4 April

indexA shaman is one who works with super-nature, that which is beyond, but which interacts with and affects the physical plane. The shaman of today no longer requires the rigid doctrines and outdated traditions of other ages and times. The shaman is free — wherever he or she resides — to discover, test and develop his or her own unique spiritual path by working with personal Inner Guides. And the developed shaman, perhaps evolving into priest or priestess, is urgently needed for this post-Christian spiritual era we find ourselves in. Exclusive religious forms and bibles interpreted dogmatically have had their day. The time for outer gurus and hierarchical spiritual structures is done.

Edwin Charles Steinbrecher: born on April 4, 1930 in Chicago, with Sun in Aries, Moon in Gemini and Ascendant in Sagittarius, Steinbrecher has also been a major reference for my studies and experiential work. After researches in Jungian analysis, tarot, metaphysics and the arts, Steinbrecher developed the technique of the Inner Guide Meditation, which he described in his precious book The Inner Guide Meditation. For Steinbrecher each of us has a personal Inner Guide who is here to help us learn who we are and realize our greatest potential. In his astrological researches he realised that the description of the Inner Guide can be accurately depicted using the 9th house as the ascendant for the Guide himself.He is the founder of D.O.M.E., his Inner Guide Meditation centre, which stands for the Latin phrase “Dei Omnes Munda Edunt” (All the Gods/Goddesses bring forth the worlds.) He was a most passionate collector of astrological data, especially as regards Alien characters, which is a term he devised.

Projection sends component energies of the Self, the central part of each of us, out into the world. When these energies remain unconscious to the person projecting them, the result is a loss of psychic energy and freedom. When the energies are made conscious (with ego and Self being brought into balance through the ego’s willingness to serve as vehicle for the Self), the result is a freei ndividual who radiates light and love into the world. In contrast, when two individuals are involved in a deeply repressed projection, both experience a curtailment of the freedom of their individual egos and subsequent energy loss. You can be sure that you are involved in a deep-seated unconscious projection with any person whose mere physical presence exhausts you for no apparent reason… Experiment the next time you encounter such an individual. Don’t expect the old responses and behavior. Let the person be new, and send love out of your heart consciously. Love is the greatest freeing energy we have. You may be surprised at the results for you both.

What we perceive in our outer realities are but shadows cast by inner images, made visible by some unknown light or central Sun within… somewhere within us or through the doors of ourselves lie the sources that present these animated shadows to us, that project on the world through a kind of holographic film strip each of us possesses or is. Also, we each have an inner liberator who will release us from our chains, and who will teach us to recognize those shadow-making images as he leads us toward the realization of Source. And, as he leads us toward that Source, he helps us become gradually more accustomed to the light, taking care that our inner eyes not be blinded.


Other celebrities born today:

Andrei Tarkovsky, born 4 April 1932, Sun in Aries, Moon in Pisces, Ascendant in Sagittarius, Soviet film director, died December 29, 1986. His films are characterised by multidimensional themes, dreams, time shifts, levitation scenes. Stalker is about a guide who leads people through a dangerous track leading to “the Zone”, an area where normal laws of physics no longer apply so as to enter “the Room”, said to grant the wishes of anyone who steps inside. Other movies are: Andrei Rublev, Solaris, The Mirror, Voyage in Time, Nostalghia, The Sacrifice

Art is born and takes hold wherever there is a timeless and insatiable longing for the spiritual, for the ideal: that longing which draws people to art. Modern art has taken the wrong turn in abandoning the search for the meaning of existence in order to affirm the value of the individual for his own sake. What purports to be art begins to looks like an eccentric occupation for suspect characters who maintain that any personalised action is of intrinsic value simply as a display of self-will. But in an artistic creation the personality does not assert itself it serves another, higher and communal idea. The artist is always the servant, and is perpetually trying to pay for the gift that has been given to him as if by a miracle. Modern man, however, does not want to make any sacrifice, even though true affirmation of the self can only be expressed in sacrifice. We are gradually forgetting about this, and at the same time, inevitably, losing all sense of human calling.

All of us are infected today with an extraordinary egoism. And that is not freedom; freedom means learning to demand only of oneself, not of life and others, and knowing how to give: sacrifice in the name of love.

“A man writes because he is tormented, because he doubts. He needs to constantly prove to himself and the others that he’s worth something. And if I know for sure that I’m a genius? Why write then? What the hell for?”

“It is obvious that art cannot teach anyone anything, since in four thousand years humanity has learnt nothing at all. We should long ago have become angels had we been capable of paying attention to the experience of art, and allowing ourselves to be changed in accordance with the ideals it expresses. Art only has the capacity, through shock and catharsis, to make the human soul receptive to good. It’s ridiculous to imagine that people can be taught to be good…Art can only give food – a jolt – the occasion – for psychical experience.”

What nobody seems to understand is that love can only be one-sided, that no other love exists, that in any other form it is not love. If it involves less than total giving, it is not love. It is impotent; for the moment it is nothing.



Éric Rohmer: (1.7.4) born on 4 April 1920, with Sun in Aries, Moon in Libra and Ascendant in Cancer, died 2010, French film director. In his works facial expressions, silences, gestures are more revealing than the conversations or the plot. Among Rohmer’s Die Marquise von O. is one of the most inspiring. It is based on the controversial novel by Heinrich von Kleist, and portrays the main protagonists’ dilemma and struggle between adaptation to consensus reality and inner integrity. Rohmer also directed Percivale le Gallois, one of the most literal Arthurian films.

