo) musician, best known as the leader and one of the guitarists of the metal band Dir En Grey


ACIM: 48. There is nothing to fear.

Saints: Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order – Optional Memorial. Alexis Falconieri, Constabilis, Fintan of Clonenagh, Lommán of Trim

Gospel of Thomas: (40) Jesus said, “A grapevine has been planted outside of the father, but being unsound, it will be pulled up by its roots and destroyed.”

Concise Epitome: 5.6 Hence, beloved brothers, here soon we have to move. (Allora, benamati fratelli, qui presto una mossa abbiamo a darci).

Provordo: Giordano Bruno (died 17 February 1600)