"What Is It About Mormonism?"

How is it that the author of this New York Times article could write a six-page piece and yet not really tell anyone what Mormons actually believe that puts off evangelicals? It’s as if Feldman, the author, knows only what everyone else does about Mormonism from a distance and has no intimate knowledge of the religion himself.

It’s not just the heterodoxical books, the history or the secret ceremonies, although they all play a role. The bias is against Mormon theology itself. Among other things, Mormons believe they can become gods, and that Jesus and Satan are spirit brothers. This is fantastically terrifying to an evangelical, totally offsetting the net worth of their common social interests, of which they have many. The church has a weird and sordid past that dallied with violence, polygamy and racism, but today there’s nothing on the surface to explain why Romney is constantly dancing on his toes around his beliefs when addressing the evangelical front. Except, that is, the wacky theological points that Feldman avoids entirely.

This ignorance — or avoidance — in an NYT spread is particularly bothersome because it only highlights the absurdity of the dilemma. So, Jesus isn’t the spirit brother of Satan? And you can support your fallen angel philosophy with scripture? You can’t, can you? Satan is an intertestamental development. The serpent, Job’s accusor, and the fallen Lucifer were not cohesively woven together in the idea of Satan as we know and love him for three centuries.

So, of course, it’s ludicrous for evangelicals to snub Mormons in favor of their own, equally odd and baseless ideas. Despite Feldman’s academic posturing, he’s playing claws in with everyone and not bringing this to light. He only hints at it in the vaguest terms.

But we don’t want to talk about that in the NYT. We just want to wonder from afar “What is it about Mormonism?” without getting elbow deep in reality. That would mean we’d have to actually know something and we don’t want that.

Seeking Whom He May Devour

So what’s up for New Hampshire on the 8th? I’m sure you’re all dying to know! (ha ha)

Obama: Still has all the same magical stuff going on. Plus…he has transiting Mercury in Aquarius opposing natal Mercury in Leo. Will there be an upset? Something he says or somehow communicates is going to oppose what he’s been saying all along. Not unusual for any politician, really. I don’t think anything terrible will ultimately come of it because transiting Venus in Sagittarius, the sign of the cheerleader, will be trine his natal Sun the next day. Translation: Who doesn’t love ya, baby?

Hillary: Her life will still be teh suck. She has these same transits and worse on election day. It’s only going to get darker for her next month, too. I know this rubs all you Calvinists in your happy spot, but I get tied up in philosophical knots when I think about it.

Edwards: I forgot that I have his chart online. He had some lovely stuff yesterday and today, which will be ebbing by the 8th. Transiting Jupiter in Capricorn has been trine his natal Venus, bringing him increased social favor. This transit also indicates possible increases of money and lurrrrve. But next month is going to be much better for him. His progressed Moon will be conjunct his natal Jupiter. (Translation = Booyah! for about a month.) In fact, Edwards has a whole lot of booyah for the next few years, as progressed Jupiter (Papa Booyah) is conjunct his Sun. That’s a looooong-ass progression. Years long. It brings fame, but can easily bring pride, loopy optimism and obnoxious bouts of self-importance.

I guess that describes a typical American President, doesn’t it?

Anyway, it looks like he’ll do well in New Hampshire, too, but Obama’s still leading the pack.

Quasi Caucaus Prediction: Obama Baby, Obama!

I’ve not had time to do any thorough astrological analysis. But after reading on the Beeb that three of the six Iowans they’re following are voting for Obama, I thought I’d run his math.

It’s looking damned good despite the polls.

Progressed Vertex conjunct the natal Midheaven: This alone doesn’t mean a lot except that January 4th is a fateful day for his career.

Progressed Moon conjunct natal Jupiter in the 3rd in Aquarius: This was the kicker for me. It’s naturally a very happy time lasting a few weeks.

Progressed Moon trine natal Moon in the 7th: His emotional state will flow well with his public activities and partnerships (7th house).

Transiting Saturn in Virgo sextile natal Neptune in Scorpio the 12th: Concrete communications with the world stimulate his secret ideals around power. (Ooo!)

Without looking at Hillary’s chart, I know hers isn’t so sparkling because transiting Pluto will be squaring her natal Moon as it enters the 7th house (translation: major emotional upheaval as she enters the public sphere). For a contrast, when Neil had Pluto entering his 7th house, he was having issues around being “recognizable.” Described in his blog, there was some incident in particular at a theater he and Maddy had gone to when the transit was exact. However, unlike Hillary, he didn’t have anything else challenging going on.

Anyway, that’s my half-assed prediction. Can’t wait to see what happens in the caucaus.


Today, I took the ring to the very frou-frou jewelers today, Pellegrine. They might not be able to repair the ring. If not, we’re going to wait until I return to Los Angeles and take it back to Antiquarius.

Afterwards, I hung out at L’Elfike for a few hours, talking to my goth friend Ange. She helped me understand some of the sentiments towards the Arabic immigrants. Apparently, she’s been attacked and robbed on multiple occasions by young Arabs and the police won’t do anything about it. She works bad hours, too, making her especially vulnerable to this kind of violence. She’s very happy Sarkozy is in office because he wants to clamp down on immigration and, more importantly, create jobs. She told me that the older Arabic folk — those over 30 years old — were great people because they choose to learn the language and assimilate into French culture, but that the younger Arabs were a nightmare across the board. I discussed this with The Frenchman, and he believes the reason the younger people are committing crimes is because — hello! — they can’t get jobs due to discrimination and all the other economic problems. According to Ange, they’re only discriminated against because they refuse to learn the language and the customs. She asked me how I’d feel if someone came to the U.S. and refused to learn English whilst demanding social services and committing crimes. Honestly, it would be difficult for me to accept. The Frenchman and his colleagues, however, seem to believe it’s far more complicated than that. It’s always more complicated, that’s for sure.

Meanwhile, Ange is asking the owner permission for me to take photos of the interior of the bar. You have no idea how beautiful it is. These photos will not be on Flickr, as a promise to the owner, who fears their use in magazines trashing the gothic culture in his club (sound familiar, Los Angeles club owners?). They’re for my private research when I write SECRETS FOR MELUSINE. Ange seemed to dig the story premise a lot. I’m terribly grateful for her help.

Ange also introduced me to a real live pagan! Woo! His name was Mark, and he said there were maybe three or four pagans in all of the South. However, up north there were a great many pagans, especially in Brittany and Paris. Once a year, they hold an exposition with ceremonies so that pagans can meet one another. Sort of like Pantheacon in San Francisco.

And, yes, I had all of these conversations in French. It was exhausting.

Must do more writing before I fall over and sleep another night.