Caracalla (1.9) Roman emperor (Lugdunum, Lyon, France,  April  4, 188 – 8 April 217)

Niccolò Antonio Zingarelli (1.9) Italian composer, chiefly of opera ( Naples, Italy, April  4,1752 – 5 May 1837)

Comte de Lautréamont (1.4.2) French writer (Montevideo, Uraguay, April  4,1846 – 24 November 1870)

Remy de Gourmont (1.9) French poet  (April 4, 1858, Bazoches-au-Houlme, Orne – September 27, 1915) X

Marguerite Duras (1.4.12) French writer (Saigon, Vietnam, April 4, 1914 – 3 March 1996)

Fiorella Mannoia (1.1) Italian singer. (Rome, April  4, 1954)

Stephen Storace, English composer (1762-1796)

Stanley G. Weinbaum, American science-fiction author (1902-1935), A Martian Odyssey

Anthony Perkins (1.1) American actor (1932-1992)

1872 – Henry Bataille, scrittore, poeta e pittore francese († 1922)

1588 – Alessandro Varotari, pittore italiano († 1649), Maddalena, angeli, nudi

1848 – Georges Moreau de Tours, pittore francese († 1901), temi epici,

1931 – Getty Bisagni, pittore italiano, barche

1640 – Gaspar Sanz, Aragonese composer, guitarist, organist and priest (d. 1710)

1676 – Giuseppe Maria Orlandini, Italian baroque composer (d. 1760)

1688 – Joseph-Nicolas Delisle, French astronomer (d. 1768)

1762 – Stephen Storace, English composer (d. 1796)

1772 – Nachman of Breslov, Ukrainian founder of Breslov Hasidut (d. 1810)

1818 – Thomas Mayne Reid, Irish-American novelist (d. 1883)

1835 – John Hughlings Jackson, English neurologist (d. 1911)

1843 – William Henry Jackson, American photographer (d. 1942)

1869 – Mary Jane Colter, American architect (d. 1958)

1895 – Arthur Murray, American dance teacher (d. 1991)

1902 – Louise Leveque de Vilmorin, French writer (d. 1969)

1902 – Stanley G. Weinbaum, American science-fiction author (d. 1935)

1905 – Eugene Bozza, French modern composer (d. 1991)

1908 – Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, American memoirist (Cheaper by the Dozen) (d. 2006)

1913 – Muddy Waters, American musician (d. 1983)

1922 – Elmer Bernstein, American composer (d. 2004)

1923 – Peter Vaughan, English actor

1925 – Gene Reynolds, American actor

1925 – Emmett Williams, American poet (d. 2007)

1933 – Bill France, Jr., NASCAR pioneer (d. 2007)

1939 – Major Lance, American singer (d. 1994)

1939 – Hugh Masekela, South African musician

1940 – Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (d. 2002)

1942 – Elizabeth Levy, American author

1946 – Dave Hill, English guitarist (Slade)

1946 – György Spiró, Hungarian novelist and playwright

1948 – Berry Oakley, American bassist (The Allman Brothers Band) (d. 1972)

1949 – Junior Braithwaite, Jamaican singer (The Wailers) (d. 1999)

1952 – Gary Moore, Northern Irish guitarist (Thin Lizzy) (d. 2011)

1953 – Chen Yi, Chinese composer and violinist

1957 – Aki Kaurismäki, Finnish film director

1957 – Graeme Kelling, Scottish musician (Deacon Blue) (d. 2004)

1957 – Nobuyoshi Kuwano, Japanese musician (Rats & Star)

1958 – Cazuza, Brazilian poet, singer and composer (d. 1990)

1958 – Mary-Margaret Humes, American actress

1962 – Craig Adams, English musician (The Sisters of Mercy, Mission UK)

1964 – Dr. Chud, American musician (Misfits, Dr. Chud’s X-Ward)

1965 – Robert Downey, Jr., American actor

1966 – Mike Starr, American musician (Alice In Chains) (d. 2011)

1971 – Josh Todd, American singer (Buckcherry)

1972 – Magnus Sveningsson, Swedish musician (The Cardigans)

1977 – Adam Dutkiewicz, American guitarist and producer (Killswitch Engage)

1978 – Lemar, English singer

1979 – Heath Ledger, Australian actor (d. 2008)

1980 – Johnny Borrell, English singer (Razorlight)

1981 – Ned Vizzini, American author

1994 – Risako Sugaya, Japanese singer (Berryz Kobo)

1785 – Bettina Brentano von Arnim, scrittrice tedesca († 1859)

1828 – Margaret Oliphant Oliphant, scrittrice e poetessa scozzese († 1897)



ACIM: 94. I am as God created me.

Saints: Saint Isidore, bishop and doctor of the Church- Optional Memorial

Gospel of Thomas: (86) Jesus said: [The foxes have] the[ir holes] and the birds have [theirs nest, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head and rest.

Concise Epitome: 9.17 The you go on until the pain and the boredom is most unbearable. (Così proseguite, fin tanto che il dolore e la noia al massimo giungono.)