07-08 Taurus/Leo/Scorpio/Aquarius cross

  • Taurus: A Sleigh Without Snow.
  • Leo: A Bolshevik Propagandist.

  • Scorpio: The Moon Shining Across A Lake.

  • Aquarius: Beautifully Gowned Wax Figures.



Let's first focus on the Bolshevik propagandist.  “Propaganda is information that is not objective and is used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda, often by presenting facts selectively to encourage a particular synthesis or perception, or using loaded language to produce an emotional rather than a rational response to the information that is presented" (from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaganda).

 

"Official accounts of the revolution from the Soviet Union would depict the events in October as being far more dramatic than they actually had been… In reality, the Bolshevik insurgents faced little opposition… Later stories of the heroic "Storming of the Winter Palace" and "defense of the Winter Palace" were [found to be] propaganda by Bolshevik publicists. Grandiose paintings depicting the "Women's Battalion" and photo stills taken from Sergei Eisenstein's staged film depicting the "politically correct" version of the October events in Petrograd came to be taken as truth" (from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_Revolution).

 

In summary, the Bolshevik propagandist presents the truth emotively, distorting it, so that a hysterical version of events, intended to manipulate an audience, is accepted as history.  Unfortunately, on closer examination of the story, there is little factual support (it is BS, short for bull-sh... evik).  Bear in mind that Leo’s propaganda in Soviet history was successful in capturing hearts, minds and rhetoric at the time.

 

The lack of factual support resonates with Taurus’ sleigh without snow, which is now ‘aground’. The sleigh is useless without the snow—it is now an ornament in the garden or awaiting winter wherever it is.  The physical reality is that the sleigh cannot be used as a sleigh, except as a prop.

 

The idea of ‘dressing up the truth’ and illusion, is strengthened in Leo’s gowned figures and the Scorpio’s moon on the lake.  Leo’s wax figures are facsimiles of real people, modeling the gowns for display rather than the effective use that clothes would have for people, such as warmth or privacy.  It is for ‘show’ like the sleigh and the propaganda.  Scorpio’s lake reflects the illusion of the moon or its light shining across, turning the lake into a beautiful scene. 

 

The shadow side of the cross is beautiful lies—the hoarder convinces themselves the sleigh will be useful one day, the propagandist provides an alternative story for an audience to choose to believe, the modelled gowns help us to imagine ourselves in them, the effect of moonlight on the lake creates a lovely image to the eye and we do not see under the surface of the water.

 

The cross also reflects something ‘caught’: the gowned figures are immobile and static, the sleigh is stuck, the light is caught on the lake, the propagandist has successfully captured hearts and minds.

 

Therefore, the cross has two layers:

·       display/illusion

·       being caught, immobile.

 

The question is, what is real?


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